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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: STARWARP CONCEPTS (15 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984174109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984174102
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,231,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

STEVEN A. ROMAN made his professional writing debut in 1993 with the publication of his comic book horror series Lorelei. Since then, he has written for Spider-Man, The Hulk and the X-Men. He lives in New York City, US.

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I really wont be able to praise this book enough, it is fantastic!

Pan is not a regular 16 year old girl, from the age of 6 she she has been plagued with what she calls 'monstervision.' Her mum and dad have supported her and she has been attending a psychiatrist. Pan's mum and dad split up and she is living with her mum in Schriksdorp 'the dullest place in America.' Its hard for her to fit in with people there as she is a goth chick and they would rather make fun of her. Pan hits a girl who is making fun of her parents in the mall and her mum packs her off to stay with her dad until things cool down.

The story really begins when Pan steps off the train to meet her dad, she sees a monkey with a trash bag, meets a cute guy (Javi) and a monster Huntress (Annie). The book is action packed with vampires on their quest of seeking 'the prize', which jus happens to be in Pan's dad Dave's possession. Things get messy from there on in as you can imagine!

Pan is such a strong in depth character, which I instantly liked and related to. She has a great relationship with both her parents, and she is a great friend. I would love to be friends with pan. there are quite a few strong characters in here that I would love to hear more about.

The ending was just amazing, keeping you on the edge of your seat for the next but giving nothing away.

All in all a 5 star read. Action packed, fast paced with very interesting characters. I cannot wait for the next instalment 'Blood Reign.'
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Attention all monster maniacs, vampire victims, Goths, fans of the macabre and all-out urban fantasy, paranormal and supernatural snapper-uppers - there's a new series on the market and you're gonna love it!

Pandora Zwieback is such a regular kinda gal (well, apart from her "monster vision", that is) that you can't help liking her. As teens go, she's one of the good ones and although she can pack a punch and is a little troubled, she's not the kind of kid you want to slap every five seconds and that can make all the difference when you're reading a novel where she's the star of the show, so to speak. She's grounded enough that one can readily accept the concept of her having what she calls "monster vision" as she's so sceptical of it herself.

It's written in such a way that the excitement kept me riding high the length of the novel, and it wasn't till the end that I realised there was no sex (and, in fact, no romantic scenes at all), which makes a nice change from all the soft-focus, mushy, vampires-just-want-to-be-loved stuff that's flooded the market after the unaccountable popular Twilight saga. There is also surprisingly little violence, considering we're battling legions of the undead here, and minimal gore, which means it's safe for readers from the mid-teen range upwards.

Actually, it's one of those fabulous books that manages to straddle the young adult / adult fiction divide without doing the splits and ending in a prat-fall that would ruin many others, catering equally for teens and more, ahem, "mature" readers alike with a light touch that makes it a joy to read.

To top it all off, it's left wide open for the sequel and then doesn't give any teaser chapters at the end, which is great because, and here's where it triumphs, it doesn't need them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read! 16 Jan. 2012
By carly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really wont be able to praise this book enough, it is fantastic!

Pan is not a regular 16 year old girl, from the age of 6 she she has been plagued with what she calls 'monstervision.' Her mum and dad have supported her and she has been attending a psychiatrist. Pan's mum and dad split up and she is living with her mum in Schriksdorp 'the dullest place in America.' Its hard for her to fit in with people there as she is a goth chick and they would rather make fun of her. Pan hits a girl who is making fun of her parents in the mall and her mum packs her off to stay with her dad until things cool down.

The story really begins when Pan steps off the train to meet her dad, she sees a monkey with a trash bag, meets a cute guy (Javi) and a monster Huntress (Annie). The book is action packed with vampires on their quest of seeking 'the prize', which jus happens to be in Pan's dad Dave's possession. Things get messy from there on in as you can imagine!

Pan is such a strong in depth character, which I instantly liked and related to. She has a great relationship with both her parents, and she is a great friend. I would love to be friends with pan. there are quite a few strong characters in here that I would love to hear more about.

The ending was just amazing, keeping you on the edge of your seat for the next but giving nothing away.

