Mini Review: Turned by Morgan Rice

Turned
first book in the Vampire Journals series
by Morgan Rice
Published: January 24, 2011
ISBN: 9780982953723

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Eighteen year old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her.
But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing. She is overcome by a superhuman strength, a sensitivity to light, a desire to feed--by feelings she does not understand. She seeks answers to what’s happening to her, and her cravings lead her to the wrong place at the wrong time. Her eyes are opened to a hidden world, right beneath her feet, thriving underground in New York City. She finds herself caught between two dangerous covens, right in the middle of a vampire war.It is at this moment that Caitlin meets Caleb, a mysterious and powerful vampire who rescues her from the dark forces. He needs her to help lead him to the legendary lost artifact. And she needs him for answers, and for protection. Together, they will need to answer one crucial question: who was her real father? But Caitlin finds herself caught between two men as something else arises between them: a forbidden love. A love between the races that will risk both of their lives, and will force them to decide whether to risk it all for each other…
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This is what I'm talking about. You had a great beginning. The mystery and the chase was written wonderfully in the following chapters building your excitement. You're so pumped up because the action started early. And then....

*plonk*

Ladies and gentlemen, many books with great premises became disappointments because the romance angle was not handled, for a lack of a better word, nicely. Come on, while I do believe in "love-at-first-sight" I did not believe Caitlin at all. For me, it was just hormones (which of course would make the statement "lust-at-first-sight") at seeing such a strikingly attractive vampire. There were feelings-- beginnings of feelings --and then it suddenly turned into love in the next page? It would have been understandable if she had a sense of deja vu because she saw him in dreams or a past life. Not this. Which was also the case with Caleb. First, he's "Oh no, I won't" and then (again) on the next page, "I love you".

Yes, ruined the romance, man. Great backbone ruined by hormones. That's why you get two apples (saved by the plot). The book would've gotten three if the romance was not so... cheesy.

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