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Laney by Joann I. Martin Sowles

Monday, October 3, 2011


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 soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver's love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn't so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver's most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn...

Goodreads Summary

This book was a tad remniscent of Twilight, but I enjoyed it much more.  Laney is a student living a fairly normal life until she meets Oliver.  Oliver brings complications into her life, but he also brings a possibility of love and happiness.  Oliver and Laney's budding relationship was really sweet to read about.  I enjoyed how Laney was always stubborn and somewhat impulsive while Oliver is more controlled and calm.  They complement each other very well. 

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!

4 Stars

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