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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Green River – A Shifter Chronicle

Aidan watched the girls cower on the bed as their father, in a drunken rage, beat on the bedroom door.
Drawn to the girls by some unknown power, he was irrevocably intertwined in their lives against both his tribe and his parents’ admonitions to “leave them to their own”, but Aidan knew his mission was to safeguard Charlotte and Missy from the darkness that stalked them.In her new Shifter series, author Elizabeth Loraine draws you to the seamy underside of Seattle and to the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest as Characters Aidan, Charlotte and Missy explore their complex bond, the mysteries surrounding their separate cultures and a common enemy. 

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Green River has all the elements to make a really good book… in fact two books. Truly this should have been two books. I am not sure if it was because of the tense or what but because of several factors including this, there was not any pop and shazam to make this anything more than a meh for me.

What I liked about the book were the main characters, I thought they were well rounded and relatable. If they were in a room having a conversation and I overheard them, I would know who they were. She did a great job at presenting their speech patterns. But this is where it somewhat ends for me.

It is a shifter chronicle, I expect and needed to know more about the actual shift and animalistic nature of the shifter. We do not know anything, it is like he just shifts, and in fact it was more like he just put a cloak up or changed his clothes and did not actually shift. No oomph no details just “Here I am wearing my human pajamas”, if you get my meaning.

There was two different climaxes and I am still feeling unsatisfied. It was not fleshed out. If she had fleshed out both of the stories up to their climaxes I feel she would have had a wonderful pair of books. The characters are what made this story. This is one of the stories I would have loved to beta read, I would have suggested some of these things to the author.

As far as it being a YA book, it is appropriate, there are no inappropriate aspects. It is geared towards a YA reader but it is still a book which an Adult would enjoy read it. I would have no problem with a middle school reader reading this. It would be perfect because there is nothing complex. But I think they may also feel jipped on the story content.

All in all I would give this a solid 3/5 stars. It has all the components there but it is not fleshed out and felt unfinished, and not because there is another book coming J !

Elizabeth Loraine

I grew up in a small northern Minnesotan town married my high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children and as soon as we could we moved to a warmer climate. I have worked with my husband building and decorating custom homes for years.After loving every kind of vampire book, movie and series since I was a child, I decided that I wanted to know more. I can write a book I thought, how hard can that be? Well….it wasn’t as easy as I thought, but I stuck to it, and finished my first book Royal Blood Chronicles Book One in August 2009. I now have six books in the series and am about to release book two of my new series Phantom Lives. 
My parents always told me that I could do anything that I wanted, work hard, and do it right. I believe that, and live that every day.
I started writing this new vampire series for teens and their moms because I wanted something different to read. I was tired of all the modern versions of vampire books, there had to be more to these long lived beings. Where had they been, what had they seen? I wanted, no I NEEDED to know more, so Royal Blood Chronicles was born!  As in Royal Blood Chronicles, Phantom Lives features strong female characters and action and adventure mixed with romance, friendship and a historical backdrop. I hope you enjoy them.

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