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Unnatural In the town of Eden in northwestern England stands the exclusive boarding school known as Archangel Academy Ancient and imposing, it s a place filled with secrets Just like its studentsFor Michael Howard, being plucked from his Nebraska hometown and sent thousands of miles away is as close as he s ever come to a miracle In Weeping Water, he felt trapped, alone At Archangel Academy, Michael belongs And in Ciaran, Penry, and especially Ciaran s enigmatic half brother Ronan, Michael finds friendship deeper than he s ever known But Michael s only beginning to understand what makes the Academy so special Ronan is a vampire part of a hybrid clan who are outcasts even among other vampires Within the Academy s confines exists a ruthless world of deadly rivalries and shifting alliances, of clandestine love and forbidden temptations And soon Michael will confront the destiny that brought him here and a danger powerful than he can imagineMichael Griffo is an award winning writer and one of six playwrights whose career will be tracked by WritersInsight untilHe is a graduate of New York University, has studied at Playwrights Horizons and Gotham Writers Workshop, and has written several screenplays Reviewed by loved the cover for UNNATURAL, Unfortunately that is all I loved about it I liked it so little I couldn t even finish the book and that is very rare for me I think I didn t even get half way through it until I had to put it down and move onto something else The whole plot just didn t do anything for me It was slow and there was way to much info added in that wasn t needed that made it drag on evenBecause I only got at the most half Reviewed by loved the cover for UNNATURAL, Unfortunately that is all I loved about it I liked it so little I couldn t even finish the book and that is very rare for me I think I didn t even get half way through it until I had to put it down and move onto something else The whole plot just didn t do anything for me It was slow and there was way to much info added in that wasn t needed that made it drag on evenBecause I only got at the most halfway through the book I can only speak of that portion The writing was slow, the events were boring, the characters were blah, it was all together just lacking what I would need to get into the book So my final thought to you is I m glad I didn t pay for this as I would have returned it the same day As a gay high school student living in Weeping Water, Nebraska, Michael Howard, feels lost and alone He s dealing with daily bullying at school, a troubled mother, absent father, and disconnected grandparents.But suddenly a series of events changes his life forever He finds himself enrolled in the Archangel Academy, an exclusive boarding school for boys in northwestern England What Michael doesn t realize is that he s just landed in the middle of a war between vampire clans I normally don tAs a gay high school student living in Weeping Water, Nebraska, Michael Howard, feels lost and alone He s dealing with daily bullying at school, a troubled mother, absent father, and disconnected grandparents.But suddenly a series of events changes his life forever He finds himself enrolled in the Archangel Academy, an exclusive boarding school for boys in northwestern England What Michael doesn t realize is that he s just landed in the middle of a war between vampire clans I normally don t read books with a rating below 3.5 stars but for some reason I decided to give this one a try Honestly I m not quite sure why it s rated this low I very much enjoyed it Having attended high school in a small town with conservative views, I could relate to how trapped and alone Michael felt Then to suddenly be presented with a chance to change everything to redefine yourself.This is definitely not a book where vampires sparkle It s not full of action or adventure It s a story about discovering oneself and growing into the person you really want to be It s about discovering a destiny that will change Michael s life forever in ways he could never imagine back in Nebraska. Unnatural caught my eye because it s a M M YA Paranormal that reminds me of Twilight I know, it seems every paranormal YA that has vampires is like Twilight at least to me , but I just can t stop the comparison Unnatural is close to Twilight as you can get, but features two teen boys, one vampire, one human who are meant to be with each other for all eternity for no real reason I think it has to do with their googly eyes they have for one another and the electric shock that flows through the Unnatural caught my eye because it s a M M YA Paranormal that reminds me of Twilight I know, it seems every paranormal YA that has vampires is like Twilight at least to me , but I just can t stop the comparison Unnatural is close to Twilight as you can get, but features two teen boys, one vampire, one human who are meant to be with each other for all eternity for no real reason I think it has to do with their googly eyes they have for one another and the electric shock that flows through their bodies because of it Unfortunately the writing, editing and the worst case of head jumping I ve ever read makes Unnatural a major fail Only a few skilled authors can excel at head jumping between two characters in a scene, but when you have up to five characters head jumping to the point you have no clue who s speaking or who s point of view it is, that s a major lack of skilled writing on both the author and the editor s part And when it s pointed out that the author is an award winning author, as well as a playwright with six works under him, you assume you ll be reading an incredibly, written tale Well, I was fooled big time because Unnatural is anything but incredible or well written.Michael Griffo does give it a good try because again, he s taking a chance in writing a gay young adult paranormal story, which I believe is very much needed because the GLBT YA market is very untapped, especially in paranormal Michael Howard lives with his very cold and distant grandparents, and his mentally disturbed mother in Weeping Water, Nebraska Michael is a quiet and studious boy, who longs to leave the small town that smothers him since he s not accepted Michael hides a dark secret, or so he thinks his homosexuality