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(The Dark Gifts #1)

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For one-thousand years, Druid prophecies foretold of a young witch destined to alter the fate of both human and immortal alike. This witch-turned-vampire would be capable of harnessing the supernatural abilities of both and, in a bloody rise to power, would rule with unwavering control.

Unwillingly thrust into a world she never dreamed existed, Liz Markum is catapulted into
Nook, 535 pages
Published March 2nd 2011 by Smashwords
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Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
After reading Birthright, by Willow Cross, I’m quite shocked that this book has such a high rating. This story opens up with the main character, Liz, who finds herself drawn to a handsome stranger, Michael, at a local fair. As you may have guessed, Michael turns out to be a vampire, feeds on Liz, and turns her into a vampire without actually meaning to. Soon after Liz arrives in the vampire underground, a sort of civil war breaks out between the vampires who are after power. Liz learns that she ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
OMG!! What a wonderful story of vampire romance!!! The things you would do for love is all in this book!! From Micheal and Liz's story of romance and love to Cass' love and loss and regain! The story is wonderful! It talks about the present and past events of each character and how they came about and is basically family in a vampire-sire kind of way! The main characters had to fight through their problems and I love how Willow incorporated each problem into the story one at a time and yet how e ...more
Samantha **ParaNormal Romance Party**
1st Line in the Book---> “This was crazy.”

Well let just say to Mrs. Cross, Thank you for writing this great story!!! I understand how many times people will just make assumptions that its another 'Twilight' theme read when they read its about Vampires. HECK NO ITS NOT!!! From the moment you begin to read, it throws you into the story! You have no idea whats going on and all you can do hold on for the ride!!

Elizabeth Markum is thrust into this world when she is accidentally turned into
Jennifer Wright
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am completely shocked that I hadn't read this book yet. I am totally taken with the characters, the story, everything. I love how Willow Cross writes! Her writing is fluid and she takes us through a story well. Birthright begins with Liz going before the council, but then it takes us back to her memory of how she got there. Let me tell you, it’s not easy to pull this off and she did a great job with doing it a few times in the beginning to let us know how Liz got where she was and also where t ...more
Bella Doerres
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was one kiss from a stranger. Liz couldn't believe she gave in so easily. She realized she wasn't herself. That one kiss and what happened with it was to change her life forever. She found herself wandering, trying to escape from Michael. What had he done to her, and why was she feeling this way. Things in her body were changing and she was running, running from Michael through the night. Inside her mind it was like she could hear his thoughts "Must find her." As the sun rose her skin burned ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Gifts Birthright by Willow Cross.

In the beginning Liz meets with Michael. He bites, she turns vamp. Quite Bram Stoker like for three or four pages.
They meet up and fall immediately irreparably in love. Quite Twilight like for the next 15 or so pages.
Then the good the bad and the ugly rears their ugly little heads and from here on out its different to any Paranormal / YA / or New Adult book I've ever read. Minerva, Gregoria, Jenna and about 60 other characters join the cast to make th
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is unlike any other. I was impressed from page one! This book grabbed my attention and would not let it go....literally I couldn't put it down...and found myself reading until 3 in the morning because I had to find out out what happened next.
I read numerous books from this genre and did not realize, until I read this book, how predictable many of books are getting. Usually with the first hint of foreshadowing and I have already guessed what will happen next. So when it does happen, unf
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Gifts Birthright, an Ebook by Willow Cross

Birthright by Author Willow Cross is the first book in a series entitled “The Dark Gifts” and after just getting through with reading it I already find myself waiting in anticipation for book 2.

Right from the very first chapter Birthright had me captivated its characters are solid and endearing the Author has done an astounding job of making is easy to escape into their world and their journey where they will keep you happily captive for hours o
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of those books that will have you hooked from page one!! I had a really hard time putting Birthright down, which was a really bad thing since I kept reading it right before bed. I even had several dreams about it, that's how good it is!! Birthright is definitely different from other paranormal romance/vampire type books because it actually focuses on the action instead of the love story. Willow's representation of some of the scenes were so descriptive that I had a hard ti ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book! Willow makes her characters come alive and I couldn't help but care about them. Birthright was a new and unique take on vampires and it was very easy to get pulled into this story! The setting is vividly described and the characters are explored enough that their reactions and decisions make sense. I had a hard time putting this book down. It is full of action, drama, and romance with a splash of horror and suspense!

