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Allison Carmichael wakes from a car wreck with no memory of the past three years. She doesn’t recall her husband’s death or how she alienated her friends, and she definitely doesn’t remember anything about her new boyfriend Vincent Drake – a charismatic man with a penchant for rare and unique possessions. In fact, the only things familiar to Allison are her seemingly common ailments – insomnia, lack of appetite, erratic body temperature – which have gone undiagnosed and are worsening.

But Vincent knows exactly who, and what, Allison is – a mortal descendant of the first vampire. He is a vampire who has watched over Allison and her ancestors since the biblical times of Cain and Abel ensuring their secret is kept. Once he realizes Allison’s symptoms are accelerating and transforming her, he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Allison discovers that she is a descendant and the first of her kind to exhibit signs of vampirism. She must decide between risking her mortal death if she cannot control her symptoms or fully transforming into a vampire and damning her soul for eternity. A decision made even more difficult when Allison discovers that Vincent has manipulated her life, and everyone in it, so that he can have the one thing no one else in the world has – the first descendant-turned-vampire.

THE DESCENDANT – A Vampire Tale of Biblical Proportions

292 pages, Paperback

First published May 24, 2012

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Kelley Grealis

5 books254 followers
Kelley Grealis was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a B.A. in Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She has loved all things vampire since she was a little girl, and it was that passion combined with thirteen years of Catholic schooling, that inspired her to write THE DESCENDANT. She lives in a Cleveland suburb with her husband and their two cats.

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Profile Image for Aneesa Price.
Author 6 books285 followers
July 18, 2013
A Review of The Descendant by Kelley Grealis

This book had all the ingredients that makes me a devoted reader of the paranormal genre - it has plenty of unexpected twists, interesting relationships with much conflict between the heart, head and old-fashioned vampire laws and the hint of possibilities.
Kelley Grealis has taken a well-known plot about a human on the verge of becoming a vampire and the early mid-life crisis and has transformed it into a refreshing novel with interesting surprises. Her style of writing is descriptive enough to draw you into the novel and experience the Cleveland area. One particularly fascinating location within the book was the private island and secret island in the middle of Lake Erie. I have no idea if it is real or a figment of the author's imagination but, she made me both want to visit and avoid it. (Anything secretive makes me scared. If it is good, it wouldn't be a secret, right?) The character insights leave you alternatively loving and hating them. Whilst I empathized with what the main character went through, in the beginning, she irritated me because I saw her as a 'moaner' but as the story progressed, and Grealis revealed the reasons for her internal discord, I found myself cheering her on.

A review by Aneesa Price (author of The Coffin Girls Series, [[ASIN:B008N0GWVA Coffin Girls (Elegantly Undead: Book 1 of the Coffin Girls Series)]])
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2,144 reviews38 followers
March 26, 2013
I received this book to give an honest review.

I have never heard of this author, so when I reviewed the book after reading the blurb I was like okay new author lets see how good of a story teller she is.
Let me say she BLEW me away!
I have to say I was sucked into this book from the very beginning! And the twist that was thrown in there was AWESOME!
This is not some teenager who is a vampire no. This is a grown woman who has a very wonderful life that I would say most of us would love to have. She has a very loving and caring husband, has a job that pays her very well, toys that keep her and her husband busy. But then Allison's life is thrown upside down.
Things are happening in Allison's life that there is no explanation for or at least no one mortal can explain. Then the unthinkable happens to her and her husband, after a night out she is in a car wreck and remembers nothing.
Now she has a new life and a new love, she now finds out what is wrong with her and why she is so "special".
Now there is biblical references in this book, which I thought was woven in perfectly! The biblical references along with vampires, a twist that you are going oh wow! Made for a perfect vampire story.
The ending was really amazing, as I can see there may be a book two hopefully soon. I can see myself reading more from this author in the future, as she is great at telling a story.
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926 reviews53 followers
January 31, 2013
Reviewed by Bex 'n' Books' amazing Justine.

The Descendant’ by Kelley Grealis is not your every day vamp book. But what it is, is easily one of the best written books, I have read in a while.

