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(The Vampire Journals #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  12,520 ratings  ·  1,083 reviews
In TURNED (Book #1 of the Vampire Journals series), 18 year old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her.

But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds h
Paperback, 150 pages
Published January 24th 2011
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"A book to rival TWILIGHT and VAMPIRE DIARIES, and one that will have you wanting to keep reading until the very last page! If you are into adventure, love and vampires this book is the one for you!"

Twilight? No.

Vampire Diaries? The books? Hell no. The TV series? Absolutely not.

Speshul 18 year old Caitlin only wants to be an anonymity at her high school. Speshul Caitlin is too “weird” for people. Too boring. Too plain. Nothing speshul about speshul Caitlin.

“… she felt alone. Not because she was
Apr 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
The one word that I will use to describe this book: what?

-First: She's in New York, her mom is crazy. no explanation why she is or why she left her old town.

-Second: She just meets this Jonah guy an is all in love. okay. I'm sure there was just a "connection"

-Third: Oh gee, she's craving blood and has supernatural abilities, but she has no clue what she is. You'd think wanting to drink the blood of a puppy might be a dead give away.

-Four: She gets all upset at the Caleb guy for not LOVING her wh
Faith M ✨
So, for starters, this wasn't actually always really bad, but when it was bad, it was one of the worst things I've ever read. But in a good way.

Here's a list of some stuff (there are some unmarked spoilers, so if you do want to read this for some reason, be warned):

1) She's somehow the only white girl in an inner city NYC high school. She doesn't mind this because she's ~not racist~ since she has had diverse friends in the past, and "some of her meanest frenemies had been white." Make of that wh
Feb 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
If you can't say nothing nice, don't say nothing at all...

Nope. Not taking that advice. This sucked worse than I expected, and I expected it to be aweful. I have never read anything good from this author, but this is maybe the worst yet! Even worse than that poor excuse of a graphic novel she put out.

Yes, this was free, but come on. Free doesn't have to suck.
Anna Kuhl
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Don't you just love some insta-love? Not even insta-attraction or insta-lust, but straight up insta-love, spouting the l-word when you've only known each other for a couple of chapters? Lucky one's a vampire and the other's a half-breed so we can blame it on the supernatural weirdness!
Review for: Bloddeuedd

I’ll be honest, when B. sent me this book and I saw the title, my thoughts were: “Gawd, not another Vampire Diaries, Twilight rip-off!” ‘Cause there seems to be no end of those. It’s like the DaVinci Code all over again! While Turned is in no way original or refreshing – at least to me (let’s face it, there’s not much I haven’t seen and that includes lizard vampires!) – it was a nice read and I was glad B. sent it over. Let me tell you why.

Caitlin’s mum has the moving bug,
Apr 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jan 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
There's three things which in my mind make up a book:
-Decent story Line
-Writing Quality
-Decent character's
This book seems to lack all three of these things, though I will say that the story line had a lot of potential just the writing quality nor the character's were good.

A 150 page book is not recommended for a YA book, as it's not enough time to have a well paced book. This book began with a quite standard beginning, which was the only reason I made it through the book, but near enough straigh
Oct 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by a friend, I am now questioning her intelligence. The book was full of grammatical errors and inconsistencies. The story seemed rushed and under-developed and I had to force myself to finish it. That is time I will never get back. I just hope the author's fantasy series is better otherwise I will feel cheated for purchasing the books (free on amazon).
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
So far, I've read up to book 6 on this series. I really like the series and as you read into the next books, the characters start to evolve more and you get more background on them. I do like the story line, and it moves at a pretty good pace.

However, there are a lot of technical errors in these books. There was obviously no editor that worked on this book, and I have to assume that the author herself did not go back and do a lot of re-reading on her script. There are a LOT of typo's and words
Jul 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
I stumbled across this book on my kindle, so I guess the price of nothing sums up why this book costs nothing. It is badly written, I felt like a child had attempted to mash vampire diaries and twilight together. seriously, Why?

The series title ' vampire journals' (oh where have I heard that before? Oh yeah ' the vampire diaries') anyway a journal has nothing to do with the book, she mentions that she has one but she looses it. so you'd think it would at least be written from the character poin
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
TURNED has set the stage, the chaos and leaves us with tons of questions to be answered in additional books to the series. Morgan Rice has added some pretty interesting twists that feel like landmines waiting to explode.

Caitlin is a normal teen, until her eighteenth birthday when her life becomes a story out of the things nightmares are made of. She suddenly craves blood, has gained supernatural strength, speed and she is both exhilarated and terrified. Caitlin went from a teen in a dysfunctiona
Sarah Marie
Read to page 17/192 (10%)
"Looking out at the sea of new faces, she felt alone. Not because she was the only white girl—she actually preferred that. Some of her closest friends at other schools had been black, Spanish, Asian, Indian—and some of her meanest frenemies had been white."

WHAT THE FUCK? This came out in 2011 and I get that these kinds of things were probably said by a lot of these Mary Sue losers that trotted around on every available book masquerading around as a protago
Mar 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
The best part of this book is the cover. First off, the series is called the "Vampire Journals" because of the two scenes where the main character carries a journal with her? I fail to see the significance, other than the hope that it will be confused with the "Vampire Diaries" series.

The story itself just doesn't track. For instance, Caitlin and her brother Sam have this horrible mother and no father, so they're supposed to be incredibly close:

"He was the only constant in her life...He seemed
May 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, too-angsty
At first, I would have given this three stars, due to my overall indifference towards it. However, a few things ruined it for me.

I will break my review into two sections describing what made me rate this what I did.

