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Dissension (The Blood Inheritance Trilogy #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Fists are pumping, bodies gyrating, sweat dripping—booming music drowns out all other noise in the dark club. Leisha, dressed in skimpy, revealing clothes, eyes her victim. As soon as he sets eyes on her, she knows he's hers. He becomes excited as despicable thoughts of murder run through his mind, all readable by Leisha's abnormal senses. After a bit of small talk, they a ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published February 23rd 2013 by Jolly Fish Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Olivia-Savannah Roach
Dissension by Adrienne Monsoon was a break I needed. I have been reading a lot of YA lately, and a lot of contemporary kind of books. Although I have had a lot of fantasy as well, it was high time for me to get back to some good old paranormal books. This one fulfilled my want for that perfectly. This novel is packed with vampires – a familiar concept, and also something called Immortals which was new and unique. I liked the mix of what I was comfortable with and also something new to toy with t ...more
Mandy Sickle
I received Dissension in return for an honest review from the author. Leisha is one of the oldest vampires at just over 2000 years old but it wasn’t her first choice to become one. Forced into becoming a vampire to save her daughter she’s been forced to live a life rejected by the man she loves and with the her maker determined to bring her back to the fold. With a looming battle between the vampires and immortals Ptah has forced her to come home to fight. Leisha has a few loose ends to tie up b ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Aline rated it it was amazing

Dissension by Adrienne Monson *4.5 Stars*


I am surprised with how much I loved this book. Vampire books are not my favorite style. I don’t dislike though, I just keep putting other kind of books on the top of my TBR. However, this book took me by surprise. It's so good that I ca
Annabelle Marie Veronica
****FINAL RATING: 4.10 STARS****

Vampires, you guys! I was nervous to read that book because vampires are an often-overused paranormal, but it sounded so good that I had to read it anyway. And I am so, so happy that I did! Dissension really blew me away with it's uniqueness and it was as intense and suspenseful as I could have hoped for. It was not a disappointment at all and I was definitely kept up late reading it.

I loved Leisha from the very beginning. She doesn'
J. Barneck
Mar 04, 2014 J. Barneck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
I am going to start out by saying, you should read this book. The second half is worth it. But I gotta be honest. I am not sure how this book is getting three stars from me. At about chapter 8, I was ready to throw this book out. Confusing passive voice littered the first half of the book. The writing was a nightmare and not in a good vampire novel way. Then Chapter 8 arrived and it was basically a prologue dropped into the middle of the novel, telling a story we basically had figured out anyway ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Bella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-have-a-copy, review
Loved it and so thankful I got to review this one! Thanks Jolly Fish Press and Adrienne for this one!

Leisha is one of the oldest vampires and she lives each day fighting that. She tries her best to live in a world where all others will leave her alone but it’s never that easy. Not only is she a predator and needs to kill to survive, she is something she never dreamed she could become. She use to be a loving mother and wife and lived a life she never knew she would have, love, but she did and now
Oct 09, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Vampires and Immortals: a millennia-old battle between two powerful entities, one woman's tragic fate, and the teenage girl who gets thrust into the middle of this dark, brooding, and complicated world. I'm not a typical reader of romance or the vampire genre, so this story was a bit different from my usual tastes.

I liked Leisha. She had an interesting history, a complicated past, and most of the conflicts in the story rose and fell around her decisions and her weaknesses. I felt for her when th
F.J.R. Titchenell
Mar 03, 2013 F.J.R. Titchenell rated it really liked it
The Basics: Leisha is an unwilling vampire, bound to the laws of vampire society, who still hopes to make peace with her estranged husband, one of the magically endowed Immortals sworn to eradicate all vampire kind. Samantha is the teenage human girl who stands by her through her balancing act between the two forces, rather than return to her father, who wants nothing more than to test the limits of supernatural creatures in his shadowy government lab.

