Author: Morgan Rice
Review: For a first of a series book I liked Turned and I will definitely at least read the next book of the series. I liked the story. I still don’t know much of what’s going on as this book basically is a set-up for the series but I am intrigued enough to want to know more. I was also so immersed in the story towards the end that I was frustrated when it ended because I wanted to read more about Catlin and Caleb and what is to become of them.
Cliff hangers they get me every time. The novel Turned is meant to be an interest peeking introduction to Morgan Rice’s The Vampire Journals series. And at this, for me, it succeeds.
I was intrigued by the mythology,plot and main character in that order. With out giving much away the mythology focuses on the existence of different vampire species and a prophesied war. There are also Biblical allusions. As this is an introductory book much is left to be revealed. The plot revolves around the main character’s realization of who she is and the part she will play in the prophecy.
And of course her romance between human Jonah and vampire Caleb. Caitlin has grown up constantly moving from town to town as result of her not so good single mother’s incapability to keep a job. This has given her an amount of self-sufficiency but has not hardened her into a loner who doesn’t want to make a friend or two. In this book she plays both the savior and the damsel in distress (though even then she tries to hold her own.)
There were a few errors and inconsistencies that pulled me out of the story but not enough to take away from the story. There were parts in the book where I literally went “Really??” on how situations progressed. For instance the romance in the book felt rushed and not believable to me however I hoping for an explanation in the next book to explain this since so much was left up in the air at the conclusion of this book.
Also there was very little character development on supporting characters as we didn’t see them much but again I’m hoping this improves in the next book now that the story has been set up. For the little glimpse we see into Catlin’s relationship with her brother Sam I liked their chemistry and am looking forwarded to reading more about Sam. And that’s what I didn’t like about this book was the common typos and romance. Yes there is a love triangle forming is this book, but the boys seem to also represent her conflict over wanting to just be normal or become something more. The main issue I have with this book is that both relationships seem forced. Especially the one between her and Caleb.
Over all I found this book an interesting start to a new vampire series. Those who like vampire or just general paranormal romance should defiantly give this book a try. Those who are not a big fan or looking for a really different or original take should stay clear. This book is new version of an old formula but a good one. So Turned has earned 4 *’s because of its character development, plot, writing style, overall feel, the only area its is lacking in is originality and that why Turned has missed out on the all important 5 * review.
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