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My Heart Be Damned (Damned #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  306 ratings  ·  51 reviews
If you're a Hunter, there are only three things you must know about the Damned. The Damned can't lie, can't live without a body, and can't leave you alone.

Amerie Carter has the blood of a Hunter, unfortunately. She is one of a rare line of women who, upon her sixteenth birthday, will come into extraordinary powers used to hunt the Damned; escaped souls from Hell who take u
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Jan 04, 2012 Chanelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: great-read
I have to love my own book, right?!
Trisha Wolfe
Dude! This is one PR that had my head spinning from all the twists and turns. If you’re a Buffy fan, then you HAVE to read this! I haven’t read a good, kick ass heroine book in a while. Just a straight up “We fight the good fight and will whoop evil’s butt” book. This one is fantastic.

Amerie has is pretty darn tough at home. She’s going through a lot with her mother just passing away, her father not handling things so well, and her rough relationship with her brother. Then there’s school, friend
Jana (The Book Goddess)
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I'd be honest with you. I never planned on reading this book. At all. I don't know really why - I think it's because of the cover with the girl in a dress. Yeah, I'm tired of covers like that, ok. And I thought this book would be just like every other YA paranormal out there (don't get me wrong - YA paranormal is still my favourite genre ever!) but there's just SO much of them. I them vowed to keep away from this book but yesterday one of my bl
Debra Driza
Jun 08, 2012 Debra Driza added it
Shelves: ya
My Heart Be Damned is an action-packed story in the vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, complete with a snarktastic and physically capable MC, Amerie. She kind of has to be, since her calling involves hunting the Damned and sending them back to hell (meep!) There's a good blend of tension between the paranormal and the normal (in the form of dealing with her mother's death and her father's new partner) and I'm sure plenty of teen girls will drool over the he's-sexy-and-he-knows-it love interest, M ...more
I really liked how this series is starting off with this first book, but I do have a couple of cons on the main character. I think she was way to sarcastic for my taste even though she was a really great strong female character but just her sarcasm was just far off for me. Like with her dad's girlfriend for an example she kept calling her step monster and just didn't even try to get to know her at all she just assumed that she was some awful person and hated her right off the bat. Even though I ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Jodie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, arc
Chanelle Gray has written a very different and very unique novel that I have fell deeply in love with. I connected deeply with the main character, Amerie. She was strong and didn't back down for nothing and nobody. She stayed strong through it all. After her mother had past away a year ago, her life is nothing as it used to be, and she is stronger than ever. She really has no choice. The only thing different now, is that she has decided to no longer hunt. I can't say that I don't blame her. I co ...more
Some girls hang out at the mall. Others at cafes.

Amerie Carter hangs out at the local graveyard.

It's dangerous.
It brings back memories she'd rather forget.
But it's her job.

Amerie's a Hunter - a race of strong (somewhat feisty) women created by an entity named The Sisterhood. The Hunters hunt the Damned; escaped souls from Hell who take up residence in human bodies. Living a double life, Amerie's a highschool student by day and an ex-Hunter at night. Why ex?

Because she's decided to quite whilst
I had no preconceived ideas going into this novel. I knew it was a debut and I've been reading a lot lately so I was hoping for something good. I was into about the first twenty pages and although I liked the secondary characters, I wasn't quite liking the MC, Amerie. Then she's standing by the bathroom and Mr. Tall Dark and Sexy says, "It must be my lucky night. Looks like I found myself my very own angel. What did you do to fall from heaven?" And she doesn't get all blushed and gushy, not my h ...more
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Wow! That definitely exceeded my expectations. I loved it!
When I read the summary for My Heart Be Damned, I was intrigued but worried. The plot was the kind that could easily be done wrong. But, Ms. Gray totally pulled it off!

Amerie is one hell of a heroine. She's been mourning her mother's death and has decided that being a Hunter killed her mother. And, of course, she is determined not to be drawn into being a Hunt
I loved this. Marshall and Amerie bounce right off eachother and comsidering hes the only guy hunter ever makes him so much hotter. I love this scene I just read.

