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Posted December 7, 2011
I received this book to review from the R2R (Read 2 Review) program. Thank you for the book and the chance to read it.
I devoured this book in a few short hours. It was about 180ish pages on the Nook, and I did enjoy it. This was a dystopian about a teenage girl named Sloane. In the beginning she starts out in the white sector, a place where she is safe. She soon travels to the red sector which is full of vampires to look for her brother who is presumed dead.
The author's world building is honestly really good. You get transported easily, through her wonderful details. The plot was interesting enough, and had a little bit of mystery as well as a lot of excitement. Sloane is quite an awesome heroine. Very strong AND smart. She can handle herself, and she doesn't become all stupid when she meets a guy like so many other characters I've been reading about lately. (sorry for that little rant) But yeah. I loved Sloane.
The story moves very fast and that's a good thing. It's never boring, but I believe it went almost too fast at times. Some parts felt rushed and contrived. Sloane does get out of some sticky situations too easily. The book could have probably been a little longer, but for a first novel I think it's very good.
The story had some fun twists, and ends with a nice cliff hanger. I will continue this series when book two comes out!
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Posted December 6, 2011
This was a very entertaining young adult read. I was surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Sloan is a 17 year old vampire hunter who ventures out of the safety of the ¿white sector¿ to the vampire infested ¿red sector¿ to look for her missing twin brother. She meets Aden a young handsome vampire and is shocked because she has only seen the rogue vampires who are little more than animals. Aden turns her against her will and Sloan has to deal with her feelings towards vampires, her previous human friends and fellow vampire hunters, and her attraction to Aden.
Sloan is a wonderful female heroine, she is strong and independent. I enjoyed this dystopian novel immensely and would recommend it to Teenagers and Adults.
Thank you to Krystle Jones, read and review from the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics! on goodreads!
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Posted May 11, 2013
I really enjoyed this suspenseful story of Sloane. It is a futuristic story about vampires taking over and almost wiping out humanity. Reading about Sloane who has such love for her brother Orion, is just poetic about what siblings would do for each other. Sloane is the exact character I love, strong willed, hard headed and not easily persuaded by love. She's tough and when she sets her mind to something, nothing can stop her. She is no damsel in distress although she is saved often but she goes down fighting every time, never giving up. Her attitude and dedication alone is what makes this book enjoyable. I liked that there are 2 types of vampires, rogues who have no humanity and feed off of humans, and then the "normal vampires" who still have their humanity and live like normal human beings. When Sloan risks her life to go searching for her brother, she believed that all the vampires were like rogues. Then she meets Aden, who is your "normal vampire". Aden realizes she is the daughter of the Sovereign, leader of the Pennsylvania White Sector, and decides to change her. Sloan must now learn how to live as a vampire and somehow get back to her family. Sloan's adventure begins here, finding out that the vampires aren't as bad as she thought they would be and didn't expect to fall in love with one. I would definitely recommend this one to my PNR YA readers. Enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2013
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This book was so good! I was literally holding my breath the whole time! It BLOW MY MIND! This Author kept the plot going. There was NEVER a dual moment in this book and that's really rare to find a book that always has something going on! Well look no farther because if you like Vampires, Apocalypse, Action (Lots of Action) Blood-shed, with a touch of Romance then you finally found it. This book is a hidden gem! AMAZING, Really!
Here's the Plot
This books starts off a couple years after the night of the eclipse. The night the vampires decided to let their bloodlust get the best of them. The vampires came out of no where slaughtering people, and they weren't you're regular kind of vampires you usually read about. These vampires are the mindless rabid creatures that only craves blood and blood only! So after the vampires wiped out a big chunk of the human population, the remaining humans were rounded up and sealed off in their own little city called "The White Sectors" cut off from the rouge vampires who are in "The Red Sectors".
But before the night of the Vampire-Eclipse. Sloane a seventeen-year-old girl's brother went missing after he was attacked by a rouge vampire and never seen again. Everyone told Sloane that her brother was dead but Sloane won't except he's dead until she found out for herself.
So that's when the adventure starts!