All in all a 5 star read. Action packed, fast paced with very interesting characters. I cannot wait for the next instalment 'Blood Reign.'
5.0 out of 5 stars Two-fisted Paranormal Action 11 Mar. 2013
By Elizabeth Watasin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Blood Feud's a big style cinematic vampire and monster hunter shoot 'em up with a very human, sweet kid caught in the crossfire. Like any outsider teen, Pandora has her troubles (as if "Monstervision" isn't enough), and can get two-fisted when she needs to, but her relationship with her parents and close friends makes the story gold. A teen horror heroine who gets a precious reason to genuinely smile amidst the freaky scary stuff? Pretty endearing. I look forward to the the next book in the series!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, exciting, rich in characterization and drama--impossible to put down! 25 Dec. 2012
By Dwight J. Zimmerman, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Steven A. Roman's written a masterpiece! Though not a fan of this genre, I am a fan of his work. And, in BLOOD FEUD he really delivered! All the characters are fleshed out (even the undead ones). It's very fast-paced, with lots of surprises. Roman knows how to structure a story to bring out the most in a scene, and I found that I couldn't put this book down once I started reading. I'm giving this book to my daughter to read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Pandora--a heroine you can believe 23 Mar. 2015
By Perry Lake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read several things by Steve Roman in the past, both novels and comics. His "Blood Feud" is, for all intents and purposes, the novelization of a comic book, so here the reader can get the best of both worlds.

In the past, I've chided Roman a little about slow beginnings in some of his stories. There's a few slow parts in "Blood Feud", but they're necessary to get a feel for the characters and their relationships. But there's nothing slow at the beginning, where we get plenty of supernatural action and several important plot points and characters are established.

Still, the introduction of Sebastienne Mazarin in the current day could have been told by showing her in action, not expounding on a history lesson. But it's a small caveat in an otherwise very good adventure. And the action begins again in a few pages.

The main plot is reminiscent of the old Rowdy Roddy Piper movie "They Live" or the little kid in "The Sixth Sense", in which the hero (heroine here) suddenly gains the ability to detect the monsters who walk amongst us. Pandora Zwieback is thus given a Buffy-like quest to kill monsters and save the world.

Unlike Buffy, Pan has absolutely no super-powers, aside from her ability to see monsters for what they really are. In fact, she doubts her own sanity. Seriously, who wouldn't?

And when this occurs, there's a very real, very human, and very unexpected reaction from Pan. After she calls her mom and asks to pick her up, Pan becomes frightened of seeing her, even considering running away. Pan is afraid her mom too might be one of these monsters; and she knows that would be more than she could handle. If that happened, her sanity would truly snap and she would be left broken and completely alone.

Fortunately, Pan's mother turns out to be anything but a monster. But the scene shows us the level of writing, the level of human understanding and empathy of which Roman is capable.

A teenager who sees monsters and has no powers to fight them... That makes her more human than other comic book characters. And that's the appeal here.

But then the action shifts to Roman's other character, Sebastienne Marazin, who has four hundred years experience fighting monsters. There's a quick scene to establish her as a badass, Buffy-style slayer of all things dark and dangerous. Soon Pan and Sebastienne meet, along with Sebastienne's sidekick, the grinning Javier. Javier serves the same purpose as Shaggy from Scooby-Doo: nothing. Only Shaggy was funnier. Soon they're running through the tunnels of NYC looking for an escaped cryptid.

I do think Roman missed an opportunity for dramatic confrontation between the two heroines. Instead of the talkfest that ensues, I would have had Sebastienne try to kill the cryptid and have Pan stand in her way, protecting it. Yes, the two DO have a discussion about it and Pan makes the wonderfully stinging comment, "Maybe you should find a new occupation." But the drama level and the pacing would be greatly improved in this scene if the two heroines had at least a brief moment of true antagonism.

Pan and Sebastienne team up just in time, as rival gangs of vampires are about to descend on the City and tear it to shreds, as they search for an ancient artifact that will give them power over all other supernatural creatures. And by coincidence, Pan's dad is the current owner of this artifact.

Roman has written on his blog that the first draft of this book presented the characters as unsympathetic jerks and losers. In correcting this, he's added a lot of feelgood moments. Lots and lots of feelgood moments. But his decision, and that of his editor, was correct. Pan and company need to be sympathetic otherwise the reader is left rooting for the bad guys. I know I've read books and seen movies that left me doing just that.

If the feelgood moments abound, rest assured they are not maudlin nor are they all that's going on. There are some great actions scenes along with the heart-warming stuff.

Be forewarned though; the adventure ends with a cliffhanger. While more appropriate for a comic book, of which Roman has much experience writing, it's not a common ending for a novel. After all, novels tend to have a beginning, a middle and an ENDING.

But no complaints here. "Blood Feud" is a fun frolic with likeable (and detestable) characters. The action is great and the story keeps moving. It's a great monster book for the young adult market.

As the author of a book about warring vampire clans myself, I was pleased to see that Roman's vampires are also broken into clans, here called houses. In fact, we sometimes employ the same clans!
In “Blood Feud” the demon Zaquiel as the father of all vampires whereas I employ Lilith for that role. Roman's Zaquiel implores his warring children to set aside their differences and work together. My Lilith is happy to sit back and watch her children fight. It's more fun. Besides, she was never really good at that motherhood thing.
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