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NYV: PUNK (New York Vampire #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  33 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
NYV: PUNK is a dark and sexy coming of age story of adventure, music and horror set in the harsh 1980s New York Punk scene. (UF / NA)

With only his mother for company, rural isolation in East Texas was as boring and bleak a life as Christian could imagine. The most exciting thing to look forward to were monthly visits from the nice old lady who took his mother shopping in t
Published September 2015
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Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 OMFUG stars
“If you kin walk through the darkness of this earth you can be the light of the world.”

NYV: Punk is an urban fantasy throwback to the 1980's, where we follow a sheltered fifteen year old boy find his place in the city that never sleeps. Christian leaves the isolation of his home in search of something more... he finds trouble along the way, taking for granted just how lucky he was to walk away. In NY he meets a bunch of street kids who take him under his wing and show him the
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NYV: Punk by KD McQuain

I'm not sure what I thought of this novel. It seemed awesome via the cover, the synopsis and what some of my reader friends said about the book but overall this book wasn't a hit with me.

This novel follows Christian, our lead who goes off in search of a coming of age story for himself. This book twists into an interesting fantasy novel that not only follows Christian growing as a character but involves some vampires and fantasy all splashed into these fine pages of this bo
Taylor Knight
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review
3.5 stars
I have no idea what to say about this book. I have so many questions. This book made me question everything but in a good way.
I liked how this book was written, the writing style was really good, but at times it was vague and I couldn't really grasp what was going on. The prologue has a header saying it's taking place in Mexico City, 1984 but chapter one doesn't say anything about what year it is or the location. It w
✟Roxanne✟(Death by Book Avalanche) ☠
I received this ebook for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

If I read this book not knowing that this was the author's first book I never would have guessed. The writing is fantastic! You can really see the huge amount of time and effort that was put into writing this novel.
I read this quite a while ago now but it still sticks with me, for me that's a sign of a great book!
As a member of an alternative subculture this book really appealed to me and was a very original idea. T
K.D. McQuain
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, but then again I am biased, it took me a long time to write. The second book in the New York vampire series, AMYM: The Mamluk Who Defied Death, is now available and I am actively working on the next installment which I hope to have out in the summer of 2017. Until then I would love to hear what you think of books 1 and 1.5. As a new author I am especially interested in your feedback. If you have the time, please write an honest review here on Goodreads, or on Amazon, or whereve ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was odd - but in a good way. On the one hand, it is a coming-of-age story of a fifteen year old sheltered boy leaving his over-religious mother ending up in New York. This subject was very interesting in its own way, especially the detailed description of the Punk scene in New York, with all the ugliness of the rough and dirty town, but also the variety and deep loyalty going on in the scene. It all felt very real and it was obvious that the author spoke from his own experience instead ...more
Linda Romer
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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NYV:PUNK-A Novel by KD McQuain

