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ï Read ï Morningside by Ashley Madau Ì Recieved free copy for a fair review Spoilers are in review I struggled with this review because the book was not what I expected After starting the book and realizing I was not going to be reading what I thought,I got on an author thread and found out the premise of the book was for us to see what life was like for a vampire who had just been turned We were to find out things as the vampire found out things The writer doesn t even give us the vampires name until almost the end, because must of us don t think of ourselves as name I believe this book did accomplish this However, by accomplishing this the writer left me confused and frustrated.
The vampire never really has explained how she became a vampire except is was an accident, and she accepts this with amazing calm and very few questions The entire book is spent with her seemingly go through 80 years of life finding out very little and questioning even less This left me the reader annoyed and wondering what was going on The events did not make sense and of course where only shown for the vampires side, and most of them where never resolved or explained However, I did like the authors writing and style The book was an easy read in that respect So I almost gave it a three or higher because I believe the author accomplished what she wanted to accomplish However since the rating is if I like the book or not I went with how I felt about the book, and I was wishy wash until the epilogue where the writer advises that there is no HEA To me this is a deal breaker If I am reading a book it needs an HEA, espicially since I thought this was a paranormal romance with a love triangle, and then she doesn t end up with either guy To me that was the final straw I read the entire book that did not answer any questions, still unsure of what the vampire even learned about herself except she is different and apparently that is a good thing, and there is no HEA, and she addes an epilogue so we know this Again as I said before that was the final straw for me.
It S Easy To Get Caught Up With Bad Ass Vampires, A Killer Love Triangle, Broken Engagements, Assumed Clones, And Enough Sexual Tension To Drive Anyone CrazyNight Falls Across The Town When She Is First Turned, She Assumes All Is Lost Her Future, Her Social Life, Even The Opportunity To One Day Experience The Release Of Death But When She Suddenly Reverts To Human Form Soon As Her First Immortal Night Comes To A Close, It Becomes Painfully Clear That She Is No Ordinary Vampire With Nowhere Else To Turn, She Finds Herself At The Mercy Of The Other Vampires, And They Do Not Hesitate To Use Her As An Easy Food Source Days Later, As Her Excitement And Adrenaline Spikes, Her Thirst For Blood ReturnsNeither She Nor The Other Vampires Know What To Make Of Her Condition Is She A Hybrid A Mutant Without Any Clues To A Cure, She Is Caught Between Two Worlds, Battling Humanity And Immortality One Day She Is The Hunter, The Next Day The Hunted She Can T Imagine Her Situation Could Get Any Worse, But Soon A New Threat Emerges A Powerful Vampire Is After The Secret Held Within Her Veins, And He Will Stop At Nothing To Get It This ebook was provided to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.
My opinion never been so conflicted towards a book except maybe for The Fault in our Stars When I started reading it, I doubted I could get to the end The first few chapters were badly written, sketchily described and very, very hard to get into I dropped the book at first after reading some thirty pages Then, weeks later I picked it up again And I read it And it got better.
And better.
And better.
I liked the way Ava grew in the story I liked the way the love triangle was handled I didn t have the urge to curse it all the way to hell But you can also see Madau s writing improving as you read the book A lot was happening too quickly at the beginning and it was hard for me to keep track of the progression of the story I was glad to see the way the author managed to tie everything up together later.
The premise and the setting in which the whole story was completely different from what we are used to The vampire worlds is shown differently from what we are used to in YA books and that really caught my attention The MC s struggle between two parts of herself was interesting though poorly described at times But the thing is as I continued reading I got so caught up in what was happening I was willing to ignore the little glitches here and there And thus the extra one star instead of the two I would ve given.
The ending was pure torture PHASES OF MY MIND THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK Before readingFirst few chaptersThe next few chaptersThe next next few chaptersThe Ending image error Ava is a normal girl in the 1920s One night sees her attending a wedding an event that should be full of fun and goodwill quickly turns into one of danger instead and before she knows it she s been turned into a vampire except she isn t a normal kind of vampire Events see her leaving her sire s home, only to return 80 years later Someone s after her blood, and they won t stop until they get it.