Kelley Grealis’ flow and weaving of the back-story into the current time was very effectively created and developed. ‘The Descendant’ is most definitely a serious read. Be prepared and get yourselves ready for that. There’s absolutely no YA vampire fluff here.

Kelley Grealis successfully had me crying before I made it to chapter four, and pissed by chapter nine as I started to figure things out. This really was a rollercoaster of a book that struck a nerve on so many amazing levels. As for the ending - you know I am a stickler for an ending - Kelley Grealis did me proud! She successfully gave me an ending that left me feeling fulfilled with a clear conclusion, while leaving a crack of an opening for more. Bravo! 4.5 fairies!

This book was received from the author for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 29 books150 followers
March 28, 2013
This book is, for a lack of a better word, AMAZING! I love the spin on the biblical story. So original! It also brought out so many emotions! Sorrow, angst, anger, good, old-fashioned swooning, I experienced it all with Allison. I know I'll be adding this to my "To be read again" pile.
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Author 201 books1,409 followers
June 19, 2013
I read A LOT of vampire/paranormal books and I can say with all honesty that Ms Grealis has taken a unique approach that drew me in and kept me reading to see what would happen next. Poor Allison has a great marriage to an awesome guy but she is experiencing completely unexplainable health issues. No matter what doctor she goes to, she can get no answers. Actually they all think she is crazy! The only time she truly feels peace is when she dreaming.

Allison wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car accident and no memories but of the distant past. Her best friend and the beautiful Vincent help her begin to rebuild what she has lost. The unfortunate side effect is that things are just not fitting together. You will have to read the book to see how it all plays out because there is no way to tell you more without spoilers and I HATE SPOILERS!!!

I will tell you that Ms Grealis is an amazing writer. She has written this book with ties to the Biblical stories we have all heard throughout our lives. She has included mystery, suspense, thrills and intrigue with a little spice of the sensual to keep you wanting more. This book is definitely not your girl meets vampire, turns into vampire and they ride off into the moonlight together story. Do not expect fluff! DO expect a story that grabs you and refuses to let you go. Expect a story that has you yelling at the characters and wanting more when you reach the last page.

I will be very interested to see where Ms Grealis takes Allison’s journey in her next book!
567 reviews14 followers
October 24, 2014
This book is excellent with a new view of vampires. Here I thought all of the different ways to introduce vampires and their habits have been covered, but I was wrong. Kelly did a fantastic spin on how vampires came into being. She ties in the whole biblical aspect that really makes you feel that it is true.

What a great story with a lot of suspense and mystery. You think you know what is going on but then you are just not too sure as Kelly does such a good job of keeping you guessing. The characters are wonderfully portrayed and you just fine yourself really liking those you should and being very unsure of those other characters. The lead character, Alison, is great. She is a strong woman who loves deeply and comes out even stronger in the end. I am really hoping that there will be a sequel because there are a lot of things I would love to see happen.

If you are looking for a good vampire story, you definitely want to check this one out.
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Author 6 books69 followers
July 18, 2013
The Descendants by Kelley Grealis

A unique view on the origins of the vampire race with true love and an infatuation and a battle scene next to none is only some of what you have to look forward to in this amazing book.

The characters are well developed and the historical explanation is sensible and plausible which adds to the story and the level in which the reader gets engrossed within.

I really enjoyed this book and I am sure that lovers of this genre will agree the author managed to bring her own unique stamp to genre as a whole.

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1,667 reviews56 followers
July 4, 2018
I stopped reading vampire stories for the very fact that rhey were a dime a dozen and most of the time it seemed it was just a rehash of the previously read story, differing slightly. I can say that this is not so much the case with this book.
While it does feel somewhat familiar, it has differences that I hadn't read a million times before. I enjoyed it and the characters. The 3 star rating is because I would like to see the characters grow throughout the series, especially Allison.
37 reviews2 followers
July 19, 2012
The Descendant was not what I expected it to be, and I'm not sure how much I like it. There are many things that I love about the novel. For example, the whole back story of Cain and how everything started with Adam and Eve. Now, I'm not Catholic or religious at all, and I don't mind anyone's religion. So I felt that Kelley Grealis did a great job on that part because some authors can write too much religion for my taste because I don't believe in some of the things that I keep reading from a religious book, it can be hard to like the novel. Then there are somethings that I'm not sure if I like or dislike. For instance, the Drake family. The siblings are very fishy, except Marlo. I liked her from the beginning, but not all of them. I smell a traitor in the room.

