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Wrenched from his ordinary life by a violent madman and turned into a vampire against his will, Jayson Wallace must learn to adapt to a world he never knew existed; a world full of magic and wonder, where vampires, donors, and shapeshifting rael-shaa travel between quantum realities. It's a dream come true... but not his dream. His sleep is haunted by blood and fear, and a terrifying voice that he cannot shake from his memory. The Circle who rescued him do their best to help, but a terrible betrayal sets off a cascade of events that give them problems of their own to deal with.

Despite a growing relationship with a beautiful young donor, and a strong friendship with a lupine shapeshifter, Jay finds it difficult to accept the contrast between the idyllic reality before him, and the brutal torture he endured. To make matters worse, somewhere, out there, the monster who changed him still runs free...

322 pages, Paperback

First published August 15, 2013

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640 reviews8 followers
June 22, 2016
Sorrows by Donna Fernstrom is the story of Jayson "Jay" and his transformation into what he considers a monster. Together with his new friends, a "vampire police force," they set on the journey to capture the madman that is turning humans for his sick pleasure.

This book was soooooooooooooooo depressing. It takes the usual vampire story we are used to and adds many, many layers of sadness. It really explains why we see them as brooding.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the interesting take on the story, but it felt like it was very drawn out and excessively wordy. I felt like there were too many characters. They each had a significant role in the story, but at times it got confusing as to who was talking or whose thoughts were being broadcast. The cover is awesome and after reading this book, it makes a lot of sense.

This book is for those that like vampire stories and are willing to read another perspective on it. Just be warned, it is long and will definitely have your emotions on a roller coaster.
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1,354 reviews412 followers
October 2, 2013
Jay is a newly made vampire. The vampire who kidnapped him, tortured and abused him, scarring his psyche. Jay is damaged and fragile and hungry and is found by a group of vampire law enforcement where he is taken in.

When I say Jay is damaged, I mean really damaged. Great fear and guilt. Barely able to feed without a meltdown. Sometimes despite sympathy, I was really annoyed with him. And yet I still wanted him to get better.

There is a lot of world building in the book as well, Rael Shaa (werewolf like companions), dimensional travel, Mages. This is the part that really intrigued me and left me wanting more.

The horrors of the evil vamp and his victims were intense as was the scene when they caught up with him. There were a lot of elements that came together nicely for me, despite an intense to shake Jay and some of the vamps who were supposed to be helping him. But I was totally engaged in the story and that is what I loved.
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215 reviews78 followers
September 18, 2013
I received this book thru the author for an honest review. I loved this book. I hate reading great reads only because I don't want them to end. Haha this is a great read some parts were confusing but once you keep reading it makes since. I loved the plot and characters. It shows the struggle that vampires go thru to love in the world. It a very unique story and if you love vampire books like me you'll love this story! Can't wait to read more from Donna Fernstrom :)
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Author 2 books41 followers
July 2, 2016
I hate to give any book two stars because I know how much work and thought goes into writing a novel. Sadly, I can't go any further than just these two stars.

The story has no plot that I could see. I kept hoping for something to spark to get the story moving. Unfortunately, that did not happen. It was pages of whining and drifting from one scene to another.

The characters are not well-developed and are one-dimensional. Jay is a whiner. I understand that he was turned into a vampire against his will and that he was saved from killing a homeless guy by this group of people who called themselves, "The Mavericks". I kept wondering when he was going to pull up his pants and accept what had happened to him. He whined and cried incessantly. "Oh, poor me..." I wanted to shake him and yell in his face.

The other characters who were in the first part of the book, conveniently took a disappearing act with just a sentence. Chara, who was part of the Mavericks, was written out of the story with hardly a mention. One sentence wiped her out and I thought she was an important character. Nick was also rushed out of the book as was Thomas. It was just a little too rushed for my taste.

