Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book reviews for Blood Stained Lives

Hello there again everyone. I just thought that I would share some of the reviews that I have been given for my novel. So far so good :D

Buy link for Amazon. Ebook $2.99 Print $12.99.

First I will start with the most recent from Jennifer on Feisty Girls Blog located here: http://feistygirlsbookblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/blood-stained-lives-by-ronald-edward.html?showComment=1378843012225#c5667079161485080357 

~*~ Jennifer's Review~*~

Ask yourself this question, if the fate of the world rested on your shoulders, would you be strong enough to rise to the challenge?  That is the question that Namon has to ask himself.  Orphaned at 7, he has lived the last 10 years with his godmother, Katrina.  As his 18th birthday arrives, the evil forces that took his parents are back to try and kill Namon and take the powerful amulet that would mean the destruction of the world.  Sworn to protect him at all cost, Katrina gives her life to do just that.

Namon learned at a very young age to keep his distance emotionally, because loving someone has meant that he will lose them, but that all changes one night when is sees the beautiful Aluana at the Whiskey River Bar.

Aluana has no memory of her life prior to being "turned" into a Vampire by the evil Cyrus.  For years she has been held captive at his compound in Atlanta.  Now that they are moving to New York, Aluana is enjoying the new found freedom that Cyrus is allowing her.  She has been sheltered all her life, and never thought that she would find love, until the night that she met Namon.

It is love at first sight for these two, and something deep in their souls recognizes the other that they can't explain, but they just know that they need to be together.  That they are each other’s missing half.  When evil threatens to destroy their world, what choice do they have but to fight.

Now Namon, along with a pack of Skin-Walking Werewolves and a tiny Gremlin named Oz, must fight and fight hard if they are going to be able to defeat the evil that is coming.

This is not your typical Vampire verses Werewolf kind of story.  This book has a little bit of everything for everyone.  You like Vampires, this book has it, you like Werewolves, this book has it.  Demon's, Gremlins, Dragons, Wizards?  Yep, this book has it.  This is a great book for young and old.  Nothing too graphic.  The characters are wonderfully written and the story just pulls you in and keeps you hooked.  The author left an opening for more books to come and I will definitely look for more.

I would give this book 4 stars!

Next we have reviews from Amazon.com
By Christy on September 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Blood Stained Lives is full of action packed adventure. The author does a magnificent job describing each and every detail from what the characters look like to their very cores and what they are feeling throughout the book. I guarantee you will feel as if you are a part of this story, yourself. Just pick a character, whether good or evil, and get ready for the ride of your life. I look forward to reading more of these books!

By ACArcher on September 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
After reading the reviews for Blood Stained Lives, I was excited to get the chance to read and review it. I must say, first and foremost, that the novel gives action, revenge, romance, humor, and last but certainly not least, a powerful package of a unique cast of characters that have their personalities wonderfully portrayed. And, the relationship between Namon and Aluana..... :) Wow!

Unlike the onslaught of Vampire/Werewolf novels that are flooding the market in recent years, Blood Stained Lives creates a world much bigger. It is truly a novel for every realm of urban fantasy reader without the rehashed, overused characters and plot lines. If you are like me, looking for something different, you will certainly get it with this novel!

With that said, though, I have to admit that I, personally, struggled with reading the novel. Not because of the story, but because of the technical writing structure. A very big rule in the writing world is 'show don't tell', and in my opinion the book throughout fell short with showing exposition to the characters emotional thoughts and the events of the story. Instead the events and feelings are told, not shown, giving a very detailed feel like a screen play, as if to say 'then this happens, then this happens, then this happens'.

In the end, aside from a few grammar errors and show don't tell errors, Ron Griffin gives a fun, exciting, and engaging urban fantasy novel and I can't wait to see more from him and watch him grow as a writer.
By DBAKER on September 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
This was a Action filled book and I have not been able to put it down.This is a must Read Book.

Format: Kindle Edition
Phenomenal paranormal book. If it wasn't for work,
sleep and family I wouldn't have put this book down.
I can't wait for the next in the series! Classic bad guys,
creative and imaginative! Fast paced and hooks it's claws into you!

Vampires, gremlin, demons, werewolves. All packed in with a power punch
to a reader's imagination. In places I laughed so hard I almost
woke my neighbors!

I'll read this one again and again! I really love the amazing way he has
written just enough to really kick my imagination into overdrive.

There's something for everyone. Action, revenge, romance,
supernatural creatures, comedy, a gambit of emotional pitfalls.

To the author,
Bring it on! I'm definitely in to read as many
as you dare to write!
Thanks for the laughs and the imagery!

By fkwinche on August 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This isn't your typical werewolf/vampire book. It's got demons, Gremlins, and everything in between. Namon, age seventeen, discovers that he and his adoptive mother (his godmother, Katrina) come from a long lineage of werewolves, and Namon himself is a White Wolf--the last of his kind. Through the story, Namon struggles with what the ancient vampire Cyrus takes from his life, but he finds a new normal with a pack of skinwalkers. His mission is to prevent Cyrus from gaining the pieces he needs (an amulet and two rings) to fulfill his evil plan, and along the way, Namon meets Aluana, a vampire who turns out to be more important than even she herself knew.

One of my favorite elements of this book was the Gremlin named Oz. He's a mischievous little guy who, after wreaking his share of havoc on the household appliances, becomes emotionally attached to Namon and becomes his unofficial sidekick, helping out in fights when he can and enjoying marshmallows by the bonfire the rest of the time. He's adorable! Brice is another really fun character--his personality is great, and he's fun to read about. And, of course, I enjoyed reading about Aluana and Namon's relationship, but I won't spoil it for you!

Now a review on smashwords
Review by: Rhonda McCulloch on Aug. 29, 2013 : star star star star 
Although I personally had a hard time getting into this book in the early chapters; it turned out to be rather good. I am actually interested in seeing where this could go. Blood Stained Lives seems to be just the beginning for this Author

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