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Rowan Platts is addicted to success.

When she's presented with the chance to work on a top secret project fronted by her idol, renowned virologist Dr. Margot Miller, Rowan signs her life away without second thought. The realization she’s gotten in over her head comes only after the subject of their study is revealed: a boy with a bad attitude and an uninhibited taste for human blood.

He's a medical anomaly. Having the ability to crush metal with his bare hands and hear a heartbeat from across the room, it would make Rowan’s career if she was the one to discover what made him so unusual.

Easier said than done, with a subject who prefers snapping necks over answering questions.

316 pages, Paperback

Published January 1, 2018

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Danielle Koste

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Danielle Koste is a born and raised Canadian, but currently lives with her significant other in the equally snowy and cold Stockholm, Sweden. While working a day job and learning the language of the locals, she spends her free time honing the craft she's always had a passion for.

When procrastinating, Danielle likes to enjoy other forms of rich story-telling, besides the obvious abundance of novels filling up her apartment and Kindle. Movies, music, and video games are among her favorite time-wasters.

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Profile Image for Sentranced Jem.
1,090 reviews570 followers
December 22, 2017


Title: Pulse
Author: Danielle Koste
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Publication Date: January 1, 2018 


That was unexpected. I'll be honest, I went into this without much expectation, I just NEEDED to read a book that was from a different genre. I've been bombarding my brain with a little too much mafia related books lately... not complaining but still, we do need "fresh air" once in a while. hahaha!
Pulse was unexpectedly good. I honestly don't know which category to put this book under. It wasn't your usual paranormal book to be honest, neither was it your typical science fiction either. I think now that I've read it, I like the fact that it's sort of un-answered and makes you keep thinking about it even after you are done with it.

I will say this, this book makes your heart beat fast, I made the mistake of reading it before bed and I couldn't sleep..so like always...I end up reading it in one sitting. Considering the fact that this book has only 316 pages (paperback version), the details are jam-packed and written very well. The only downside ...eh... not really much of the downside actually, just me being nit picky- The ending was kinda abrupt. Don't worry, I just wanted to know what happens next (You may ignore my last sentence if you wish.. )
For all you romance nuts out there, this book had that too- mild compared to what we normally read. The connection between Rowan and the subject (I'll choose to not disclose it... As a reader, it was fun getting to know his name. So please, if you do plan to read it, don't go searching.) wasn't a physical attraction, at first- will it sound cliché if I said that there was just something and that something grew into love?
I will tell you one thing... this isn't a vampire romance people.....

I hope you add this to your TBR list or pre-order it because I think you'll really enjoy PULSE.
Happy Reading!


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4,300 reviews384 followers
October 23, 2021
It had a cool action promising premise but left me feeling disconnected from the story. Had difficulty focusing on it and felt rather underwhelmed. Just wasn't what I was looking for
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69 reviews12 followers
September 17, 2021
Rating: 4 stars.
Standalone vampire sci-fy romance.

- unique story;
- interesting characters;
- enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance;
- sexual tension;

tw: blood; death. ☠

Pulse is what would have happened if 'The Silence of the Lambs', 'The Passage' and 'Twilight' (or any other vampire romance book you know) had a child together. The story gave me chills. A bit thriller, a bit horror, a bit of love story and lots of blood.

The beginning was a little slow for me, it got much better in the second part, but other than that, it was a great read! It was a solid 4 stars. This book is a standalone, no cliffhanger, but after that ending, I would definitely read the next book, if there ever will be one (okay okay I need it ASAP).
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December 9, 2017
I’ve put a lot of effort into trying to convey what I appreciate about PULSE, but the most truthful way to put it, is this: Every single time I have read this book, I truly enjoyed it.

Confession: I have read it a lot of times.

I have read this book in a single night, I have read it twice in a row, and how I have never once gotten bored with it or simply not felt like reading it again, eludes me. Even when I thought I wouldn’t, when I started it and put it down because maybe I’m just not feeling it, I came back to it. It stays on my mind. I have never started it to not finish it, and I have actively thought about parts I wasn’t so sure about in hindsight, just to be hooked and enamoured by them the moment I actually hit them while reading. PULSE is masterfully crafted as a whole, and there is no single scene, sentence or word in there, that does not fit perfectly into the whole. Story and characters aside, it is simply a well-written book, and how can good writing not take you for a ride? Call me simple, but I cannot complain about just straight up having a damn good time reading a book. I had a enjoyed reading it, and that's it. To me, that’s what makes a good book.