The "romance:"

Um, can I SCREAM insta-love? This "romance" was laughably underdeveloped and rushed. I understand the idea of instant attraction, but there is no way Caleb would reciprocate those feelings that quickly.

The lazy cliffhanger:

Don't tell me that wasn't lazy.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This does deserve the one star for the entertainment factor in some of the very odd liberties the author took. It provided a few moments of laughter. Otherwise... this was rather terrible to read. I got serious whiplash from the way the characters' actions and feelings were changing all over the place. There were holes everywhere and semi-explanations that barely made any sense... there was a lot of confusion on a whole and I'm not actually sure what is going on?!
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
hmmp .. Let see ..

This is definitely an easy read novel .. I finished it in about 3 hrs .. It has some good points in it such as how the author choose to use simple words which is definitely a good one since I'm having a hard time reading other novels and keep on glancing my dictionary and keep wondering if its meant to be literally or if its meant to be figurative ..

But anyway, I hate to say that the negative ones, outnumbered the positive. So here are some of them :

I hate how Caitlin keeps o
Oct 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope, free-ebook
This book is really familiar.

And not just because there are thousands of others out there like it (because let's be honest, there are), but because it reads pretty much exactly like something I wrote when I was 14.

I mean exactly.

The pacing, the characters, the story line; it got too the point where I was genuinely starting to hope this hadn't been written by an adult. It just pained me too much to think that someone mature and educated (presumably) could write something like this.

In saying that
Feb 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
TURNED is free on Kindle (you're welcome) and for good reason. If I bought the first book in rather unimaginatively named THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS series, I would be kicking myself.

Caitlin, the boring 18 year old heroine, starts her first day at a tough inner-city New York high school. As the new girl and one of the white kids, she finds it difficult to fit in. She befriends a latino kid, whose name escapes me, and saves him from being beat up by school bullies, who destroy his viola. Caitlin ends
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it

Where do I begin...? Ok ill start off by saying that this review is being written after I finished the entire series. This story has so many possibilities and the potential to be phenomenal, it really does. I've never read anything like it and most vampire books are predictable so I was happy for something new and original. However, I don't think the author actually went back and read her full series together at one time. I say this because she literally ends at least 20 chapters exactly the sa
Morgan created a nice spin for the vamp genre. Not familiar with with this author, I took a shot on the ebook version through my ipod/ibook account. Found it to be nice paced, action packed and intriguing enough to buy the second book! If you're looking for a new series - definitely check this out.

Here's the GR's synopsis if you haven't read it: "Eighteen year old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom mov
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WOW! WOW! WOW! Turned by Morgan Rice was fabulous! Couldn't put this down. Even though it was a shorter novel, it was filled to the brim with excitement and suspense. Caitlin is not your normal teenager. When she moves to a New York City with her Mom and brother Sam, she doesn't know what to expect. One day after school, she notices a fellow classmate being bullied in an alley. When she tries to help, and discovers herself in danger, an overwhelming hunger, urge and strength comes over her. The ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
What a weird book.

I got it for free, from the writers website. But I'm not really sure what I think of it. It hasn't really started yet. I was just getting in to it, but it already ended. The idea of this book is good, and it could definitly go somewhere, but I feel like it's not been thought through. If that makes any sense..

I don't like the main character. Caitlin falls in love with a complete stranger, SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HIS NAME. And a few hours before she met this complete stranger she
Lucy Roy
Feb 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
The book flew by so fast I barely remember what happened.

This book sounded promising, but many of the reviews were somewhat lukewarm. I bought it for my Nook because it was cheap and because the reviews for the other books in the series were significantly better. So I figured I'd give the first one a try and then move on. Other positive reviews, both on here and on Barnes & Noble, have compared this to other popular vampire series, and I'm not really sure where that comes from. There are vampir
Elsa Carrion
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed Turned, it was fast paced, a few twist and a good female character. Didn't really describe her past but I'm thinking it will be addressed as the story progresses, so I felt a little lost but I just went with the flow. There is a love triangle but its not the primary part of the story. So all we can do is read the next one and see where that goes. You will have to read the next one because this one kind of leaves on a cliffhanger. The good thing is that the next installment is out ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite. The plot had promise but was too poorly written. Examples:
"..she also felt stone along her back, she was up against the wall, chained to a wall."

"...simply reached out his hand and caught the bullet mid-air. Katelyn was shocked to see that he'd stopped it in mid-air, in his palm. "

I also listened to the audio and the narrator spoke so painfully slow that the plot couldnt even build enough momentum to ignore the writing. At least it was a short book. I wont be picking up the next
Bryan Nyaude
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I got this book because it was free on google, but it was not as good as I thought it would be. First of all, the main character seems a bit shallow and self-centered, and the fight scenes are done halfheartedly. The plot of the book was okay, however, the execution was terrible. They were so many things in the book the author forgot to put in, which makes it a little more aggravating. I wont go too much into the editing and grammar errors, but for the free price, its not a bad read.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really think it could have been better, but then there were lots of incoherent things like her love or whatever that was for Caleb... Anyway, it was a free read on Amazon so I'm not going to complain too much :).
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Morgan Rice is the #1 bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the epic fantasy series THE SORCERER’S RING, comprising seventeen books; of the #1 bestselling series THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comprising twelve books; of the #1 bestselling series THE SURVIVAL TRILOGY, a post-apocalyptic thriller comprising three books; of the epic fantasy series KINGS AND SORCERERS, comprising six books; of the e ...more

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  • Betrothed (The Vampire Journals #6)
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