The Golden Apple of Discord

The Golden Apple of Discord

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ISBN-13: 9781482063509
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Golden Apple of Discord 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
How could I resist a story starring four sisters, and they’re witches. At least, in the beginning they all are. Then Taralie gets kidnapped and turned by some vampires with their own agenda. When the sisters turn to The Twelve, the decision makers for the Milunfran, its ordered that they kill Taralie. Being halfings, the purebloods don’t much care for them and this comes as no surprise. This is the thanks they get after banishing all sorts of evil beings, protecting humans from evil. The sisters have no intention of killing Tara, so they go into hiding. With the Milunfran and the vampires after them, they find some unlikely allies in a group of vampires also in hiding. The halflings have been dropped right in the middle of the vampires long raging civil war. It became quite interesting when the vampires joined the sisters. I knew something big would have to happen for the alliance to work. Something huge happened and it bumped up my excitement. I also knew there was going to be some romantic entanglements and I was right. Throw some funny, kick butt witches and some sexy, alpha vampires together, and there’s bound to be powerful attractions. I caught myself trying to play matchmaker. Besides great characters, the author wrote some lively dialogue, sprinkling humor here and there. She also built a complex world and added lots of suspense and dangerous situations for her characters. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next, in Abomination. I received this book for my honest review.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Discord Trilogy 1: The Golden Apple of Discord I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received. I know – you're thinking "Another vampire story?!?!" When I originally read the book description, I felt the same way. I actually had to think long and hard about whether I wanted to be part of this blog tour because, though I love vampires, there are too many out there that are more Twilight than blood thirsty evil creatures and blood thirsty creatures are the vampires I like. The story is fun and different, though, which is what kept me reading and I'm glad I did – I kept wondering how things were going to turn out and was shocked when things went a different way than I had originally expected. I really got into the characters, felt for them, wondered more about them, and loved to find out who they were and how they got to where they are. I do think that the romance between some of the characters began too soon – I hate the whole "super protective, especially in battle" thing because it leaves everyone open to be killed, plus there's the potential of it taking away from the rest of the story – but we'll see how I feel about that at the end of the series. There is a lot of action and funny parts, but also some parts that make you sad. The vampire history discussed is fascinating and goes in a different way than usually portrayed in books. And, yes, they can go out during the day – and they don't shimmer shimmer shimmer. Written from Tara's point of view, this story is a prime example of WHY I dislike most first person stories. It is, at times, uncomfortable (the flow, not the storyline) and boring – it feels like I am sitting on my couch listening to someone recount the events of their day, including conversations, and there are some moments that I feel are just unnecessary. It does get a little better as the story goes on, but it stays a little jumpy, with spans of time where you're not sure if it's one hour, one day, or a couple of weeks. I do understand why the author chose to use first person – and learning about Tara this way was great – but I think it could have been a little tighter. There are some editing issues in the copy I was given for review: several missing words throughout the book. Favorite character: I really like the sisters, but Cora is my favorite. She's hilarious and sarcastic. I also relate to Tara in some ways, understand how she feels in certain situations. The Noricum are interesting and I can't wait to learn more about them. Favorite line: I roll my eyes. "It's just a rat." Cora gags a little. "There is no such thing as just a rat!" I say, "Now there are four turtles mourning their master."
