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Euphoria Part 1 by Jourdan Alexandra

Monday, October 3, 2011

Synopsis: Disruption. Initiation. The Unknowable. So say the Runes, the ancient Viking Oracle of marked stones ominously laid out before college freshman Riley Dawson a few days before her departure for Lyndon State College. Leaving the sun of her California childhood for the crisp northern air of Lyndonville, Vermont, Riley soon dismisses and forgets the Runes’ prediction of the choices she would make, choices borne of her own unseen nature, a nature invisible even to herself.

Dismisses and forgets that is, until she meets Remaunt: enigmatic, sensual, arrogant, and vulnerable. Describing him as the dark shadow of Adonis, his veneer of cool poise captivates Riley from the moment she meets him. 

Yet, even as Riley tries to deny her growing intrigue and fascination with her magnetically mysterious classmate, she ultimately finds that she cannot evade the truth of what he is. Remaunt is an immortal. Remaunt is a vampire. And immortals have immortal enemies. As Riley soon finds out, Remaunt is not the only vampire residing in Lyndonville—and, after a few near-death encounters, she is forced to conclude that there are other vampires significantly more dangerous than Remaunt, and that they are not to be trifled with. Posing a formidable threat to not only Remaunt, they endanger her friends, the community, and, most importantly, Riley’s life itself.

With the crisis of disruption activated, the mystic power of initiation summoned, and the fire and chaos of the unknowable at hand, Riley finds herself as bait between several supernatural beings, locked in a war of wills fueled by revenge and anguish destined to a fate not even the immortals could envision. (excerpt from

Review: Euphoria Part 1 by Jourdan Alexandra was a fantastic read! I couldn't help but love the character Riley. She's young, smart and not so easily conquered compared to some other vampire, paranormal leading ladies. The storyline is definitely unique whether it's because there are creepy, mysterious oracle runes, shapeshifter vampire owls? Or maybe, it's because vampire Remaunt is from the Elizabethan Era...Shakespeare anyone?

Alexandra's writing style is lovely, lyrical almost, the book was a smooth and easy read. I enjoyed Riley's spirit and the idea of a college girl getting stalked by a gorgeous vampire not a teen/tween. It made it more believable as a reader. Although Alexandra does explain/expel a few traits/rumors of vampires i'm glad she didn't go overboard in detail. It gave Remaunt and the story a little more mystery to it.

I also found it intriguing that although Riley's character is in real danger twice through out the book, she is never made to look like a damsel in distress. This was VERY refreshing and I found myself enamored with Riley's character because of it. Another detail that I loved was the fact that Alexandra didn't sugar coat what Remaunt was. A Killer. He's not a “veggie” vampire who only drinks the blood of animals...he kills to survive. Although he does have a choice in who he kills, it was fantastic to read to about the barbaric side of Remaunt.

Overall, I loved Euphoria, Part 1! The only thing I didn't love was the fact that the end was a cliffhanger. Even with the preview of Part 2 the book felt incomplete. I really wish Alexandra would have either made Part 1 longer because there was a lot of questions unanswered or Part 2 should have been released shortly after Part 1. In reality, Euphoria read like a five star review but unfortunately the ending killed the fifth star for me. I do look forward to reading more about Riley and Remaunt and I can only hope that Part 2 releases before the end of the year! I highly recommend this book to vampire lovers everywhere.


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