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Pulse (Pulse #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,932 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
17 year-old Kalina didn't know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn t know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn t tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothe ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by The Edge (first published August 29th 2010)
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Mar 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
So...Guess what? I am not impressed with Pulse. It felt like a bad The Vampire Diaries rip-off.
There are these two guys,pardon vampires that are in love with Kalina(hmmm,author has a similar name and also this girl-Kalina is half Chinese. Here I got the same vibe as Stephanie Meyer used herself to describe Bella,so annoying.) Everything seems so rushed. At least it takes L.J.Smith almost a whole book to two people to kiss. Here it happens almost at the beginning. Later on Kalina is making out w
Teen Book Reviewer (Shannon)
I love this book. From the beginning, you are drawn in by the imagery and the emotions, the sense of longing in the characters as they meet. Right away, there is mystery and romance. The book begins in the rain as a vampire watches Kalina run from her car to the library. There is something very romantic yet primal about Kalina's first meeting with Jaegar, her dead ex-boyfriend's half-brother. Shortly after, Kalina meets Stuart, the other brother. Both brothers are vampires, as was Kalina's ex-bo ...more
Dec 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
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This is a book under 250 pages that I shall not even finish. The plot is not constructed well, and seems written very loosely, like the jottings of a person who does not want to loose her idea and has to write as quickly as possible before this limp skeletal plot vanishes.

I feel thrown into a pan of half-baked cheese souffle. I'm drowning in the cheesy dialogue as it stiffens with dead characters. Literally dead. Vampires apparently have no personality; they just read popular teenage books and
Jennifer Wardrip
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Kalina is grieving over the loss of her ex-boyfriend, Aaron. She broke up with him because he was an alcoholic and would not get help. He crashed his car and now he's gone. Little did she know that was as far from the truth as possible. The son of a vineyard owner, Aaron was actually a vampire. But Kalina doesn't learn about that until his step-brothers, Stuart and Jaegar, enter the picture.

Stuart is the new student at her school. It turns out that the two
So excited. Pulse released today! I couldn't wait for the book to ship so I downloaded Pulse on Kindle this morning.

I've never been to Rutherford, California before, but it is a real town in Napa Valley. Now I want to visit. The world of Pulse takes place in Rutherford where Kalina is a high school senior. She's smart (we learn she's trying for an early admission to Yale), she's serious (although she's a cheerleader, but a competitive sports kind, she practices her moves over and over again a h
Lisa Tran
I thoroughly enjoyed PULSE. Vampire-loving-readers will devour PULSE for this is ALL vampire. The Greystone brothers Jaegar and Stuart are packed with personality. Kalina is not what she seems, but she'll remind you of Buffy and Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer for she's smarter than average and athletic. She also reminds me of Rose from Vampire Academy because she's impulsive. Mainly because she's hormonal and emotionally distressed when we meet her - she's grieving over her ex-boyfriend's ...more
I'm giving this a five because I love this series, I love the characters, and I love writing about them. Although this is about vampires and is for young adults and entertainment, there are issues brought up in this series to help teens/young adults discuss more serious topics. So, for those of you not used to my books, I started writing my YA books for schools and teachers, especially as a way to open the door of discussion on social issues with teens. I'm thrilled and humbled to find my young ...more
Cassie B
The whole premise is very original. Pulse contains all the elements of a classic vampire love story, but at the center is an original premise embodied by Kalina, the heroine herself. What can be more romantic than to set Pulse in the wine country where the sexy Greystone brothers of Greystone Wineries are vampires. Pulse will get your pulse racing with the right balance of romance, action, mystery, and humor. Although as you will learn, Kalina is special, but she has strengths and weaknesses lik ...more
Pamela Rose
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Pulse is a feast for the senses. The wine country is the setting, but you might as well have die and gone to vampire heaven when you meet the likes of Stuart and Jaegar. There are sweet moments and moments of intense action. Snappy dialogue, clear descriptions, complex characters are some of the highlights. I wanted more, and the ending was unpredictable. Thank God there's a book two because I do want to know more about Kalina.
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Pulse is about Kalina, a girl whose boyfriend, Aaron, died three months earlier. It turns out he was a vampire, as are his brothers, Jaegar and Stuart, who promise to protect her. She needs protection because she has special blood that vampires won’t be able, or want, to resist for one of several reasons, which I won’t give away. Together, they want to not only keep Kalina safe, but also unravel the mystery surrounding Aaron’s death. Along the way, Kalina realizes she’s drawn to both brothers, t ...more
Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
Here I go. Another vampire book. Please don't suck

