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THE DEN was inspired by actual events and their resulting, recurring nightmares.Is it possible to run away from yourself? No. Skyla Jane Judge should know.Fresh on the heels of a breakup and college graduation, Skyla Jane Judge feels an inexplicable urge to accompany an attractive stranger on a road trip from New York to New Orleans. Maybe it has something to do with whatTHE DEN was inspired by actual events and their resulting, recurring nightmares.Is it possible to run away from yourself? No. Skyla Jane Judge should know.Fresh on the heels of a breakup and college graduation, Skyla Jane Judge feels an inexplicable urge to accompany an attractive stranger on a road trip from New York to New Orleans. Maybe it has something to do with what a psychic has told her about a past life. Maybe some old friends stuck between lives are waiting for her there.Whatever the case, she gives in to the lure of Louisiana’s voodoo country and doesn’t look back. Longing for change, she uncovers a “den” beneath the haunted cobblestone streets of the French Quarter and, in the company of vampires, begins to discover her true self.Skyla embarks on a journey to self-awareness that ultimately uncovers a secret ceremonial path to love and eternal enlightenment. Though change is what she wanted, is she ready for the irrevocable change her “new” friends offer her?...

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ISBN : 17207004
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Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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The Den Reviews

  • Hannah
    2019-04-17 06:43

    This was a quick read. I saw that a lot of people didn't like this book. However, it didn't bother me. I get some of people didn't like how she just took off with some strange guy. Normally I would say that is bad but this a book and people need to do something stupid in order for the story to get going. As the books continue it will be interesting to see how things go. Especially, with the two guys both wanting her.

  • Mariel
    2019-04-03 06:09

    I would definitely recommend this book! I am normally not into this genre, but I imagined it being like Twilight- which I didn't want to read at first, but ended up addicted to! While it has a similar feel, it is certainly different. I finished The Den and immediately bought book #2. The author keeps you engrossed and really wanting to know what Skyla is in for next. And what happens with Brooke? We left off with her not wanting to get on the plane, what sixth sense does she have? Looking forward to starting the next book!

  • April Kay
    2019-04-21 05:05

    I don't know where to start with this book. There was so much that I had a problem with, and it's actually kind of sad because there was a lot of promise in this story. I got it originally because the cover is very attractive and my interest was piqued instantly at the teaser that said it was inspired by real events -- that's always fun to hear. But this story was a colossal disappointment. I'll start with the bad things.Firstly, there were the POV changes. The first third of the book is told from Skyla's (third person) POV, but as it goes on, random paragraphs of Alex's POV start cropping up for no reason. As the rest of "the den" is introduced, the POV changes become more frequent and last longer, and at one point, we're thrust into the POV of Brooke, Skyla's BFF. This part was especially jarring because up until then, apart from phone conversations, Brooke wasn't really mentioned. A more seasoned writer could pull of these POV switches, but it just felt disjointed in this story, and it really throws you out of the narrative.Secondly, the writing itself. The writing was clunky and somewhat amateurish -- it felt more like a first draft than a finished product. The sentences were all short and the same length, which is something that could be fixed had the author read her work out loud to herself -- she would have seen that the rhythm was off. And there were often too many useless details, often in a very bad case of telling, rather than showing. For example, say you had a character who unlocked a door. You would write, "She unlocked the door." That's not the case with this story, instead, we get: "She took the key from him. She walked to the door. She put the key into the lock. She turned the key until it clicked." Which is great if you're trying to pad your word count for NaNoWriMo or something, but not for a finished, professional story.Thirdly, the characters themselves. Skyla is an indecisive and unreliable narrator who often contradicts herself. One minute, she's uneasy and doesn't want to be there, but in the next paragraph, she feels like she's "coming home" and never wants to leave. In an early chapter, the first paragraph is about how happy she is in NYC because she feels normal, but a page later, she bemoans how trapped and confined she feels. It was hard to connect to a character who has no agency and no idea what she wants. Alex, god... let's talk about Alex, shall we? He was manipulative from the moment we met him. During the road trip, when Skyla expressed her nervousness, he pulls over and pulls her into his lap to make out with her. Every time she tries to talk to him seriously and he doesn't want to talk to her, he kisses her and tells her how beautiful she is. He's very secretive and possessive over her and he just made me feel downright ooky. (view spoiler)[It's later revealed that he'd been stalking her for months, and even though the original plan was to bring her back to her One True Love, James, Alex now felt entitled to Skyla, felt like she belonged to him after all of his stalking. (Gee, Edward Cullen, I thought we'd seen the last of you.) (hide spoiler)]In the same vein, the supporting characters weren't much better. "The den" were all secretive and sociopathic. They felt more like villains to me, although they were written to be Skyla's friends and family, and not to mention (view spoiler)[that they killed people. They literally drugged people, had sex with them (which is rape, technically), and then drank their blood until they died. Rapists and killers, ahoy! (hide spoiler)] They are not at all characters we should want Skyla to end up with, I don't think. I feel like I'm forgetting a lot, but I think I've gotten enough negativity out there. ONTO THE POSITIVE THINGS:The basic storyline and premise holds such promise. I love the (view spoiler)[past lives thing, and I actually really liked the fake fangs aspect -- I thought it was a fresh, inventive twist to a story like this. (hide spoiler)] It's obvious that a lot of thought went into the plot, and I can definitely respect that. Also, while the detail was often too much and unnecessary, if it was cleaned up, I feel it could be very atmospheric and captivating. I've never been to New Orleans, myself, but there were brief moments where I felt like I was seeing the city myself, and that's a great thing. You can tell the author was picturing things perfectly in her mind, and had she worked harder on her sentence structure and flow, it would have been perfect.If more time and effort had gone into this story, if it was polished up and rewritten, I feel like it could flourish and shine. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be buying the rest of the books in this series, but I'm glad that other people seem to be enjoying it. Hopefully, the author gets better after this and continues to write, because she obviously has a lot of creativity.