That isn’t to say that the story and characters aren’t worth mentioning of course. PULSE is a story that puts its plot and characters first, and the result is a book that appeals to even people who cared for none of the genres it collects along the way (me). You don’t need to care for vampires to appreciate PULSE’s take on them, and you don’t need to care for romance to appreciate the character dynamics. …Although I admit I’m coming around on the first one. If you like those two things, PULSE does certainly hit all the guilty pleasures you’ve come here for (and more!), but it’s just as enjoyable a ride for those of us looking for nothing more than an engaging YA novel.

I like this book. I think a lot of other people will like it too. No book is for everyone, but what I can say is this: There is a high chance you will not regret reading PULSE.

A side note on the on the concept of vampires in PULSE: You may have noticed PULSE does not shy away from being obvious about its subject. No mystery, no vague hinting, but in-your-face bloodsucking instead. Without picking up the book right now, I would argue the first 5 pages let you know what you're in for, and put the famous V-word in your ears. But if PULSE establishes its vampires early on, I assure you there is a reason. It does so only to give you certainty in your images of the thing, before it starts dissecting them.
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1,064 reviews395 followers
January 7, 2018
"Sometimes, it feels like the hunger is something inside of me. A beast, growling in my gut, and when I feed it, it just gets more angry."
Rowan is a PhD student, working late at the lab one night when a mysterious 'body' is brought in under armed guard. She is quickly sent home and told to forget the whole thing. . . but being ambitious and inquisitive is not a combination she can easily put aside.

I really liked this one! It had a great creepy vibe to it, especially in the first half of the book that read like a cross between Twilight and Silence of the Lambs. It was an interesting combination that defies classification; not exactly horror, or romance, or sci-fi.

Rowan and her burgeoning relationship with the 'test subject' were particularly well-written.
She had wiped the grin off his face, but it lingered in his dilated pupils, a smiling monster hiding just out of sight.
There were perhaps a few implausibilities in the plot, and I wished the author had built their relationship a bit further to bring more credibility to Rowan's actions later in the story, but overall the writing style was very engaging.

Plus, I really liked the What would I do?/How would I react? questions that the author sparked in me as I read the story. This would be a great book for a buddy read - there would be lots to talk about!

I have my fingers crossed that there's going to be a sequel!!!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:
The boy sucked the blood from the plastic bag, his guttural growls overpowering the quickening beep of the heart monitor.

He was a predator, and predators followed their instincts, not their hearts.

No matter how hard she tried, the driven spark that Miller said she saw in her failed to reignite. Something deep in her gut stifled it, a primal instinct, urging flight rather than fight.

He unfolded his gangly limbs like a spider and rose to his feet.
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Author 2 books48 followers
February 4, 2018
*received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts here are my own and are not influenced by receiving the book for free.

Why is every time I finish a really good book, the only thing I can think or say is ‘Holy Shit’. It’s like words completely fail me and I can’t form sentences anymore.

Let’s give this a try…

This book is not what I was expecting at all. Like… 100% I was completely expecting some paranormal romance trash (said with utmost love, because I love paranormal romance) and not this… smart, plot-twisty, heart-pounding wonder of a novel.

Plot-twisty.. that’s a thing now.

This was such an amazing book. Definitely not for the feint of heart. It’s bloody, gory and would make an absolutely bad-ass movie. Okay, maybe don’t make this into a movie unless they can promise to take the images out of my head and put them on screen. Danielle Koste does such a good job at making the images just come to life in your head. Her descriptions were so simple, but so vivid and made the novel so enjoyable.

Now.. one thing I want to touch on… this is not technically a romance. There’s some undertones of romance between Rowan and ‘the Subject’, don’t get me wrong. And there’s definitely some loving at the end, BUT don’t worry if you hated Twilight or other paranormal romances, read this. This is so worth the read.

It’s more science-y.

See, I can’t even keep my fucking thoughts straight my mind is so blown.

I loved everything about this. Like absolutely everything. This is going on my favorite books of 2018 list and I honestly hope this author comes out with other stories soon, because this was unlike anything I ever read before.