My edition: Kindle

Pages: 220

Series: Pulse #1

Rating: 3 life's blood stars

Review: Contains spoilers!

I'm very skeptical of this book. There seemed to be ideas that are to closely linked to another book. But the story was a little different.

Same Ideas-

Two brothers that argue a lot. One is good while the other is bad.
They wear rings to go out into daylight
They like the same girl. (Lot of stories with that though.)
Different ideas:

The girl can restore a
Dec 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
As soon as I started reading "Pulse", I felt drawn into the storyline. I loved the writing style and felt the story had a lot of promise.

Then I started chapter 2.

I began to wonder if I was reading a different book or if the the book was being written by two different people, because what was initially lyrical in it's prose became comical. I laughed out loud at the absurdity of several passages and almost thought I was reading paranormal satire. As other reviewers have pointed out, I felt like se
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
It wasn't bad, I guess. WAAAAY cheesy in some places but overall it was definitely better than RL Stine.
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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Pulse has one major thing going on for it. This book has a pulse, that remains strong and does not slow down. I liked the fact that this is a fast paced book, which does not bore you. That said, let's start with the real stuff...

Kalina is a 17 year old girl, who is happy in her world, which is as far from the supernatural stuff as any place can be, but tragedy strikes, and her budding relationship with her boyfriend Aaron comes to an abrupt end, when he dies in a car crash, while driving un
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This story covers the life of Kalina, a 17 year old girl with a life full of secrets. When Kalina hears that her boyfriend Aaron is supposedly killed in a drunk driving accident; though his body was never found, the story just doesn't seem to fit and the details seem far too suspicious for Kalina. Kalina soon meets Aaron's 2 half-brothers; Stuart and Jaegar, and they drop the biggest bomb possible...Aaron was a vampire and so are they. Kalina soon finds out that Aaron wasn't drunk during the acc ...more
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
Kalina is seventeen years-old and has already lost her parents. She’s also lost her boyfriend, Aaron. When she’s at the local library, she thinks she sees Aaron, but it turns out that Aaron had a half-brother, Stuart. He disappears without a trace. That same night, she meets Jaegar Greystone…again. Apparently, he’s also Aaron’s step-brother and tells Kalina that Aaron is a vampire.

At the next day at school, there is a new student that just happens to be Stuart, and the girls flock all around him
Kim Sun
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I love how Books 2 and 3 were released shortly after Book 1. Very considerate for us readers! This is a vampire book series, and I love every fun page of it. From the beginning, I was intrigued. The characters are distinct, you get a clear idea of who they are, and how they think. Gow is one of those storytellers like Ally Condie, who use simplistic sentences to convey the mood of the story. For those of you who only read young adult novels, this style is similar to Hemingway and S ...more
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

Stuart and Jaegar reminded me so much of Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries. Damon was my favorite in that series, so naturally, Jaegar was my favorite in this series. Like those brothers, these brothers fall in love with the same girl too. This girl, Kalina, has special blood though. She's pretty shallow when it comes to the brothers. She likes this one. No, she likes that one. And that's not taking into consideration when she's under compulsion and is
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)

I know that I seem to say the same thing everytime that I review a Kailin book but man can she write, no matter whatever she writes I can never seem to put the book down whenever I pick one up.

