Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review of Dahlia by Christina Channelle


What would you do if your dreams were more than just dreams?

When you knew in the depths of your soul that you were unlike the rest?

For seventeen-year-old Dahlia Winters, this is her truth. Her coping mechanism is to simply forget and deny the strangeness that is her life. Orphaned, her past remains a mystery. Now residing with a foster family, she finally feels normal—or attempts to. Yet, dreams continue to torment her. Not only consumed by visions of miraculously healing wounds, but of a lust for something she should never naturally crave.

Then a green-eyed stranger enters her life echoing her inner thoughts and voicing warnings about others wanting to harm her. He knows things about her that no one should possibly know, and he awakens her in ways she never expected.

This leads Dahlia to discover who she really is, for she is more than just human. With this newfound knowledge, and the elements suddenly fighting against her, she finds it hard to trust anyone. And as she finally awakens and comes to grips with the power she possesses, she fights to stay alive.

Before the world, as she knows it, ceases to exist.


I had a hard time rating this book.   It was a good book.  The author did a good job with the storyline and adding twists and turns to every page.  I was never bored during it.  
The book was medium paced.  It started off a little slow, but very mysterious. The story picked up drastically in the last half of the book.  I liked how everyone had their own agendas and no one was really working together.  It made for an intriguing dynamic. 
The concept of the book was highly original.  I enjoyed the ideas about how the characters came to be.  The only thing I thought it needed more of was Dahlia's powers.  I was unclear about what her capabilities were.  Some of them could do things, but it wasn't clear if they all could do it, or just certain ones.  The elements were clearly explained, just not the rest.
Depth.  This book needed more of it.  I had a hard time connecting with Dahlia.  In fact, I actually connected with some of the other characters more.  They made this book enjoyable for me.  I thought Ava was the character with the most depth and she was only a side character.
That all being said, overall the book was good.  I was not bored.  The story had plenty of characters and lots of twists and turns.  It was a truly unique read.  Would I recommend it?  Yes, if you're willing to give it a chance through the slower beginning.  I give this book three glittery stars for being highly original!



We left off from Dahlia with only a name--a name that is the next piece to the puzzle. A name that will eventually, "lead us to him." But before we delve into the continuation of the Blood Crave Series, let's answer the question that's been on all our minds.

Who is Rowan?

This 21,000 word novella answers that question, and of how Rowan has come to know the vampire with pitch-black eyes.

Coming Soon:


Dark. Night. Death.

Things Rowan has been trying to avoid for the many years since she was first turned. Her choice: to sleep away the darkness; it beats having to deal with the craziness of life. Or rather, death. However soon after awakening, she stumbles upon a lone figure whose presence is shrouded with mystery.

She assists him in his search for answers making it even more difficult for Rowan to forget her past. She realizes she can’t hide forever as she is literally being sucked back into her chaotic world: a world where both fallen angels and vampires exist, manifested on earth as lapsus and lamia.

Not particularly … friendly with one another.

Rowan struggles to resist her hunger as a demon vampire while dealing with unwanted desires for a fallen angel from the past: a relationship that could only spell trouble. Not to mention the unresolved feelings she still has for a loved one from long ago.

While all of this is happening, they must all seek the hidden evil that hunts them—for there’s an ancient fighting to wake up and destroy everything Rowan holds dear.

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