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Sam I Am (October Trilogy #1)

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Seventeen year-old Logan Wright has always turned to the make-believe world of her written words to escape the pain of her real life. Through her writing, she lives vicariously, creating gorgeous but dangerous male characters who hunt down, and fight for, their chosen mates. For a vice, it's a safe one. Normally.
However, this is October.
The moon is full, the cemetery is
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Kindle Edition, 147 pages
Published February 17th 2011
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E. C. McRoy
Oct 13, 2016 E. C. McRoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also posted on my YA Book Blog.

I was pleasantly surprised by this!

This was a well written stor and despite some mistakes, I really enjoyed the read! The author managed to pull threads of my favorite holiday through to create an original, engrossing tale. I obviously loved the Halloween elements and enjoyed the idea of Sam altogether. I wish there had been a bit more on the magic witchcraft side of things, but I appreciate the fact that the story didn't drag because the author was trying to expla
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Tia
May 21, 2016 Tia rated it it was ok
Sam I Am by Heather Killough-Walden wasn't a very good novel in my opinion but it wasn't the worse I've ever read. The plot had holes in it, the story was scrambled together, not written well or planned out best.

In all honesty I wasn't expecting much because I had hear from other friends it wasn't that good but I wanted to read it for myself and draw on my own conclusions. This book is part of a trilogy, which I will not be reading. It's sad when a book turns out like this but all I can expect i
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Amy Jones
May 10, 2011 Amy Jones rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Logan is a high school age girl with lots of problems on the home front but she still manages to hold the pieces of her life together. At school she performs well academically in spite of the fact that most of her peers find her odd. At home she manages to both maintain the peace and pick up the pieces after a big blow out. Logan's only escape is her writing. The clever girl creates imaginary worlds filled with supernatural beings who are even more frightening than her miserable reality. None ...more
Heather
Oct 17, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
I confess, this has been sitting on the "to-read" pile for about 8 months now. I grabbed it coz it was by HKW and then didn't read it because the back cover made it sound like a high school "chick flick" kinda book. It took my sister telling me "OMG" and an arvo of nothing better to do to pull it out....
Can I just say - Heather, I'm so sorry I doubted you
Wow! Yes high school and yes, a little teen angst, but OMG!! An absolute must read
Michelle Mankin
Aug 30, 2012 Michelle Mankin rated it it was amazing
Great story. Believable weaving of paranormal with reality. Fully fleshed out believable main characters as well as secondary. Characters motivations & relational development make sense. Reminiscent of buffy vampire slayer in a good way. Refreshing read.
Mo
Nov 10, 2016 Mo rated it it was ok
This is definitely a YA book. Some of the writing is just silly conceptually. I went ahead and finished the trilogy, but at some points I skimmed or skipped pages to get to the end.
KatieNerd
Oct 30, 2016 KatieNerd rated it really liked it
Such an amazing book!!!! The main character was a little weak for my taste, and the book was really short!!!! But other than that it was a great read
Bookswithbenefits
Jan 31, 2013 Bookswithbenefits rated it liked it
Heather Killough-Walden is one of many independent writers you can find in the Amazon Kindle Store. She's written a plethora of titles, most of which are a part of one series or another. In this particular book, Killough-Walden takes on the formidable spirit of Halloween. That's right. You heard me. The hero of this particular book...well, we'll get to that later...happens to be Samhain himself. Of course, when he manifests in the world of the heroine, 17-year old Logan Wright, we know him as Sa ...more
Alyssa
Sep 26, 2012 Alyssa rated it really liked it
I bought Sam I Am a very long time ago, and that's how I discovered Heather Killough-Walden's books. While it isn't my favorite book, it is a good young adult book by Ms. Walden.

Summary: Seventeen year-old Logan Wright is creative. She's a writer, escaping the pain of her world into the world of words. She creates gorgeous, deadly male characters that find and protect their chosen mates. There should be nothing wrong with that. Right? Except that it is October. One of her creations, an ancient f
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Kami
This book was okay. I didn't really expect much from a book I only paid a couple dollars for. It was fairly predictable and moved a little too quickly so there was no real puzzle or mystery...it was all laid out. The plot wasn't all that origianl either, magical powers, a door that opens releasing the Lord fo the Dead, how to put him back etc. The only origianl and intriguing piece was how Logan's writing affected the transformation of The Lord of the Dead which actually needed a little more ...more
Megan
Nov 22, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Heather is an amazing author. I found it back at the end of summer going into my senior year of high school and I've read it so many times since then, I probably have it all memorized! I was looking through Heather's books when I stumbled upon this. I was hesitant at first because it didn't seem like something I'd normally read, but I'm SO glad I bought it- or should I say Dad bought it! I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I love the rest of the series as well, ...more
Kandise
Sep 17, 2012 Kandise rated it it was ok
"He opened her up and drank her in, relentlessly demanding more, bruising her lips as he forced the kiss deeper and deeper. She went weak in the knees beneath his erotic assault, her hands fisting in the sleeves of his shirt for balance..."