Sloane leaves the safety of "The White Sector" to venture out into "The Red Sectors" in search for the truth of her brother. And that's when Sloane finds out that everything she once believed is a lie. She is captured and turn by a "Normal" Vampire (Not the rabid blood thirsty kind). And Sloane finds herself being the very thing that she once hated since her brother went missing, A Vampire.
So that's when the real fun starts! As Sloane fights the undenying attraction that she is having towards her "Maker" (The one who turned her) Captain Knight she learns secrets that will destroy her life and if unchanged destroy the rest of the world.
Sloane has to put her trust in the very thing she once hunted as a vampire hunter and before all is said an done, Sloane may find that a vampire may be trusted more then her own family!
This book has SO MANY Twist and turn that you won't see coming and leaving you on the edge of your seat as the truth emerges and worlds are turned upside down and shattered!
This is definite MUST-READ! I give this book 5 stars and would definitely give it more! If you like "Immortal Rules", "Reign Of Blood", "Darkness Before Dawn", and "The Vampire Apocalypse" then you'll LOVE this book!
Posted January 19, 2013
The Scarlet Dagger satisfied my craved for a kick butt heroine in an completely action packed read. This alternate universe was quite intriguing. It has been three years since that awful night. The night that Scartlet along with most everyone see knows lost someone they love. The night the Vampires took over. Now they have found a way to exist even if that is in seclusion. Or rather an entire city surrounded by walls that will keep everything outside. Scartlet has carried the scar from that terrible night that she not only lost her life as she knows it, but also the life of her twin. Feeling the guilt that she has carried for the past two years, this book jumps immediately into action. Scartlet is venturing out into the red zone; the area outside of the walls where all of these creatures still live. Only what she finds on this mission to find any trace of her brother will change that world she knows it yet again. Trying to sort through her prejudices she will be forced to look at the world in a new light. This is a story full of who can you trusts and whys... The Scarlet Dagger was a powerful and excellent story. It is fresh and inventive, and leaves me anxious to see what will happen in the next.
~BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~
Posted January 13, 2013
Fantastic Series Start
Three years ago, during an eclipse, the world changed forever. Vampires attacked and about a third of humans were killed. The land is now divided by sectors, and not all of them are deemed safe. Government as we know it ceased to exist, and a new government popped up in its place. The White Sector is clear of vampires, and a new sovereign is in charge. That new sovereign is Sloane’s mother, and that means everyone’s eyes are on Sloane, which makes her plan to cross to the Red Sector to save her twin brother a bit difficult. But Sloane is no ordinary seventeen year old. She’s a hunter, a member of the Black Cross Guild, and they are identified by the tattoos of black crosses on their wrist.
While she is in the Red Sector she is attacked and changed into a vampire. Sloane learns that vampires aren’t just mindless killing machines, they are people with thoughts, hearts, and feelings. And a hidden society underground. And furthermore, she carries the mark of The Creator. Oh yeah, things are about to get real for Sloane.
The world that Krystle Jones created is a terrific post-apocalyptic lover’s fantasy. The vampire society underground is, in many ways, much better than how the humans are living above ground. It was absolutely so cool to read about all the different aspects. There is housing, entertainment, law, hospitals. It’s really a sight to behold. Every time something new was introduced I was absolutely in awe.
And that’s not only the amenities – the vampires inhabiting it are terrific too. She’s created characters to adore and fall in love with… or despise. Of course there is Aden, the vampire who turned Sloane. There are times you wonder whether you can trust him or not. He certainly seems trustworthy, but the man has some secrets, that’s for sure. I really loved him throughout the entire story.
There are other characters I really liked. Angel, for one. She is bubbly and fun, and not at all what you’d expect. And she turns out to be a true friend to Sloane, in many ways. I really enjoyed reading about her. Rook is another vampire who intrigued me. I won’t blow the secret about Rook, but I definitely want to see more of him. Whatever makes him tick has got to be one heck of a story!
