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Evolution (Evolution #1)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Gene Sage has only ever wanted to sing, but his band, Evolution, is pushing him toward the big time. He finds it hard to focus on making musical history when he’s dreaming of graveyards and seeing ghosts. And while all he can think of is hiding who he is from a world unforgiving of anyone different, he discovers he’s also the ultimate snack for vampires and demons. When ...more
ebook, 230 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Harmony Ink Press (first published April 30th 2013)
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Armchair Reader.

4.5 stars

I adored this story because I had so much fun reading it!

One thing I really enjoyed about this book were the characters. Genesis and Kerstrande have two very distinct voices that are nothing alike. Gene is almost too innocent and forgiving, sweet and nice but fun and eccentric. Kerstrande is grumpy, snarky, and more likely to give an insult than a compliment. They’re yin and yang and balance each other out nicely. In fact, the balance they
Aug 17, 2015 MLE rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, arc
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There were aspects of this book I found interesting. I thought the idea of vampires was just a bit different, and I liked that they were deadly, and scary as well as attractive. I thought that idea worked well with the music industry in this book, and I liked how those angles played out. The other supernatural creatures were interesting as well, and worked well into the book's mythology.

The characters fell a bit fl
Jul 11, 2014 Ayanna rated it did not like it
Wtf is going on? It's so damn esoteric. What's going on? I have no idea. There's so much information being withheld that I'm starting to resent the author...

At one point - actually, several points - I felt like I was reading Twilight. A lot of this reminds me of points Dana brings up in Reasoning with Vampires (Linkity link)
It was like those internet memes: "cannot be unseen."

This whole mystification of music know what? I'm jealous. I want to know what it's like to physically pour on
Cole Riann
3.5 stars... I think...

Honestly, this was pretty difficult to read for me. I was intrigued by Nikyta's review but I found this to be much darker than I expected. I was originally swept away by the beginning, the first scene and connection between Genesis and KC, but it soon turned quite dark and threw me a bit for a loop. What came for the next 60% or so of the book was a rather surreal read and I had a very hard time at one point making myself keep reading. I just couldn't take any more of Gene
May 22, 2013 Monika rated it liked it
Shelves: g-vampire
3.5 Stars

Review posted on World of Diversity Fiction

I thought this story started out well and would end up being a story I would love but I was never quite able to love it. I enjoyed reading it, I found it interesting and well written and I really liked it but something was missing. It’s a paranormal with a variety of beings that include vampires, ghosts, a demon or two and a few others. It has rock stars and wanna be rock stars and the MC’s love each other...eventually.

The supernatural beings
Christy Duke
Anyone who reads my reviews, I think there's two of you now, knows that I generally stay away from young adult. However, it seems, recently, that I've been hit with some truly fantastic books in the genre, and knowing how much I love Sam Kadence's alter ego, it only seemed fair that I try out one of her young adult books. The fact that 'Evolution' has a world where vampires and the supernatural are "out" didn't hurt my desire, either.

Genesis (Gene) Sage is seventeen, living on his own, and the l
Even if there is an annoying cliffhanger end I enjoy this book. I will read more, because I'm curious but

*I think it's too chaotic. There are great ideas and original concepts, but it's so chaotic it's all there, together, and I got confused.
*I like the dark and dangerous characters, KC, but I hate how pitiful Gene is, begging for his attention. Be in love is cute, but be stupid and have no respect for ourself is not. It's dangerous and a wrong message to a romance. I hate each time Gene beg to
First off, BEWARE this ends with a cliffhanger.

Okay also be warned I'm not the best at writing a well detailed reviews so I'm going to try my best with this one. There is a lot going on in this story so bear with me. The story is told from two different POV, that of Gene and Kerstrande and spans over 200 pages (229 on pdf and 204 in epub).

Seventeen year old Genesis (Gene) Sage is the lead vocalist and songwriter for Evolution, a pop rock band trying to get a big time. He has the ability to see
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
3 1/2 - 4 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Genesis (Gene) only wants to sing with his band Evolution, he doesn’t care about fame and fortune just the music. When Gene hits a man with his car he is shocked to discover it is retired rock star Kerstrande (KC) and his life is about to get even more out of control. Seeing ghosts and people’s auras, and dreaming of graveyards is the norm for Gene but being the chew toy for vampires isn’t. Being attrac
Sammy Goode
Jul 24, 2013 Sammy Goode rated it it was amazing
I am not sure I know where to begin this review. I wonder if I should tell you more than the blurb; try to explain how Kerstrande lives a tortured life and refuses to believe he is gay, and further refuses to succumb to the needs that fuel a vampire's life. Should I speak of how when he denies himself, the thirst overtakes him to the point that he is his own self-fulfilling prophecy--the monster he so clearly hates? I'm sure I should mention that his former bandmate and Sire, Hane, pursues him ...more
Fadia Pierre
Oct 16, 2015 Fadia Pierre rated it liked it
I'm going to be brutally honest with this review. This book had me scratching my head and wondering if the author just added the paranormal bits as the story progressed. The characters are introduced initially you think oh plain of human some exude more confidence. Two to three chapters down and they have special abilities. Call me skeptical but I prefer my stories thought out and plotted. Not everyone read the blurbs or follows the authors work; I for one liked the cover. It was the same with ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The book had everything I liked. It was dark and had violence but also had a touch of romance. I think the only problem for me was that Genesis's and Kerstrande's relationship was a little to fast paced. When both of them first met when Genesis hits Kerstrande with his car, they didn't get along at all. But all of a sudden, a day later they are kissing and making out. The relationship was a bit too sudden. I really did like Genesis and Kerstrande. They are a very cute ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Coffinmo rated it really liked it
I haven't read Japanese comics for a long time,reading this book makes feel like I'm back in fifteen again,not that I mean this book is naive or immature,but that the plots and everything are so full of images and familiarity which make me so happy, cozy,cordial and warm.
Hearts On Fire Reviews
Reviewed by:Diane
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Rated: 4 hearts