I want more.
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1,843 reviews10 followers
December 11, 2017
I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review, blog tour and giveaway can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

You do realise that you actually miss a specific genre when you finally get a chance to read it again! For the lovers of supernatural and vampires, I give you PULSE! Danielle Koste manages within a standalone(?) novel to recreate an atmosphere of mystery gritty details, gory scenes and a hint of romance.

Rowan is a scientist who is eager to learn and to please. When the DOD brings to the laboratory she works a mysterious subject, she and her colleagues will realise that some legends can be scientifically real.

I liked how Danielle didn't sugarcoat anything. The boy-man(?) is actually scary, there are no sweet nothings whispered and of course he doesn't glitter in the sun! Instead, there is action, sarcasm, some really hot scenes and lots of science!
Add in this gorgeous cover, which is a give away with its simple, yet bloody design and you have it! I can't wait to see what more Danielle can create! And I do hope that this book will have a sequel too!
December 9, 2017
I've had the privilege to read Pulse through multiple editions and the editing process. Let me tell you, the work Danielle has put in has not been in vain.

When I read the book for the first time, I stayed up all night (despite it being a school night) and consumed it in 7 hours. Rowan is a strong protagonist who takes command of her story and sets the tone, both for the characters around her and the writing style.

Many people point out the fact that it's obvious what Lyall/paranormal genre is without explicitly stating it, and it most certainly does that well; but the plot also revolves around morality and ambition, with very convincing scientific explanations behind it all.

If you're looking for a book thats immediately engaging, fast paced, and leaving you wanting for more, then this absolutely is a must read.
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359 reviews
February 15, 2018
This book was.....Incredible.
Going by the cover I thought it is some dark romance. But I was so happy that it was not.

It was a long time since I had my last book on my Top Sci-fi shelf😉. It's very rare to get a sci-fi book like I want. Usually sci-fi books are either young adults or too much erotics. I wanted a good romance with a bit of science. And I got exactly what I wanted.

Coming to the story. It was awesome. Rowan is a PhD student working in a laboratory. When a body is bought on a gurney in the middle of the night, she is curious. The body belongs to a guy known as subject because he has superhuman powers. That's it. I was hooked.

I loved the 'Subject'. Rowan was a good character. Loved her passion. But I didn't like the way she used her friend Cameron. She came of as a selfish woman. And the ending was rushed. I wanted more. I wish there is a sequel.
Lastly, I think this book will make a very good movie.
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Author 6 books32 followers
June 11, 2018
4.08267473 stars.

You can read my more in depth review of this on my blog - Random Melon Reads!

I really liked this. Not your average vampire story. A dark, gritty story with a good blend between science fiction and fantasy that challenges the reader to question their own morals whilst being terrified. Jam packed with action and really strong characters. I did have a couple of minor dislikes with the story towards the end, but nothing that made a noticeable impact on my enjoyment of this.

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93 reviews19 followers
January 4, 2018
I originally saw Pulse over on my friend Meg's blog. I just so happened to comment on her posts (she has two posts about this book up on her blog: a review and interview) and Danielle saw my comment about wanting to read this book for myself. She reached out to me and asked if I would like an eARC of her book in return for an honest review. Of course I said yes! She sent me this book right away. I finished this book in less than 48 hours upon receiving it! Like, it was that good! Seriously. I breezed right through this book. I was hooked from the very first page.

As I read the synopsis and my friend Meg's review, I realized that they were both pretty vague. I wasn't really sure what I was getting into. And you know what, that's honestly the best way to go into this book. Just jump right into it without much information. I definitely think I appreciated the story more this way.

Can we just talk about the cover for a minute?! Like really, look how gorgeous it is! I'm not going to lie, I definitely judge books by their covers and this one drew me right in with the syringe and the blood. Once you read the book, the cover totally makes sense! It matches up really well with the story inside!

A sign of a good book is when you really feel a connection for the characters. Boy, is this true about this story. I love a character who is written really well. Lyall has stolen my heart. He's one of those misunderstood characters that come off as the bad guy but really deep down inside he's caring. I love, love, love him and I want more of him!!

Overall, this is a brilliant story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I know I wasn't able to put it down! I am giving this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars! You can purchase this book beginning January 1, 2018.

Thank you to Danielle Koste for sending me an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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Author 6 books251 followers
March 5, 2019
I so wanted to love this book.