Why I read this one still escapes me. Maybe it was because the synopsis was better then the entire read? I really dont know, but it lost me after Logan admitted to writing female characters that couldn't resist the temptation of manly wiles. Really?

Logan comes
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Shirley
Oct 17, 2012 Shirley rated it really liked it
If you’ve visited before you already know that I am a fan of Heather Killough-Walden. I’ve read all of her Big Bad Wolf Series (more than once actually *blush*.) I was more than excited when I found out she was starting The Kings Series as a spin-off to my beloved wolves. When she announced her Lost Angels Series, I didn’t hesitate to grab them as soon as they were released. Why then has it taken me so long to pick up The October Trilogy? I honestly have no idea, I’m just glad that I finally ...more
Jean
Mar 14, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it


This is young adult, so there will not be any explicit "love" scenes.
However, I was immensely entertained.
Book 1 was well written, full of suspense, plot twists and a hint of young romance and a great build up for book 2.


**** Spoilers ****I do not recommend reading the trilogy
After reading all three books, I wanted to post a review for all three books.


I wanted to rate this Trilogy higher but I did not like the ending.
Sam was a pain in the A$Z! for all three books.
He was Mean and Evil and Condesc
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Giu Molina
Jun 10, 2012 Giu Molina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Não tinha muitas expectativas para esse livro… ele é meio desconhecido, nunca ouvi falar da autora, mas a sinopse me intrigou e muito…no fim o que começou como uma leitura teste virou uma compulsão e não pude largar o livro até a última palavra… realmente me surpreendeu.

Com uma mitologia celta a história vai ganhando forma. E com uma narrativa em 3ª pessoa, você passa a conhecer todos os personagens importantes do livro… e o resultado foi esse : me apaixonei por todos. Cada um com sua força e p
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Fallon
I am familiar with Heather Killough-Walden's Big Bad Wolf Series but those are much more adult than this one. Sam I Am did have a lot of sexual tension for a young adult book and more cursing than a typical. There was a lot of repetitiveness and some very obvious plot turns. I liked Sam, I liked that he was a sort of likable villain, sort of, he was still pretty bad, but I don't think it's his fault it's just his nature. The beginning of the book, the prologue, gave this book a more magically ...more
Winnie
Dec 09, 2012 Winnie rated it really liked it
Like all teenagers Logan has her own personal drama. Yet she manages to find a way to escape her problems. However her escape landed her in much more trouble than she ever dreamed of.

Logan is a high school cutie with lodes of problems at home, but she still try to hold the pieces of her life together. She also has a secret. Logan is what you can call a "bard". Whatever she pens, comes to life. Just imagine… you have the power to bring all you fantasies to life by writing them down… fun write? Un
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Crystal
Oct 26, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, great-books
When I first came across the October Trilogy series by Heahter Killough Walden I was a little hesitant on reading it. I though since it was for young adults it would fail to capture my attention and would be something more slanted towards my teenage children. I am happy to say I couldn't have been more wrong. I had been a fan of HKW's work for a while and when I picked up the first book, I am Sam, in the October Trilogy. I put aside my hesitation and gave it a fair shot. I found my self ...more
Meg
Apr 08, 2011 Meg rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Couldn't find the book I was reading, so I read this one instead. The story was alright, I suppose. It has all the trendy neopagan elements--witches, wicca, druid, vampire, or werewolves. Mix it all together and you'd have a book that caters to everyone with an interest in the paranormal, which means almost everyone. The villain fleshed out well. He was the epitome of all the author's fantasies, it seems. Unfortunately, because of his larger than life energy, everyone else pales in comparison. I ...more
Nina
May 17, 2011 Nina rated it liked it
In short this was not a spectacular book, but the idea behind it was creative and different. Looking back on the book I find myself displeased with it, but I was hooked while I read it. It's a short book and I bought it for one dollar on amazon. For that amount of money the book was worth it. I just wish the author had spent more time figuring out a plot deeper than the one the book possesses, which to me seems like a pointless plot akin to the plot of Twilight, and developing characters. But ...more
Imogen Rose
Apr 30, 2011 Imogen Rose rated it really liked it
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Billie
I was initially drawn to this book because of the "October Trilogy" and the Halloween theme. I am a HUGE fan of Halloween, and so I figured I would give it a chance. I am really glad I did!

