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As a vampire, being hunted was nothing new, finding out that I had to protect those hunting us was. Katrina is a young royal blooded vampire from a very old vampire family, chronicles her journey as leader of the Five from the age of seventeen. She, along with young members of each royal vampire family have been called to council. Why? No one knows, but Katrina feels the d ...more
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Published August 19th 2010 (first published August 31st 2009)
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Katrina, the Beginning follows seventeen year old Katrina, a princess who also happens to be a vampire. She lives in a world full of beauty and refined taste. A world any girl would dream of. But soon that world is threatened by those who do not understand the vampires, a select group of humans known as the Volator who seek out vampire covens to destroy them. But Katrina soon realizes they are not the only threat.

The Council has called
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Elizabeth Loraine
Mar 03, 2012 Elizabeth Loraine added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Book one of my series.
Michelle (tinyturtle88)

It seems to be a trend. Unless it's an amazing book, the first in a series is just ok. It's almost like a really long prologue that finally gets good about 70% in.

It's about vampires. A royal family of vampires so they have what seems an unlimited amount of wealth. They are all very good-looking, and each one has their own special talent; like premonitions, extra-keen sense of smell, communicating telepathically, ability to maneuver the elements like wind and fire....(any of this sounding famili
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Mina
Being a book about Vampires, I expected Katina: The Beginning to be very not original. But I was wrong. This book definitely differentiates against all the other vampire books. It's like reading a book from a different time, not very modern at all. That what I though was great about it.

Elizabeth creates a world of action, romance and thrill. You wouldn't guess what will happen next. It always keeps you wanting to read more. It was a wonder I finished reading this book in a matter of hours.

I alwa
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Kat
Mar 22, 2011 Kat added it
let me just say thank you to the author of this book. I have really needed to catch up on my sleep lately and this book was so boring I was able to do just that
Bertena Varney
" I sat very still, staring straight ahead just as I was told. Being asked to sit for a portrait to be displayed in the Sanctuary’s grand library was a great honor. My name is Katrina Von Dracek, and I can’t believe how long it’s been—almost one hundred thirty years. Now I’ve been asked to chronicle my journey from the beginning."


When I first began reading the book, I must be honest and say that I was thinking, " Okay here is a reverse Twilight with the girl being the vampire and the forbidden h
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Bertena Varney
" I sat very still, staring straight ahead just as I was told. Being asked to sit for a portrait to be displayed in the Sanctuary’s grand library was a great honor. My name is Katrina Von Dracek, and I can’t believe how long it’s been—almost one hundred thirty years. Now I’ve been asked to chronicle my journey from the beginning."


When I first began reading the book, I must be honest and say that I was thinking, " Okay here is a reverse Twilight with the girl being the vampire and the forbidden h
...more
Bonnie Wheeler
I am a fan of YA novels. I am also a fan of vampire novels. Between my two loves, I had thought I had experienced the majority of what the genre could provide me, until I discovered independent author, Elizabeth Loraine!

In this delightful novel, based in the 1800s, we discover the amazing Katrina - a seventeen-year-old sword yielding, independent, compassionate, fascinating heroine who happens to be a vampire. But, don't get me wrong, she is not your everyday blood sucking variety! She has an a
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Countrygirl Bookreviews
Follow Katrina in this beginning tale of the Royal Blood Chronicle series. Katrina, the Beginning is told in the point of view of a young seventeen year old vampire named Katrina. The story takes place in the 1800s and although the Royals have their own servants that tend to their beck and call, the characters are still very compassionate and unselfish towards their staff and watchers. Of course, Katrina would never ever consider them staff but rather family. She discovers new friendships that a ...more
Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
I’d like to thank Author Elizabeth Loraine for the wonderful “GIFT” of her novel Katrina, The Beginning (Royal Blood Chronicles)!! I’ve been lucky enough lately to be able to finally get hold of some of the books that have been on my TBR or wish list through some amazing authors. KATRINA being one of them, now to follow is my fair and unbiased opinion after reading Katrina.

