Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review of The Descendant by Kelley Grealis

Title: The Descendant
Author: Kelley Grealis
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 288 pages
Cover design by A BCD Creative
Edited by Jenny Bengen-Albert
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-61236-2

Allison Carmichael wakes from a car wreck with no memory of the past three years. She doesn’t recall her husband’s death or how she alienated her friends, and she definitely doesn’t remember anything about her new boyfriend Vincent Drake – a charismatic man with a penchant for rare and unique possessions. In fact, the only things familiar to Allison are her seemingly common ailments – insomnia, lack of appetite, erratic body temperature – which have gone undiagnosed and are worsening.

But Vincent knows exactly who, and what, Allison is – a mortal descendant of the first vampire. He is a vampire who has watched over Allison and her ancestors since the Biblical times of Cain and Abel ensuring their secret is kept. Once he realizes Allison’s symptoms are accelerating and transforming her, he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Vincent tells Allison that she is a descendant and the first of her kind to exhibit signs of vampirism. Her worsening symptoms mean that she must decide between risking her mortal death if she cannot control her symptoms or fully transforming into a vampire and damning her soul for eternity. A decision made even more difficult when Allison discovers that Vincent has manipulated her life, and everyone in it, so that he can have the one thing no one else in the world has – the first descendant-turned-vampire.

There are a lot of good things about The Descendant. Allison's weird illness, the sexy, mysterious stranger at the party, Allison's confusion after the car wreck, the Garden of Eden story line, and the biblical twist on vampire lore was super creative.

The story pulled me in right away and I wanted to keep reading but I was really disappointed in the ending. It was cool that it was a surprise but it wasn't what I wanted so I ended the book thinking, "Awww maaan". 

However, The Descendant is a unique and creative story and is definitely worth reading.

P.S. It took me a while to come to this conclusion but I think the cover is nifty. :-)

About the Author
Kelley Grealis was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a B.A. in Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She has loved all things vampire since she was a little girl, and it was that passion combined with thirteen years of Catholic schooling, that inspired her to write THE DESCENDANT. She lives in a Cleveland suburb with her husband and their two cats.

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  1. Thanks for hosting this stop on my blog tour! I'm glad that you found The Descendant was unique & creative! Stay tuned as The Search, book 2 in the series, is due out later this year!

  2. Thanks for being here Kelley! I enjoyed reading the book!

  3. Such a wonderful book, you're awesome Kelley!

  4. Thank you both, Jocelyn & Layla!!!


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