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Publisher's Summary

Edited by Leslie Mitchell at G2 Freelance Editing and rereleased Aug. 20, 2013. 

What do you do when the one you love is also your worst enemy? 

Cassie is stunned and devastated when she learns that she belongs to a long line of vampire slayers known as "The Hunters." A murderous rampage by a group of elder vampires has left the Hunter line decimated and the remaining Hunters scattered around the world. With her friends Chris and Melissa's aid, Cassie struggles to rid the world of the monsters that murdered her parents. Cassie knows it is her fate, but she chafes against her heritage and is resentful of the shortened lifespan placed upon her by the circumstances of birth. 

Struggling to get through every day, Cassie finds herself lost and adrift until Devon walks into her life. His arrival turns the school, and Cassie's life, upside down. Fighting against her fierce attraction to Devon and the chaos he represents in her carefully ordered days, she is irresistibly drawn to him. Though worried that what she is will place Devon in danger, she's unable to fight her feelings for him. He is the one light, and the only source of hope she has in a world that revolves around death and fear. 

What she doesn't know is that Devon has some dark secrets of his own, secrets even more frightening and dangerous than hers. Secrets that threaten to tear them apart forever. 

Audiobook one of five in the completed Kindred series. Recommended listening order: Kindred (Book 1), Ashes (Book 2), Kindled (Book 3), Inferno (Book 4), Phoenix Rising (Book 5).

If you enjoy the Kindred series, you may also enjoy the spin-off Fire and Ice series, which is now complete. Recommended listening order: Frost Burn (Book 1), Arctic Fire (Book 2), Scorched Ice (Book 3). The Kindred series is a young adult fictional story that includes some language, violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

©2012 Heather K. Gilmour-Cox (P)2018 Heather K. Gilmour-Cox

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Another great story!!!

Definitely now one of my favorite books now!! Can’t wait to read the next installments as I’m done hear typing away my thoughts so far on this book in which I believe is yet another fantastic writing of an awesome world that the author has created. I got sucked in and fell in love with the characters. Definitely recommend.

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Kindred

This was an Okay first in series. I enjoyed the overall core story but I think it got overshadowed by the insta-love story. In my opinion there needed to be more focus on the demon hunting and hunters stories and less about the instant attraction between Devon and Cassie. In this case I think the narrator saved the story. If I had been reading I would have skimmed through alot but the narrator did such a great job bringing the characters to life that I listened from start to finish. I would give book 2 a try on hopes that the story balances out

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Ok story made better by Sarah Puckett

I received a copy of this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.

I can never get enough of listening to Sarah Puckett. She is great and nice to listen to. She makes the reading experience that much better and Kindred is no exception.

I am a huge fan of Erica Steven's, but I just did not love this book. Since it is the first book in a series I am more than willing to give the second book a try. I just felt nothing for any of the characters and the romance was very instalovey. I will say I'm interesting to see what happens with Devon and Cassie's relationship after that very entertaining ending.

Even though I didn't love the story and I would have liked a bit more information, especially about Devon's past, but Sarah Puckett helps make this book interesting with her awesome narrating skills. She was great as Cassie.

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Decent, if YA story

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Definitely geared towards the Twilight-fan demographic. Thankfully, these vampires don't sparkle and less teen angst crap. As for the story, it's a pretty "normal" vampire forbidden love story. Female lead comes from a vampire hunter family and falls for a vampire. Beyond that, though, it is fairly well excecuted. The narration is fantastic, which helped hold my interest. There is a bit too much love story for me, but that's a personal preference thing. All in all, it's a pretty decent book and I'd be open to continuing the series.

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Good 1st in a series

I liked Cassie & Devon’s story as much with this audiobook as I did when I first read the story 5 years ago. Some on Amazon eluded that they see a Twilight & Buffy similarity...apparently they never read or listened to the stories. No Buffy with fantastical demons (I could go on but why bother). No timid Bella with a glittery vampire and what felt like forced attraction. Hunters & instant attraction yes, but different storyline and characters and plenty of fighting. Anyway, good story with interesting & attention grabbing storyline from the start. The characters have depth and are likable. The narrator did a nice job with providing unique voices for each character and appropriate tone inflections for each scene. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I LOVE SARAH PUCKETT

I am seriously in love with narrator Sarah Puckett. She could read the ingredient list on a box of cereal and I would be enthralled. She brings the characters to life and invokes such emotions whether she is reading a funeral scene or fight scene.

Kindred is the first book I have read by author Erica Stevens. I was immediately drawn in by the blurb. I love a good YA paranormal romance. While Kindred is book 1 in the series, I felt that the author left me with a lot of unanswered questions. i get that it is book 1 in the series, but she left so much unsaid. Even when she wrote herself an opening and i thought i was finally going to get some insight in. For example, we don't get any insight into Devon's past. He brings up a passed lost love but never explains it with any detail. And how is it that he and Cassie have no idea what the other is? I really hope that all the other questions I have are answered in the other books, but because of this i gave the Story a 2.

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Vampire meets vampire slayer

If you are a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer then Kindred is the story for you. This is a young adult paranormal story about vampires and the people who slay vampires. Chris, Cassie, and Melissa are high school seniors who are hunters. They train with Luther to slay vampires. As a hunter they have a shorter lifespan than the average human.

Sara Pluckett narrates all the characters in this paranormal story. This story is told from the third person perspective so it’s fitting that one narrator would be the voice of all characters. Although, I would have loved to hear Devon’s voice narrated by a male. Some if the fighting scenes could have used a little more acting. Overall, Sara’s performance was average.

Devon is over seven hundred years old yet he still looks like an eighteen old. Devon and Cassie are unaware they are on opposing teams. They have a strong bond with both wanting to protect the other. Devon’s vampire characteristics are similar to most other vampire stories. Nothing uniquely different stands out about him.
Despite all the similar vampire qualities the one that is different is his ability to fall in love with a vampire hunter. Her fate is to protect the humans at any cost even if it means hunting Devon, the enemy.



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Good story, great narrator!

I’m a sucker for vampire stories and I really liked this one! It reminded me of Twilight. Sarah Puckett did an awesome job narrating! I love the rasp in her voice and how she separates characters. Thank you for allowing me to listen!!!!