- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 884 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494865734
- Publisher: KDP; 4 edition (8 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HRMZMVG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #754,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Whitby After Dark (Lenore Lee Tale #1) (Lenore Lee tales) Kindle Edition
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Whitby After Dark is a fast paced vampire story; it can be dark at times and funny at others. It's a story that wears its influences on its sleeve yet remains original. It has to be said there is a real True Blood feel to the story - but it does not feel derivative. I also felt there was more than a passing nod to the Lost Boys.
The text can get dark on occasions, but offsets this with humour. I think this works to reflect the ideas of a natural and supernatural world kind of butting up against each other.
The characters are well drawn, although there are quite a few and on occasion I lost track of who was who. This was not to the detriment of the story as it was easy enough to get back on track.
Now the book is short and that's both a strength and a weakness. I really liked it as a shot of espresso fiction; a quick action filled, thoughtful read.
I would have liked it to have been longer, maybe a little more sense of place with deeper descriptions. There also seemed to be a a couple of plot points that could have been expanded more. These are small points because as a novella it does what it's supposed to do, it lets you escape to a more exciting world for a couple of hours.
This is a short book but a good read nonetheless. As the first in a series it set the scene very well.
Stella Coulson finishes off with poetry. I am not a great fan of poetry but one small poem, Little Life, spoke to me on a very personal level.
Definitely a good Book 1. I look forward to book 2.
There is a dark mystery in Whitby and at her new school Lenore beings to rub shoulders with supernatural beings. She takes this in her stride, perhaps because she has bigger problems than vampires. Yet as the vampires work with her she finds that her bigger problems are very closely connected to a killer they’ve been pursuing. It’s a simple plot with thin characters, but it is also supernatural and full of characters with amazing talents. I’d liken it to a prose superhero book for young adults.
There are some annoying errors, especially in the eary chapters, but nothing a good edit wouldn’t fix and they are possible to ignore. What is delightful is the engaging use of slang that really bring the narrator to life, and references to geek culture abound.
As is often the way in life, in Whitby After Dark, one abusive relationship leads to another and in a scene reminiscent of Twilight we have a vampire and a wolf fighting for the soul of our heroine. As with Twilight, Lenore seems to bond with her abuser and it feels like love. I have to admit to some serious discomfort with regards to this relationship.
There’s a collection of Gothic poetry by the author at the end of the book. All in all it feels like a story written by a young author with promise. If you love simple supernatural stories then it’s worth checking out. It feels like an origin story for Lenora, who might become a future Willow Rosenberg.
I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Lenore is settling into her new school, new life and new friendships as she moves to Whitby with her mum and Stepfather, Adam. But the story line had me gripped from the first page. Her stepfather, Adam really would be everything he lived up to be. A true monster.
He played the role of family man so perfectly. He acted like he possessed compassion; he used to do odd jobs for elderly neighbors, fixing leaking taps and putting up shelves. He even used to be nice to me. He was the nearest thing I’d ever had to a father. Mum loved him so much. If she knew, it'd break her heart.
As Lenore gets closer to her new group of friends she learns more about herself and her new friends.
But would there be a happily ever after after all she had been subjected to?
I can't say I disliked this book, because I didn't. I love paranormal reads. But I don't think I had enough time to get a feel for the other characters. The story however was good. I just couldn't help but feel I wanted a bit more to fill in some of the faster paced parts.
3.5 star rating for this story and see where Stella Coulson takes this story next.
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