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(Darkride Chronicles #1)

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Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally has his chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, Ander finds he has to choose betwee ...more
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Published December 20th 2011 (first published December 9th 2011)
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Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vicki Van Helsing fans, Twilighters
Recommended to Fred by: Laura Bradley Rede
Wow, I honestly did not expect to love this book so much! I am a bit of a recovering horror/thriller fan, and for me the Twilight books were sort of the culmination or apogee of my fascination with vampires, werewolves and their penumbra, rather than the beginning of it. I've become sort of a "quiet contemporary" fan, a devotee of Dessen, an acolyte of Ockler, a worshipper of Webber (Tammara, that is!), and thought I'd put my wild and woolly neck chomping days behind me. But then I encountered L ...more
Jen Meegan
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
**Full Disclosure Ahead** I edited a near-final manuscript of this book. After my read-through, I told Ms. Rede I'd like to write a review once it was published. I typically don't do this for authors I've worked with/for (conflict of interest) but I enjoyed this story so much, I decided to throw caution to the winds.

So let's we have yet another YA book about vampires, werewolves, and the girl who loves them....a girl who may be harboring some special powers of her own. And a love tria
Updated review 1/31/13: When Crossfire, the second book in this series came out, I realized that I had forgotten too much of the first book to give the second book a fair shake. So I reread and enjoyed Darkride even more the second time. I read it slower this time and reacquainted myself with the characters and what had happened to them, the choices they made and the results of those choices. I love that the second read of a good book is much more zen. Instead of focusing on what happens next, I ...more
Tina Reber
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent YA fiction with a totally fresh spin on the vamp/werewolf/human love triangle.
Miranda Wheeler
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Some days all you can ask is that you stay human." (Page 65).

Darkride is one of those books that you sit down to read, and find yourself physically incapable of stopping until it's done - and when it is, you still are burning to read more. From the beginning of the story, it immediately structures dynamics that leave the reader marveling at the world rising up all around them, exploding from each page in hand. The push-and-pull of the "no questions" and "I won't say it, but I love you" relatio
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Read the review in my blog!

May contain some spoilers
I know, it took me ages to write this review. But you know what? I've noticed that if the book is really good, it's hard to write a review. Because I can't just make a list about the good things. Or I don't want to. But I'll try to write something that makes sense.

I think my first thought might have been "vampire and werewolf fighting over a girl, where I've heard that before?". If you thought of that, don't let that st
Samantha **ParaNormal Romance Party**
** 4 STARS***


1st line in the book---> The boy is a mystery to me.

There is no lie in the title of this book! Darkride keeps you guessing from the moment you read page one. Author Laura Bradley Rede does a great job of keeping you hooked till the very end.

This story is Dark & Intense filled with teenage Angst, Love and value of friendships. There is a major love triangle between Luke the vampire, Ander the werewolf & Cicely the human, but this is no Twilight romance. That's as close as it c
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw this book on a friend's blog, I was immediately drawn to it. It looked like it would be something a bit different. Plus, let's face it, the cover is made of awesome. During the first couple of chapters, I have to be honest, I thought this was going to be one of those YA books with a "canned" story arc. I was so wrong. The story took me all sorts of places I never expect to be and I enjoyed every minute of it. I also enjoyed that it was told from three very different points of vi ...more
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alexa by: Liz Reinhardt
Here's how I was introduced to this book: My friend posted a recommendation on FB and said, "I know what you're thinking. Vampires, werewolves, love triangle? Been there, done that, no thanks. But this one is like nothing you've read. Get it! You will devour it."

