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The Descendant

(The Descendant Vampire #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  111 reviews
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 commo ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Kg Publishing
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Aneesa Price
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. H
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. Sh
Two Nerds With Words
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
JD Nelson
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Julia Mills
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 terri
Jan Niblock
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
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 chara
Wanda Hartzenberg
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 o
Alicia Huxtable
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
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 illne ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 re ...more
Nikki Archer
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: newnew

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 l
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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. S
Graham Austin-King
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
C.R. Everett
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampire
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 ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 fo ...more
Claire Taylor
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Brian Bigelow
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: up-for-review
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 ye
Michelle Leah Olson
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)
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Breanna Eichhorn
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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 und
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 l
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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 nume
Christoph Fischer
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
"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 nightmare ...more
Natasha House
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ch ...more
Marta Cox
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 s
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 an
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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/h
Sam McCarthy
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 ...more

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