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Running Home

(The Shinigami Vampires)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Death hovers around Ellie Morgan like the friend nobody wants. She doesn’t belong in snowswept Ossipee, New Hampshire; she doesn’t belong in the frigging gift shop she works at, she doesn’t belong with people that death will always take from her, and she definitely does not belong at this black tie party with Kat. But that is where she is, and where he is. Nicholas French, ...more
ebook, 322 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Books of The Dead Publishing
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May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: Julie is my writing partner. Twice a week, she invades my house with a six pack of something. I feed her. Mayhem and foolishness ensues. Books are born.

Like this one. I was the first person who ever got to read Running Home. I read it all in one sitting. I was so in awe that my friend that I've known since elementary school wrote a real book. It draws you in with it's layers and it's side characters. I love Kat, Ellie's roommate. And I love Chris Lynch. He's wonderfully horribl
Chynna-Blue Scott
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where in the hell do I start? This book is AWESOME.

Dialogue for me is majorly important, and the conversations between these characters are so delicious I could just fall right into them. I love Nicholas' snarky and witty comments, and the way he and Ellie communicate is so real you feel like they are out there, somewhere.

The ending took me by surprise, and I love that - when you think you know what's going to happen but the author changes up on you, and yet it still makes perfect sense.

It's da
Nov 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Mark Matthews
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great stuff!

Running Home is a cool and uniquely realized vampire world. Read it for that alone. But the novel also speaks to the suspicion all of us mortals have who feel we may have unrealized supernatural skills. The story brings forth that little voice who tells us we have things this world just hasn't brought out yet.

Who wouldn't want to live with a couple of vampires for a while, telling us we were meant for something more?

But in Running Home, the stakes get higher, things aren't always a
Rob Kristoffersen
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
When my friend Julie Hutchings gave me a copy of Running Home to read, I had to admit, I hadn't read much in the way of vampire fiction. Aside from a couple of shorts from Stephen King's first short story collection, Night Shift, that related to Salem's Lot, The first one hundred pages of Twilight, and Rick Gualtieri's "Bill the Vampire" series, I was virgin to this territory. After reading Running Home, though, my mind is intrigued as to what the genre has to offer, because what Mrs. Hutchings ...more
Jillian Marques
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this book.

That's an understatement. I'm a picky reader, if I don't love it in the first few chapters, forget it, I put it down and walk away.

I was seized by the need to find out what was to come in this story... Ellie intrigued me. Experiencing her relationship with Kat was very revealing of her character. Who doesn't have that goofy friend who's a complete opposite but still manages to pull out the best in you? The depth of their relationship was a complicated layer that gav
Laura Hughes
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I'm thrilled to have been able to read Running Home before publication! I'd been hearing such wonderful comments and reading some pretty enticing quotes from other early readers, I flailed when Julie offered me a chance to read it right away.

The characters pulled me in from page one. Eliza and Kat leaped to life, and I felt I knew them in seconds. Julie's amazing descriptions built their world in my imagination, and the mystery pulled me straight inside it. Who can resist a mysteri
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-faves
I'm a sucker for vampire books, though don't care for stories with excessive gore or sexual content. Running Home was a fresh take on the good old fashioned vampire love story. The writing is fluid and magical, with hints of character humor (I laughed out loud a couple times). I love how Hutchings incorporates Japanese mythology/folklore as a twist. I can't wait to see where the sequel takes us! I enjoyed how flawed characters were combined with magical elements, feelings and desires. I swear ev ...more
J.Elizabeth Hill
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an incredible book. For full disclosure, Julie Hutchings is a good friend of mine, but that's never stopped me from having an honest opinion of the book.

I loved this book. The mystery at the beginning of who and what Nicholas, Roman and Chris were drew me in immediately. Eliza, our heroine, is wonderfully human. She makes mistakes. She's confused by things that happen sometimes, but she refuses to back down or take an easy way out. She's loyal and caring.