So this time we have a book about vampires (I love the title), and Kalina a 17 year old girl who's ex-boyfriend Aaron was recently killed, his two brothers Stuart and Jaegar come to town and it's not to long before Kalina ends up in a relationship with Stuart, while also being attracted to Jaegar who is th
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens 14+, young adults, women, bookclubs
I devoured this book. From the moment I received the review copy in the mail, I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Mystery and romance clouded the beginning. The vampire hunks are more than sexy, they're complex. No wonder Kalina can't choose between them. I can see Kalina as a real teenager on the brink of adulthood. Her grief for Aaron's death felt real. Then her elation in finding Stuart, someone close to Aaron, who reminded her of Aaron, felt real. Her discovery of who she is felt re ...more
Looksie (At Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits Blog)
Kalina has a special reason for vampire guys lusting after her. Something in her Life Blood. If it weren't for that I don't think she would be all that interesting. Her character was a bit bland. Jaeger and Stuart, however, are pretty damn interesting and fun to read about. They are searching for the reason their brother Aaron was killed as well as finding a way into Kalina's heart.

The story fell a little flat for me. It just needed some oomph. I found myself a little bored at times. That isn't
Ms. Gow does it again with this new series. Like in Bitter Frost, Pulse manages to be entertaining and filled with deeper meanings and symbolism. I was lucky to meet Ms. Gow in person where she mentioned Pulse deals with many issues older teen girls tackle in everyday life. There are symbolism in Pulse, as there are in Bitter Frost and Rise of the Fire Tamer. She mentioned a discussion sheet for teachers and groups will be available soon.

Besides this, Pulse is an entertaining book with mystery,
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
I'm a huge fan of paranormal romance and pretty much anything with vampires, so I was excited to find this book.

Kalina's world is torn apart when her boyfriend dies, but his death thrust her into a world she never imagined. His brother Jaeger and Stewart keeps things interesting and get her blood racing, which isn't so good when vampires are involved.
Its a good story with great characters, lots of romance, maybe a bit too much. I'm all for a love triangle in a book but this has a square going o
Mily Lou
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I love the way the author thought about this book. The story idea is amazing.

Not like some authors who only think about the beginning of the book. So when the author ends up in the middle part of the book they completely run out of ideas; and it looks like authors make up a story and force parts of the story together making the story horrible.

I give this book 3 stars because the book is a great read and I am going for part 2. I hope it's better then this one.

I'll have more of the review a lit
Blaize Alias
This book is so funny.

I loved that this book main character is sarcastic and serious and like any Normal Teenager. Unlike some (cough)twilight(cough) where the main character is really down to earth or very other world and I'm not hating on the people who like people who like books with these main characters have mental capabilities, I just like to be able to relate.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF I got about halfway through this book before I decided that it was just a waste of my time. It was too much like The Vampire Diaries, except it was like the B-rated version. Poorly developed characters, and feels like plagiarism to me. Just couldn't do it.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fabulous book! Full review coming soon!
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Very quick read. I was able to finish it within two hours. While I liked the story, it didn't wow me and it didn't make me want to continue to read the story.
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“Let's not talk,” she said again, wrapping her arms around him and kissing him.
His lips collided with hers; his mouth opened into hers. He pushed her down upon the sofa and began unbuttoning her blouse; she opened the buttons of his shirt and felt her lips press against the smooth expanses of his chest.
They did not stop; they could not stop. Their bodies were tangled into each other – their limbs at angles across the surface of the couch. They had both by now stripped to their underwear, and Stuart's arms were tight upon her back.
“We have to stop,” he whispered, and she gave a little moan in reply.”
“And what if Aaron drank from the unwilling? If he killed men and women – what then?”
“I don't know that he did.” Kalina turned to face him. They drove on. “It sounds like he stuck to Vampire Wine. Which is more than I can say for you.”
“Listen,” said Jaegar. “You eat your steak. I’ll eat my humans. You don't need to get self-righteous with me. As far as I'm concerned – you're just food.”
“I'm food that can talk. And in any case – you don't seem to make up your mind whether you want to sleep with me or have me for dinner.”
“Both, really.”
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