The Progeny, a review by Sara

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The Progeny
Shelley Crowley

524 pages
Published April 2016
Find it on Goodreads.

*DISCLAIMER: The author provided me with a copy of this book for the sole purpose of a review. However, the opinions below are my own, and are no way the result of prior compensation. Furthermore, the author has NOT been provided with a copy of this review prior to its posting.*

Prior to reading The Progeny, I had not heard of Shelley Crowley’s work. However, I can confidently say that she is on my radar now.

The story opens in the year 2031, approximately 11 years after vampires were “outed” to the world. Scared for their lives, humans had been trying to find alternate feeding sources for the vampires. Unfortunately, the result is what can only be described as a “bloodbath”.  In efforts to restore this violent world to its former glory, one doctor has taken it upon himself to find a cure for the vampiric “disease”. Consequences be damned… They’re not really people anyway, right?

While I enjoyed the premise of this book, I must be honest. I did not find myself making excuses to stay up late in hopes that some climactic bombshell awaited me on the next page. The journey resulted in what felt like a rush to get things wrapped up. However, I can say, this has left me with a hunger for more, which I feel is the purpose of a good novel anyways.

Reminiscent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, the reader travels along in in-depth character development for each person encountered. This made the characters relatable, and easy to connect with. You will laugh with them, cry with them, and feel each aching loss they experience.

With a score of 4 out of 5, I will be keeping an eye open for any further work from Shelley.

Until next time, happy reading everybody.




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