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoy Hodge’s voice & writing style.  Her description and narrative interweave with her concisely laid out plot to create a whole that will spark your imagination and your belief in the other.  She takes many different types of paranormal to create this story, taking them on a journey and her readers along for the ride.  It all combines to create a fun, light, easy read for those who enjoy the supernatural.  I did find the plot & characters to be a bit a ll over the place at times, but this never lasted long & reverted to the intriguing action that I enjoyed.  My biggest peeve with this story is actually the title.  Being someone who shops based on title & cover image this wouldn’t have been my first choice.  The title is too long & not catchy, nor does it describe the story well enough for my liking.  Hodge has created a large cast of characters who interact with one another on many different levels.  I really enjoyed the varying degrees of development in the characters.  The main characters are quite well developed, allowing you to know them on many different levels, as you would an individual that you’ve known for a while.  Other characters are developed simply in and of their roles in the story.  Yet others still, fall in between.  They are more than just a place holder, yet not as developed as the main characters.  You also get to know characters outside of the cast.  The dialogue between the characters doesn’t limit itself to simply those we’ve met ‘in person’.  I found it really neat to see characters on the outside.   As a whole, this was a nice introduction to this new series.  I’m definitely dying to read more!   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
CompulsionReads More than 1 year ago
Taralie and her three sisters are a powerful coven of half witches who spend their free time banishing evil. Their lives are turned upside down when Taralie is kidnapped. Unable to use her earth magic to fight her attackers, she is taken to a remote location and turned into a vampire. The transformation amps up her powers, making her a force to be reckoned with. When she escapes her captors she discovers that the leaders of the magic world want her dead and to revoke her sisters’ powers. On the run, the girls search for a place to hide and figure out their next move. Things aren’t going to get any easier for them as they discover they have been thrown into rebellion between two powerful vampire forces. The girls are going to need help if they want to survive this new world. Luckily for the sisters they meet three allies that are willing to take them under their wings and into their hearts. The Golden Apple of Discord is a well written paranormal book that will quickly sweep the reader into this world that author Lauren Hodge has created. Each of the characters in the story is very well developed. I really liked that the sisters were all different people with their own distinct voices and personalities. The addition of Alex, Rueben and Thomas bumped up the energy of the story by opening the door to some romance and entertaining scenes (blue vampires are awesome). While, overall I really enjoyed this book, the dialogue was a bit stiff in the beginning. It did, however, start to feel more natural as I got to the middle and the end. I would have also liked to have seen more attributes in the dialogue; there were a couple of times I had to go back a few lines to see who had started conversations so I could follow along better. If you are a Twilight hater, this book may not be for you. There are a few components that mimic the series (eating animals instead of people, dangerous vampire covens, special abilities), but I honestly think that is where the comparison ends. I would happily encourage fans of paranormal, YA, and new adult fiction to check out this book. I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to find free time to see what was going to happen to Taralie and her sisters. I hope the author writes fast, because I am eager to read the next book in the series. (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads by the author for review.)
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Lauren pens "The Golden Apple of Discord" in a plot filled with vampires, witches, and romance with a touch of humor. Her characters were strong and believable with good interaction and emotion  between them. I was impressed with how the author interwove fantasy with history. A truly interesting and captivating read that should be on all fantasy lovers TBR list. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that paranormal is usually my thing. I love all witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires. You name it! I like that all the characters had their own personalities, but sometimes there were just too many that I would get them confused and the names would be spelled a couple different ways. The storyline was excellent, however, and so if you could get passed what I would say to be a proofreading glitch for the publisher, than I say that you will really enjoy the story. I have seen in other reviews that readers have said that it has similarities to other stories out there, but don’t a lot of romance and paranormal tend to do that? Overall, I enjoyed it even though it was a little hard for me to get into at first. It was a read that was enjoyable and different. I liked the mix of the witches in with the vampires. Normally, you don’t see that too much in paranormal books. In the beginning, Taralie gets kidnapped by a bunch of vampires who in some way treat her like a queen. The vampires want something that she has and yes they end up turning her into a vampire. This is nothing but trouble when she escapes to go back to her sisters because now that she is a vampire people want her dead. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am not going to ruin things for you because that is one of the biggest joys of reading. There are guys involved….and hot guys plus being vampires……equals amazing. Enough juice? Pick up your copy and enjoy it yourself! I can not wait for the next book called Abomination to come out. Even though the end of this book did not leave very many questions to be asked I would still love to follow the characters on their journey more!!!!
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
A story that is completely different from the other stories out there. It's about a coven of witches turned into wanted vampires. The four women are part of a witch heritage that they were completely unaware of until they were forced to seek refuge with their father. Their mother died during childbirth of the youngest two. She was the witch and after her passing, their father had no way to teach them how to be witches. He didn't worry about it too much due to their powers being blocked. As they went off to college, the Milunfra revealed to them that they had powers that could be used to vanquish evil. This path led them to their ultimate destiny, to become vampires which they had no clue even existed. It was a very interesting story. It is book one in a trilogy and I am very curious about what will happen to the girls next. Tara, the oldest sister and technical leader of the coven, has powers beyond anyone's imagination and she isn't even using all of them. I want to know what happens when the dam is broken and she has access to everything in her arsenal. I should say that there are some vampire love interests that I felt happened a little too fast for some of the girls, but the author did explain that things tend to happen fast for vampires. I was very pleased with how things happened with Tara and her beau. It's well worth reading. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.