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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
I received a copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Have you ever picked up a book and thought that you knew exactly where it was heading, before you even started it? Well that's what I thought about this book. I thought it would a light, easy read where the story follows the 'set' pattern and it would wile away a couple of hours. Boy, was I wrong!!!

This story is simply fantastic. It is fresh and incredibly well written. There aren't many books out there that can blend fantasy with paranormal but Karen Lynch can and does with aplomb. The synopsis states that vampires are involved so fair enough but I certainly wasn't expecting trolls, imps, sylphs, undines and demons - to name but a few! There are enough characters in here so that everyone can have their favourite although I suspect I'm in the majority for thinking that Nikolas is just "Oh Yeah!". The relationships between Sara and her two best friends, Roland and Peter, are not only believable but also in the minority in books. Yes, people, you can be friends with a guy without any benefits apart from a solid friendship. It was so nice to read this part even with the explanation given by Aine as to the why.

Sara has special gifts, some of which can be explained by Nikolas and some that remain a mystery. Sara states that she is not a warrior. Warriors come in different shapes and sizes but Sara definitely is. She has much to learn and I'm really hoping that Nikolas will be there to help her.

Relentless is full of secrets which I loved reading about, it is also full of humour. Sara is a strong female lead and she is not afraid of speaking her mind, especially to Nikolas. One of my favourite parts is when she speaks to Nikolas on the phone and calls Chris "Dimples". It may not be funny here but read the story and you'll see what I mean.

This is book 1 of a trilogy with book 2 (hopefully) due out late this year. I am now stalking, I mean, following ;) Karen Lynch on Facebook and GoodReads so that I can see as soon as it's available. Good things come to those that wait and if this book is any indication, book 2 is going to be even better. So many things that I want to see happen. Definitely recommended for anyone who likes YA, Fantasy or Paranormal. Excellent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2014
Sara Grey's life is torn apart 10 years ago when she looses her Dad to a horrific murder. 10 years on she is still haunted by that event, wanting to know answers to why her Dad was murdered and by whom.

Unexpectedly on moving to live with her Uncle, she befriends a Troll, of all creatures, dealing in the black market for the rarest of items. She starts chatting on forums about the supernatural world which gets her thinking about what really happened to her father, could it really have been Vampires? Before she knows it she is slap bang in the middle of the supernatural world, finding out that her own self is far from a normal human being.

Sara's life soon starts to spin out of control being hunted by a sadistic vampire, finding out her best friends are Werewolves, as well as meeting the warrior Nikolas on the same night, who is determined to protect her, even if it is the last thing she wishes for.

Sara has always been independent, surviving on her own; now however, it isn't just her life on the line. Her Uncle and friends are in life-threatening danger and in order to survive Sara must learn to open up and reveal her secrets and powers.

This is one of the most refreshing books I have read in a while, especially when it comes to Vampires, Werewolves and all of those creatures. Vampires that actually acted like Vampires, no shimmering in the light or secretly hero's and become the main character's happily ever after. The Werewolves fought against Vampires and didn't side up with them and the most refreshing part of this book, there was no soppy love story which ruined the main plot; it looks like there may be one set up for the future, but was lovely and subtle. I LOVED IT!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2014
I chose this rating because not only did I find this story entertaining, it was quirky and our heroine had compassion and sympathy for the underdog.

The most disappointing thing - or rather, the only disappointment was that there was no Book Two.

So come on Karen, there must be a whole load of us out here waiting for that next instalment - please don't give up now.
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on 9 August 2015
Relentless is a YA paranormal fantasy and the first book in a series. It is primarily set in the small coastal town of New Hastings not too far from Portland in Maine, USA

Seventeen year old Sara Grey was orphaned ten years ago when her Dad was killed by a vampire. With a mother who left when she was just a small child, Sara is taken in by her wheelchair bound Uncle. She's independent and quite a loner, she has no girlfriends, but several boys who are friends.

What she does have is plenty of friends who are animals and others who are from the supernatural world. One of her best friends is Remy a troll. We meet him when together they help save the life of a new born. Sara has healing abilities, but she is also aware of a beast-like creature which lies dormant within her.

School-friends Pete and Roland persuade Sara to go out and see a band with them in a club in Portland, that night she meets some very attractive men and in an ally later she has her first close encounter with vampires, werewolves and a hunter called a Mohiri.

