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(The Blood Inheritance Trilogy #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Leisha used to be a loving mother with a perfect family, but that was more than 2,000 years ago. Though she holds the memory of that time dear to her heart, she must now focus on trying to escape the eternal and bloody war between her kind—the Vampires—and the Immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy her people. Leisha soon finds herself captured by the government, only ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Jolly Fish Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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I received Dissension in return for an honest review from the author. Leisha is one of the oldest vampires at just over 2000 years old but it wasn’t her first choice to become one. Forced into becoming a vampire to save her daughter she’s been forced to live a life rejected by the man she loves and with the her maker determined to bring her back to the fold. With a looming battle between the vampires and immortals Ptah has forced her to come home to fight. Leisha has a few loose ends to tie up b ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
****FINAL RATING: 4.10 STARS****

Vampires, you guys! I was nervous to read that book because vampires are an often-overused paranormal, but it sounded so good that I had to read it anyway. And I am so, so happy that I did! Dissension really blew me away with it's uniqueness and it was as intense and suspenseful as I could have hoped for. It was not a disappointment at all and I was definitely kept up late reading it.

I loved Leisha from the very beginning. She doesn'

Dissension by Adrienne Monson *4.5 Stars*


I am surprised with how much I loved this book. Vampire books are not my favorite style. I don’t dislike though, I just keep putting other kind of books on the top of my TBR. However, this book took me by surprise. It's so good that I ca
Kara Lauren
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I have been in a horrible book slump this fall/winter, so I am thankful to Dissension for being another book to bring me out of it! I have not read many books where there were Immortals, so I found this really interesting. Of course, I was familiar with Vampires! There is a lot going on in this book, and at times you will feel empathy for the "bad guys", I know I did. You will definitely want to have time to sit and read
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-have-a-copy, review
Loved it and so thankful I got to review this one! Thanks Jolly Fish Press and Adrienne for this one!

Leisha is one of the oldest vampires and she lives each day fighting that. She tries her best to live in a world where all others will leave her alone but it’s never that easy. Not only is she a predator and needs to kill to survive, she is something she never dreamed she could become. She use to be a loving mother and wife and lived a life she never knew she would have, love, but she did and now
Fiona Titchenell
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Basics: Leisha is an unwilling vampire, bound to the laws of vampire society, who still hopes to make peace with her estranged husband, one of the magically endowed Immortals sworn to eradicate all vampire kind. Samantha is the teenage human girl who stands by her through her balancing act between the two forces, rather than return to her father, who wants nothing more than to test the limits of supernatural creatures in his shadowy government lab.

The Downside: Dissension reads a lot like a
Madeline Kidd
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I loved how Liesha lives her own life instead of just living to kill people. I also loved the love story between a vampire and an immortal, the greatest enemies of all time, but yet, they still learn to forgive and love again.
Jessica Allen Winn
Awesome book with great world building! Can't wait for book 2!
Cliche, predictable and corny. A bunch of things weren't explained, they just happened and it drove me crazy. Kindle deal that I purchased or I wouldn't have trudged through.
J. Barneck
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
I am going to start out by saying, you should read this book. The second half is worth it. But I gotta be honest. I am not sure how this book is getting three stars from me. At about chapter 8, I was ready to throw this book out. Confusing passive voice littered the first half of the book. The writing was a nightmare and not in a good vampire novel way. Then Chapter 8 arrived and it was basically a prologue dropped into the middle of the novel, telling a story we basically had figured out anyway ...more
Madison Woods
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read

