28 May 2009 ~ 3 Comments

(Book) Almost Human – paranormal vampire series by Melanie Nowak

33, 34, 35

I don’t read much vampire/paranormal fiction so I have very little go off of. This did seem a little similar to Twilight, only more mature. The main female character is a freshmen in college and the main male (vampire) is 27 (or 350 depending on how you look at it). I thought this trilogy was very well done. It kept my interest and kept me wondering what would happen next. Some parts of it were a bit unrealistic (but seriously folks we are talking VAMPIRES). The writing had a few issues, but nothing that took away from the story.

The ending for each novel really didn’t “end”, it was worked more like one very large story and the breaks seem to be random. I think if I had read them in order the endings of each would have left me feeling pretty unfulfilled. But read together, it wasn’t so bad. It did leave me wanting to know more and I hear there’s a 4th book coming out at some point – hopefully this year.

I’d say this was good – if you are a vampire fiction reader, give it a try. The link below will take you to the Kindle book bundle ($10 – can’t beat that!) but if you click her name, you can look for the paperback copies too.

Small spoiler/nitpick after the description…

Product Description
In this witty paranormal adventure/romance, each chapter alternates perspective between an elder vampire and a young human girl as they navigate the difficulties of addiction and desire; the perils of zombies and vampires; and struggles with abuse, morality and? college.


Volume 1 – Fatal Infatuation:

Felicity is quiet, shy and prone to self doubt. Going away to college is an opportunity to mature into a confident young woman; but her new beginning turns out to be more of an adventure than she bargained for when she finds that her new school is plagued not by bullies, but vampires!
Cain is a man who displays quiet confidence and inner strength even as he struggles to overcome the sins of his past. Centuries ago he was reborn as a creature of the night – a vampire. Surprisingly he found that in losing his life he gained his faith and a purpose. His mission: find the hostile vampires who have settled in this small college town, and educate them to live in peace with humans. Their leader, Sindy, is a wicked temptress who has and set her sights on Felicity’s new friend Ben, and will be difficult to control; but after meeting Felicity his most difficult task lies in controlling himself.


Volume 2 – Lost Reflections:

Felicity has helped her friends to escape Sindy and her evil coven, but cannot divine the motives of Cain, the vampire who captured first her gratitude and then her heart. She finds the historical account of his past enthralling and frightening. Now she must decide whether he really is the gentle and sincere man that he seems, in desperate need of love and understanding in his fight against his own vampire nature, or if his thirst for her blood is a driving force too strong for their love to conquer.
It’s difficult to contemplate such questions while under the attack of an evil vampire coven and their zombie slaves. How will Felicity ever truly know if the addictive venom in Cain’s kiss is clouding the judgment of her mind? Her heart has already been lost to him; will she lose her life as well?


Volume 3 – Evolving Ecstasy:

The relationship between Cain and Felicity has crested to a peak that leaves them unsure whether to step back for safety or jump into a future united in death. Felicity is unlike any human Cain has known before. She treats him as an equal, a man worthy of friendship, respect and even love. She embodies qualities of gentleness and loving trust that he has never found among his own kind. This makes her far more desirable to him than any creature of darkness could ever be. Is her trust in him only the foolishness of a young girl in love, unjustified?
Cain is all too conscious of the fact that the venom of his bite would give him a connection to her unequaled by any other and protect her from hostile vampires, but it would give him a measure of psychic control over her as well. He could make Felicity into a vampire, to accompany him in his quest to help others and abate his loneliness. But is his desire for companionship worth the loss of her life?

SPOILER – SPOILER – SPOILER: Okay, going to try to be vague, but I have a plot hole that is still bugging me. The dad apparently didn’t notice that his own kid was bitten? How is that possible? The auras last for weeks, did he not see the kid for weeks? If he could see the girl’s aura, surely he knew about the son. Hmmm…

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3 Responses to “(Book) Almost Human – paranormal vampire series by Melanie Nowak”

  1. woodwitchdame 12 June 2009 at 1:16 am Permalink

    Hi Candy! I'm Melanie Nowak – the author. Thanks again for the review!

    To address your comment about Ben's dad – when Ben was bitten, he spent the first night at Allie's and then his father was out of town for a good portion of the story after.

    Ben is an independent 20 yr old, and his dad feels that he is being a better father by staying away from Ben, keeping him from being a target for vengeful vampires – due to Bernard's own activities. We’ll learn more about that, and how Bernard is able to see marks during the 2nd trilogy.

    I'm so glad you enjoy the series! I'm very excited about the 2nd trilogy and hope to have book 4 out by the end of this year. Please feel free to write anytime! I'm always eager to speak to readers, do interviews/Q&A sessions/book clubs, etc.

    Thanks again ~ Melanie

  2. Candy 23 June 2009 at 12:29 am Permalink

    Hmmm… I just didn't think that was well pointed out, but I do recall some of that, maybe I just lost it in the rest of the story.

    Thank you so much for taking time to answer that for me though, always makes me smile when an author seems to care what little old me thinks 🙂

    I look forward to your 4th one, and I will be holding you to that. After I read it, maybe I'll hit you up for a Q&A or something 🙂

  3. Melanie Nowak 23 June 2009 at 12:36 am Permalink

    It is a sincere offer 🙂
    I've done Q&A's and blog interviews before – I love interacting with readers!
    Thanks for reading ~ Melanie

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