I enjoyed this Novel. I'm from New York so the many places described in this story are familiar, which made NYV:PUNK all that more enjoyable for me.
The story starts off with the Prologue that describes a gruesome ritual, an offering of blood to Quetzalcoah.
The story is about a boy named Christian who has been sheltered all of his life by his mother. They live in rural Texas and Christian has nothing to do with the outside world. No school, no friends, no T.V., onl
Catskill Julie
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it! Book contains plenty of explicit sex and violence.
The author is off to a ripping start on a rather unique new adventure-with-vampires series. Like some other good adventure/thriller books, the story links interesting (bloody and creepy) historical material with current -- set in the 80's -- action. In this case a coming of age protagonist and his friends, adrift on the surprisingly violent streets of Manhattan, encounter characters with seemingly-magical abilities bent on our
Hilary Mortz
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book. It started off a bit like a YA novel when we meet up with our innocent young hero, Christian, accidentally running away from his strict God-fearing home in the American South. The story rapidly grows darker and more explicit as Christian is conveniently absorbed into the early 1980's punk scene in New York.'s Lower East Side. We eventually find out that nothing that happens to him is a coincidence and that his destiny is mapped out in a completely different path as ...more
Darlene Cruz
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just my kind of read, the fluency and detailed description made the vile dirtiest of the city come to life and the violence dance when the action called for it. I liked how the story built itself around the protagonist and New York mean streets. It takes guts surviving the streets, by it's writing I felt it all. The many characters and the paranormal entities were entertaining to say the least. The author written the tale with grittiness and I like it. Thank you for a free digital download in ex ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
this book is odd but in a I cant put this down/up until 12:30 reading just one more chapter. Chris has an overzealous religious nut for a mother who teaches him how to "cleanse" himself. He turns 15 then up and leaves. Ends up in NYC after a traumatic event in a bus station terminal bathroom. this book has made me NEVER EVER want to go to NY. gross/dirty/crime uggg. for a "vampire" book its very vague as to who is or is not a vampire and then BAM the dirty vamps show up in force. excited to see ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing read, the storyline is very well thought out and written. The main characters are very well developed. I got totally immersed in this this book it kept me guessing as we went along and the author totally made me feel like I was right there feeling the punk scene. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. K.D McQuain did an awesome job writing this book. I received this book from the author.
Karen Siddall
The story opens in Mexico City, 1984, at a recently uncovered ruin of an Aztec temple. Itzel, a high priest, is performing a gruesome sacrifice to Quetzalcoatl, the old god of his people. The blood of the sacrifice runs down through the cracks and seams of the old structure to deep under the temple to what has lain in wait for centuries.

Fifteen-year-old Christian Leclères had lived all his life in the rural East Texas home with his mother. Home-schooled and never allowed off the home place alone
Amiya Powell
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Omagod Omagod Omagod! This book was awesome. First, I'm a New Yorker to the marrow, and the author did such a fantastic job of portraying a vintage NYC. I could see it all so clearly- the glitter and the grime, the bustle and the danger, and the endless possibility for adventure. Secondly, the characters are well-written. Even the ones who make brief cameos here and there have distinct personalities and pepper the moments with their presence. This book does not drag, no need to skip a few pages ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Goodreads for sending me this book. Not a book I would choose to read from the bookshelf, but I’m really pleased that I read it. I can’t believ it was the authors first novel – the style of writing is impressive. I have only ever visited New York once, but I suppose if you lived there you could truly relate to the streets and the frantic pace of life that New York portrays through the pages of this novel. The story is set in the 1980’s and is all about the punk scene. You can learn a g ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all, I would like to say that this is not typically the genre I read. Second of all, I will say this book has seriously made me reconsider my stance on that.
I truly enjoyed this book. The entire reading experience was interesting from page one. The writing style really grabbed my attention and kept me wanting more.
The characters are all quite fascinating and I can't wait to find out more about them. I will say that there is a fair amount of sex and violence that may not appeal to all
Emily Lynne
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program for an open and honest review. I have to say, this was an awesome book for a debut novel! While it wasn't a genre I would typically go with, I was hooked from the first page and learned lots about the New York punk scene in the 1980s. The main character was well-developed and I think there was a good mix of action, romance (note that there are a few fairly steamy scenes!) and "vampire-ness". Looking forward to reading NYV: Got ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had me wanting more and more throughout it. I would stay up late to read just one more chapter to see what happens next. It takes a lot to grab my attention with a book and this one took and has me wanting more. I can't wait to read the books that K.D. comes up with next.
Lauren - SERIESous Books
DNF'd at 22%, start of Chapter 8

This is a classic case of this book just wasn't for me.

It's a shame because the writing is great! I thought there was a great flow to it despite being very detailed at times. As a reader, it is super easy to visualize everything that is happening and the world itself.

I'm not one for adventure stories--I find them to be slow even if things are happening--and that's how I felt about this book. While Chris' story is interesting, I found it wasn't moving at a pace to
Jim Seitz
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Sep 23, 2016
Bernie Morris
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K.D. McQuain
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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DW McQuain
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KD McQuain developed his love for reading at an early age and has been a voracious Fantasy and Science Fiction reader ever since. He grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, in a neighborhood that used to be called Alphabet City. He got involved in the Punk scene in the spring of 1985, and always had a dog-eared paperback in the cargo pocket of his fatigues. KD graduated from the Fiorello H. L ...more
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