It took me a little while to get into the story but after a few pages I found myself unwilling to put the book down. Now I want to start the next one asap.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine gave me this book and told me that I had to read it. Now, I am not a big fan of Fantasy but decided I should not discriminate and give it a chance. So… trying to keep an open mind, I read it, and to be perfectly honest, I expected something better than I experienced primarily based on my friend’s recommendation and the numerous glowing reviews scattered all across the internet (which were most likely paid for by the publishing company--I’m just sayin’). Anyway, here’s my non-dis ...more
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Dissension by Adrienne Monsoon was a break I needed. I have been reading a lot of YA lately, and a lot of contemporary kind of books. Although I have had a lot of fantasy as well, it was high time for me to get back to some good old paranormal books. This one fulfilled my want for that perfectly. This novel is packed with vampires – a familiar concept, and also something called Immortals which was new and unique. I liked the mix of what I was comfortable with and also something new to toy with t ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampires and Immortals: a millennia-old battle between two powerful entities, one woman's tragic fate, and the teenage girl who gets thrust into the middle of this dark, brooding, and complicated world. I'm not a typical reader of romance or the vampire genre, so this story was a bit different from my usual tastes.

I liked Leisha. She had an interesting history, a complicated past, and most of the conflicts in the story rose and fell around her decisions and her weaknesses. I felt for her when th
Donna Weaver
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars--the book had a profound impact on me. It touched me on some special level and lingered with me long after I'd finished reading it.
4 Stars--I loved this book. If I don't own it, I will buy it so I can read it again and again.
3 Stars--I enjoyed the book but may have had an issue or two with it.
2 Stars--I had more than a few issues with it.
1 Stars--I hated it.

Fists are pumping, bodies gyrating, sweat dripping—booming music drowns out all other noise in th
Elsie Park
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dissension by Adrienne Monson, book one in The Blood Inheritance trilogy.

Though not for those squeamish about blood, Dissension takes the reader on a journey unlike any other vampire story I've heard of. This is an interesting and fast-paced telling of an age-old war between vampires and immortals which commenced from the day of their origin thousands of years before. A difficult romance between two main characters who hope for unification accompanies the story as an underlying dilemma to overco
Andy Peloquin
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the intro to the story! The first few pages had me spellbound, and I found the introduction to the main character to be quite enjoyable.
But after a few pages, it kind of lost me. There was a scene near the beginning that could have had A LOT of tension and excitement to it (a confrontation between the main vampire character and her enemy), but it just didn't have it.
Then the secondary character was introduced, and I felt like it watered down the story a bit more. The way the two are int
Leisha is one of the oldest vampires and all she wants to be is left alone. She is feared by other vampires and hated at the same time. The Master Vampire does not like her sense of independence and needs her for the fight against the Immortals. But who are these Immortals? Samantha is a young girl with a very special gift. Her father works for a government agency who is experimenting on vampires. When Leisha and Samantha meet in an unexpected way, they will need each other to survive what is ab ...more
Stan Crowe
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose it's my fault I stayed up too late reading this book, but these days, it's common practice to blame someone else for all our mistakes. So I'll blame Ms. Monson for writing something that I had to force myself to set down.

I'll avoid the obvious comparison to Twilight--since I'm sure plenty of other reviewers will provide that--and just go with what I read.

This made for easy reading, and had a new adult feel and was gritty in its own way. Not really something for young teens, but not as
Ian Phynnette
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
Finally! The return of a compelling vampire story that does NOT lack the raw roots of vampirism, as we have been forced to endure in the sterile tweenie Twilight world of today's pop vampire culture!

Dissension has imminent danger, a tasteful violence, the emotional journey, and new conceptions of a vampire world that fascinates you as it sucks you in, and it introduces a new foe to the vampire reign heretofore unseen: the immortals.

The fact that the lead character, forced-vampire Lisha's, forme
Lehua Parker
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jolly-fish-press
What do you do when your very existence is an anathema to you, the love of your life has wanted to kill you for 2,000 years, your stalker ex is back, and you’ve a teenage girl dumped into your lap that can’t go home?

When you’re Leisha, one of the original vampires, you do the most logical thing—foment dissention in the ranks of vampire-dom in the hope of getting your mundane life back.

Dissension, written by debut author Adrienne Monson, takes the reader on a thrill ride spanning kidnapping, tort
Laura Henderson
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The synopsis

The story follows Leisha who over 2,000 years ago used to be a loving mother and have the perfect family. But that was long ago. She now focuses on escaping the ever growing war between her fellow Vampires and The Immortals. Soon she is captured by the government. When a young woman rescues her, they both go on the run in search of the prophecy child whom can save them all.

