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Shadow Born (Shadows of Salem #1)

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Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiance dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play. Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transf ...more
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Elizabeth Kiefer
This book was rough. I had to really push myself to finish it. The heroine annoyed me enough that I thought about stopping 1/4 of the way through. She's so angry, which yes, her fiancé did just die, but does she have anything else to her? There was one point where she gets mad at her partner for not remembering her fiancé, but then thinks he might have been influenced by a memory wipe, BUT decides he's keeping things from her because he's lying to her. This all makes sense, right?

I don't know i
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Mara
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It's not easy writing a UF novel in such a crowded field. Let's take it into account when judging this new series :)

There's some nice freshness and some cliché I could do without. Overall I'm not pleased when the heroine plays the stupid character and I know more than she does. She jumps into situations without much thoughts. She's not TSTL, at all I believe, but the fact she is ignorant and doesn't know much disturbs me. I blame the author, if you play with classical world building, you have to
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Stacy
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave it 3.5 stars

Both Rebecca Hamilton and Jasmine Walt are new authors to me. I can't remember how the came to be on my radar, but I saw the cover for SHADOW BORN at some point, knew I had to read it after reading the blurb and added it to my wishlist. Once I started reading it became clear that storyline was easy to follow, there were interesting characters and I very easily stayed glued to the pages.

I had no trouble liking Brooke. From the first chapter you start to get a good idea of who s
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Tiblu
Aug 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not worth your time...

Slow,boring and tedious w/a h who ran around shooting off her mouth 1st and asking questions later..... I started off thinking I might like this book but after a while her acting like a bit of an immature,impatient harpy on her worst day of the PMS w/all the tact of a brick up side the head got old fast .... Now if my review is attacked like almost every other review that wasn't a "glowing" 4 or 5 star rating ,some nitpicking over the tiniest of things like some being unsur
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Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
This was not what I expected in all the right ways! The mystery portion of it kept me engaged as I really did not know what was going on. There were so many elements to this story that I once I figured out what was going on I was in heaven.

Brooke is a foul-mouthed, in your face, no nonsense character. Perfect embodiment of a police officer! I loved her in this story because she trusted herself even when all her other senses were being misguided. She stubbornly refused to be cowed into doing thi
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Kendra
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I start? This was my first book from either author, and I'm hooked; they have secured my loyalty with this one book. If you enjoy mystery, murder, and paranormal then this is a must read. If you enjoy Sarah J. Maas, Tim O'Rourke, Lynda O'Rourke, Amy Harmon, or Tara Brown (to name a few) then this should be first on your to be read list. I didn't know what to expect, and was overwhelmingly surprised. And the storytelling and plot; it kept my attention the whole way through, needing to kn ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
There are days when I just need a paranormal fantasy novel, there is something so comforting about the genre even with all its cliches and pitfalls. There are times when I just need to see someone unceremoniously dunked into a pool full of danger, weird creatures, and hot guys…Shadow Born filled that need perfectly!

Brooke is a cop from Chicago, who has a little gift that allows her to see memories attached to things she touches. She’s been up against vampires but when she gets to Salem she learn
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Amara ⚔


3.5 stars

Read at Angel's Book Heaven

This book was good.Not the "I will read-it-again" good.But it had a nice storyline that could potentially develop as we go further into the series.

Brooke Chandler is a Chicago PD detective who transfers to Salem to investigate the death of her fiance,Tom;who died mysteriously in a motel.

The story basically revolves around that fact.Though Brooke accepts a case regarding the missing persons of supernatural community,it did feel like it the main concentration
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KelticKat
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooke Chandler is a detective with a bit of something more. She can "read" memories with a touch. And she was raised to protect herself from Vampires.

Brooke ends up in Salem after the death of her partner & fiancee, Tom, who was working with Salem PD on an case. Kids were are going missing from the orphanage that Tom grew up in. Funny thing is the captain and the officer Brooke is paired with are giving her the run around. Something just doesn't add up.