Kelley Grealis did an amazing job, to me, at pacing the story along. I never felt like there was a time that something was lacking. Of course, I didn't like having to know that Vincent took away Ali's memories from the car accident. It made me hate him for most of the book, and when Ali found out about it, I felt like it could have been a bigger ordeal, with higher stakes. I think Kelley Grealis wrote the story very well, mostly by describing the scenery and the vampiric elements.

Ali is a very likable character, in my opinion and her humor at times was great to break the ice. I loved how the main character, Ali, resisted and thought logically about the whole situation. I think having an older female protagonist helped with that. As for Caz I thought he was the more important antagonist. I liked Casper for how sneaky he is, and deceptive. I hope that in the future he plays a bigger role. Like I said in the beginning, the Drake family is still fishy to me. Vincent, as much pity I feel for him, I can't help but think that he did what he did for the better.

At the beginning of the story I felt like I knew everything. I'm not sure how much was supposed to be noticed to the reader, but a couple of chapters in it was like I new what everything was going to happen. Then again I didn't because of a whole back story which I was incredibly intrigued in.

During an action sequence, I wasn't on the edge of my seat. Nothing really made me worry about Ali. I feel like Kelley Grealis could have kick Ali in the gut, when she was already down, or even worse, because I wasn't empathetic to Ali as much as I wish.

In the end, the novel didn't leave me blown away or make me have a very strong emotion about anything, but the story itself intrigued me and the back story is what kept me reading and how Ali's symptoms were going to progress. I give Kelley Grealis' debut novel, a head nods, and thumbs up. (4 out of 5)

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138 reviews53 followers
January 6, 2013

This book was so good,,I could not put it down First it start with Allison, who have all kind of trouble.She hot then cold mood swing not hungry buring in the middle of her stomach.and the doctors can't find nothing wrong with her,all her test are fine,and top in all that she have dream about a garden, that make her feel better. Allison thinks she haveing a mid life crisis, So she go home to tell her husband Matt who is always supportive, They have a party to go to and have fun he want her to lighting up and be in a good mood.. Allison and matt are drinking talking at the party but Allison see this man who Seving at the party and she drawn, to him and can't stop thinking of him...Now it time to head home and Matt not driveing he a lil drunk and Allison hate driveing on the highway, but she has to, So they talking and then all of the sudden ..boooom car go flying in a ditch, and Allison wake up in the hospital, to find her husband has been die for 3 year ,,and he was not in the car with her and she has this sexy fine boyfriend, that she can't remember. How matt die how and her she met this handsome man name. Vincent, who she feel she can trust, But is he telling the truth and what is he really and what is Allison, The truth come out People are not who thay say they are is matt die or not,, WOW this story had a grip on me and did'nt let me go from start to the end
Kelley OMG it have to be a book 2 i need to no how Allison is doing and what to become of her,,

To my follow a must read you love it

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2,144 reviews38 followers
March 26, 2013

I received this book to give an honest review.

