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The Vampire Secret

(The Amarant #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A fictional world brought to life, a dark romance that promises eternity, and a secret that threatens to end it all. Crimson Wilkinson is a teenage girl who, having survived a dark childhood, finds her escape in reading a popular vampire series. After some investigation, she becomes a very active part in the very true vampire stories the world thought were fiction and fall ...more
Paperback, 409 pages
Published March 18th 2018 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Vampire Secret: by Tricia Barr 4 1/2 stars.

A very intriguing book, a bit different than the average vampire book. It's about a young girl, her friends, of course vampires, love, friendship, fighting and a secret. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, with that said, I can't wait to read the next book. This is the perfect first book. With a first book, regardless of how many books there will be, it needs to draw the reader in, leaving them wanting for more. This really gets the reader into the sto
Apr 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vampire-kind, r4r
I felt bad for how little I enjoyed this book, but seeing all the 4 and 5 star reviews, I’ll chalk it up to one of those “everyone but me” moments.

This book has an interesting blurb, but I think it needs to go through some editing. The actual story of a girl being wanted in the vampire world takes way too long to begin, with the first hints of that story line beginning on page 234 (chapter 20). That is, page 234 of a 405 paged book. That’s more than halfway into the book with nothing happening,
 Mummy Cat Claire
I haven't read a vampire novel in a long time. Kind of got burned out of them. But if you love paranormal romance, young adult novels, then you must read this book.

Crimson Wilkinson, lives in Tucson, AZ., and goes to Sunny Mountain high school. She is a senior and has her future all worked out with several scholarships to the University of Arizona. But since reading the books by the popular author Nicholae Albaric, Crimson becomes obsessed with him. She watches him on the internet all while tell
Beverly Laude
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A good book, but not a great book. Maybe I am becoming jaded from all the vampire books that I read....or maybe this one just didn't quite hit all the right notes for me. I would actually give the book 3-1/2 stars.

The concept was unique: Crimson is a teenager who is infatuated with a fictional vampire named Nicholae. She accidentally stumbles on the fact that he is not fictional but is REAL! Imagine her excitement that she can actually meet the man (vampire) of her dreams.

Nicki has written a ser
Angel Leya
Crimson has fallen in love with a vampire - the author of her favorite vampire books, to be exact, because the books aren't fiction, as they're labeled, but fact. And she's determined to meet him. What happens then, she doesn't know, but she'll never forgive herself if she doesn't.

Nicolae finds out about Crimson as she's snooping around in his accounts, trying to find him. He finds her first, and the more he finds out, the more he likes.

But there's something else different about Crimson, somethi
Linda Romer
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, favorites
OMG! This book was amazing. I love Vampire stories and this one is one of the best I have ever read. I could not stop reading until there were no more words. This story pulls you in and doesn't let go. Amarant is about a girl named Crimson who loves Vampires. I felt a strong connection to this character right from the start. It was amazing to get inside this girl's head. Crimson is a smart, determined and loyal young lady. Crimson has great friends. She's had bad things happen in her past, but s ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Alright, so overall I enjoyed the story. While it had some similarities of other book series- human girl and vampire man fall in love but it also had many other aspects that made it different which was nice.

I do have a few issues with some parts of the book- for example... a lot of the beginning of the book consisted of boring sentences "We did this. Then we did this. And then this." and I can't really stand reading that. It makes for a very boring chapter. There's little description and makes y
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine falling in love with a book character and then meeting the author of those books a discovering the author was writing about themselves. What would you do? Fall at their feet and declare your undying love, loyalty and life to them? Yeah pretty much. The author did a wonderful job bringing readers into this mythical world. I couldn't stop reading! This was a great story and I can't wait to read more by this author.
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Tricia Barr’s The Amarant, beckons readers into a fantastical vampire-filled world, where a young woman’s crush on a fictional character leads her into an incredible reality where romance, the paranormal and an untapped legacy of fantastic supernatural power merge to change her world, forever.

The heroine of the story, Crimson Wilkinson, portrays a complex and strong-willed young woman, who refuses to let the darkness of a hurt-filled past take over her life. Being only seventeen, she lives with
Yolanda Roberson
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read I actually read the book in one day I tried to put it down but couldn’t I can’t wait until book two comes out
Colleen Scidmore
Actual Stars 3.5

I was given this book for review by the author Tricia Barr. Thank You Tricia I really appreciate you letting me read and review your book!

This is a book that sounded right up my alley. I love supernatural books and vampire books are at the top of the list. I enjoyed the story for the most part, it felt like some parts of the book were borrowed from other popular vampire books, but this definitely wove a story all of its own.

Crimson has found a real live vampire under everyone's n
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A young teenage girl, Crimson, following her dreams about vampires and the author, Nicholae, of her favourite vampire series. She finds out where the author lives and also investigates everything she can find out about him. She figures out his secret past and realizes what he actually is.

