Sebastian: The Life of Sebastian and Hanna Greene

Sebastian The Life of Sebastian and Hanna Greene Sebastian was turned into a vampire on his eighteenth birthday by his mother whom he thought had died ten years earlier His mother teaches him how to live amongst humans without spilling human blood

  • Title: Sebastian: The Life of Sebastian and Hanna Greene
  • Author: ElizabethJohnson
  • ISBN: 9781622120680
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sebastian was turned into a vampire on his eighteenth birthday by his mother, whom he thought had died ten years earlier His mother teaches him how to live amongst humans without spilling human blood Almost two centuries later, his mother is killed and he blames humans After a year of brutally killing humans to exact vengeance, he comes upon the young child of a woman hSebastian was turned into a vampire on his eighteenth birthday by his mother, whom he thought had died ten years earlier His mother teaches him how to live amongst humans without spilling human blood Almost two centuries later, his mother is killed and he blames humans After a year of brutally killing humans to exact vengeance, he comes upon the young child of a woman he just killed He can t bring himself to hurt the girl, so he names her Hanna after his mother, and finds a family to raise her He anonymously provides for her, making sure her new parents have all the money they need to ensure she has a good life Sebastian disappears from Hanna s life to better himself for all the killings he has committed Although Hanna is out of his life, Sebastian can t get her out of his head, and believes his love for her is like a father He reappears in her life seventeen years later to see how she is faring, only to see that Hanna has grown into a beautiful woman He falls in love with her all over again, but this time as a lover He plans an accidental meeting, which does not go well Before Sebastian leaves Hanna once again, he learns that vampires and wolves are after her Now it is up to Sebastian to secretly guard Hanna s life Publisher s website sbprabooks ElizabethJohnson

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    1. As a fan of horror I’ve read a wide range of vampire novels over the years. The best ones (in my humble opinion) always involve an existential element as the usually ‘turned’ individual must struggle for meaning in their transformed, superhuman, immortal (or semi-immortal) condition. Elizabeth Johnson’s tale I’m pleased to say does just this. Her central protagonist, Sebastian, presents us with a great character study, someone who endures a brutalized adolescence before being turned on [...]

    2. A sweet love story between a vampire and a human girl. It has this forbidden aspect as he is older than her. I liked the story. It's not dirty like other vampire love stories. Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read it.

    3. This is a ‘love conquers all…even the desire to drink human blood’ story.Yes, Sebastian is a vampire, whose life is changed by his love for Hanna. The author in her synopsis provides an excellent chronology of the main events, which I will not repeat here. Rather, I’ll move to other issues.Up to the point when Sebastian meets Hanna as a baby, which is perhaps the first one-third of the book, the story is written entirely as Sebastian’s recollection of his life. There is little dialogue [...]

    4. Superb read, I enjoyed every bit of this book. I loved it, the romance, horror and character development was just brilliant. At first the thought of Hanna and Sebastian getting involved was a little weird but the author was clever in her presentation of the two characters and it didn't feel weird anymore. I started to hope that the inevitable won't happen when Hanna finds out about his secrets. As you will find when you read this book, there was no other way for it to end but it promised an even [...]

    5. Book ReviewImpressionsAn uncommonly good story centered on an old tale made much better by a gifted storyteller. For fans of vampire lore (I am one), this read offers the most original premise that I’ve read in this genre. This ambitious journaling in first person allows the reader into the intimacy of the thoughts and feelings of a vampire’s coming of age. The author lays bare Sebastian’s thoughts and emotions in his passage through centuries of living, loving, despairing, and finally ove [...]

    6. A well edited, fast paced and imaginative read I recommend for fans of the vampire/werewolf/paranormal genres. I liked how the violence was only used when necesary and the story gives a fresh twist to the traditional vampire transformation. The involvement of Hanna, an unknown power gives additional interest. I enjoyed the concentration on Sebastian's struggle to hold on to his humanity and I loved the idea that love was the key to this. Although the characters were complex and well drawn I didn [...]

    7. If you're a fan of dramatic paranormal romance, you'll probably like this book. I personally found the writing style quite distracting. It slips in and out of tense, sometimes switching between present and past every other sentence, sometimes within the same sentence. At the beginning, it appears that the whole book is a sort of letter or journal written by Sebastian, and the tense switching may be meant to reflect that, as if Sebastian is commenting on past events in relation to his present. Ho [...]