I have never heard of this author, so when I reviewed the book after reading the blurb I was like okay new author lets see how good of a story teller she is.
Let me say she BLEW me away!
I have to say I was sucked into this book from the very beginning! And the twist that was thrown in there was AWESOME!
This is not some teenager who is a vampire no. This is a grown woman who has a very wonderful life that I would say most of us would love to have. She has a very loving and caring husband, has a job that pays her very well, toys that keep her and her husband busy. But then Allison's life is thrown upside down.
Things are happening in Allison's life that there is no explanation for or at least no one mortal can explain. Then the unthinkable happens to her and her husband, after a night out she is in a car wreck and remembers nothing.
Now she has a new life and a new love, she now finds out what is wrong with her and why she is so "special".
Now there is biblical references in this book, which I thought was woven in perfectly! The biblical references along with vampires, a twist that you are going oh wow! Made for a perfect vampire story.
The ending was really amazing, as I can see there may be a book two hopefully soon. I can see myself reading more from this author in the future, as she is great at telling a story
Profile Image for Graham Austin-King.
Author 12 books328 followers
June 5, 2013
Grealis proves herself an accomplished storyteller in this vampire thriller. I am not the greatest fan of the genre as it is all too easy to fall into the clichéd traps. However Grealis gamely avoids garlic and conveniently sunny windows to put her own stamp on things. Her take on the origins of vampires is one I have never seen before and makes for an interesting read. The writing is fantastic and she manages to draw you in and trap you within her pages until she has had her fill of you. In an interesting and hopefully intentional poke in the eyes of traditional vampire/horror tales there are no weak and feeble panicky women, the men however are another story. Priced at just $1 for kindle (at the time of writing) I would heartily recommend this tale to anyone who is prepared to lose their day. Once you start reading, you won't stop.
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Author 4 books66 followers
October 25, 2013
I was drawn to this book because of the Biblical twist on the origins of vampires. What fun! The main character, Allison, is searching for her life's purpose and indeed discovers why she is "special." I love this quote, "...If something is meant to be, it will find you." As the the story unfolds, the reader, along with Allison, discovers her calling and why it is so. I won't give away spoilers. Also, along with Allison, the reader is jolted from jarring twists. First you believe one thing, then another, and then yet another turn. I was a bit thrown by this, but after thinking it over, I decided that Ms. Grealis delivered to the reader, the same experience Allison must have been having. If you are interested in a fresh perspective on vampire lore, check out this book.
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1,889 reviews4 followers
June 15, 2013
Allison has been suffering from an unknown illness. Her husband Matt has been trying to help her when a car crash changes everything. Allison wakes up and is told her husband has been dead for three years and that Vincent is her boyfriend. Allison is then told she is a direct decendant of Cain from the bible. This is a new twist on religion/vampires. I truly hated Vincent through out this entire book. The author has an amazing talent at representing her characters. The only part I didn't care for was how quickly she accepted the story she was told and moved on from Matt. I had a love/hate relationship with her character. The story ends on a cliffhanger. I will be on the look out for the next book. WaAR
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417 reviews13 followers
June 26, 2013
Kelley Grealis
The Descendant
The Descendant Vampire Series #1

This vampire novel definitely has a unique spin on it, and kept me turning the pages right up until the end. It’s well written, incredibly descriptive and towards the end the pieces start falling into place, leaving the puzzle almost complete. This is just the start of the series, and I have no idea where the author is planning on taking it, but you can tell it’s going to be different, interesting and well worth reading.
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Author 32 books60 followers
June 25, 2013
I really like this story, really quite a refreshing twist on the genre. It's quite an interesting take on vampirism and how it started. In this book it's not how you think it would have began either. Will say the author's solution made perfect sense to me. Found the book to be well written, well paced and it really drew me in.
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159 reviews4 followers
January 13, 2013
Allison had always been told that she is special and will do something great with her life. But, as life usually turns out, Allison is stuck in a job that she can’t stand in a town she feels trapped in. And when she comes down with a mystery illness that gives her an extremely sore stomach and throat, uncontrollable body temperature and insomnia, she puts it down to the ‘mid-life crisis’ she feels she’s in. What’s even stranger about the sickness is that no doctor can diagnose her with any illness and continually sends Allison home with no aid to get rid of the awful pain. Even though the doctors can’t diagnose anything wrong with Allison, her husband Matt knows she isn’t imagining things as Allison’s insomnia keeps him awake at night!

To try and cheer her up, Matt takes Allison to a friend’s birthday party. After a few drinks, Allison doesn’t feel any better and drives Matt and herself home. On the drive home, Allison and Matt’s car is crashed into and she and Matt are knocked unconscious!

Allison wakes in a hospital several days later asking for her husband. She is shocked to find that her husband has been dead for three years and that the crash has caused her to lose some of her memory. When she is discharged from the hospital, Allison is driven home buy a friend. When she arrives home, she discovers pictures of her in another handsome man’s arms but has no idea who the man is! That evening, the mysterious man comes around to Allison’s house and introduces himself as Vincent and explains that he and Allison have been dating for the last year. At first, Allison does not believe his story, but after spending more time with Vincent, she realises that she does in fact love him and accepts that her beloved husband Matt did really die three years ago.

