Pulse (Pulse, Book #1)

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17 year-old Kalina didn t know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn t know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn t tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting.

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Overview

17 year-old Kalina didn t know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn t know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn t tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting.

Book 1 of 5 in the PULSE series

Reviews

"If you love young adult vampire romance books with a strong kick-butt heroine, this book series is for you." - Teen Book Reviewer

"Again, Ms. Gow has shown an understanding of teenage girls and some of the issues they deal with in growing up. Boys, love, sex, school, friendships, family - she covers it all." - Naya's Girls Night Out Book Picks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597489416
  • Publisher: Sparklesoup LLC
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,332,168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for Teens Read Too

    Kalina is grieving over the loss of her ex-boyfriend, Aaron. She broke up with him because he was an alcoholic and would not get help. He crashed his car and now he's gone. Little did she know that was as far from the truth as possible. The son of a vineyard owner, Aaron was actually a vampire. But Kalina doesn't learn about that until his step-brothers, Stuart and Jaegar, enter the picture. Stuart is the new student at her school. It turns out that the two brothers have come to Rutherford to protect Kalina. Kalina is the key to breaking the curse of the vampire. Her blood is rumored to be Life's Blood...able to turn a vampire human or to dark evil, depending on if the blood is given in love or resistance. Soon, vampires from all over are attempting to reach Kalina. Even Jaegar and Stuart's ancient leader, Octavius, has now shown an interest in Kalina. When Stuart is kidnapped by Octavius, Kalina and Jaegar travel to rescue him. It's at this point that the story throws a curve ball at the reader, and of course ends with a cliffhanger. Don't you hate when that happens? Well, don't fear, the story is continued in book two, LIFE'S BLOOD. I've wanted to read PULSE for a while now. I first saw it posted on GoodReads and was immediately entranced by the cover. What lies between the covers did not disappoint at all. A very fast-moving story, PULSE kept me on the edge of my seat until the final page. The story should be reserved for the older teen, though, due to sexual references. There is nothing overtly sexual, but the references are there, so the story may not be appropriate for the younger audience. But other than that, the story entertained and has made me want to run out for the next installment.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    A new love square it's coming!!

    I really liked this story (and enjoyed it; I was laughing through all the book). It was new for me to hear about such a thing as "Vampire Wine". A lot more likable than chase a squirrel or a rabid, for instance. First, I must say that this book (YA book) is not written properly. You could see that it's not difficult to read; the author didn't care to elaborate a lot of things as others YA authors did. HOWEVER, I had totally enjoyed "Pulse". I fell in love immediately with Jaegar, it's inevitable not to fell for the dark side, isn't it? She was a magnet for them! She was strong, beautiful, smart, intense... I liked Kalina, hurra for Gow, she made up a powerful character. Stuart was the guy who any story needs: the Yin of the Yang. The hot bad guy, who chase the girl and taunted her with his animal attraction, and the rational guy, who take care of her, protect her, and grew to love her besides of his loyalty intentions to his dead brother's girlfriend. I recommended this, you are not going to regret. I am waiting for the next books, it's a good thing that I don't have to wait so much!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

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    Amy

    At first I thought this would be like every vampire young adult book out there, but it's not. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the refreshing concept here. This story left me thinking about the characters long after I read the book. Hurry up book 2!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    Love this vampire book. Fast Paced and fun. Check it out

    I really enjoyed this book, it reminded me a bit of the Vampire Diaries, only in the way we have the 2 brothers that are vampires and both interested in a special girl. They do not always get along, one is more gentle and fights his nature, and wishes to be human, the other is loving it, and has no qualms with feeding from humans, (like Damon in Vampire Diaries, lol) anyway, that’s really were the similarities end. It has its own unique story to itself. It is interesting, has some twists that I did not really see coming, at all. And that huge cliffhanger has me scrounging to see if I can actually buy book 2, and know I will want all of them. I did not realize there is so many, book 8 will be out sometime this year (2013) but that’s ok, once I am able to buy them all, I should be able to just buy it as well.

