97: Rise of the Battle Bred

97: Rise of the Battle Bred

by V. L. Holt


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493786459
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/11/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

V. L. Holt presents her debut novel in a surprising plot twist. She wrote historical romances for years, but stumbled upon the most exciting paranormal story and just had to write it. Find her on Facebook and at http://riseofthebattlebred.weebly.com. Visit the author page at VLHolt.blogspot.com

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97: Rise of the Battle Bred 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TaraCAllred More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare books that has the perfect pacing. It's a read that quickly pulls you in. The storytelling is superb, the characters are strong and well-developed, the humor is timely and full of wit, the writing is well-crafted with language and flow that are gifts to the reader. I was thoroughly entertained, while also learning so much from Holt's writing style. I loved this novel! Some of my favorite parts were the wonderful humor, the clever mom-isms, Crady and Jane's endearing friendship, and the excellent chemistry between William and Jane. Where some writers would lead the love story right into sappiness, Holt veers the reader at just the right time, leaving us wanting more. But my ultimate favorite part of the novel is the exceptional placement of POV between the Warloch stories about Agnes. What Holt did was remarkable. Rather than tell the readers what to think about Zarastrid and Zeko, she lets the reader go through this wonderful journey to discover these magnificently developed characters for themselves. I LOVED how well this was crafted. It was brilliant! I could read this book again just to better observe and understand the psychology around the experience Holt gave me with these characters. I also applaud Holt on how she shared evil. The book was still very clean and suitable for it's audience, yet we understood the bad things that had happened. It was shown to us, not told to us, given to us in fitting amounts, but not saturating us with evil and awfulness. To find that balance is very tricky, yet Holt did this with extreme grace. My one dislike: I didn't like the ending. But that is cause the ending isn't an ending! Rather it's a nice offering from the author to let the reader take a break. A chance to stretch our legs, grab a meal, some sleep, a quick return to reality, before diving into 98 and the rest of this fantastic story. Very well done! I can't wait to read more from Holt!
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this story unfolded… the telling of the current day story with Jane and William, and the history of the story with the Warlochs creating and beginning the race of warriors. I especially liked how it all came slowly together. No questions were fully answered outright… they were slowly drawn out. It left a lot of intrigue and really pulled me into the story as Jane learned what was going on. The collision of real world high school situations and fantasy made for a fun read. I liked that Jane didn’t outright believe everything that was going on. It seemed to make the story much more real simply because she didn’t just accept everything. She had moments of thinking she must be totally crazy (because wouldn’t the average real high school senior girl think she was losing her mind before saying “oh yeah, demons and warriors and magic are totally real.”?). The cute boy made her blush with his attention. When something seemed wrong or questionable… she actually googled and asked questions. At the same time… the fantasy and magic is front and center just as often as the average teen crush romance. I was impressed by how well V.L. Holt was able to write such a real world and such a magical world… and keep them separate while also weaving them together. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series to find out how William and Jane’s story continues… and what happens next with Zarastrid and the other warlochs. While I enjoyed the modern day story… I really loved the history of the story. I loved the subtle changes in writing style that came with switching time frames. The struggle of Zarastrid and the other warlochs being these cursed beings with no hearts… but being faced with caring for women (or 1 woman in particular) that were studied and chosen for being superior made the character development interesting and complicated. I’m hoping we learn more about the details of the history in the next book. Oh…. and 97. Very clever title.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
I love the mixture of fantasy and real world! Jane is fully immersed in regular every day life until the new boy comes to town. At first William seems like the dream man. He is totally adorable, and smart to boot. Jane is an average looking, shy girl. Why does the new stud want to be her boyfriend? Enter in a mystical Warloch. The story lines are running parallel, with one in the distant past quickly catching up to modern times. How will Jane come to terms with the Warloch’s world? Will she even realize that the worlds are intermingling? Great story, and I can’t wait to see the next installment. What will happen with Jane and William (will anything happen…)? 
TheBookStalker More than 1 year ago
A unique and creatively written novel told in an astoundingly genius perspective. Holt has successfully taken the beliefs of the past and thrust them into the traditions of the present, creating a heart-warming love story with the excitement of the unknown combining inexplicable attraction that comes when soul mates finally meet. Warloch’s and gargoyles are creepy. Jane is simply rare in every aspect. William is strikingly handsome and a warrior in the truest sense. I was impressed with how well these very diverse characters were able to come together in a gratifying and substantially complete tale. It is rare to find authors who are able to take various points of view and uniting them into a story that is easy to follow. Holt did an exemplary job at putting together two different storylines into one book while keeping the readers excited about both from start to finish. Readers will be torn about which point of view is favored while finding characters from both the imaginative world and the real that they can connect with. Holt has done well in her debut novel and I am ecstatic to find out how this story progresses!
SBMorales More than 1 year ago
What a great story. When I first started the book I was a little confused. The story telling of both time lines had me wondering what story I was actually reading. I trusted that Holt had a reason for telling the story this way. It didn't take me long to get the a-ha moment. I understood what was going on. I loved being able to learn about the back story  this way. It was so interesting, at times I tried to read the present story fast to get back to the flashback. In no way does that mean I didn't enjoy the present story. The chapter about Toledo was so exciting. It made me wish there was a whole book about just the son and father's life on the run.      I was curious about the attraction William had to Jane. He had no explanation for it, but just had to be close to her and learn more about her. Once the two time lines begin to catch up to each other things begin to come into focus. I assumed that Jane had to have something to do with William's past, but hadn't guessed the way they were connected. I appreciated the point of view changes. Learning why the character did what they did and how they felt about the situations they were in. I like understanding why something is playing out a certain way and the change of view helps me do that.     The list of mom-ism's that Jane collects throughout the story helped me to connect with her. It just reminded me of myself and I'm sure many readers will be able to connect with those sayings that your mom always have on hand.      When William says "I have lived all my lives in order to find you." I just melted and he became my new BBF! The one thing that seemed out of place was Crady's father. I don't know of any father especially a sheriff going to tell his daughter how a hot guy just moved in and how he was Tall Dark and Handsome. I can see a father saying someone new moved in and she better stay the heck away from him, but maybe that's just me. It did make me laugh though thinking about a father wanting to know if he was correct in his assessment of William's hotness. Overall I was sad to see it end! I can't wait to read the next part of the story. If you love Sci-Fi like I do you are going to love this one!!!