Ok, the premise is that Rowan gets herself into a project where they've captured and are "studying" this young man who's pale, has super speed, super strength, drinks blood to survive, and for some completely unexplained reason NO ONE is calling a vampire. So, let me remedy that.

This vampire is pissed off, wants nothing to do with them, and is ready to kill anyone who enters his room.

So far, so good. Rowan is ambitious and tenacious and driven to success, except she might not have the guts to do whatever it takes to get on top of the food chain. Our heroine's inner monologue of "I should do this, but maybe not, but maybe I'm weak, but this is wrong, but I can do it, so I should do this" is a bit tiring by half the book. She has some nice qualities, and doing the right thing is certainly one of them.

Lyall, our unfriendly vampire, is by far the most interesting character--except we don't get to read his side of things. We have to wonder at how captivity is treating him, how starving is altering his chances of escaping, and ultimately, when Rowan finds him broken, what must have gone through his mind to give up. I would have *love* to read all that, but no. I was stuck with Rowan's guilt, and her unlikely plan to rescue our guy-in-distress.

My first problem started with their logistics. This vampire was unlucky enough to cross paths with a syringe full of morphine that took him out after killing three people at a hospital. But then, the scientist "studying" him says, "well, we can't get near him to sedate him again without someone getting killed." Um... you could drug the blood you're giving him, he's certainly famishing to the point he won't care. Or shoot him with a dart through a tiny hole? Or gas?

Alas, the plot demanded our vampire couldn't be sedated except for the prologue, so there's that. Then the plot kept demanding that logical, intelligent decisions be not made, and it all went downhill from there.

"We don't have cameras in his room because he destroyed them."
Me: why aren't you recording him from the observation room?
Answer: because the plot demands that no one is recording our heroine going to our hero!
Also me: ::headdesk::

Anyway, they get samples. Three samples. One vial of blood, one swab of DNA, and one muscle sample. And NOW we know it's a virus and why do we need a live specimen again? Let's just leave him locked in his room until he dies while we have EVERYTHING we need.


By the time Rowan comes back to convince them to let her work with her vamp to find a cure to his vampirism, she's left alone with him and their own devices. Cause no one cares about studying a vampire. The reason is that they will make more vampires, so they don't need this particular murderous one. So, go away, Rowan! We don't need you or him anymore!

There's so much wrong with that and how science works, and how much any scientist would love to learn from such a live specimen that my head hurts. Not only his biology but his psychology, his emotional state, the history he knows, the true extent of his biometrics (how fast he is, how long can he go without eating, does he sleep?) and answers to multiple questions like are there more of his kind? If for nothing else, you'd still need him alive to keep collecting samples, cause those three things are not going to be enough.


I still loved the premise though! I just wish the evil scientist had made sense because the stakes would have been higher, the risks believable and "just because the plot demands it" wouldn't have ruined the story for me.

This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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201 reviews107 followers
January 14, 2018
Humans are the worst kind of monsters.

I would just like to let everyone know that I received an ARC of this from the author in exchange for an honest review. Because I know we all like to spill tea every now and then, I’m going to start with the negatives and work my way up to the positives.

psst if this is too long and you want to read something that's structured a little better, this will be up on my blog soon.


First things first, the prologue definitely needs some work. It’s a good concept and would entrance me into reading it, if only it was written a little bit better. Which is odd because the rest of Koste’s action scenes are brilliant. The prologue, however, was a little bit all over the place and it made me hesitant going into the book. This hesitance lasted for about 5 chapters into the book, which sucks because the first 5 chapters weren’t all that bad. I wasn’t given a chance to enjoy it.

Furthermore, there were a few grammar mistakes. In Chapter 1, Koste frequently writes Phelps instead of Phelps’. It looks okay when I write it like that, but it’s supposed to be possessive. Phelps words were not as casual as the expression he was attempting.” See? That’s not right. We know that she isn’t that bad at grammar though because she does use the correct Phelps’ in subsequent chapters.

Finally, there are a lot of evident run-on sentences in the first half of the book. As there isn’t that much action, these are especially noticeable and distract a little from the plot. It hinders the flow of the book and makes some of the writing seem slightly juvenile. There were commas in places that didn’t need commas. There were missing commas in places that did need commas. Ultimately, if slightly off grammar ruins a book for you then this might be a little much.


