Friday, May 23, 2014

Review of Beautiful Stranger by Alicia Kat Vancil

Beautiful Stranger

The Marked Ones Trilogy Book 0.5

BS-cover-eBook001Patrick Connolly is about to get the one thing he has always wanted…kinda.
We all have that one thing—that one thing we wish for on every first star of the night. Wealth. Fame. Love. For geeky artist Patrick Connolly, it is the attention of his beautiful and seemingly unattainable classmate Nualla Galathea. There’s just one problem—he’s got less than a snowball’s chance in hell, and that’s being generous.
However, when a heated argument erupts in the halls of Bayside Academy forcing Patrick and Nualla’s paths to collide, Nualla surprisingly jumps at the opportunity to be his date. Patrick may think his wish has just come true, but this gentle boy will need more than artistic talent to combat the deadly secrets lurking behind his dream girl’s veil of normality. Like the fact that she isn’t even human.
Beautiful Stranger is a Marked Ones novella that is approximately 20,000 words long.

I give this 5 stars (rare for me!) Beautiful Stranger is short, but still, I absolutely devoured it in less than half an hour. It's the perfect introduction to Nualla and her daemon-kind and I must, must, must learn more about her accidental relationship with Patrick.

Kat's writing is crisp and beautifully descriptive. Her characters each shine with their own personality.

I definitely recommend reading this novella and expect that you will be buying book one in the Marked Ones trilogy, Daemons in the Mist as I just did.

About the Author

Alicia-Kat-Vancil_L001Alicia Kat Vancil grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley where she amused herself by telling stories to anyone around her—her family, her friends...random strangers. Eventually she actually started writing those stories down instead of just spending hours hanging out in fake Ikea living rooms and telling her friends about them. Somewhere amongst all the character-torturing and epic explosions she managed to get a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University and open a graphics studio (Multi-tasking for the win!).
Kat still lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two very crazy studio cats, and nine overfull bookcases. And when not running a muck in the imaginary worlds within her head, Kat can usually be found performing, watching anime, or hanging out in Twitter chats.

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