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Being Human

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  54 reviews
A vampire must do one thing: Survive.

Nothing else matters, but Tommy is finding the hard way survival isn’t that easy. The hunt for blood is tricky when humans know to fear the night. Bloodlust sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monsters humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy incl
Paperback, 294 pages
Published September 8th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 25th 2011)
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This one is a MUST must-read! You will NEVER read a more original vampire book, EVER!

From three pages in, I was a goner for BEING HUMAN and young Tommy had my heart completely. To say this is something different or unique is almost an understatement and Patricia Lynne’s presentation is spellbinding in both the innocence of its characters and the empathy for a young soul it invokes. Far from the nightmare inducing bloodbaths of other vampire novels, call this one a softer, gentler tale that will
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CAUTION: Long Review, Spoilers

A fifteen-years old boy wakes up and finds himself as a vampire in Being Human. With a strong survival instinct that is quickly extinguishing memories of his human life, Tommy rushes to sake his blood thirst, murdering his family in the process. Only one family member survives — his twin brother Danny.

Told in 1st POV from Tommy’s side, Being Human (BH) divides its plot into five parts, chapters nonexistent, and spans across (by my guesstimate) 30-40 years. The stor
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Oh, how I dread writing reviews about books that I didn't LOOOVE. I don't want to upset anybody, but I still want to be a critical and believable reviewer. I'm one of the few people that did not like this book, but it gets great scores on Goodreads. Maybe I'm too old for this book? Maybe I've read too many Fantasy/YA books and got very critical? Maybe I just didn't feel the connection.. I don't kno
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Why can’t I find a nice, boring book that won’t wrench apart my insides? This is the third one in the past week. I can’t handle it. Stop writing amazing books people. With that said, I can’t believe I took so long to get around to this one. With the simple, yet eerily awesome dark cover begging me to open it up and read, I have to wonder what the hell was wrong with me. I shouldn’t have kept Tommy waiting. There were so many times that my eyes teared up leaving me blinking away the blurry vision ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is was a very different and interesting vampire story. Twins, one human and one vampire, a story of how two different lives can be so fun to read about. I enjoyed this story and I feel I had a connection with the characters. The story is well written and entertaining. This book makes me think about being human and what it would be like as a vampire. Great book. * I received this book from the author and this is my honest review*
Daniel Kaine
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Being Human' follows Tommy as he wakes up as a vampire, his human memories slipping fast from his mind. Survival is all that matters to him now, but there's just one problem... his identical twin brother, Danny - his last link to the human world.

Through Danny, Tommy begins to learn what it means to be human. He learns the importance of friends and family. And he learns that some monsters are very human.

The story is fast paced, exciting, gut-wrenching, and completely addicting. Once I picked it
Richard Gaylor
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am an avid bookreader. My favorite genre is Vampire. This book stole my heart with its reality of human intolerance with things different than the "norm." Ms Lynne has captured life so well. I have read and reread this book on Nook, until I had to purchase my own copy. Any person or member of any form of minority whether racial, social, religious, or sexual, will identify with Tommy and his struggles with "Being Human." One of the greatest books I have ever read!!!
Rickg From Pennsylvania
Patricia Lynne
Jul 19, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Well, I did write it and publish it, so yeah, I like it a little bit. ;)
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Vampires
In this truly original tell of vampires, society and the bonds of family, you will find everything you’re looking for in a great novel! Just as our narrator, Tommy, has a hard time understanding why humans do what they do, I’m having a hard time sorting out my emotions after reading Being Human. This is one of those stores that makes you step back and think. The main character that the story follows is so well written and truthful that I have a strong suspicion the author must have been turned i ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Being Human was a breath of fresh air with vampires !!!! Tommy doesn't sparkle or badass vamp but he is conflicted and confused.Tommy is very analytical and factual, he kills because he has to. Danny his twin brother keeps him grounded to the human world without him Tommy would be without any feelings. I loved we got to see Tommy's journey through his hell and understood how he felt about different situations. I really enjoyed the passage of time in the book. It gives the readers a longer p ...more
Lor Rose
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Being Human centers around a vampire named Tommy and his human twin Danny.

