Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Golden Apple of Discord by Lauren Hodge

Title:  The Golden Apple of Discord
Series:  The Discord Trilogy #3
Author:  Lauren Hodge
Published:  Jan 30/13 by CreateSpace
Length:  290pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
                                                                                                                                                         Shelf:  review
                                                                                                                                                         Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Taralie Severin and her three sisters are a powerful coven of modern-day witches who fight evil between bio classes and shifts at the police station. But when Taralie is kidnapped by vampires and converted into the undead, her sisters are ordered by the Milunfra to kill her. The girls refuse and go on the lam with bad vampires and master warlocks hot on their trail. Tara has no choice but to change her sisters into vampires.

As the young women come to terms with their new circumstances, they encounter the rarest of allies: a band of hot boy-vamps. The guys teach them that everything is not as it seems, their enemies are worse than they'd expected, and they could be on the verge of ending a thousand-year-old civil war.

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoy Hodge’s voice & writing style. Her description and narrative interweave with her concisely laid out plot to create a whole that will spark your imagination and your belief in the other. She takes many different types of paranormal to create this story, taking them on a journey and her readers along for the ride. It all combines to create a fun, light, easy read for those who enjoy the supernatural. I did find the plot & characters to be a bit a ll over the place at times, but this never lasted long & reverted to the intriguing action that I enjoyed. My biggest peeve with this story is actually the title. Being someone who shops based on title & cover image this wouldn’t have been my first choice. The title is too long & not catchy, nor does it describe the story well enough for my liking.

Hodge has created a large cast of characters who interact with one another on many different levels. I really enjoyed the varying degrees of development in the characters. The main characters are quite well developed, allowing you to know them on many different levels, as you would an individual that you’ve known for a while. Other characters are developed simply in and of their roles in the story. Yet others still, fall in between. They are more than just a place holder, yet not as developed as the main characters. You also get to know characters outside of the cast. The dialogue between the characters doesn’t limit itself to simply those we’ve met ‘in person’. I found it really neat to see characters on the outside.

As a whole, this was a nice introduction to this new series. I’m definitely dying to read more!

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About the author:

I'm Lauren Hodge, a chemist turned author with three children, a lot of friends no one else can see, and a swearing habit. Writing is something I stumbled into on accident. I was reading fiction for the first time as an adult and wondered if I could do it. It never crossed my mind to publish until my twin got a hold of my manuscripts and pressured me into it like the cool drug seeking kid from the After School Specials.

Because of that, my books are different. I don't write because I have a story to tell. I write because there is a story inside my head and it's merely using my fingers to get out. I enjoy writing protagonists that are flawed and enemies that aren't. Not everyone is all good or all bad and I love the philosophical process of defining that grey area.

There are two parts of communication. What is articulated and what is received for only the latter can compel action. You, the reader, are more important than me, the author. I relish understanding what you receive from my articulation. To help with that, I have editors - lots and lots of editors. Editors are the heroes authors need, but not the heroes they deserve. As an author, I strive every day to be worthy of professional editors.

I'm the oldest of seven and have an identical twin/perfect organ donor.

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