Life for Sara and her friends changes that night as more than one person has an interest in her. But strong-willed and with her own agenda Sara is no push-over as danger is never far away and a prediction from a powerful African witch helps answer many questions.

I like immersing myself in YA paranormal fantasy and I'm glad this book took on it's own storyline after the introduction of the popular vampire and werewolf storylines. The inclusion of many other supernatural creatures was a delight and I felt they all worked well together.
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on 19 December 2014
I'm not one to write reviews but this book was so good I felt obliged to. The book was beautifully written, with no obvious errors, just a couple of small mistakes (not that I'm pedantic or anything!) What really made it shine though was the main character and the world building. The main character was gutsy, determined and likeable, she didn't have the whole 'woe is me' attitude that is so prevalent of books in this genre. The other characters were equally as enjoyable and I found them to be realistic and three dimensional characters in their own right. The world building was beautiful and creative with decent grounding behind it, I could really see the world the author created and her love for it. The book had great character development but didn't scrimp on the world building which made the book so brilliant. It lacked the weak and one dimensional characters that so many books nowadays have. I was really impressed and that doesn't happen a lot! I have read a lot of YA paranormal fiction and this really stands out as being new, well written and gripping. Unlike so many other YA books out there.
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on 7 November 2014
I thought the whole back story created so much tension form the beginning triggering a lot of events to happen. throughout the whole book I was thinking what if she didn't do that or what if she was this. I built up so much of a relationship with the characters, I ended up crying at the end. I love to see how other characters react to seeing the main character getting hurt or almost killed (I'm no sadist) it just makes me experience a different side of them. I definitely felt it in this book. I would never like to see my favourite characters dying. ever . the born series by tara Brown is an example of that. anyway, this book was sitting in my kindle books for a long time but I finally ended up loving it. one of the best books I have read. can't wait for December!
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on 16 April 2015
I enjoyed this book so much that I wanted to give it the rating it deserves.

The main character, Sara, has a strong, independent and compassionate nature. She won me over when she got into a fight with a boy and basically beat him up. Overall she is very likeable.

The story is gripping and populated with different creatures. Karen Lynch has such an easy to read style.

Sara's life changes in one night when she is attacked by a vampire, saved by a Mohiri warrior and finds out that her best friends are werewolves. Since that moment her life becomes a roller coaster ride. There is a subtle romance which does not overpower the plot. The book is simply great and impossible to put down. I can't wait to read more from Karen Lynch!
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on 20 February 2014
Firstly I read the reviews of this book and I have to say there's nothing wrong with 'whet your appetite,' whet is a real word and means excite or stimulate.
This book is very good and its brilliant value for money. In fact it's a lot better than ones I've paid far more for. Well done Karen Lynch.
There's something different about Sara, although she doesn't know what. She lives with her Uncle Nate after her father was killed. As time goes on, she learns more about her abilities and develops them, especially when she meets Nikolas and Chris and finds out about her friends Roland and Peter - and they find out about hers.
It's clever, funny, quite charming and I loved it.
Good for YA readers and above.
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on 12 February 2014
I consume urban / paranormal fantasy books at a rate of 5-10 a week. With very few exceptions the 'new author + bargain price' recipe results in disappointment and an unfinished book. Either the world is explained rather than experienced, the spellchecker is forgotten, the narrative is disjointed and weak or - worst of all - there is a dreaded love triangle around which the story revolves.

I'm pleased to say that this is one of the few exceptions. A genuinely good story, well written and avoiding paths already well walked in the genre. I was totally engrossed from start to finish.

Delighted with my purchase and will be waiting for the next one. Full marks to the author !
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on 7 August 2015
Relentless struck me as Twilight meets Harry Potter. The lead character, Sara, was a mix of Harry, Hermione and Bella - an orphan who is small and deceptively fragile looking, with hidden special powers that she has to learn to unlock. Just like Bella, Sara is pursued by an evil vampire, and there are even a pair of red haired twins, just like the Weasley twins. It's undoubtedly a well written and engaging story, but with so many characters and at times rather childish magical creatures, I felt it could do with a bit of pruning. Having said that, I did enjoy Relentless and will go on to read the next two books in the series.
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