As for romance, don’t expect too much of it in this story. There is a bit, and there’s potential for more, but it’s definitely not a PNR. If you want good ol Urban Fantasy action and mystery, then this is definitely the story for you. The author has proven she has a terrific imagination and the story will keep you turning pages until the end. There is a bit of treachery, wahoo! And surprises are around every corner. I definitely recommend this story to vampire lovers! And once you learn the meaning behind the title, The Scarlet Dagger, it definitely adds a game changer to the vampire/vampire hunter story.
Posted December 14, 2012
Great vampire read..
Three years ago the Eclipse occurred. Humans were attacked by vampires. The remaining humans live in the white sector while the
vampires remain in the red sector.
Seventeen year old Sloane McAllister lost her twin brother Orion to the vampires that night. If there is any chance he is alive, she must
try to find him. And that's why she heads to the red sector armed with a scarlet steel dagger, which is deadly to vampires. Here she
meets Aden, a vampire who seems just like a human to her. She had been led to believe that vampires were bloodthirsty monsters with
no self control. They fight and he changes her. She wakes up in an underground city and tries to come to terms with being a vampire,
her natural enemy. She fears that if she goes home, she will be killed by her friends and family because she is a vampire. But she feels
that she has to try to escape and plays along to gain the trust of the vampires.
But unexpectedly, she finds herself making friends among the vampires and falling in love.
This is a dystopian, urban fantasy full of action, friendship and romance. It was a unique take on vampires and completely unpredictable.
The characters were well written and the protagonist was a very likeable character. As was her love interest. I love books about vampires
and this one didn't let me down. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to fans of this genre.
Posted December 12, 2012
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to Proserpine@ Proserpine craving books, and Krystal Jones!)
Sloane lives in a dystopian Pittsburgh, where vampires live in the ‘red sector’ surrounding the city, and humans are kept safe inside high fences.
When ‘the eclipse’ happened 3 years ago, and the vampires came out, Sloan’s brother Orion was taken, and Sloan is determined to find him.
Stealing her best friend Leo’s scarlet dagger – a weapon made with scarlet steel that is harmful to vampires, Sloan runs away and into the red sector, searching for any trace of her brother.
Once in the red sector she’s attacked by a rogue vampire. She kills him, but her next encounter with a vampire ends in disaster, and she wakes to find herself a vampire!
Still determined to find Orion though, Sloane perseveres in her search, but all she ever thought she knew about vampires is about to be proved wrong though.
Can Sloane find her brother? What will she do now that she herself is a vampire? And does she really have feelings for the vampire that turned her?
I enjoyed this book. Although it was about vampires, it didn’t feel like your average vampire story, and I liked the idea of the scarlet steel.
Sloane was a great character, although she seemed older than her 17 years, and I admired her determination to find her brother, even if it was a little misguided.
I liked Aden (the vampire that turned her), and thought that the subtle romance between them was done really well. He was a totally loveable character, and I liked the way he behaved towards Sloane.
I liked the storyline, and didn’t guess the major twists and turns in the tale at the end! I’m intrigued as to what will happen in the next instalment now!
7.5 out of 10.
Posted July 13, 2012
Posted March 27, 2012
I was given a copy of this novel from the author for any honest review!
WOW! The overall composition of this novel was Jedi mind trickery at its finest! There is no way I could have guessed all the events as they played out in this dystopian, urban fantasy thriller.
This novel takes us into a world riddled with a devastating discovery of vampires. Sloane lost her twin Orion and friend Rook the day the vampires revealed themselves in the most horrid manner. Three years later, unable to cope with the mystery of her brother's death, she ventures back to the forbidden sector that was once her family's home. It is there, she meets Aden, and her life is taken on a whirlwind of an adventure!
Sloane wasn't the most kick butt heroine, I've ever met but she was definitely someone to be reckoned with. Here's my all time favorite scene:
"I raced for the kitchen, careening into the cabinets as I flung open the knife drawer. Footsteps thundered toward me. Whirling around, I hurled one knife after the other as the men came through the doorway. Blades embedded themselves in their chests and foreheads, spraying blood along the wall. When I ran out of knives, I grabbed the biggest fork I could find and launched myself at the final man blocking my way. When he first saw the fork, he laughed-
Right before I shoved it into his open mouth, so hard the prongs dug into the back of his skull."