Other characters made sudden appearances and stayed throughout the book (Naomi, Kel, and Janice). They worked and fit well into the grand scheme of things but considering there really was no plot to this, they could have fit in at any time and had the same outcome. I failed to connect with any of them and didn't care what happened to them

The dialogue is long, monotonous and often redundant. Commas were put in the wrong places and I seriously grew weary of the word, "anyhow".

However, the book is not a complete washout. I've always loved vampire books and even though I didn't care for this one, I have to give the author kudos for thinking outside the box. I like to think of vampires as being strong, virile, sensuous creatures (not Bella Lugosi. Okay?) but that wasn't Jay. He was weak, felt sorry for himself, and afraid of every little thing.

Until I read this book, I'd never heard of a vampire having a donor. That isn't a bad concept, I guess. It was certainly a different spin on things and not so far-fetched.

I wish I could have had a better picture of what Jay looked like. Naomi thought he was cute but honestly, I couldn't remember what he looked like. I had that problem with all of the characters. It would have been nice to have a refresher periodically.

And for the longest time, I thought Jay and Nick were gay. I thought Jay and Ryan might have been gay, too. The facts were so obscure, I didn't know until the end what was what or who was going to end up with whom not that it would have mattered anyway. It is made clear that these relationships between vampires and donors are not forever. "Bonding" in this book has a different meaning than what I've read in others. As I said, the author thinks outside the box.

Just because I didn't enjoy this book doesn't mean someone else won't. I found it to be dark and depressing and I struggled to finish it. Others might not find it so.

*Reviewed for Book Review 22

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Author 40 books87 followers
January 11, 2014
I have mixed feelings on this. There's some very unique elements to it, in the worldbuilding and mythos created. It's an interesting addition to the idea of vampires. And there's a lot of time spent on characterization- which should give the reader a purchase to engage with this strange setting. But so much of the drama and plotting didn't feel right to me, no matter how it was expounded on. I had a difficult time engaging with most of the characters, and the personal nature of most of the conflicts made it feel more episodic or loosely plotted than it was. Even when the big outside conflicts happened, they felt like they happened too fast for me to sink my teeth into.
If you are looking for an urban fantasy that's more intimate than action oriented, this may hit the spot. I appreciated the attention to detail. It just didn't resonate with me on an emotional level, or keep my focus on a storytelling level.
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Author 25 books46 followers
November 17, 2013
Having read plenty of vampire novels in the past, this book was a refreshing change and an unexpected pleasure.

Giving her own unique explanation for the existence of vampires and the way they operate, the writer has created an original story with engaging, interesting characters.

The tale is told through Jay's experiences as a new vampire with a traumatic past which gives him nightmares. He is introduced to the world of the vampire along with the reader and we feel his abhorrence and fear of his future.

He joins a group of vampires and wolves who are vampire equivalents of police who patrol the presence and operation of these legendary creatures.

A brilliant read which promises great things for future instalments of the series.
September 3, 2023
Please don’t write part two. part one was a dreadful read. This author ( I had difficulty even referring to her as an author) makes the Twilight series look like classic literature. No plot, no character development. Very rudimentary story telling. The type I expect to see in high school papers.
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Author 24 books133 followers
April 6, 2014
"Jay woke in terror."

So begins Donna Fernstrom's "Sorrows".

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a novel that explores a truly unique society of vampires and shapechangers (rael-shaa) that also involves what I found to be an extremely intriguing concept of alternate realities (if a bit mind-boggling if you try to imagine the sheer magnitude of how many dimensions would exist if they split off with every single decision made or branch in evolution that could be taken!)

The story starts with Jay, a youth freshly turned into a vampire, wandering the street hungry for blood and disoriented, only half realizing what he's craving and not sure if he can control it or not.
Before he can find out, he's whisked off the street by a group of people who know what he is, and they take him in.

What follows is Jay's emotional journey as he comes to terms with what he is, what happened to him and tries to determine how he can cope with his new future.