  • Karen
    2019-03-30 11:43

    This was almost like a stream of consciousness type of thing. The story seemed to proceed from point to point without any real feeling about anything. It was a ramble that had me trying to figure out what was going on for the first 5 (five) chapters with no idea what it was about. The characters were never really fleshed out and did not make me care about them but I felt they might do something interesting at some point, but they didn't. The dialogue seemed awkward and not thought out, and the descriptions of locations could have been crisper and more visual. Not awful but not what I had expected it to be.Skyla Jane Judge is a girl who has drifted through life with no real goals, feeling different from all those around her. She has always had strange abilities that she used sparingly because she was told that they were a curse by her mother. They said she was a witch. Just before graduating from college a psychic tells her something that could change her life forever and she is not surprised. When she and her friend move to New York she is still drifting, then she meets Alex and starts on an adventure which will find her in a new city, with new people who claim to know her and seem to want more than she may be willing to give.Skyla was a character who I wanted to like but she was so drab and seemed to allow life to happen to her instead of really living. She finally grows a backbone at the end, or so it seems, but it is a bit late to really redeem her. Alex is mysterious but still transparent to the reader, you know exactly what he is about form the moment they meet and remains so. The rest of the characters are just background noise with no substance at this point. I am debating with myself whether to try the next book and see if things start to pick up since it was left on a cliff hanger. I wouldn't say don't read this but go in knowing that the action is weak, the heat is lukewarm, and the characters are a bit annoying.

  • Cathy Wellman
    2019-04-14 04:07

    THE DEN was inspired by actual events and their resulting, recurring nightmares. Is it possible to run away from yourself? No. Skyla Jane Judge should know.Fresh on the heels of a breakup and college graduation, Skyla Jane Judge feels an inexplicable urge to accompany an attractive stranger on a road trip from New York to New Orleans. Maybe it has something to do with what a psychic has told her about a past life. Maybe some old friends stuck between lives are waiting for her there.Whatever the case, she gives in to the lure of Louisiana’s voodoo country and doesn’t look back. Longing for change, she uncovers a “den” beneath the haunted cobblestone streets of the French Quarter and, in the company of vampires, begins to discover her true self.Skyla embarks on a journey to self-awareness that ultimately uncovers a secret ceremonial path to love and eternal enlightenment. Though change is what she wanted, is she ready for the irrevocable change her “new” friends offer her? THE DEN (47,000 words) is Book #1 of The Vampire’s Witch Saga. Books #2 (IN THE BLOOD) and #3 (THE SEVENTH DAY) in the series are also available for sale.This was an awesome book ! I read the whole book in one night !!!! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. From the moment I started reading it I had goosebumps, I loved the characters and I can't wait to get the others from the series. I would recommended You rush out now and get this series.

  • Claire
    2019-04-15 10:05

    I quite like vampire books, but this one, not so much. The characters aren't particularly endearing, and I found lead character Skyla rather irritating. She meets some guy in a café and then sets off on a drive with him from New York to New Orleans...with a stranger she had just met... not very believable! So Alex, the stranger, doesn't really speak to her during the whole trip. What does our heroine do? Does she get the next buts/train/plane out of there? No, she just takes it. Again, not very believable. So they get to New Orleans and it turns out he's brought her to his vampire den to meet his vampire 'family' who have false fangs. Come again? false fangs... veneers no less...WTF? This could have been a really good book, but it's really not very good. The writing doesn't flow very well and the speech in particular isn't very well phrased. This only added to my annoyance at such a weak heroine and a story with a distinct lack of oomph! I'm giving two stars for this book's potential. It would read a while lot better with some editing and proofreading. I'm not even going to bother with book two in the series.

