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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451572166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451572162
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Dawn was born and raised in the Midwest, in the beautiful state of South Dakota. She has had the privilege of visiting a large majority of the states and has resided in several of them. When she finally settled down in Kansas, Dawn took the opportunity to get back to writing. Inspired by her children to create a story they would love, she moved from poetry and short stories to the novel that became Reining In. She has since discovered a renewed passion for writing and continues to work on novels to come.

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I bought this book today on the strength of the first chapter being free with the last Kindle book I bought. That first chapter looked so promising but the rest of the first 30% of the book was touchy feely womens stuff about a funeral (yes - 30% - really). Thats OK for a book being sold honestly as touchy feely but for a vampire book it is simply disingenuous. Anyway, god knows what the rest of it is like because I didn't have the strength to finish it.
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I won't go into much detail with the plot of this book as there is plenty I could spoil without meaning to. Instead, I'm just going to go straight into what I did and didn't like...

Boy was this book action-packed! Things just kept happening - one adventure after another. There definitely wasn't a dull moment to say the least.

Some people may not think this is a good thing but this book was definitely out of my comfort zone. I liked reading something new to me, whether it's different because of the writing style of the author or a genre that is completely alien. I like it. It's a challenge to finish reading and then write a review even though my outlook towards this particular genre or the writing techniques could have completely changed. But if I find I like the new style/genre of book, then all's good for me, right?

What was different about this book was the writing style. Because of all the energy and action in the book, it consisted of mostly short sentences which kind of kept me in sync with all the drama.

I loved the mystery aspect of Reining In. I definitely think Dawn Judd did a brilliant job at revealing any secrets at a need-to-know basis at precisely the perfect time. It was worked very well into the story.

However, I do feel the story could have had a better flow to it. So much was going on, it sometimes felt like the story was jumping from one event to the next with no in-between development and the like.

I also felt the protagonist, Khalida, was a bit too easy going and laid-back for a five thousand year old vampire. I suppose this could actually be me comparing Khalida to the usual vicious, blood-thirsty beasts vampires are usually made out to be, but like I said before it was something different.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ca92e94) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cab118c) out of 5 stars Great book!! 28 July 2010
By Kori A. Gaff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved this book, that the lead was a female vampire. She is strong but there is also a vulnerability that you don't get to see in most vampires. The book draws you in, at one point I thought I knew what was going on and going to happen next. I was way off base and I love that even more. I hate when books become predictable. That does not happen with thissbook. I cannot wait for the sequel.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cab4714) out of 5 stars A Fun UF Read! 6 Oct. 2010
By Melissa Books and Things - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Khalida is one of the most human vampires I have read about. Often you see vampires having to mimic their "human-ness" and hide their preternatural strength around other mortals so their secret of their immortality doesn't escape. While Khalida is concerned with privacy and secrecy, she has very little trouble blending in with those who do not know she is a vampire. She is also very emotional instead of being so distant from everyone. It was something I had to mention first since that part in particular was so unlike many vampire books in current circulation. I found it refreshing.

As for this book in particular, it is a great UF from beginning to end. It starts out with the potential death of a friend who chose to cherish his mortality. After his murder she finds herself and those she loves at the attention of an old enemy. Secrets surface and the very Network she established to hide at least one of those secrets also faces destruction. So, to protect everything in her life she must face the horrifying truth and deal with the consequences. This book ends in a bang.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. It is a great ride from beginning to end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cab1c9c) out of 5 stars Is Khallie a ditz or just senile? 15 Aug. 2011
By Sprinkle - Published on Amazon.com
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I feel like a big meanie beating on poor, sweet, Khallie, the 5000 year old vampire heroine of "Reining In." After all, she's really a nice gal who just wants to love and be loved by her "family;" a network of people who protect her secret. It's not her fault she gets her best friend killed in the opening act of the book; she just picked an unfortunate place to stop and hunt. It's not her fault she caused a fatal breach with her only son; after all, a girl's got to eat, right? She didn't plan on alienating her fiance, but even she admits that the whole vampire thing might be a bit hard on a guy, you know?

The biggest problem with the book is that the main character is supposed to be 5000 years old, powerful and a real survivor, yet she acts like a ditzy, self-absorped teenager. She constantly lets others make decisions for her and appears to fear conflict. Additionally, some of the writing errors are funny, as when she confuses "infinitesimal" with "infinite." Others are just annoying, like using the word "drug" for "dragged."

I yawned my way through the ending and while I do wish sweet Khallie and her author all the best, I won't be following her further adventures.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cab78d0) out of 5 stars An Engaging Vampire Story 8 May 2010
By Imogen Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
REINING IN is an entertaining vampire story about love, romance and friendship. The story is seen through the eyes of Khalida, a five-thousand-year-old vampire stuck in a nineteen-year-old's body. Imagine five thousand years on earth; then imagine being hunted for all that time by another vampire. Khalida has not had an easy time, but here in the 21st century, she has managed to find some stability by setting up a group of hand-selected individuals to protect her. However, an unfortunate event unscrambles her carefully constructed network and she is forced to make some hard decisions.

I was immediately drawn into Author Dawn Judd's story. The story is delivered in the engaging voice of Khalida. This is a fast paced story with well-fleshed characters. There is never a dull moment. This story will appeal to teens and adults alike. The story ends leaving the reader wanting more. I can't wait to read the sequel, FINDING HOPE!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Gabby - Published on Amazon.com
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I downloaded this book because it was free. I read the other reviews and figured it would be a really good book. I now wonder what the other reviewers read because it simply could not have been this book. I found the book to be rather boring. There were gaps in the story that were never fully explained. There were lots of typos and duplication of words. Hope the editing is better on the author's next book but I dont think I will read it.
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