This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Child of the Outcast by Elizabeth Dunlap is the second book in the Born Vampire series. Lisbeth watched as the love of her life was ripped away and now she waits for news of her own fate. Locked away to deal with her grief over Knight's death, she struggles with her guilt and the reality that she will never see Knight again. Lisbeth knew letting a Lycan child go free would have consequences but she stands by her choice and is shocked when she discovers that she's been tasked with bringing two feuding sides together. The goal creates tension, could lead to an uprising, and may put those closest to her at risk. After losing Knight, she thought she had nothing left to lose, but she soon discovers that she has one more thing.
The story takes place after the events of the first book. Elizabeth Dunlap creates a vivid and poignant journey that captures the real struggle with grief and loss as Lisbeth processes the void left by Knight and her own guilt over what happened. The details that Elizabeth Dunlap weaves into the story create emotional, well-written, and powerful descriptions that perfectly capture the way grief can derail you. Dunlap uses poignant phrases such as Lisbeth's feelings of agony, lifelessness, and being dead inside to put you on the journey with her as she struggles to heal. The first book had elements of a Romeo and Juliet forbidden romance while this story focuses on Lisbeth's life without Knight, though he is still an important element and presence throughout the story. Dunlap does a captivating job of delivering this emotional journey against a background of isolation as Lisbeth is imprisoned while grieving, and uses this to focus on other relationships in her life. Child of the Outcast focuses on Lisbeth's personal journey and her inner reflection. This is a great follow-up to the first book with an empowering female lead, forbidden love, a twist on the classic feud between vampires and werewolves, and an honest portrayal of grief.