Restraint: Book One of the Restraint Trilogy

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Tragic circumstances bring two sisters, Laura and Linda, to a foreign land where they are stripped of their fortune and are at the mercy of their estranged uncle. However, strange happenings force Laura to believe their current situation was no accident. Something is after her. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).

After the abrupt death of her father, Laura Carter and her sister, Linda, are shipped off to England by an uncle they barely know. They are taken to a ...

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Overview

Tragic circumstances bring two sisters, Laura and Linda, to a foreign land where they are stripped of their fortune and are at the mercy of their estranged uncle. However, strange happenings force Laura to believe their current situation was no accident. Something is after her. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).

After the abrupt death of her father, Laura Carter and her sister, Linda, are shipped off to England by an uncle they barely know. They are taken to a large house in Annesley to begin a life of service. When Laura becomes a governess to a young boy named Marcus, she begins to experience strange things in the night... horrible things.

Creatures in the night. Bite marks on her body.

Laura is about to discover a secret that has existed in her family for generations... Something wants to possess her. It wants her blood, but it didn't expect her to resist and lose all restraint.

Book One of the Restraint Trilogy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475192216
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: Restraint Trilogy , #1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Madera currently resides in New York and is a recent college grad, obtaining her bachelor's degree in science. However, her true passion has always been reading and writing. She has been writing short stories since she was a child. She recently published her first full-length YA novel entitled Restraint and, its sequel, Lament. She also wrote the follow up novel to a fan favorite Weeping Willow entitled Wicked Magic: A Weeping Willow Novel. She is currently working on her next novel. For free YA short story downloads and for information on upcoming novels visit www.sandramadera.com and http://sandra-madera.blogspot.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Victorian Era vamps pack a vicious bite!!!

    I really loved this book, and yes, it is a complete full-length novel at 632 nook pages.

    It starts off as at a slow pace in which you catch glimpses at the dynamic of this unusual family and of the era to which Laura Carter belongs to, but then everything changes when she is taken across the pond to the UK. Everyone her family trusted betrays her. She realizes nothing is what it seems.

    Then the pace quickens, and you can actually feel the pain the main character is going through. It is well written and hypnotizing. I couldn't stop until I read it all and I still wanted more. Can't wait for the next installment!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

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    The result of Bram Stoker and Jane Austen

    Sometimes it’s hard to review a book.
    Sometimes, there’s just so much you want to comment on, but it all gets scrambled in your head and you can’t figure out how to put it all down so that it makes sense. That’s what I ran into with this book so I’m going to try and limit what I bring up and try to keep it as on point as I can.
    Here we go.
    Restraint is the illegitimate child that resulted from a one-night stand between Jane Austin and Bram Stoker. Set in 1884 America and England, Restraint is a story about two sisters whose father dies, leaving them to be shipped off to live with an estranged uncle in England. The only problem is, there are vampires in the mix. And they’re after Laura (Even though that’s the crux of the story, you don’t find that out until well after the halfway point).
    The idea of the book is interesting. I like that the vampires are cruel, cold beasts. It’s about time vampire stories get back to their roots. But the author’s execution in telling the story is poor. Also, I felt the first 125 pages could’ve been summed up (or given as snippets of back story later on in the book) and the book should have started on 126 with the discovery of her father’s journal.
    Now onto specifics:
    First of all, head hopping. I’m pretty sure I was supposed to be in the protagonist’s head throughout the entire book, but there were countless times the reader was told things there’s no way the protag could’ve known.
    Secondly, vocabulary. We’re in 1884, stick with the language and sayings from that period. For the most part, Madera did a good job getting down the vernacular and vocabulary (from what I would expect it to be, anyway), but there were times she would throw in word or phrase that just didn’t fit and would completely pull me out of the story.
    While reading through the book, one thing kept standing out to me. The story was overworked while at the same time still extremely raw. There were a lot of little things (and some not so little things) that could’ve been fixed by tightening up the book.
    Showing versus telling. There was a lot of telling (sometimes telling the reader the same thing 3 or 4 different times in the same paragraph). It’s like Madera didn’t trust the reader to figure out on their own what she was hinting at. I think this issue also affected the fact that there wasn’t any real sense of urgency or risk in the story. If we’d gone through what Laura was going through, then maybe there could’ve been.
    Incorrect use of many things. Exclamation points! ….ellipses…. and adjectives, to name a few. A lot of times, a adjective was used in the completely wrong context, giving the reader a wrong impression of what the character was feeling at the time. It threw me out of the story more than once.

    Read the rest at my blog, raelynnfry.blogspot

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    A neat and different take on vampires.

    Laura is leary of her uncle, and with good reason. Madera has given us a different take on vampires and servitude. We follow two sisters, Linda - who seems really clueless to everything, and Laura - who feels like the unwanted sister. Laura's father treats her like a young child, instead of the young women she is. They're creepy uncle comes the day after their father dies, telling them that England is now going to be home.

    I enjoyed reading this book, and the best part, the story isn't over.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    So slow and no depth

    Was this book written by a 7th grader? I wish I could get a refund! One dimensional characters, lackluster writing and novice scene development are just some of the problems with this book. Don't waste your time or money!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Suspenseful and interesting. This book is for someone who likes

    Suspenseful and interesting. This book is for someone who likes the era, because some things about that time are explained. The bad guys are so interesting. I really liked this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    A decent story..even though transparent and slow

    Desperately needs editing ( spelling, words missing, wrong words - brake/break, concious/conscince)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Ages

    What ages is this reccomended for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    This is a good read check it out

    I really liked the story line in this book. The biggest problem this book has is that no one really edited it. Good story. It took a bit longer than I would have liked in some parts but it was overall a page turner for me. I would like to see a sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Question

    Is ther any cussing?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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