Laney

Laney

by Joann Sowles

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Overview

In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life-that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he? As Laney's sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure-including a love she didn't know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver's love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn't so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver's most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984486717
Publisher: Brookehaven Publishing
Publication date: 12/14/2010
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

Joann’s love of fantasy and science fiction inspired her to create the Brookehaven Vampires and their world. She lives in Northern California with her very supportive husband and their two wonderful children, along with what she likes to call her furry entourage–two tuxedo cats and a very devoted Aussie. Between being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom and a wife, she spends her spare time, what little there is of it, hard at work on the next Brookehaven installment.

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Laney (the Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
eVilnIsy More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Laney!! Am ecstatic that the next installment is coming out this year, hurry up Joann with Darkness I need more Oliver in my life! I'm not going to go into detail and ruin the next esteemed Laney fan, but all I can say is it's a keeper. Worth its weight in gold! *drum roll!* And the best Hater award goes too. At Anonymous *GIGGLE* are you seriously hiding who you are? You might as well show yourself, if you're going to write something totally off, you might as well own up to it, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. College students!!! Did you go to college or were you deprived? It also sounds like, where you come from we're a little loosey goosey, when was our innocence lost? Eww sucia! Can we keep our jaded reviews to our self-please? Xoxo Joann! Another hater to add to your shelf, I see BIG things in your future!
ImOnFire More than 1 year ago
Pleasantly surprised Sowles has an enjoyable writing style - for an author with few books, it is smooth and with very few errors to detract from the story. Dialogue flows well. Because of the inevitable comparisons to Twilight (which I loved, btw), I will give you this: Yes, there is a human (?) girl in love with what turns out to be a vampire and all sorts of danger and drama ensues. The other thing it has in common with Stephanie Meyers' books (and what I enjoyed about both) is the emotional story & development of the characters. I wouldn't go too far beyond that with comparisons, and this is definitely not a copycat story. The main character is barely 19 (not 22 like someone else said) - still young and naive enough to be figuring out who she is, and yet she isn't totally self-absorbed either. This is page-turner, there is enough mystery to keep you wanting more (even more so with the second book). I would recommend this to older teens because the content of this and the next book are rather mature (references to underage sex & drinking, general college age stuff).
vampireprofessor More than 1 year ago
Laney, Book 1 of The Brookhaven Vampire Series by Joann I. Martin Sowles is a young adult vampire novel that exceeds any expectation for young adult novels today. The main character Laney is a wonderful representation of what it would be like to today's world if a nineteen year old met a cute boy in class and he happened to be a vampire, or at least in our dreams. The setting in in the real world, a small college campus, and the events that take place are easily ones that readers can picture themselves in. The author makes her book so enjoyable because she makes her books relative in today's world. There is a scene where Laney, Oliver, Carter, and Kiera is watching a movie- Twilight and Oliver looks to Laney and asks if she likes vampires. It's a creative way of Sowles bringing her world to the real world of today. The story was very fast paced and full of mystery and adventure. Eveything that was done or said was relating to that next clue or piece of the puzzle. The author left you wanting more at the end with many questions such as, "Is the head of the coven her father?", "What is Laney", " Why is Kiera getting dizzy?", and "Why did Laney not tell Oliver about her "dream?" I can't wait for the next book. I have burnt out on young adult novels but once I began reading and entering her world I couldn't put it down. This book is great for the Twilight fans that have grown older and like stories much like Vampire Diaries. I highly recommed this book. Here is a synopsis of the book for you to decide for yourselves: What would you give to be with the one you love? Would you give it all, including your life? In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life-that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he? As Laney's sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure-including a love she didn't know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver's love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn't so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver's most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!! A new spin on a vampire novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was an amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and now I'm going to start on the second one. I sure do hope there will be a third one in the near future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its fun, hot and steamy and terrifying. A must read. Better than twiight.
Venesa Berrios More than 1 year ago
great great great. this is a must read. at the edge of my seat waiting for the next book.
Kaila Tolentino More than 1 year ago
loved this book i wonder when the next comes out but loved oliver way more than edward from twilight
Clarkie08 More than 1 year ago
loved this book and all of its characters. Barely took me a day to read as I couldn't put it down. However I was dissappointed w/ the ending. . . it just ended but I am definetly waiting impatiently for the next install I cant wait
MsJessilee More than 1 year ago
I can not wait for book #2 to come out, I really enjoyed this book. It is a very good read, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen! It definitely leaves you wanting for more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me somewhat of Twilight, but Sowles is a better writer. She doesn't drone on and on about one thing that's not important. The book is fast paced and holds your attention from beginning til end. The cliff hanger as all good books have leaves you wanting more. The only thing that disappointed me was that I bought the book early on and I want the next book NOW! It's going to be a wonderful series. Needless to say if you liked Twilight, you'll love this book. It's great also because it's more grown up. These are college aged people Sowles writes of so there are some intimate moments, but nothing erotic happens. Great all around. Characters were wonderful and I liked that the heroine wasn't a sit on her bum and do nothing type of girl, waiting for her hero to come. There are points where she's like "well, this is it." But she still tries to keep herself alive. She's not so dependent upon Oliver to the point where you start to dislike her. I really liked Laney. If you haven't read the book you must. It's a must read. And Joann Sowles needs to write faster because the suspense is killing me.