Being Human not only follows the struggles of Tommy dealing with his new life and outlook but also the humans around him. This book centers around Tommy and his struggles but most miss Danny's and other humans changes as well.

In this touching book humans accidentally find the existence of vampires as a tour buss witnesses a vampire welcoming the heat of the sun. The Vampire Forces are formed to eradicate the emotionless
Richard Cardenas
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
AWESOME. If there was a word to describe it.
I loved the entire story and fell head over heels
for the characters. The cover is also great.
Patricia is such a great writer and the pages just
went by so quickly. Can't wait to read the sequel
and enjoy these characters and story all over again.
I'd recommend this to the supernatural YA lovers.
READ! you must!!!

Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is no one word that I can say that will do justice to what I think of Being Human!

Amazingly awesome, fascinating, entertaining, easily-readable, and not to mention funny! I was right when I had thought this sounded like an interesting read. Little did I know that I would be reading a new favorite! I am so glad I read this book! ^_^

So basically, Being Human is told in 1st person POV which I absolutely loved. But we get right into the mind of Tommy, a recently turned vampire that—like all t
Carole Rae
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Stephanie
This is the first Patricia Lynne book I've read and the first YA vampire tale I've read since Breaking Dawn. I can finally say I'm back on the train of vampire novels (as you can tell, because I've read two of them in a row). I'm still team Werewolf, but hey...I love me some vampires. Being Human not only sated my need for a good vampire story, but a nice YA book also.

The first thing I would like to point out is that Patricia Lynne wrote vampires on how I see them: survival-orientated. Blood is
Sep 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-have
True Rating: 1.5 Stars.
"I've been half mad with worry. I thought maybe God took you to Heaven!"

"This is my brother. He's very real, very dead, and mostly harmless."
I smiled, trying to look harmless.
"Don't do that. You'll freak everyone out."
I dropped my smile.
"Now you look like you want to eat everyone."
"I do."

The beginning was really good. I also really loved the concept of this book. I thought the perspective was unique, and heartfelt. I just didn't care for how it was ultimately written.
Melissa Haggerty
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book took a whole different spin on vampires than I am used to, and I loved it! Tommy forgets everything about his life as a human. It's like when he becomes a vampire he has a wiped clean slate. Except for when he sees his twin Danny. He may not remember Danny but he can feel it in his chest, this is his twin.

Patricia Lynne did a wonderful job of showing Tommy and Danny's relationship. Reading about Tommy's struggle to never make his brother unhappy was amazing. Everyone saw Tommy as a hea
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Read this story now!!!!!! You don't need to decide if you like a vampire tale, you don't need to decide anything... Patricia Lynne has written a hard hitting tale on humanity. I have spent the last 24 hours reading it at EVERY possible/conceivable point I could.. I wanted to just sit and hide till I finished it and then I didn't know if I wanted to cry, smile or bitch-out at Patricia for a remarkable ending...

Characters - Each character was so finely crafted, with no wasted words or ideas for e
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Won this! :) oh, yeah!

Wow. When I wrote that, I had no idea I'd be blown away.

