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Stormrise (Storm Chronicles #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,116 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Life isn't easy for Detective Raven Storm. Her best friend was recently killed and dismembered, her latest case ended with her partner in intensive care, and her mother, the vampiric Mistress of the City is playing matchmaker… again. The last thing she wants is another bizarre murder case with a partner she doesn't know. But that is exactly what she gets when she is handed ...more
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published October 31st 2013 by Vamptasy Publishing (first published October 30th 2013)
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Jacquie Talento
Oct 30, 2013 Jacquie Talento rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy from the author for an honest review.
This is a new author with her very first release and this book was amazing. I was very impressed how Ms. Knizley had you falling in love with the sexy vampire, Francois, to finding my own admiration for the sloppy Detective Levac and a true witty and talented Detective Raven Storm aka dhampyr. Her writing skills in this story are truly fantastic as she pulls you and refuses to let you go. This is definitely an author you want to watch for.
Jan 22, 2014 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How can this book possibly have this many stars? I'm not necessarily proud of the fact that I'll read just about anything, but this is just too awful to finish. I can't let this book pass without saying something, because I so often use reviews to guide my book choices. The writing style is painfully sophomoric, the characters woefully undeveloped and the plot just plain thin. Don't spend the money or the time
Jan 26, 2015 Jeanny rated it did not like it
If you over look the glaring editing issues including but not limited to the excessive use of exclamation mark & the random changes between 1st & 3rd person POVs. The blind trust & insta-lust a police detective & vampire Guardian had In a man with a fab ass she'd only been introduced to days prior. The easily deciphered "weapons of mass explosions" the bad guy used to commit multiple murders. The thin plot & easily solved mystery, you would still have to deal with a ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Jenette rated it did not like it
Rarely do I struggle so much to read a book. This one was awful. I have no idea why it's gotten so many five star reviews. Three, maybe, if you overlook the cheese factor, the bad writing and a love interest that actually made me cringe. The complete lack of chemistry between Raven and the apparently mega sexy, super awesome vampire beau was astounding. He read like something out of a trashy romance novel and I never once felt like his affection for her was genuine. I certainly didn't believe ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Belinda rated it it was amazing
This is not your run of the mill Vampire story - Raven is half vampire and half human - she works as a Detective on the Chicago Police force - she always gets the weird cases. After going thru 2 partners her new partner is Levac who everyone has nicknamed "Codumbo". Follow the mystery of who is doing the killing - whether it be Lycan - ghoul - vampire or what have you. This book is well written and will keep you turning pages to find out what is gonna happen next and who is gonna get killed. ...more
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Woah, i can't believe i actually finished this book.. It simply, for me, sucked.. I mean, it could have been good, if Skye Knizley didn't try so hard, i think.. But i couldn't feel the book, you know? And man, i got so annoyed when "!" was used ALL the time!! Even in a freaking normal conversation.. Naha, this book was just not for me.. I hope everyone else who reads it has better luck :)
Rate: 1.5 stars.
Aug 09, 2016 Andi rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I was looking for something new to read and came across Stormrise through Amazon's recommendations. It was available free on loan to Prime members, so I couldn't pass it up!

Stormrise is the first of a new series featuring Ravenel ("Raven"), a dhampyr police detective who is on the case of several ritualistic-style murders. Raven is also the daughter of the vampiric leader of the city's supernaturals, so she's well-connected. She's likable, dedicated to her work, and only uses her mother's status
This was probably a 3.5. But guess what? No skimming! (All the books are free on Kindle Unlimited - we like that! That would be me and the favourite voice in my head.)

The character was likable and a very much up front, no nonsense kind of girl. She was reasonably credible. However, some of the police work was not. Plate taking? Photos? Video footage? Mmmmm This did annoy me on a regular basis.