This is a difficult review for me to write because everything really comes down to one issue development The ideas behind Morningside are brilliant I really liked the idea of a half human, half vampire being but it s not in the way you might think I also liked the kind of vampire that Julian was Ashley Madau definitely has some original ideas here Reading from Ava s perspective was quite enjoyable because I could always get a sense of her emotions and each image was clear in my head.
For me, what we have here are the bones of a story Disjointed scenes and ideas left me really quite confused because there was little flow and explanation pretty much every scene and character could have done with fleshing out Ava didn t seem to be overly troubled by the fact she would never be able to contact her family again she didn t question the fact that Liam had human food in the kitchen of which, incidentally, there was no sign of eighty years later What also confused me somewhat was why it was her blood that the mysterious E was after E was the sire of Liam, who had turned Ava into a vampire While I knew that Ava s blood was obviously different, I didn t see how it was supposed to achieve the goal that E was chasing.
Liam was an OK character, but he was really closed off One minute hot, one minute cold, there was very little insight to his character I grew attached to him only slightly, and it was a shame because what I saw of him the true him, behind the mask I really liked what would have been better was to see much of that The same went for Julian also In terms of what he was and what he could do fantastic There was some emotional insight but again, not enough So for me, what I was seeing was this half hearted, unexplained love triangle Not a good combination Because of this lack of development, I couldn t see why Ava was interested in either of them and I didn t know what it was about her that pulled them in strangely enough, though, if I had to pick, it would ve been Liam.
There were some good scenes in here when it comes to action, Madau knows how to make it compelling That was when I started to actually feel what was going on What was key here was the description These scenes were the ones that were fleshed out, that flowed better, that just had detail It would have been great to see this consistently across the book.
The ending, I think, was what sealed the deal It felt very rushed, and there were no answers None No closure Which then begs the question what was the point of the story If all that stuff happened, if Ava s life was in danger and her blood was the key, surely we re supposed to find out why Find out what she is Maybe, if it was written with care, it might just make sense It might just be fair But it was written so casually and quickly that it just didn t sit right Oh, and that love triangle It s not worth taking sides.
Overall, I found this to be really disappointing What I was reading was ideas, and the ideas were fantastic No question about it But they needed developing and expanding answers were needed for the question The way it was wrapped up leaves no room for a sequel, though I can t say for definite if there will or won t be one It just needs a whole lot of development, and had there been, I would have enjoyed this so much Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Recieved free copy for a fair review Spoilers are in review I struggled with this review because the book was not what I expected After starting the book and realizing I was not going to be reading what I thought,I got on an author thread and found out the premise of the book was for us to see what life was like for a vampire who had just been turned We were to find out things as the vampire found out things The writer doesn t even give us the vampires name until almost the end, because must of us don t think of ourselves as name I believe this book did accomplish this However, by accomplishing this the writer left me confused and frustrated.
The vampire never really has explained how she became a vampire except is was an accident, and she accepts this with amazing calm and very few questions The entire book is spent with her seemingly go through 80 years of life finding out very little and questioning even less This left me the reader annoyed and wondering what was going on The events did not make sense and of course where only shown for the vampires side, and most of them where never resolved or explained However, I did like the authors writing and style The book was an easy read in that respect So I almost gave it a three or higher because I believe the author accomplished what she wanted to accomplish However since the rating is if I like the book or not I went with how I felt about the book, and I was wishy wash until the epilogue where the writer advises that there is no HEA To me this is a deal breaker If I am reading a book it needs an HEA, espicially since I thought this was a paranormal romance with a love triangle, and then she doesn t end up with either guy To me that was the final straw I read the entire book that did not answer any questions, still unsure of what the vampire even learned about herself except she is different and apparently that is a good thing, and there is no HEA, and she addes an epilogue so we know this Again as I said before that was the final straw for me.