    This book will really get you hooked for sure, 2 hot boys and a strong heroine, and we have a great story.

    Anyone who likes books like the early Vampire Diaries, or even the Sookie books (for those adults out there) will like this book. Give it a try. It’s an easy quick read.

    5 out of 5 stars. Will leave you with a few favorite scenes below for you.

    Here is part that I thought was pretty funny when Kalina first found out about vampires, and believed it.

    Kalina remained paralyzed in her seat. “Oh, crap.Aaron was a vampire.” She straightened up. Remain calm, Kalina. Breathe. “You're not going to eat me, are you?”“No,” said Stuart. “Not all vampires feed on humans. I choose not to. I drink Vampire Wine.”“Vampire Wine.” Kalina put the pieces together. “Jaegar...I thought he was kidding...”“And Aaron drank Vampire Wine, too. To avoid succumbing to temptation. To avoid drinking blood whenever he got too...excited....”Kalina's eyes widened. “So you mean...”“Vampire Wine wasn't the problem, Kalina. It was the only solution.”


    Here is another funny part

    “And what if Aaron drank from the unwilling? If he killed men and women – what then?”“I don't know that he did.” Kalina turned to face him. They drove on. “It sounds like he stuck to Vampire Wine. Which is more than I can say for you.”“Listen,” said Jaegar. “You eat your steak. I’ll eat my humans. You don't need to get self-righteous with me. As far as I'm concerned – you're just food.”“I'm food that can talk. And in any case – you don't seem to make up your mind whether you want to sleep with me or have me for dinner.”“Both, really.”

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

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    Kailin pens "Pulse" a paranormal romance for young adu

    Kailin pens "Pulse" a paranormal romance for young adults in an easy to follow plot with strong characters. A fast fun read that you will find yourself finishing within one night. Recommended for all YA and not so YA paranormal readers.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    This was a good book! Kalina is mourning her ex-boyfriend's dea

    This was a good book! Kalina is mourning her ex-boyfriend's death when she meets his two half brothers. Aaron was a fun loving guy who had a bad habbit of drinking too much, at least that is what Kalina thought and why she broke up with him. Now she finds out he was a vampire and so are his brothers!

    I liked Kalina. She wasn't the typical 17 year old, but was much more grounded. She was more mature but at the same time, she still enjoyed life. Stuart was such a noble guy but still a vampire. Jaegar was a bit hard to stomach sometimes but for the most part I still liked him.

    I rate this a 5/5 and can't wait to read more about these wonderful characters.


    Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    I know that I seem to say the same thing everytime that I re





    I know that I seem to say the same thing everytime that I review a Kailin book but man can she write, no matter whatever she writes I can never seem to put the book down whenever I pick one up.




    So this time we have a book about vampires (I love the title), and Kalina a 17 year old girl who's ex-boyfriend Aaron was recently killed, his two brothers Stuart and Jaegar come to town and it's not to long before Kalina ends up in a relationship with Stuart, while also being attracted to Jaegar who is the bad boy of the two.




    Being vampires and also being centuries old they're bound to end up with an enemy or two and he comes in the form of Octavius , he is here to capture Kalina who is found to have special blood that will break a vampire's curse, and so it's up to the two brothers to make sure that she's safe and doesn't fall into Octavius' hands.




    And as with all of Kailin's books this one has a killer ending, which as per usual means I need to get my hands on the next book pronto




    This has become another one of my favourite Kailin series and I highly recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

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    "The worst pickup line of all time. Hi, I'm Stuart. Go out

    "The worst pickup line of all time. Hi, I'm Stuart. Go out with me see-I can fly? What's next, you'll start sparkling in front of her?"
    LOL




    I really enjoyed this Vampire/Human book.
    Kalina is one heck of a feisty 17 year old. Having just lost her boyfriend then to have both his half brothers pop up...wow talk about drama!
    Not to mention they're vampires...or that she's special.




    I have to say my fave is Jaegar!!! He's blunt and straight-forth!!!!
    Stuart is cool, but a bit of a stand offish type.