  • Nilsita Robinson
    2019-03-25 04:02

    An interesting story but unfortunately reads like a first draft badly in need of proper editing. I skimmed through the entire novel because it did manage to intrigue me enough to want to know where the story was headed. The end comes abruptly and there are no answers to any of the questions raised and no resolution of any kind, leaving the reader with no option but to go on to the next novel in the series, which I would certainly skim through if it was also available for free. In my opinion it needs to be edited and republished and then it would have a 5-star potential.

  • Beth
    2019-04-14 03:55

    I liked the story but there are times when a character's actions contradict all their previous actions. There is not a lot of insight into the thinking process of each character and why they do the things they are doing. The love scenes are not very exciting.

  • Tamara
    2019-04-13 08:47

    DenThis book is well written and a good story line but it didn't keep me enthralled I'm not sure if it's me or the story but the book is good

  • Trisha
    2019-04-07 05:59

    I made it one third of the way through the book, and have decided I can read no more. I've had to force myself to read that far into it, and I just don't have it in me to go on. The main character, Skyla, has absolutely no chemistry with the "lead guy"- whose name I can't even remember because I just didn't care about him enough to remember it. The book actually started off promising, but quickly lost me as the characters soon began acting totally stupid. Sklya meets her love interest and decides to go on a road trip to New Orleans with him within the first five minutes. I'm not kidding- she pretty much trades names with him and then makes the decision to suggest a road trip with this guy she just met. He's not the friend of a friend, no one she knows apparently knows him... he could be a serial killer, but because he's "hot", she's going away with him. Not only that, but she quits her job in order to go on the trip with him! Okay, that's normal behavior... not. The thought that he could, indeed, be a psycho occurs to her early in the trip. She voices this to him and what happens? He pulls to the side of the road, pulls her onto his lap, and they make out. WHAT?!!? This somehow soothes her fears about him and they continue on with the trip. They really don't converse at all during the trip, except to decide they will sleep in separate beds in the hotel- because Skyla's not easy, by golly!- which made me wonder why she would wait until they're on the road to discuss this small little detail. They get to Washington D.C. (their first overnight stop) and what's the first thing they do? Go to the room and make out. THAT'S showing him you're not easy, Skyla! It was at this point I decided I was done. There are far too many books out there with interesting stories and believable characters to continue on with this.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-19 12:06

    This was a confusing and unrealistic book. I did not get the point of this book at all to be honest. I don't even understand why this book got high reviews. Like really, who would take a sudden road trip with a stranger? This whole book seemed pointless.Skyla Jane Judge is told by a psychic that she's a witch who came from witches in her family. And that ghosts will come after her which is a bad thing. There was also a bad guy that she needed to watch out for.Arriving in New York City with her best friend Brooke, she feels restless after a few weeks. Then she meets a strange boy in a diner who talks about New Orleans. Suddenly Skyla decides to take a road trip to New Orleans with him and things take a strange turn once they arrive in New Orleans. Something about vampires, reading minds, something leery. Skyla is scared and confused. She doesn't know what to do. Has she made a horrible mistake this time?

  • Jaime Jeffrey
    2019-03-27 06:09

    SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!This book had a really good premise & I do want to read the next 2 that r out. Let me tell u what I found odd tho. The main character Skyla, meets a guy & immediately decides to go on a trip w/ him. WHO DOES THAT?!! Not a date, a trip, a road trip at that. Then, the whole way there, he didn't have anything to say. Now different books, have different Vampire lore, but this 1 was the oddest yet. They're wearin false fangs? WTF? What kinda lame ass Vampires r these, that they gotta wear false fangs, till they go thru some kinda transformation & thats if they go thru it at all, I wasn't real clear on that. Then when they get to the end of the book, u don't know its the end, till u turn the page. HUH?! The book did pique my interest, I think the 1st book was settin up the 2nd book & it will b better.

  • Big
    2019-04-18 12:01

    Riveting. Vampires of a different ilk. I enjoyed the book, or should I say books. I have read all the books in the series so far. I do have a few questions. Witch? Except for the one incident in the third book, along with an explanation regarding her family history, there has been no sign of her being a witch. The book claims to be based on actual events. Who? When? Where?The vampires and vampire wannabes in this book make you like and dislike them at the same time. They are lost souls who basically form a small cult. There is no regard for the lives they take. It's rather chilling. You're drawn to the heroine but you know from the beginning, even if she does not, that her plight and later flight are hopeless. As I read the last part of the third book I kept saying oh no! I read the whole series in one afternoon. The books were captivating.