I was like a washed out high school quarterback watching the pros slam a touchdown at the Super Bowl on Thanksgiving when I read that scene. Like a proud papa bear, I leaped up so quickly, I almost broke my Nook! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! YEAH!
*Clearing my throat* *brushing the nonexistent lint from my lapel*
Pardon my outburst! This story almost read like a mystery novel, but like I said before, there was no way I could have guess all the events that took place.
--> Secrets, &
--> Assassination plots.
Oh and to just leave your heart in your throat, we're left on a cliff hanger! The next installment of The Red Sector Chronicles is definitely on my radar!
Posted March 7, 2012
I Also Recommend:
The Scarlet Dagger is an impressive and original take on a dystopian vampire society. Sloane McAllister hails from a world that’s split between the White Sector and the Red Sector (home of the underground vamps).
Sloane escapes into the Red Sector, against the law, to find the twin brother that she doesn’t believe is dead. The characters she meets along her journey, or she leaves behind, are all definitely unique. Some, like General Frost, are downright terrifying. It’s just a shame that some characters, like her best friend Leo or her distant mom, are mostly in her thoughts and readers don’t spend much time with them. Her discovery of the underground base begins with the ridiculously sweet vampire soldier, Aden. It’s interesting to read how he changes from the ‘Captain Knight’ face of Aden to the carefree guy he is around Sloane. Aden is there for her throughout her struggles but might not be quite what he seems. The changes and decisions she faces are brought on by allies and enemies alike.
Ms. Jones jumps right into the story weaving lies and truths to the very end. The slowly developing romance is sweet with an undercurrent of passion. Sloane is not without her trials and extreme bouts of paranoia (which were actually quite funny), so it’s a smart move she makes when she doesn’t immediately give in to Aden’s charms. Despite her Hunter background and extreme dislike of all things vampire, Sloane is actually an honorable teen. It’s a breath of fresh air to read about a girl with her head on straight, especially in the kind of world she’s living in.
The Scarlet Dagger keeps readers on the edge with several fast-paced action scenes. The ending is quite a surprise (as in nothing in the story gives it away) and leaves readers with a taste of foreboding and anticipation for the next book in the series, Dark Horizons.
On a side note, I appreciated that Sloane was written as a bi-racial. It's not an important factor, but having variety in the stories I read is a definite plus.
Posted February 27, 2012
I devoured this book in just two days! What's better then to come across a book that made ¿¿us live a lot of emotions! The author managed to create a fantastic, dark and mystical world. Boost with action from of wall to wall, mysterious, dark and endearing characters and a plot that will leave you breathless at the end of each chapter!
The Scarlet Dagger isn't the first book of the author Krystle Jones and she totally handles her art! I loved her writing style: trendy, easy to read and at the end of each chapter, I asked for more and I received it! Krystle Jones portrays our world, ravaged by a virus a few years earlier, in which transformed much of the population into vampires. Humans that haven't been infected have trained and form a ''militia'' to destroy those who were infected. This new world is divided into sectors for separate humans from vampires.
Sloane, the main character, is part of the ''militia''. She knows how to fight; she is intelligent and very strong girl. She's a natural beauty and I liked the fact that she's not childish even if she's young. She got values ¿¿in the right place and will fight for those she loves and cares. She has one thing in mind: to find her missing brother who has disappeared into the vampire’s side a few years ago. Just with the summary of the book, the author had me hooked! I couldn't pass over this one! Kick-ass/Warrior girl, some sexy vampires: Oh my!
Aden is a dreamy/vampire/sexy/hotness boy and I really enjoy reading about him and his grin! Who would not fall under the fangs of Aden!?!?! Wonder.... Even if he turns Sloane into a vampire against her will, Aden's still an interesting character. I can't see the ''monster'' in him... really! Very protective of Sloane, we often misunderstood his true intentions. Enigmatic and attractive, Aden will likely become a very important character in the books to follow!
Can't wait to read the rest of this series and see how Sloane will manage what happens at the end of The Scarlet Dagger! Jeez, it's kind of love and hate ending for me!!! Krytle Jones's surely made of me a new slave to her Red Sector Chronicles!