As the story unfolds, you gradually find out tidbits of what exactly happened to him, how precisely this society works, how biologically the relationship between the vampires and not-quite-vampires called donors works (explained more fully in the book), how travel between realities works, how the full transformation from donor to vampire works, and an amazing amount of other information. And of course, along the way Jay meets and is befriended by a rael-shaa (a shapechanging wolf that can turn into a human), gets a temperamental mentor, hops realities a few times, and (toward the end) falls in love. And we meet a mage! I loved Kel! :-)

I think the strengths (and definitely the focuses) of this book are the complexity of Jay's personal emotional journey and the inner workings of the society which he is now a part of. In ways, it almost feels like Donna has put us in Jay's head while telling us, "Okay, learn what you can because I'm not going to stop and explain later" - and I mean that in a good way, as in "take a breather, orient yourself, and get ready for more really good stuff to come!", since she has more books set in this world that I think will follow different characters (though I might be wrong, so don't quote me on that). This book has the feel of an introduction into the world.

Admittedly, there is a lot of info-dumping in the book, but this is because there is just so much that needs to be explained, and even so, not all of it is. A few times I was left perplexed by something and I'm still not quite sure if this is because I wasn't following it, read it wrong, or because I'm not meant to understand fully yet.

Also, I personally got frustrated with Jay because it seemed to me he could have asked more about what was going on (which is a good thing because it means I was intrigued and wanted to find out more!), but he was too afraid to. He also breaks down in tears a lot, but I also haven't experienced the depth of trauma that Jay has (held for months in an underground torture chamber), so while others like me might become impatient with his breakdowns, anyone who has experienced that scope of trauma will find his reactions spot on and fully comprehend what all he has to overcome.

So, in conclusion, this is definitely worth a read if you love finding out the squishy workings of a truly unique system of vampires and following the journey of a tortured character who has to work hard to find his way again.

And I leave you with my favorite quote, just because this still cracks me up!

"My breakfast is having breakfast, Jay thought, and grimaced. She's going to love that, when you're sharing each other's thoughts..." - Sorrows, Donna Fernstrom
109 reviews2 followers
June 26, 2016
Sorrows (The Rogue Saga Book 1)