  • Susy Rogers
    2019-04-10 06:58

    Where do I start? It is highly unlikely any person in their right mind would up and leave on a cross country road trip with a complete stranger. That isn't relatable at all. Not to mention, the chemistry these characters share is awkward and uncomfortable. The premise of this story is very intriguing, but the author just doesn't know how to put it all together. Throughout the story, so many questions arise, but the abrupt ending leaves the reader with no answers and completely confused. If it didn't read like a first draft unedited piece, it might have some hope.

  • Ali
    2019-03-21 11:00

    I really liked this book because when we finally meet the "vampires" we find that they are more of a cult, and there is a waiting period to "become a vampire" and rituals that have to be performed....it gives off a cult like appearence to me, and makes the story all that more beliveable, that this nieve girl trying to find a place she feels belongs is lurered into this situation, there is a sense of danger and OMG what am i getting into thats just not present in vampire books today. I cant wait to purchase the next in the series to see what is going to happen

  • Holly
    2019-03-29 04:44

    I could not get past chapter 2 of this book, and I really don't like to give out low star reviews to anyone, but the writing in this book is terrible. Nearly every sentence starts with "Skyla" or another character name, so much so that it was just ridiculous. I noticed this right away, so I skipped ahead in the book to see if it continued through the whole book and it did, so that was enough to turn me off. The cover looked great, the blurb was right up my alley but I couldn't get past the style of writing.

  • Amber
    2019-03-23 10:48

    Odd.. Skyla meets this guy and out of the blue goes on a road trip. This is after a psychic has told her to be on the lookout for someone dangerous. Over and over she has warning bells and ignores them. Not a smart cookie this Skyla. They end up in New Orleans at a bar called Steve's Place. Under Steve's is what they call the den. The story just gets more bizzare and then abruptly ends.

  • Anita Harris
    2019-04-10 07:05

    I love vampire books I am amazed that Skyla seems so slow at figuring things out. I would of thought she would get an inkling of what was going on the first time she visited Steve's place. But all in all it was an interesting book and I would suggest it to anyone who likes vampire books.

  • Jolene Layne
    2019-04-14 11:53

    wow!!! anyone would love this book whether you're young or young at heart. go on a mesmerizing trip with skyla jane judge from new york all the way to new orleans with a guy she just met named alex. she really doesn't know just how dangerous strangers can be...... when she finds out will she stay or will she go????

  • Tabitha
    2019-04-10 04:43

    It was too short and had no ending. If you want to read the ending, you have to buy the next book, which probably just leads right into the book after that.The story was a little different and interesting enough to keep me reading to the end. But I don't want to pay for the next two books since they are both short as well.

  • Julian Coleman
    2019-04-19 05:40

    I know this is fiction, but what is the message? Skyla meets a stranger, Alex, at a café and decides to go off to New Orleans with him? This should've been a cautionary tale and not a vampire love saga. I hate giving writers poor reviews, but I just couldn't get past the initial set-up and the narrative didn't help give any of the characters depth.

  • Teresa
    2019-04-01 12:00

    I don't usually quit a book, but I felt like stupidity was catching as I read this one. I don't hate the premise, but the execution was awful. The writing left much to be desired - lifeless/unlikeable characters, constant/senseless tense changes, wooden dialogue (a gracious description), ineffective transitioning between scenes and nonexistent editing were a few of the problems.

  • Chande
    2019-04-11 08:42

    Sometimes the past and the future come together.If you believe in past lives you will love this book. Can your past be your future. You never know who will spend forever looking for your soul to com back to them.

  • Melanie Pietrowski
    2019-03-27 11:42

    the first 1/3 of the book was kinda slow,and confusing. it bounces fwd in time, good few months, but there is nothing to state it. so that makes it rather difficult to follow. Glad I stuck it out though. proving to be a good series starter.

  • Felecia
    2019-03-31 07:52

    Awful. Almost didn't finish, but powered through to the end - ugh. Did a horrible job with the back and forth conversation parts - no one talks like that! All over the place with the writing - hard to follow each scene. No way I'll be getting any of the other books in this series - done.

  • Karina
    2019-04-07 07:45

    Has potential...will read the next installment to see where it leads to. Wished the sex scenes were more descriptive but the author might have been catering to more of a YA audience much like Twilight (Stephanie Meyers).

  • Janice Stinnett
    2019-04-02 06:48

    OkI thought I would like this book because it had many elements I usually do but it fell flat. The story didn't flow right, it seemed forced. There was no real character development. I don't recommend

  • Rachelle Freese
    2019-03-23 10:56

    The over all story was good, but the writing was very choppy. I have no desire to continue on with this series because of how it was written, almost like it was a first draft.

  • Alicia Huxtable
    2019-04-21 09:50

    Although this book had a good presence, it seemed to just plod along without the suspense building to whatever was supposed to happen.

  • KaylaAnne Kelly
    2019-03-31 06:00

    Very slow and hard to get into. I did not like how mid paragraph it would change point of view.