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Pulse Of Heroes

(The Pulse Myths #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  93 reviews
WINNER OF 2011 INDIE BOOK OF THE YEAR!!!! At Paranormal Reads!
A suspenseful, passionate, paranormal romance that sweeps through the emotions of first love and heartache as it traverses centuries and continents.

Michelle used to feel like she was behind in everything, especially school and relationships. Her great aunt from the old country says she is like a bland meal, "no
Paperback, 509 pages
Published October 31st 2010 by Thalamus Press
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Carly Wallace
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hi y'all I have been waiting for a book to come along that has a new paranormal twist to it, and The Pulse Of Heroes is exactly that book. I honestly don't know where to begin, I love the mystery of this book never disclosing exactly who the hero is. The male characters are robust and beautifully described I have a picture perfect image in my mind of each one, from their hair color to height, face shape to quizzical looks they give. Michelle the lovely young woman is so the embodiment of a norma ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The cover is certainly mysterious !!! I Really love the cover those deep blue ocean eyes ... ** sigh **

Initially at first the story is slower to take off which is not a bad thing at all , its building the storyline and progressing as the story goes along. Believe me the momentum picks up, and I'm sure you wont be able to put it down.

There are Moments where want to sob along with the characters, and me being an emotional reader (( sniff sniff )) felt the pain with the characters. But saying thi
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Wow! What can I say...this book seriously just blew my mind. When I saw that this book was in the Romancing your dark side tour, I seriously squealed lol, I've been dying to read this book for so long, with all the amazing reviews I've read. So many 5 star reviews and now I know why...

This story well and truly exceeded my expectations, it's so beautifully written, A. Jacob Sweeny has such a unique and refreshing writing style. One that'll seize the reader and have them glued to every page, each
A. Sweeny
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Obviously I am not going to review my own book :)
I got this from a reader and thought I'd share.
"Your book is like a five course meal. It starts with an innocent piece of the all American white bread, but then the courses start coming, one after another and before you know it you've been lured in to a full on carnage."

But this is one of my favorite reviews so enjoy:
"I really don't understand the comparison to Twilight other than the romance between a teenage girl and an non-aging being. No vam
Brandi Streeval
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad i got this book for review pulse of heroes was not like the other paranormal books i have read before, i really enjoy the storyline of this book alot i could hardly put this book down i can not wait for the 2nd book in this series really looking forward to reading it to, i highly Recommend this book to anyone who likes to read paranormal book's, everyone buy this book if you want to read an amazing paranormal book, i found this book to be a very great story, and i found the characte ...more
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow what an amazing ride this book was! The story was just amazing and had me hooked from the start!! I loved all that the author put into this book, the history, suspense and the love just wow!! The story of Michelle and how her world was turned around what an awesome ride to be on! The love for Elliot and his family and just how they all fit right together was a good thing to be a part of. I really felt like a part of the book and the adventure that was unfolding in front of me! The book was f ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Before I began this book, I found myself in a reading slump. I decided to pick this book up because I had heard so many things about it. I knew before I even opened it that I would need something different and exciting to hold my attention. I got that and so much more.

First off, let me just say that I love A.J's writing style. I found it unique and fresh, lyrical even, and I enjoyed that the story was told in third person rather than the very popular first person. (Not that I have a problem with
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pnr, favorites, new-adult
I could not put this book down!!! It took my breath away and I enjoyed it sooo much!!

I have seen some of my friends talking about it and had it on my to read list, and I am angry that I have not started this before now..I have read a few good books this year and this is definitely one of them that tops my list of favorites! When I saw that is was a little over 500 pages, I was like, uh-oh...but not once was I bored or skipping through...I savored each page and when I finished and I went and boug
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved Loved Loved this book!! Can't wait for the next one!! The characters in this book are amazing and I loved all the history intertwined into the story. Read this book you will not be disappointed!!
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pulse of Heroes
A. J. Sweeny

As most of the people who are familiar with me at all, know that my favorite genre is horror/paranormal and my favorite character is the vampire. I have read many vampire books by various authors and you would think that 'I had read it all' and 'how can anyone possibly come up with anything I had not already read or any scenario I hadn't seen played out as 'a typical for a vampire story'. A lot of area has been covered by a lot of different writers, who created 'Drac
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
When Michelle discovers that the Hekademos Learning Center is moving into her neighborhood she is instantly intrigued and takes it upon herself to investigate the new school. When a spying incident goes horribly wrong, Michelle finds herself hiding in the compounds of the school, where she witnesses one of the students, Elliot, do something that is not humanly possible.

