Radiant Shadows (Beginnings Parts 1-3) by Sarah Baethge (Review by Kat – #NerdGirlParanormal)


Title: Radiant Shadows (Radiant Shadows)

Author: Sarah Baethge

Published Date: January 28th 2014

Genre:  Paranormal & Urban


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When vampires and humans try to work together, there are bound to be a few mishaps. This is the story of what comes through attempting to fix those wrongs.


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Kat – #NerdGirlParanormal’s Review***
 I give this book 2.5 stars

I would like to say that there were parts of this novella that I enjoyed, there is a basis of a story in there, but it needs a bit of work before being considered ready for publishing.  Overall I was slightly confused where the story was actually going, and it basically ends without giving many answers.

The book need some serious format editing, missing words and strange sentence structures. Even the font changes in colour, words in very pale colours so they almost disappear on the screen?

The Characters were under developed, and sometimes the sentence structure was so overflowing you loose track of whats actually happening.

The book is told in 3 parts, each part going over the plot via their POV, this means there is a certain repetitiveness, but you do gain more information via each Characters POV.

The first part is told in the POV of Stephen Brown who is a diplomat for the HVA (Human Vampire Alliance) – this was the part that I most enjoyed.
The Second part is told in the POV of Caroline Ace – Vampire Huntress, Part 2 – well lets just say that I am not sure if the Vampire hunter was having an off day, but she wasn’t really thinking it through and pays the price for her lack of planning.
And finally the Third part is told in Phyllis’s POV who is the Human ward of the ‘Count’ – Yes there is a Vampire Count, who comes with a cliched ‘Dracula’ accent! and Phyllis has some hidden agenda in wanting Stephen’s help – but I did get a bit lost and never really worked out what she wants with him.

The premise of the plotline is that  a rogue vampire named Randy, (I think there was some form of humor in giving this Evil Vamp a silly name)  who is running amuck and killing humans in a quite ‘Notable’ Vampire way – bite marks and drained of blood!  The story starts off in some sort of meeting to arrange his capture and kill order as the Vamp’s are getting antsy at his lack of discreteness.

Stephen (who is also called Steve in the third section – this switching of the spelling of the name Stephen was a bit random too)

I don’t really want to say much more about the plot as it would give too much away, and this is a very short read, I read it in under 2 hours. 104 pages according to the First Edition section on the extras part.  – This would have been handy if it had been at the beginning of the book and not at the end.

What makes this book different from all others?  Well I liked the idea of the Vampires needing the ‘Life Essence’ rather than just blood, it reminded me of an old Sci-fi movie I watched as a teenager where an Alien came to earth, walking naked and she sucked out the lifeforce LifeForce

There are some good ideas as I said before, but these need to be plucked out and expanded, the story is just a short collection of witness accounts to a ‘vampire Hunt’ and not much more is really developed.

I would have given the book 3 stars as I am interested to see if this books actually leading somewhere – It really ends quite quickly and is obviously leading into another chapter of the story.

I knocked off half a point due to the formatting and underdevelopment, you may wish to read it and see what your conclusions are – I would be interested to know what others thought too.

While writing this review I was re-checking the e-book to clarify something and I noticed a section of ‘Book Extras’
and basically this extras section gives you the outline of the book – characters Themes Notes for parents?
Maybe this book is aimed at teenagers, oh no… it just says reading level is for Adults So I will be saying – not suitable for children now.


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