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Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,818 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life-that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he? As Laney's sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure-including a love she didn't know she longed for. She soo ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published October 30th 2010 by Brookehaven Publishing (first published October 29th 2010)
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NisyKitty VA
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've read The Brookehaven Vampire: Laney, I have to say it's a great read. I couldn't put the book down for a second. This book had me giggling like a teenager. I so want to go back to my teenage years, the excitement of meeting the boy of your dreams, the fluttering in your stomach, it was beautifully put together. This book was as if it were written by a teenager. Joann, hit the nail right in the head with this one. I was going up and down with Laney throughout the whole book. Oliver and Laney ...more
This was incredibly immature, particularly for characters that are supposedly in college, and if a have to read 'crooked lopsided smile' one more time I'm going to scream.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book has quickly jumped into my favorites column. The author has created some amazing characters that I just can't get enough of. The story flows smoothly and I couldn't put it down. I actually stayed up until nearly 4 am to finish it! I can't wait for the next installment of the Brookehaven Vampires!


2012: Re-Read

Captivating. The second time around was even better. With the release of the third book, Tainted Blood, I decided to do a complete series re-read to r
********* 2-2.5 stars ***********

This was a little disappointing. The good thing was I went in with no expectations. I love PNR, especially vampires but this felt a little weak for me. It felt more YA than NA, and a re-make of Twilight.
I actually loved Twilight when it came out, but add several years and many imitations later, it no longer interests me.

The first half of the book was slow moving and almost completely focused on the two mains, Laney and Oliver. She's a sophomore and he's the big,
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know what to expect but it definitely turned out to be more.
Laney is a really likeable character. She's very open-minded and beautiful but not arrogant or stuck-up. She finally meets the boy of her dreams and they bond. And I think she keeps it together very well considering everything going on in this book.
She's easily a laid back and normal girl and I find I could relate to her. Oliver is lovely not any of those keep away people. He blends in and is frien
Misha  Mathew
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
*Please note that the rating for this book is 3 and a half stars*

I haven't had many good experiences with vampire novels. Maybe it was because I chose the wrong books. So when I started Laney, I didn't know what to expect. As it turned out, Laney was the good experience in this genre, I needed.

I like that Laney is shown as a college student. It makes her more relatable (for me). I have not read many YA novels with main protagonists in college.At first, I was a bit doubtful about the novel becaus
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
3.5 YA Vampire stars....

This was a cute YA read about Laney who is head over heels for Oliver who she meets the first day of college.

Oliver is a hottie

Oliver winds up having every single class with Laney and shows up everywhere she is which is not weird at all....

so Laney should be

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but instead she is

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then later when she finds out he is a vampire and instead of

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she's all

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Oliver is a protector and has to protect Laney from his evil twin brother, Oscar who is seeking revenge.

anyways, it was dece
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal
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Overall Review: I opened this book, and I think it attached itself to my hand! I could not put it down! I kept thinking I had hit a stopping spot, only to find myself drawn in for more. A fun and action packed adventure full of mystery and romance. The characters became people to me and I felt a keen sense of interest in what was happening to them. The descriptions were such that they helped me to se
Yelania Nightwalker
Laney is the first book in the Brookehaven Vampire Series. I loved!

The characters in this book are enjoyable, a mixture of paranormal creatures, an evil character, but seriously EVIL. I hate him.

