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The Genesis

(Blood of Ages #1)

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An Uncontrollable Power. An Unstoppable Corporation. A Vampire God.

The vampires of Dayson city are preparing for war. Having lived in constant fear of the Archway Corporation for decades, desperation has forced them into action. Their solution is to bring the First vampire, Alistair, back from the dead, a warrior famed for eradicating entire armies in the name of his kind.
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Paperback, First Edition, 314 pages
Published December 10th 2012 by Penrefe Publications (first published January 1st 2009)
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Anne
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

The cover is so cool, the name of the book is cool, even the name of the series is cool.
*sigh*
It's not a bad story, it's just not awesome. There was a lot of room for awesomeness, but it never really happened.
Imagine a new friend calls you up and invites you over to their house for dinner.
"Hey! Come on over! We're grilling out and hanging by the pool!"
Now in your mind you're imagining a good time, right? Except when you get there it's just them, the
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Riande
Really like this 1st book. It's nice to see vampires outside of the twilight genre. It's definitely not a teen-angst paranormal romance novel. bit more Anne Rice feel but with guns and fist fights. Fast paced, easy to read. There's action and fighting which brings a modern day feel to the book, and you don't lose out on character development because of it. it's just a new feel for the vampire genre where you really feel they have to fight for their existence. Theres some good mythology about vam ...more
Holly
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book through a goodreads giveaway. I had a bit of trouble in the beginning of the book. It opened in the middle of an action scene and I was left feeling a bit confused. Again in the second chapter I felt that I missed something when a major event was glossed over and then told more as a flashback. It just felt a bit rough... but by the middle of the book, those rough bumps had smoothed out and the story and characters caught my attention and I found myself involved and turning the pa ...more
Sarangan Ragulan
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, great plot and very well described characters! Got me hooked within the first chapter! Great page turner !
Beth
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a dark and violent life of a vampire. These vampires are hunted by a multinational corporation (Archway Corporation) and the vampires even allow a specific number of their population to be taken and brutally experimented on in the hopes of keeping the peace. Tired of this existence the vampires search for a way to restore the mythological "original" vampire. The hopes all lie on this resurrection and the vessel vampire that will carry his return. But Catrina knows better...

Catrina is a n
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Future Slayer Girl
This was ultimately one of the best vampires books I have read in a very long time. I feel that so much of the vampire genre is distorted into making vampires seem weak, redeemable, and romantic.

Give me throat ripping any day over gushy love triangles that make teenage hearts brim over thinking they can save the bad boy too!

This story isn't about saving the bad boy.

This story doesn't even really have a romance edge.

This story is rough, raw, gritty, and full of something that is lacking in so
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Laura
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Vampires sans romance? This is not something I would normally read.
The Genesis proved to be a interesting read even without the romance. It is pure urban fantasy with an awesome heroine, a great cast of supporting characters and an action packed plot.
I really like the author's style of writing. She is quite thorough and really does paint a vivid picture without being completely overpowering. She makes you feel as if you are in the story as well.
This is a dark, intriguing urban fantasy that lea
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Zak Banbury
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good read for vampire lovers. Has a very nice selection of attributes, strengths and weaknesses unlike some other unmentionable shiny vampires. None of the silly holy symbols weaknesses which is nice, and probably due to the cool origins story which I hope it goes into in more depth later in the series. Perhaps a whole book dedicated to the origins of vampires, that'd be nice. But yeah, nice to not have "god cursed him and thus he was dead but alive and has to suck blood or become ugly".
Kathy
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, here it is!

*As few spoilers as possible*


No this is not a review of the start of the Bible, but the first in Kerr’s series the “Blood of Ages”
NB: apologies, I like long posts. You have been warned, but will endeavor to stay under 1000 words =]
I was given a Kindle copy of this book by the lovely author herself in return for a review so here it is!

“A Stolen Power. An Unstoppable Corporation. A Vampire God.
The vampires of Dayson
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Books A-Brewin'
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it


I received this e-book from the author about a month or so ago and just got around to reading it. The problem with e-books is that they tend to be uploaded onto my Kindle and then sometimes forgotten. With physical copies, I see books needing to be reviewed on a constant basis so they are there to remind me. I have started getting more into reading on my Kindle Fire since most of the books I have been getting offered for review or in giveaways are in the e-book format. In summary, I forgot I
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Kayla D
A free digital copy of this book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book with loads of trepidation at first because I’m kind of sick of the vampire genre. There are loads of vampire books out there with mutated vampires who sparkle or teach history at Oxford. I’m all for author imagination and whatnot but sometimes the only thing their vampires and the traditional vampires have in common is immortality. So yes, I fully expected The Genesis to contain vampir
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Zili
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received a free copy of the book, but the following review contains my words and opinions only!