I received a free advance copy of this novel from the author for purpose of review Actually, I had my eye on this book before getting the chance to review it, so jumped at the chance I liked the cover, and I enjoyed the style of writing in the sample chapter I m predisposed to like stories told in the first person by a female vampire So I started very optimistically.
I love the writing It is poetic and beautiful, without distracting from the story I like the way the setting resonates with the emotional tones I like the originality in the story and in the nature of the vampiric characters So, all in all, I really enjoyed reading this.
However There is a persistent vagueness and lack of clarity, and it s often unclear what is really known or what has happened The narrator s feelings seem limited to anger and desire, with no real warmth There s a love triangle here, but I never really believed she loved anyone, or was even capable of love Indeed, while she may be physically half human, half vampire, emotionally there was little left of humanity.
I received a free advance copy of this novel from the author for purpose of review Actually, I had my eye on this book before getting the chance to review it, so jumped at the chance I liked the cover, and I enjoyed the style of writing in the sample chapter I m predisposed to like stories told in the first person by a female vampire So I started very optimistically.
I love the writing It is poetic and beautiful, without distracting from the story I like the way the setting resonates with the emotional tones I like the originality in the story and in the nature of the vampiric characters So, all in all, I really enjoyed reading this.
However There is a persistent vagueness and lack of clarity, and it s often unclear what is really known or what has happened The narrator s feelings seem limited to anger and desire, with no real warmth There s a love triangle here, but I never really believed she loved anyone, or was even capable of love Indeed, while she may be physically half human, half vampire, emotionally there was little left of humanity.
So heeerrrreeere is the deal with this book This author has raw talent it s not fully reigned in yet but it s there She has a distinct knack for laying out a visual that will absolutely take your breath away During the early moments in the book, we are placed at a wedding reception where our female and male leads are in attendance We are immersed in a world where every candle or dancing flicker of light comes alive before us I can see the beautiful cake iced in an abundance of yellow buttercream roses I can feel the gauzy material of her dress and long to hold the beautiful green clutch she carries with her I cringe with embarrassment of awkward first conversations between new friends In later chapters, we are exposed to the deep frost and extreme bite of chill in the air I am dazzled by the shimmer of a new days snow cloaking the trees that surround her and the rain that darkens the sky No doubt about it the landscapes this author creates are incredible I love anything vampy seriously Chicagoland vamps, Twilight, Cat and Bones I love em all When the author told me this book presents a twist on what we think about vampires I was automatically there Vamps Where Lead the way Our cast of characters include Ava, Liam, Julian nice lil chaste love triangle where everyone just ignores their feelings and runs far, far away , and a bevy of other vamps Gabriela, Rachel, Oliver, Elim and Eden , then we ll add in a few people who just aren t all that important to the storyline Blake, Kennedy, Cole.
We start in the present day with Ava sneaking into Liams home, she sneaks up on him, he turns around and points a pistol to her head, demanding to know why she is there She reminds him and recalls that he offered so many years ago to take responsibility for his carelessness that ruined her life.
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from here we drift to the past.