by Donna Fernstrom

Jay is a very immature new vampire. He is found and saved by a group of folks, Vampires and Donors (for the Vamps to feed from) and they are considered cops in the Vampire world they are called the Circle. They nab him right before he is about to grab someone and drink from them on the streets. They have been searching for a bad Vampire that is killing people and turning folks by force. Jay has been tortured, held captive and turned against his Will from this Bad Vampire and has only seen how to eat by taking by force and killing people and he is very scared, tired and confused. It is a very different spin on Vampirism and I really liked the ideas the writer came up in the beginning but then the book was just blah. This story is LONG and parts are way to drawn out for me! It’s obvious the writer left this open to be a series. It would have helped to have kept it shorter in my mind especially that its book one, and just got on with the storytelling, explaining only Jay’s issues and not to have SO many characters in and out of the story. And the Crying omg it goes on and on by Jay he cries about everything, and I mean literally everything! I mean I get that he didn’t want this life, to be a vampire and he doesn’t want to drink blood but it was overkill for me and hurt the book. In my mind of Vampires, werewolves, shifters and the world of magic it made him seem as a child not a man of 25 or so and not as a Strong Vampire should be. I guess it was to show the downside of turning and maybe a Brooding Type of Vampire but I didn’t enjoy it at all. The other unworldly things going on were ok but it just jumps around and goes from character to character and you think one thing is happening and then that’s over and its on to something else and you are left with the feeling as what just happened. I had a hard time not skimming a lot of the book and I just didn’t really enjoy it the further it went along the harder it was to stay with it. I wanted to hear what all happened to Jay and you are hand fed this info to keep you reading I guess but that could have been done sooner, get him better and his Vampire Teacher was not a good teacher and we never learn anything really about the bad Vampire or why he is like he is. Jay even leads them to him and saves a guy I am thinking is his brother but he is just a guy that was held like Jay to be turned. I liked his Wolf friend Ryan whom was “kind of considered a kid” whom leaves his family pack to be with Jay and he is young and yet he still didn’t cry and act like Jay did, it was all just weird for me. This book was given to me for an honest review in return. I wouldn’t be interested in wanting to read any of the other books in the series.
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1,037 reviews4 followers
May 30, 2016
I have just finished reading Sorrows. This is the first book in The Rogue Saga, and I am impressed. The star attraction is Jayson, a young musician who was captured, tortured and turned vampire by a total sadist. He was thrown out to die for refusing to feed on a child. He is rescued by a group of policing vampires and donors.
Jayson is a vampire petrified to feed, for fear of becoming a killer. He must be coaxed and force fed. He wakes up with a giant wolf in his bed and panics. He finds that his new wolf friend is a shape shifter Ryan, who speaks telepathically. The whole safe house follows him when he runs off to rescue his fellow captive. Jay has to leave to give testimony, but goes to see his mother to say good bye after being missing for a month. He annoys everyone by letting his mother know he is a vampire and bringing her to their safe house. the group travels through portals to Capital. In Capital he gives testimony and a death warrant is issued for his creator. Jay and his vampire mentor Dave travel along with Ryan to obtain a Mage and Donors. Jay needs a mentor because he has no idea what it means to be a vampire or the rules of his altered life. He is forced to work on his feeding by being compelled by lust. His first donor left to become a full vampire because he was addicted to the compulsion. He and Dave fight constantly, especially after his niece Naomi decided to be Jayson's donor. When they return to the safe house Dave is fully distraught to find his donor murdered, when he was supposed to be arrested for aiding a criminal escape. Jay starts the process with Dave's niece Naomi to become bonded and finds his mother, a gifted psychic bonding with Russell a vamp former cop. they move out of the safe house to go to Country and start their lives/ afterlives. I will not give spoilers, but I cannot wait to read the next book in the Saga.
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Author 12 books59 followers
January 28, 2014
Brief synopsis: Sorrows (The Rogue Saga) is a story about Jay, a newly turned vampire who is agonizing over being turned without a choice. He is terrified of himself and what harm he may bring to others. Picked up by the Law Enforcement Circle just before he’s about to pounce on his first victim, he meets a whole cast of characters deeply familiar with the new world he has been thrust into. He fears Malachi, a monster from his past, never feeling safe.

Originality: I give the author kudos for putting an original spin on the vampire monster. Jay did at times reminded me of Louie from Rice’s vamps, when he self pitied himself and his situation, but overall this tale was unique. These vampires even do things like humans – shower, house hunt and oh… have sex (which was appropriately written without the excess detail-leaving something up to the imagination). The author also ties in a little magic with Gating from place to place and Kel, the mage.

Characters: I thought the characters were well developed, each with their own unique persona. I loved Naomi and her spunk and wished the author would have lightened Jay up a bit sooner with their relationship. I enjoyed following the story of Jay, but did feel bogged down at times with the depression hanging over him. Sprinkling some of the cool effects he inherited with his vampireness through some of the darkness, could provide a little relief here. I was drawn in by the intensity in all of the relationships he had throughout the book running his emotional gamut to the max—jealously, fear, love.

Polish: The book is professionally done and well polished.

Recommendation: Have a nice glass of cab and a bloody steak with this one! Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sorrows (The Rogue Saga) and would highly recommend it.
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1,215 reviews19 followers
July 2, 2016
This book was surprisingly good (although I'm not sure why, as I've never read anything by this author prior to this and shouldn't have had any expectations), and introduced a lot of ideas about vampire's and their origins that I had never thought to consider. I particularly liked the concept that they were created to be vessels for the sorrows of humans. It was unacceptable to feed from random humans and to kill them was taboo. They were actually presented as mostly noble, and often "human."

