The Descendant

The Descendant

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Overview

The Descendant by Kelley Grealis

Mortal death or eternal damnation? If those were your choices, which would you choose?

Allison Carmichael is frustrated with the doctors who can't diagnose her seemingly common ailments. Her frustrations are further compounded by her inability to discover her life's calling, a purpose she desperately desires yet which has eluded her for thirty years.

A car wreck throws Allison into a life she doesn't recognize filled with vampires, centuries-old secrets, betrayal, and vengeful enemies she never knew existed.

When Allison discovers the source of her ailments and the truth about her biblical lineage, she wishes she hadn't searched so hard for the answers she thought she wanted.

Faced with an impossible decision - sacrifice her mortal life or damn her soul for eternity - which will Allison choose?

And can she decide before the choice is made for her?

THE DESCENDANT - A Vampire Tale of Biblical Proportions!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615612362
Publisher: KG Publishing
Publication date: 05/24/2012
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

What do most people do when they go through a midlife crisis - buy a sports car or get a makeover? Not Kelley Grealis. Her career midlife crisis reignited her passion for creative writing.

A worker-bee by day, writer by night, Kelley is the author of The Descendant Vampire Series. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats, riding her Harley, enjoying what few days of sunshine there are in Cleveland, and dreaming up the next story she wants to tell. Kelley is a graduate of both Baldwin Wallace College and Cleveland State University. Connect with her at http://www.KelleyGrealis.com.