Vampire-Love More than 1 year ago
This has quickly gone to the top of my favorites list! The character's are amazing and you will be hooked and wanting more by the end. I highly recommend this book to everyone, teens and adults alike.
Bookworm_Lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
rating bookshelves 2011, read, received-to-review, young-adultedit shelves status Read from May 01 to June 29, 2011 format Hardcover (edit) review Laney is your average 18 year old college student. She lives with her best friend off campus and attends courses at a University. On the first day of classes her roomate, Kiera, faints in English class and the gorgeous guy they had been checking out carries her to the nurses office. Laney and the guy, Oliver, hit it off fairly quickly. The attraction is pretty instantaneous and intense. Things are not what they seem, of course, this is a paranormal romance story. Oliv...moreLaney is your average 18 year old college student. She lives with her best friend off campus and attends courses at a University. On the first day of classes her roomate, Kiera, faints in English class and the gorgeous guy they had been checking out carries her to the nurses office. Laney and the guy, Oliver, hit it off fairly quickly. The attraction is pretty instantaneous and intense. Things are not what they seem, of course, this is a paranormal romance story. Oliver has secrets. You will notice that it is the Brookehaven Vampires series. I think that is a huge hint as to what Oliver may be. He also doesn't eat in front of Laney and others. Hmmm.... There is a fued between Oliver and a rogue vampire. The other vampire is ruthless and wants revenge against Oliver. There is a deeper connection between them, but I will not reveal what it is, you will need to read the story. The only concern that I had is for younger YA readers, There is quite a bit of sex talk and innuendo. It wasn't offensive, but I wouldn't recommend it to younger readers. Personally, I loved it and I am looking forward to the next installment. I have some unaswered questions that I am looking forward to finding out about. One of them has to do with Laney's parentage
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am such a sucker when it comes to a Vampire story. I would never turn down a book based on Vampires. When Joann reached out to Good Choice Reading asking for a review, there was absolutely no way I was going to turn her down. I've read great things about Laney and had my eye on this book for a while now.Laney has a slow start, but eventually picks up and once it does it is just a non-stop ride from page to page. There were a lot of similarities to other vampire books out today, but what I liked the most was that Joann explained a lot of things that other authors didn't feel the need to add to their books. For example: menstrual cycle for a woman. How can a Vampire be around at that time of the month? Yes, LOL she explained this in the book and I was laughing out loud when I read this. Though, there were lots of similarities to other books, there were also lots of things that were different. I would go into details, but then I would be giving away some spoilers.Laney is the main character and I love her! I wish she were real and MY best friend. I was laughing so hard at some of the things she would say or think to herself. She is very blunt and daring. She reminded me of myself in lots of ways. Once she set her eyes on Oliver, she knew immediately that he needed to be hers. Things do move a little slow between the two, but I liked that. I thought it gave us more time to get to know them both and fall in love with their relationship. Of course, once they started to take things to the next level, fighting to not eat each other was very hard LOL. Another thing I really liked was reading about Carter and Keira's relationship. I thought they were really sweet and fun to get to know. Everything in the book is explained really well and very easy to picture. There are lots of secrets and tons of shocking things you learn about characters you wouldn't have even thought twice about. Every single person you are introduced too in the book, plays some kind of part in the story. I am happy Joann gave me the chance to read and review her book. I am looking forward to the second one in the series and cannot wait. Laney is an easy and fast read. Not to long, not to short, just the perfect size. I recommend this book, especially to Vampire lovers like myself. 4 out 5 Stars
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating:  4.25 Rockin Stars A little while back, it was suggested by some of our followers that we needed to read Laney (Brookehaven Vampires #1) by Joann I. Martin Sowles.  I was intrigued because this was the first I'd heard of the series.  Well, I'm hooked! This book captured me at the beginning and I couldn't put it down until I was finished and that's saying a lot because it's not a short story!  It doesn't have a happily ever after ending because the next book continues the saga.  This is Laney and Oliver's story and it's action-packed! Laney Alexander is a junior in college and she lives with her best friend Kierra Blake.  Their first day of school is a doozy! Kierra ends up passing out in class and Mr. McHottie helps get her to the school nurse.  Laney is drawn to Oliver Knight and it’s very difficult for her to focus when he's around.  She's been raised by her aunt after her mother died when she was only two.  Her father isn't in the picture and we aren't really told where he is.  Oliver Knight is an enigma, and he seems to read Laney like a book.  He knows when she stares at him in class and when she's happy or sad. He slowly begins to insert himself into her daily life.  The chemistry between Laney and Oliver sizzles.  They are different in every way, yet fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. This story is fast paced and you are left hanging at the end.  There are so many twists and turns that you are not sure if you are up or down and your emotions reflect it also.  The characters are complex and layered.  They are not easy to figure out at all and when you finally believe you have, something new begins and you are right at the beginning again.  This is a fabulously written book and a welcome addition to my library.  I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
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Could not put it down.
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1,708 pages fyi
The-Book-Diaries More than 1 year ago
I liked this story although it was very frustrating when it ended. Be prepared that as you are reading it you will be left with a lot of unanswered questions. It is about Laney who is in college, meets a guy who happens to be a vampire. She learns that there are other creatures that go bump in the night besides vampires. I can't really say much else without giving away the story, but I would recommend it. I hope book two has some answers.
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Shedgcorth More than 1 year ago
Loved every word!