The plot was full of twists and turns, with a truly sadistic villain and a sympathetic and all-too -human hero. We never understand the motivations of the killer Malachi, but we know the thoughts and feelings of Jay, including all of his self-doubt and self-loathing over what he has become. We know that everyone who comes to know Jay tells him how strong and courageous he is, but he doesn't believe them.

Aside from Jay, there are some other sympathetic and well-developed characters who have a profound impact on Jay's new "life." A rael-shaa, inaccurately but most easily defined as a werewolf, Ryan becomes Jay's best friend, in both his wolf and his human form. He often encourages Jay with wise statements like this one:

I will be your friend, Worldwalker. Sorrow is like the rain, when the world mourns and all is muffled and dulled, and the hunting is not good. But rain brings life and cleanses and refreshes, so that in the time after, all is more vibrant, scents are clear, and sounds are sharper.

I highly recommend this book for lovers of the paranormal. It did not end as a cliff-hanger, but there is still more to be told about Jay and his friends. Diane Fernstrom has gained a new fan in me.
125 reviews1 follower
July 22, 2016
. At the beginning of Sorrows, Jay awakens in an alley in terrible pain from hunger and sensory overload. He stumbles to his feet and finds himself stalking a homeless man. Then a van screaches to a halt and he's thrown inside where a warm donor feeds him.

This is his introduction to Vampire society. Worlds filled with vampires, donors, shapeshifting trackers and even mages await him. Jay has a LOT to learn and he's not very happy about it.

Jays last "normal" memory is walking home alone after a gig with his band. Then he woke up in a horrific warehouse where he was imprisoned and tortured by a crazed vampire serial killer named Malachi.

Jays experiences in the warehouse are told as flashbacks. Jay suffers PTSD as a result of his experiences, and he is terrified of everything at first. He has been rescued by a Law Enforcement team that has been tracking Malachi. Jay decides he wants to join them so he begins his training in how to live in his new world.

Sorrows is a well-written book and once I got into the story a bit I began to enjoy following Jay's introduction into a life he didn't choose, but has to accept. The story is told from Jays perspective with flashbacks and lots of interior dialog. It was a little hard to follow the story at first because there's a large cast of characters and a lot of world-building going on. Throughout all this, the story is compelling and the author does a good job handling the complex plot. I'd classify this book as urban fantasy with a large serving of horror. Sorrows is an apt title since almost all the characters have more than their share of them.

Sorrows is Book 1 of the Rogue Saga in the World walkers Universe Series. I received a free review copy of the book.
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Author 28 books63 followers
January 27, 2014
An intriguing premise, a unique view of vampirism and their history, as well as the shape shifting wolf-like folk (the rael-shaa) establish the potential for a truly fascinating read. And it was an amazing story.

What I liked: The first several chapters were absolutely riveting, establishing the main lead character, Jayson and the vampire enforcement group that rescued him. Also, introduced was Ryan, the shape shifting “rael-shaa” wolf, and several more leading vampires and donors. I especially enjoyed the back story scenes that describe Jayson’s transition to becoming a vampire and the malevolent vampire Malachi. I liked Ms. Fernstrom’s succinct wordsmith ability. Most of all, I liked the several unique twists in character and worldview that Ms. Fernstrom brought to an otherwise stale and perhaps, overdone monster. The pace never let up and there were several surprising twists to the story that I truly never anticipated.

What I didn’t like: For me, there was a little too much personal introspection and exposition. Truth be told, I thought several of these big, bad vampires were… well, emotional weaklings, and failed to show enough of the cold, blood sucking creatures that vampires are generally known to be. Yes, I realize that my main dislike is part and parcel of what also makes the story unique. What can I say but, c’est la vie!

I would definitely recommend this book to all horror and vampire fans for its uniqueness and the excellent story telling abilities of Ms. Fernstrom. I will also be in line for the sequel. I'm hoping to see a couple of these guys… vampire up!
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Author 2 books4 followers
June 17, 2014
Sorrow by title, sorrows by nature.