Posted February 24, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't find the heroine annoying which sadly happens in a lot of YA books.
Looking forward to the second book, so please write faster Ms. Jones.
Posted January 29, 2012
This book was like a hidden treasure, unexpected, and totally awesome.
Sloane McAllister had a pretty good life; she lived with her twin brother Orion and her father. She had always resented her mother because she left their family to be in the military. Sloane's mother got pregnant with twins by a black man when she was 18, and her parents kicked her out. Although her mother said she left to make money, she didn't care about the money all she cared about was family. Sloane's life was pretty good other than that fact until the night when Vampire Rogues attacked everyone killing her twin brother Orion and his best friend Rook. Sloane and her father escaped in their car and made it to safety. Sloane still felt guilt for her brother's death and felt like it was her fault. Sloane finally decides to leave the safety of the White Sector of which her mother is the leader, and venture into the Red Sector (home of the Vampires) to look for her brother Orion. While on the ride to the Red Sector her best friend Leo called asking why his father's Scarlet Dagger was missing, and he figures out her plan and notifies her mother to try to stop her. Despite the warning to the Scarlet Guard, Sloane manages to slip past the guard into the Red Sector only to find a Vampire Rogue who wants to kill her. She kills him with The Scarlet Dagger (Scarlet steel is designed to kill Vampires, and if stuck deep enough it can burn them from the inside out). After this she decides to return to her old home. When she steps foot into her old home she is flooded with memories of the past, and wishes things were the way they used to be. Sloane was so caught up in memories that she barely noticed that someone was in the house with her, and when she turned to fight she is surprised to find that it is a Vampire who looks and talks just like her. All of this time she thought that Vampires were just soulless animals who kill and give in to blood-lust. While fighting the Vampire he turns her into one which goes against her very being, seeing how she is a Vampire Hunter sworn to kill the monsters who prey on innocent people. Aden is a Captain in the Underground Vampire Community and the Vampire who turned Sloane. When Sloane wakes up in a hospital, and doesn't remember anything except that she was turned into a Vampire she tries to escape twice. Both times Aden saves her life. Aden is placed as the guardian of Sloane because he was the one to stick up for her. When Sloane actually gets to know Aden her perspective and feelings on Vampires start to change. Sloane quickly realizes that the Vampires underground acted more human and caring than the humans she knew. Torn between loyalty, love, guilt, and pain Sloane must make the choice whether she will forsake mankind and all that she has ever fought for and believed in.
Living underground with all of the Vampires has shown Sloane that not all Vampires are bad, just like all Humans aren't good. These Vampires are totally not what she expected and she soon starts to care for them.
The end was totally mind blowing. I never expected what happened was going to happen. There are many secrets and mysteries that are uncovered in the end. I wish that I could tell you but you just have to read to understand. This was a perfect ending to lead in a series or a sequel, and I am really excited about the next book. I love the world that Krystle Jones had created, it's not your ordinary Vampire World. I love it! This book is different and
Posted January 2, 2012
Everything begins when Sloane leaves everything behind to look for her brother, Orion, who everyone believes died when a vampire attacked them one night. But Sloane managed to escape leaving her brother and a friend, Rook, behind and now, three years after the tragedy, she is still blaming herself and her only hope is to find him and bring him home... or what is left of it.
You see, Sloane's mom is Sovereign McAllister, the one who protects them from the vampire menace... but she reached that by abandoning her family; a family that her dad tried to save but failed when he died.
But now Sloane is strong and with the scarlet dagger that she took from her best friend's dad she is ready to go into the Red Sector. That is until Leo calls security to stop her (he doesn't want to see her die). Major mistake... that only makes Sloane run faster to reach her goal... until she falls in a trap and a vampire almost kills her.
And then, the impossible happens: a guy that can't be more than 16 is in the Red Sector (which is almost impossible) and he saves her... only to kill her himself.
Yep, he is a vampire too, but a good vampire. And soon Sloane realizes that humanity is wrong: there are good vampires, bad vampires (rogues) and nut vampires.