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The Descendant 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
CarrieR1 More than 1 year ago
This was a unique and interesting read. I don't often read books about vampires and other supernatural beings, but I purchased a copy of this book when the author was holding a book signing at my local bookstore. So glad I did! It has an interesting premise in that it explores the making of a vampire--a woman born to the earliest vampires who's the first of the their descendants to show signs of vampirism. Of course, she must face trials and troubles in her painful journey of transformation, including not being sure who she can trust and who she can't. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a different spin on the typical vampire theme. I also liked the fact that it was geared towards an adult audience and not Young Adults.
RitaW More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Captured my attention from the start. Could not put it down. The descriptive writing style and unique storyline made for an enjoyable read. I look forward to the sequel and more from this talented writer. Keep at it Ms. Grealis!
adam-p-reviews More than 1 year ago
Allison had always been told that she is special and will do something great with her life. But, as life usually turns out, Allison is stuck in a job that she can’t stand in a town she feels trapped in. And when she comes down with a mystery illness that gives her an extremely sore stomach and throat, uncontrollable body temperature and insomnia, she puts it down to the ‘mid-life crisis’ she feels she’s in. What’s even stranger about the sickness is that no doctor can diagnose her with any illness and continually sends Allison home with no aid to get rid of the awful pain. Even though the doctors can’t diagnose anything wrong with Allison, her husband Matt knows she isn’t imagining things as Allison’s insomnia keeps him awake at night! To try and cheer her up, Matt takes Allison to a friend’s birthday party. After a few drinks, Allison doesn’t feel any better and drives Matt and herself home. On the drive home, Allison and Matt’s car is crashed into and she and Matt are knocked unconscious! Allison wakes in a hospital several days later asking for her husband. She is shocked to find that her husband has been dead for three years and that the crash has caused her to lose some of her memory. When she is discharged from the hospital, Allison is driven home buy a friend. When she arrives home, she discovers pictures of her in another handsome man’s arms but has no idea who the man is! That evening, the mysterious man comes around to Allison’s house and introduces himself as Vincent and explains that he and Allison have been dating for the last year. At first, Allison does not believe his story, but after spending more time with Vincent, she realises that she does in fact love him and accepts that her beloved husband Matt did really die three years ago. However, Allison soon realises that Vincent holds a very dark secret and that there is a reason why she has always felt special in her life. As Vincent reveals, Allison is not just a normal human being but a descendant of the first ever vampire, Cain! Allison is thrown into a world she never realised existed. But because of her infamous ancestors, Allison is hunted in the vampire world by Luscious; an evil vampire obsessed with ending Cain’s lineage! Vincent and his siblings must keep Allison safe but that is no easy task… For me, this was a book of two halves and even though I did enjoy both halves I thought the story behind the first part of the book was really great. I loved the mystery behind Alison’s illness and why she was feeling depressed and unfulfilled.  I also thought the mystery behind her car crash and the death/memory loss over Matt made the book really interesting to read. This is because you kept asking yourself  ‘was or wasn’t’ he really alive? Plus, Vincent’s character was much more appealing in this half of the book. He was the cool, rich kid who wasn’t afraid of a good time. However, in the second half of the book (the part that introduced the vampires) I thought the mystery behind Matt was forgotten right until the end. I also found Vincent really annoying! I don’t want to give too much away, but I think maybe Grealis made him more unlikeable on purpose (which does sort of make sense when you read the book) but I still preferred him in the first half. Nevertheless, I did like the idea of the Secret Coven and I think it would be great that if in the next book the different members back stories were broaden a little more. For more book reviews google adam-p-reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the ideas behind this book. Well written tale of the Vampire beginning. I truly loved the story. This is not your typical Vampire tale. Great style,incredibly addicting.
sansmayhem More than 1 year ago
This was the December 15th-29th selection for the Indie Love Book Club on facebook and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It began slow, then picked up pace rapidly, and before I knew it, I was unable to put it down. I love the new twist on the origin of vamps, and the way those origins fed into the plot, as well as how that all played into the characters' motives. The cliffhanger ending leaves plenty of room for a second book and leaves you eager to continue the tale. Well done, Ms. Grealis, well done. I am looking forward to book 2 so I can find out what happens in her journey next!
Kara_M More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down!! I read every moment I could!! The book got better as you read, I never lost interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and I'm not a huge vampire nut. So if you like vampire stories this is definatly for you. It was suspensefull and edge of your seat. I'm usually a slow reader but I had this done in less then a week. Five stars!!!
GC4GSUS More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I have to say that I can't wait to get into book two of this series. This fantastic story written by Author Kelley Grealis grabs your attention right at page one and doesn't let go until the very end, and even then it leaves you wanting the story to continue. Her ability to weave historical facts, people, and locations with vampires in such a great way is a true talent. I found the story line to be awesome, her plot brilliant, and her descriptive writing style breath taking. I highly recommend this book :) Kelly Grealis you have yourself a new fan, I look forward to reading more of your works, Keep up the great work.