I thought the MC, Brooke, was a bit of
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Diana Page
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jasmine Walt gas written a superb paranormal romance with enough twists and turns to make you think you're on a Rollercoaster!! Brooke is a police detective who learns her fiancee has died in a fire in Salem, during what was supposed to be a missing persons investigation. Nothing adds up, so she quits her job in Chicago and heads to a new job as a detective on the Salem PD. Brooke knows that their are things that go bump in the night, after all her Uncle Oscar had taught her to kill vampires at ...more
Janet Arroyo
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An AwEsOmE Book

Do you like detective stories? Well this is a great one! What about stories with old and new magic and all sorts of magical creatures? Well this book has plenty! The authors have done an excellent job at combining the two genres into one GREAT interesting book. I love Brooke and learned to love Maddock. I was surprised by Tom and the Father. This book had me guessing until the end. But wait.....this is part of a series so the fun doesn't stop here. I look forward to reading the ne
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Ute V.
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The new Patricia Briggs? Not hardly?

There are one or two things to like about this urban fantasy novel - a kick-ass heroine, an intriguingly mysterious and handsome fae Lord ....... But, there are far more that are disappointing & annoying. In fairness to the author, the comparison to one of my all-time favorite paranormal authors didn't serve her well. It set the bar way too high; and, unfortunately, Shadow Born, didn't meet expectations.
Susan Underbrink
A big Thank you to Jasmine Walt and Rebecca Hamilton for the ARC for my honest review.

NO spoilers....but I think everyone will love this series!!!
Hmmm...it has it all, suspense, romance, mystery and even some mayhem. Characters have charisma and chemistry. Just a pure fun read. Let me know what you think!!
Rhonda Hasty
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read not that steamy but I think it has potential to get there in the next book which I think I shall read when it comes out.
Anniken Haga
Ok, so I'm giving this book 3/5 stars, 'cause I'm not sure what rating to give it.

I had trouble getting through it, but I'm not sure if that is because it was in itself bad, or because I read it on Kindle and actually got a lot of stress from reading an ebook ATM - I have too many unread books in my shelf, and starting to stress out over the number of them.
So I had trouble with this book because of it, but I'm not sure how much of it affected the book as a whole.

I had some trouble with the ma
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Aaron S
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I made it through the first half of this story by enjoying the trashy, pulpy nature of it and sending texts of particularly awful sentences or character decisions to my friend. At about the middle of the book, though, there was a brief period where I started to get invested, and began to truly get interested in the setting and the implications of the plot. Especially when the character of Maddock, who was legitimately entertaining, particularly in the way that he undercuts the protagonists entit ...more
May
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF @47%
It's pretty boring so far, but what made me stop is the main guy's accent. The accent sounds like an old, uneducated redneck, and I just can't associate it with being sexy in any way possible. I don't understand the point of the accent.

"Ye dinnae need a shovel." = You did not need a shovel

The world building is weak, and there is not much character development.

Summary:
Bad accent on the main guy
Weak world building
Little character development
Victoria
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book to read
Alicia McCalla
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the twists and turns of this series opener. I was riveted from the beginning and enjoyed the unique characters and situations. Brook was a very strong heroine.
Barbara Desmond
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read two books by Rebecca and really enjoyed them so I thought I'd give this one a try. I do have a book by Jasmine that I haven't read yet but I plan to since I really loved this book. It is kind of like a blend between Lost Girl because Brooke kinda reminds me a little bit of Bo with a dash of early days Anita Blake and a sprinkling of Mac from the Fever series.

I got into this book really quickly. The one type of book I never seem to get tired of would be the paranormal ones. I can burn o
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Marsha
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For weeks now Amazon.com has been advertising "Shadow Born" so I decided to check it out. I've always loved paranormal read with PI or police procedures built-in to the storyline. This read did not disappoint.

