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(Venom #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  622 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Vampires, Lycan, and Rock Stars? Oh my...

When Melody Williams goes missing at a concert, at Club Nightshade, her eighteen-year-old cousin, Chelsey Fairfax, sneaks into the club to find answers. Little does she know that some mysteries are better left hidden.

Meanwhile, Venom is in town, a hot new band from Europe, and the owner of Club Nightshade wants them there permanen
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Dark Shadows Publishing, LLC
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Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
It was nice as a quick introduction to characters and world building, obviously there is an attraction between the two POV'S i think the story looks very interesting and what a cliffhanger=ger!!!!
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rating:3.5/5 stars

This book was more engaging than I thought. I really enjoyed the writing style and the way the plot unfolds. Unfortunately, again the ending was too abrupt for my liking, but otherwise, I am eager to continue with the series and to see where it'll go.
Oct 30, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Narration - Meghan Kelly - I didn't care for the narration. I love Meghan's voice, but she is not a character actor. My suggestion to Meghan, (if she were ever to read one of my reviews - lol) would be to get back to the basics. Tell the story and don't try to create all of these character voices, (because right now, you can't) But your voice is lovely, so just drop the pitch a bit for your male characters and change pitch for your females but don't try to turn each one into a caricatur
Susan Commeford
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Left hanging

Well, this was rather disappointing...the story leaves you hanging at the end. It read okay, although a little better editing couldn't hurt. But there was no real pull to continue.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Although this was quite a short read, this has been my favourite work by this writer. The characters still don't seem to have much depth to them, but the plot line seems to have been more carefully thought out. It seems to be a slight spin off from the Roamers series, but stands well enough by itself. The story moves along at a good pace, and the ending is quite climatic, and a good hook to get people reading the next book in the series.
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That was the whole thing? It seemed more like a teaser..when you get to read the first 2 chapters before buying the book.

It was interesting...but I really need more to decide if I like it or not. It was just the beginning set up.
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for the next one!
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling suspenseful ride filled with drama, humor, horror, sorrow, sadness as well as smiles and laughs from start to finish, the author covers many types of supernaturals. An intrigue unique read that is fast paced for the most part, it has a very interesting plot with wonderful characters. It is steamy with some very hot hunk that you are so going to love.

When Chelsey hunts down her cousin in a nightclub she has no idea how much it is going to change her life or what all she will lose. One
Amber Ivers
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book at the end of Illusions. At first it was hard to read because I had just finished Illusions and my heart was still breaking. But, I am a little confused. It doesn't mesh a little with the original arc as in we are made to believe Ethan is gone during this time in the original but he shows up in this one. There isn't a clarification of that either. So, now the question is "Was Ethan there or not?" It explains one of the mysterious deaths in the original story but adds more questi ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is more interesting then I thought it would be, I got the audio version and love the narrator she has an amazing voice, but her male voices are not the best yet, they mostly sound like a girl trying to sound like a guy. I do think she does an amazing job with the female voices and has a nice british accent.
The plot is really good I love how it builds up smoothly and has a lot going on, lots of twists and turns and a good story line.
the ending is good but a real cliff hanger.
It's worth
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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I liked it. The story and characters were engaging and the story really draws you in. However, the ending left a lot to be desired. It just leaves you hanging. I'm dying to see what happens next though, so I'll definitely be reading the next installment
Denise McLendon
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

Definitely not twilight but interesting and captivating can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. Love K Middleton a.k.a. Cassie Alexandra I have read her MC series and looking forward to reading the rest of the series
Jessie Mckissick
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read!

I found this lite fantasy romance an enjoyable afternoon escape. The characters were exciting with unexpected, terror-filled moments that kept the story interesting.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyable somewhat original series. Entertaining enough to keep me reading....
Alicia Hoover
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
amazing cant wait to read the next book!!!
Barb VanderWel
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very fast pace and it kept me reading. But when I came to the end it was so disappointing not because it was bad but because I didn't have the other book yet. A must read.
Tammy Bandy
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the whole series. I didn't like the incomplete and misspelled sentences.
Catherine Vickers
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in ages. Fast moving with twists and turns. It is a YA, but there's plenty of monsters. My kinda vampire story. Although I got this one free in a book of stories, I will buying this particular series, as I have to know what pans out.
Mar 12, 2017 added it
very good, but a slow start
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Cannot believe it was that short. I hardly got to know the characters before the book ended in a cliffhanger! Ridiculous!
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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My rating: 4.5 stars
Audiobook narrator Meghan Kelly rating: 4.5 stars

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

At first, I took a look at the book cover and was a little worried that I got myself into a cheesy romance novel. I was pleasantly surprised! This was a fun and short novel that made me think of a blend between Storm Front and Moon Called (though much closer to Storm Front than Moon Called, in my opinion). The main difference with the book Venom is that the overall main ch
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Venom being with Melody Williams being missing after attending the club Nightshade. Chelsey Fairfax started looking into her cousin Melody's disappearance. Little did she knows that Venom, a hot European band is playing at the club. Meeting Slade, the lead singer of the band, was instant attraction. Chelsey didn't think of seeing him again since Venom was just passing through her town.

Slade and his band Venom was invited to Nightshade to play for the owner of the club. However, Nightshade wante
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Venom" is a sweet little 'new adult' novella that features an eighteen year girl named Chelsey who is looking for her missing cousin who was last seen at a local club called Nightshade. When Chelsey and her friend, Susan sneak into the club with fake id's she is surprised when she is offered the chance to meet the band, Venom, lead by lead singer, Slade. Slade is as sexy as they come but there appears to be something different about him.

Yeah, Slade is a vampire but all is not what it seems in t
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **


Venom is a band full of supernatural members! They are mostly vamps, but there is a lycan too...and that just screams sexy! The story starts with Melody dying to hook up with Slade the lead singer of Venom....she is out for a girls night and does not come home the next day...her cousin Chelsea is concerned about her, so her and her bestie go to the club Melody was at to kind of inves
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this first book of the Venom series. At just over two hours long it was a quick listen that was over before I knew it.

This one is difficult for me to review without giving some spoilers since the book was so fast and so full of hilites. However, I will say that Kristen Middleton does an excellent job of setting up what will happen in the rest of the series. I find myself caring very much what happens to Melody and Chelsea in the upcoming books.

Meghan Kelley does a fine job of
Concetta Phillipps
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this one on the stronger edge of Kristen's writing. Venom is a fun book that's light reading - great for the beach ladies!

I think this is area that's been well-tred before with Anne Rice's Lestat series and the Sookie Stackhouse novels/True Blood TV show. Given that it has been a path walked before, I think it gave KM a great path to follow an kept her on target with the story. She's definitely improved her editing and layout choices for the book - though I still question her cover choi
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