So I did, even though I was sure I had no interest in vampires, werewolves, and love triangles. But she was right. When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I don't want to say too much, because there isn't much I can say that w
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was better than I expected it to be... A crazy supernatural love triangle that had me rooting for both of the guys at different times... The ending really left me hanging on what is going to happen next- hope the second book come out quickly!
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just, wow. This book sucked me in from the beginning. The characters were so real and captivating and the plot kept me guessing the whole way.
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Darkride has been sitting on my kindle for what feels like ages. At this point, I don’t even remember how I got turned on to it. Maybe a goodreads review? Whatever it was had me downloading it right away. I loved the cover, I loved the book description. But, as is the case with many of you, the number of awesome books hanging out on my kindle just waiting to be read far outnumbers the hours I have to dedicate to actually reading them. Anyhow, I follow
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This book had me laughing out loud at times but it also brought tears to my eyes. A definite rollercoaster of emotion. A dark ride.

Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prin
Andrea Randall
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Stop what you're doing and read this book. I'm a huge vamp-read fan, and this book kept my pulse racing and opened up previously unexplored doors within the vampire-werewolf world.

First and foremost, be prepared for the awesome style. We are treated to the first-person present tense of THREE main characters. Laura lets us climb into three unique heads; one human, one vampire, and one werewolf. Each character has their own feel, their own personal language, and grabs a different heart string.

Paula  Phillips
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Are you a fan of Werewolves or Vampires , what about witches ? When I first saw Darkride, I thought it was going to be just another Vampire/Human Love story but as I started reading it and getting into it , I noticed it had a twist to the story. We are introduced at the beginning to Cicely and Ander. Ander is hiding a dark secret - he is in fact a Werewolf and he is in love with Cicely, though he knows deep down that it is too dangerous to be with her as the prophecy known as Five keeps remindin ...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
Cicely has been in love with her friend Ander for years but everytime she brings it up he changes the subject, and whenever Cicely and he have plans a lot of the time he never shows up that's because Ander is a werewolve and every full moon he shifts and also whenever his emotions get heightened.
Ander is also in love with Cicely but doesn't want to hurt her so he says nothing, he trys to keep his shifts under control with a potion made by his vampire guardian but it doesn't always work.
Then one
Kristi Davis
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The more I think about this book, the more I love it. It's really unique and I love Ander and Cecily, and I just can't make up my mind about Luke! Can't wait to read more from this author. ...more
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Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review for is everyone, but especially those who may be skeptics when it comes to the paranormal/supernatural romance genre. Apprehension, is a one word description of the way I once felt about this genre. Being that in my day to day life vampires, werewolves, witches, and the living dead are not necessarily beings that I believe in or that I relate to. I wasn't sure that I would be able to connect with the characters and believe their story and I need that from the stories I read in order ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
In a way, this book feel like a quilt. A patchwork quilt, taken from all the other stories of vampires, werewolves and their paranormal trappings. I kept thinking, I've read this, I've seen this. In Twilight, Buffy, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, everything reminds me of something else.

Yet. But yet. There was something different in this book. I'm going to list some quotes, that I liked, which I think will give you a sense of the writing, that brings this patchwork book together.

This is the voice o
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Darkride was an impressive mix of YA Romance, mythological humans, and fairy tales. The book evoked so many emotions from me throughout the book; I felt anxiety, excitement, anger and sadness. Would Ander and Cicely ever be allowed to be together? Would Cicely end up with Luke or Ander? Would Cicely be bitten and become a mythological human? Will the vampires get their revenge and become immortal once again?

Cicely is a smart teenage girl who does not waste her time on hair, makeup, dresses and h
Super Book
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
From My Blog

This is the first book in the Darkride series. I received a copy of the second book in the series to review, but obviously I needed to read the first one before I could read the second. Going into it I thought, here we go, another teen werewolf/vampire story, which it is, but it's also a very good one.

Cicely is the leading girl of the story. You know the type, a beautiful odd girl who doesn't know she's beautiful and the supernatural boys all see
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, review-requests
Calling all paranormal romance fans. (in my taunting sing songy voice) I found a new series for you. I bet even you die-hard Twilight fans would enjoy this one. There is a mortal girl, a swoon worthy vampire, a hot werewolf, and a pack of evil blood thirsty vampires ready to captivate you in Darkride.

