Samantha Watkins: Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life

Samantha Watkins: Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life

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Young librarian Samantha Watkins has always been perfectly content with her humdrum existence. Never easily fitting in with anyone anywhere, she feels most at ease in silence, among stacks of books. Sam believes in leaving fantasy and drama to the characters in her beloved novels. But one night when she leaves work late, she finds herself center stage in a tale of vengeance and terror.

Samantha is rescued from a gang of vampires by Phoenix, a mysterious and otherworldly man. Suddenly her paranormal adventures take a far more extraordinary turn than any story she’s ever read. Phoenix, her savior, is actually a vampire as well, tasked with stopping his peers from killing. With no possibility of returning to her former life, Sam becomes his assistant. Together they investigate a series of mysterious disappearances and attempt to save the human race from a horrible fate. Battling vampires thrills and empowers Sam, but where does she stand with supernatural Phoenix? Could Phoenix, through their work together, become a different man?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511343800
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: Samantha Watkins Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Aurélie Venem counts a diverse list of writers among her influences: from epic poets Homer and Virgil to bestselling contemporary young adult novelist Stephenie Meyer. Aurélie is a voracious reader and currently works as a teacher of history. Samantha Watkins is her first novel.

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Samantha Watkins: Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Great start to a new Series. I was a First Read Winner of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the fact that we got to know our heroine very well and the storyline unfolded bit by bit, but never dragging in the least. With a slightly different twist to the paranormal I quickly became a new fan of Aurelie Venem, and I can't wait to find out how the series will develop. It was beautifully written and very entertaining with lots of action and a budding romance that promises to run very deep.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Sam didn't have any friends in high school. She was a very ordinary looking woman. In school Sam was basically a nerd and was definitely not popular. Sam found she preferred a good book to most if not all people. By the age of twenty eight Sam was a librarian at Griffith High School which was her old high school. One night after the New Year Sam decided to work late , it was a Friday night and she had no plans. About ten she decided to leave and walk home as she did not live very far from the school. But Sam had other things on her mind and did not watch where she was going and ended by some warehouse with a lot of alleys. The something rams into Sam and she falls and she sees two crazed men who look like they want to make her their meal. Then Sam is thrown and passes out. She awakes in a strange bedroom and sees Phoenix there . She recognized the voice of one of the ones in the alley and starts going off on him. But Phoenix reminds Sam he saved her life. The he tells Sam he is an 500 year old vampire. He also told her he needed an assistant. She has a choice death or become his assistant . As vampires being in the world must be kept secret. Sam chooses to become Phoenix’s assistant. Phoenix has been given the task to find out who is killing local people. Sam learns a lot from Phoenix. I really like the story and plot it was definitely a different approach for a paranormal story yet really good. I found myself laughing out loud in some parts of this story. I like the characters a lot especially Sam and all the ins and outs she goes through. The reason this got a four is it ended in a cliffhanger which I hate and I do feel in some places something may have been lost in translation but that was not a big thing in this case. But the cliffhanger was. But I do recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Samantha Watkins, Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life,  Aurélie Venem   Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Sci-fi & fantasy I really wasn’t sure about this book, it sounded one I’d like, but a new to me author and one where I couldn’t find much info about the story. Goodreads – my usual source had only a couple of English reviews and a few foreign ones ( Google translate gave me a rough, very rough idea of what they were) and I decided as its a lovely long read, and there are so few of them that I’d give it a whirl... I’m so glad I did, the length allowed me to really get to know Samantha and Phoenix before plunging into the drama. I really enjoyed the way she transformed and grew in confidence with Phoenix’ help, and I loved his arrogant and sometimes cold conversations. It becomes clear as we go on that not only Sam is changing, that Phoenix is opening out, and when his long time friends visit that's even more obvious. Of course over time Sam has fallen for him, though she’s never had a relationship and kids herself this is nothing more than friendship. I felt Phoenix too was attracted, but they both steer firmly away from any recognition of it.  There's the big event, the main plot, where Phoenix, as the first line of local Vampire Law policing, gets given the task of finding out who is behind the recent kidnappings of so many locals. The main task of those who uphold Vampire Law is to protect them from being outed, to keep the Secret of vampires from humans. Punishment is execution, of both the vampires and those they’ve told, though as with Sam there are a few exceptions. Phoenix and the two vampires above him who run this area risk execution if they can’t track down the perpetrators soon. Where the first half seems to be letting us get to know the world of the vampires and how they work, and see Sam fitting in, and letting us get to know the main characters, the second half steps up the pace, with fights and dangers happening constantly. In the pursuit of the truth poor Sam comes very close to being killed, and Phoenix seems to have more than a little care about this, though he passes it off casually as friendship even though his stance on humans as inferior is well known. He’s been a loner for centuries with only a couple of vampire friends he sees every few decades so his regarding Sam that way is a huge step. Its a great read, one I really enjoyed though was cautious of, not least as I’ve struggled to connect with a couple of past translated novels. This though is perfect, one or two odd phrases, but no more, and the translator did a fantastic job. If I hadn’t read that it was originally written in another language I’d have no idea. Its written better than many English originals.... I’d be moaning here about that cliff-hanger, what a shock, from not just one point but two huge incidents. I never expected those! Thankfully though the author has given us the start of book two that at least gives us an idea of how things work out :-) I really wish book two ( and three and four) were out now.    Its a different pace to so many current Paranormal/fantasy reads and that worked really well for me. Some of them are beginning to feel almost formulaic so its been a treat to read something that's formatted so differently, that gives us the time to really get to know the characters and the plots. Sometimes at the end of a novel I’m still a bit unsure of who and why and what, especially when so many re less that
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Librarian turned vampire assistant, Samantha Watkins’s, life has surely taken an unexpected turn. Samantha gets caught up in a vampire attack and her savior just happens to have fangs himself, Phoenix. Phoenix is part of a group of vampires that keeps other vampires from killing and keeping the vampire secret. Since Samantha gets swept into this world of secrecy, her only choice is becoming Phoenix’s reluctant side kick in training or death. Faced with a foe imbedded deep in the vampire hierarchy, the stakes are high with the fate of the world and the secret of the vampires' existance balances on a razors edge. The premise of this story was really great but I just feel something was lost in the translation keeping me from loving it. I say that because the narrative becomes stiff and impersonal at times when some of it is so utterly and completely enthralling. That leaves me to believe it was that transition into English that broke the marvelous rhythm of those scenes that just felt off and over the top. I kind of wished I was fluent in the original language this story was told, it just had that special spark that really caught me. For the story itself, it was well conceived with wonderful world building. I received this ARC copy of Samantha Watkins: Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life from AmazonCrossing in exchange for a honest review.