In the beginning, the love affair is tender, but at the same time, that kind of chemistry between the couple, which keeps you sighing and praying more. I really liked the relationship between them was developed gradually and not overnight. Oliver is in love with Laney and is not afraid to show it, that's
Michael Araujo
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
So, everyone knows how I feel about vampires, right? Right? Well, in case you’re one of the few who don’t, let me remind you. When I was younger, I was terrified of vampires. I remember having a coloring book with a playful vampire in it and would freak out and had to rip the page up. My sister would scare me at night dressing as a vampire and I still remember the one movie I saw when I was about five. But then came along four books and a spin-off and they turned these scary and terrifying creat ...more
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
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Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
With all the rage of one of the newest genres, Vampires and Paranormal, Martin Sowles, The Brookehaven Vampires did an exceptional job of writing this novel and it's a terrific addition to any library. College student Delaney "Laney" Alexander meets her newest classmate, the stunning Oliver Knight, during English class. The tender and young romance blooms while the duo race against time to save themselves from the evil of another vampire seeking revenge. Get caught up in the adventure as Laney a ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Laney Alexandra lives a normal life, in a small cottage town; she lives with her best friend Kiera and has moved out of home away from her Aunts to live her own life. Her first day back at college - she meets Oliver Knight, dreamy, charming, mysterious and incredibly good looking and Laney finds herself mesmerized by him, - his good looks and green eyes draw her in.
Laney is in her sophomore year, and this is where her adventures begin. In time, her and Oliver spend time together and fall for ea
Ashley (Books Obsession)
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Laney Alexander, a typical sophomore college student, is finally free from her overprotective aunt and is ready to experience life with her best friend Kiera. On her first day back to college, she encounters the handsome, charming, and mysterious Oliver Knight that's in all of her classes, not to mention shares the same apartment building as her. As they begin spending every minute of the day together, they immediately fall for one another. But Laney soon learns that life with Oliver is anything ...more
Bertena Varney
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Laney, Book 1 of The Brookhaven Vampire Series by Joann I. Martin Sowles is a young adult vampire novel that exceeds any expectation for young adult novels today. The main character Laney is a wonderful representation of what it would be like to today's world if a nineteen year old met a cute boy in class and he happened to be a vampire, or at least in our dreams. The setting in in the real world, a small college campus, and the events that take place are easily ones that readers can picture the ...more
I’m a bit mixed on this story, think 2.5 stars here… I found the story engaging and the character likable but at the same time there are some plot holes that really caused confusion. The big battle at the end was one of those, while the primary bad guys stake in things is known it was very unknown why all these others people were causing havoc and mayhem, it seems very out of the blue. Some of the things characters did seem forced to cause extra drama and tension, one of those instances was Lane ...more
was this book written in a foreign language by a thirteen year old and then translated by google? because that's honestly the only excuse for whatever the hell this is.
Jade Amalou
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Another book recommendation :)
Laney is a story about Delaney alexander who essentially falls for (unknown to her) vampire, oliver. They 'bond' and she becomes the target of olivers evil twin oscar who is out for revenge.
I actually enjoyed this book, I really enjoyed Laneys laid back and carefree attitude and found it funny reading how she becomes more of a girly worrier once she meets oliver, getting up earlier to spend more time looking nice when normally she wouldnt care what peopl
E.J. Stevens
Leaves you dying to sink your teeth into book two. Laney is the first book in the The Brookehaven Vampires series by Joann I. Martin Sowles. This is an exciting new vampire series, but not judge this book by the opening chapters. Laney begins very slowly. The first half of this book is setting the stage for the events to come, with a gradual build up to the breakneck, edge of your seat action and suspense of the final chapters. Delaney "Laney" Alexander is a fairly normal college Sop ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, vamps
Laney (the heroine, not the book) was a girl I could really relate to. She was confused about what to do with her life, and was not easily swayed by good looks and stuff. That was one great protagonist I love. However, enter Oliver Knight into the picture, and of that changed. By change, I mean OMG-alien-swaped-her-body kind of change. I could not understand Laney's actions most of the time.

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Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
When she first laid eyes on the hansom new guy she couldn't help but fantasise what it would be like to be held in his arms. However it was not her but her best friend that first had that honour, albeit under the most undesirable of circumstances. She had never felt for anyone what she felt for him and it seems he fells the same way. So why then was her aunt, who is more like a best friend, so against the one person she could possibly love?

The more time she spends in his presence the more time s
Cynthia Cene
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I am will not lie. When I first read the description of this book in my head I said, "Oh no. Not another Twilight." As I started to read it, it reminded me a little bit of Twilight but it has it's own twist. I loved this book. What drew me in was the prologue. It is very unique. I never read a prologue like it. Another thing that really grabbed me about this book is that the characters are little older than normal.

Laney is a normal college girl. She graduated a year early from high school to go
Gayatri Somaiya
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is getting a three star review from me. Let me tell you why.
Laney was an interesting character but she was not a strong enough character. All she did was run when she asked to. Get scared a lot. Get herself in trouble. She had no guts. I didn't understand why she was in this book even though it was in her point of view. The only thing she did throughout the book was fall in love with Oliver and get herself into danger around several times ( maybe a little over the top :) ). Anyways Oli
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, favorites
This was a nice surprise. I originally bought the E-book because it was .99, and it was well worth the investment. I was half expecting another Twilight (which I have read and enjoyed them enough) but this series has been much better, so far.

The characters are way more likeable. Laney is your average girl, not extra moody or self-absorbed or overly dramatic & whiny. Way past the teenage drama. Oliver is very likeable himself. While still being "vampire-ish" he still is "normal". And he's not
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

The events were fun and exciting to read about. The reader will find the plot easy to understand. There were werewolves, vampires, vampire slayers, relationship ups and downs, and friendships. The ending is prefect for the novel, the events were fast-paced, and the characters were enjoyable. Oliver is literally a Knight in shining armor. Laney can remind me of Bella a little from Twilight.

This novel is recommended to young adult/teen readers. I can't wait to read the next one!
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Why why why do I do this to myself ! I was looking forward to reading this book! And for the most parts I found it great but I couldn't bring my self to go further then a few pages ! Main reason = because of one word. The whole book mostly consisted of "smile, smile , smiling , smile , smiling . I think I'm sick of this word , doesn't Oliver get tired with all the fucking smiling he does ?? The books could have been much better if the author expanded her vocabulary instead of using "smile" in ev ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Great book. Could not put it down. Cannot wait for the next book in the series!!
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, I want to start out with the fact that I absolutely HATE twilight and wish that it had never been written. I have read the whole series and hated it worse than I hate going to the dentist. However, I do love vampires and paranormal romance/YA fiction. I was skeptical of this series because I wasn't sure whether it was going to be another ridiculous story with characters that have zero personality and zero life. Surprisingly, I greatly enjoyed this book and have read all 4 books in the series ...more
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Joann I. Martin Sowles is the author of The Brookehaven Vampires series.
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“My boyfriend is a vampire and I'm okay with it. - Laney” 25 likes
“Laney, I love you. I've found everything I've ever needed and wanted with you. I'm nothing without you.- Oliver” 22 likes
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