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Hello friends,

Today I am going to write a review about an interesting title that I found from a popular publishing house PDMI Publishing LLC 

PDMI Publishing has a wide range of books for the readers across multiple genres and offers a great user experience as a personal publisher for authors wishing to explore the vibrant and creative world of writing and publishing.

So here is the book review – this book is for readers of the genre paranormal, supernatural, fantasy and Young Adult.

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An engaging and fun read with “what happens next” moments and loads of twists, intrigue and action.

Book Title : VAMPIRE SYNDROME Book 1 (of the Vampire Syndrome Trilogy)

Author : Daven Anderson

Publisher : PDMI Publishing LLC, USA

Genre : Action, Supernatural, Young Adult

Purchase Links : Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Syndrome-Daven-Anderson/dp/0615756018

PDMI Publishing Store – http://mystore.pdmipublishing.com/fiction/12-vampire-syndrome-vampire-syndrome-trilogy-ya-version-by-daven-anderson.html

My review : 4.9 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book for your kindle , IPad, Android devices, and in print as well.

Review in detail:

I began reading Vampire Syndrome with an open mind the moment I skimmed through the first few pages. They glued me to the story. I decided then and there, that I was going to finish this book, as it became interesting the more I read on, and the story began to develop gradually.

Plot-  Vampire Syndrome by Daven Anderson is one of those Young Adult- paranormal genre books, which will keep you mesmerized through its lucid language and make you feel for the characters in action.

Vampire Syndrome – Book 1 is essentially an introduction to the main plot being woven with the lead and supporting vampire characters in action. The story begins with a rusty Wild West background of Colorado in the mid-nineteenth century, through the eyes of the female lead vampire Lilith, who is hunting  a vicious “Pure”.

The swift action and drama gradually leaps forward to the modern twenty-first century in the subsequent chapters. They unravel gripping twists and interesting subplots thereby extending a  good support to the main storyline, which is  – The eternal battle between human vampires (dhampirs) and the Pures (big bad non human vampires).

One of the lead characters in question is a special needs human vampire named Jack Wendell, who is the decisive factor in this war between the human vampires and the Pures. The author’s wise choice of such an unconventional lead vampiric character, is what makes the story all the more gripping and interesting to read on.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story here because it’s a great read. However, to give a hint to all fans of  Young Adult paranormal genres,  I’d recommend reading Book1 of the Vampire Syndrome series to find out two things

–Why Jack Wendell is so special and

–How he can change the fate of the human vampiric community in tandem with the normal human world.

Writing style and character development

The sentence construction is short, simple and picks up the reader’s interest from the very beginning. The dialogue is easy to follow, peppy and has a touch of regular day conversation, with occasional dark comedy and pun;

For example – in the interrogation room scene, where Venator Damien interrogates some teenage kid vampires with attitude, after their double date ends in a disaster and warns of an enormous impending catastrophe both for the vampires and normal humankind.

The name of the lead female protagonist is revealed gradually as the chapters unravel the story step by step. Cleverly done.

The complex plot of the story is expertly woven. The plot is well organized and mostly sticks to its path. The book reads like an action-animation fantasy, right out of a Japanese manga vampire series.

The author successfully delves deep into each character and gradually unravels their own stories which add an interesting twist to the plot; for example, the teenager with special needs named Jack Wendell who got bitten by a “foamer” and then ran away from the scene.

The author gradually shows with great care and expertise, the metamorphosis of Jack’s thought process and onset of the vampire syndrome – the churn of fear, excitement, elation and power, albeit with a slight touch of teenage innocence and childlike curiosities. The emotional impact and sympathy for this character is felt all the more, as the character himself tells his experience in the first person.

This reminds me to share with other readers that 99% of this novel is written in the voice of each character as the story proceeds. At the beginning of every chapter, the name of the character is mentioned, and the events unfold from their point of view. Therefore the author lets readers view the plot developments from a variety of angles essentially through the unique mindsets of each character who share their experience in a first person narrative.

However, the main plot veers away from its normal path at times, circling around additional snippets of a vampire’s usual life and this makes the reading a bit slower in the mid section of this book.

Maybe the author might want to create some sequels to the main plot, as the sub plots seem to be designed to further probe into lives and times of each character separately in probable future sequels? Also, the story seems to stretch a bit before converging to the final action sequences.

The author seems to have an interest in vintage and antique automobiles. This is visible when he often shares valuable information about luxury and exotic cars, upgraded to run on high-octane adventures. It is a feast for the eyes indeed, as the scenes of car chases and descriptions of the high-end cars (both modern as well as vintage ’60s or ’70s savvy luxury models) are mentioned in much detail.  Car lovers would love to read this book too.

The author has also done some good research on various dialects and accents of the English language that were widely prevalent in the mid-nineteenth century across various parts of North America.