Forced to live within them for a mark that she is supposed to carry a journey begins: now she is a soldier working for the vampires, the guy who turned her is a Captain and she has to live with him and his mom and to make things worse they implant a chip in her neck that will electrocute her if she tries to run away...
But could she truly turn her back to Leo and humanity to become a fully vampire? Could Captain Knight ever explain her what is the Mark of the Creator? Is she truly falling for the guy who ruined her life?
And why on earth is someone trying to kill her every single day?!
First of all, I have to be honest, the beginning was a little bit slow for me but don't worry too much about it because after a few chapters the book improves a whole lot. The story develops perfectly and characters like Angel are the top of a perfect cake where twists and secrets have a lot to hide.
And to make things better Aden, the one who turned Sloane, is a good and huge reason to like this book. Here we have a bad boy that feels and makes us feel.
My final thought? I can't wait to see what happens next with everybody. Honestly, the end leaves so many things open that I need to read the next book soon!
Posted December 30, 2011
Three years ago the moon turned blood red during the Eclipse and the world as Sloane knew it ended. While out with her twin brother Orion and their friend Rook, both guys get attacked by vampires and go missing. Not long after that, Sloane loses her father to cancer, leaving her with her mother who cares nothing for her, blaming her for her Orion's death. So after years of training with her best friend Leo as a vampire hunter, Sloane sets out into the Red Sector in search of her brother. What she didn't plan on was being turned into the very thing she was trained to kill. But soon Sloane finds out that not all vampires are crazy, blood driven animals. That some are actually are more human than the people she left behind in the White Sector.
WOW oh WOW! Where do I being? This book was crazy good, crazy romantic and crazy suspenseful! I fell hard for Aden right from the start and when picturing him, I pictured Alex Pettyfer. *le sigh* Is that wrong? I mean, when she talked about his hair and his heavenly looks, Alex came to mind. Sure Aden can be a complex individual, but it¿s obvious he cares for her. Sloane is instantly easy to love. Just when you wouldn¿t blame her for shutting down, she steps up and gives it everything she has. I loved her feisty, cleaver quips, always saying what the rest of us are thinking.
Immediately taken with this book from the very start, I couldn¿t put it down. The book¿s plot was so addictive and intense I feverishly read needing to know what would happen next. Now I am dying to get my hands on book two, Dark Horizons. Jones gives us a well written book with a nail biting storyline and amazing characters. Fans of vampires and the book Divergent will love this story. The Scarlet Dagger is one of my most fav reads of 2011!
Posted December 19, 2011
A few words for this book: Amazing, Suspenseful and Funny. Everyone who reads this book is sure to fall in love with the characters just as I did.
Salone is 17 and three years ago the Eclipse happened. It was Halloween night when everyone learned vampire weren't just myths and fairy tales. On this night, the Eclipse, vampires came out of hiding and slaughtered at least half of human kind, possibly including Salones' twin brother Orion. Now three years later, in her home town, it is divided into the White Sector, for humans, and the Red Sector, for vampires. Then one fateful night Salone "borrows" her best friend Leo's Scarlet Steel Dagger, which is lethal to vampires, and Leo's dads code to get through the gate and into the Red Sector to search for her lost twin brother Orion. Once out in the Red Sector Salone is soon caught by a Rogue vampire and must fight for her life against this monster. She barly makes it when she spots the house she lived in before the Eclipse, the house she had a family in. Drawn to the house she steps inside and is amazed at how similar yet different everything is when she is caught again by a vampire! But this isn't any ordinary vampire, this is Aden Knight. Can Salone make it out alive and find her brother Orion? Read this exceptional book to find out!
Posted December 14, 2011
The Scarlet Dagger (The Red Sector Chronicles #1) by Krystle Jones
This is the first book I¿ve read by Krystle Jones, her writing style was easy to read and she told us a good story, I really liked this book and I can see a lot of potential for this series. The descriptions were good and not overly done, good plot, I definitely will be looking forward to reading Dark Horizons book 2.