Now on to the positives. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, I did respect the whole ‘human decency’ thing that she has going. She’s actually a morally good person which is pretty dope. I’m also in love with some of the side characters – mainly Cameron with “his dark brown eyes so naive and honest” and Phelps. They’re beautiful human beings as well!

Koste also writes excellent action scenes. I was engrossed every time something dramatic was happening, and the way she writes it just makes you want to read more . The first time I realised this was with this line; “Rowan predicted his next move just before everyone else, twisting her body away as he lifted the whole bed frame off the floor.” Having said that, Koste ends each chapter with a bang. It’s like those season finales that end on a cliffhanger, but actually good. You don’t need to wait a whole year to find out what happens!

Thirdly, the dialogue isn’t half bad! I don’t want to use any examples for the fear of spoiling something, but trust me, it’s deliciously creepy at some points. Sometimes it even jumps up into the realm of fear.


In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book to those who like to mix science with the supernatural. Even though the science part wasn’t as strong as I would like, it was still there. Overall, it’s a fun and quick read that should have your heart racing as you dive into the covers.


– Despite the author neglecting to mention gender prior to this chapter, I assumed Dr Miller was a man! Shame on me. I guess this just shows my ingrained sexism.
– Hopefully, everyone knows this already but the relationship in this book is not healthy. It’s a good fantasy, but if you have a person like the love interest in your life ... then please seek help. Or leave.
– Sometimes the characters can be a little dumb or over the top. This happens in most books, but it’s still a little frustrating.
– I actually rooted for the romance in this. Normally I wouldn't because it's obviously super unhealthy, all relationships between predators and prey is, but it’s still pretty sweet.
– trigger warning for anorexia. This happens nearer the end of the book. It isn't about anorexia specifically, but it sure sounds like someone suffering from the disorder. "The more I was able to control it, the less consuming the hunger felt."
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24 reviews7 followers
December 29, 2017
Rating: 3.75/5

This review may contain mild spoilers for this book (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I'd put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!

12 reviews
December 11, 2017
I have had the privilege of watching Pulse grow from a rough draft into a complete, polished novel. I could hardly contain my excitement when I finally had my hands on a published copy of the novel that I first began reading back in 2013. Pulse and its author, Danielle Koste, did not disappoint. I read the entire book cover to cover in one afternoon. The sophisticated writing and development of the characters throughout the book keep you hanging on and craving more. The book is a must read for anyone who enjoys paranormal fiction. It provides a refreshing and unique take on an age-old monster!
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237 reviews56 followers
December 22, 2017
It has been a while since I have read a book about the paranormal, but this was the perfect book to jump head first into and reignite my love for everything paranormal. It was very beautifully written and strong in the way of bold characters who stood for what they believed in.

Rowen is a scientist, ready to learn and please those around her. When a mysterious subject is brought to the facility she works at, she pushes herself onto the project to work with some of her greatest idols. Not all is what she hopes though, she finds herself struggling between right and wrong. Finding out who she is as a person along the way, standing up for what she believes in no matter the consequences. Learning to love and lose people along the way.

The romance in this story was beautiful and so realistic. It was not love at first sight, it was a relationship that grew. Rowen was not really sure when her feelings started to shift and I think that's how love works, one day it just hits you and it's that wow moment that shift everything.

I had the pleasure to voluntarily read and review an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

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307 reviews25 followers
December 16, 2017
I received a copy for an honest review

I gave this book 5 stars. It was one of those books I was unsure about but ended up not being able to put down. It was such an engaging sci-fi/new adult romance. I would highly recommend it.

Lyall was unexpected. I thought because of what he was, that he was going to be a basic brooding bad boy that was so moody that would be the only thing anyone could focus on. This was not the case. Lyall was such a little shit. Playing without protagonists emotions and just messing with her for fun. It was playful and I loved that.

As for the story itself, I was very pleased with how it played out. The story felt almost metaphoric at times. I don’t know how to describe it. It was very fast paced. The book was around 300 pages and I read the entire thing in two sittings (I decided to take a shower halfway through and then continue). This book will be done in no time.

I loved how his condition was never given a name. I know everyone thinks vampire right away, but I like how it was rationalized and how there was that scientific element to a classic myth.

The story felt edgy, almost like a plotline in American Horror Story but with a happier ending. The atmosphere of the story was creepy. It felt isolated because we only had about 5 important characters, the story was very contained to just a few of them.