However, Allison soon realises that Vincent holds a very dark secret and that there is a reason why she has always felt special in her life. As Vincent reveals, Allison is not just a normal human being but a descendant of the first ever vampire, Cain! Allison is thrown into a world she never realised existed. But because of her infamous ancestors, Allison is hunted in the vampire world by Luscious; an evil vampire obsessed with ending Cain’s lineage! Vincent and his siblings must keep Allison safe but that is no easy task…

For me, this was a book of two halves and even though I did enjoy both halves I thought the story behind the first part of the book was really great. I loved the mystery behind Alison’s illness and why she was feeling depressed and unfulfilled. I also thought the mystery behind her car crash and the death/memory loss over Matt made the book really interesting to read. This is because you kept asking yourself ‘was or wasn’t’ he really alive? Plus, Vincent’s character was much more appealing in this half of the book. He was the cool, rich kid who wasn’t afraid of a good time.

However, in the second half of the book (the part that introduced the vampires) I thought the mystery behind Matt was forgotten right until the end. I also found Vincent really annoying! I don’t want to give too much away, but I think maybe Grealis made him more unlikeable on purpose (which does sort of make sense when you read the book) but I still preferred him in the first half. Nevertheless, I did like the idea of the Secret Coven and I think it would be great that if in the next book the different members back stories were broaden a little more.

All in all, I did enjoy this book but I preferred the first half to the second. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys Vampire novels such as Legacy of the Vampire: The Pits by Kristofer McLaren or novels such as Destine by Katherine Polillo.

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128 reviews1 follower
May 30, 2013
First off, let me start this review by screaming, “GAAAAHHH!!!!!!” . That was basically my reaction to the ending of the book. I won’t tell you what happens, but only that it leaves off on a cliffhanger and you’re so involved in the book, that when it ends you simply want to scream, “WHAT WAS THAT?! COME ON!!!”. So, in my head, this makes it a fantastic book!

This book is celebrating its one year anniversary from its original release date last year. (I feel bad for the readers who read it last year and had no idea when the next book is coming out — which is supposed to be later this year, thankfully).

The Descendant opens with Allison at another doctor’s office trying to find out why she’s so hot at night, but cold during the day; why she is never hungry but always thirsty and why she doesn’t really sleep… she hasn’t mentioned the dreams that she’s had about this beautiful garden she visits when she actually DOES sleep, but that bothers her too…

Now, I, being the good Christian-raised girl that I am, knew what garden she was dreaming of, and where this was going. There are many literary theories about who or where the first vampire came from, including the biblical ideas of it being Lilith (in the Bible’s Apocrypha, Lilith is Adam’s first wife), or it being Cain, and after he killed his brother, the mark that God put upon him was vampirism, etc. etc. etc. I will give Kelley Grealis this — she gave that second theory a twist, which is how Allison came to be.

I love reading these types of things because it shows you just how awesome the imagination can be, and where you take things; taking such outlandish ideas and making them seem not only possible, but real! Grealis has done that with The Descendant. She builds complex characters: Case in point, Vincent: you know just from the description, he is a manipulating douche, yet as you read on, you believe, along with Allison, that he’s a nice guy, just trying to help, and maybe you were mistaken about him. You are inextricably drawn in and you just keep reading. Which is exactly why I scared the bejeesus out of my father while he was driving and the book ended, causing me to scream at my Kindle. This is what happens.

Thankfully, I was assured by a friend that the second book in this series should come out in fall of 2013. If it doesn’t, I will be forced to scream some more, and possibly hunt down Kelly Grealis and demand the next book. It. Must. Happen!

Five outta Five!
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912 reviews103 followers
May 18, 2013
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I keep saying that I hate doing this - making comparisons to other series and shows - but I seem to be doing it more and more often in my reviews lately if the thought strikes me upon finishing a book, only because it just seems like it would be helpful for readers, and references to well known others is a decent way to do it. Obviously this is all just my opinion... With that said, this story had a very Vampire Diaries (the show), meets Twilight (for grown-ups), meets the Marked series 'feel' for me. HOWEVER, it was incredibly unique in its history and set up; I'm only referring to the 'feel' of the read.