So we are introduced to 17 year old Sloane McAllister, vampire slayer. She is strong, independent and makes a great heroine, Sloane goal is to find her twin brother Owen who was taken by the vampires and she is unsure if he is dead or alive. Three years ago the world changed dramatically when the Eclipse occurred and the vampires tried to slaughter the human race. This lead to the remaining human living is the White Sector and Vampires living in the Red Sector.
Sloan has trained hard and decides she is going to enter the Red Sector with a weapon called the scarlet dagger which is deadly to the vampires. The guilt she feels deep inside will not allow her to give up hoping that she will find Owen alive.
Shortly after entering the red sector she is attacked and turned into a vampire by Aiden, you just know he is one of the main characters in this book, he is handsome, strong and Sloane of course is very attracted to him. But can she get past the fact that he destroyed her life and has turned her into the monsters she was meant to kill. She has always believed the vampires were monsters, blood thirsty and is she is having a hard time coming to terms with being a vampire. She still wants to get home even though she knows they may want to kill her. She decides to play along with them and get them to trust her knowing inside she is going to leave. She begins to make friendships and starts to fall in love with Aiden.
This novel has romance, drama, friendship and of course the vampires so who wouldn¿t love to read Krystle¿s book, I for one really enjoyed it. The best part is the villain and I won¿t say anymore on that just go read the book.
I want to thank Krystle Jones for giving the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics group the opportunity to read and review your book. It is great that an author gives her hard work away for free for us readers to review. So thank you for the opportunity to read your hard work.
I would recommend this book to all my friends who enjoy reading YA PNR/UF.
Posted December 8, 2011
The Scarlet Dagger is a fun dystopian young-adult paranormal romance...perfect for a quick easy read. The story is set in what I believe to be the near future after an apocalyptic event that divides the world into two sectors (vampire and human). The heroine of the book is a 17 year old girl and there is quite a bit of action with her kicking some serious butt. There is also the beginnings of a nice romance (this is the first of a series so I imagine, we'll be seeing the romance develop over time)
I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book and liked the author's new spin on vampires and human/vampire relations with regards to fear and prejudice but I was disappointed with the final 1/4 of the book. It seemed to me that it was wrapped up too quickly, with too many details left out, making it seem disjointed and almost like a completely different book. Now, that being said, I would still recommend The Scarlet Dagger because the first 3/4 of the book is worth a read. I'll definitely be giving the second book in the series a try with the hope that the author is able to get back to the writing of the middle portion of this book and will spend more time with the story rather than trying to cram the last chapter or two full of revelations and high action.
I gave the book three stars but because I was disappointed in the ending, it really should be more like 2 1/2 stars. I do foresee good things in the future from this author, though. A few more pages would have slowed the final action down making it more believable and earning it more stars.
Posted November 30, 2011
I was toying with how many stars to give this book. On finishing it, I immediately rated it four stars but then I contemplated giving it three, then thought maybe it should actually be three and a half but on final thoughts, I decided that in all honesty, this book simply deserves four stars. This book had me captivated from page one. It drew me into a dystopian world that was so well described and thought out throughout the entire story that there wasn¿t ever a time when I was confused about what was going on. It was the perfect balance of everything and I simply adored it so very much!
It is a story with captivating and realistic characters, raw emotional storylines, normal and realistic vampires and enough action to keep the reader motivated and intriguied. The romance is real and raw and the dilemma that the protagonist faces is just brilliantly written!
The only thing, I felt, that ruined this book and stopped me from giving it five stars and which nearly made me give it three stars, is that the plot is slightly predictable. And say slightly, because, on seconds thought, I realised that there were two plot twists that I hadn¿t seen coming and, if anything, these were the two things that really made things more interesting for me. It was for this reason that I stuck with four stars because, this book just truly deserves it! Better yet, this novel is only the start of The Red Sector Chronicles and it ends on an extremely interesting and gut-wrenching cliff hanger that makes you practically scream for more.
I was given the chance to read this novel for free through Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Group¿s R2R and I can honestly glad that I was given this amazing gift because it was a novel that I love and one that I hope arrives in paperback so I can own a copy. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys vampire novels or dystopian novels and even more so to the people that like them both, like me!