I stepped away from psychological thrillers for a bit to review a paranormal tale in The Golden Apple of Discord, book one of the trilogy by author Lauren Hodge. How did I like this change of pace--and The Golden Apple of Discord?
Quick summary of The Golden Apple of Discord. Taralie Severin and her three sisters make up a powerful coven of modern-day witches who banish mythical creatures in between classes and shifts at the police station. But when Taralie is kidnapped by vampires and converted into the undead, her sisters are ordered to execute her for crimes against the Milunfran order. Refusing, the sisters become fugitives from both their kind and vampires alike. Ignorant and hunted, Taralie becomes entangled with unlikely allies, a band of vampires in hiding from the ruling vamperic government. With this new addition to their coven Taralie must balance duty with desire while learning not everything is as it seems, their enemies are worse than she knows, and she could be on the verge of ending a thousand-year-old civil war.
The Golden Apple of Discord takes a different path into the world of witches and vampires. As the characters learn about life and struggle to protect themselves in their new world--action, drama, and even love stories emerge from page to page.
Would I recommend The Golden Apple of Discord? Initially, I was little confused by the characters--but, after a while, I felt that the characters became well developed and clear--it just took a little time for me “get to know them”. The Golden Apple of Discord is actually written in a simple fashion that helps ease in even new readers to the genre. I didn't find myself confused by terms or unfamiliar details. Instead, I found myself attached to characters--and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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About the author:
Lauren Hodge is the oldest of seven children and an identical twin. She has three children and lives in
. Not only does she dislike
author biographies immensely, she plays piano decently, cello poorly, likes to
cook fattening foods, and shoot anything if gun powder is involved. She has an
associates degree in general science and works as a chemist/lab monkey in an
environmental lab. Richland,
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