REVIEWS as of 4/26/2012
Wendy Lovetiggi Gonzalez‘s review
Apr 26, 12
OMGosh I am loving this first installment immensely! Emily has created a world of LOVE going so deep, the hardcore romantic within me can totally feel the characters emotions.Thank you Emily Guido for following your heart and writing his beautiful story and for allowing me the privilege to Read~N~Review it.
This book spans from Heaven to Romania, it is filled with emotions that will make you laugh, cry, and feel all of it right along with the characters. I was so upset at one point I wanted to throw my phone across the room saying, “OH NO, she did NOT just do that.” The characters and their backgrounds are amazingly portrayed in this uniquely refreshing story.
The world created is original, breathtaking and consistent. Imagine yourself on a secluded beach on the Black Sea with your soul mate, or being in the middle of a battle between good and evil. It is chock full of tasteful romance and tenderness.
I recommend this read to anyone who wants a truly amazing read.
LOVE is deep and if you believe with all your heart, mind, body, and spirit anything is possible. I want my own Tabbruis!!
5 out of 5 Hearts Lovetiggi’s Book Reviews
Carol Fitzpatrick‘s review
Apr 24, 12
I thought “Charmeine” offered so much!
It was a great love story and a lot of action. I was sure in the beginning that these heavenly and earthly beings would not survive. Charmeine was the heroine and so loved by Tabbruis. Their love was undying and how the author wove in all the characters to be a family which Charmeine was determined to do, and above all keep them safe. Of course, I was happy with the ending and how Shane fared. Shane was one the characters I liked so much. I felt his pain when Sandra was out of his life knowing that she would return to him somehow.
While the characters were part earthly and heavenly, it only gave meaning to the story. The battle that they had to fight to be free and live together in harmony was exciting! The author brought God into their lives because there was a tremendous reference to Him all throughout the book; however, not in preachy way. Each of the characters were fully developed, and I felt like I was part of their battle. I was silently rooting for them.
The author’s imagination in the writing captured the vampire spirit but yet not in horror as vampires are usually portrayed but in a loving way. Tabbruis was a man that anyone would fall in love with! How he adored his beautiful Charmeine and never once ever doubted his undying love for her. How Tabbruis saw her face in all his dreams and then she was the love of his life, “She’s Got a Way About Her,” like Billy Joel’s song says it all. The song fits so nicely into the book.
The author had each character contributing! Their earthly conversations were more formal for the older blood-hunters, and then the light-bearer’s more modern language, with some funny expressions make me laugh!
So I give “Charmeine” 5 Stars because the author’s story got me hooked. I think the readers will feel the same way.
Misty Harvey‘s Author of “Creatures of the Damned” review
Lady Raven RAVE!‘s review Apr 22, 12
BRIEF SUMMARY Both Charmeine and Tabbruis descended to earth not remembering who they really are. Charmeine grew up in an orphanage and Tabbruis has been walking the earth for centuries as a blood hunter/ vampire. With a chance meeting, both will uncover secrets about themselves that will lead them to constantly fight to save their new but somewhat old discovered loved.
This was an appealing story that has caught me off guard in a surprising way. I would shelf this book in the category of one of the breakout books for me that I have read for 2012. The first few chapters pulls you in immediately as the build up to Charleen aka Charmeine meeting with Tabbruis. Both these character’s chemistry was so intense, emotionally, that you couldn’t look away. There is nothing like forbidden love and a reunited love between a light bearer and a blood hunter vampire who finds their connection with Billy Joel’s music.
Once the characters met, the story took off in ways that reveals a lot and connects the other supporting characters Shane, Thomas, Neal and Dmitri to Charmeine and Tabbruis in ways that are exciting and unexpected. Although I have to admit that as exciting as the connection between Charmeine, Tabbruis and Shane was, it felt a little awkward for me as I reconnect with them in their newly discovered roles. The action sequence within the story was not lacking also as both characters tries to battle and defeat other blood hunters and the council. With Charmeine being a light bearer and Tab being a blood hunter, their love is forbidden, and both most fight to keep their family together. Well done to the author on her first book and first book within the series.
What I will say and note to the readers is that there were editing issues, so if you are able to bypass that issue then there shouldn’t be any problems for you. The story is also extensively lengthy. Throughout the story there were times when the plot had it’s high and low points. As much as I enjoyed the story and from my personal taste, I felt certain scenes weren’t necessary. Lastly, to the readers who like physical intimacy within their story, this really had none, however, that didn’t bother me as much as the story was strong enough with the emotional connection from the characters.