There was instalove. Yeh, even for me it was quick. I get the chemistry and preference for action, but t
Rachel Andrus
Oct 21, 2013 Rachel Andrus rated it it was amazing
I have the pleasure of getting an advance copy to review. This book was a thrilling crime drama.I could not put it down. Written with such a visual style and with such suspense, it should be made in one of the best vampire movie ever. Great characterization and great story, I could not put it down I highly recommend this novel you wont be sorry you got it. You wont put it down once your pick it up
M. Jet
Mar 24, 2014 M. Jet rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I love about fiction! It put me in mind of a 1940's detective movie but with a very cutting edge twist. SUCH vivid imagery I saw every scene transpire in my mind as so few books do anymore. I loved the authentic feel of the detective work yet it was interestingly conveyed. I anxiously await Raven's return!
Dec 10, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Storm Rise
by Skye Knizley

Does anyone remember Darren McGavin as “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”? Carl Kolchak, a grizzled investigative reporter (as are so many portrayed in fiction), used to find himself wrapped up in cases that always managed to center around a paranormal antagonist. The series only lasted one season in the mid-70s – which is a shame, because I found it highly entertaining and, at least in its best episodes, was an almost perfect blend of mystery and horror.

I've not seen anything
My review for: Stormrise by Skye Knizley
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Shanna Roberson

Where to start? This being Skye Knizley’s debut novel, it floors me at how incredible and intricate world she has created! It’s addictive and unique; an urban fantasy that is up there with Charlaine Harris and Jeaniene Frost. I can’t wait for Stormrage!

Detective Raven Storm is a damn fine cop. She handles the cases no one else could crack and she does it will an air that would make her late father proud. But Raven
Nocturnal  Bookworm
Feb 11, 2016 Nocturnal Bookworm rated it it was amazing
This series must be read in order. This is the first book in The Storm Chronicles series.

Detective Raven Storm lives a complicated life. By day she works Homicide for the Chicago PD and by night she must divide her time between her job as a Detective and her duty as Fürstin, the Second in command to The Mistress of the City, a Vampire and also her mother. When it comes to cases, Raven always gets the weird ones.... The things that go bump in the night.... not that her bosses at the CPD know any
Feb 19, 2014 Stalking rated it it was amazing
I was thoroughly engrossed and captivated with Raven Storm, both as a Detective and as a damphyr trying to co-exist in the human world of her father and the vampire world of her mother. The homicide case that is weaved throughout this book is well put together. I love a good detective story and this is so much more! There is humor and a little romance as well. I was trying to solve the case right along with the main character and her partner, which sometimes lead me to talking out loud as I ...more
Jeannette Joyal
Oct 31, 2013 Jeannette Joyal rated it it was amazing
I was given an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I just loved this story from start to finish! The historical information was intriguing all in itself, who would have known that Chicago had that kind of history. Now the fact that this book had so many supernatural being in itself was an attraction to me right from the get go!! However, I just loved the fact that Raven is a detective! Not to mention her partner and boss are a trip!! There was none stop action while she hunted
Jeannette Joyal
Jan 06, 2014 Jeannette Joyal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just loved this story from start to finish! The historical information was intriguing all in itself, who would have known that Chicago had that kind of history. Now the fact that this book had so many supernatural being in itself was an attraction to me right from the get go!! However, I just loved the fact that Raven is a detective! Not to mention her partner and boss are a trip!! There was none stop action while she hunted down mortals and immortals alike while getting into some pretty stick
Nikki Drost
Jun 09, 2015 Nikki Drost rated it it was amazing
Freaking fantastic!!! I am hooked on Detective Raven Storm! Stormrise is packed full of suspense, humor, fast-paced action, and plot twists that I hadn't seen coming. I couldn't get enough of this story. I loved everything about the MC. Raven is feisty, sarcastic and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty. The story flowed nicely and kept me on the edge of my seat. Half of the time I was either giggling at the witty banter between the characters or I was biting my nails hoping and praying that ...more
Dec 09, 2015 lovestoread rated it really liked it
Storm is not your normal every day female cop - she's part human, part vampire. Her mother is the reigning authority over the Vampire community. Storm is working to figure out how and why people are dying - all while someone is trying to kill her. She doesn't share much about herself to others, especially men! She doesn't have much time for them, until her mother puts a delightful vampire specimen in her path. Ends in a cliff hanger of sorts and it will be interesting to see what happens next!!
Oct 25, 2013 G.E. rated it it was amazing
Skye has skillfully created a combined paranormal and law enforcement world in a unique manner. Her two main characters, Raven and Levac, are well developed in personality and colorful endearing traits. Follow the duo of Raven and Levac as they try to solve a mystery full of multiple plot twists and loads of action. A wonderfully constructed who done it. This book is the first in a series and I can hardly wait for the next one.
May 08, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I absolutely LOVED this book. Storm Rise was a refreshing take on the tired vampire genre. Raven, the heroine who kicks ass with just the right amount of snark was the perfect main character. Not only is she half vampire, living in both the human and vampire world, but she's also a cop. She not only puts her heart, but her life on the line for those she loves.

