Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Birth Of Vengeance

I received this book for an opportunity to read for free in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of the Birth of Vengeance is that the main character Jonathan Harper is a teenager that has been bullied and beaten up all through school. An attack by bullies against his friend leaves him in a compromising situation and in fear for his safety. His father immediately relocates the family

As a vampire lover, I was definitely intrigued by the description of this book. The Birth of Vengeance (Vampire Formula #1) wasted no time in immediately throwing the issue of bullying to the forefront. I don’t think that I have ever read a book that did that before. I felt like there could have been a lot more expounded upon in the bullying situation, especially on the attack that changes Jonathan’s life forever. It took about 30% of the book to set up the story before it really started to get interesting and flow at a more exciting pace.

The story itself was quite interesting. The author P. A. Ross faced bullying head on in many different forms. I also commend him for taking a completely new and interesting look at a different facet of vampires. The last part of the book made the whole story worth reading. However, with that being said, it was really hard to get to that point and read this story. I have edited books that were more polished than this version. There were constant typos, grammatical errors, and just plain missing or extra words that would cause me to pause and try to determine what the author was trying to say. This felt like reading a rough draft.

P. A. Ross obviously has a story worth telling and some compelling characters but the constant errors dulled the shine of his creative mind. I also feel that at some point the bullied became the bullier, which may have tarnished the lessons of the book. He needs to polish up this copy and add in some more detail in the scene setting of the beginning and he would have a very great book on his hands. At this point, it took me so long to read such a short story by the constant stopping and frustration in reading. For that reason I give this book 3.5/5 stars. I hope to see this cleaned up and re-released to obtain the reception that it deserves.
from Leeds to London…. Before long, Jonathan finds himself as a victim between a new gang of bullies which leads him to events that allow him to be a vampire for one night and he uses his power to extract his vengeance.

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