The Childe

Young Adult - Horror
304 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2011
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Author Biography

A total love of all things supernatural is what inspired this fifty-four year young mom, and her twenty-six year old son to put this story on paper.

Carol Kunz was born in New Ferry, England. Her interest in the supernatural was first sparked upon meeting a ghost at the age of eight. As a teenager, she was always fascinated by the mythology behind vampires, werewolves and witches. Being an avid reader, Carol finds it easy to spend several hours wrapped up in a great fantasy novel.

Adam Kunz was born in Newport News, Virginia. Growing up, he was a huge fan of creature features and books about things that go bump in the night. When he is not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a certain theme park in Orlando, Florida as a décor consultant. This job brings him face to face with all sorts of nightmarish creatures, especially when he decorates the haunted houses for the parks annual Halloween event.

Carol and Adam currently reside forty-five minutes away from each other in the sunny state of Florida. The Childe is their debut novel, and the first book in a planned five book series.

    Book Review

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!


I enjoyed reading the Childe very much. It was easy to follow and kept me wondering just what a childe actually is. I like the fact that there are multiple areas of the supernatural world combined in this book. There were a few parts that I saw coming, but I have read many many books in the same category. At the same time there are many parts of the story I am left wondering just what are the authors hiding....I am awaiting the next book in this series to see just where the authors are going to take us. I can also see myself reading this book again to see if I missed any of the details. Good job!

Jessie H

Loved reading The Childe. Having grown up with Buffy and several other mediums of the supernatural and fantasy, it was neat to see how the authors fit themselves into that genre without too closely mimicking the classics or stepping outside the realm. The book is a fresh spin on the genre and a refreshing tale to stretch out the imagination. Recommend.


I started reading this on a coast to coast flight. The plot moves along at a good pace and I found myself wishing for a holding pattern so that I could get a few more chapters read! Excellent character development, just enough of a hook at the end of each chapter to keep you wanting to read more. The Childe really IS a book you can't put down!


While reading The Childe I found myself feeling as if I was there and could vividly picture everything that was happening. This book is hard to put down as you find yourself so engrossed in the story and forever wanting to continue to read more to see what happens next. I recommend this book for all ages, yes, it is geared toward teens, but as a middle aged adult I also loved this book. I am a fan of the supernatural and in my field of nursing, I have experienced supernatural visions and sounds along with my coworkers which further my interests. This story would also be a good movie.

Mindy fangedmom

My review as written on our blog

My review: I will never get tired of paranormal books. EVER. Especially the newest ones that are mixing vampires, werewolves, witches, wizards and ghosts into their books. The Childe included at least 2 of these (spoiler free ya know) that is all I will say! I loved this book. It was such a page turner. I loved living in Cat's world. I really felt like I was too. The characters were so easy to relate to (even the one's your not supposed to)!

The description of all the places in the book was so vivid in my mind. I love paranormal. I love the high school settings. I love the mystery, the bad boys/girls. I love the forbidden love/like/friendships of the main and not main characters. I love SECRETS and the revealing. I love the coming to power(s)! GUESS WHAT? This book had all that for me. Really enjoyed it. I can't WAIT for the next books in this series.

Carol and Adam have written a WONDERFUL story. I can't wait to see how it further evolves and how the characters come into their own. I have so many questions for the future books. I LOVE THAT!!

Note: in this book there is a cool feature that Cat has that I can relate to and there is a character named MINDY in the book. This made me feel SUPER close to the book too. hehe....pure coincidence though!

Looking for a great paranormal book? I suggest this one! It was a lot of fun to read!!!


a fantastic book!!!filled with lots of detail and a very intriguing soon as i had picked the book up i could not put it down,i finished this book in less than a day.although this book is more for teens it is still is great for adults.i cant wait for book 2 to come out.this book is a must read,hope this book is as enjoyable for you as it is for me.


I thought the story was really interesting, but there were a lot of grammatical mistakes! Many sentences that should have had commas didn't, and it detracted from the story and occasionally confused me. Also, there were a few cases where the wrong word was used, such as "wine" in place of "whine." Maybe these were all editorial issues? It was just really distracting.