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 View: I have said it time and again that somewhere down the line of reading paranormal books starting from Twilight, I lost interest in them. But as few of my recent reads show I’m not only reading the genre again but enjoying it too.
Pulse is a paranormal fantasy genre and though it has vampires (the usuals’), the plot is new. It not only focuses on the vampires but builds a nice story around them which has romance, action and lots of thrill.
Three brothers – one dead and two in love with the same human. What do you think? Ah, did I hear ‘what’s new?’ Well, lots! Because she is no ordinary human, she has something all the vampires are after. Did I catch your attention? Ah, well!
And what if she gets enamored by both the brothers? Adds more fuel to the fire, doesn’t it? This and more had me turning pages rapidly in this book. But sadly, it’s such a tease. With 4 sequels to follow, it reveals only enough to arouse your curiosity. Now I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
And also make sure to read the story behind Kalina’s character’s name and no, it’s not picked up as a variation of the author’s.
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.
Goodreads Summary: What do you do when you find out your family isn’t your family, death is knocking at your door, and that guy you can’t stop thinking about knows more about who you are than you do? Amelia Hoffman was just a normal 15 year old until she found out the truth. Now ancient myths, supernatural beings, and murder have changed everything. Tests and school dances are no longer the biggest worry in her life– she has to figure out how to save everyone she loves and accept the future in front of her before its too late.
My Views: This book will appeal to you if you are into paranormal. Picking up from the life of a girl next door, it moves into the Otherworld. Word by word, secrets are revealed as Amelia’s life takes a rapid turn. Things happen swiftly leaving you little time to even gasp. This is a fast paced book.
I am very choosy about the paranormal books I like and for a beginner (into the otherworld) like me, I would have been satisfied with one species rather than trying to understand so many at once. But for those well acquainted, this may be neat stuff.
Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable book and made me acquainted with a lot of species I didn’t know about.