But don't think I just described Twilight all over again, because I didn't I can assure you if I had that vibe from Darkride, I would have stopped reading instantly. I am very tired of Twilight kno
Janus the Erudite Artist
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have totally underestimated this book!

When I first got a copy of Darkride, I was completely drawn to the premise. I found it so interesting but I also thought it was mainly a love story. Little did I know that I was in for more than just that.

Darkride started off with a simple setting where our heroine, Cicely was your everyday typical girl. As with most novels, it’s easy to put yourself in the protagonist’s shoes because the author has made her really relatable. Although I have to admit that
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wv-reviews
(Review by Stephanie Nagle for Word Vagabond: Supporting Independent and Small Press Authors.)

As if high school isn’t hard enough, Cicely Watson finds herself in the middle of the supernatural world with her life in danger. She figures out her best friend/secret crush, Ander, has a life-altering secret and there is a hidden world she never even noticed. Add in Luke, the new boy at school, and suddenly she’s in a supernatural love triangle. This story takes her through high school angst and into
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
So we have Cicely who has been in love with Ander, her best friend for 4 years. Ander has made in clear to her he wants nothing more than friendship from her though. Then there is Luke, the sexy vampire who comes to town to make Cicely fall in love with him, then betray her like her ancestor did to him long ago. And Ander who is secretly in love with Cicely, but cannot do anything about it because he is a monster that could hurt her; he is a werewolf. Yep, that about sums it up. Or does it??

Ok...until the end. (possible spoilers here)

First let me say that I loved this book up until the last 15% of it. The writing was descriptive, action exploding on each page, characters well fleshed out...and then I hit Chapter 44... WTH???? I don't get it. Really I don't. The author spends 85% of the book doing the whole "save the cheerleader (in this case witch), save the world" thing and then, well... you have to read it and decide for yourself was it worth it? I loved Ander and Luke both chara
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Love it. As a matter of fact I enjoyed it so much that I am making it my very first “Must Read” here on The Indie Bookshelf, because if paranormal literature is your thing, I think you will love it too. Normally I don’t read a lot of YA stuff but I had heard about Darkride and it kind of piqued my interest.

When I first read the synopsis I totally thought it was going to be another Twilight, but it isn’t. It’s so much better. There are vampires, werewolves and a strong female c
Reading is my Time Out
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness!!! I just finished reading Darkride the first book in the Darkride Chronicles. It was fabulous!! A different take of the girl-werewolf-vampire love triangle. There was angst of who do I root for to win the girl. At times I found myself rooting for Ander, the werewolf. Then I flipped and would root for Luke, the vampire. All the while, Cicely, the heroine of the book, had her own battles to overcome. From the typical teenage bullying and mean girls, to the battle with the vampire q ...more
Sandra (Rather Barefoot than Bookless)
I must say that this is not a book that I would have picked up myself given that I did not like the cover of this one in the beginning. But as Cicely Watson thinks, people change and so did my opinion about the cover once i´ve read the book. It´s a really appropriate cover when you know the story. This is a book that I instantly fell into and could not tear myself away from it because it was that good. Laura keeps you on your toes and you really don´t know what might happen or who Cicely will fa ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I first read the blurb about Darkride, I was a bit hesitant but intrigued because it has aspects of Twilight in it, with it having aspects of Werewolves, Vamps, and Humans.

The blurb itself gives alot of info on what the story is about . Cicely has had a thing for Ander for a long time, but hes just her best friend right now, Ander has been in love with Cicely for a while now but he cant do anything because he is a werewolf. Then in comes Luke, the vampire prince that has some unfinished bu
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Laura Bradley Rede grew up the oldest of nine kids in a small town in Maine. She now lives in a little hippie-punk neighborhood of Minneapolis with her wonderful partner, their three amazing children, one Great Dane, one dachshund, and four city chickens. She is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award for fantasy and science fiction and the author of the YA paranormal romance DARKRIDE, and its ...more

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