I read some of the reviews about the books, saying it had swearing and "subtle sexual encounters" but it really doesn't matter to me. Honestly, it has only a few times of swearing, kids hear more when watching TV. The sexual parts weren't too bad, I think it tied into the story and what was going on.

Overall I
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Amber
May 12, 2011 Amber rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
My biggest complaint about this book is that it read like an erotica author was forced to write a YA paranormal romance book with no sex. To many "taut" body parts, too many references to tight/lean muscles, too many shirts pulled tight across girls breasts, etc. I think you get the point. It was nauseating and annoying. I would not allow my kids to read this.

That being said, I did not particularly care for the story. The premise was a little interesting, but not developed at all. I had no idea
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Samantha Young
Jun 13, 2011 Samantha Young rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-i-own, indie
Sam I am is a thoroughly enjoyable fast-paced paranormal read. I loved the premise - that Samhain, the celtic lord of the dead passes through the doorway between worlds and takes human form through the magic of Logan's (a teen girl in her senior year, who writes paranormal fiction)writing and decides he wants to kill her and take her back to the underworld as his bride. Sound familiar? There is even a reference to Persephone and Hades in the book, which made me smile. I thought the characters ...more
Jenn Doyle
Oct 03, 2011 Jenn Doyle rated it liked it
Giving a 3.8 star rating. Loved the characters in this book. Thought the mythology behind it was intriguing and original. The only gripe I had with the book was Logan's older brother Taylor. In the book Taylor is described as going into mad fits and attacking his younger brother. The only thing in the book used to describe this behavior is Obsessive-Compulsive disorder....which according to the big bad book of Psychology does not include mad fits of beating up your younger brother. If the author ...more
Merriwether
May 29, 2011 Merriwether rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
This book was just ok. After reading all of Amanda Hockings series and Jason Letts "Paranormal Romance" series, I think I was expecting more. What really did it in for me and made me put this book down was I was truly confused because of the characters names: Katelyn, Logan (usually a boys name around here), Meagan... all the main girls and lots of others in the school scenes have very similar trendy names and it bored me to death. I shelved this book on the gave-up-on shelf for now. I will ...more
Daneka Summers
Oct 08, 2012 Daneka Summers rated it really liked it
So I admit it has taken me a while to get around to reading Sam I Am, but once I had started I was immediately thinking "I can't believe I have waited this long"

Just like all of Heather's books it was full of action, friendships that know no end, writing that leaps you onto the pages and makes you think you are there and did I mention a delicious bad guy and an equally gorgeous good guy, my only problem I didn't know who to root for, because I have always liked my bad guys, but the fact that Sa
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Amanda
Oct 11, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the October trilogy, a young adult paranormal romance book and boy... what a great start to a new Trilogy. I love that the timeline and atmosphere is Fall and October and everything great and spectactular about holloween. Heather gives fear and darkness a new meaning with the lovely and spontanious characters and otherworldly figures like witches, gorgeous vampires, clever grove leaders and deadly death lords. Heather's characters are realistic and relatable, pulling ...more
Liz Cabrejos
Oct 09, 2012 Liz Cabrejos rated it it was amazing
Just finished Sam I Am, and what can I say, can't believe I hadn't purchased it sooner! Loved the writing, loved the storyline and loved the characters. The story is written from several perspectives, which I always find to be a plus. I got so into this story, I swear I dreamt about it all night. Of course Sam was in there, I'm pretty sure I was Logan, and all I can say is I was frightened yet drawn and loving Sam in the same breathe! I will say I loved Dominic's character very much and can't ...more
Caedy  Eries
Apr 08, 2012 Caedy Eries rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal junkies, halloween lovers, urban fantasy lovers
Recommended to Caedy by: Given as a gift.
Very interesting read. I love the characters, the focus on the fact that writers (bards as they are oft thought of) hold true power, more so than anyone else because of their abilities with words.

I love Sam, in a dark, sinister and please don't kill me type of way. Very nicely written and I look forward to getting my hands on more of this trilogy to continue reading about it.

BTW...if anyone wants to send me an early Christmas gift, I will gladly take Dominic (just add a big red bow, k thanks?)
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Heather Killough-Walden is a California native currently living in Texas with her husband and child. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Big Bad Wolf series. Heather’s educational background includes religious studies, archeology, and law. She has traveled all over the world but hopes to one day live in a town with a world-class hockey team. (Let’s Go Pens!) Visit Heather’s website ...more
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