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Nov 16, 2014 Betryal rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
To be continued? Dammit!
Sam Kadence
Apr 30, 2013 Sam Kadence added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it.
Bitchie *hates the new GR Homepage*
This book had a LOT of potential, I just hated the execution. I had so many questions that were left unanswered entirely too long, and things just didn't make sense. For instance, MC Genesis dropped out of school at 16 due to bullying. Ok, I get that. But he felt that he had to move out of his house, if he wasn't still in school. He seemed to have a great relationship with his mother, so I'm sure she'd much rather have had him living at home and getting a decent job, than out on his own at 16, ...more
May 14, 2013 GayListBookReviews rated it really liked it

This was a good start to an interesting, engaging, and dark new series. Full of a plethora of supernatural beings and the politics and complications that come with them, including the human hate groups that target them for for being different.

I really liked that there were some nontraditional types of paranormal beings in this story. Not so many that it gets confusing or too much time is spent explaining them, but a nice variety that kept things interesting and fresh.

The story is smoothly told
Love Bytes Reviews
Oct 22, 2014 Love Bytes Reviews rated it it was amazing
5 star review by Marieke

I have read this book before, but it has been a while…. I thought choosing a book I had read before would make it easier for me to do a paranormal-week review, but I forgot how complex this book was!

Genesis–Gene– is very young, only seventeen, yet he’s been on his own for two years. He has a gift, or a curse, depending on the way you see it. He sees ghosts and auras, but also swirling black things that sometimes take over someone. He has no idea what it is, but he knows i
Jul 28, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a refreshingly different story from the usual vampire fare that you find in the urban fantasy genre. The vampire culture here has a familiar feel to it but the author also puts a creative spin on things. The story tends to be somewhat dark and gritty but then vampires aren't supposed to automatically evoke thoughts of sparkles and sentimentality be
Inked Reads
Aug 15, 2015 Inked Reads rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, paranormal
4 Gripping Stars!!
The writing is incredible.

It is an intense, messed up Journey with Rock Stars KC and Gemini.

I REALLY love dual POV’s in a story. KC and Gemini are two very different, distinctive characters who will pull your heart-strings and tick you off haha great job by the author!

Side characters. They were perfect additions to this story. Some good ones and some not so good ones. It was an interesting balance. Some surprises along the way. The author keeps you on your toes!!!

I re
Abi Walton
Jan 13, 2014 Abi Walton rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
I really enjoyed this book its more like 4.5 stars. If you like action packed anime with a hint of the supernatural work then i highly recommend this book a very good page turner with characters that complement each other throughout this story.
All i hope for is another sequel to see what happens to these characters.
May 13, 2013 ~RMG rated it it was ok
Not really sure what to think about this story. It left me confused more than anything else; the abrupt ending didn't help either. Will I pick up the next part? Don't know. Guess we'll see.
May 12, 2013 Gwendolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, paranormal
Would have been a 4 but cliffhangers make me stabby.
The story starts with Genesis Sage, the lead vocalist of Evolution who can see dead people, hitting rock god extraordinaire and vampire in hiding, Kerstrande Petterson with his car. The two are immediately attracted to each other and their worlds become chaos.

So, basically, this book is not what I thought it would be. I was expecting a (possibly great) story about vampires and supernaturals, and all the drama that seems to go with it. But it turned out that it was all about the romance between G
Jan 04, 2016 JJ rated it liked it
Shelves: love-bytes, mm

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This story is told in first person in the view point of the two main characters. Evolution begins when Genesis, a singer who sees ghosts, hits Kerstrande with his car and thinks he has seriously hurt him. Genesis learns later that the man he hit was a rock god and a man he has always idolized. Genesis realizes t
Nov 09, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok
All the elements included in this book should have made for an excellent read so I was very disappointed to discover that this was not the case. Don't get me wrong, there were some positive points but on the whole this struggled for coherence.

The first part of the novel was incredibly shaky. Genesis, or Gene, as the main character is young, naive and spends far too much of his time complaining about how unfair life is and, when not doing this, he is constantly pining for people he wants but can
Nov 05, 2015 Kara rated it really liked it
This book was so packed with action and angst it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading..
There were also sex scenes but they faded to black so you do not really get much detail.
Genesis is a lead singer in the band Evolution. He meets Kerstrande when he accidently hits him with his car.
I have to say at first I was not a fan of these characters because Genesis came of way to needy to me and not very strong at all then Kerstrande just came of as a jerk. But they grew on me as
Molly Lolly
Dec 30, 2015 Molly Lolly rated it really liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Four stars!
This book was so good! It’s also clearly meant to be read with the sequel. So I suggest picking up both and reading them back to back. I loved seeing how Genesis grew over the course of the book. Seeing how he was different but didn’t fully understand until later what it all meant. Kerstrande was a bit of an enigma in the story. You couldn’t tell if he really liked Genesis or just tolerated him. It was sweet seeing his feelings bloom and show in some stra
Jun 01, 2013 K. rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
I wanted to like this one, based on the premise -- it was a m/m romance with supernatural elements. Unfortunately, I found it fell flat. While the two main characters had very distinct characterisations and stood well enough on their own, I did not feel the connection between them. Playing on the destined-to-be-together trope is one thing, but the writer doesn't build on that to make me understand why. Plot was weak. (Also, it was written in first person point of view, and alternated between the ...more
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