Overall, creepy and engaging, I would definitely recommend that you give this book a read. It’s refreshing and I think it adds something new to the genre.
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60 reviews17 followers
January 17, 2018
I stayed up the whole night to finish this. All I can say is how PERFECTLY AMAZING this book was!!! The only thing I hated was that it ended. AGH! I just might have to re-read it.
12 reviews
January 20, 2018
I won't beat around the bush: I've read this book many times and I even helped do the final beta read. For the potential bias, I took off one-star. This review will also be short because Pulse is best read with no fucking idea of what you're getting into.

So what can I say about Pusle?

1. This is not a vampire novel. Yes, the book has a bloodsucker of the violent variety, but you won't find any swooning heroines or brooding bad boys. This is story about science, violence, and morality.

2. This isn't a book about perfect characters who make perfect decisions. You'll groan, slam your head on the desk, then clutch the characters protectively because you love them anyway.

3. You'll finish this in a day. The suspense and desire to see what Rowan does next will keep you up all night. Koste does a brilliant job of consistently upping the stakes until you feel like ripping your hair out.

4. Yes, you will cut yourself on all of that edge. You've been warned.

What are you waiting for? Go read it.
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65 reviews1 follower
March 20, 2023
To start, way back in my days of Wattpad, I started reading this book one chapter at a time as it was published online. I was obsessed. I loved the idea of a medically created vampire. Of vampirism being something other than supernatural. Unfortunately for me but fortunately for the author, the story was signed to become a book before the end was ever posted on Wattpad, and the story was soon after removed. I was heartbroken but I never forgot. Now, I have the published copy of the book, I’ve read it, and this is my review.

It took me a moment to relax into the simplicity of the writing style and to focus on the story  being told. The book I read before this one, “The Turn of the Screw,” was ecstasy for a formalist. This book is not that. It’s written for more general appreciation. Once I was able to get my mind to switch reading styles, I was so into the story.

It was good and I found great enjoyment from the story. I sort of wanted it to have a more depressing ending but I'll never begrudge an author for their vision. The author wrote a good story with relatively consistent pacing. I'm glad I never forgot about this story and came back to it.
Author 1 book84 followers
December 21, 2017
Overall: an enjoyable and easy reading YA story that doesn't try to be more than it is, doing well to keep focus on its centre: a dance between an young and ambitious scientist and a romanticised, dangerous subject.
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167 reviews3 followers
January 1, 2018
I won't beat around the bush: the book disappointed me. 2 stars for the potential. I desperately wanted to like it... I'm sorry, Danielle!

I was one of those Wattpad readers who has been awaiting this book for years (not even sure how many years, but too many nonetheless). I remember this story as unique, a new vantage point on vampires and it inspired me to write my own story. Over time details always become vague, but the idea was there. I really couldn't wait to read the finished, revised product. Reading Pulse is the first thing I did today, release day.

Then why did it disappoint?

The story is about an aspiring virologist, Rowan Platts, who gets involved in a morally questionable project involving a 'human' subject. Along the way, she and the subject develop a bond.

There's so much potential in this. Vampires and science and ethics? Count me in!

What happened? As I was reading, I came to the conclusion that I had matured and the story hadn't. I don't have the means to compare it to the original story on Wattpad, but I feel like it is mostly the same. The same story. The same characters. The same writing style. (I could be wrong though). Why isn't this enough?

The plot lacked, the world building lacked, the characters lacked and the suspension of disbelief lacked at some point (too many plotholes and omitting of information). The writing style was too descriptive for my liking. There were a lot of grammatical errors and typos (and I'm not even a native English speaker). The ending was very abrupt. The romance wasn't credible. The pacing was generally too slow. There was a certain 'evil versus good' theme in this book while I'm more a 'shades of gray' kind of person, unless the theme is really well done.

While I don't generally mind a simple plot (and I did like the pacing from about 20% ~ 50%), in combination with a non-existent world building and flat characters, it became fatal for me. I like the idea of a scientific approach on vampires. I didn't like the execution. Danielle made it seem like the virus was a tangible thing, like it could be grabbed and put at one's whims, like it was one's most prized possession. The plot didn't very much engage on the scientific explanation of vampires (which was okay for me), but the story made everything seem so simple: "We need a cure!" (couple pages later) "We have the cure!". Like there weren't any hardships. Instead, Danielle focuses on the development of the relationship between Lyall and Rowan. This relationship felt totally nonexistent to me. It was too forced. The cause was probably the fact that all the characters felt very two-dimensional. Rowan was a crybaby (I totally didn't recognize her 'ambition for success' in the story) and a scaredy-cat whose heart was pumping and thudding on every page. I still know next to nothing about Lyall. If I have to believe Rowan, he is 'darkness incarnate'. He tells Rowan his life story in basically one paragraph, which raises more questions than it answers.