Being Human took me longer to read than any book I've read this year. I have never been so surprised at the imagination, twists, turns, and humor from an author as I was with this. It's why it took so long, because I just didn't see or imagine what was coming - every other PAGE. Sometimes, every other paragraph. I never thought an author could have this many different elements in one book and make it all work perfec
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely beautiful. I loved how it spanned many years with gaps in between and it focused on several different types of relationships. Unlike most vampire books, it didn't focus on romantic love alone and didn't even seem like it was going to focus on romantic love at all until almost the end. I also really liked how the author made me step back and look objectively at things that seem so normal, like brushing your teeth. This book is definitely worth the read for anyone who likes ...more
Rebecca Walker
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book based on a recommendation from an author I follow on Twitter. At first I struggled with the idea that a new vampire would have absolutely no understanding of humans at all, but it was interesting to see him learn from his twin brother. I found Tommy to be a fascinating character, and I think anyone who has struggles in life can relate to him. I love how the book progressed and he evolved. The end made me cry and I was actually disappointed that there wasn't more. By the time I ...more
Evie Jayne
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't often write reviews, but this book really grabbed me. I won't go into a mini synopsis, I just want to say how impressed I am by it's originality and consistency. The main character is beautifully written and utterly believable. If you are a vampire fiction lover, this will give you a unique and fresh take. If you are not, read it anyway. It's a fantastic piece of writing and a great and unusual story.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being Human is a story that is very near, and dear to my heart. It is not your typical vampire story, nor is Tommy your typical vampire. The story spans generations and shows the reader what it's like to be a vampire from his point of view. And it's not your typical girl meets boy vampire and falls in love ... it's better than that! It is a very refreshing take on the vampire genre.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Vampires have been outed, and people fear them more than the legends that have given them a bad reputation. One day, Tommy is lured out of his home and turned by a vampire. As his human emotions and memories quickly leave him, something unusual happens: he has a strong emotional response to his twin brother. He's determined to keep Danny safe and remain close to him even though he can't remember anything about their human life
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this book if:

1. You love Vampire stories
2. You're ready for a slightly different take on vampires (you know, other than Twilight)
3. You have a sibling

I love this book. I actually read it for the first time quite a while ago, loved it SO much that I had no idea how to write a review, and immediately started reading another book by the same author.

6 months later, the memory of how much I enjoyed this book lingered in my thoughts. So, one night, as I lay in bed while sleep was nowhere to be fo
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I start my review I just have to say that just because this book is about vampires it is nothing like "Twilight" or "Vampire Academy". You will not be swooning over vampires that sparkle.
With that being said this book is definatley something you should check out.

Why should you check it out?

That's simple. It's because this book is about the love of family. It's about finding yourself. It's about...being human.

The main character in this book is Tommy. He was 15 when he was turned into a va
Stephanie Moakes
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I cannot explain how much I LOVED this book!!

Patricia Lynne is an amazing storyteller and this book is one of the most thought provoking I have read in a long time. Her take on the vampire genre was completely unique, she created a species that we are meant to fear and that fear remained until the very last page and at its core this story is about the prejudices that we face as a society today. This book is fast paced, exciting and completely heart-breaking. This isn’t a story about love, it’s
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog:

‘’Being Human’’ is an intense thrill-ride that you don’t have to miss if you like books with vampires. I really liked this book and I also liked Patricia’s writing style. That’s why I will definitely be picking up anything Patricia writes in the future.
This book is divided in five parts so I would like to talk a little bit about each one.

Well, the first part was OK, but that’s all I can say about it. It is about
Chapter by Chapter
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was not quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book. Sure, I struggled along in the beginning…questioning what the author was doing, why the characters did what they did, acted the way they did, spoke the way they did…but that line of questioning sure didn’t last long! I found myself completely immersed in this world! A world where we see the world through the eyes of a newly made vampire, and let me tell you…it was pretty darn interesting!
Patricia Lynne gives us a very believab
I really enjoyed this book. It took some getting used to the prose style at first, and there seemed to be a higher-than normal amount of proof reading errors, but once I got into it, I was in.

Vampires in this world are animal-like, simple, focused on survival. I imagine it would be kind of like what a guard dog would sound like if he could talk. Really fascinating.

I bawled for the last 15% or so.

However, I did not like the ending, especially since it switches from Tommy's POV to Jaime's (with so
Elsa Carrion
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Title: Being Human
Author: Patricia Lynne
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Vampires, Paranormal
Length: 284

Tommy and Dan are twins that are connected in a level only twins would understand. Patricia Lynne does a heck of a job in describing such a connection. I would have loved a twin to feel such connection. Tommy will forever be a teenager and will have to watch others change, grow old and die. Dan will always be there for him and Tommy will be there for Dan when they need each other. Dan will have
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When Patricia Lynne was younger, she had dreams of becoming an artist like Picasso. Writing only came later as a creative passion. She wrote down a story on a whim and hasn't regretted a moment since. Now, she spends her days writing young adult stories about paranormal creatures, aliens, or magic.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting

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