    8. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. So in my usual brutal honest fashion here it isFirstly, I have to congratulate the author for writing a decent vampire book without a single sex scene. It may sound odd for me to say that. And I myself usually prefer my vampires to be slaves to their lust for flesh as well as blood. But in this book it worked without this.Also there isn't the usual explicit gore. There is still plenty of blood but it's not done in the overly d [...]

    9. Sebastian: The Life of Sebastian and Hanna GreeneBy Elizabeth JohnsonPatience is so seldom asked for in a new novel that it's a pleasure to read a book that positively demands it if you are going to make the most of it. Sebastian is a vampire. Turned by his own mother and then forced to live for centuries as an eternal teenager, he turns to bloodlust in revenge for her killing. That bloodlust comes to a sudden and unexpected halt as he stands over one of his victims and discovers the baby she wa [...]

    10. The writing style reminds me a bit of the tone and pacing from 18th century novels. It’s dark, Gothic, brooding. Kudos to Ms. Johnson for writing from a creepily non-human perspective. One aspect of the writing is that time flows differently for vampires, and that’s who narrates the story for the first 2/3rds. As a human reader, it can be jarring. When Sebastian was first turned, literally dozens of years passed within a paragraph. A hundred years in a couple of pages. Part of the creepily n [...]

    11. Can you imagine, on your eighteenth birthday, stumbling over your father's lifeless body in a lonely alley, a father with whom you had had a wretched relationship, no small part of that due to his drunkenness? Then, mere moments later, a woman grabs you and sinks her teeth into your neck---with the predictable result--and that woman turns out to be your mother, who you thought had died ten years prior?? It gets worse--the mother, who teaches you to live among humans without murdering them, gets [...]

    12. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)This book was so good I found it hard to actually write a review.I did write out this really long one then thought “No! I can’t submit that. It’s basically telling the whole story.” So in a quick summary.Sebastian is turned into a vampire on his 18th Birthday by the mother he thought dead.Sebastian struggles with his new life and the knowledge mommy dearest wasn’t dead after all.After a couple of centuries [...]

    13. I'm a pretty big fan of vampire fiction. I like vampires in a pure horror context, with books like Salem's Lot, and I also like the sort of gothic vampire fiction that Anne Rice created, particularly in her first three Vampire Chronicle novels. This book fits pretty well into thee latter category, and it's actually a really good example of its type. The authorial voice in the narration really sucked me in. There is an honesty in the prose style that I found compelling. The book does a good job o [...]

    14. Initially, I struggled with this book. For something like the first twenty percent of the book, the author's writing style seemed rather undeveloped, in particular the repetitive and unrealistic dialogue. She has also written in a few anachronisms (I could be wrong, but I doubt there were many people who could have made a steel door in 1801, some half a century before the invention of the bessemer process and nobody would have used the words ‘hello’ and ‘okay’ for another few decades). B [...]

    15. This book is not a genre I normally read but when offered for a review exchange I accepted. I must say that it's not your ordinary vampire story and I was pleasantly surprised. Sebastian is turned into a vampire by his own mother when he turns eighteen. She then teaches him to live among humans without harming them and this goes on smoothly until many years later when his mother is killed by humans. Sebastian goes on a killing spree, no longer wanting to trust any human and blames all of them fo [...]

    16. Can I pretty please have the next book? there has to be a sequel to this. The ending was just too gut-wrenching for me.This was kind of emotional for me, reading Sebastian's and Hanna's story. The way Sebastian became a vampire due to his mother and how he treated humans after the death of his mother. Sebastian was one of those characters who were in a dark place due to circumstances and for him, he slaughtered humans in his path and that includes the mother of the one person who would matter to [...]

    17. I was sent this book as part of an R2R, which had been long overdo. Sorry, Elizabeth.My first thoughtsUmm WOW. As i was reading i felt myself being pulled and pulled more because of how beautifully constructed Sebastian is. He goes through many hard experiences and though he goes off the deep-end he comes out of it triumphant and aware of his mistakes. It all contributed into making Sebastian who he is now. I fell in love with him, with his old-english charm and his deep love for his friends and [...]

    18. "Sebastian: The Life of Sebastian and Hanna Greene" is an absolute treat! It is beautifully written. The character of Sebastian is well-developed. The reader is along for the ride as Sebastian battles his personal demons. Losing his mother at a very early age, Sebastian is lost, spending the majority of his formative years with a father he despises and mourning the mysterious loss of his beloved mother. On Sebastian's eighteenth birthday, his mother returns to him under very unusual circumstance [...]