I would highly reccomend this book to any lovers o
M.J. Schutte
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review of The Dark Gifts Birthright by Willow Cross

Like I said in a previous review, I hate reading a book on my laptop.
The only way I will do it is if the book is really good.
I read this book in two days.
That alone should tell you how gripping the story is!
The very first paragraph made me sit up, take a breath and read it again.
Normally, I would not read a book about vampires, but this is the exception for me.
The author knows exactly where to bring in new things to keep the reader guessing and
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Willow Cross is an amazing author!

I got this book, and fell in love with it. I can not wait to read more from this author. The story flowed and even though it was 263 pages, it was awesome. I wish it could have been longer since I did not want to stop reading it, but I am hoping this author will continue writing about Michael and Liz, and all the other characters. I want to see where this book can go. I highly recommended this book and this author to everyone.
Dawn Jayne
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Nadège Richards
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Without a doubt, The Dark Gifts Birthright is the best vampire tale I’ve ever read. What drew me in the most was the lack of stereotypes. Lately, vampires have been changing, and not for the better. Some have just become bizarre, which makes you want to drop the whole vampire category entirely. But Willow Cross did something dissimilar and mesmerizing with this novel. The plot and overall idea was fresh and universally ingenious. It sparked my imagination beyond fathomable comprehension and open ...more
Between the Bind
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read full review at: Between the Bind.

Birthright begins with newly turned vampire, Liz, on her way to face the vampire counsel with her accidental maker, and the counsel's number one assassin, Michael. The reader learns of Liz's unfortunate death through the counsel's eyes as they sort through her memories, forcing her to live through her most painful experience again, and only leading to what she thinks is her imminent death.

Once the counsel is confident that Liz and her maker didn't intentiona
Sep 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
I didn't know how to categorise this book. I've shelved it under fantasy and pnr, but it's not really either. The only thing I can really think to describe it is paranormal fantasy because the romance is non-existent and it's not really an adventure, tho it does attempt to be... People promised me a pulse-racing read. I didn't get that at all.

I found this book.. boring. I've never given a negative review before and I don't want to start now but this book was a snoozefest and I struggled every st
Kitty Austin
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I am on a continuous search for something different when it comes to vampires. Not necessarily that the entire concept has to be changed but at least that the story is different and not the same old vampire falls in love with human type deal. I can even deal with that as long as there is an underlying story that drives the synopsis further than just revolving around the romance.

I can honestly say that Willow Cross has done just that, she has written a
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Birthright was crazy. Just when you think everything is calming down within the group of Vampires, trouble starts again. The vampires in this book get themselves in trouble in ways I have never read before. It starts out with a young girl just having fun at a carnival. A young man catches her eye. From there her life changes forever. She finds out things from her past she never knew. The young lady comes from generations of witches. So, she founds out not only is she a witch, lets throw in a lit ...more
Alexia Purdy
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting take on vampires. It follows the lore well and creates a sense of structure of the vampire world. Liz is our main character and is a strong person in dealing with the changes in her life and her new role in the war of the Vampire groups. Her mate, Michael, is also an intriguing character, seems to remain pretty grounded throughout and very deadly.

Overall I enjoyed the book. It did take me a long time to read this book, and I do read multiple books at once btw. I foun
Celina Ortiz
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful way to start my reading journey for the year 2012. For weeks I have answered questions by Willow Cross on Facebook trying to win this book. Although I never won, she has many faithful followers who have one multiple times and one of them (THANK YOU- JENNY BYNUM) gifted me her copy of Birthright.