K.L. Kerr's first Blood of Ages book, The Genesis is not your average vampire story. Where others have focused on vampires as all powerful sex symbols, Kerr pays attention to the dark side of being a vampire and the persecution they currently face. Don't get me wrong many of her characters are attractive and there is a hint of a potential love story, but The Genesis is really about the problems in th
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Zili
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vamps-ya

K.L. Kerr's first Blood of Ages book, The Genesis is not your average vampire story. Where others have focused on vampires as all powerful sex symbols, Kerr pays attention to the dark side of being a vampire and the persecution they currently face. Don't get me wrong many of her characters are attractive and there is a hint of a potential love story, but The Genesis is really about the problems in the vampire society.

19 year old Catrina (not Cat or Kat) is turned into a vampire at the start of t
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Jennifer Meister
The book begins with Catrina, a 19 year old “gun-for-hire”, chasing her “mark” that was assigned to her by her foster father, Tony Gostanza. When Catrina’s gun jams, she is certain that death is eminent. A stranger steps out of the shadows and saves Catrina’s life. The stranger, an unusual man named Fox, invites Catrina into the local bar for a drink. Fox admits that he has been following Catrina for some time now and he would like to offer her a different path in life. Fox hands Catrina an addr ...more
Ornella (Nyx)
2.5

This book was just good enough to keep my attention and keep me reading the whole way. The action was excellent, but somehow not enough. I felt like the book was wayyy too long. It took me forever to finish it for some reason and I even skipped a few pages towards the end just so I could get to the good part.

There were a few things I didn't quite agree with. Starting with the length of the book. Half of the book was Catrina getting adjusted to life as a vampire and learning all the little pro
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Suzy Wilson
Meh.

I am quite ambivalent about this book.

I appreciate the portrayal of vampires as brutal, vicious, dark bloodsucking monsters who roam all night, sleep all day and turn into BBQ if they wander out in the noon-day sun. I'm not a big vampire novel lover, but, on the whole I prefer my vampires on the True Blood side of the dark, and not the Twilight one. Also a bonus, the Plot was interesting, at certain points the twists were surprising, and the ending was satisfying - it was an actual ending,
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Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: I received a free ARC ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

First off, you need to read this book right now. Yes, The Genesis by K. L. Kerr is so good that I’m starting my review with my recommendation. But I know what you’re thinking: “Vampires again? You’re kidding me, right?”

No, imaginary reader, I’m not. Why would I give such a blanket recommendation of a vampire book when vampires are so over-used in mainstream fiction? Because these are real vampires:
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Emily
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. One one hand, I like the portrayal of vampires as brutal, vicious, and dark. I'm very tired of sexy, loving, sparkly vampires that lack any sort of threat. This book gets back to the monstrous aspect of vampires, and I really appreciate it. Romance is not a central feature in this story, something else I truly appreciate. The story is interesting, at points the plot twists are surpris
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Rebecca (BookBacon)
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I received The Genesis as an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

You know those books that you have that sit there for a long time because you just can't bring yourself to keep on reading? Sadly, 'The Genesis" became one of those books for me. The premise is cool and the idea that a vampire book can lean away from the romantic stuff and towards a more 'action-oriented' feel is also awesome.

HOWEVER, I did eventually get through it and because of t
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Ravencrantz
I received a free cop from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This was...something. The writing wasn't the best, and nothing really happened until the end. There was so much set up for the betrayal, yet we were supposed to be surprised when it happened. Our main character was nothing memorable, and honestly seemed to take things way too well. I was thankful there wasn't any forced romance, but I feel like that might have helped give something to the story. There was so much of our cast ru
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L.E.Olteano
Fluttering Thoughts originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on March 5 2013:

World Building: Interesting paranormal elements mixed in with contemporary world. Vampires are a bit more old-school, hungry and powerful. I liked the world of the read.
Characters: A lot of potential for a series-long interesting development. Fox was very mysterious and I want to know more about him, he was probably my favorite though he wasn't the main. Catrina, who was the main, didn't really reach me. She was coo
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Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Favorite Line “He wasn’t a praying man, but he did it then. She simply had to survive; life wasn’t worth living if she wasn’t part of it.”