Kelley introduces the vampires in this story as having ties to Biblical figures, and I found that fascinating. In addition, the plot was interesting, and the mystery, suspense and intrigue were well written.

Our heroine begins the book thinking she's going through a massive mid-life crisis and nothing seems to be filling the hole she feels in her soul. While dealing with that and some major health issues that the doctors just can't figure out, her life starts to turn upside down and her mercurial moods are affecting things at work and at home. And then things get really good...

She wakes up in the hospital having fragmented memories of both her past and what happened to get her there, but with the help of her best friend and our hero, Vincent, she starts to regain the life she's lost. Only things aren't quite adding up the way she thinks they should in her head, and the weirdness just keeps multiplying.

I would love to tell you more but I just can't without spoilers, so I can only tell you to take the plunge and read The Descendant. A side note: this book is not a fluffy vampire tale. I found myself angry for most of the story, and would say that Kelley can make a reader tap into a character's feelings of betrayal like no other. ;)

LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Descendant 4 Skulls and would recommend it if you're a vampire lover looking for a refreshing spin on the norm.

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138 reviews4 followers
March 16, 2013

Well my first thought while writing this review is I seriously want to punch Vincent "how dare he"

And then my second thought is oh you very clever Author ending it like that now I need book 2 to find out what happens.

I loved the story plot to this book, the story flows nicely and Kelley gives you enough details about

Where Allison comes from and the back story so you understand it all.

Now the Bible is mentioned in this book and Kelley does add a twist to the Garden of Eden story I know some might not like that but it makes for a good twist to the story and I liked it.

I also enjoyed Vincent brothers and sister especially Marlo she takes Allison under her wing and helps her embrace her new life. Even with the rules they have they seem to really care about her and show her the way they live. And Allison counts them as her brothers and sister and I’m sure in the next book their relationships will grow.

Now on to Vincent "boo hiss" I did really like his character at the beginning he is sexy seems like the perfect partner but by the end of the book oh I wanted to kill him myself.

He lies to Allison from the start about her husband and her memories there is a little part of me that thinks he does love her but his selfishness won over.

We also meet Lucious and his gang who want Allison to, they are the evil ones in the book. Lucious hates the descendants of Cain and will do whatever he can to destroy them so when he gets a chance to take Allison out there is a fight to the death. Now this is my only complaint I have about this book the interaction between Lucious and Allison was over very quickly but I’m also thinking maybe that isn't the end and I will have to read book 2 to find the answer to that.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those that love a different twist on Vampires.
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1,022 reviews11 followers
October 21, 2014
Allison knows that there is something wrong with her but she doesn't know what, her doctor has gone over everything and says that there is nothing wrong with her. Matt and Jenna are worried about Allison's omnipresent sour mood. A mysterious dream that some how imparted temporary serenity upon Allison, the dream is about a garden. Her doctor wants to know if there is something else bothering her, besides the symptoms that brought her here. When Allison was born the doctors told her parents that she was special. Her parents already knew that, it took them 15 years to conceive her. Her father died six years ago from a heart attack and her mother followed three weeks later. Allison and Matt go to Jordana's 16th birthday party, she is in a bad mood funk. When they left to go home they got into a car accident, when she wakes up she was told that Matt died three years ago. Her boyfriend Vincent tells her that she is part vampire, does she believe him?
Allison has had problems with conceiving, she is always really cold in the mornings and really hot at night. She is 32 years old. She always has a need to do something great and to leave it a better place. Matt is Allison's husband, was kidnapped by Vincent. Jenna is Allison's friend. Vincent is a vampire and Allison's boyfriend. Marlo is a vampire and Vincent's sister, tells Allison the truth. Felix is a vampire and Marlo and Vincent's brother. Lorenzo is a vampire and is Felix, Marlo and Vincent's Brother. Lucious is Allison's mortal enemy. Caz works for Lucious.
I truly loved this book, its very creative and its an emotional roller coaster. I loved how the characters were well developed. This is my first book by Kelley Grealis and it definitely wont be my last. I couldn't put this book down. I loved Kelley's style of writing its a fast paced story. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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575 reviews
March 27, 2014
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I was gifted this book from the Author for an honest review.
I gave this book 5 stars.
This is book one in The Descendant Vampire Series.

