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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Carol and son Adam Kunz have newly entered the publishing market with their novel The Childe. The book features Catherine "Cat" Colvin, a tall fifteen year old who is transferring from a private academy to the local high school. Cat is a teen with firey red hair and a sky blue right eye and a corresponding amber left eye. Those are not the only unusual characteristics about the child. She has a group of friends including practical Julie, socially-shy Elle, outgoing Amanda and responsible Matt. Together, the teens explore the occult world. According to the authors' vivid descriptions of vampires and werewolves, they are all terrified but fascinated.
As the story progresses, it becomes apparent that Cat is being watched by a coven who appears mysterious but elusive. Cat has multiple unusual experiences of inner "seeing," and she also becomes able to read the thoughts of certain people. And yet, her true identity remains a mystery to her and to most of those around her. Gradually, Cat's hidden characteristics begin to emerge as she struggles to remain "normal" amidst blackouts and nightmares.
Most teens into the current vampire rage will like The Childe. It puts a different spin on an old tale, and it does it well. Although parts of the story are a bit predictable, (assuming one has previously read such themed stories), the authors do a good job of setting the stage for the series yet to come. All in all, The Childe was a good read, and the authors are to be congratulated for capturing a potential portion of the teenage vampire market!