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Saturday, December 15, 2012

{Review} Pulse by Kailin Gow

by Kalin Gow
Series: Pulse (#1)
Publisher: The Edge
Source:  e-book courtesy of Kailin Gow
Available as of August 31, 2010
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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.

I recently started picking up vampire novels again. After reading the summary for Pulse I just had to read it. Kailin Gow wrote a fantastic story full of intrigue.

Kalina Calloway's boyfriend died. How? They don't know. Then his two brothers arrive in town. Soon after, Kalina begins to have feelings for both brothers. What they aren't telling her will shock her, but who she loves may be more important.

I liked Kalina. However, I felt like she abandoned everything. School, cheerleading, and her friends were all mentioned in the beginning, but not much else about them towards the end. The two brothers were both interesting and I have my preference of the two. While one brother was more hands on, the other stepped back for a time to solve the initial question: what happened to their brother Aaron?

I liked that this vampire story stayed true to most cliche vampire tales. For some vamp stories it doesn't work, but Kailin Gow played it off with a small twist of her own. I also liked that Kalina wasn't stupid about being around vampires. She was quick witted and smart. However, I felt that she accepted and dealt with the idea of vamps too quickly. She accepted Jaegar and Stuart's explainations too easily with little freak out. Speaking of Jaegar and Stuart, there is a love triangle. It isn't too bad, but Kalina makes some poor decisions that I'm not very fond of when it comes to the brothers.

Overall, Pulse was an excellent read and I'm excited to continue the series. The end was a huge cliffhanger and I'm dying to know how the story will move forward. If you want to read a traditional vampire story look no further. 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising*


Elisabeth said...

I think that with all the vampire and paranormal fiction in general going around, the sequences where the characters get over the shock of learning about the supernatural are getting shorter and shorter. Just my own little observation. =)

kimberly said...

Great reveiw! I'm glad that your starting to like vampire books again. However I think it will be a while till I start liking them again.

RIN said...

I haven't read any Kailin Gow books yet. I've heard many things about her, both fantastic and awful (she seems to leave a bit of a polarizing impression, I'd say). Anyway, I've been wanting to pick something up by her and maybe I'll choose this. I do like vampire stories and the mystery of a vampire death + two cute vampire brothers definitely intrigues me.

I wonder how the cliffhangeriness is now. I see there are currently 7 books in the series released with another on the way. Have you kept up with the series?

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