You know how when you read the blurb for a book and you can't wait to read it! Well, for me this was that book and WHEW WAS OT ALL THAT AND MORE!!
The beginning was sorta forced but, the author MORE THAN made up for that with a amazing middle and the ending had my mouth on the floor!
Catrina reminds me of me and how I would react to being made a vampire! Well ma
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Mar
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting vampire book that sticks to the action instead of making it a romance novel. It brought some new ideas that keep you intrigued through out the book. This was well thought out and the characters are complex and well developed. You get the action from a human corporation that is retaliating against the vampires. You are already thrown into a war of humans vs. vampires and then you get a twist in the story. I like the twist making it not just a vampire book but good apocalyp ...more
Bobbie
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult, vampires
Full review at http://escapeintowords.blogspot.co.uk...

It was really good to read a vampire book about the actual vampires. All too often, vampire books are actually about a human, and their relationship with a vampire. In The Genesis though, we step into the life of a newly-bitten vampire. As we follow Catrina, we learn about the clan she is now affiliated to, and about how it feels to get used to the strange new powers she possesses.

Kerr does a great job of describing the new feelings that com
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Megan Tully
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great read. A recent vampire based book that isn't a Twighlight copy just what I wasn't expecting. I started the book and it took a few chapters to get going but the writing was enjoyably readable. I have to admit to a moment of " oh here we go" when you realise she has been turned but thankfully the book took a different path and refused to follow the copycat path that many others have. Refreshing!

The story tells of a young girl in some degree struggling to accept the changes she has imp
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Tiffany
Vampires sans romance? I'll admit.. not usually something I read. Most books I read need to have romance in some form or another. Hey, I love to swoon.

The Genesis proved to be a interesting read even without the romance. It is pure urban fantasy with a kick-butt heroine, a great cast of supporting characters and an action-packed plot.

I really like this author's style of writing. She is thorough and paints vivid pictures without being overpowering. She makes you feel as if you are right in the pa
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E.M. MacCallum
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book clicked with me almost instantly. Within a very short time I found myself caring about the main character and wanting to know more about her and the new world she was about to step into.  It's a story revolving around Catrina, a young girl who's thrust into the vampire world at a breakneck pace. K.L. Kerr doesn't allow the reader much time to breathe during the first several chapters, which I loved. The book may have been a little too long but it had all the vampy goodness and great wr ...more
Chanin Malley
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book for free in return for a honest review for the author.

You ever read a book that sucks you in so much you forget your name because thats not whats important.Whats important is finishing the book in front of you? Yeah thats what this book did to me from the very momment i found out who catrina was and from the momment the book ended i found myself dying for more.This book deserves my rating of a 5. This is one of the few books i have ever rated so high simply because the actio
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Krista
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quickly drawn into this intriguing, refreshing vampire novel and couldn't put it down. Kerr's take provides a more humanistic view of the vampire in all their weaknesses as well as strengths, and she certainly provides plenty of action. In many ways, the main character is rather unsympathetic, as a cold-blooded killer, but you find yourself rooting for her nonetheless. My main disappointment in finishing the novel was in finding out that the remainder of the series (listed at both the begi ...more
Leigh
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This a vampire story with lots of action and fighting. I really liked how the plot was set up and executed. I liked Catrina's toughness and her determination, but I didn't feel as though I really connected with her. Fox was really mysterious I know there is a story there and I want to find out what it is. The only thing that I didn't like and that made me give this 4 stars instead of 5 was that the vampires (except Catrina) don't try to find a way to destroy their enemies. Most didn't even try t ...more
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K.L. KERR is an eighties child, raised on the likes of "American Werewolf in London", "Elvira" and "The Lost Boys", all of which she attributes to her long-lasting interest in tales of the supernatural.

She loves Tumblr and Twitter in equal measure. She also loves "Game of Thrones", "Sherlock" and "Supernatural" (though she doesn't think as much of Supernatural after Season Five; just her opinion,
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