He swiped again. “The Damned don’t fight fair.”
“But you’re not a Damned,” I pointed out.
He didn’t answer. I shut up too. There was only the sound of our swords echoing through the room. I wasn’t sure when we were supposed to stop. Maybe I had to disarm him as I had with the bat. His words ran through my head. The Damned don’t fight fai
Firstly i loved that cover...the dress and was beautiful!

I was really blown away when i read this..i seriously love leads who are strong..and Ameria is..i love her - shes strong,kickass,dont mess with me,stubborn girl..who even when needs helps doesn't take and fights till death..(she reminds me of Alex from Covenant series)all ameria wanted was normal but she was never normal..with a hunter heritage passed on to kill damned by her mother..she knows she have to accept it otherwise
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
This is the first YA Paranormal book that I have really liked in months! In a genre that has become so formulaic, I found this book to be a breath of fresh air.

Amerie is a Hunter born to slay the Damned who rise up from hell and posses the bodies of the living. But when her mother and mentor is killed and her whole life starts to crumble, she tries to escape her destiny.

Amerie is a very interesting character, sure she has super human strength and fighting abilities and can kick every ones ass.
My Heart Be Damned is a killer story about a Hunter named Amerie. A hunter the Damned, souls who have escape from hell and taken over human bodies. Her family doesn't know. Her friend's don't know. The only person who knows is cocky and arrogant Marshall, a rare male Hunter. But someone has put a bounty out for Amerie and now the Damned are coming after her, shaking up her world. Oh, and her dad has this girlfriend who he wants to move them in with. What more could happen?

This book was action-pa
Brilliant book! I couldn't put it down - the plot was eventful with excellent pacing, the characters were really great (though as for everybody's favourite Marshall - I loved Sam better!). I loved all the action scenes and dialogues and chemistry between the two protagonists was palpable. The ending suggests even more exciting sequel, so I can't wait! Highly recommended!
Rachael Allen
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Show Me the Pretty:
People talk a lot about covers with girls in dresses lately. Some people adore them. Some people hate them all on principle. Me, I love a pretty dress. As long as it fits (the story, I mean, although, obviously, I like my own dresses to fit me as well). Anyway, the point is Amerie is wearing a beautiful cream colored dress on the cover of MHBD and holding a dagger, which is awesome because
Tracy Buchanan
I was fortunate enough to read an early draft of My Heart Be Damned and dayum, it's a cracking novel!

First, Chanelle is bloody brilliant at describing fight scenes. I usually find when writers tackle fight scenes, they can come across as a bit scooby doo. But Chanelle handles them brilliantly, making them exciting and believable.

The main character, Amerie, is great too. She's tough, a little damaged but uber likeable - a bit like Buffy. And her problems at home are cleverly interweaved with th
Kelly Hashway
The last thing Amerie wants to do is be a Hunter. She doesn't want to end up like her mom—dead. But she finds herself in the graveyard looking for Damned anyway. And when she meets the mysterious Marshall, he proves that even if she doesn't want to fight, she has to or she'll die. Amerie is being hunted—ironic, right? A powerful Damned named Seal has discovered a ritual that will give him immortality and he needs Amerie's blood to complete it.

While Amerie is busy training with hot-then-cold Mar
Wendy Higgins
I was very lucky that the author was able to share a pre-pubished version of her book with me. :) I've always had a teensy obsession with both Irish and English literature, so I knew I was in for a treat since Chanelle is English and her story is set in London (therefore she wouldn't have to "dumb down" any of the English wit for us Americans, LOL).
The story itself is pretty fierce. The main character, Amerie, does not mess around. She's a tough cookie with snark sprinkles. And she can take a m
Krista Ashe
This book would probably be a 4.5 for me, but oh, Goodreads why can't you give us half stars?

Don't let the girl in the pretty dress cover fool you. Amerie is a girl who knows how to kick ass and take names! The cemetery factor is truthful because she does like to hang out in them--they're kinda her zen place, although they can also get her into trouble when a demon or two shows up.

