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    Lindsey J. Parsons(Author)

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Vortex is a fantasy romance novel aimed at the upper teen / young adult market. It is the first book in a trilogy called Return of The Effra. Synopsis: On a night when prophecies stir, an outraged dragon vents his anger, Damian is ripped from everything he knows and Sam's nightmares become real... Sam isn't enjoying university life, she's disillusioned with her course and having second thoughts about her future. It doesn't help that she keeps having a scary, recurring nightmare and when she thinks things couldn't get worse a creepy man follows her back to her room. Damian is unique, he has silver eyes, horns and wings, he is also being visited by a ghost girl. She looks so sad and frightened he feels compelled to help her, but the night he reaches out to save her from a dragon's fiery breath he gets ripped from his life, his world, from everything he knows. Now it's Damian who's lost in an unfamiliar world that's devoid of magic and full of strange monsters. His only connection with home is Sam who he recognises as the ghost girl. Sam has to put aside her fear and disbelief in Damian's explanations about himself to try and help him find his way home. But in a world without magic is this possible?
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  • By SMoakes on 30 July 2012

    First of all let me start by saying I love love LOVED this book, seriously it is made of the most awesome sauce in the world. The story is written in such a way that I felt as if I was watching a movie. I could picture every little detail, every facial expression and almost hear every sound. It was fast paced from the beginning and I was immediately thrown into the story, there was never a dull moment. Parson's writing is incredible.My favourite character? Hands down Damien!! At first I wasn't sure what to make of him but after his first meeting with Sam, I fell in love. He is completely clueless about everything going on around him and this lightens the whole tone of the book, he is like a child when it comes to everything in the human world and it's impossible not to love him, especially the moment he thinks Sam doesn't like him, I was so sad for him that all I wanted to do was give him a cuddle. He also has a dark side that we only see glimpses of but it's enough to make me believe we will be seeing more of his 'true' nature, I think he is the perfect example of human nature at it's worst and it's best which is ironic considering he's not human.And Sam? She is a REAL character and I say this because her reactions when first meeting Damien are what I would expect from myself if I was in her position. She thinks he's crazy and dismisses everything he tells her and it's a long time before she even begins to consider that he might be telling the truth, and even then she doesn't fully accept anything until she has seen it for herself. She is a typical teenage girl that has no clue what she wants to do with her life, she also isn't afraid to be mean to the people around her, typically speaking her mind wherever necessary, no matter the situation. I love that she hasn't been described as having a boring, mundane life which is typical of YA books but instead her life really is normal, sometimes boring but real and I appreciate that because I can relate.I also loved how Parsons wrote from both of their perspectives as it gave me, as a reader such a good insight into how they are both feeling in every chapter. I was filled with tension throughout the whole book because I desperately wanted Sam and Damien to realise how they felt about each other and Parsons didn't disappoint. This story really puts to rest the old saying, never judge a book by it's cover.I recommend this book to anyone that wants a good love story that is touched with humour, tinged with sadness and full of hope. Big thumbs up!!

  • By Sarah Merrifield on 10 August 2012

    A little slow to start, but soon picked up pace. Sam White is an ordinary girl at university when she meets Damian, a demon from another world. The first part of the story follows them as they piece together how to return Damian to his world. The story then follows what happens when they travel to his world.I loved the two main characters. Sam is independent and knows her own mind although she is a bit impulsive. Not that that is a bad thing! Damian is a demon with a conscience and tries to protect Sam. I hope to see their characters develop further in the next instalment and I would love to know more about Damian's background.I enjoyed the descriptions of Damian's world and it really sucked me in. The first part in Sam's world, I found to be slower which is why it took me a while to get into the story. I liked how the story was split into two distinct parts, there was no confusion as to which world they were in.Overall I really enjoyed this book and look forward to number 2.

  • By Ashton Williams-Shone on 19 June 2013

    Vortex is set in two separate worlds; one in modern day England and the other in a magical world filled with mythical beings such as Demons, Magi, Dragons, Goblins, Elves and more...Samantha White AKA Sam is a ordinary college student who is having nightmares. Of which she finds herself running into the same person on each occasion. When Sam is confronted by Damian in the real world everything changes.Damian is a man with bat like wings three inch horns and piercing silver eyes *swoons*. When he finds himself pulled into another world unlike anything he's ever seen he seeks out Sam, the ghost girl. Together they embark on a journey to try get him home, unknown to them of the dangers lying ahead.Parsons has done a great job, her style of writing is amazing, there wasn't a single dull moment in the whole book. It's full of magic, romance and even has an awesome battle thrown in, what more could you ask for?What I liked about Vortex is the way it was written. I felt like I got to know the characters in more depth because i got to see from both Sam's and Damian's point of view. At first I wasn't impressed by Sam because of her reaction to Damian, it's not his fault he asks lots of stupid questions because everything is new, cut him some slack, please? This soon changed though, as it progressed Sam found herself warming up to him and I began to like her.Now Damian on the other hand is my favourite character of the book! I just LOVED him from the start. What a fantabulous character he is!!! His silly questions amused me to no end, I found myself chuckling away to myself on numerous occasions (earning funny looks from people around me might I add), so worth it though!!"Their food turned up then and they thanked the waitress. Damian sat staring at his plate for a few seconds.Then, pointing at the egg, he asked, "What is this?""You asked for scrambled egg, that's it.""Oh, that is interesting. I wondered why the eggs had different names; I assumed it referred to the type of egg. For what reason do they do that to it?"What I didn't like was the ending! How can it finish there? What a cliff-hanger!!! I wasn't impressed at all! I was really enjoying it and couldn't believe THAT happened! Grrrrr.... Now I've got to wait for Wicked Game to find out where it leads!There's so much more I want to add but will leave it there as I don't want to spoil it!!!Overall I absolutely loved this book!!!! Would highly recommend to fantasy and romance lovers! A MUST READ!P.S. I think I've found myself a new book boyfriend; even if he is a demon!!! ;)


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