is, since his fellow students and his grandfather are homophobic When his mother kills herself, his missing father comes to take him back with him to England where he ll attend a prestigious all boys private school called Archangel Academy Michael couldn t be happier and goes off with his father.When Michael arrives at the academy, he still feels like an outcast because he s an American But his roommate Ciaran is friendly enough, although he spends most of his time studying As Michael investigates his surroundings, he meets Ciaran s half brother Ronan There sthan a spark between Michael and Ronan that slowly builds into something deep within their souls between them Ciaran cautions Michael that Ronan is not what he seems, but Michael can t stop thinking about Ronan He not only wants to be his friend, but possibly have somethingwith the mature Ronan, who he feels is the one he s been waiting his whole life for Ronan also wants Michael, but knows if he has Michael the way he wants him, he ll destroy his soul for Ronan s a vampire.Michael s father has no idea about his son s sexuality and introduces him to a colleague s daughter, the beautiful and seductive Brania O Keefe, who rubs Michael the wrong way Brania and Ronan have history together since she s also a very old and powerful vampire who has sinister plans that could destroy the students at Archangel Academy Her reasons for wanting this are not really explained, but she s psychotic, so that s a good enough reason Ronan must stop Brania from accomplishing this and bring Michael over to his world so they can be mated or married in vampire terms.I really had high hopes for Unnatural, but as soon as I reached the first 50 pages, I knew something was very off The writing is so very lacking and unimaginative The characters have no real personalities and the underlying sexual tension and attraction between Michael and Ronan almost worked, but soon vanished all because of the lack of depth and falling back on stereotypical tropes we see time and again in paranormal young adult books of this nature.And I can t believe this was allowed, but the large amount of head jumping back and forth betweenthan four characters in one scene is a big no no for a writer I was so unbelievably confused and couldn t get a grip on what was going on Also the villains in this story are ridiculously silly with their threatening dialogue and mannerisms I will give Michael credit for writing nice love scenes between Michael and Ronan, where he doesn t shy away from the sexual acts between these two No fade to black lovemaking here But when both boys act on their passion, it was too late for me to carry on since I found myself bored and annoyed.Unnatural is yet another lacking paranormal young adult that should have shined, but instead was dead on arrival mainly because of the uninspired writing and sloppy editing A big pass What I was hoping for in this book was a teen romance with a gay main character A sort of Twilight for the same sex set What I got was a major disappointment While Twilight has been roundly criticised for the inexpert quality of its writing, this book is much much worse Where Twilight had characters that were three dimensional and likeable if at times annoying, the characters here are cardboard cutouts for the most part Where Twilight s writing sometimes stumbled, here it was just plain con What I was hoping for in this book was a teen romance with a gay main character A sort of Twilight for the same sex set What I got was a major disappointment While Twilight has been roundly criticised for the inexpert quality of its writing, this book is much much worse Where Twilight had characters that were three dimensional and likeable if at times annoying, the characters here are cardboard cutouts for the most part Where Twilight s writing sometimes stumbled, here it was just plain confusing Twilight was told in first person from the point of view of a shy but self certain girl who explained how she was feeling This book is none of that.Here, it s told in third person omniscent with so much head hopping as to be incredibly confusing Simple conventions such as starting new paragraphs when changing speakers are ignored to no great benefit and to much confusion The author is reputed to be an award winning playwrite but he s not mastered the novel form at all While it s readily apparent who s saying what on stage, in a book it must be made clear and here it was NOT I m a veteren of seeking out gay content in a non gay friendly world I once found and watched an early Greg Araki movie that was a VHS recording of a bootleg VHS recording and was ready, willing, and able to put aside the low technical qualities for a good story with a good message Here I wanted to see the love story play out so badly that I was willing to put up with some really bad writing, but all I got here was the low artistic quality with very little payoff And what s worse I think that the author thought he was being artistic He deliberatly added obscurity Just one example There is a scene where the two protagonists have finally spent the night together and wake up together Their diolugue about wanna share a shower is deliberatly intercut with narrative about a girl waking up outside and feeling the dew on her face All I really wanted was a chocolate chip cookie of a M M teen vampire romance What I got was under developed, under baked with far too few chocolate chip moments No sweet gooey goodness just lumps of flour a bit of sugar, badly mixed and maybe a carob or two.Another reviewer mentioned that we are briefly introduced to two characters in the protagonist s home town that suggest that his horrendous hometown life didn t have to be so lonely Then his mom dies he reacts wierdly and we re off to England with the two sympathetic characters not mentioned again One asks Why even bring them up all I wish that the author would develop his charactersPay attention to writing conventions so that his prose isreadable Work on his storytelling and leave the artistic bits toexperienced writers.I ve read over 100 books this year and this was unfortunately one of the worst Particularly in that the premise held so much promise Lest this review be all negative let me say the cover was nice

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