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Forever seventeen, vampire Maggie Wells has spent the last 150 years seeking redemption by helping troubled teens. Born to destroy vampires, Shane Campton is clueless in dealing with his two younger sisters, whom he is responsible for. When Maggie and Shane-who should be mortal enemies-are forced to work together to save ...
Forever seventeen, vampire Maggie Wells has spent the last 150 years seeking redemption by helping troubled teens. Born to destroy vampires, Shane Campton is clueless in dealing with his two younger sisters, whom he is responsible for. When Maggie and Shane-who should be mortal enemies-are forced to work together to save Shane's family, sparks fly. But will they ignite a forbidden love or incinerate both of them?
Posted October 23, 2014
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
I have this book in ebook both as a stand alone and boxed set, and I won an audiobook copy through a multi-author giveaway to get through Audible.
The cover seems to have gone through several versions, but several seem to have the same green eyed cover model which I really like. I have a thing with book covers have stunning eyes and the green eyes definitely fit and grab my attention.
My son and I listened to the audiobook on the way to and from school every day. With this book, I wished I had a longer drive to work, so I could listen more, but I survived having to wait each day.
I really like the main character Maggie because she was kick butt and had awesome personal morals and values that she stuck by. She didn’t put up with garbage and fights for what she believes in. Her best friend Hannah is pretty cool. I like the kid character Chloe too :) Shane starts out being someone I’d like to slap, but he turns it around in the end. This book is action packed, and we definitely enjoyed it. I think the end was a little abrupt, and my son has very strong feelings about the ending. There are a lot of new issues for the characters that pop up at the end that are unresolved and really bugged my son that he didn’t have immediate answers. We are starting Rival tomorrow :)
The narrator did a fantastic job, and I easily connected with the story.
I think this would be an awesome series to get in paperback for my classroom to share with my students, but it will be awhile before I can afford to do so. I definitely recommend this series to paranormal fans especially if you like TV shows like Buffy, Angel, and Charmed.
Posted January 6, 2014
** I received this book in exchange for an honest review**
Let me start by saying wow. Unholy Alliance is not your typical young adult vampire novel.
I felt parts were a little rushed and the ending seemed to creep up on me. I was reading it and next bam, done!
I liked the character development. Even in the minor characters such as Lily. I'm really looking forward to seeing how they all play their parts in the next novel. Action. The action was good. I loved how it was the focus of the book, but it wasn't the whole book. The same goes for the romance (or lack there of). I think there was enough sap without going over the top like the rest of these vampire novels.
I can't wait to read the next one!!
Posted January 5, 2014
Even though I don’t like vampire novels, I decided to give this a try and I’m glad I did. The story of a vampire with a soul meeting (and possibly falling in love with) someone devoted to killing vampires isn’t a new idea. Even so, this book kept my attention from beginning to end. Maggie is an interesting character who is strong and competent yet flawed. I hope future books offer a little more insight into her past and what motivates her. Shane is very endearing though I find it hard to believe that a guy who took care of three sisters has no idea what to do with a crying girl. The supporting characters are very likeable, even Rachel who was the right amount of frustrating.
The story was very entertaining with the right amount of action, drama and romance. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was how Shane and Maggie’s relationship played out. Things happened a little too fast for my liking. Regardless, I definitely recommend this book even if you’re not really a vampire fan.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 2, 2014
Vampire YA is a hard genre to distinguish yourself in. Lacy and Haley Yager to do a good job. Their vampires have two sides, human and demonic. The more time the vampire spends being human (and feeding off donated blood) the better control they have over the demon. The story switches POV between Maggie, a good vampire in control of her demonic side, and Shane, a Chaser raised to kill vampires. Not surprisingly romance flares between them but the bad vampires are never far away.
The characterization was strong. The characters were both believable and engaging. We learn enough about their backstories to feel engage in their story but there is more left to be developed in later books. The action was well paced and the supporting characters were multidimensional.
The only thing that stops me giving it five stars is I felt that the romance was rushed. With characters that were engaging and well developed, I could have waited for the next book for the relationship to progress.
As this book kept me up an hour after my bed time, I will look out to read the next in the series.
(I received this book free in return for a fair and honest review.)
Posted December 31, 2013
*Note: I received a free copy of Unholy Alliance in exchange for an honest review.*
Unholy Alliance isn't your typical vampire/ vampire hunter story with a helping of romance thrown into the mix. It's got a lot of other things going for it even if the romance angle isn't your thing - like it's not normally mine. This YA urban-fantasy has plenty of action which kicks off right from the first page. I also particularly liked the dual point of view between Maggie, the vampire, and Shane, the hunter. The chapters flowed well between the characters and both characters had distinct voices. The dual perspective also helped developed the supernatural world so it's not quite as one-sided as it probably would have been otherwise - and I did like the reveal about Maggie's family connections. That was good, I didn't expect that. As for the romance angle, I'm particularly glad there wasn't instalove. There were plenty of comments on Shane's attractiveness, which I didn't need to have repeated quite so many times...I remembered after the first or second time. Each had to control their murderous impulses - particularly Shane - toward the other which was refreshing in the way it's handled. One thing I do wish was more developed is the vampire and vampire hunter mythology. The reader does get bits and pieces here and there, especially as the novel progresses, but I expect more will be revealed in the sequel. As for types of vampires in Maggie's universe, they seem like a cross between tv's The Vampire Diaries and Being Human (UK) vampires which suits me just fine.
Light, action-packed vampire story! Definitely recommended if you are a fan of vampire urban fantasy.
Posted December 30, 2013
I LOVED the characters and I liked the alternating POV between Maggie and Shane. This is a sweet, funny, action packed story and my biggest problem is it is quite short. I rarely give out 5 star reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I'm just a sucker for good vampires that don't kill humans. This story was filled with great characters that I feel like I know, and now that I finished the book (in 26 hours), I now miss them. Snarky and funny dialogue between vampire Maggie and Shane. Yes, romance happens in just a few days, but it worked for me.
Shane, a gorgeous, responsible, demon-killing 18-year old Chaser, who has been caring for his younger sisters for 5 years. Can I get an awwww? Then he meets 17-year old, plus 170 years, vampire Maggie, who does so many good things and has such good control over her inner demon. The supporting siblings and friends are wonderful. Chloe is an adorable 8-year old with special abilities and her endless questions were a great mechanism for divulging background information.
I think Ms. Yager should've played up Maggie seeing the badass, controlled Shane and then we could listen in to sweet thoughts going on in his head. The kissing scenes are very awkward and not in a good, sweet way. Rachel's attitude wears on you after a while. I think the story needed a few more unexpected twists, most were predictable, and the ending was abrupt. There were a few other minor irritations, but I can't go in to them without spoiling the story.
With-reservations: (very tame for a YA vampire book)
violence, murder, dead bodies, a few kisses
Received a free review copy from author for GoodReads [David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite!] group R&R #51.
Posted July 9, 2012
This gave some typical vampire/human romance with enough twists to be different. I did feel hanging for book 2 and potential good stories for the other main characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2012
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Posted January 21, 2012
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