The characters and world building were executed with excellence. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
Garn Gray
Oct 18, 2013 Garn Gray rated it it was amazing
An excellent book I had the pleasure to get a copy for review. The mystery and plot kept me going. The action and flow for the book was really great, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and setting. Raven is a great character but for me it was her supporting cast that really set the book apart and brought the world to life and left me waiting for the next in the hopefully long series.
Milto P.  **Through The Eyes Of A Book Goddess**
A full review will be posted later on in day on my blog (which I will share here)

Suffice to say, I loved it!!!!!!

Skye Knizley gave me an ARC to read for a honest review.

This book had me going. The paranormal element was refreshing and surprising mixed with law enforcement,,,,,,I loved every page!!!!

Looking forward to the second instalment
Feb 04, 2014 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Police drama mixed with the paranormal. Fab!
Apr 22, 2016 Earicka rated it it was amazing
Dhamphire Detective Does Homicide :)

•••NOT for the homophobic or closedminded•••

This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

This book was so awesomely understated I loved it! Ravenel is a homicide detective and Fürsten (bodyguard, enforcer, heir to the throne, and second in command to her mother the vampire queen)... She is also a dhamphire (only half vampire and not harmed by any vampire weaknesses ie sunlight etc).

Even though none of the cops know that she is a preternatural (or
Kendall Berg
Jan 16, 2016 Kendall Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-paranormal
Starting this book my thoughts were basically: It is late at night, I need some YA fluff, Lots of people had read and reviewed this book, Vampires & Mystery solving...Bring it on.

Basically it lived up to my expectations but didn't exceed or dazzle me.


The crime solving bit was interesting and something I am not used to reading so I enjoyed the mystery of it.

Raven is spunky and fun to read about and I can just see the looks the men in the police precinct give her.


I had a bit of an issue with
Jul 04, 2014 ☀Rachael☀ rated it liked it
I have mixed feeling about this book I loved the prelude so that got me reading. But it wasn't till 70% where anything Vampy happened. I liked the cop stuff but everything was over explained and drawn out. The mystery and action was all that kept me going! I may or may not read book 2 even though it is free on Amazon Prime!
Nov 30, 2013 Kili rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Very much enjoyed it. Amazingly well done, particularly for a debut. I look forward to many more enjoyable works by Mz. Kinzley. She has a sharp whit, broad knowledge, decent research and a bent for the twists and turns that make reading enjoyable. Definitely a recommend.
To be honest the story itself wasn't bad, but the style of writing is terrible. Every other sentence is finished with exclamation mark. It's like when the author had doubts what she should put at the end of the sentence she just decided that "!" is the answer for everything :/
Dec 18, 2013 Katrina rated it really liked it
Great debut novel by an upcoming author. Well rounded characters, well-paced, flowing , smart and exiting plot line - I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to more from this talented writer. Well done!
Brittany Wendtland
Oct 17, 2014 Brittany Wendtland rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Raven is badass!! This book was an awesome read. The pages turned themselves,I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read book 2. Way to go Skye!! 5*****
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