The Outcasts - The Blood Dagger: Volume 1

The Outcasts - The Blood Dagger: Volume 1

by Misty Hayes

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Mystical relics.
Powerful vampires.
Strange allies.

It's hell being a teenager.

Larna Collins has never understood why her dad skipped out on her and her mother when she was twelve years old. Until then, he was a devoted and loving father.

But six years later, during a renovation of her childhood home, she unearths her father's journal from under a dusty floorboard. According to his final entry before he left, he had recently visited a small parish in England.

The entries drew her to this seemingly quaint village, which Larna discovers isn't as charming as its blood-craving inhabitants want her to believe, and she learns that she isn't the only one trying to track her father down.

Could this explain her father's disappearance? Or was placing her in the center of danger her dad's master plan all along?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155048893
Publisher: Misty Hayes
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Series: The Blood Dagger , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 244,727
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Misty has always called Texas home but has a passion for world travel.

Before taking up writing, she has had a long career in law enforcement. Besides the self-torture of writing books, she loves running, too. Misty is currently working on book three of her young adult trilogy in 'The Blood Dagger' series.

When not writing, Misty enjoys reading any books by Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Joe Hill, and J.K. Rowling. A lot of author's write about pets on their bio's... Misty has a grumpy old rescue parakeet named Peeta.

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The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger: Volume 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love a good vampire book, and I was 'sucked' into this one from the beginning. This book had me up all night, not wanting to put it down and ready for the next one straight away.
JPogue 7 months ago
I loved this book. I'm a big fan of vampire novels and this one did not disappoint. I can't wait to read the sequel
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book exceeded expectations. You will love the characters, and be sucked into the story. You will want to continue on to the next. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I have to admit, when I purchased this book I did it to support a fellow high school alumni and for a fellow former sister in blue who is pursuing her dream. I was worried that I may not like the book due to it being more for the "younger crowd" but let me tell you, the moment I opened this book and started reading, I was pulled in. When you're introduced to the main character, Larna, you instantly find yourself relating to her. I feel like everyone in their life has at least once felt as she does. I feel like the greatest aspect of this book is Misty's ability to describe things so you feel like you're there. Her words put you in the book. It's very well written and kept me from wanting to put it down. It's one I think all ages would absolutely enjoy. The ending does leave you hanging so get Volume 2 as well so you can keep reading!!
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that THE OUTCASTS- The Blood Dagger by Misty Hayes is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Larna is The Outcast at her school. She never quite fit in once her father disappeared and she covered smothered her emotional issues with food. After finding her father’s diary, Larna heads to London…the last place he wrote about in his diary. Only to be caught up in a vampire war with Larna becoming a pawn in the middle. I found the The Outcast enjoyable and entertaining. I wasn’t a fan of all the references to her larger size, “sausage fingers,” and didn’t really think it had a bearing at all on story but distracted from the real meat of the plot. The meat of the plot was strong, imaginative and quite original for a teen vampire romance. There is a love triangle of sorts which I’m sure will develop as the series progresses. In the end, I found The Outcast balances witty and fun with mystery and thriller while managing to capture some awkward young adult romance as well. Good strong start to a new series! I received this copy of The Outcasts from Misty Hayes. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the dynamic character relationships. This novel is a new spin on vampirism ideology with the intro of a compelling plot that I look forward to be expanded in the second and third volumes; intensely developed relationships between main characters with a hint of secrecy that the reader is yearning to be revealed as the plot progresses in volume 2.
Paula_Stewart1 More than 1 year ago
Great Powers Come With Great Responsibility I recently had the pleasure of reading The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger: Volume 1 by Misty Hayes. I was surprised with the talent of this writer and was left with a positive impression. This fun and scary book was engaging with its challenging storyline of vampires and the age-old bullied underdog subject. Both of which are well-worn paths for writers. However, this author managed to create a refreshing new twist which captivated my attention throughout the whole story. I really liked how the author cleverly shifts gears from pulse-pounding drama to hilarious humor. The lead character, Larna, an overweight bullied underdog was a well scripted, believable cast member that I think everyone can understand and relate to. Showing depth and complexity in their individual personalities, I found that all the cast members brought genuine authenticity to the story. I would like to mention the attention to detail in proof and editing of this story is excellent. The excellent cover art created a spooky and somewhat scary attraction for me. In my opinion, you can judge this book by its cover. I am looking forward to the ingredients of Volume number two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally do not leave reviews unless I either really dislike or like a book. In this case, I really enjoyed The Outcasts by Misty Hayes. The story is about a normal, everyday high school girl who suffers bullying, weight issues, and boy problems.... except with a huge twist. This story is right on topic with what's going on in our society today and it struck a chord with me on how we choose to handle those problems. Her main character, Larna, is relatable and normal and her supporting characters are well described and written. It's never boring because she throws in a supernatural curve ball. It is great to read of a female character who is empowered to change her life and it's fun read when the plot twist is thrown in. You won't be able to put this book down. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something new to read from an up and coming new author. Five stars!
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
Misty Hayes, author of The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger Volume: 1, is handing readers a unique take on the vampire stories of late. Her main character and narrator, Larna Collins, relates a tale deeply woven in history, family secrets, and bloodlust. Larna, quite the social outcast in her high school, graduates and embarks immediately on a mission to find her estranged father in England. Using her father’s journals and her own burning desire to find answers to her endless string of questions about his sudden disappearance, she leaves Texas just as her lifelong friend, Corinth, reveals his desire to be more than a tried-and-true confidante. The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger Volume: 1 is written to appeal to young adult readers, but is so exceptionally written and full of wit and wisdom it easily resonates with a much larger audience. The idea of the socially downtrodden heroine is not a new one, but Hayes manages, quite successfully, to fashion Larna Collins into character unlike any readers will encounter within other books in the same genre. Larna is thoughtful, and the reader is privy to all of her emotions, anxiety, and, ultimately, her pride and power. Character development appears to be Hayes’s forte. Dropping little hints throughout the plot, the author draws robust images of each character from Paul the Volkswagen/taxicab-driving vampiric sidekick to Gabriel–the devil incarnate. Each of Hayes’s characters adds a rich element to the story, and she masters the plot twist with the best of the action/adventure writers out there. Hayes provides a captivating mixture of budding romance and action sequences. In addition, she takes literary risks with her characters’ fates. She, by no means, sticks with what the reader expects. At every turn, Hayes delivers something new and unexpected, but more than appreciated. The tension between Corinth and Larna and the ever-present question of romance between Larna and Alastair keep the reader guessing from beginning to end. Hayes offers an originality with her presentation of the vampire tale. She successfully juxtaposes the deteriorating architecture of old England with present-day Texas and tosses in a healthy amount of technology and modern references–all easily within the schema of the young adult audience. Those expecting to find the vampires of the Twilight series will be pleasantly surprised to find a quite different vamp sketched before them as Hayes offers up a down-to-earth creature with far-reaching abilities and deep-rooted emotions. I am giving The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger Volume: 1 a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Hayes offers a well-written, smooth read which mesmerizes readers from the first paragraphs. The relatable struggles of its main character, Larna, take an unexpected turn early on and pull readers in for a ride like no other. Hayes will soon find herself with a growing fan base yearning for more from Larna and her crew. By giving her audience the story they want with a cast of characters far-removed from those of the typical vampire tales, Hayes has succeeded in paving the way for her band of outcasts.