Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Being Human by Patricia Lynne

Being Human
by Patricia Lynne

Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Patricia Lynne
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy | Vampire Coming of Age
Print Length: 302 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive. Only surviving isn't that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.

The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny's help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He'll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.

Tommy just wants to survive and he knows what he needs to do. But with the number of humans that mean more to him than a meal growing, he'll learn there's more to life than simple survival. He'll discover being human doesn't mean being a human.

 Being Human by Patricia Lynne

Being HumanThis one is a MUST must-read! You will NEVER read a more original vampire book, EVER!

From three pages in, I was a goner for BEING HUMAN and young Tommy had my heart completely. To say this is something different or unique is almost an understatement and Patricia Lynne’s presentation is spellbinding in both the innocence of its characters and the empathy for a young soul it invokes. Far from the nightmare inducing bloodbaths of other vampire novels, call this one a softer, gentler tale that will most definitely leave an impression and tug on your heartstrings.

Imagine being a young teen and having your life taken from you, only to become a reviled creature of the night, a vampire and to rapidly lose the humanity and the memories that made you, you. Tommy only felt one thing when he awoke as a newly turned vampire, he wanted to survive and he would need to become the monster of legends to do so- forget that he was a victim, himself.

Tommy had a bond that called to him through the haze of his mind, the bond he shared with his twin, Danny, the only human he knew he could trust. It was that trust that gave Tommy a sense of belonging, even as Danny ages and marries while Tommy remains fifteen. It will also be that bond that could cost Tommy his vampire life.

Patricia Lynne’s BEING HUMAN is as much of a tale of family bonds, acceptance and the special connection twins share with each other as it is another unveiling of the vampire myth. It is learning boundaries, re-learning the meaning of emotional ties and stumbling through the awkward teen times while living as a shadow in a world that only accepts the vibrancy of living colors. Follow young Tommy as he struggles to stay alive, understand what he has lost and learn what young love could have been for him, even as he discovers that no sacrifice is too great to protect those you love.

Is this the best storytelling I have ever read, maybe not, but it is certainly one of the most creatively touching ones.

I received this copy from Patricia Lynne in exchange for my honest review.

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