The Downside: Dissension reads a lot like a
Mar 07, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
It was okay. Here's the thing: if it's teen vampires, I won't bother. If it's adult vampires, so long as they're "REAL" vampires...I still won't bother. A friend of mine suggested this as a fun, escapist read...and that's exactly what it is. I'm NOT a vampire fan. I think the genre has been done to DEATH. (...pardon the pun...) That said, this is a fun adventure that held my attention, was well-written, and is a great freshman book for those who love this genre. I don't. I'd have given it 4 star ...more
Jun 17, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it
Okay, I read this book because I know the author personally! She lives just a handful of streets away from me. It is so amazing that she has achieved her dream of writing and of being published! I just had to read this to support her. That being said, I only gave it three stars because I actually do not prefer vampire novels, vampire movies, etc. I do believe I would have given it four stars, otherwise. I was impressed with Adrienne's writing and realized I was actually looking forward to and qu ...more
JT Moore
Mar 29, 2016 JT Moore rated it liked it
It took me a while to put this book on the top of the large to read pile. Why? Vampires. I overdosed on them a few years back. I'll say now that I'm glad I finally got around to reading this book. For a first novel it wasn't great but definitely good and worth a recommendation. The story was interesting enough that I will be reading the next book in the series.
Teri Harman
May 20, 2013 Teri Harman rated it liked it
If you enjoy a good vampire story, then Dissension, an adult paranormal book by Utah author Adrienne Monson, should be on your to-read list. The book has a fast pace, intriguing characters and interesting vampire lore. The vampires are seriously tough, which results in some great action scenes. I enjoyed the two female main characters – one vampire, one human – and their close relationship and the main female vampire has a story that will break your heart.

Content note: Frequent violence, includi
Andy Peloquin
Feb 25, 2015 Andy Peloquin rated it really liked it
I loved the intro to the story! The first few pages had me spellbound, and I found the introduction to the main character to be quite enjoyable.
But after a few pages, it kind of lost me. There was a scene near the beginning that could have had A LOT of tension and excitement to it (a confrontation between the main vampire character and her enemy), but it just didn't have it.
Then the secondary character was introduced, and I felt like it watered down the story a bit more. The way the two are int
Stan Crowe
Feb 26, 2014 Stan Crowe rated it really liked it
I suppose it's my fault I stayed up too late reading this book, but these days, it's common practice to blame someone else for all our mistakes. So I'll blame Ms. Monson for writing something that I had to force myself to set down.

I'll avoid the obvious comparison to Twilight--since I'm sure plenty of other reviewers will provide that--and just go with what I read.

This made for easy reading, and had a new adult feel and was gritty in its own way. Not really something for young teens, but not as
Madeline Kidd
Feb 04, 2015 Madeline Kidd rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book. I loved how Liesha lives her own life instead of just living to kill people. I also loved the love story between a vampire and an immortal, the greatest enemies of all time, but yet, they still learn to forgive and love again.
Jessica Allen Winn
Awesome book with great world building! Can't wait for book 2!
Donna Weaver
Mar 17, 2013 Donna Weaver rated it really liked it
5 Stars--the book had a profound impact on me. It touched me on some special level and lingered with me long after I'd finished reading it.
4 Stars--I loved this book. If I don't own it, I will buy it so I can read it again and again.
3 Stars--I enjoyed the book but may have had an issue or two with it.
2 Stars--I had more than a few issues with it.
1 Stars--I hated it.

Fists are pumping, bodies gyrating, sweat dripping—booming music drowns out all other noise in th
Terron James
May 06, 2013 Terron James rated it it was amazing
When you pick this book up and start reading it (yes, you WILL read it *waves hand across your face*), don't be fooled by the first chapter. It initially appears to be a very erotic novel, and you might even start asking yourself why a half-naked man didn't fill the front cover, but worry not. The sleazy rapist gets his comeuppance. In Adrienne's novel, vampires don't eat animals. They feed on worthless rapists and murderers. At least that's the case with the protagonist, Leisha.

If you've never
Elsie Park
Oct 17, 2013 Elsie Park rated it really liked it
Dissension by Adrienne Monson, book one in The Blood Inheritance trilogy.

Though not for those squeamish about blood, Dissension takes the reader on a journey unlike any other vampire story I've heard of. This is an interesting and fast-paced telling of an age-old war between vampires and immortals which commenced from the day of their origin thousands of years before. A difficult romance between two main characters who hope for unification accompanies the story as an underlying dilemma to overco
Lehua Parker
Feb 20, 2013 Lehua Parker rated it really liked it
Shelves: jolly-fish-press
What do you do when your very existence is an anathema to you, the love of your life has wanted to kill you for 2,000 years, your stalker ex is back, and you’ve a teenage girl dumped into your lap that can’t go home?