Tina-Brimlow More than 1 year ago
This was the first book of Kelley's I have read. Just reading the blurb intrigued me to want to read her book. So I agreed to to a blog post of a review. I was given an ARC to do a review. Which after reading the book I am great full for. From reading the first page I was captivated. I couldn't put it down. Every turn of Allison's life was just oh my goodness. It kept me on the edge of my chair. When I found out that Vincent caused the accident that took Matt away from her I thought I was going to have to go into the story an kill him myself. I mean I sort of understand why he did what he did but I am sure there could have been a better way. (Here I am talking as if this is really happening, you see it felt that real to me). I have to say I enjoyed the fight scene between Allison and Lucious. It just goes and shows you that just because your young and you have more experience does not mean you should count that person out just yet. Because of the way the story ended I am eager to see what happens now. So I am going to have to purchase the next book and find out what will happen with Allison. I rate this a 5 star in all aspects. Its just an amazing read. I highly recommend that you pick yourself up a copy.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Vampires. Cleveland. On the surface, the two go together like skateboards and horseradish. However, in the hands of a gifted novelist like Kelley Grealis, the two concepts marry quite nicely. (The former two; even Ms. Grealis couldn't succeed in pairing the latter two.) In short, Allison Carmichael is feeling unfulfilled. She has always believed that she holds a special destiny, as did her parents, and she hasn't discovered it as yet. Compounded with strange symptoms which no doctor can tie to any sort of malady, her life is spiraling … into a traffic accident that will change her life, and introduce Vincent and his immortal clan into it. I enjoyed this first look into Allison Carmichael's life, but I felt the book needed to move along a little bit faster. There was a lot of mood-setting; **A LOT ** of mood-setting. An exploration into truths, some of which appear to contradict. (Which, of course, means that not all “truths” turn out to be true – I don't think that's much of a spoiler.) A couple of limited action sequences were interspersed for a change of pace; the best of those coming towards the end. By the time I reached the end of “The Descendants”, I felt that most of my questions were answered. A few were not; most of those, I believe, were intentionally left hanging. (OK, I AM still confused by the “children of Adam and Eve” – wouldn't that be ALL of us??) I have the sequel in hand; perhaps I shall learn more by reading “The Search”. WARNING: The cover blurb, in my opinion, is too revealing – I suggest you NOT read it before tackling the book. RATING: 3 ½ stars, rounded up to 4 where partial stars are not permitted. DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book free of charge, with the request that I provide and post an honest review.
MrsBakon More than 1 year ago
This book first off kept my attention the whole way through. It starts with a woman named Alison having strange mood swings, lack of appetite, and trouble sleeping. Alison had gone to several doctors for her strange symptoms and each time it comes out that she’s perfectly healthy. Unsatisfied with life Alison and her husband Matt go to a birthday party. As she’s going home from the party she’s in an accident. I gotta stop here because at this point the author had me so enraptured by this character that I couldn’t stop  reading and felt panic for the girl as this accident was happening. This rarely, rarely happens with me in books. After Alison wakes up  her entire world changes. I won’t ruin the suspense of the story so I’ll stop there! This book was so well written that I told several people about it already. I love the uniqueness’ of the tale of vampirism and all the biblical things the author tied in. That was awesome!  I grew attached to the characters and felt like each one of them had a good, strong voice in the book. This author takes you on twists and turns as you go through Alison’s personal story. Honestly, the best vampire book I’ve ever read right here!! I was given this book for free for an honest review from the author. 
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
Kelley Grealis The Descendant The Descendant Vampire Series #1 This vampire novel definitely has a unique spin on it, and kept me turning the pages right up until the end. It’s well written, incredibly descriptive and towards the end the pieces start falling into place, leaving the puzzle almost complete. This is just the start of the series, and I have no idea where the author is planning on taking it, but you can tell it’s going to be different, interesting and well worth reading.
FaeRhiannon More than 1 year ago
First off, let me start this review by screaming, “GAAAAHHH!!!!!!” . That was basically my reaction to the ending of the book. I won’t tell you what happens, but only that it leaves off on a cliffhanger and you’re so involved in the book, that when it ends you simply want to scream, “WHAT WAS THAT?! COME ON!!!”. So, in my head, this makes it a fantastic book! This book is celebrating its one year anniversary from its original release date last year. (I feel bad for the readers who read it last year and had no idea when the next book is coming out — which is supposed to be later this year, thankfully). The Descendant opens with Allison at another doctor’s office trying to find out why she’s so hot at night, but cold during the day; why she is never hungry but always thirsty and why she doesn’t really sleep… she hasn’t mentioned the dreams that she’s had about this beautiful garden she visits when she actually DOES sleep, but that bothers her too… Now, I, being the good Christian-raised girl that I am, knew what garden she was dreaming of, and where this was going.  There are many literary theories about who or where the first vampire came from, including the biblical ideas of it being Lilith (in the Bible’s Apocrypha, Lilith is Adam’s first wife), or it being Cain, and after he killed his brother, the mark that God put upon him was vampirism, etc. etc. etc.  I will give Kelley Grealis this — she gave that second theory a twist, which is how Allison came to be. I love reading these types of things because it shows you just how awesome the imagination can be, and where you take things; taking such outlandish ideas and making them seem not only possible, but real! Grealis has done that with The Descendant.  She builds complex characters: Case in point, Vincent: you know just from the description, he is a manipulating douche, yet as you read on, you believe, along with Allison, that he’s a nice guy, just trying to help, and maybe you were mistaken about him. You are inextricably drawn in and you just keep reading. Which is exactly why I scared the bejeesus out of my father while he was driving and the book ended, causing me to scream at my Kindle. This is what happens. Thankfully, I was assured by a friend that the second book in this series should come out in fall of 2013. If it doesn’t, I will be forced to scream some more, and possibly hunt down Kelly Grealis and demand the next book. It. Must. Happen! Five outta Five!