I found the characters, including the main character Jay, hard to get to know. His behavior and constant crying led me to believe that he was a young teen; I was surprised to discover that he was in fact in his early twenties. There is a lot of crying in this book, mostly by adult male vampires, which for me was hard to swallow.

The story meandered around the feeding process of the vampires and Jays lack of ability to come to terms with this. I think this was a different angle to the vampire’s story, focusing on their emotional dilemma, but for me it didn't work.

I found this a hard book to read and I had to resist the urge to skim. The characters were inconsistent hard to relate to, and the world-building quite poor. Perhaps I am too much of a traditionalist to really sink my teeth into this story,

I found the merging of different genres unnatural. What started out as a supernatural genre, with vampires and donors (which was a good concept,) developed a hint of sci-fi, with the portals to other dimensions, and on top of that a mage was thrown into the mix towards the end?

I think the Author tried to put too much into this book, if she had concentrated on making the characters more defined, not introducing minor characters throughout the book and focused on hunting and catching Malachi, there could have been less crying and a lot more action.

Saying that, we don’t all crave action, and for those of you who enjoy a slow paced, thought provoking book, I am sure you will enjoy this one.
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Author 24 books49 followers
November 16, 2013
The Blood Squad

In Sorrows, the Rogue Saga, by Donna Fernstrom, Jayson is turned into a vampire by the psychopathic killer Malachi. Jayson is bundled into a van right before he attacks a homeless person for his blood. His rescuers are the Law Enforcement Circle, a group of volunteers who call themselves the Mavericks. Reporting to the Council of Justice, the Mavericks track vampire killers. The Circle consists of Chara, the Southern beauty who let Jayson drink her blood; Lara, who gives him the heebie jeebies; Russ, who enjoys the intricacies of chess both on and off the board; Morton and Millicent, the researchers; Nicholas, the van driver; Dave and Tate, who look more like clubbers with their purple and black dyed hair than vampire trackers; and Ryan, a telepathic rael-shaa who bounds around in wolf form but can convert to human form.

As a vampire, Jayson discovers new sensations beyond craving blood. With an otherworldly sense of empathy, Jayson call other people’s emotions. Unfortunately, sensing the hunger of the vampires in their Circle is disconcerting.

With a fear of his memories, a blossoming romance with a psychologist, and surprises along the way, Jayson must not only help find the crazed Malachi, but also find his place in a chaotic new world.

Sorrows is a fresh new take from a new vampire’s perspective, with believable characters.

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Author 7 books136 followers
December 30, 2013
Sorrows: Book One of The Rogue Saga by Donna Fernstrom is a paranormal thriller about a new vampire, Jay Wallace, and his struggles to overcome the trauma of his unwanted turning.

Jay, an ordinary young man on his way home late one night, is captured and held prisoner by a sadistic vampire named Malachi. After days of witnessing Malachi’s blood-soaked kills and surviving repeated bite attacks, Jay becomes an out-of-control vampire. Before he makes his first kill, a paranormal Law Enforcement Circle intercepts him. With their guidance, Jay learns the rules of his new shadow world and fights the flashbacks that threaten to destroy his mind.

Sorrows: Book One of The Rogue Saga has many familiar elements of a vampire story, but presents them in unexpected ways. The tables are turned between vampires and their blood donors. Also different is the wolf shapeshifter Ryan’s friendly relationship with Jay. No creepy graveyards and haunted houses here, but there are scary moments nonetheless when Malachi threatens the people Jay holds most dear.