Ava s memories take us back to 1928 where Ava and Liam first meet during a wedding reception Ava, 24, is strangely drawn to her table mate, Liam, for unknown reasons Despite her normally shy demeanor, she proceeds with witty banter and engaging conversation, vying for Liam s attention When Liam disappears during the first course, she is intrigued and is determined to know why he slipped away She investigates while walking through the double doors where she last saw him, only to find herself somewhat bloodied, unconscious, and laying on the side of the road She is awoken from unconsciousness to an incredible smell she absolutely must find As she follows the delectable aroma, she is lead to a blood soaked, dead raccoon yummy and SUPRISE Liam He proceeds to say he s sorry and she automatically responds with You did this to me for me, confusion begins here and weaves me around like a drunk teenager throughout this book I never really did get UNconfused Even in the epilogue I was still scratching my head mumbling what I mean if i were to wake up on the side of the road wanting to snack on a dead raccoon, and the hottie I ve been macking on all night walks up and says I m sorry , I m pretty confident I wouldn t automatically think hottie had something to do with it Anywho She passes out again and wakes up on his couch she doesn t struggle, doesn t ask if people are looking for her they just hang out doing vampy kinds of stuff it s 1928she s not concerned with her virtue or her family, or even if she s going to live or die or kill people She just asks what happened to her, and when he breaks out the vampire news, shes like that sucks type of thing no crying, hitting, mourning Just acceptance it was weird There is not enough character development for me to really get a bead on all of the characters, much less get a concrete feel for the relationships that are blossoming.
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Liam and Ava do share a few moments where sexual tension claims some space and I suppose its enough to keep me mildly interested and wanting That being said, the development of spaces and places was SO intricate and spot on, it was surprising that the characters were so very undeveloped Frustrating when you see so much promise.
The main undercurrent of this book is that Ava is different she can involuntarily key word here switch from vampire back to human While she s vamp, she has limited control of herself and seeks blood while she is human she loves her some pbj and coffee natch which is kinda cute and endearing While she is learning about herself, we are introduced to vampires Julian and Gabriela Literally, a few paragraphs about Julian, and Ava is walking alongside him to a strange house while walking there, she realizes he is different too, although not quite like her The next thing you know, the house they walked into is a blazing inferno, Julian becomes ashes and Liam is dragging her out Ava says that it s all her fault Nothing else is ever said about it How was it her fault How and why did the fire start How did Liam appear out if thin air to save Ava I was SO confused at this point.
Not long after the infamous fire that claimed Julian s life, Liam determines he can no longer keep Ava safe from his own bloodlust while she is in her human form, and demands that she leave She takes off for Wisconsin, meeting two regular ol humans Blake and Kennedy along the way, neither of which she talks about or mentions again Then we are launched back into the present No other time periods or memories of her life are touched upon I guess 1928 was just a REALLY memorable year SO We are back to the present day There is no discussion of the lives Liam and Ava have been leading separately for the last 80 years Apparently, Liam no longer has a problem controlling his bloodlust, and according to Rachel new vamp in the house , he has the hots for Ava Confusion abounds How did we get from gun pointed at head to romance Definitely needed detail to bind up those loose ends.
There are a few other interesting things that happen, which definitely add to the storyline, but they are spoilers, so I will keep em to myself But I can tell you this, it involves a bit of a love triangle albeit a very MILD one and some wicked awesome vampy fights.
This is NOT a romance or Adult read There is no sexy time, only a few chaste smooches here and there nobody s hard length is rubbin up on anyone else s mound nobody tastes like peaches Although.
I might have given another star for some HAWT vampire lovin I digress.
I hate to give a read 2 stars, especially one that started out so promising, this book just isn t there yet WAY too many loose ends blowing in the wind, way too confusing, character development is lagging, and some of the elements need to be simplified However, this author shows immense promise if she can flesh out these characters the way she does settings, she ll be off and running If she can pull together all of the loose ends, even better Break down the elements of why a few different vamps are so important can they endanger others How , why it matters, and why it s essential to solve the code so to speak, then we have a book that can contend with the others of this genre.
I will be watching the author in the future, to see what else she can bring to the table I think we can look for some entertaining reads in the future.
I was provided a free EARC from the author in exchange for a fair review I received a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review So, let me be honest It was just OK for me, in terms of my overall experience reading this book The writing style has a poetic flair and the tone is mysterious That was a double edged sword for me I found the imagery beautiful and interesting sometimes, and other times the language seemed too convoluted, which muddled the meaning for me There were many sentences I had to read over and over to get them Sometimes I figured out what was off, other times I didn t and just moved on Also, sometimes the imagery and emotion jumped around so much that I lost track of the action, or some combination thereof Overall, there could have been some line editing And I don t mean editing for typos, hopefully those are taken care of before the release I mean line by line rewrites to tighten the writing in places This author will continue to improve she has the raw talent She really does.
