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It's easy to get caught up with bad-ass vampires, a killer love triangle, broken engagements, assumed clones, and enough sexual tension to drive anyone crazy.

Night falls across the town. When she is first turned, she assumes all is lost: her future, her social life, even the opportunity to one-day experience the release of death. But when she suddenly reverts to human form
Published 2012 by Cambridge Press, US. (first published March 18th 2010)
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Ava is a normal girl in the 1920s. One night sees her attending a wedding; an event that should be full of fun and goodwill quickly turns into one of danger instead and before she knows it she’s been turned into a vampire – except she isn’t a normal kind of vampire. Events see her leaving her sire’s home, only to return 80 years later. Someone’s after her blood, and they won’t stop until they get it.

This is a difficult review for me to write because everything really comes down to one issue: dev
Oct 24, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok
**Recieved free copy for a fair review**

***Spoilers are in review***

I struggled with this review because the book was not what I expected. After starting the book and realizing I was not going to be reading what I thought,I got on an author thread and found out the premise of the book was for us to see what life was like for a vampire who had just been turned. We were to find out things as the vampire found out things. The writer doesn't even give us the vampires name until almost the end, becau
Francis Franklin
Oct 22, 2012 Francis Franklin rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
I received a free advance copy of this novel from the author for purpose of review. Actually, I had my eye on this book before getting the chance to review it, so jumped at the chance. I liked the cover, and I enjoyed the style of writing in the sample chapter. I'm predisposed to like stories told in the first person by a female vampire. So I started very optimistically.

I love the writing. It is poetic and beautiful, without distracting from the story. I like the way the setting resonates with t
Karen Siddall
Nov 02, 2012 Karen Siddall rated it liked it
Although a very good story concept, its execution was choppy, incomplete, and ultimately, confusing to me. Having said that, it was intriguing and has so much potential that I sincerely hope that this author writes more. I will definitely look for future publications.

Interesting likeable characters
Villains I wanted to hate
Interesting setting/locale
Interesting likeable characters
Improved as it went along
Interesting likeable characters - I really want to know more a
Oct 29, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal-reads
I received a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. So, let me be honest. It was just OK for me, in terms of my overall experience reading this book.

The writing style has a poetic flair and the tone is mysterious. That was a double edged sword for me. I found the imagery beautiful and interesting sometimes, and other times the language seemed too convoluted, which muddled the meaning for me. There were many sentences I had to read over and over to "get" them. Som
Viviana Izzo
Nov 13, 2012 Viviana Izzo rated it it was ok
I received an ARC ebook of this book from the author to provide a honest review. This is the author's debut novel.

The beginning was slow and filled with inessential information and/or details. I understand that world building is crucial, however, the information and/or detail I'm referring to is truly not necessary to keep the story moving forward nor is it of value to enhance the story. It felt more like a word count filler.

The connection between the heroine and hero is not clear, neither is th
Holly's pages in pink
So heeerrrreeere is the deal with this book:

This author has raw talent- it's not fully reigned in yet- but it's there. She has a distinct knack for laying out a visual that will absolutely take your breath away. During the early moments in the book, we are placed at a wedding reception where our female and male leads are in attendance. We are immersed in a world where every candle or dancing flicker of light comes alive before us- I can see the beautiful cake iced in an abundance of yellow butte
The BookChick
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Book Description:
It’s easy to get caught up with bad-ass vampires, a killer love triangle, broken engagements, assumed clones, and enough sexual tension to drive anyone crazy.

Does society really know what it means to be a vampire? What it feels like? Tastes like? The struggles of going through life in a state of unacceptance, and using every fiber of your being to change?

MORNINGSIDE shows vampires in a new light. Humanity believes them to be one thing, without any deviation-- the perf
BDSM newbie
Oct 29, 2012 BDSM newbie rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r
I got a copy of this book from the author and I was asked to read and review it. This is one of my first reviews but I'll try my best.

Although this book confused me in parts once I started reading I found it hard to put down for the simple fact that I wanted to know what happens. This book starts along the same lines as most vampire stories but towards the end it starts its own unique twist. It has the changing, the love triangles, the past with a few twists along the way. The lead character is
Oct 06, 2012 Wendy rated it liked it
Shelves: novelty, earc
My thoughts for Morningside are mixed. The start was a bit dragged and confusing but when action started I was in for a ride.