Katrina is being told from the POV of a young seventeen year old royal vampire, of course her name is “Katrina” as the title
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Nora
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Elizabeth Loraine
I am again fortunate enough to read and review a work by Elizabeth Loraine, and as with Phantom Lives- Collier, she did not disappoint me. And Katrina is the first in a series, so I am thrilled to death! As if that was not great already, this follows in the path of my favorite character, the vampire.
Katrina is set in a different time period which is refreshing. In this era, Elizabeth has created a world with drama, action, romance and enough thrill to keep you turning t
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Book Review Diva
Elizabeth Loraine's Book-Katrina- The Beginning

Evil is lurking within the walls of Katrina's families castle. There is a spy who will stop at nothing to harm whoever is required to gain power and control of the vampire council. Katrina and her friends must unite and use all their fighting techniques and special gifts if they are to win.

Elizabeth Loraine writes a riveting story about what "true" and "loving friendships" are all about. Elizabeth will capture you with her wonderful story of five
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Karen
Follow Katrina in this beginning tale of the Royal Blood Chronicle series. Katrina, the Beginning is told in the point of view of a young seventeen year old vampire named Katrina. The story takes place in the 1800s and although the Royals have their own servants that tend to their beck and call, the characters are still very compassionate and unselfish towards their staff and watchers. Of course, Katrina would never ever consider them staff but rather family. She discovers new friendships that a ...more
Angel Graham
Jun 19, 2015 Angel Graham rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal, Vampire
Recommended to Angel by: FirstReads
Katrina: The Beginning was in my opinion a good read. Not great, but fairly good. The plot was better than the actual writing. I found a few spelling/grammar errors that were a little disconcerting. The plot however was very good.

A not quite 18 year old vampire named Katrina Von Dracek is learning about herself, her gifts, her family. Woven within the story are some interesting plot twists. Likeable characters and of course, the ever unlikeable characters, though we don't really see them as muc
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Bitten Twice
Dec 11, 2010 Bitten Twice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Young Adults
Katrina is a young seventeen year old vampire, the main protagonist in this coming of age story. The story begins slowly building in excitement as Katrina buds in confidence. Elizabeth Loraine has spun a tale of action and adventure interwoven with sprinkles of romance. Set in historical times, the reader completely invests in their sword wielding heroine as she navigates through every twist and punch Loraine throws at her hesitating only slightly at the possibilities of love. Katrina is a wonde ...more
RoloPoloBookBlog
Katrina: The Beginning by Elizabeth Loraine
(Book #1: A Royal Blood Chronicle)
Source: Purchase
Rating: 3/5 stars

I am always on the hunt for a new series, particularly one that is on-going and has lots of characters I can attach myself to. Such a series was precisely my hope when I downloaded Elizabeth Loraine’s Katrina: The Beginning. Though I made it through cover to cover, I found this first-in-a-series read to be somewhat lacking.

What I Liked:

*The Watcher’s: Each member of a vampire family has
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Amy
Mar 15, 2014 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, e-books
Katrina, the Beginning book one, chronicles the story of Katrina from the age of seventeen in the series - Royal Blood Chronicles - it's full of romance, friendship, adventure and betrayal in a fast paced, fun read. It's filled with strong female characters in a lush, beautifully drawn fantasy world built and wonderfully written by Elizabeth Loraine.


Elizabeth Loraine’s Royal Blood Chronicle series has a developing plot that digs deeper with each additional novel, and her creativity in the design
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Amanda Meredith
I will start off by saying that this book has a great premise and theme. The potential for The Royal Blood Chronicles to be the next great YA series is all there. The cover is absolutely gorgeous. Great use of color and contrast. I know we aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover but the cover made me want to read what was behind it.

But unfortunately that's where the positives begin to end.

For a YA novel, there are a few too many sexual references, insinuations and content. This may just b
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Rhonda
Elizabeth Loraine’s Katrina; The Beginning is a combination of romance, chivalry, passion and adventure, from an era long gone, when love was eternal. Where men were still gentlemen and ladies were aloud to be ladies but these ladies kick some serious butt. Think Wuthering Heights meet Count Dracula and you’ve come close. This book will keep you guessing all the way to the end and then leave you wanting more.
Maggie
Though it starts slow, the story's imaginative plot turns
tie you to the characters in this first book of the series.