As for the story itself, the female protagonist narrates in first person, and we get to follow her through her change from human to vampire The twist is that she switches back and forth between vampire and human and no one knows why Here seems to be the central question Why is she different By the way, we don t get her name until almost the end of the book, so I will not mention it here This fits with the tone and did not bother me, however We get to follow her sporadically through an 80 year period after she is bitten in 1928 As an aside, I don t think the twenties time period was given much thought as far as detail or authentic dialogue There are many characters that move in and out of the story There are some intriguing incidents But, overall, this question is not answered for the reader We follow the protagonist around and find out a few things, but many things are kept from us, even things she seems to know We get to hear conversations that she appears to follow, and we get to see what kind of emotional reaction she has, but we don t know what everyone is talking about Very frustrating The answer to this central question is apparently answered, finally, for the protagonist, we just don t get to find out what it is Hmmm Some backstory is finally revealed to us by a massively huge monologue by Liam, her sire This monologue comprises the entire 9th chapter, several pages I was glad to get the information, but an entire chapter of monologue is not really how I wanted to get it As for the love triangle aspect of this story, it was not a central plot line, and there was no real development of the relationships therein, or even any real love scenes So, I wasn t emotionally invested in either relationship and didn t much care if she ended up with either guy, view spoiler which was a good thing, since she didn t end up with either of them hide spoiler My Rating Book Description It s easy to get caught up with bad ass vampires, a killer love triangle, broken engagements, assumed clones, and enough sexual tension to drive anyone crazy.
Does society really know what it means to be a vampire What it feels like Tastes like The struggles of going through life in a state of unacceptance, and using every fiber of your being to change Morningside shows vampires in a new light Humanity believes them to be one thing, without any deviation the perfection of a human hunter One woman is able to prove them wrong Trapped between both the mortal and immortal realms, she becomes the line between humans and vampires, and both the differences and similarities they share When her life is put at stake, the worlds begin to collide.
Page Count 242 pagesMy Thoughts This was a difficult story for me to rate because there were moments that I enjoyed but others not so much What I enjoyed was the premise of the story There be vampiresbut not in fashion that most readers are familiar with The female protagonist of this book lived in equal measure in the human and vampire world Turned as a vampire in 1928 by Liam, her sire, she begins an odyssey of discovering who and what she is The story takes an interesting explorartive as Liam tries to teach her how to be a vampire only to discover that she was notat least not completely The story kept my attention as I read the first 30% but at about 35% I begin to realize that we never learned the female protagonists name which was quite odd in a full length novel The reader didn t actually find out that her name was Ava until about 90% into the story As such, it was hard to connect with her because I didn t know her name and her basic physical description was vague and only consistent of a brief mention of her hair and eye color when she vamped out On the subject of the love triangle between Ava, Julian, and Liam, I just didn t see what she saw in either of them Liam killed her and was hot cold toward her Conversely, Julian essentially faked his own death and lied to her Neither male provided the best foundation for a functional relationship But I liked that particular byplay in the story I would have loved to read about why the infamous E aka Eden targeted Ava for her blood and what was so special about it I believe that there is another book in the series I hope that will deal with the why of it all The things that I didn t care about what the sequencing and pacing in the story There was a choppy splicing together of events and details that provided a slightly chaotic feel to the story Ava followed Liam outside and in a blink she s a vampire At first it was just she and Lian and the Gabriela and Julian are introduced with little fanfare Julian s death came so out of the blue that I had to read it to see how it happened because I felt as if I had missed something There were a few others odd moments in the story however, with a bit of scene tightening, the story would have definitely been a 4 or 4 read for me.