I overall thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved how the characters grow on you. Ava was an absolute astounding fictional character. I admire the to control she had over her emotions - when it came to love. Her ability to take risks made things just so much more pleasing to read. So it was profoundly wonderful to finally see a great female heroin.

Another great thing abou
Shambhawi P.
Nov 06, 2012 Shambhawi P. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All those vampire lovers looking for a new series to get into
Recommended to Shambhawi by: Ashley Madau
Shelves: for-review
This ebook was provided to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.

My opinion never been so conflicted towards a book (except maybe for The Fault in our Stars). When I started reading it, I doubted I could get to the end. The first few chapters were badly written, sketchily described and very, very hard to get into. I dropped the book at first after reading some thirty pages. Then, weeks later I picked it up again. And I read it. And it got better.

And better.

And better.

I liked the way A
Carol Atta
Dec 08, 2012 Carol Atta rated it really liked it
Wow, Morningside. A unique and unusual read in a reading world full of much of the same. I think the book, for the author's rare writing style alone, should be rated higher. I understand how confusion could arise, but with that said, it all made sense to me. (I'm being confusing now; I know.) The abrupt "fire" scene was the only place I really stumbled, and that was addressed in the end. So all is well in my world.

Anyway, this is clearly the first book in a series, and that's okay for me. There
Mary Merrell
Nov 09, 2012 Mary Merrell rated it it was ok
The book started out strong for me, the scenery and the dialog between the characters at the wedding good. I thought her premise of this vampire was different and interesting and something I had never read before. However, I didn't connect with the main character. I didn't know what she wanted, what her goal was. She seemed to meander through time with no thought or direction. The secondary characters were just names on the page. I wanted to know more, get deeper into all their personalities. Wh ...more
Lynn Kelly
Let me start off by saying I was really excited to have the opportunity to read the ARC for this book as part of my Goodreads Paranormal Romance with a Kick Group's new forum! It's an awesome way for writers and readers to connect within a specific genre and I hope to take part in more reviews later (even though I'm a day late on this review thanks to NaNoWriMo).

Now for the not so great news. I don't want to discourage anyone from reading this story because it does have its moments, but it was t
Jan 25, 2013 Samantha rated it liked it
Morningside is the story of a woman in the 20s who accidentally gets turned into a vampire and her struggle to accept not only her change of life as a vampire, but also her life as an abnormal vampire.
After finishing this book, I have a lot of mixed thoughts on it. The writing is very well done, and since page 1, I felt deep in the story. However, while I love fast paced books, I felt this one was too fast paced. I had a little trouble keeping up in some parts, because the story shifted so quic
Aseel (In My Secret -Book- World)
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Morningside started off very good, it was very mysterious and held my attention but then things started being confusing instead of mysterious. After the first 30% of the book I just went through the pages confused. We would just jump into a conversation that seems important but I have no idea what they are arguing about.

Morningside started with the heroine attending a wedding with her family where she met vampire Liam
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I was asked to review this from the author.

This is an amazing book about vampires and humans. How one human (Ava) has been turned into a vampire. How she defied the odds, didn't change into a vampire quite wholly and entices different vampires along the way. She likes/loves 2 different vampires (1 who turned her and another who can become human at times).

I thought it was thought-provoking and really good storyline. I hope this author does more as I would definitely buy her books.
Oct 28, 2012 Twigs1704 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bbpr-review-2012
See my review here: http://www.bittenbyparanormalromance....

From the start Morningside confused me. It made me feel like I missed out on something. Throughout the whole book you never get to learn the main characters name. Intentional? I'm thinking so. With that being said, I liked the plot of the story. The author has a wonderful way of describing things that will put the story right in your minds eye.
Linda Hays-Gibbs
Nov 04, 2012 Linda Hays-Gibbs rated it liked it
Shelves: morningside
This book is about a young woman who suddenly finds herself a vampire. She is no ordinary vampire for she changes back and forth from human to vampire whenever her temper flares. She does not know how to accept her situation and there is a lot of introspection and soul searching. There is the vampire that made her, Liam and they have a chemistry between them that flares and leads to a lot of sexual tension. Nothing ever really happens between them and I was confused by some of their fights.There ...more
Jessica McQuay
Oct 08, 2012 Jessica McQuay rated it it was amazing
Ashley Madau’s Morningside is a vampire story unlike any I’ve ever read before it. From the very beginning you’re drawn into the life of the main character and her abrupt thrust into vampirism. Her struggle, her pain and even her pleasure at being forced to live a life she never would have chosen for herself is set against a growing love triangle and an enemy she is unaware exists.