Length: Kindle 8816 Story: GREAT Enjoyment: FAIRLY GOOD
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Nicole Hill’s Author of “Legacy Forgotten” review
This book draws you in from the first page. It starts off with preparations for a great battle in heaven and continues completely through with battles on earth. Charmeine and Tabbruis were made for each other in heaven and when they are separated for hundreds of years, with no memory of who or what they are, their mission looks pretty grim. But you will learn that where there is love, there is always the strength to go on.There is no down time in this story. There are no long bouts of filler information. This book is pure raw adrenaline from start to finish! So well written that at times I felt unable to breathe during some of the fights. It’s heart wrenching at times and at others you will be so filled with joy that you think you really might burst. It’s about fighting for and trusting the person you love no matter the consequences. It’s about the belief that time nor space could ever separate two people who are meant to be. I loved that their road was far from easy and at times it would have been easier to just give up but they never did. I will definitely be waiting for the second installment, ” Ransom ” when it is released.
Charmeine, a new novel by Emily Guido and a must read!!!
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Move over Edward, there’s a new player in town called Tabbruis!!!!
Emily Guido, a new Paranormal / vampire Author. She discovered me on wordblogg and I followed her on wordblogg, twitter, facebook you name it. She wrote a 100.000! word novel in 1 week!!!! Called Charmeine. I read her book in 1 week!!!
At first a little skeptical, an Angel as vampire? But that also intrigued me. I’m a sucker for original vampire love stories. And I must say I absoluty loved it!!!!!
Combine Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Cas from supernatural and you have Tabbruis a Blood Hunter from Hell. Who roamed the earth searching for the one thing he missed in his live, love. But, as a Blood Hunter he also has enemies, the Light-Bearers. Their quest is to destroy the Blood Hunters and protect the humans.
And then you have Charmeine, a lovely teacher who lost her memory and struggles through live. Until she meets that dark handsome strangers who rescues her from a blood hunter attack, or is it the other way around?
Needless to say that the stranger is Tabbruis and they fall hopelessly in love with each other. And then things move fast. Charmeine discovers she’s a light bearer and thus she and her love Tabbruis are sworn enemies. They fight for their love, their family and discover their past together in heaven. Will they succeed? I won’t tell. You have so read for yourself and it’s a good read.
Like I said, I couldn’t stop reading and it took me about 4 days to read the whole book. And I can’t wait till Emily’s next novel Ransom, due in May 2012. Thankfully I won’t have to wait so long. She is a great debut author whom we will be hearing much more of. She writes funny, fast and fantastic and I give this book and 8 out of 10, or 4 out of 5 stars. As you like it. All I can say is read this book, follow Emily Guido and spread the word!
Love, your hot cute girly geek.
Kristina Haecker‘s “Kristina’s Book Reveiws” review
A few weeks ago, I received a message from one of my reviewer friends saying that I HAD to check out this book. I read the book without really knowing much about it, and without reading any reviews, which was unlike me. I fell in love!
Charmeine was an absolutely breathtaking book! The story is unbelievable. It’s unique, it’s powerful, it’s romantic and it’s beautiful! The novel is rather long, but it’s a fast read because it’s addictive and hard to put down for even a moment. It really sucks you in and captivates you as well as captures your emotions and holds them hostage. The pacing and the world building are fantastic. The background information really helps the readers get to know who the characters are and why they’re like that. I enjoyed it immensely.
I loved everything about the book! All the characters, major and minor, especially the two main characters Charmeine and Tabbruis! Talk about swoon worthy moments between those two! Charmeine is a Light Bearer (angel)and Tabbruis is a blood-hunter (vampire). Their love is forbidden, so they’ve got kind of a star-crossed lovers thing going on and have to beat all sorts of odds and obstacles for the chance to actually be together. But the story is so much more than that. Emily did a great job coming up with such a wonderful plot!
The story is filled with action, romance, and both historical and religious aspectsas well as some crazy twists thrown in for good measure! One of the best things about this book is that it is full of religious things, but in no way is it boring or is the author preaching. It is simply there to solidify an already great story. I believe this is what makes the story so powerful. It’s a tale of not only true love, but of great always overcoming evil.
I recommend this book to anyone that likes a unique paranormal romance. I think that this book deserves a lot of attention, and I think that it will indeed get just that in the next few months! I think that people worldwide should pick up this story and fall in love with this incredible world!
I will be anxiously awaiting until I can get my hands on book 2, titled Ransom!
Reviewer: Fashionta 5 out of 5 stars Booked Up Reviews
April 12, 2012
I haven’t really caught onto the whole angel craze in paranormal novels. I know that Nalini Singh, J.R. Ward, and Nora Roberts have series that are still going and there are a few others and I love paranormal, so when this author’s book was brought to my attention by the ladies of Making Connections ARR (Authors Requesting Reviews) program, which has introduced me to a lot of wonderful authors, I jumped at it and I wasn’t disappointed.
Emily has written an amazing book and I mean really amazing. She has a talent for writing and the ability to put a story to paper so quickly. Now this ain’t your ordinary story. She has combined the two sub genres of paranormal, vampires and angels, and done it very successfully. But you really don’t notice it because of the way is written. She has named them as light bearers and blood hunters but fans of paranormal will recognised them though.
