Seventeen Series Book One
Genre: Supernatural thriller
Number of pages: 420
Word Count: 108,187
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics
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Book DescriptionA half breed immortal. An international manhunt. A race against time to stop a terrifying plot that threatens to kill millions. The gripping, action-packed debut novel by AD Starrling and the first in the supernatural thriller series Seventeen.
‘My name is Lucas Soul.
Today, I died again.
This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’
The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.
Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters.
One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again.
From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.
Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?
I received this book last year from AD and read it in a heart beat. I re-visited it for this blog tour. <3 I love AD to death, and she is one of best friends, but in no way did that affect my review. Hope you guys enjoy~
If you love Supernatural, or Grimm, Person of Interest, Nikita or anything of the sort, you will LOVE this book. The book started like no other; it completely captivated me. Imagine sneaky little arms coming out of the book and pulling you into the book...yup. I felt I was thrown into a live action film with bullets flying right past me. My sympathetic nervous system was going crazy. This book will:
|Heart||Increases rate and force of contraction|
|Sweat Glands||Activates sweat secretion|
|Digestive tract||Inhibits peristalsis|
|Kidney||Increases renin secretion|
Above was copied straight off of Wiki...haha, I was too lazy to type it up. Gosh my profs and teachers should be ashamed of me for going into science.
But really, I haven't felt this attached to a book from the very beginning since I read Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield. I literally had trouble breathing. It was almost like a very vivid dream, you know the ones that sends shivers down your body long after you wake up? The story wasn't scary but it felt so real! AD painted this beautiful, dark, and powerful setting. It was so realistic, that even someone who has a limited imagination can picture the details. And what else I liked about AD's writing was that she spend just enough words on description. It didn't felt like a whole paragraph of description but it was just enough for you to get what she meant. So basically she threw hints at you but left you rooms to imagine the rest as your brain starts to form the images and places. Beautiful!
Also! I couldn't help but to fangirl over Lucas. This fangirling was different, not the "swoon" love, but the star-struck love. I just admired him. Every time he just kept surprising me. I had my jaws wide open most of the time. Gosh, he was like Harvey Specter from Suits, ADMIRATION THROUGH THE ROOF! But he was not flashy like Harvey. He was the type of guy that you kind of miss and will forget if you passed him by on the road. He was like a "phantom" ;). Gosh I wish I can tell you some of the specifics but I can't (that will just ruin the whole ":O awesome!" for you guys). So mouth shut.
I liked Reid too, he was different. I can't really pin-point the specifics but he didn't felt like the nerd sidesick nor the fat dumb friend. He was just "normal" but still badass.
And the plot, what an adventure! I don't think I have read something quite like it in a while! I mean going to a biotech company?! That is soooo coool! The science geek in me was thrashing. The little intricate detail was like a bit of heaven for me. It reminded me of reading Kathy Reich's books, hmmmmm, Ashley happy. :) But don't get me wrong, I am not THAT crazy for science. I just like to learn new stuff (so I googled a lot of the stuff in the book). And you definitely don't have to be a scientist to read this book. It was just like an added bonus for geeks like me. Like you know, that little inside joke? And my lord! Europe! Paris, Prague, everything, like I want a trip around Europe now. I wish I can tell you the adventure they had but hello spoilers. PS: any book with secret organization rules! *sigh*
So final thought? I really want this book to get adapted to a show or something. I mean I started this review listing the shows that this book is similar to, (which I forgot to mention, this book, very 007 action-like, with The Da Vinci Code mystery and adventure), I just would love to see a movie or show out of this book!
About the Author:
AD Starrling was born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Paediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing.
Soul Meaning is her debut novel and the first in a supernatural thriller series entitled Seventeen. She currently lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the second novel in the series while drinking gallons of tea.
She still practises medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.