Morningside is a gritty, beautiful, tantalizing portrayal of what it is like to live as a vampire. The main characte
Brittany DeLys
So I will start off by saying that I don't normally read vampire novels but this one had me intrigued. I actually really enjoyed the vampire story line and some of the character progression. Unfortunately I went through most of the book confused.The beginning started out slow and I was very confused through most of it. Once I figured out what was actually happening it flowed a little smoother but it would still go off and become confusing to me at times.I liked the interaction between Ava, Juli ...more
Aure   `Reading With The Dark`

3,5 Stars!

12/11/2012 -- Finished reading

I've got this book for a review.

So my thoughts about it..

The start was a bit bumpy. There was a lot going on, and it was a bit hard to handle.
But as the book progressed It was easier to grasp everything. This book is nothing like I've ever read before.
I don't think I enjoyed the style it was written in. But it was Ok.

The story goes about a girl-turned vampire, who's struggling to accept what she is and what she's not.
Time-line changes through the book, bu
Jonel Boyko
Feb 23, 2013 Jonel Boyko rated it liked it
This book was quite well written. I never once got lost in the writing of the story. Sentence, paragraph, and chapter structure were phenomenal. I did, however, get a bit muddled up in the storyline. For me, this was one of those books that you want to see pulled apart and made into a couple of different books. There was a little too much going on for the page count, which meant that there were a great deal of things happening that didn’t get enough attention. Because of this, details were lacki ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
First let me start off by saying I'm not the best at writing reviews, but since i received this book to review & give my opinion, here it goes:

The book is an interesting read & a new take on vampires. (some of the same concepts with a few twists on the characters.) There is the inevitable love triangle, villain-vampire & likable characters. It gives plenty of back story where they came from & why they are in the situation they are currently in. The only thing I was really confuse
Oct 31, 2012 Leigh rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, reviewed
I was intrigued when I read the excerpt about this book. It is an interesting concept I have not read before. I wanted to read how Ava could straddle both the human and vampire world but not fully embrace either one. After she is attacked and converted by Liam, Ava develops some interesting characteristics. She has the ability to switch from vampire to human. Ava doesn't understand why she is this way and feels like an outcast.

I liked the premise of the book, but I never connected to the charac
Rowena Portch
Sep 28, 2012 Rowena Portch rated it really liked it
Intriguing Read with Enlightening Truths

This fabulous little book grips you in the first paragraph and keeps you hanging on till the end. Its fast pace and incredible characters reveal a side to vampirism that is rarely expressed. My compassion for the main character touched my heart as if she were my own sister—alone, in pain, and struggling with commonalities that most humans take for granted. If you are looking for a realistic tale about vampires, this is a must read. I found the storyline re
Sandra ~aka vamp gal~
I like the story and the way it was written. I just found the first few pages didn't flow like the rest of the book.
I found myself intrigued by the story line and falling in love with the characters.
I like the fact that you don't know the heroines name, it added a little curiosity.
Some places I found the story a little confusing or lacking in depth. Some seance seemed to be cut short.
But overall it was good and I will be looking forward to seeing what the next book has in store.

Oct 27, 2012 Kristal rated it it was ok far I am about half way in and the author can write, but I am just not feeling this...I have already skipped ahead trying to get an idea of what's to come. I read the last few chapters and I should not have because the only thing worse than a love triangle is (view spoiler)

I have decided to table this for a few days until I can stomach finishing it....
Nov 14, 2012 Joy rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this in order to write a review.

I wanted to like this book. I really wanted to like this book. The idea was intriquing. Vampires in a different way, I'm all for it.

I think she just needed to flesh out the story a little more. It was hard for me to really care about the characters because I felt lost sometimes in the story. I think this was a decent enough first novel though.
Oct 22, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I gave this book 3 1/2 stars. Was a good book overall, just had a lot of information to comprehend and kind of felt like the storyline was going all over the place vs flashback. I really did like the characters in the book & the writing was good & was able to keep your attention.
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Ashley was born and raised in Michigan, with an adoration of the vampire folklore stemming from her Romanian heritage. Graduating from 2012 from Michigan State University's technology programs, Ashley focuses on all forms of creation, not limited to pen and paper. An avid gamer, video games are an extension of Ashley's love for stories and storytelling, some of her favorites being Final Fantasy X ...more
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