Fernstrom tells an excellent vampire story from a different point of view. Jay’s journey from an out-of-control cowering victim into a confident person ready for a months-long bond to the young donor Naomi is a wonderful character progression. I rooted for him every step of the way.
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Author 6 books19 followers
April 1, 2014
This was a very refreshing vampire novel after all of the glampires we've been exposed to in recent years. Fernstrom gives us a well-thought-out world with intriguing lore and beasts you want to know more about. I especially enjoyed the rael-shaa, which were integrated into the lore without being too gimmicky (all of the scenes involving Ryan made me want to snuggle up with my own pup.) Vampires and werewolves have been redeemed for me.

The book did have a few setbacks for me. Telling this story from Jay's point of view was effective overall, but toward the end of the book I felt like I was always out of the loop as far as what was going on. This made sense for Jay's character, but as a reader I was left in the dark a lot. I was also a little disappointed when several characters from the main "group" were randomly written out and barely mentioned again with very little explanation as to why, other than to make room for new (and admittedly more interesting) people to take their place.

Read this if you're tired of overly-romanticized monsters. This story is full of all sorts of crazy people whose lives are pretty messed up, and for good reasons.

I'd love to read more about this world, though maybe from a less-traumatized character's point of view. Overall a very well-executed story!
93 reviews
July 5, 2016
I have mixed feelings about the book. It's difficult to like some of the characters and I felt as if they weren't people I'd like to be around, given a choice. Dave is constantly alienating others with his harsh words and moodiness. Naomi, with with her teenage angry defiance, makes you wander how much of her decisions are motivated by clear-headed choice. Jay makes you feel sorry for him as a survivor of horrors, but his constant crying and hiding in fear is difficult to deal with. I like vampire novels in general but this one made me uncomfortable on many levels. I would have put it down halfway through except for the way the writing draws you in. The horrors described are a little too real. The characters are complicated and not easily fixed like in a lot of fantasy stories. It makes thought provoking comments on the nature of having choices, on looking beneath the surface, and about what really makes us monsters. It feels like the author is describing real people with real problems that can't be fixed by the end of the book. I gave it a 4 because I think it says something about the author's style that despite the fact that it was disturbing I felt I couldn't put it down.
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1,521 reviews5 followers
August 10, 2016
Freshly and involuntarily turned into a vampire, Jay goes through hell after his transformation. Being rescued by Law Enforcement Circle, he slowly adjusts to the life of a vampire in mixed society of supernaturals and humans, fighting his traumas and ghosts with more or less success.
There is not much of a storyline or plot development in the book; it focuses more on feelings and psychical analysis of victims and traumatized beings. Although it is worked out exquisitely well, I must admit there’s too much of depression and grief across the pages, totally unbalanced with positive emotions (except for the final part).
I found the new point of view on vampire nature very interesting. All the characters are complex, developing and changing over time with every decision they are forced to make, but sometimes they are too complicated and hard to understand. Also, I was lacking more information about the world establishment and the whole environment this story was set into.
I think this book would be much more appreciated by someone who is not keen on action and fast-pacing adventures but revels in long emotional reflections.
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Author 157 books3,813 followers
August 11, 2016
My first impressions of this book were that it was as if someone had taken Anne Rice's vampires and placed them in Blade's world. Unique characters and unique situations, but vague similarities to the two. Then Fernstrom added a science fiction element that turns the story completely on its aurally-enhanced ear.

This is most definitely a unique take on the vampire genre - and told from a vampire's perspective, too. Jay isn't a perfect hero, but nor is he an angsty teenager. The demons from his past are vampires and you find that out in the beginning.

This tale is highly descriptive, like Rice's work, and it does dip deeply into Jay's messed-up mental state at what he's endured. I admit that both of these were well done, because they masked the story well enough that I wasn't entirely sure where it was going. Certainly not a linear plot with an obvious ending by any means!

