The Offspring (Children of Cain #2) by R.J. Craddock

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I received the first book in the series free from the author. I liked it so much that I had to go buy this book.

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We know from the previous book that Gwen killed Dennis Keller and then took off on her own with no real hope of finding Raven. A search party is started and they almost catch her but she evades them. As she continues on through the mountain, she ends up passing out because of lack of food and warmth. A vampire comes across her and after biting her, realizes that she’s a Wiccan or a witch. He takes her back to his Lord in the mountain fortress.

The vampire Lord, Legion, is pleased with the new arrival. She is strong willed and young, only even when she first arrives but turning twelve in a few days time. The lord likes his girls young and without any womanly curves on them. At dinner one night, he tricks her into marrying him and she doesn’t even realize it until it’s too late. The ring can’t be taken off and she can’t use her magic to harm him. Through the rings he can control her and she hates it. She fights as much as she can.

A new vampire arrives on the scene and falls for Gwen. He does not want her injured or manipulated in anyway. They share of love of music and Angelo is instructed to teach Gwen how to play different instruments.  They spend an hour together each day and soon realize they love each other. They open their minds to each other and they see everything in the others mind. Angelo promises that he will be there to protect her.

Eventually Gwen is able to escape the fortress with a fairy’s help. Later that night, Angelo arrives to where she was and they start a life together. It isn’t long before she starts having her dreams and premonitions again and knows that something awful is going to happen to Raven, herself and Angelo. But she pushes it from her mind and doesn’t realize it’s come to fruition until later that day when things go horribly wrong.

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The first book was good. This one is even better than the previous one. There is a lot of action, adventure, magic and other magical creatures. We learn about the Children of Cain and the “true” bible for them. It’s a great book to read if you love the paranormal, supernatural and a hint of romance mixed in.

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365 pages

$0.99 on Amazon

I paid $0.99

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The Forsaken (The Children of Cain #1) by R.J. Craddock

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This book had me intrigued just by the front cover. That is how I come across almost ALL of my books. Usually, if the title draws me in, I can read the book and will at least like it. I LOVED this book.

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When the book starts, a young girl of fiveish is alone and walking through the snow. She is barefoot and doesn’t feel the pain from her feet anymore. A man starts chasing her and she runs into a road. A car stops and the man and wife take her to the hospital. The thing is, the girl doesn’t speak English and no one knows what language she is speaking. Her feet are frostbitten and it looks like she is going to lose them. But she sings a song her mother used to sing to her and they heal.

The doctors, nurses and other patients hail her a miracle. Except Doctor Renee Thompson. She thinks hte girl is magical or there is some other reason for her tremendous recovery. After she is better, she is taken to the local orphanage at St Pauls church. No one understands her when she says that here name is Gwenevere but goes by Gwen so they name her Marianne January. No one knows when her birthday is so they gave her the birthday in the same month that she came to them, in January.

Marianne is different from all the other children. They don’t want to get to know her or want to be around her. There is one boy who stays away from the others. When he and Marianne/Gwen talk, they realize they are speaking the same language and can communicate without any issues. This forms a special bond between them. Eventually, Gwen gives him the name of Raven, which he likes so much better than Adam.

One night, after Gwen causes a serious uproar in the church (exposing one of the nuns of molesting other children in the orphanage), she and Raven leave. They get out of there and start to hitchhike after they make it to the highway. This is when the first strange occurrence happens. Raven gets mad at hte man that picked him up because he was going to take them back to the orphanage. But, that never comes to light. Raven shifts into a wolf! Gwen is able to talk him back into his human form and things are okay for a while after that.

Gwen learns that she has some special powers, that she had known about for a while but she learns to use them better. They live for a while in peace before things get seriously bad. I’m not going to tell what happens because I think it’s a MAJOR part of the book.

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This book was a great read. I started reading it last night and just finished it a little bit ago. If the cover doesn’t draw you in, the story will. I firmly believe that. If you read this book, I don’t think you will be disappointed!

The book can be bought for $15.89 on Amazon in paperback or for $0.99 on Amazon on Kindle.