She joined band practice at high school, for the sole purpose of a trip to the big city, where Nicholae the author she has fallen in love with lives. Nicholae is one of the oldest vampire still alive and starte
Melyssa Winchester

It's either I don't know as much about vampire lore as I thought, or this book held a really great little addition to the lore. What or who Crimson is. I don't think I've ever heard or read anything like it before, which ends up getting major original points for me.
It's typical in the young adult sense. The high school atmosphere, the different friends that appear throughout the beginning especially. There's even the guy that gets rough with the girl. But none of that took away from the story f
Tiffany Jones

Crimson Wilkinson is a teenage girl who has found escape from the routine of her daily life and the traumatic memories of her childhood through her favorite series of books about the vampire Nicholae Albaric. After some research, she figures out that the books aren’t fiction at all but a cover to hide the
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Ramona Plant
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The Amarant is an interesting book written by Tricia Barr. The author has a pleasant writing style that guides you nicely through the story. There are some really unique concepts hidden in this book like Arsinoe and other things I don't want to give away, so read for yourself. There are some nice twists hidden as well which what kept me reading on.

Let's get to the characters, mostly to Crimson, the star of the show. I initially really liked her. She seemed like a good standup teen, with good fri
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
What do you do when you’re a 17 (going on 18) year old who loves reading vampire novels and you notice some anomalies? You do what all other sane people do… you look up the author and lose your shit when you find out he’s an actual vampire! Well, not all sane people would do that… just Crimson. Crimson is obsessed with the author, Nicholae Albaric, an actual vampire who writes about his life adventures, never realizing someone would think they were true. Crimson isn’t all that she seems… but she ...more
Beth Oliver
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I received the arc from the author Tricia Bar for review.

Crimson is in love with a vampire. Well sorta. She's never met him but has read all his books. 😂
She found out quite by accident that Nicholae the famous author is actually a vampire and then she stalks him.😅

Now the things that I like about this book...
I liked that it's of course vampire book.
I liked the relationship between the four vamps, Nick, Benny, William, and Laramie.
I liked how cute Crimson and Nick were together and how kind of pu
C. Erani Kole
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received via NetGalley*

It's between a 3 and 4 stars for me. While the beginning reeled me in with the promise of normalcy before the crashing waves of paranormal fantasy (which I totally got) the writing style or something just seemed to shift for me, and I found myself clicking less and less with it. I'm not sure what it is, but the rest of the book after she meets Nicki seemed to change: the dialogue, the pacing, the heroine. It's not a bad book, an
Cassandra Dhaenens
The anticipation of the second book is killing me!

Their wasn’t anything I disliked about this book. Few grammatical errors. This book is a definite good read. Took me about a day to read it all which I’m saddened the second book doesn’t come until June 15th. I don’t think I can wait that long ha!

If you like vampires and not the sparkle kind of vampires the Anne Rice kind of vampires then you’ll love this teenage spin. The love scenes the battle scenes all very played out beautifully in words. I
Steff griffiths
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book off Tricia Barr in exchange for my honest review, so here it goes.

I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is completely different from what I have read previously. I absolutely loved each character. The story line and everything about it.

I won't go in to too much detail and spoil it for everyone but I can honestly say that this really surprised me in the best way and will definitely be looking forward to the rest in the series, hopefully I learn more abou
Caroline Doig
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m fairly new to this author Tricia Barr’s books and everything I’ve read so far is fantastic. Nicholae is a famous author and a vampire he’s also a very lonely vampire who writes fictional romances about vampires. Crimson a teenager loves reading a vampire series by Nicholae Albaric, she has fallen in love with Nicholae’s stories and she starts to stalk him. That’s all of the spoilers I’m giving you guys because I don’t want to give too much away. There’s action, adventure, danger and love eve ...more
Deb Barringer
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Vampire Secret, Tricia Barr's 1st book in the Amarant series is definitely as must-read for any vampire enthusiast! Tricia Barr creates a world where not only do vampires exist but she drops Crimson right in the middle of it. With the discovery of a rare gene, Crimson's life becomes a lot more complicated. Can she survive when the entire vampire world is either out to capture her or kill her? Can her friends keep her safe while she struggles with the decision of whether or not to become a va ...more
Debbie Turk
2.5 Stars 🌟 (*Edited)

(Read using Kindle Unlimited)

This book had promise but it fell short for me!!😞 It took too long to get where it was going which I found frustrating throughout the book 😕 The characters were quite well written but not fully rounded out, I felt.

I will read book 2 because of the ending but I hope it's been better condensed to make the pace more satisfying!!👍
(*After reading the blurb for book 2 I've chosen not to read it)

Debbie, 1970, UK
Lisa Janning
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

I chose a 4 star rating because I had a tough time getting into! However, I am glad that I kept reading as I really enjoyed it! I can't wait to read the next one when it becomes available!
Miranda DeLong
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

Stayed entertained and loved the story line. I absolutely like the dog vamp. That was pretty cool! I completely lost time reading this book because I could not put it down.
DNFed at 10% in. Not for me. I dislike the author's writing style - it feels awkward and in need of polish. It grated at me, especially coupled with the juvenile main characters. Sorry but also very much not sorry.
InD'tale Magazine

The premise for this story is interesting and certain characters are realistic and a lot of fun.

Read full review in the 2017 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Renee Atkins
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My New favorite author

This is better than Twilight!!!!! I was hooked from the beginning. I stayed up 2 hours passed my normal bedtime to finish this book. I'm in love with this book! MUST READ IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY!
Amber Rose (Rose Reviews)
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
** I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

This book has a good premise with interesting characters. The writing could use improvement but that didn't take away from the book at all.
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By day, Tricia is a full time mom to two beautiful toddler girls and a wife/business partner to a handsome hard-working husband. By night--and nap times--she writes unique and thrilling young adult fantasies inspired by her vivid, somewhat creepy dreams and her own adventures around the world.

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