Unable to believe her eyes, Michelle's intrigue in the school deepens, along with her curiosity about Elliot. The more she tries
Dawn Hagan
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
But Michelle's mom knew better. She recognized those cries. Those weer the pangs of the heart, the kind that only a girl could experience. She also knew that somewhere in between the weeping and the gasping a boy's name hung onto every tear. --Pulse of Heroes by A. Jacob Sweeny

That quote is just one of the reasons I love this book! Move over Edward and Bella, a new power couple has hit the scene! Michelle and Elliot from Pulse of Heroes by A. Jacob Sweeny will give Stephine Myer's characters a r
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!
Shelves: 2011
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! For her first novel, A. Jacob Sweeny truly has produced one of the best paranormal story lines I have read in a long time. She is able to incorporate mystery, adventure, suspense, paranormal, love and historical context all into one story. The characters are very realistic despite the underlying paranormal theme. Michelle is a typical high school girl just trying to make her way through to becoming an adult, but feeling as if she is falling further and further behind. She me ...more
Ashley Dubois
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really don't understand the comparison to Twilight other than the romance between a teenage girl and an non-aging being. No vampires, wolves, begging to be made into a supernatural being. While I'm a huge fan of the Twilight series, I'm my opinion this blew Twilight away!!! AJ Sweeny is an amazing author! I couldn't put this book down and finished it in about 16 hours. The amount of history, action, and adventure is astounding. The amount of detail painted amazing pictures of the character and ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you want a new twist on Paranormal this book is for you. A new school moves into Michelle's neighborhood and she takes it upon herself to find out if the kids are delinquents but what she finds out is they are not like her at all. While she is investigating she falls over the wall and meets Elliot. None of the guys at the school are normal. They are all immortal and have lived for thousands of years. A. Jacob Sweeny is an amazing author. I love how she makes history fun and come alive in this ...more
Megan Sousa
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As I was reading Pulse of Heroes, I could actually picture my self there with Michelle ( the main character). Weather she be in class, at home, stalking a very hot new comer to town, or off into far away lands getting caught up in a 2000 year old war. A. Jacob Sweeny is a truly beautiful and talented writer. I could imagine my self as Michelle being swept off my feet by a beautiful "young" man. I don't wish to give to much away of the book, of fear of ruining the excitement for you. There's not ...more
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Pulse of Heroes very much and I loved how the author A.Jacob Sweeny included so much history throughout the book because I have always enjoyed learning about the histories of different countries.Pulse of Heroes is unlike any other book that I've read and I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an appreciation for history.Pulse of Heroes is very attention grabbing and entertaining.I would recommend this book to everyone I know.
Kimber Lauridsen
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING! Its everything I look for in a story. Ancient history, and a really a really hot guy with brains. Then there is also the fact that it is a long book. Something that will last longer then the short chaptered books of today! I love this book.... Oh yeah!
Gary Henning
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweeny resonates with the reader. My favorite author.
Angel Charms
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
This review may contain very mild spoilers (not enough to spoil the story). I reviewed some of my points in detail.

I appreciate that you took time to read thru my rant / review. Reviewing sometimes helps me do a braindump and get it out of my system. I did NOT use any harsh language or cursed anyone here, so I ask the same respect and be nice in your comments.

Note to anyone who have strong feelings towards this book:
So if you are going to be rude with your comments, please move on and don't c
I Love
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A suspenseful, passionate, paranormal romance that sweeps through the emotions of first love and heartache as it traverses centuries and continents.

