The Mortal One

The Mortal One

By: Shannon Bell
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
Series: The Mortal One #1
Published on: December 9, 2013
The Mortal One

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you went looking for vampires? What if you secretly believed they existed? Dylan decides to go on a vacation of a lifetime in order to find herself. She begins in Romania, contemplating the existence of vampires and quickly realizes that she was wrong. Once she ends up in Florence, however, she is confronted with an immortal, Nico. She must be marked if she wants to live because she learned the truth of vampires. Nico catches her and her heart by surprise. The Mortal One is a whirlwind romance amidst vampire politics. Dylan must be marked for her safety, yet she is trying to be claimed by another vampire, thus making her time in Florence very complicated for her. She tests the bounds of her relationship with a vampire and tries to create a life for herself as the mortal one. The main setting of the book is Florence, Italy, where Dylan is in love with the history of the city.

Also by this author: Immortality Stolen

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This was a really cool and unique book. The author, Shannon Bell has some interesting ideas that I haven’t heard of previously without going too far from the roots of tradition.


The Mortal One takes place primarily in Florence, Italy, with minor appearances in France and Romania. Over the first page or two, I was a little iffy on where the author was going or if I was going to enjoy what she was doing, but it quickly sorted itself out and then I was hooked. It was easy to get lost in the story of Dylan and Nico.


I do have to say that I didn’t overly love Dylan as a character. I just didn’t really connect with her on some level. That being said, it didn’t cause me to dislike the book. In fact, I loved the story.


Overall, this was an enjoyable start to the series and I look forward to seeing where Bell goes with these characters. Maybe Dylan will grow on me?


4 fangs


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About Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell grew up in Florida and has always dreamed about vampires - and still secretly hopes they exist. She is married to someone who tolerates her crazy story-telling about Romania and has a daughter she hopes will have the same enthusiasm for vampires when she grows up that her mommy does.
Shannon has a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida as well as an online degree in vampirology. She loves writing about vampires, romance, and anything that has to do with food and traveling. She also loves things that go bump in the night!

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