When you’re Leisha, one of the original vampires, you do the most logical thing—foment dissention in the ranks of vampire-dom in the hope of getting your mundane life back.

Dissension, written by debut author Adrienne Monson, takes the reader on a thrill ride spanning kidnapping, tort
Feb 01, 2013 Rebekah rated it it was amazing
Leisha is one of the oldest vampires and all she wants to be is left alone. She is feared by other vampires and hated at the same time. The Master Vampire does not like her sense of independence and needs her for the fight against the Immortals. But who are these Immortals? Samantha is a young girl with a very special gift. Her father works for a government agency who is experimenting on vampires. When Leisha and Samantha meet in an unexpected way, they will need each other to survive what is ab ...more
Ian Phynnette
Jan 04, 2013 Ian Phynnette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
Finally! The return of a compelling vampire story that does NOT lack the raw roots of vampirism, as we have been forced to endure in the sterile tweenie Twilight world of today's pop vampire culture!

Dissension has imminent danger, a tasteful violence, the emotional journey, and new conceptions of a vampire world that fascinates you as it sucks you in, and it introduces a new foe to the vampire reign heretofore unseen: the immortals.

The fact that the lead character, forced-vampire Lisha's, forme
Apr 13, 2013 Avdrdr rated it did not like it
A friend of mine gave me this book and told me that I had to read it. Now, I am not a big fan of Fantasy but decided I should not discriminate and give it a chance. So… trying to keep an open mind, I read it, and to be perfectly honest, I expected something better than I experienced primarily based on my friend’s recommendation and the numerous glowing reviews scattered all across the internet (which were most likely paid for by the publishing company--I’m just sayin’). Anyway, here’s my non-dis ...more
K.R. Patterson
Jul 04, 2013 K.R. Patterson rated it really liked it
I am giving this 4.5 stars, actually, and I don't think it's just because I'm biased with her being my friend and critique partner (you can find my name in the acknowledgements--just sayin'). I'm giving it 4.5 because it's different from any other vampire novel I've read. Instead of feeling fantastical, this vampire world seemed almost real. And these vampires aren't pretty. Or nice. But some of them (Leisha) would rather be a good, normal person. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the f ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
Overall I think the author had a creative twist on the vampire world, but it was entirely possible to create that world without the vile descriptions. She used graphic, often sexual words, to describe things that could have been explained just as well, if not better, without the dirty view of them. I can see WHY she wrote the first chapter as she did, but I would have shut the book that second if I hadn't been promised that the filthiness would ease. In my opinion, it could have eased off even m ...more
Sarah Lambourne
Sep 11, 2014 Sarah Lambourne rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite vampire stories. I loved her take on the origin story and her characters human, vampire, and immortal are all relatable with very human emotions and failings. looking forward to the second book coming February 2015.
Becca Charlton
Apr 03, 2015 Becca Charlton rated it it was ok
The characters are interesting but the writing was very average. I was a little disappointed, but I'm not a Cassandra Clare fan, and this book is definitely building off that mythology.
Jul 21, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it
wow! What an exciting read! This story flowed so easily I read it faster than most books and that's a positive thing for me. I didn't have any trouble at all getting to know the main characters and loving them! the anticipation of where the story would take you was page after page and hard to put down. except for the very beginning, the book did not have hardly any "flat" spots of dragging on, very nice! My attention was held from beginning to end as the plot continued to thicken. with many ques ...more
Dec 13, 2015 LisaReadsAlot rated it really liked it
Suspenseful with great action scenes. If you're into paranormal fantasy, this book is for you. 4 well written stars!
Anna Doddridge
Feb 12, 2015 Anna Doddridge rated it really liked it
I liked this book enough to buy the second :)
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Adrienne Monson has always had a voracious appetite for books. When she became a stay at home mom, she finally listened to her muse and began writing.
She enjoys Zumba, kickboxing and weightlifting. She also loves delicious foods, which is why she has to work out so often.
Dissension and Defiance is available where books are sold. Deliverance, the final installment of the Blood Inheritance trilogy
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