Friday, March 21, 2014

Blog Tour & Review: The Search by Kelley Grealis



The Descendant Synopsis

Mortal death or eternal damnation? If those were your choices, which would you choose?

Allison Carmichael is frustrated with the doctors who can’t diagnose her seemingly common ailments. Her frustrations are further compounded by her inability to discover her life’s calling, a purpose she desperately desires yet which has eluded her for thirty years.

A car wreck throws Allison into a life she doesn’t recognize filled with vampires, centuries-old secrets, betrayal, and vengeful enemies she never knew existed.

When Allison discovers the source of her ailments and the truth about her biblical lineage, she wishes she hadn’t searched so hard for the answers she thought she wanted.

Faced with an impossible decision sacrifice her mortal life or damn her soul for eternity which will Allison choose?

And can she decide before the choice is made for her?


THE DESCENDANT A Vampire Tale of Biblical Proportions

Excerpt

I knew I wasn’t dying. At least that was what the other doctors had said. But what I didn’t know, and neither did any of those other doctors, was the cause of my symptoms. In fact, those supposed specialists had all declared me to be perfectly healthy and viewed my symptoms with skepticism. But I knew they were mistaken; there was something wrong with me.'

My Review

 I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I must say, this book gives a different outlook on the history of Vampires. I loved this history lesson.
The Descendant was extremely well written. and the story flows so well.
Characters are so awesome and mix/work together. I don't know what I would do in Allison's position, and Vincent~OMG. OMG, he sounds stellar in looks but I hated him by the end of the book but fell in love with Marlo- she was a sweetheart and looked out for Allison in so many ways!
Now I need to get my hands on book 2!



Book synopsis: 
The Search (Book 2 in The Descendant Vampire Series)
Allison Carmichael is thirsty for blood and hungry for answers.
Lured away from her illicit extracurricular activities by news about her kidnapped husband, Allison rejoins her adopted family that’s promised to help her find him. Allison's search is detoured, however, by sinister vampire politics, the seeming good will of her fanged family, and the return of her nemesis. Circumstances unfold that shatter the foundation of her world.
In order to successfully play the game she has been thrust into, Allison must battle loss and betrayal and accept unexpected love.
THE SEARCH is on for answers, but when answers are found, will they be what Allison was looking for?

Excerpt

“I’ve already told you once and I’m going to tell you again – no. Now please get off the property before I call the police.”
Gabriela tried closing the door again but my foot didn’t budge. I stared directly into her eyes. “You will let me into this house,” I commanded, but Gabriela’s eyes didn’t react to my persuasion. I was confused as to what was going on; this had worked on every human I had tried it on. “You will let me in this house.”
“No…I…won’t.”
I tilted my head in disbelief and Gabriela mockingly tilted her head back at me. I removed my foot from the doorway but had no intention of letting her shut me out. I was going to let her think for the slightest of moments that she had won this argument. I turned to walk away when I heard, “Ali-gator.”
I turned around and as Gabriela was shutting the door asked, “What did you just say?”
Gabriela rattled off something in Spanish before saying, “I didn’t say anything.”
“Yes you did. You whispered ‘Ali-gator.’”
“Um, no I didn’t.” “My husband used to call me that.”
“Okay lady, you’re losing your mind.” She twirled her finger next to her temple as she whistled cuckoo.
If I could have breathed fire I would have in that moment. I charged Gabriela but before I could reach her I felt like I had hit a brick wall. I placed my hands out in front of me but they couldn’t cross the threshold. Gabriela’s smirk irritated me.
“I told you I wouldn’t let you enter,” she taunted and slammed the door.

My Review

 This is the second book in the series, and we are learning more about Allison and the ways of a vampire, and their rules.
I love how the author continued the story, although it starts 5 months after the end of book 1. We do get an idea of how Allison (Ali) has been living since leaving Castle Adena.
Vincent does come back in the picture. He seems a little different, but still a bit self centered. He appears and disappears from the Drake family through most of the book.
New characters and groups are of course added in this book, and enhances the story well. It gives more depth to the whole background and storyline.
Ali is still bent on trying to find her husband, Matt. I won’t give away anything on this subject. Except that the Drake family find Ali and bring her back to the castle telling her they have information on Matt.
Although, this is not a romance story, the love Ali and Matt have (had) is deeply still affecting her in her new life. And Vincent admits that he is in love with Ali. I liked how this stayed on the path of Ali’s life, but I think I would’ve liked to see a bit more romance squeezed in somehow. Although, I’m not quite sure how and where it would’ve fit in, in this book at least. Maybe in book 3 we will get some romance between Ali and Vincent.
We don’t get the HEA we want at the end, but we do get a semblance of HEA.
Overall, a very great book. I patiently wait for book 3.

I was given an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.


About Kelley Grealis



What do most people do when they go through a midlife crisis – buy a sports car or get a makeover? Not Kelley Grealis. Her career midlife crisis reignited her passion for creative writing.
A worker-bee by day, writer by night, Kelley is the author of The Descendant Vampire Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats, riding her Harley, enjoying what few days of sunshine there are in Cleveland, and dreaming up the next story she wants to tell. Kelley is a graduate of both Baldwin Wallace College and Cleveland State University. Connect with her at http://www.KelleyGrealis.com
Kelley Grealis
Author of The Descendant Vampire Series

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