I normally do not leave reviews unless I either really dislike or ...
I normally do not leave reviews unless I either really dislike or like a book. In this case, I really enjoyed The Outcasts by Misty Hayes. The story is about a normal, everyday high school girl who suffers bullying, weight issues, and boy problems.... except with a huge twist. This story is right on topic with what's going on in our society today and it struck a chord with me on how we choose to handle those problems. Her main character, Larna, is relatable and normal and her supporting characters are well described and written. It's never boring because she throws in a supernatural curve ball. It is great to read of a female character who is empowered to change her life and it's fun read when the plot twist is thrown in. You won't be able to put this book down. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something new to read from an up and coming new author. Five stars!
March 1, 2018
Great Powers Come With Great Responsibility I recently had the ple ...
Great Powers Come With Great Responsibility I recently had the pleasure of reading The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger: Volume 1 by Misty Hayes. I was surprised with the talent of this writer and was left with a positive impression. This fun and scary book was engaging with its challenging storyline of vampires and the age-old bullied underdog subject. Both of which are well-worn paths for writers. However, this author managed to create a refreshing new twist which captivated my attention throughout the whole story. I really liked how the author cleverly shifts gears from pulse-pounding drama to hilarious humor. The lead character, Larna, an overweight bullied underdog was a well scripted, believable cast member that I think everyone can understand and relate to. Showing depth and complexity in their individual personalities, I found that all the cast members brought genuine authenticity to the story. I would like to mention the attention to detail in proof and editing of this story is excellent. The excellent cover art created a spooky and somewhat scary attraction for me. In my opinion, you can judge this book by its cover. I am looking forward to the ingredients of Volume number two.
March 2, 2018
Misty Hayes, author of The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger Volume: 1, i ...
Misty Hayes, author of The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger Volume: 1, is handing readers a unique take on the vampire stories of late. Her main character and narrator, Larna Collins, relates a tale deeply woven in history, family secrets, and bloodlust. Larna, quite the social outcast in her high school, graduates and embarks immediately on a mission to find her estranged father in England. Using her father’s journals and her own burning desire to find answers to her endless string of questions about his sudden disappearance, she leaves Texas just as her lifelong friend, Corinth, reveals his desire to be more than a tried-and-true confidante. The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger Volume: 1 is written to appeal to young adult readers, but is so exceptionally written and full of wit and wisdom it easily resonates with a much larger audience. The idea of the socially downtrodden heroine is not a new one, but Hayes manages, quite successfully, to fashion Larna Collins into character unlike any readers will encounter within other books in the same genre. Larna is thoughtful, and the reader is privy to all of her emotions, anxiety, and, ultimately, her pride and power. Character development appears to be Hayes’s forte. Dropping little hints throughout the plot, the author draws robust images of each character from Paul the Volkswagen/taxicab-driving vampiric sidekick to Gabriel–the devil incarnate. Each of Hayes’s characters adds a rich element to the story, and she masters the plot twist with the best of the action/adventure writers out there. Hayes provides a captivating mixture of budding romance and action sequences. In addition, she takes literary risks with her characters’ fates. She, by no means, sticks with what the reader expects. At every turn, Hayes delivers something new and unexpected, but more than appreciated. The tension between Corinth and Larna and the ever-present question of romance between Larna and Alastair keep the reader guessing from beginning to end. Hayes offers an originality with her presentation of the vampire tale. She successfully juxtaposes the deteriorating architecture of old England with present-day Texas and tosses in a healthy amount of technology and modern references–all easily within the schema of the young adult audience. Those expecting to find the vampires of the Twilight series will be pleasantly surprised to find a quite different vamp sketched before them as Hayes offers up a down-to-earth creature with far-reaching abilities and deep-rooted emotions. I am giving The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger Volume: 1 a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Hayes offers a well-written, smooth read which mesmerizes readers from the first paragraphs. The relatable struggles of its main character, Larna, take an unexpected turn early on and pull readers in for a ride like no other. Hayes will soon find herself with a growing fan base yearning for more from Larna and her crew. By giving her audience the story they want with a cast of characters far-removed from those of the typical vampire tales, Hayes has succeeded in paving the way for her band of outcasts.
January 16, 2018