Amerie's world has never been totally normal. Schooled by her mother from a young age, she knows she is different-
Jennifer Walkup
Channelle Gray’s My Heart Be Damned was awesome! I really enjoyed it. It kept me up reading late and guessing with all the various plot twists and turns. This book is chock full of great characters: kick-ass heroine Amerie, swoon-worthy Marshall (hello, fantastic chemistry!) and all the secondary characters in between.

I loved following Amerie through her various trials. Between fighting the Damned, dealing with family and high school issues and trying to save the world, the girl was seriously bu
Soooo...what can I say? This was basically Buffy The Vampire Slayer warmed up. Only with The Damned instead of Vampires. And the fact that there are several Hunters and not only one in each generation. Apart from that, there were just a lot of similarities. A love story with a similar feel to what happened between Buffy and Angel, a supportive group of friends which reminded me of Buffy's Scooby Gang and a lot of other things; though I don't want to go into too much detail because it would spoil ...more
Angela S
Buffy fans get out your stakes - er, blessed knives - there's a new sort of paranormal creature on the loose! No, they're not vampires, but the Damned are downright scary, even when they're... not. Gray has created a character that teens will be able to relate to on many levels, from dealing with sudden poverty, loss of a parent, and the challenge of dealing with a new step mom (step-monster Amerie would say). Then of course, there's the hot-and-cold love interest. Put all that in the midst of T ...more
Michelle Painchaud
May 20, 2012 Michelle Painchaud rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed buffy, people who enjoy angelfire, people who enjoy urban fantasy
Recommended to Michelle by: Chanelle Gray
Dark and tense, My Heart Be Damned is the perfect choice for people who enjoyed TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angelfire. Amerie's struggle with her mother's death is wrenching, and her spunk will keep you turning pages.

At times the book may feel too Buffy-like, but the mythos Gray draws helps to set it apart. Marshall is an enticing love interest, and while Amerie's friends may read tepid at times, they ultimately bring a flavor of relatability to the book.

Kaitlin Ward
There are a lot of graveyards and other creepy settings in this book, which are huge check marks in the plus column for me, because I love creepy settings. Amerie is a strong girl both physically and mentally, but is also so clearly a teen, with a teenage mindset--which is a good thing, as she is one. She has tons of chemistry with the love interest, Marshall, and her tough life at home definitely makes you feel for her. The book is action-packed and twist-filled and is definitely very much wort ...more
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Jamie Blair
Amerie needs a break, but she's not going to get one. That's okay though, because this heroine is one tough chick!

And Marshall. *swoon* I love their relationship, the back and forth, the love/hate, the sarcasm. What a pair! Love them!

My Heart Be Damned is filled with near-misses in love and Amerie's Hunting jobs, but she's not one to be counted out. She's stubborn and assertive and knows how to use a knife! If I were betting, I'd bet on her.
I give it 3 and a half really. It was a pretty story that brought a new angle on hunting and the underworld. Also, it is relevant as the lead character, Amerie, talks about current shows and what not.
Jessica Karou
A very good book. Loved the characters, even though Amerie could be a bit whiney. Somewhat of a twist in the end. I hope there is a second, there should be one but it could be left to our imaginations.
This book had a new twist in how evil souls that posses a person are send back to Hell.
Overall good read interesting story. I will read the next one in the series

Caution semi- love triangle
Lily Raye
Really, really enjoyed this one. I loved Amarie's voice, but my heart is with Marshall!! Their chemistry was steamy, and I loved their training sessions!! Loved the fight scenes with the demons!
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“I know what party you’re talking about. I might have to swing through. Especially if you’re going to be there in a costume.” He winked and leaned back in his seat.
“I’m going as a homeless person.”
“Hey,” he said.
“Hi.” Oh, damn. It was awkward.
“What’re you doing?”
“Shearing a sheep. It’s cold outside, and I need a new hat.”
He paused. “You’re joking, right?”
“Yes, Marshall.” I gnawed on my fingers some more and sunk back in my chair.”
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