    I love the steady lead up through out the book....nothing is really fast past...just a steady story of action.
    I really can't wait for the next book....I mean to leave us trapped in the basement...urgh!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Highly recommended for anyone who loves twists and turns, parano

    Highly recommended for anyone who loves twists and turns, paranormal romance, and sexy vampires.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 6, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    he storyline was at a slow pace through out the book. I believe

    he storyline was at a slow pace through out the book. I believe it would have been beter if it did not have a slow pace.  Even the high points were slowed down.




    The characters were the only thing  that got me kept reading until the end. Kalina, as a character, grew up and had to think on her feet as the book progressed. I believe she could not take all the information that was thrown at her any better. She rolled with the punches and dished out some of her own. I really loved the way she did not let the vampires scare her. She even knew how to handle Jaegar after some time with him.




    Jaegar reminds me of the T.V. show “Vampire Diaries” but I’m leaving that up for debate until the next book. Jaegar is witty, and audacious in his words and his way he lets the situation play the way he reacts.




    Stuart is a character that is holding a lot back but I believe he is falling for Kalina, a true fact, not the love you unless something better comes along.




    I rated this book low due to my knowledge of storylines and I could say what was going to happen before it did happen. There was no surprises or excitement that had me on the edge of my seat. The story line, to me, was slow and easily to read what would happen next.




    3 Stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    This book is...

    ok, but I don't recommend this series. It's frustrating and confusing. Plus, there are only about 100 pages per book and its not worth the $

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Intriguing

    Kalina loses her ex-boyfriend, Aaron, in a tragic accident three months before two handsome strangers, Jaegar & Stuart, show up in town to take over the Greystone family business. She eventually finds out that they are Aaron's older brothers and have also arrived to find out the true reason behind his sudden disappearance. When a dark family secret is revealed, Kalina must not only battle the scary truth of the people around her, but also what she has now become.

    Firstly, I had to chuckle at the name Jaegar. This was my first time seeing it in print as a character's name and all that kept flashing through my head was my early drinking days with Jägermeister, eww. Besides name association, the brother characters were complete opposites of each other. I understand Jaegar's mysteriously dark & coldly flirtatious older brother attitude, but Stuart's sweet awkwardness stumped me a little. Certain parts of the story described him as "a bit awkward, a bit stiff -- a thousand years of practice hadn't cured him of his romantic ideals of women" (pg. 99) and at other times that "all the humans that [he] had spent any significant amount of time with fell neatly into one of two categories. Food - ... or sex. Stuart had been a rake in his day -- more romantic that Jaegar, perhaps, but in the end no less promiscuous." (pg. 72-73) Oddly to me, "awkwardness" describes an amateur attitude, someone who is uncoordinated and tactless, so Stuart's past rakish mannerism in the ways of women was very conflicting and I couldn't quite understand him as a male lead because of that.

    The overall plot of Pulse was very intriguing, but it took me a while to get caught up in the story itself. From the beginning, I felt, it would have flowed better if the readers could have had a prelude of Aaron's accident or at least Kalina's discovery of the accident before cutting three months into where the story started. Except, what the readers got was a prologue to where both brothers deceived Kalina with "compulsion" right off the back, so it took me a while to figure out who and what exactly was going on the first few chapters and to warm up to the protagonists.

    I did enjoy the twist at the end of Pulse and believed that could add some juicy intrigue to the future of the series, but I'm hesitant of reading further into the story since it may turn into another viscous love triangle similar to Zoey & her multiple guys in the House of Night Series . . . something I couldn't quite overlook. Yet, Kalina's character was wonderfully strong and I liked that she wasn't intimidated with any of the situations she was placed in. She portrays a normal teenager with jealousy tendencies, but she's calm, caring, and remains chaste when the times calls for it. ;)

    If you're big into series and ready for a little young adult vampire love twist, try out Pulse, but don't expect fireworks or a monumental in-depth story. Just check it out for an enjoyable lazy Sunday afternoon read.

    Likes: The relationship between Kalina & her older brother/"acting father figure" was enjoyable.

    Dislikes: This story had too many similarities to The Vampire Diary brother figures.

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