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Shadows of Kin KellyJadeStock

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A recently graduated high school student's life gets turned upside down when an aunt she didn't know existed, tries to kill her. Her aunt almost succeeds, except Genevieve gets turned into a vampire instead. Now not only does she have to battle demons of bloodlust and rage, she must stop a plot to kill the vampire queen, rescue her sister and uncover the hidden truths about her family. Not to mention there are two guys. One is blood sworn to protect her, the other is hell bent on putting her in harm's way... for her own good.

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  • 71308 words
  • About 285 pages
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Swoon Index Ranking

  • Heat

    8

  • Tears

    8

  • Laughs

    9

  • Thrills

    9

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13 comments on "Shadows of Kin"

HollyBGolly on Nov. 23, 2017, 11:56 p.m. said:

HollyBGolly


What a great story! I love the twists and turns. It's a quick moving story, but never feels incomplete. The characters are fully created and relatable. The relationships between them are fully understandable and explained. I love that it has many supernatural species and the relationships between them explained enough for the reader to know there is more simmering beneath the surface and make the reader want to dig to find out the secrets. I love that the author gives a truth or lie approach to lore and gives family histories. The use of the gypsy curse lore is expertly crafted. I also love that the epilogue sets up the next book in such a wonderful way that gives the reader just enough information to hook them and enough mystery to leave this reader begging for the next book! Very well done, and I love the use of multiple perspectives to fill in scene gaps without it feeling like you're repeatedly rereading the same scene over and over. This really needs published, because I really need more of this series!!

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KellyJadeStock on Nov. 25, 2017, 9:57 a.m. said:

KellyJadeStock


Thank you so much for the reply. I'm really glad you liked the story. I'm working on the second book as we speak.

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Wilf Gibson on Nov. 20, 2017, 12:24 a.m. said:

Wilf Gibson


The plot is great! There are mysteries built up that make me want to keep reading and the pacing is fantastic. Nothing ever drags. Not only that but the characters actually do things and push the plot forward, not like this bus-route plotting that you see more and more these days. Emotions are their own tension and there's plenty in this story.

That said I was a little disappointed by the level of the prose. Some sections could use another proofread and I think the plot would benefit greatly from a line edit to pick up weasel words and weak sentence structure. Additionally there are some moments that are meant to be dramatic but end up falling flat. I'm talking about a particular car accident and the final line of dialogue in a subsequent dream that land more like a punchline.

That said I had to tear myself away as the character drama and mystery is very well laid out and things just keep happening. Things happen in this story! We never stop to get an info dump or flashback, it's all just story.

(I don't get the Swoon Index rankings, so I just did what I thought made sense. Sorry)

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Wilf Gibson on Nov. 16, 2017, 1:45 a.m. said:

Wilf Gibson


I like the pacing and the characters. Things are moving along pretty briskly, seems like we're getting the point. I don't know if I like Gen yet, she seems irresponsible, but I definitely care about her and want her to be safe (don't think I'm going to get that option). Don't like Chase, he creeps me out a bit even if Gen seems to be into it. The setting of Johannesburg set me off balance. It's interesting, but I'd have thought this would come up sooner.

There's this weird part in the first chapter when Gen goes into some exposition and then this is treated like she has spaced out. I don't know if this is a character trait of hers but this is just kind of distracting. The prose could use a little bit of a cleanup, particularly some strangeness in the opening sentences of chapter one. Why does Chase have to destroy the peace? I thought he was her friend. Also, a little more scene-setting would be nice. What does the bookstore look like? Alexa's house or the club?

That said I'm hooked. I'm gonna be reading more because the characters and pacing are good. Interesting things happening to interesting characters.

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KellyJadeStock on Nov. 16, 2017, 6:13 a.m. said:

KellyJadeStock


Thank you. I like the feedback. This means I can go back and edit things a bit. I was sure I mentioned the setting of Johannesburg a bit earlier but I guess I will have to go back and change that too. :) thank you for reading. And I hope I don't disappoint.

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Nikki Meeks on Nov. 11, 2017, 2:25 p.m. said:

Nikki Meeks


The story was interesting, I enjoyed the take on vampires and the switching of characters. It really gave the reader an idea of what was happening on all ends. Everything seemed to move a little too fast for me with not enough detail. For example, I feel like hunger might be on the front of all the new vampire's minds but it was more of an afterthought randomly. I think it has great potential! It just needs a little more detail to really wrap everything together. I would read the second one.

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KellyJadeStock on Nov. 16, 2017, 6:15 a.m. said:

KellyJadeStock


I do have an issue with pacing. I wanted everything to happen quickly but I guess without more detail it seems a little off. I'll go back and see what else I can add. I've rewritten this about 5 times now, so I might just be a little blind to the flaws, but that's why I like the feedback that I'm getting, so thank you. :)

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Allison on Nov. 10, 2017, 8:55 p.m. said:

Allison


It’s peaked my interest.

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KellyJadeStock on Nov. 16, 2017, 6:16 a.m. said:

KellyJadeStock


I hope I don't disappoint. :)

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Shinead on Oct. 30, 2017, 7:43 a.m. said:

Shinead


Amazing story. Love the idea

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