If you're tired of the sparkly vampires and crave a little of the old-school, Blade style killers, definitely check this one out.
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60 reviews1 follower
June 11, 2016
The story starts off with Jayson waking up in an alley and group of people throw him in a van and offers him the blood of one on the individuals. Since I know the book is about a vampire I understand what he is experiencing but it take a bit more into the story to actually say he is a vampire and even longer to explain how he became an vampire. It takes too long to explain the background on the why and how Jay became a vampire; who the Circle is (even though I'm still not sure what their purpose is) and what at donor is. I don't know if the story got any more interesting because I didn't finish reading it. I prefer all my background information to be given at near the beginning of the book so I can connect with the characters and storyline. This book took too long to do that so I never connected with the characters.
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131 reviews1 follower
June 22, 2016
Great story idea, and that's it. Idea is were it ends.
Waaaay too much crying for any man! Or woman for that matter, sheesh!

This book drags on and on and on. The longest it's ever taken me to date to finish a book. I just didn't even want too.

To many characters were thrown into this story, at random it seems like. You're just left empty, may be the right word here.

Not even going to get started on the assault to your nerves you get when the author walks her character into a room. OMG the way she describes what they see, it's like finger nails on a chalkboard just sayin.

I don't mean to sound ugly. This may be the authors first attempt at writing and I don't want to discourage anyone not to write, ever.

I received this Ebook at no cost, for an honest review.
Profile Image for Malinda.
81 reviews3 followers
April 27, 2014
I'm having trouble writing this review for fear that I'll give away spoilers. With that being said I will keep this short and sweet. Sorrows had a well written story, with very descriptive and well developed characters. It was a cross between Anne Rice's vamps and Blade. Jay's a vampire who was forced into a life he hasn't chosen. What he experiences as a new vampire with a traumatic past gives him nightmares. He is introduced to the world of the vampire along with the reader and we feel his abhorrence and fear of his future. This is a brilliant and unique read which promises great things for future installments.
June 2, 2016
This story started out strong, jumping right into action from the get go. I read a lot of paranormal books and this was a different look at a newly turned vampire and his struggles with all the emotional and physical changes that he deals with as a result of a traumatic experience and finding out about vampires by his abduction, torture, and turning. I liked a lot of the back story and supporting characters in the book but I was not a fan of the main character. I found him to be depressing and he whined and complained throughout the story. For that reason I only gave it 3 stars. I received this book for free for an honest review.
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16 reviews
June 21, 2016
I really wanted to like this book. The concept is very good, but the conflicting actions by the characters, the constant crying and self loathing of Jay (which was way over done), had me skipping my nightly ritual of reading before bed. There was just too much internal warring going on with the characters minds and not enough action to keep my interests. While I did finish this book, I have no desire to continue on with the series. I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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280 reviews1 follower
June 27, 2016
Sorrows is a story about 22 year old musician who's life gets turned totally up side down. He goes through some pretty wicked-terrible things and comes up more or less ok and gets to help catch the bad guy.

This is also a unique take on the vampire story. Sharing more would give away to many details, so you'll have to read it for more on that.

Donna Fernstrom does an excellent job of plot and character development and of telling about terrible things happening without being overly graphic. I enjoyed the book and it was an easy read.

I received a review copy of this book.
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1,505 reviews13 followers
June 16, 2016
It took me a while to finish this book. It is a well written, well thought out book which clearly showcases the writers talents. Personally it just moved way too slow for me but I can't slight the book for it. The storyline itself is very creative an unique, I am just used to more action spurring me from page to page. There is some action but the in between made me put the book down a lot. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 37 books102 followers
October 26, 2016
I have to admit the cover put me off--my fear was this was going to turn out to be BDSM--but I was delighted to discover shifters, vampires, other worlds and a really strong plot with mystery and romance thrown in. Each author gets to create her own universe when she writes and it is in describing and incorporating the nuances that Ms. Fernstrom's skill is revealed. I met a number of characters whom I enjoyed getting to know and hope to meet again in other stories.
7 reviews
December 16, 2015
Zero stars. This story has been done to death by authors who can actually write. Terrible writing. No depth. I suggest the author learn a few things about basic story construction. Or even better, find a new profession. I WANT MY WASTED TIME BACK!
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