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Scent and Shadow: an Aether Vitalis Novel (Aether Vitalis)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  9 reviews
No soulmates. No love triangles. No sparkles.

Madison, WI. 1999. When vampire Gabriel Chapel decides to take on a fledgling, he knows not just anyone will do. Newly-turned vampires kill at least one person a night for the first decade or so—a fate most humans could never adjust to.

For college student Amanda Bairns, nothing is more important than finally taking control of h
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Published October 17th 2011 by Rookery Creek Media (first published October 16th 2011)
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Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
4–Shockingly Good–stars

I'm shocked and somewhat alarmed that I actually liked this book. In fact, I couldn't put it down and stayed up all night reading it. This book is not for the faint of heart. It's a paranormal romance, but mostly a vampire horror story. It's gory, violent, sexually explicit, and appalling at times. However, it's also slightly romantic, unique, fascinating, engrossing, provocative, and deliciously aberrant.

There were times the prose and plot felt slightly convoluted and I f
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: October 17, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Self Published
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My Source for This Book: Gift
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Madison, WI, 1999.

College student Amanda Bairns is finally about to take control of her own life. Getting her degree and finally getting out from under her mother’s thumb should mean this is one of
~~~ 2.5 STARS OR 5.5/10 ~~~

It's very refreshing reading about vampires that act like vampires. I admit, when Twilight came out I was a huge fan and read all the books in the series. Then, like following like, many vampire novels followed the same trend of the repentant, animal eating vegetarian that has feelings and moments of acute humanity. There's of course nothing wrong with that. But vampires by definition are predators, MEANT to hunt and devour humans. This is what I miss, so I try to find
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This is the story of a sociopath. This is the story of a serial killer. This is the story of a monster.

All of the phrases above are true. All of the phrases above are true for one or the other of the 2 leading characters.

This is a dark, dark book, almost a parody of a romance. There are no heroes and heroines here. If you think what I said is bad, you are wrong. This is not criticism, it's a praise.

But if you like puppies and flowers and sunny HEAs, stay well clear of Scent and Shadow. Th
I totally enjoyed this book! It's refreshingly different from any of the paranormal stuff I've been reading. I will positively be looking for more books by Mercy Loomis!
Totally enjoyed this book! I'm going to be looking for more by Mercy Loomis :))
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Mercy Loomis grew up in a haunted house, and has had quite enough of ghosts for one lifetime, thank you. Though she now lives in a 150-year-old house, it is remarkably ghost-free. (That, or they’re staying on the down-low. She doesn’t care which.)

Mercy finished writing her first vampire novel when she was in middle school, and hasn’t stopped writing about them since. She loves stories about the pa
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