Nevertheless, Book 1 of the Vampire Syndrome saga manages to hold its engaging and intriguing “what happens next” moments quite well in the succeeding chapters.

An additional uniqueness of this novel is that, it is written from the view-point of goodish vampires – the ones who don’t go out unnecessarily to hunt normal humans and they follow the rules of their own community. This means, they keep their kind under control to protect their own secretive society. Some parts of this novel also gave a feel of watching the popular paranormal action – fantasy movie series – Underworld.

All in all, I give this book 4.9 stars out of 5. I applaud Daven Anderson’s sincere efforts to write an engaging, action packed and fun to read novel. This book seems to be a good platform to look out for more creative and great stories from the author’s staple of Vampire Syndrome sequels.

Great writing Daven Anderson!

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Posted on: June 13, 2012


Author Interview at Writer’s Block Services UK

The Writer’s Block Admin Services hosts Author interviews, Spotlights and a wide range of services to enable readers, bloggers, writers and authors to avail of their benefits. Have a look at the author interview and the book that is showcased in their website today! Trivia and writing styles of the author along with several book recommendations.


Readers Favorite : Book Reviews and Awards Contest-Enter Today

http://readersfavorite.com?xyz=215

This website gives all authors and writers whether indie or traditionally published authors a chance to showcase their valuable work. We all want our works to be in front of millions of readers, to expand its reach, to share our thoughts and words with millions of like-minded people out there. This website gives us additional support, authors, writers as well as readers in realizing our dreams, on our journey.

Currently Readers Favorite are hosting a Book Writing Awards Contest , the deadline of which has been extended until 1st June 2012. Here is a chance to get that valued book of yours in front of millions of potential readers across multiple platforms and categories. The Readers Favorite website also reviews our books within the time they mention, and have a variety of tools and categories of Free and Express reviews available.

How do we benefit from this Book Review and Book Awards site?

For one thing, if we– the authors are looking for a constructive and a professional book reviewer who can review our book for free or at a price as per their guidelines, you can check out this website — http://readersfavorite.com?xyz=215

I gave my ebook Memoirs:The Soulful Recollection Friendship and Life   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/memoirs-payal-roy/1108337231 to Readers Favorite to be reviewed, and they notified me about the review delivery of my ebook within the time frame they committed to me. I am happy with their services, so I am writing about them today.

I saw Readers Favorite shared their reviews about my ebook on Barnes and Noble webpage, and my ebook has received 4 out of 5 stars, which is good for me, as I strongly vouched for impartial and honest constructive reviews that I received from Readers Favorite. They receive a huge amount of traffic every day, readers, writers, literary agents, publishers visiting their website every day. If your book review is 4 stars or 5 stars, it will be shared on Barnes and Noble. You can also showcase your reviews in your Amazon author page or ebook product description of your Amazon ebook page.

As I mentioned earlier, Readers Favorite are hosting a Book Awards Contest , the deadline of which is extended till 1st June 2012. So, if you wish to participate in the contest across one or multiple book categories, to take a chance to expand the reach of your hard work and valued book in the hands of popular multiple book reviewers, publishers and the millions of readers, please check out their Contest page– http://readersfavorite.com?xyz=215


The Readers Favorite review corner is a popular choice for both authors and readers alike as well as for many publishers and agents. They definitely review your book within the stipulated time, are very alert and respond promptly, suggest improvements and host a multitude of contests and special offers that showcase some real talent in people wishing to write books– be they be first timers, published indie authors or best-selling authors.

They host the book reviews  and ratings on their Facebook and Twitter pages. If you are a reader, you can visit their Facebook pages and also Barnes and Noble book stores  as well as Google books where they showcase their reviews and ratings ( reviews showing 4 stars and over are published in these popular bookstores) . Besides , if any author has an Amazon book link, Readers Favorite reviews can also be seen in the Amazon book link pages. They also recommend some real good books to readers visiting the site for some good reads.

I had submitted my poetry e-book Memoirs: The Soulful Recollection for a review and I am pasting that review here in my blog. Mentioned above is the Readers favorite review link that would take you directly to the book  review page.

Ebook Memoirs: The Soulful Recollection Friendship and Life available at Barnes and Noble, 4+ stars – direct link posted below– Nook book

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/memoirs-payal-roy/1108337231

Ebook reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite : “Poet Payal Roy explains in the preface that poetry has been a major focus in her life since junior high when she was required to create a poem as a class assignment. Inspired by the emotion of writing as well as nature photography, she includes some of her pictures (as well as those taken by her husband) in the book as well.

In her piece titled “A Child in You,” she encourages the reader to quit being so bored/boring and to remember that you only live once and should enjoy every moment of it. The poem invites you to remember all of the simple joys of your childhood running on green lawns and seeing the magic in nature.

