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{December 26, 2011}   {Review} Vampire Breed by Tim O’Rourke (Kiera Hudson Series #4) — And Announcing the Winners of Vampire Shift

From Goodreads: Kiera Hudson wakes to find herself imprisoned. Experiencing nightmares and visions, she slowly realises that she has been subjected to a series of sinister tests and operations. Addicted to blood and in pain, Kiera knows that if she is to survive she will need to escape from her cage. But who is the werewolf that secretly visits her during the night and can Kiera trust him? Where are her friends and why hasn’t Potter come to rescue her as he promised? With no word or message from Luke and Potter, she fears that they might be dead.

But with only a chair and a book for comfort in her cage, can Kiera escape? And even if she does, what will she find on the other side of her cell walls?

O’Rourke has written another phenomenal book in his Kiera Hudson series, bringing us one step closer to the much anticipated finale as book five is planned to release in early 2012.  I am in love with this series, and think it is one of the best series I’ve read this past year.  That being said, this novel is, like the others, very well done.  We learn so much more about the Vampyrus and their evils plans in this novel, including who is behind it all.  I was shocked at the villains reveal, especially as it wasn’t anyone I suspected.  In fact, the name hadn’t even crossed my mind as a possible bad guy; I love surprises, and this novel is full of them!

Unlike the other novels in this series, this one takes on a darker, more sinister feel as Kiera is imprisoned in a filthy cell.  She finds she has been operated on and treated horribly, all in the name of science.  Yet, while the reader is given firsthand knowledge of these atrocities, they are not graphic in the way that many novels are.  Instead, O’Rourke alludes to the operations and treatments, leaving it up to the reader’s imagination, which I was extremely thankful for as I have difficulty stomaching graphic horror, especially when it’s in relation to characters I absolutely adore.

Both old and new characters come on the scene in this riveting fourth book, and Potter is as endearing as ever as he, Kiera, and our friends of old and new struggle to fight against the Vampyrus attempting to take over the world. 

O’Rourke is a fabulous writer, absolutely amazing, and I am dying to know the end of this amazing series.  Having written seven fabulous books this year alone, O’Rourke is held in high esteem in my eyes.  I highly recommend this book, and all O’Rourke’s books, for that matter.  Five stars.


And now… the announcement of the winners!!!  The contest for Vampire Shift AND signed prints of the beautiful cover has just concluded, and I’m excited to say that the winners have been chosen using

And the winners are…
Vampire Shift EBook: 
  1. Anne
  2. Erin Baker
Signed Print Copy of the Cover
  1. Rayni
  2. Robbie
  3. Karrie Hensley
Tweets have already been sent out, and emails will follow soon. If I don’t hear from the winners within 48 hours, I will select new winners using Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners… but don’t despair if you didn’t win this round!
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Karrie Hensley says:

Ahh. Ok sending email now and checking other email account.

Karrie Hensley says:

Hey, I never got an email about the drawing. So excited.

I sent it twice at the email address you gave me. It is not the same as the one you have attached here. Please verify the original email address you sent me via email to abookvacation(at)gmail(dot)com

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