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Line of Descent

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Some women dread the idea of turning into their mothers. For Elise Gardener, that dread has twisted into an all-too-real nightmare.

Elise has always been the spooky misfit of her wealthy family—and a disappointment to her overbearing mother. Elise’s problem is that she’s supernaturally sensitive. She’s an empath who can’t help seeing and feeling the intimate emotions—
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published February 13th 2015
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This book review, like all my other reviews, can be found on my Wordpress blog: Bookshelves & Paperbacks.

I was contacted by the author and he was kind enough to provide me with a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to be one of the first people to read and review this book, and I’m glad I got the chance to read such a different piece of YA literature.

I’m not much into paranormal books, and I never have been. Recently,
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Line of Descent touches on many things that we face in life, just in a supernatural way. It combines a thriller aspect with a supernatural fantasy aspect. Elise is a psychic, gifted with the ability to see auras. She has what seems to be an inexplicable liking for her camp counselor, Mallory. After the death of Elise's mother, Mallory is sent to an exclusive peninsula, and thrown into a world of unimaginable luxury. Mallory and Elise solidify their friendship throughout the book, as the ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
With Line of Descent, James Derry has created an entertaining and cleverly elaborated story. Elise is a very interesting character with a gift who wants to live life without being domineered by third parties. She and Mallory are rather likeable, there is depth in their thoughts. I was drawn into the story right away - as a silent and invisible bystander. The author tells the story in a quite intense way - giving the reader the opportunity to be very close; he handles his characters with empathy. ...more
Barb Taub
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
James Derry’s debut novel puts the dark back in fantasy. While they might live on a beautiful Georgia coastal island, the force that leads the Gardener family is ancient, alien, and above all dark. Like most good—and evil—fairy tales, this one focuses on the number three. Three women are locked in a struggle that only two can survive. First is Regina Gardener, whose suicide as the novel opens doesn’t keep her massive will from reaching out to control future events. Second is her daughter, Elise, ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it

Line of Descent has some very unique elements, like the way Elise views auras. She does not only see colours - they are flower shaped and accompanied by smells and it is all exquisitely complex. Add that to a secluded environment (an estate on a peninsula owned by her filthy rich family), an eight thousand year old plot (view spoiler), a perfectly normal human with plenty of baggage of her own
S.F. Benson
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

James Derry's "Line of Descent" is a dark, creepy horror story. I enjoyed the well-written suspenseful tale of Elise Gardener, a girl destined to become just like her mother, grandparents, etc.

I loved the characters Derry crafted. Elise moved me to sorrow. The poor girl lost her mother and was forced to carry out a strange, twisted family tradition. Mallory was someone in the wrong place at the wrong time. She
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Given the plethora of e-books – fresh titles appearing in their thousands every day – searching for real quality among them can sometimes seem like a hopeless task; so here at least is a sound piece of advice: read ‘Line of Descent’ by James Derry. It is a truly excellent work, in my opinion to be ranked with the best in modern fiction.
The author has summarised the plotline in the book description above, so there is no need for me to do that. Suffice it to say that I found the story fascinating
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r
***I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, Lovers of Paranormal.***

I've been thinking about how I felt about this book since I finished it last night. It was different, to be sure. It kept my attention and was surprising, although I could have guessed that ending twist. It just wasn't what I had expected.

Elise was a great character. Strong, willful and resilient, I definitely enjoyed her most. Mallory was, in my opinion, weak compared, and was deserved of the plot twist, lol ;)

Judy Goodwin
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, psychic
I thought this was an okay book, but the ending didn't really satisfy me. I think it was because the book was labeled as a "fantasy" novel when it was delivered to me; I see now that on Amazon the main category is now horror/occult. If I had approached this novel as a horror, I think I would have been better prepared. The book was well written and the plot drew me along. I think it was an interesting premise: an ancient (and possibly alien) intelligence has been replicating itself through a ...more
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-goal
** I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Lovers of Paranormal, LoP**

'Line of Descent' was a good supernatural/paranormal thrilling read. The storyline was well written and it pulled me in from the beginning. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were a great cast of personalities. Elise made a good lead. The memories she endured and how she dealt with them, along with her ability to see emotions made her an interesting character. It had me wanting a different outcome
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

Well, first off, I didn't expect that ending! That made me give 3 stars. Great plot twist.
The reason why I gave 3 stars, is mainly because I didn't overly connect with the story and the characters. I did like the story line and like I already said, the ending.
And I guess, I'm also a bit in a reading slump for the moment. That has nothing to do with the book.
I don't want to reveal too much, but let me just say...
Jenn : Godzilla is King
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from LoP in exchange for an honest review.

Wow!! I couldn't put this book down. So not what I expected. The story line between Mallory and Elise was like watching a movie, and the detail given to describe the Wise One and Elise's changes were just so addictive. Elise was strong in how she kept fighting. Her family members however were a bunch of wackos and so was Cray. I really felt like I was there with Mallory experiencing everything she went through. The ending
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I started reading Line of Decent and couldn't put it down. Very impressive debut book by James Derry. The novel is a supernatural story that turns into a thriller with a surprise twist that you won't see coming. Well developed and likable characters that you want to root for. Especially Mallory who I hope comes back in Derry's next book! If you are looking for a good read, I recommend this book.
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wasn't really my thing but not that bad!
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“Think about the world the way it is now. Each generation mourns for the golden years of their youth. Each generation weeps that times have never been so bad. Then their children grow old and wail that things have become even more unbearable. Their golden years are the previous generation's worst days.” 0 likes
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