The review

For a vampire book, this was great! I'm a lover of the dark and mythological creatures (i.e vampires,
Terron James
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you pick this book up and start reading it (yes, you WILL read it *waves hand across your face*), don't be fooled by the first chapter. It initially appears to be a very erotic novel, and you might even start asking yourself why a half-naked man didn't fill the front cover, but worry not. The sleazy rapist gets his comeuppance. In Adrienne's novel, vampires don't eat animals. They feed on worthless rapists and murderers. At least that's the case with the protagonist, Leisha.

If you've never
It was okay. Here's the thing: if it's teen vampires, I won't bother. If it's adult vampires, so long as they're "REAL" vampires...I still won't bother. A friend of mine suggested this as a fun, escapist read...and that's exactly what it is. I'm NOT a vampire fan. I think the genre has been done to DEATH. (...pardon the pun...) That said, this is a fun adventure that held my attention, was well-written, and is a great freshman book for those who love this genre. I don't. I'd have given it 4 star ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I read this book because I know the author personally! She lives just a handful of streets away from me. It is so amazing that she has achieved her dream of writing and of being published! I just had to read this to support her. That being said, I only gave it three stars because I actually do not prefer vampire novels, vampire movies, etc. I do believe I would have given it four stars, otherwise. I was impressed with Adrienne's writing and realized I was actually looking forward to and qu ...more
K.R. Patterson
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this 4.5 stars, actually, and I don't think it's just because I'm biased with her being my friend and critique partner (you can find my name in the acknowledgements--just sayin'). I'm giving it 4.5 because it's different from any other vampire novel I've read. Instead of feeling fantastical, this vampire world seemed almost real. And these vampires aren't pretty. Or nice. But some of them (Leisha) would rather be a good, normal person. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the f ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I think the author had a creative twist on the vampire world, but it was entirely possible to create that world without the vile descriptions. She used graphic, often sexual words, to describe things that could have been explained just as well, if not better, without the dirty view of them. I can see WHY she wrote the first chapter as she did, but I would have shut the book that second if I hadn't been promised that the filthiness would ease. In my opinion, it could have eased off even m ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow! What an exciting read! This story flowed so easily I read it faster than most books and that's a positive thing for me. I didn't have any trouble at all getting to know the main characters and loving them! the anticipation of where the story would take you was page after page and hard to put down. except for the very beginning, the book did not have hardly any "flat" spots of dragging on, very nice! My attention was held from beginning to end as the plot continued to thicken. with many ques ...more
Teri Harman
If you enjoy a good vampire story, then Dissension, an adult paranormal book by Utah author Adrienne Monson, should be on your to-read list. The book has a fast pace, intriguing characters and interesting vampire lore. The vampires are seriously tough, which results in some great action scenes. I enjoyed the two female main characters – one vampire, one human – and their close relationship and the main female vampire has a story that will break your heart.

Content note: Frequent violence, includi
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am being very kind to this novel because, for what it is (a vampire novel) it was quite good. Having said that, I'm reminded why I do not like vampires (except when written by Terry Pratchett). 1)There is no humor. I guess if I had to live forever maybe I would become very serious too? 2) They are all so very sensual. If I lived forever, wouldn't I find more to life than sex and lust? Perhaps not...
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Adrienne Monson has always had a voracious appetite for books. When she became a stay at home mom, she finally listened to her muse and began writing.
She enjoys Zumba, kickboxing and weightlifting. She also loves delicious foods, which is why she has to work out so often.
Dissension and Defiance is available where books are sold. Deliverance, the final installment of the Blood Inheritance trilogy

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The Blood Inheritance Trilogy (3 books)
  • Defiance (The Blood Inheritance Trilogy, #2)
  • Deliverance (The Blood Inheritance Trilogy, #3)
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