    19. Wow! Ms. Johnson, I'm ready for this sequel! This is a disturbing tale about a man named Sebastian, who is, shockingly enough, turned into a vampire by his mother. Unlike other vampire stories that are played out, this one is terrifying but also endearing. The premise is so unlike other books of this kind I've read. I found the story to be unique, engrossing, and perfectly plotted. I must admit I loved Sebastian. The author did an admirable job of developing his character and making readers empa [...]

    20. I'm so excited to win this book. I can't wait to get it and dive in. Thanks!I received my book today and I'm super excited. I love the shirt and bookmark that I got with the book. Will post again after I've read it. So, it took me quite a while to read this book as life got in the way, as it sometimes does but, I LOVED it. I'll be honest and admit that it took me roughly 5 - 6 chapters to really get in to it and I'm not sure I truly like the way the book ended but, I guess that was the only hone [...]

    21. This is a vampire-human love story, sort of. It has complex characters and a number of surprising twists. Initially, I found it disgusting that Sebastian’s mother turned him into a vampire. Then I found it creepy that he stalked the baby/girl/young woman whose mother he’d killed. Then I found it odd that Hanna didn’t mind the fact that her boyfriend didn’t walk around in the daytime or eat regular food. But then I started to feel sympathetic toward him, as his love for Hanna transformed [...]

    22. A nice YA love story about two unusual teenagers. They are both otherworldly but still act like teenagers who fall into puppy love. Sebastian is over one hundred years old but he is smitten by Hanna. He acts insecure with her, even though a vampire his age should be more assertive and aggressive. I can see that the author is trying to bring out his human side. Hanna is the innocent one without prior experience in the dark world.Sebastian first falls in love with Hanna when she is baby. It didn't [...]

    23. I struggled initially with this book; after a striking opening passage I found the prose a little verbose and lacking in flavour. The narration struck me as being slightly too literal, and the author seems to do a lot of telling rather than showing. I also never got a particularly strong sense of place, and would have welcomed some more description. However, after the first couple of chapters the story began to sink its teeth (cough) in to me, and I found the story engaging and well-constructed. [...]

    24. Extraordinary tale about Sebastian, a vampire and Hanna, the daughter of an Archangel. Sebastian, a vampire at eighteen via his mother, was reared by her not to hunt humans. However, when she was killed by them, he turned and he wanted to make all humans pay for her death. He killed Hanna's human mother, then discovered her baby in a bag and fell in love with her. She became his reason for change, to no longer kill humans. He knew he couldn't raise her, so he found parents for her and financiall [...]

    25. An unusual tale in these times of sparkling sexualised vampires, this has an air of old-fashioned gothic horror, but without the gore common to modern horror although there is plenty of blood drinking.The book delves into the psyche of Sebastian, how he copes with being made vampire by his mother, and then goes off the rails when she is murdered by humans. His blood lust fades when he discovered the baby daughter of his most recent victim. Her vulnerability and innocence causes him to spare her [...]

    26. Elizabeth Johnson weaves an exciting tale of vampires, wolves and other worldly beings. The characters have depth and very detailed backstory. I felt for the characters as they played their story across the pages. There were some instances where I was pulled out of the story by the dialogue that was used. For instance a 200 year old vampire from the 1830's probably wouldn't say "We hung out in England." or refer to acquaintances as "you guys". That in and of itself was not enough to lower the va [...]

    27. Excellent read, a real page turner. Well thought out and very intriguing. This book is a YA book but I loved reading it, well paced and I enjoyed getting to know and fall in love with the characters. I loved that Hanna Greene is not another wimpy heroine that needs saving. And Sebastian, he is everything you would want in a vampire, dangerous, blood thirsty, but crumbles at her sight. Excellent Novel and I cannot recommend this highly enough. If you want a good vampire novel, tick. A good romanc [...]

    28. Sebastian: The life of Sebastian and Hanna Greene.Can I have more, please? What a beautiful story. I fell in love with Sebastian after reading this book and Hanna coming into her powers, I had originally thought I knew how things would end but boy, was I wrong. I really need to start reading the next instalment fast. A beautiful book, by a talented author and I, recommend it to all.

    29. Sebastion: the life of Sebastion and Hanna green is really well written and has lots of detail. It was really entertaining to read. My favorite character was sebastion. I like the fact that he was protective of hannah.I can not wait to read more books by this author

    30. What an amazing read, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't recommend it enough.There is certainly more to come from this book and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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