I have to give this book fives stars. When the next in the series comes out, I will be waiting to read it to see where she takes this series that has so many possibilities after the conclusion of the first book.
5 out of 5 stars by Carly Wallace‘s review
5 out of 5 stars – by nightshadebks (Barnes and Noble)
Charmeine is a great read. I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down. It had the romance I love but it also had the action and laughter which rounded it out. I thought it was written exceptionally well and Charmeine is a must read for anyone who loves this genre. Even if you are not a fan of vampire books, you will still like this book. I can’t wait for the second book to come out.
This review is from: Charmeine (The Light-Bearer Series) (Kindle Edition) 4.0 out of 5 stars
We all know God created someone for everyone. Tabbruis and Charmeine were two such people. Actually Angels. Tabbruis was the Angel of Self Determination in the 4th choir of Angels. Charmeine was the Angel of Harmony in the 9th choir of Angels. They were the yin to each others yang. Their family was happy and doing well until they were ripped apart by a mistake. A miscalculation. For centuries they were each alone. Feeling as if something was missing but not sure what. Tabbruis, Tab Hunter, had become a blood hunter, immortal. Charmeine, Charleen Davis, became a light bearer, also an immortal. For some unknown reason are drawn to each other. After spending time together, they realize they have something special. Each has seen the other in their dreams but never thought they’d be together. Like most good things, it comes with a price. They must defeat the blood hunter’s council before they can truly be together forever. With questions and issues, they begin the journey and realize they are not alone.
This story is a fantastically tender, romantic one of timeless love. I enjoyed the fact they’d fought so hard to find each other and nothing or no one would tear them apart. I loved the fact it explained how the situation came to be and what they must do to right their lives again. Another good thing was the friends and family they had helping them along the way. This is a first novel for Emily Guido and she did a great job with it. I would be less than honest if I said it didn’t have problems. It’s mostly editing, grammar and repetition. Still this story is well worth a read!!
The only issues I stated above.
I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars because of the redundancy in places. BY Kissablysweetone – http://haveyouheardbookreview.blogspot.com/
This review is from: Charmeine (The Light-Bearer Series) (Kindle Edition) 4.0 out of 5 stars
Charmeine is a story about Tabbruis, a very hunky bloodhunter aka Vampire and Charleen/Charmeine a sassy little lightbearer.
The bloodhunters and lightbearers are mortal enemies and supposed to kill each other on sight.
We start the story with Tabbruis finding himself pulled in a certain direction with no reason or knowledge why. He has visions of a face that makes him feel alive and whole in a way that he has never felt before.
Charleen/Charmeine is that face.
After a chance encounter, when her life is at stake, they meet and the sparks fly!
The story then continues on with their journey, learning about each other, discovering their past and fighting to save their future.
So what I liked about Charmeine…
For a start, I LOVED that was so different! I can honestly say I haven’t read a story line like this before. Lightbearers (Angels) and Bloodhunters (Vampires) is a whole new twist that I really, really enjoyed.
I loved Tabrruis, even though he was a knucklehead at times, as all good heroes are. And I loved Charmeine for her strong sense of faith and trusting. I admit I wanted to slap her a couple of times for overreacting but I still loved her.
It was such a sweet and almost innocent love story with insinuated love scenes as opposed to steamy scenes. This was actually something I liked and didn’t like. I like the sweet innocence, but I did want the steamy scenes.
A lot of the book is a real page turner, and I found myself hooked and thinking about what was happening when I wasn’t reading it.
Now the not so positives –
Even though this was a wonderful novel that i really enjoyed, and plan on reading the next one also, it had a few problems.
The biggest problem for me was the editing. All through the book, I found spelling errors, missing words or misused words. I kept on reading but it does tend to jolt you out of the story. It just needs another edit, so this is simple enough to fix.
The sentence structure and dialogue could flow a bit smoother in some places but that could be fixed with another edit too.
The only problem with the story line that I found, was that the characters were too familiar to quickly at times. I wont say who it was because I don’t want to ruin the story, but when someone finds out they are related and instantly starts referring to them as Mom or Dad and then someone else who has never met them before starts saying that, it feels to familiar.
If the above was fixed, I would give this novel 5 stars!
Despite the editing, I really enjoyed this and wouldn’t hesitate to read more books by this author! Looking forward to reading the next in the series – Ransom.
Well done Emily, this a great début novel!
BY Samantha Adams
I am not a reader, so I rarely read books. I read it because the wife said to. I am glad I did because I got into the story. It had action in it and warped into something unexpected. A lot of flashbacks. But they were used well in the plot. So guys it isn’t a bad read at all. Don’t wait until your wife forces you to read it. Take it from me, I’m glad I read it. I’ll be reading the next one too.