The vampires in this story were
Kat Ellis
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel very lucky to get to read this before publication, and there were so many things I loved about this book! Julie brings a wonderful twist to vampire lore, and I was fascinated by the Japanese elements which filtered through. The prose is gorgeous, balancing richly gothic romanticism with contemporary humour and warmth, really bringing to life a very dark and intense story. Totally gripping!
Cassandra Page
This book is a bit like riding a roller coaster. It starts clicking along the track, and there's a slow build ... and then you get to the top of the first incline and it's all waaaaaah!

I only had a couple of tiny niggles with "Running Home". One was the way Eliza (as Ellie is commonly known) fell madly in love with Nicholas from the first time she saw him. She passively accepted some pretty possessive behaviour from him early on as well. However, my frustration at insta-love was mollified when
Melody Winter
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OK, I may have stalked Julie a little before reading RUNNING HOME, another book that I’d had sitting on my kindle for what seems like ages.


I had all the feels whilst reading this book and I absolutely loved it.
I had smiles – brought about by the thought of a cold winter whilst I was baking in high temperatures sitting around a pool (on holiday at the time of reading) I had tears, proper big sobbing tears at a certain part in the book when I got that dreaded feeling that Julie was go
Ms. Nikki
I'm just going to do a quick summary.

Ellie doesn't fit it in.
Out at a party with her friend, Kat, she meets a guy named Nicholas.
Nicholas is a hunter and becomes infatuated with Kat.
Their relationship is a quick one. I meet you. I want you. Let's be together. At times their emotions for each other are unbelievably and I didn't see the attraction. Nicholas would be in her space one moment and cold and distant the next. One minute he would tell her how bad he cared for her and the next moment he
Megan Kay
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
Firstly... Honoured... Just floored to be offered the opportunity to be one of the first people to read this gripping tale...
Each character had me swoon with either their sheer normality, striking splendor, oozing charm, mmmm and those evil snarls...
I will admit, I didn't read it in one sitting, for the sole reason, that I knew the pages left to read were decreasing much too quickly...
Running Home has had my mind totally absorbed since the first paragraph.
Julie Hutchings, you have created such a
Jolene Haley
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review to come!
But let me say in the meantime, this book is amazing!
Melissa Petreshock
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of PNR, UF, contemp fantasy rom, w/thriller edge, HEAVY sexual tension, NO sexfest
(Warning: Contains adult language not suitable for all readers.)

For the full review including all images, go to the Dragon Blog

A couple weeks before I finished reading OF BREAKABLE THINGS by Amy Rolland, a YA Fantasy, I read RUNNING HOME by Julie Hutchings.

Talk about two vastly different books.

Julie's book is definitely New Adult, but classifying its genre is a bit more difficult. It's a bit Urban Fantasy, a bit Paranormal Romance, and a touch Horror too... At least, that was the end result IMHO
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a vampire, Eliza. 5 HEARTS OF DESTINY

What right do I have to consider myself a hero? Because you have to. This burden is your destiny. What are you feeling, Eliza Morgan? Do you feel like this world wasn’t meant for you? You were meant for more. Destiny is waiting to claim you… WOW! WHOA! HOLY... I AM BLOWN AWAY, TRULY. BLOWN. AWAY!! This is a Vampire book like no other I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and I have read a TON of them as Vampires are my first, main and only True Love i
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF .... UGH! Boring!
Jason Cantrell
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: Julie Hutchings is a friend, so I can't promise to be completely unbiased in my review.

I'm not normally one for vampire books; I tend to consider most of the genre cliched and overdone. I lean towards the classics--Bram Stoker and Anne Rice--and away from anything with sparkly vampires. Because of that, I went into this book uncertain how I would feel about it, but curious to see what Julie had done.

The results had both ups and downs, but more ups by far, especially towards the end o
J.C. Lillis
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thumbs up for Running Home, a vampire novel recommended for fans of paranormal horror-romance, unusual heroines, love affairs with equal parts passion and nuance, and richly evocative writing.

First things first: is it a good vampire novel? Does it bring something different to the table? Yes, and here’s why. It was an incredibly smart decision to spice up the Original Recipe vampire tale with elements of Japanese Shinigami mythology. It adds depth and shading to what’s usually a pretty straightfo
Opening Line Literary 'Zine
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Running Home is a book that has been missing from my shelf for many years. A new release from author Julie Hutchings, it is an urban fantasy novel full of addictive charm, engaging, self-aware characters, and a well-researched, powerhouse plot. In truth, the recent craze of urban fantasy novels has largely passed me by, as those I have read have left me dissatisfied. This is not the case with this story. It may not be my typical genre, but Running Home is definitely my kind of book.