Note for PNR lovers Although there is hinted romance between the characters, there is so sexual interaction between any of the them The author provided a review copy of this book for an honest review.
Reading Time 6 Hours I received an ARC ebook of this book from the author to provide a honest review This is the author s debut novel.
The beginning was slow and filled with inessential information and or details I understand that world building is crucial, however, the information and or detail I m referring to is truly not necessary to keep the story moving forward nor is it of value to enhance the story It felt like a word count filler.
The connection between the heroine and hero is not clear, neither is the attraction They met at a party, he s good looking, he accidentally turns her into a vampire, then the twist and they hang out See Usually, there s something that brings the two together, whether it is fate or being that this is a PNR, the usual mate story line or even instant connection There was also no chemistry between them None of the usual occurs which makes it hard to understand why they are together.
There needs to be depth to the characters and details about who the characters are and what s going on The connection I usually feel for the characters isn t there Perhaps its partially because we don t learn the name of the heroine until almost the very end or that her reaction to things or the situation doesn t feel right or real There are way too many unanswered questions and the author doesn t provide the answers or clues The story needs time to develop.
The premise of the story is interesting, though the execution wasn t the best Again, this is the author s debut novel and she has potential.
Although a very good story concept, its execution was choppy, incomplete, and ultimately, confusing to me Having said that, it was intriguing and has so much potential that I sincerely hope that this author writes I will definitely look for future publications.
PROS STORYLINE Interesting likeable characters Villains I wanted to hate Interesting setting locale Interesting likeable characters Action Improved as it went along Interesting likeable characters I really want to know about all the characters the author introduced even still I so wanted to love this book However, I really struggled to keep reading, easily putting it aside to read something else.
CONS Unclear on the who, what, when, where, and why basics of the story Story was hard to follow not enough exposition and transitional story to tie the timeline or characters together Had to reread sentences several times to try and figure out what was been said Had to go back reread whole sections to figure out what was going on Some challenging dialogue I found myself wondering why did they say that what does that mean unclear motivation I think this is byproduct of just not knowing enough about what is going on in the scene or what has gone on before with the charactersMy best wishes to this author an obvious talent.
I got a copy of this book from the author and I was asked to read and review it This is one of my first reviews but I ll try my best.
Although this book confused me in parts once I started reading I found it hard to put down for the simple fact that I wanted to know what happens This book starts along the same lines as most vampire stories but towards the end it starts its own unique twist It has the changing, the love triangles, the past with a few twists along the way The lead character is nameless until the end but the other characters make random visits throughout the book The book is left open at end so hopefully another is on its way so we can continue the story I found the story jumpy in places Something would happen but it wasn t clear until later in the book what actually happened I feel the author as well as the story line have great potential but this book could have been better in places I enjoyed this book and I know others will I also know that some people won t.
This ebook was provided to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.
My opinion never been so conflicted towards a book except maybe for The Fault in our Stars When I started reading it, I doubted I could get to the end The first few chapters were badly written, sketchily described and very, very hard to get into I dropped the book at first after reading some thirty pages Then, weeks later I picked it up again And I read it And it got better.
And better.
And better.
I liked the way Ava grew in the story I liked the way the love triangle was handled I didn t have the urge to curse it all the way to hell But you can also see Madau s writing improving as you read the book A lot was happening too quickly at the beginning and it was hard for me to keep track of the progression of the story I was glad to see the way the author managed to tie everything up together later.
The premise and the setting in which the whole story was completely different from what we are used to The vampire worlds is shown differently from what we are used to in YA books and that really caught my attention The MC s struggle between two parts of herself was interesting though poorly described at times But the thing is as I continued reading I got so caught up in what was happening I was willing to ignore the little glitches here and there And thus the extra one star instead of the two I would ve given.
The ending was pure torture PHASES OF MY MIND THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK Before readingFirst few chaptersThe next few chaptersThe next next few chaptersThe Ending image error