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson: I keep saying that I hate doing this - making comparisons to other series and shows - but I seem to be doing it more and more often in my reviews lately if the thought strikes me upon finishing a book, only because it just seems like it would be helpful for readers, and references to well known others is a decent way to do it. Obviously this is all just my opinion...  With that said, this story had a very Vampire Diaries (the show), meets Twilight (for grown-ups), meets the Marked series 'feel' for me. HOWEVER, it was incredibly unique in its history and set up; I'm only referring to the 'feel' of the read. Kelley introduces the vampires in this story as having ties to Biblical figures, and I found that fascinating. In addition, the plot was interesting, and the mystery, suspense and intrigue were well written. Our heroine begins the book thinking she's going through a massive mid-life crisis and nothing seems to be filling the hole she feels in her soul.  While dealing with that and some major health issues that the doctors just can't figure out, her life starts to turn upside down and her mercurial moods are affecting things at work and at home. And then things get really good...  She wakes up in the hospital having fragmented memories of both her past and what happened to get her there, but with the help of her best friend and our hero, Vincent, she starts to regain the life she's lost. Only things aren't quite adding up the way she thinks they should in her head, and the weirdness just keeps multiplying. I would love to tell you more but I just can't without spoilers, so I can only tell you to take the plunge and read The Descendant. A side note: this book is not a fluffy vampire tale. I found myself angry for most of the story, and would say that Kelley can make a reader tap into a character's feelings betrayal like no other. ;) LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Descendant 4 Skulls and would recommend it if you're a vampire lover looking for a refreshing spin on the norm.  
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Allison Carmichael is a 32 year-old married woman who is having some health problems. The doctors can't seem to figure out what is wrong with her. They all seem to think it could be in her head. She's also been having a recurring dream about an beautiful, peaceful garden. She has no idea what is going on. No one can tell her what is happening or why. When she is involved in a car accident, her world gets turned upside down and her life as she knows it is gone. The Descendant is a very gripping book. I didn't know anything about it before I read it so I didn't know what it was about (sometimes I prefer that). I was really into this book early on. I was captivated by Allison and her problems. I was curious about her and why she was having these issues. Kelley Grealis is an exceptional writer. She was able to grab my attention with this story and characters and keep it until the very end. Everything was described in such great detail that I could picture everything with perfect clarity. Nothing was confusing. When I got to the end, I kept trying to turn the page in my Kindle, trying to will more pages to appear. I was frustrated, but in a good way. I highly recommend this book and I will be stalking Kelley so that I can get book #2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! If I didn't have a toddler to chase around, I probably would have read this in one sitting! Can't wait for the next book!
JDNelson More than 1 year ago
This book is, for a lack of a better word, AMAZING! I love the spin on the biblical story. So original! It also brought out so many emotions! Sorrow, angst, anger, good, old-fashioned swooning, I experienced it all with Allison. I know I'll be adding this to my "To be read again" pile.
Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bex 'n' Books' amazing Justine. The Descendant’ by Kelley Grealis is not your every day vamp book. But what it is, is easily one of the best written books, I have read in a while. Kelley Grealis’ flow and weaving of the back-story into the current time was very effectively created and developed. ‘The Descendant’ is most definitely a serious read. Be prepared and get yourselves ready for that. There’s absolutely no YA vampire fluff here. Kelley Grealis successfully had me crying before I made it to chapter four, and pissed by chapter nine as I started to figure things out. This really was a rollercoaster of a book that struck a nerve on so many amazing levels. As for the ending - you know I am a stickler for an ending - Kelley Grealis did me proud! She successfully gave me an ending that left me feeling fulfilled with a clear conclusion, while leaving a crack of an opening for more. Bravo! 4.5 fairies! This book was received from the author for free in exchange for an honest review.
CajunPrincess More than 1 year ago
I was given a paperback copy to review by the author and that, in no way, persuades what I think about it. Wow! This book is a must read! Kelley did such a wonderful job creating her world and giving her characters life. Allison goes through a rollercoaster of emotions and deception. I loved how she took charge towards the end but I did think how quickly she defeats another character was a bit rushed, almost. Vincent... I love villains and he is great at being one. The ultimate deceptions were done by him and he went through a lot of trouble to make sure he got his way. I love how the book just fell together. Very well written and the details made me feel like I was there. The book played out just like a movie in my head as I read it. I couldn’t put it down until I finished. Thank you, Kelley, for giving me the chance to review your book.