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on 20 June 2015
If I were to judge only the idea of the story and story line, I would give 5 stars. It is refreshingly different from most of the other Vampire stories floating around, which are very often not more than tacky love stories. The books are super captivating and a very thrilling read.
I stumbled across the first one in a collection I got from Amazon and just couldn't stop reading, and then I had to know how it continuous. I finished all 5 books in less than one week.

Now, that said, there were a few aspects in the story I didn't like and people who haven't read the book(s) might want to stop reading here.

Although Tessa appears to be refreshingly different from so many other female main characters in other vampire stories (the tall, skinny flat chested Tessa against the super busty, perfect shaped seductresses in other books), she is also on the verge of becoming a full on Mary Sue.
Despite being in the mountain for about a week with no food and rest (we only hear/read her talking about her power naps, but she never actually has one), she still seems to kill every enemy, no matter how strong and big, almost effortlessly, she constantly develops new abilities to rescue her friends and family, and even been injured by a silver stake, she doesn't only just recover quickly, but instead of feeling weak, her abilities only enhance from the injury. In the beginning of the books, we learn that Tessa doesn't feel accepted by the vampire world, because of her 'throwback (human) genetics', and that her own people like to make fun of her and talk badly about her, now, in a matter of hours and days, that completely changes. Not only starts everybody around her admiring Tessa, but also the two male main characters fall in love with her.

The second thing is, although the good vamps take the bad vamps down one after one, no one of the good vamps/guys dies.Of course, it wouldn't be nice to read, especially if you grow a care for certain characters, it is kind of unrealistic, especially with so much fighting going on. The only two people who die and used to be part of a closer circle of Tessa's family were betrayers and involved in the blood farm mess.

The last thing which I found a bit off was that the two ancients, vampires who have lift through centuries had the same language pattern like the young vamps (basically teenagers), thinking/saying/using all the same slang.

That is not supposed to be a rant, as mentioned in the beginning, the books in itself a brilliant and so addcitive.
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on 22 January 2015
Not as good as expected but had a big break in between reading this and the others so think that the reason why.
The writing was however brilliant, as Dale has a great flare for use of language. Now back to reading the next. Keep up the good work of writing!
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on 4 August 2014
Series started off well. But found after book 2 the story was very slow and repetitive. Not sure if I would go on reading Tessa and Codys story as I found there was very little progression in this series. It's like the author was not sure which characters she should focus on and how she wanted the story to end. I have to say I was fairly disappointed with how these books ended.
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on 1 June 2014
I have read all these books in this series. They are a really good easy read. Pleased I have read them. I have also recommended them to friends. Just waiting for the last book now.
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on 17 March 2014
This is a fab series and I would certainly recommend it to all, lots of excitement and keeps your attention so much that you don't want to put it down.
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on 21 January 2015
Family blood ties is engulfing, enticing and extremely captivating. I Thoroughly enjoy this series like no other! Each character is unique.
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on 4 June 2014
again another great book from Dale Mayer, as always keeps you interested till the very last chapter always want to get on to the next book
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on 20 April 2015
Another great read, can't wait to start book 6, would recommed this set of books to anyone who likes vampires
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on 13 March 2015
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