Michelle used to feel like she was behind in everything, especially school and relationships. Her great aunt from the old country says she is like a bland meal, "no salt or pepper". But in junior year, everything changes. Her father takes a position on the Town Council, a popular boy in school becomes interested in her, and most importantly, the Heka
Jul 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
To be fair I didn't read through the entire book. I read about the first chapter or so, realized that the writing wasn't going to get any better, and gave up. Dunno what the plot is like so I decided to be lenient with my rating.

Let me get straight to the point. The writing is what pulls down what may otherwise be a fantastic YA paranormal romance. Michelle's name is mentioned on average once every 2.2939456 sentences, which is much too often, especially when the sentences are as short as they a
Nely Cab
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Struggling with school and having a crush on a boy that's spoken for become the least of Michele's worries when she meets Elliot in a rather unconventional way - falling over a wall while snooping in Elliot's private school's backyard. Michele finds herself peering into the bluest and most mysterious eyes she's ever seen, and then falling again, but this time her fall is emotional rather than physical.

It's in the town of Willow's Creek where Elliot and Michele's story blossoms from several enco
Catherine Rye
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing book. To be honest I was a little lost for the first 20-30 pages because I was unsure when we skipped back to after Halloween. That was a slightly confusing part. I was skeptical until we got a little further in that I would like the book. Sweeny provides wonderfully long description, but I could definitely see all the surroundings by those descriptions. After Michelle meets Elliot for the first time I was hooked. I had to know that beautiful boy's secret. The mystery factor i ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone that thinks
Recommended to Sarah by: A friend
Shelves: favorite
I usually don't write reviews but felt that I had to on this book. The reason is that there was something special here that I didn't find in other books in the same category. The best way to describe it is actually by the author's own words from the book summary on her website. She says that Michelle (The main protagonist) learns that there are different shades of gray in between black and white. That is what the author achieved in this book that many others YA authors miss. The message is not g ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely LOVED IT!

I bought this book to honor the Author who wrote it. Her hard work was bought on Smashwords, then posted and pirated in open forums for all to read.. SO wrong on many levels... With that being said, let's get it on!!! =)

OMGosh what is there NOT to LOVE about Pulse of Heroes! Drop-dead, picture perfect, gorgeous guys, emotions that drive you the edge of tears in some scenes, then reel you back in! I was born and raised in California so I had a feel of being
home again.

The cha
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
AS a guy I was first a little scared to pick this up because I didn't want to spend hours reading about some teenage girl obsessed with some beautiful vampire or shifter. I tried a few and they bore me. But this was recommended to me by a friend and I love this book. It was so much more real and full of action and history. The author didn't go overboard with description of the immortals and they each actually had a real personality. In other books they seem like objects for some girl to go on an ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Michelle is your standard teenage girl suffering from imaginary genetic flaws and an overly curious mind. A new school for 'troubled kids' is opening up in the wooded lands behind her house bringing with it mystery, unanswered questions and most importantly Elliot.
Pulse of Heroes is a timeless romance which expands through the centuries with a new twist to the already overcrowded paranormal genre. With a bit of a slow start and the unique writing style of A. Jacob Sweeney that takes some gettin
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and let me tell you - I think this one is going to be the next big one!! It's just perfect, the way the stories are layered together, the way the historical interludes are interwoven, the romance, the adventure, the suspense. I stayed up until 3:45 to finish it!! Aaaahhhhhh.

I heard the author on a radio show and she sounded really cool and interesting, and all her characters are just great. I felt like they were real, and the end (without giving anything away) made me f
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I actually met this author while we were on a an archaeological dig in Israel. She told me a little about the book and I was intrigued from the start. I sat in anticipation for months waiting for it it come out. It was worth the wait. At first glance it does have a certain (though I resist the comparison) "Twilighty" feel to it. But only at a glance. A Jacob Sweeny has taken the genre along a twisting, turning journey of transformation, bringing in real characters and real emotion, leaving simil ...more
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