The other characters, I can count on one hand. They don't really add anything to the story except as a device to move the story forward. Cameron annoyed me greatly. Like who the hell encourages their friend into signing contracts involving the hazard of death and worse? He must be really retarded.

And well the ending. I think it was supposed to be emotional, but it didn't do it for me. The thing going on with Rowan at the end (I'll try not to spoil) seems very out of character. The book abruptly stops. I feel like there is going to be a second installment which could be potentially good (again), and I will probably read it in hopes Danielle will make good on that potential.
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42 reviews
June 13, 2020
I read Pulse years ago when I was still waiting for each chapter release, and since, I have reread it multiple times. I really can't get enough of this story and it is probably one of my favourites of all time.

I'm not even sure why, just that something about this just grabs me, and at the end of the day I think its the character dynamics.

Lyall and Rowan have amazing, natural, chemistry and its something we as the reader would find enviable, as it is pervasive in the entire story. The personification of Lyall as an animal is so visual I can definitely imagine every movement and look he makes, and if that isn't enough, it gets better when Rowan starts to see him as human. As a person with feelings and emotions. Every observation Rowan makes in this story makes me feel like I'm right there observing the same thing!

Rowan herself is a star. Brilliant, intelligent, vulnerable, I thought she was strong without being unrealistic.

Is this the most well written story? Probably not. There's some grammar and spelling mishaps, and there's certain plot points that could be developed, but the thought behind characteristization and the new scientific take on vampirism is absolutely stunning and made me feel like I was quite literally an observer of their romance unfolding. I don't think you need to enjoy romance to enjoy this.

Gah! I only wish there was a sequel, so that I could gush over them some more. That, or if I could find me a Lyall :*) But alas, the ending is perfectly bittersweet and is a fantastic conclusion.
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7 reviews
January 18, 2018
Love. Love. LOVE!
First let me just start by saying the reason I got this book was because I saw it was a new author and I like to read/support newer authors. Once I ordered the book, I seen some reviews about the book and couldn't wait to read it.
I started reading and immediately got addicted! I could not put the book down. The whole book was just well written and has a great flow. I've had so many mixed emotions while reading this book! It just gave me an awesome feeling while reading it. It has been so much fun getting to know the characters and their stories. This is no ordinary "vampire" book. In fact the author never even implies that the boy is a vampire, instead she used monster. His abilities clearly describe a vampire, however it was never implied. What is actually kind of funny is, I don't usually like vampire books but I LOVED this one. The only vampire books I actually liked before were the twilight series. All other vampire books I just could not get into...
I don't want to spoil the book for you all, however I will say this book has a different way of looking at vampires; at least this vampire. Definitely a great book!! I've been recommending it to EVERYONE I know. Funny how people would just observe me reading this book smiling and smirking in my own little world.
Can't wait to see what Danielle Koste writes next!!!!
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April 30, 2020
My disappointment in Pulse doesn't really stem from the fact that it isn't very good (I've read a lot of not very good books) but rather the fact that it had so much potential. It might just be that it checked a lot of boxes of things I am very, very weak for - vampires examined through a scientific lens, a truly interesting vampire who was simultaneously monstrous and very human, a main character who struggled with her warring hunger for knowledge and the need to do the right thing, a captivating dynamic between the two created through forced proximity and a sort of enemy of my enemy mentality, a bit of enemies to lovers, a critical examination of how we use modern science without being critical of science itself - but I really, deeply wanted to love it.

But it was just abysmally written. It read like a first draft, with copious errors, typos, repetitive writing, poor sentence structure, plot holes, all that not very good stuff. Was there an editor involved anywhere along the way? A proof reader, even?

I don't think Koste is necessarily a bad writer - as I said, the book had a lot of potential - and if she ever makes some kind of rewrite of Pulse I'd be all there for it, but as it stands? Not even close to ready for print. The two stars are for the potential and the vampire, because I did like him quite a lot.
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