This book is was awesome! It has perfect balance when it comes to romance, action, suspense, humor and mystery. I opened the book on New Years eve and was whisked away on this wonderful
Jennifer  Davis
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me hooked from the very start. It isn't you everyday, same ole, blah, blah, blah, vampire book. It is hard to right a review for this book and not give something away and still give this book all the credit it deserves. There is a little romance, but it is centered around the thrill and action, it is full of twist and turns and doesn't let up. And not to mention there are also ghost, witches and a druid, OH MY! The author has a real skill for describing the characters and the scene ...more
Jacquie Talento
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Michael found what he thought was only going to be his lunch, but once he bit into Liz it was something more than he ever thought. Michael was a hunter bringing bad vampires to justice but his life as he knew it was changing. Liz was a vampire after one bite. He knew this wasn’t possible so he had to get answers from the Council. When he went to see his father, things changed for him and Liz and a war was in the making. Angie is a young minded vampire with many skills and William is a ghost that ...more
Bex 'n' Books
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bex-s-review
Willow Cross successfully manages to create a paranormal romance of epic proportions, in her full length novel Birthright. Her main characters, Liz and Michael, are brought to life by the strong narrative, impressive craft and control of their dialogue and by beautifully detailed descriptions.

The pace, from start to finish, is fluid and allows the reader to become active cheerleaders for Willow Cross' characters. There's rarely a moment that the author allows the reader to lose sight of the char
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Not the typical vampire story. Interesting from the very beginning. Liz is brought forth to the Vampire Council to learn her fate and the fate of her Maker. Liz has been accidentally turned by Michael, who is a Vampire. It all started with a kiss... He is confused because it takes 3 encounters to be turned, but he was only with Liz this one time. Liz is special. She has powers that she shouldn't have so early on. As soon as Liz is turned, she and Michael have this intense connection and they don ...more
Claire Taylor
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Willow Cross
Book 1 in The Dark Gifts Series

I bought this book immediately after finishing Afterlife (the companion to this book) as I had fell in love with the characters William and Angie, and wanted to read more. I was a little apprehensive but thankfully I wasn’t disappointed at the full length novel, it delivered everything I wanted and so much more.

Within a first few chapters, I was completely gripped and couldn’t wait to continue reading each night to see where things would l
Jennifer Treviño
This book is a must read!!!!! 5 Star FABULOUS!!!!! I started with the companion book Afterlife & immediately purchased Birthright. One day later I've finished it & ready for more! I do believe this is my newest favorite book! Willow Cross brought her characters to life & they instantly had me hooked! It's hard to decide who my favorite character would be, but honestly how can you go wrong with vampires, witches, goddesses, & a druid!!??!! She has exciting new twists around every ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Birthright is one of them books you can't put down, because you have to know what happens next. Willow Cross never disappoints, she is always keeping you on the edge of your seat. If you have never read a vampire book, Birthright should be your first.

Liz never would have belived that being a vampire was her destiny, until it happens. No one can figure out how she was turned after just one bite. Then the Vampire nation is split and on the brink of war, and Liz finds herself leading the fight.
Beth Wright
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-read
Wonderful vampire romance. It is so sweet and beautiful how they end up together. This story is packed with action, love, and much more. Liz is wonderful, i love they way she attacks Michael at first. Haha talk about playing hard to get. Michael is a strong, powerful, incrediable fighter, but for Elizabeth he is a sweet, hot, lover. :D love it. I especially love the crazy old man in the woods, Lmao, he is so funny at first. This is a must read for all vampire or paranormal readers. Wonderful sto ...more
K.B. Miller
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My review: I know that I have read an amazing book, if I dream about one of the main characters! And I did indeed dream about Michael and cotton candy <3 I absolutely LOVE Willow's writing style. She gives you enough detail to let the story flow, but doesn't overdo it at all. I never give spoilers, so...I'm off to read the 2nd installement Inheritance! Catch you guys on the other side <3

Love, Hugs and Kisses,
Kymberlee xoxo
L.M. Preston
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly seductive vampire book with a different spin. Not boring at all, great characters with depth, and what can I say, the beginning rocks and sucks you so deep in that you can't put it down. My teenager and I both read it and this is great read.
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Willow Cross resides in Arkansas with her husband, two children still young enough to live at home, an enormous cat named Bitsy, and a scaredy-cat dog named Tank. Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost, and a few of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

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“Liz wrenched her hand from his grasp, and this time, she stepped boldly forward. “I will stay and Michael can go.”  Her voice did not waiver as she pronounced her own death sentence. No matter what happened to her, she knew she couldn’t let him die.” 6 likes
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