Stars: 4.5
Book: The Descendant: The Descendant Vampire

I really enjoyed reading this book a lot and the story was really different from the usual vampire books I’m used to reading. Allison is having some health problems and the doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong, and they’re constantly sending her home with no diagnosis. Matt her supportive husband is understanding and they go out to a party only to end up in a car crash on the way home. Allison wakes up with part of her memory gone and her husband supposedly being dead for three years and wasn’t actually in the car with her. Now she is with this handsome man named Vincent and isn’t sure whether she should trust him or not.

I didn’t like Vincent in this book at all and I wasn’t really happy with how Allison just accepted the way things were and kind of forgot about Matt throughout the book. I was pretty frustrated with this character. This story ended with a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to read the next book so I can figure out what happens next, because even through the times I was frustrated with the characters I still couldn’t put the book down.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a different view in a vampire book and looking for a little mystery in their read.
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323 reviews25 followers
May 7, 2013
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Allison Carmichael is a 32 year-old married woman who is having some health problems. The doctors can't seem to figure out what is wrong with her. They all seem to think it could be in her head. She's also been having a recurring dream about an beautiful, peaceful garden. She has no idea what is going on. No one can tell her what is happening or why. When she is involved in a car accident, her world gets turned upside down and her life as she knows it is gone.

The Descendant is a very gripping book. I didn't know anything about it before I read it so I didn't know what it was about (sometimes I prefer that). I was really into this book early on. I was captivated by Allison and her problems. I was curious about her and why she was having these issues. Kelley Grealis is an exceptional writer. She was able to grab my attention with this story and characters and keep it until the very end. Everything was described in such great detail that I could picture everything with perfect clarity. Nothing was confusing. When I got to the end, I kept trying to turn the page in my Kindle, trying to will more pages to appear. I was frustrated, but in a good way. I highly recommend this book and I will be stalking Kelley so that I can get book #2.
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38 reviews
May 26, 2013
Ever wondered where Vampires came from? How the original Vampire was created? Or, even who the first Vampire was?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the book for you! Kelley Grealis takes us back to the beginning of man and weaves a tale through time that leads us to present day. We find a Descendant of the first original Vampire and learn her story. Or, do we?

Allison and Matt are a happily married couple, until she begins to have strange and worsening symptoms that numerous doctors cannot find an answer for. Allison's parents always told her that she was 'special', but she just assumed that said that because she was their only child.
After a tragic accident, she meets Vincent and discovers that there is a whole new world that she had no idea existed. It is a place where she feels strangely at home, but it is not what she would have chosen for herself, had she been given the choice.

