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Monday, December 24, 2012

Review: Pulse by Kailin Gow


YA  Fantasy
Title: Pulse
Author: Kailin Gow
Date Published: 8/2010

17 year-old Kalina didn t know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn t know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn t tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting. 
·  Award-winning Finalist in Romance Fiction (2011 International Book Awards) 
·  Award-winning Finalist in Multicultural Fiction (2011 International Book Awards)


My Review: 

In Pulse, we meet Kalina.  She is seventeen years old, smart yet impulsive, a competitive cheerleader, and lately her life has taken a turn for the worst.  Her parents died pretty recently, and now her ex-boyfriend Aaron dies in a supposed drug driving accident.  Kalina is pretty upset about it and then she meets his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart.  

Kalina doesn't have very nice things to say about Aaron to his brothers.  I mean after all, he was a drunk, and died because he was a drunk.  Soon, Kalina learns that there was more to Aaron than what she thought, and more to Jaegar and Stuart too.  They're vampires.  And Kalina has special blood.  If her blood is given freely out of love it can humanize a vampire - but if taken by force, or not out of love, the vampire becomes super evil.  

It turns out that maybe Aaron was murdered!  And in the meantime, Kaline finds herself falling in love with both Stuart and Jaegar.  One is the brooding, humanity loving type, the other predatory, humans are nothing type.  

While elements of this story sounds familiar, it was still a good read.  It was very fast paced and I read it in one sitting.  The writing was pretty clean, without many errors.  I like that Kailin Gow took traditional vampires and added her own twist.  The one thing I wish is that she had spent a little more time on the part of the story where Kalina goes to Europe.

All in all, a pretty good book, and I will be reading the rest of the series.



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Kailin Gow

Author Bio
Kailin Gow has appeared on top national syndicated talk shows such as ABC Radio, Barbara Dooley show, Chat with Women on KKNW Seattle, Broadminded on Sirius Radio XM, and more as a leading authority on YA and women's issues including self-esteem, body image, dating and sexual relationships, abuse, and bullying. Kailin has been a published author for over 10 years with over 100 titles published under her name and under pen names.

She is the founder of the community social site, The Saving You Saving Me Project,http://www.savingyousavingme.com which helps teens, young adults, and women deal with social issues like sexual abuse, self-esteem, body image, bullying, cutting, relationships, and more in a positive community environment. The Saving You Saving Me Project is an extention of her YA-mature fiction Saving You Saving Me.
Kailin Gow began writing books for tween girls to help them with self-confidence and self-esteem. Her book, Gifted Girls Activities Guide to 365 Days of the Week, became a reference book used in girls organizations across the U.S. As her tween fans grew to become teens and young adults, Kailin began writing engaging and entertaining young adult book series for them. The results are book series like the Frost Series, PULSE Series, Wicked Woods Series, Stoker Sisters, Phantom Diaries, The Fire Wars, FADE, DESIRE, and more.

All her books are inspired by personal experiences. Saving You Saving Me was inspired by her experience as a peer counselor for young women during college and from her psychology major college roommate's experience being in a relationship similar to the one portrayed by Sam and Collins in the book. Loving Summer was inspired by Kailin's experience growing up with a family consisting of a mother, two sons, and a daughter who went through a similar experience of tragedy in the book. Aunt Sookie is based on herself and some actor friends she knows. The Frost Series, Circus of Curiosities Series, and FADE Series came about through vivid dreams. Never Say Never was inspired by Kailin's experience as a radio host and working with and interviewing bands, as well as having college friends who were in bands. Kailin also played the drums and keyboard for a band she once started. A classically-trained musician, she was once led her school orchestra, playing first chair violin. Her experience in the music world and her love of Phantom of the Opera, inspired the Phantom Diaries. PULSE was inspired when Kailin was in the hospital suffering from heavy blood loss post surgery and needed several bags of blood to survive (like a vampire). Beautiful Beings was inspired by her college encounter with a young demon exorcist. A pastor once told her she had the gift of sight and that she was destined to become a prolific author, many times over.

She began taking her writing seriously when her daughter was diagnosed as being on the spectrum and her mother was fighting three types of cancer. Four years later, her daughter was no longer on the spectrum, and her mother became cancer free. Kailin believes in hope and miracles, after having been through several struggles and experiences herself. This is why she writes.
When not busy inhaling chocolate and drinking coffee by the gallon, Kailin makes time for writing fantasy books, blogging as an expert blogger for Fast Company, volunteering as an Emergency Responder and volunteering for battered women's shelters. For fun, she plays the electric violin, and puts together a music playlist for her radio and web shows.
Her Frost Series consisting of the Bitter Frost Series, The Wolf Fey Series, and the Fairy Rose Chronicles along with her other book series are being developed into worldwide MMORPG Games by SEE GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT, which is the world's leading game developer known for developing the top blockbuster films into games.


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1 comment:

Jenea Whittington said...

This does sound good. Thanks for sharing it.

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Jenea @ Books Live Forever

 
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