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Synthetic: Dark Beginning

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  238 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Ten years ago, scientific genius Kora Lazar awoke with amnesia at Mirafield Synthetics and since then, it's been nonstop work creating artificial fairies, mermaids, and centaurs for her elite clientele, but never vampires—nasty things—no matter how much money anyone waves in her face.

Now, one week before her wedding to her boss, Kora is leaving work for the first time. He
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published October 10th 2011
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Jen*The Geeky Book Gal*
I picked this book up on Amazon because I thought the premise sounded really interesting..a girl who creates artificial life forms in fantastical creatures images-vampires, sirens, etc for the rich as companions or to decorate their mansions with.

I enjoyed the beginning of the book when we are introduced to punky/goth Kora with her turquoise hair and nails and learn she is basically kept a slave working for a corporation that supplies these wealthy clients. When she is shipped off to a fellow sc
Complex, to me. Cdn't tell if this was trivial, but I felt it was good. The author didn't always state things about the future world presented, and you missed things if not paying attention.

This book had elements of Frankenstein primarily, with Gormerghast a close second (esp the kitchen and rooftops and baroque grotesque architecture and rooms). But also Great Expectations, with the uglyfying old mistress lording over her daugther-adoptee. Also Monsters Inc (I kept thinking the primary villainn
Aug 05, 2012 Mystie rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, creative beyond belief, finally something original! I want more, more, more! A stunning glimpse into a future that could be, mesmerizing!
Jan 27, 2016 Casandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-books
Hard to follow at times.
GREAT monsters.
Excellent work on character development.
Weak ending.
Aug 07, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, imaginative story! Just wish the end wasn't so abrupt. Still, well worth the read!
Jul 30, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Frankenstein, Fans of Prometheus, Fans of Moby Dick
I have some major mixed feelings about this book. Portions of the plot seemed very deep and, for lack of a better word, swirling. (The phrase "All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again" popped into my head a few times while reading it.) I can't seem to figure out who the book was written for. From the synopsis and information on Amazon, I was expecting something much less... adult. Teenage romance and all that. But in reality there were some sections of the book that made ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Ina rated it liked it
Recommends it for: I recommend it to anyone who like Drama, Adventure, and a bit of suspense/mystery.
Synthetic: The Rise of the Siren... I'm not gonna lie I liked the book but there was way to much going on at times. The synopsis is pretty straight forward but along the book I got lost, and dont get me wrong it was a nice lost *you know the one that your an outsider and you find out things as the stroy progresses kinda lost* but lost none the less. The reason why I gave this book a 3 (which means like it) is cause I did.

The characters weer nicely fleshed out and I enjoyed the relationships/past
May 18, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
I'm glad I picked this book up. Going into it, I really wasn't sure what to expect. This isn't exactly a typical sort of story, after all. I was quite pleased that the author keeps things unusual like that. None of the characters are exactly who or what you expect.

I will admit that the main bad guy was a bit cliche. Bitter, aging failed actress... Still, the other characters were interesting. This book starts out as a postmodern thriller but quickly takes a hard right into gothic horror. I know
Nov 27, 2012 Lorre rated it really liked it
Synthetic: The Rise of the Siren is in a future world where science has evolved to the point where they can create synthetic life forms. Those synthetics are used as servants, slaves, companions for the rich elite.

Kora is one of the most famous scientists to create those synthetics but unfortunately the firm who owns her takes all the credit. She committed a crime she can't remember cause her past is one blank, and to pay for that crime she is now a prisoner, a slave owned by a firm.
When she is
Apr 21, 2013 IndieHeart rated it it was ok
Before I begin, I suggest the adults in the audience step out. Unless you are a massive fan of paranormal romance novels written by self-published authors with a teen audience in mind, this review will be of no interest to you. I’m talking Amanda Hocking and G. P. Ching here, not authors like J. K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins, whose writing is so good that their stories also appeal to those of us old enough to have kids the age for which the book was written.

I assume the grownups have now left t
Apr 01, 2013 Vered rated it it was amazing
Kora has no memory of her life before waking up as a slave working at a high tech company manufacturing custom-made mythological creatures for rich clients. She dreams of escaping with her giant pet squid, but even her recurring nightmares can’t prepare her for what awaits when she does finally leave the lab and venture outside.

Let me say upfront that this book took me pleasantly by surprise. It started off like many of the countless predictable paranormal mush that’s out there, with Kora coming
Aug 10, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
I really enjoyed this book. It held my interest from the beginning! Which for me is hard to do. The concept was very original, never a read a story like it before. Had me hooked from the first chapter.

The diverse characters, each with their own hang ups and problems. Yet they are the monsters that the mad scientist created. The banter between the characters is funny at some times and thought provoking at others.

Ruby is a horrible monster and honestly I don't see her staying where she is at long
Dec 31, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it
Very confusing and unnecessarily gorey; I wish I would not have finished the book. I had misplaced hopes that it would get better. I do not recommend you bother with reading this one.