If you love an awesome book that you can't put down until you find out what happens next, then this should be your next book! This story is a page turner and puts a new, refreshing, and creative twist on the Vampire genre. I truly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the sequel!
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Author 50 books473 followers
June 6, 2013
"The Descendant" by Kelley Grealis is a great Vampire Story with surprising depth and quality of writing to it. The vampire part of the story does not become prominent and clear until rather late into the book and up until that moment the book felt more like a psychological thriller. We seem to be dealing with a kafka-esque situation: nobody believes Allison, the main character as she tries to get to the bottom of her story and her physical symptoms, yet her sense of doom and recurring nightmares will not stop. She attends a party with her husband Matt and wakes up in a hospital being told her husband has been dead for three years.
The well written theme of trust and mistrust continues as Allison connects with Vince, a man offering to help her and becomes the victim of several mind tricks.
I am not a huge fan of Vampire stories but this book did very well at keeping my interest. I wish the part that read like a psychological thriller had kept on, but once certain events have taken place and questions are answered the book changed direction to more traditional vampire fare. Allison and Vincent are two great characters that carry the book easily. The ending suggest this to be a part of a series, so we have more to look forward from this truly gifted author. Well done.
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Author 17 books103 followers
June 20, 2013
Wow! This book first off kept my attention the whole way through. It starts with a woman named Alison having strange mood swings, lack of appetite, and trouble sleeping. Alison had gone to several doctors for her strange symptoms and each time it comes out that she’s perfectly healthy. Unsatisfied with life Alison and her husband Matt go to a birthday party. As she’s going home from the party she’s in an accident. I gotta stop here because at this point the author had me so enraptured by this character that I couldn’t stop reading and felt panic for the girl as this accident was happening. This rarely, rarely happens with me in books. After Alison wakes up her entire world changes. I won’t ruin the suspense of the story so I’ll stop there! This book was so well written that I told several people about it already. I love the uniqueness’ of the tale of vampirism and all the biblical things the author tied in. That was awesome! I grew attached to the characters and felt like each one of them had a good, strong voice in the book. This author takes you on twists and turns as you go through Alison’s personal story. Honestly, the best vampire book I’ve ever read right here!! I was given this book for free for an honest review from the author.
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2,547 reviews190 followers
June 26, 2013
I have seen this a few times and wasn't really sure if it was the book for me but am so very glad I gave it a go. Wasn't sure at first what to expect. Is it a horror, suspense , or romance? Well it's honestly none of those and yet strangely all of the above! I found it absolutely fascinating and so very unexpected.
I am not going to waste time with synopsis as so many other reviewers have done that but I will state that I thoroughly enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns as the heroine Allison struggles to come to terms with the loss of her husband Matt and her subsequent new life with Vincent. Vincent is so much more than he seems and yet Allison is strangely drawn to him. In many ways I found him to be an anti hero even though as the story progressed we meet Lucious a truly evil and twisted individual.
I heartily recommend this book and would seek out any books that follow it as I am beyond intrigued as to what might happen next.
I was very lucky to receive this free in exchange for an honest review.
I would rate this as 4 star and would give it 4 and a half if possible
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873 reviews11 followers
December 24, 2012
A new twist of the first vampire.
No matter which vampire movie, TV show, or book is your favorite we have all started to learn more about vampires. They can go out in the sun, they can eat garlic, etc. This book is a new take at the beginning of vampires. If you are not a fan of fantasy, paranormal, or vampires it is not for you. But if you love all things vampire you will enjoy this story.

Our heroine starts out confused by the changes going thru her body until someone tells her to just wait and see what happens to her. When she wakes up in the hospital not remembering what happened and finding out she has missed 3 years in just a few days she is even more confused.

Where is her husband, where did the handsome cater waiter with beautiful eyes go, who is this new man with equally beautiful eyes who seems to be her boyfriend, and why does she keep seeing the creepy guy with beady eyes?

No spoilers here, want to find out - you'll have to read the book.
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Author 70 books208 followers
December 16, 2012
I received this book from the author for a review. Thank you Kelley for the book.

Best part of the book: I enjoyed Allison's character very much. Even though all this was happening to her she was able to process it with an adult perspective. There was even (at times) that her humor broke up the tension. I loved the Biblical part of the book. To entwine the Bible and vampires made for a very interesting story line. I enjoy story lines like this and Kelley did a very good job with it. I have love/hate for Vincent. Which means, I love to hate him! His evil ways to creating this "world" for Allison.

Not so great about the book: There is nothing that really sticks out that I didn't like about the book. It flowed well and the story line was interesting. The fight scenes were good, also. Overall, this was a good book.
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Author 4 books38 followers
July 20, 2013
I would never have picked this book normally. Dont get me wrong I love vampires and the romanticism of them, but I feel it was a little played out with the whole Twilight thing.
However, Im so glad I got the opportunity to read this book.
What a talented lady Kelly Grealis is.....she has this way of writing that really makes you think "aaaaahhhhh! i can believe that!"
I zipped through the book in two days and then re read it. I was gripped the whole way through, and noticed more when I read it the second time.
I fell in love with the characters and found myself wanting...no.....NEEDING to know what happens next!
I will most certainly be buying the second book and I am looking forward to its release.
Well done Kelly, you have converted me. I shall be picking up more books about vampires in the future.
:D :D :D
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