At a young age Detective Brooke Chandler was dropped off on the doorsteps of a man she learned to call Uncle Oscar. Now she is on special assignment from Chicago P.D. to Salem P.D to investigate the death of her fiance, Tom. Upon arrival, she discovers that her partner, Baxter is lying when
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Ann Waters
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-reread
I was gifted this book by the author for a fair and honest review. Warning - there may be spoilers below

I was completely enthralled with this book. I just could not put it down. I even ate dinner while still reading (to the annoyance of my family). It was just THAT good.

Brooke is a fantastically complex character with a heart of gold and an burning passion for justice. She is smart-mouthed and tough as nails, but not caustic or unkind. Brooke has suffered a major personal loss and is heart-broke
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Amber
I am stunned! This book was fantastic! Not only did I love the book, but I would even love an extra copy in paperback, just because it was so good. There was never a dull moment in this book. This book was packed with not only action, but paranormal and urban fantasy as well making it quite a fun read for me.

Everything that happened in the book was completely unexpected. The ending left me more than shocked, but also satisfied as well. The characters were very well built,as well as the world ma
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Megan Schiffour
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-on-my-nook
I took a chance and pre-ordered this book; something I have NEVER done for an author I'd never read. Best damn decision I've made as this book totally rocked my socks! I've read a lot of books from this genre and normally I don't get surprised by any actions or revelations. I can honestly say this one threw in a wrench that I didn't even consider and I LOVED it!

Brooke Chandler, Detective from Chicago gets a transfer to Salem to investigate her fiance's death. She has a form of psychometry, in th
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Kate Sherwood
DNF @ 56%.

The MarySue heroine (like, practically BEGGING to be called a MarySue, with her oddly coloured hair and eyes, unique gift, propensity for shooting off her mouth with no consequences, etc.) and unoriginal world building - morally ambiguous fae, evil vampires, unaware world, etc. - was enough to be uninspiring, but I soldiered on.

Then I realized I was only reading because I wanted to see just how bad things got. The final straw was the inconsistent dialogue from the love interest (and of
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Lake Reviews
Ok so I preordered this book since the overview was so outstanding. Let me tell you it didn't let me down one bit. I truthfully don't enjoy regular mystery stories but with the paranormal I can handle them. I am an avid reader of Patricia Briggs and Laurell K. Hamilton's books. However, what Jasmine Walt and Rebecca Hamilton created in Shadow Born was a whole new level. I can't go into details of the novel without giving much away. But I will give it my best.

Shadow Born doesn't even start slow
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Naurarwen
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in advance in exchange for an honest review!

What can I say about this book other then I loved it! I definitely can not wait for the next one. Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural and after her fiancé dies in mysterious circumstances she believes the two are somehow connected and finds herself in Salem.

I loved the character of Brooke because she was just so sassy! She knew how to handle herself and definitely didn't take no for an answer.

Maddock was just Madd
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Patricia Huynh
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Shadow Born went beyond my expectations (and my expectations were already pretty high) from Jasmine Walt. I loved her other series, the Baine Chronicles, and thus was naturally interested in what else she had to write.

No disappointment whatsoever. None.

Shadow Born is an enthralling new world that is dirtier, grittier and sexier. Brooke is just trying to make things connect and she's ruthless. Paired with up Maddock and you've got a solid pair. I love police procedural stories when don
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Ernesto I. Ramirez
I really liked the beginning, both the style and the stories. And in general, I liked the story and the characters (even if Chandler is a little bit childish at times, otherwise I really like her).

The villain is like the old Bond villains, over the top, exaggerated, probably deranged, that along with the end of the story were villains pop out like stormtroopers... threw me a little off, but in general, it was an enjoyable ride.

Truth to be told I bought it before it went live for 3 reasons: I lov
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“unusual for me. I didn’t know if it was because I was still recovering from a near-lethal dose of silver poisoning, or because of the news I’d just heard. “Disappeared?” Director Chen demanded, voicing the words I was too stunned to utter. “That doesn’t make any sense. A dirigible is too large a contraption to simply go up in thin air, not without the assistance” 0 likes
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