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Friday, October 19, 2012

Book Review: Heart Search: Lost by Carlie Cullen

First, the official, background information :-)

The Blurb
“One bite starts it all . . .
When Joshua Grant vanishes days before his wedding his fiancée Remy is left with only bruises, scratch marks and a hastily written note. Heartbroken, she sets off alone to find him and begins a long journey where strange things begin to happen.
As Joshua descends into his new immortal life he indulges his thirst for blood and explores his superhuman strength and amazing new talents while becoming embroiled in coven politics which threaten to destroy him. But Remy discovers a strength of her own on her quest to bring Joshua home.
Fate toys with mortals and immortals alike, as two hearts torn apart by darkness face ordeals which test them to their limits.”

My Review:

I'm not often a reader of Vampire Tales, but this one sucked me in.  The story was good, the characters engaging, and the plot was full of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages.

Excellent job by Carlie of fleshing out the characters.

Remy's character was never pathetic--although her situation entitled her to it. I admired her tenacity as her search dragged on.

Josh--and the coven he lives with? So well-written.  They were the real entertainment in this book. The dynamics of the vampires were quite fascinating.  And I loved how Carlie wrote their predatory nature.  Simply indifferent to what they must do to humans to survive, yet their emotional responses to each other are very strong.

A lot of well placed foreshadowing lent an air of impending conflict, pain, or change.

And (spoiler alert) the end is a zinger!  But, it's set up nicely for the sequel.

Hope you're working on that, Carlie! :-)

Carlie M A Cullen
Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing. She has been an administrator and marketer all her working life and is also a professional teacher of Ballroom and Latin American dancing.
Carlie has always written in some form or another, but Heart Search: Lost is her first novel. This is being launched 8th October 2012 through Myrddin Publishing Group and work has started on book two: Heart Search: Found. She writes mainly in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for YA, New Adult and Adult.
Carlie is also a professional editor.
Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. Their first anthology was published September 2012.
Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.

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  1. I'm looking forward to reading this one!

  2. Hi Johanna! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :-) Such a wonderful group of writers you all are :-)

    Thanks for visiting!

  3. Talk about a loyal woman. She's willing to go all out for him. Imagine the sacrifice she would make if they were married for years. The book sounds interesting, excellent blurb.

  4. Sounds like an interesting novel. Fascinating last name for a vampire writer!


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