Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: Turned by Morgan Rice (Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge!)

Released: January 24th, 2011
Publisher: Unknown
Series: The Vampire Journals, #1
Star Rating: 3 out of 5
Source: Amazon Kindle
Edition: Kindle
Page Amount: 150
Age Group: Young Adult

Eighteen year old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her.
But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing. She is overcome by a superhuman strength, a sensitivity to light, a desire to feed--by feelings she does not understand. She seeks answers to what’s happening to her, and her cravings lead her to the wrong place at the wrong time. Her eyes are opened to a hidden world, right beneath her feet, thriving underground in New York City. She finds herself caught between two dangerous covens, right in the middle of a vampire war.
It is at this moment that Caitlin meets Caleb, a mysterious and powerful vampire who rescues her from the dark forces. He needs her to help lead him to the legendary lost artifact. And she needs him for answers, and for protection. Together, they will need to answer one crucial question: who was her real father? 
But Caitlin finds herself caught between two men as something else arises between them: a forbidden love. A love between the races that will risk both of their lives, and will force them to decide whether to risk it all for each other…

I found this book for free on Amazon Kindle so I decided to download it and give it a try. I wasn't expecting much, considering it cost me nothing, but I picked it up because I knew it would a short, mindless, easy read. I enjoyed it a lot more than I originally expected to. This is the type of book that it wasn't the story or the excellent story behind it, this is the type of book that I enjoyed to make fun of along the way.

Turned is basically the typical vampire novel. I do enjoy a little supernatural additions to novels sometimes, but I do have to admit, vampires are not my favourite. I decided that I needed to branch off of my comfort zone a little bit and try a vampire novel, since the only one I've really read is Twilight.

This novel is only 150 pages long. That does not give enough time, for me anyway, for a story to fully develop with a beginning, middle and end. It seemed as though that the story began in the middle. I think that the story could have used a full extra one hundred pages before when the novel actually started. It wasn't developed enough for my liking. I got the impression that the author just jumped into the novel with no plan of where the story was going.

While I was reading, I noticed that there were some details that changed along the novel. For example, her younger brother's age. One page he was fourteen years old, and within a few paragraphs he was suddenly fifteen. Nearing the end of the novel I felt like I was back in elemenary school again, throwing the word 'love' out to people that the character barely knew. That bothered me and was something I really did not enjoy about this novel.

I was not a fan of Caitlin as a character. If I'm being honest, I didn't remember her name until I looked it up. She wasn't memorable, and I found her whiny and annoying. I also felt that she was extremely immature and didn't act her age. The only character I really enjoyed was Jonah, who I felt was the most developed character in this entire novel.

Although I had many problems with this novel, I also enjoyed it enough to give it four stars. It was a book that I finished in only hours, and I do not feel like reading this book was a waste of my time. There were just many things that I didn't enjoy. I'm still not sure if I'm going to continue on with this series, but if somebody is looking for a short read with supernatural characters in it, I would suggest looking into this one.

About The Author

Morgan is author of the #1 Bestselling THE SORCERER'S RING, a new epic fantasy series, currently comprising four books and counting, which has been translated into five languages.
Morgan Rice is also author of the #1 Bestselling THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, a young adult series comprising eight books, which has been translated into six languages.
Morgan is also author of the #1 Bestselling THE VAMPIRE LEGACY, a young adult series comprising two books and counting.
Morgan is also author of the #1 Bestselling ARENA ONE and ARENA TWO, the first two books in THE SURVIVAL TRILOGY, a post-apocalyptic action thriller set in the future.
Among Morgan's many influences are Suzanne Collins, Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer, along with classics like Shakespeare and the Bible. Morgan lives in New York City.

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