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A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jayde Scott
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Book Description

Hidden from mortal eyes are the creatures of darkness that coexist with mortals: Shadows, vampires, fallen angels, demons, shape shifters, succubi, and the likes.

Seventeen-year-old Amber enters their world by chance when her brother, Dallas, sets her up with a summer job in Scotland. Dallas has spied something in the woods he thinks could make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But instead of finding riches, Amber unknowingly enters a paranormal race—and promptly wins the first prize—a prize that comes with no exchange policy, and for which many would kill. Soon, she discovers her new boss, Aidan, didn’t employ her for her astounding housekeeping skills, and no one is who they say they are. But by that time she's far too deep in a world she never knew existed, a world of love bonds, dark magic, ancient enemies and immortals.

As the dark forces slowly conspire against Amber, her naivety and love for Aidan catapults her into a calamitous series of otherworldly events. With every immortal creature hunting for her, whom can she trust with her life?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Aurora Press; 1 edition (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YTI17M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,726 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Jayde Scott is a British psychology graduate and writer most notable for creating the Ancient Legends series. Having moved home at least twenty times, she's lived all around the world, but her favorite place will always be Scotland. Ever since visiting a haunted B&B fourteen years ago, where strange noises coming from an empty room in the middle of the night scared her to death, Scotland, world mythology and the paranormal have provided plenty of inspiration and play a key role in all her books. Although she'd rather be a witch than a vampire, Jayde's favorite book is The Queen Of The Damned by Anne Rice, not least because she prefers her vampires dark, broody and deadly.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, poor & irritatingly bad writing. 8 Nov. 2012
By ClareB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to say first off that the story itself is ok, it has great potential. Sadly the writing lets this book down enormously. The story is set in Scotland and features the "heroine" as being a 17 year old girl from London (originally Cornwall) who has taken a job as a housekeeper for a mysterious Mr Mcallister in Scotland before she starts university. There my annoyance starts. The Author is clearly not familiar with the UK at all. For a start a 17 year old working as a live in housekeeper at 17 is illegal not mention getting a place in a university at 17 with no A levels? well done. To be fair that I can overlook as it isn't exactly the point of the story. It's all of the little things that annoy the hell out of me . The constant Americanisms, Drapes instead of curtains, washing automat instead of washer, SUV, quotes from US TV shows that are alien to Europeans not to mention the fact that the characters "act" American. The take of Scottish is hilarious. In order to portray someone as a Scot she has them say "lass". Considering this book is set in Scotland you would think that a little attention would be put into using the correct terminologies for things and places. This constant inconsistency is extremely annoying, even more so when it could e simply explained away by making the lead character an American living in the UK. As things stand the mistakes like this along with the frequent spelling and grammatical errors are such that you often find yourself dwelling on those rather than he story itself.

Overall, I really wouldn't recommend this book unless the Author addressed the issues listed. It is painful to read and i'm only grateful that the lead character didn't turn up in a bowler hat as it is so very ignorantly written.

I've given two stars simply because the story has potential to be good, the Author clearly has an interesting imagination but needs to spend some time researching and editing.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs better editing 30 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this because it was set where I live in Scotland and because it had so many good reviews. I was really disappointed.

It's hard not to be irritated by someone clearly not British trying to write British people in a story set in the UK and consistently getting things wrong. We don't eat jelly on croissants. It's jam. It's not mom, it's mum. Even Londoners don't say 'mate' every five words. I found myself gritting my teeth every time Cass opened her mouth. There are so many colloquialisms that just don't sit right. There were also other editing issues, such as the wrong word frequently being used. Kneel over instead of keel over. I can't remember the exact sentence but there's a time that Amber says something 'consolidated' her instead of consoled. It was pretty funny for all the wrong reasons.

As for the story, there were some sections that totally left my head spinning. One minute Amber and Aidan have spent five minutes together and think the other is pretty weird, the next minute they're declaring undying love. Amber is supposed to be this normal girl but she's happy to become a jewel thief with minimal persuasion from her brother? The humour falls totally flat. The characters are, for the most part, totally shallow and their behavioural patterns and thought processes are totally unbelievable. The plot could have done with a serious rework to make it more believable. It just seemed to gloss over the holes in the storyline, but they're too glaring to miss.

Sorry to say that I just don't care enough about the characters or what happens to them to bother downloading the rest of the series.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Job From Hell 4 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What a great read. This is a story for teens as well as adults. A very well written vampire love story that's full of intrigue right to the end. Seventeen-year-old Amber starts a new job as a housekeeper in an old mansion in Scotland, but she knows nothing about housekeeping and hates cleaning. She thinks household chores are a waste of time, so she's quite happy that the house is sparkling clean. Instead of working, Amber spends most of her time drooling over her new boss and snooping around the house. But there are secrets she doesn't know about the people that come to the house, and she has no idea there's a unique bond between her and one of them, or that she's been summoned there by a vampire.

Not long after she arrives at her new job, her brother turns up. He tells her about a stash of jewels hidden in the woods close by. They decide to steal them and run away to start a new life, but on the night of the robbery, her brother disappears. Scared, Amber goes looking for him. She doesn't find him, but stumbles upon a hut in the forest as well as the hidden treasures. Though she steals the jewels, she doesn't know they're actually the first prize in a paranormal race organised by a blood-crazed succubus demi-goddess. Suddenly, Amber has the ability to travel to other worlds and communicate with so-called ghosts, but every paranormal being out there is hunting for her. Amber doesn't know it, but someone out there is drawn to her blood, and they are determined to have it.

Amber is hilarious and a bit of a klutz sometimes, but she's very endearing. The story kept me turning the page in anticipation of what's going to happen next, but I could never guess. I highly recomend this book and I give it a five-star rating. Well deserved too.
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