It tells the
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Psychocat Reads Review of RUNNING HOME by Julie Hutchings

RUNNING HOME was another of those books floating around on my TBR list. It looked interesting, but it had a slight TWILIGHT vibe that made me a bit nervous. Of course, Mel and I are both friends with Julie on Twitter, so when we invited her to guest on the Dragon Blog that meant it was time to read.

Now that RUNNING HOME made it off my TBR list, let's see how it held up to Psychocat's claws.

The Characters: Reading the blurb, I was a bit wor
S.L. Saboviec
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, 2014
As a paranormal romance, this book has a sexy love interest and a believable struggle. As a horror, it disappointingly picks up steam only at the end.

This is a story about Ellie, a woman who has lost nearly all of the important people in her life, save one. As she drifts, she’s drawn into a dark world of vampires–not the sparkly, gentle kind, but the ones who operate under fate’s command. The further in Ellie slips, the more macabre her story becomes. I loved the twists and turns, and as soon as
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have two favorite things about Julie Hutchings' novel Running Home. First, I loved her characters. She has crafted complex, fully formed characters that jump from the page. By the end of the book you feel like you've actually met them - and may want to invite them over for dinner.

The second thing I love about this book is how she pulled the mythology of the Shinigami into the story, turning what could have been another tired vampire tale into something else entirely. She turned the typical vam
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Julie Hutchings has taken the familiar vampire romance trope and introduced new life into it by reimagining blood suckers as avatars of the Japanese gods of death (shinigami), giving them a interesting set of new abilities and burdens while still designed to please fans of Stephanie Meyer and Charlaine Harris. Where she really succeeds, however, is confronting the reader with the concept of powerlessness in the face of fate. Hutchings' vamps are less about death-dealing than they are about servi ...more
Tammy Farrell
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“This is going to scare you. I can say try not to be afraid but you will be.”

They're not just vampires, they’re gods of death.

I’m really glad I stumbled across this book on the day of its release. I got stuck in the DMV and luckily I had my kindle with this new treasure loaded onto it.First off, a previous review characterized Ellie as passive. I have to disagree with that. I can understand her hesitation to acknowledge what is clearly unusual. I have trouble speaking up when someone butts in
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr
Slight Spoilers.

I liked the idea of the new mythology of vampire that Ms Hutchings created. It was imaginative. Although theologically it didn't always make sense. They're doing good, but they're still evil. How can that be? All that guilt. Even though you know you're saving others from worse pain. Just doesn't make sense. Hero or villain?

But what I didn't like was the secret keeping and the cryptic speeches that Nicholas kept making. A little honest discussion and things would have resolved mu
J.C. Michael
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Julie Hutchings deserves a hell of a lot of credit for this novel.

The tone comfortably fits within the YA Paranormal Romance bracket, but the real skill is the way in which her story can also appeal to those of us who would normally run a mile from this genre. This is a horror novel that can be also be read by jaded adults like myself, having far more to offer than Twilight style horror-lite, and also pull off that elusive trick of leaving us wanting more.

The vivid descriptions which call upon
Ian  Cann
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very different Vampire novel from what I may have been expecting, the prose style and plot kept me gripped to the end, and the Japanese culture/mythology edge was a good touch, but would like more of this in the sequel.

Regardingthe plot, it definitely twisted in unexpected directions and the ending was not something I saw coming. The characters were well fleshed, and it was nice for the female leads to exist in a strong friendship and not just be your typical 'oo a vampire, swoon' characters t
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Running Home really captures the intoxication of a hard fall into love, but raises the stakes and consequences.

Relatable (i.e. flawed, occasionally terrible, but ultimately good and struggling just to make it through the day) characters feel like our friends and loved ones. At times you think "why do I like you again?" but then, without trying, they remind you. Because they're family. Because they're home.

It also offers a fresh take on vampire mythos; one that really justifies the existence of
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