They writing was convoluted and generally took too long to explain what was going on, spending time jumping around between scenery and random violence without actually pushing the story forward. The characters at least tried not to be cliche but were not ever described well enough to really get more than a superfic
Aug 24, 2015 debi rated it really liked it
The Beginning of Forever (or at least 500years)

4 stars here because the story dragged in places making me hope for a change of pace soon. Which would come & save the storyline. All in all, a good read but no page burner.
Aug 16, 2014 Jeri rated it liked it
interesting read. horror SciFi paranormal drama. would have liked to have a little more personality built-in so you are more attached to the characters. that being said, it is a great story that has many loose ends that could be used to create more stories in a series. will be waiting to see what the author does next
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Feb 15, 2014 Merissa (Archaeolibrarian) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Steampunk fans
I got this book because I thought it sounded interesting although I have only ever read one Steampunk-genre book before.

What can I say??? It was interesting, a bit weird and freaky with a walrus man, a giant, a miniature troll and a vampire who doesn't want to be one, let alone the character of Kora who has turquoise hair and nails.

I "think" I enjoyed it. I know it certainly played on my mind last night after I had finished reading it. I got lost a bit at the end though and had to re-read it and
Sep 24, 2015 Meagan rated it liked it
It was okay in some parts. Others were just...odd to me. But it was an okay read.
Aurora Smith
What did I just read? This book was really cool, really strange and really… I have no idea. I liked it, and I would love it if the author Shonna Wright was more active on goodreads and I wish she had more books. She had a way of writing things that made you see, feel, smell, know what was around you when you're reading. She drew a picture she didn't just tell you what was happening. I appreciate that because it's one of my biggest pet peeves in books, Indy or traditionally published. Good book! ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Cat rated it liked it
This book is creepy and keeps you on your toes. It has some graphic scenes and some morbid tendencies, but an interesting read for sure. One of the biggest problems was the lack of editing - lots of homophone problems: break/brake, click/clique, etc. Also lots of missing quotation marks. The jumpiness of the story was pretty confusing/disorientating also, and things are often not clear. Not sure if I'm jumbled or if there's an actual disconnect in the storyline.
Jennifer Erwin
Mar 25, 2013 Jennifer Erwin rated it did not like it
I'm a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy but this one was just weird to me. Chick can create synthetic people, that part I liked, but the whole "mom is an aging porn star with a monster fetish that wants to resurrect her career and have immortality" just kind of ruined the whole story for me. The story came to an abrupt end that made me think there will be more but I won't be reading. So glad I got this as a freebie download.
Bella Street
Nov 18, 2012 Bella Street rated it really liked it
Completely crazy! But oh so readable. This book is a cross between Pygmalion, Frankenstein, and Alice and Wonderland, and somehow the author manages to stitch a story together out of so many elements--such as a sentient squid, a barefoot vampire, an ageing film star, a blue-haired scientist, a stoner walrus, and a guy who gets beat up--a lot. Fast-paced, imaginative, and unlike anything I’ve ever read.
Georgianna Price
Nov 08, 2013 Georgianna Price rated it liked it
I was tempted to give this book a very low score - there are problems with typos and continuity. Also, believability. A character might say "Oh, I would never do that" right before they do it. However, to me, this story is highly unusual and imaginative. However confusing some of the scenes may be, the characters are memorable and I just had to stay up until 5 am to see how this book ended.
Mar 24, 2013 Hannah rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book, and honestly ended up a little disappointed. At times it was hard to keep track of the characters, especially as they changed and there were flashbacks/time period changes. The main character had to deal with a major revelation and that was interesting to see. Needed a few edits. However, I really enjoyed the imagery at the end and could see a sequel.
Jan 30, 2013 Leann added it
Shelves: didntfinish
Too strange for me. A menagerie of synthetic creatures is an interesting premise, but the book really didn't grab me, and with the main character working for a woman who wants to revive her erotic film career wherein she starred with squids who ravished her, I didn't really want to try spend/waste too much time on it.
Jan 04, 2013 Selinalynn rated it it was ok
cute story but some sequences got confusing. Story was a bit choppy and some spelling and wrong word choices. I think the idea was cool. It did a good job of pulling out some humor and mixing quite different characters. Needed some more explanations and lead up to parts before diving into some of the story
Amy Shoemaker
May 15, 2013 Amy Shoemaker rated it it was amazing
At first I was nervous about reading a new author. As soon as I started Synthetic, I couldn't put it down. The characters reached through the pages and took me on their journey. I will look for more from Shonna Wright, I think she has a long career ahead of her.
May 09, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
The world is fascinating. The characters are dull. None of them really stand out for anything other than the fact that they are weird. They're personalities are very surface-level. I would have liked to see a deeper journey into their thought process.
Tania Torres
Aug 10, 2013 Tania Torres rated it it was ok
the story line was interesting but hard to follow at times. the last few chapters were hard to understand where the timeline was. lots of grammar mistakes that kept distracting me. but overall it was a free book so I can't complain.
Feb 26, 2013 Faith rated it liked it
This story line was great. The characters were interesting. The editing of the book is HORRIBLE. If you can hang on through all the mistakes and the abrupt ending you'll enjoy it too.
Michelle Rose
Mar 26, 2013 Michelle Rose rated it it was ok
Interesting plot but dragged on. Many inconsistencies and all of the changes in perspective left me dizzy. Started off as an enjoyable read but then grew nearly impossible to finish.
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