The author has a gift for world building; I stopped on more than one occasion
and compared what I had read to Rawlings and Tolkien, my measuring sticks

The book leaves you at the doorsteps of a cliffhanger. The suspense
has you running for the next book.








Amy
I enjoyed reading this book very much!
It's an exciting story with alot of fun characters! The book had an ease to it that made it easy and fun to read and very hard to put down! I think it has something that everyone can enjoy.. adventure..action..passion.. mystery and intrique..
I can't wait to read more and see where the story and the characters take me next!
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Suzi Rea
*SPOILERS**reedited review*
This is my opinion and will try to articulate as best as I can my reading experience. No fancy in depth analysis on style, grammar, symbolism etc. I'm not doing A level English again!

The introductory book to the series.

Different take on the young adult genre.

Good read but I felt there was something lacking.

The plot twist and pace were too quick.
The dialogue just seem to abruptly end.
I don't care how well adjusted you are, you can't accept the sudden appearance of
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Jenny
Katrina, the Beginning is a fresh take on vampire novels. I was intrigued by some of the new and inventive ways that the author brings the audience into this interesting fantasy. The characters prove to be immediately endearing and the plot is interesting enough to hold your attention as well as continue on in the series. Great start to a new series!
Kristyn Smith
I'm going to be completely honest.. I did not finish this book. Usually I am able to continue reading a book and finish even if I don't like it, but this is the second book ever that I have put done without completing it. When I started the book I thought it was pretty good. Despite grammar and the author's name being randomly throughout the text of my book, I still read it. When I saw that there would be a bit of love triangle (which I can't stand) I kept reading; and even when Katrina allows t ...more
Cathy Brockman
I loved it!! Great story! I love the detail and all thee excitement (still wanted more Quinn) so I got the Protectors! I love katrina.
Elizabeth
Fantastic new take on the vampire legend!
Teri
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I don't usually go for vampire books but this one is awesome and I am so glad I read it. Unlike most vampire books I have read this one gives a great background and character development and an excellent story line. It kept my attention all the way to the end. I couldn't wait to turn the page and see what next adventure awaited Kat and her group of family and friends. I can't wait to see what is next in their journey and the rest of the seri ...more
Marie
I made it to about chapter 3 before I just couldn't read it anymore. The story was moving at such a strange pace, and the dialog was kind of all over the place. The MC, Katrina, is a very weird character, she's a 17 year old BORN vampire. It is never really explained how vampires came to be. And it should have been. Maybe it was at later chapters, but that just doesn't make sense from a story telling aspect. Are these Vampires like the ones in Underworld? Where Vampirism is a disease, or is some ...more
Paranormal Haven
Katrina is a vampire who is Just about to turn eighteen . She knew this bring changes into her life but she had no idea how big the changes would actually be.

Her father had always insisted that she be trained to fight and her watchers had made sure she was fully trained . No she will need these skills more than ever. With there clan being attacked by newly turned vampires and girls being kidnapped it is up to Katrina to save them and protect her people. All wail trying to sort out her feelings f
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Bertena Varney
" I sat very still, staring straight ahead just as I was told. Being asked to sit for a portrait to be displayed in the Sanctuary’s grand library was a great honor. My name is Katrina Von Dracek, and I can’t believe how long it’s been—almost one hundred thirty years. Now I’ve been asked to chronicle my journey from the beginning."


When I first began reading the book, I must be honest and say that I was thinking, " Okay here is a reverse Twilight with the girl being the vampire and the forbidden h
...more
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I grew up in a small northern Minnesotan town married my high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children and as soon as we could we moved to a warmer climate. I have worked with my husband building and decorating custom homes for years. After loving every kind of vampire book, movie and series I decided that I wanted to know more. I can write a book I thought, how hard can that be? Well.... But ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Royal Blood Chronicles (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Protectors (Royal Blood Chronicles, #2)
  • The Dark Prince (Royal Blood Chronicles, #3)
  • Marcella, vampire mage (Royal Blood Chronicles, #3.5)
  • Cain, The Quest (Royal Blood Chronicles #4)
  • Bloodline (Royal Blood Chronicles, #5)
  • Legacy (Royal Blood Chronicles, #6)
  • Redemption (Royal Blood Chronicles, #7)
  • Destiny (Royal Blood Chronicles, #8)
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