Reining In: Volume 1 Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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!