Many of the poems include elements of nature such as sky, grass, flowers, and trees and most of them talk about life being precious and to have hope and enjoy the beautiful world by appreciating it each and every day. Among the inspiring photos are images of the sunset over Lotus Temple in India, a beach in France, the countryside in Prague, a mountain in Spain, clouds in Poland and flowers in the Netherlands.

In “Light,” Roy contemplates light being a flicker of hope, a true spirit, a lack of ignorance, or a thirst for knowledge. In this collection of more than 40 poems, you’ll find pieces titled, “Reach Out,” “Colours,” “Saga of Life,” “A Never Ending Hope,” and “In a Nutshell” among many others.”

Here is the direct link for Readers Favorite website : http://readersfavorite.com/review/5932 , feel free to check it out anytime.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this post 🙂

 

 


Greetings and a warm welcome to all visitors at my blog site. The weekend is round the corner, and I hope everyone has a fun time enjoying his or her weekend by going out with friends and/or family, or reading a few books of their choice. We have a sunny weekend here, and a gentle cool breeze to add to the beautiful blooms of nature in the spring season.

Now, I would like to explain to you the topic of today’s blog. As my blog’s heading suggests,  if you can review an ebook

I have written my first ebook Memoirs: The Soulful Recollection Friendship and Life, and it is of the genre Fiction-fantasy-contemporary poetry-memoirs-travel photos. The ebook is available across multiple e-reading platforms and devices.  If you read such a genre , could you kindly review my ebook at smashwords.com ebook webpage as mentioned below, or at any of the online bookstores where my ebook has been published online.

The direct links to the ebook :

Smashwords bookstore: free kindle version, EPUB, pdf versions available

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/121492

Barnes and Noble book store : Nook  Book

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/memoirs-payal-roy/1108337231

Apple iTunes store : http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/memoirs-the-soulful-recollection/id496686796?mt=11

Kobo ebooks store : EPUB

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Memoirs-The-Soulful-Recollection-Friendship/book-e1HTE-HDU0StPMHzcX9rOQ/page1.html

Summary of Memoirs: The Soulful Recollection

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This ebook is a collection of contemporary poems in the genre of fiction/fantasy and memoirs. A rich collection of original travel photographs have been included in the ebook which give an added essence to the underlying expressions portrayed in each of the poems.  The photographs have been taken from our travels to various locations of Europe.

The collection of poems is also  dedicated to the delights and the invaluable worth of having true friends, celebrating the essence of true friendship in all its splendour, and loving life as it is , how it is.

This book delves on the subjects of nature and her miracles as well, and about love and travels to lands of fantasy, when our minds are tired of the daily monotony of deadlines, and work pressures. It attempts to project life in its vibrant enigmatic variations and tries to have a closer look at the simplicities and intricacies of friendship created with many people, some of whom turn from strangers to true friends as life moves on.

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Thank you very much for stopping by this blog 🙂 If you would like to know more about the ebook, please post your comments and I would reply back as soon as I see your query 🙂

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Posted on: March 19, 2012


Endless Magic

 

Check out this book link on the fourth and final installment of The Star Crossed series. For all fans of this series, this is the final closing book of the Starcrossed series, which would take you on a ride of your life as you delve deeper into its chapters and find out the answers to the numerous secrets and unique quests that had occured in the earlier books.

A pleasure to read and practically see the images of fantasy conjuring up before your eyes, and you get lost into a magical world of wonder, action and adventure– truly a Magic all along!

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Posted on: March 19, 2012


Easy Culligan (and the Third World of America) Check out this book link. For readers, who love drama, excitement, funny yet practical facts– won’t say anymore folks, coz its for you to check out what treasure this book may hold for you ! A book that is worth reading, many new experiences learnt, new facts and myths uncovered, and there is an insight for everyone in the book.


New Year special at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo bookstores – 4.75 Stars

Ebook MEMOIRS : THE SOULFUL RECOLLECTION Friendship and Life

GIFT IDEA - This New Year if you're planning to travel to various natural locations around the world, take a look at this book filled with soulful and joyous moments of poetry and travel photos about nature, friends and natural locations across Europe.

New Year special Ebook : 12 PRECIOUS ANECDOTES FROM LIFE 4-5 stars 18 reviews

This new year you get an opportunity to enjoy 12 bundled uplifting and unique stories highlighting dynamic lives of 12 people with emotions, choices and dramatic decisions required to be made by them to set things right. Available for ready download at Amazon Kindle stores. A nice Gift Idea for your friends and family as well.

New Year special : Ebook FANTASIA THE POETRY COLLECTION 4stars

For lovers of Fantasy, Fiction and simple poetry, have a look at Ebook FANTASIA - Vibrant , imaginary tales of mythical creatures, magical beings with a dash of adventure, emotions , courage, resolve and blending with reality. Poetic tales that promise to ignite a passion of looking beyond the facade of reality and realizing dreams through experiencing vibrant worlds of fantasy.

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