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DESIRE (A Dystopian Fantasy) (Desire #1) by [Gow, Kailin, Teen, Kailin Gow]
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Kirkus Reviews says DESIRE is "The first book in a fantasy romance series featuring a heroine who must choose between two very different men and two very different destinies."

5 out of 5 Stars - "Very sweet, lovely story about an eighteen year old girl Kama who lives in a perfect, settled future with a perfect boy, Liam, soon to be her future husband. However, her world turns upside down when an enchanting, desireable boy Torrid appears in her life" - Xandra, TV News Anchor at TV Zemst

5 out of 5 Stars - "I haven't seen any Paranormal Dystopians before, so this book felt so refreshing and unique. I devoured this book entirely too quickly, and the sequel is not out when it should be :( (apologies for the whining, this book was really that good)" - Amy, The Bookmark

5 out of 5 Stars - "I know I say this alot but WOW. Desire was so much more than the dystopian YA romance...A must read that all YA fans will love." - Laura, YA Indie Princess

5 out of 5 Stars - "When I picked up desire I was expecting the usual dystopian fare but what I got instead was an intriquing world that immediately fascinated me!" - Kristi, Book Faery

5 out of 5 Stars - "Desire introduces you to a strange new world where your whole life is planned out for you at age 18. Even if you want one thing for yourself whatever is planned out is what you must do...or else." - Melissa, The Bookshelf

A Dystopian world where everyone's future is planned out for them at age 18...whether it is what a person desires or not. Kama is about to turn 18 and she thinks her Life s Plan will turn out like her boyfriend's and friend's as they desired. But when she glimpse a young man who can communicate with her with his thoughts and knows her name...a young man with burning blue eyes and raven hair, who is dressed like no other in her world, she is left to question her Life's Plan and her destiny. Knowing the truth can destroy everyone...

Desire is the first book in the DESIRE Series

Summer Wishes (DESIRE #1.5)
Shattered (DESIRE #2)
Passion (DESIRE #3)

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About the Author

Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 250 distinct books. Website and Blog: Besides being a full-time author, she is also a producer and a speaker.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: (May 8 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005014XCA
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #812,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa881e9a8) out of 5 stars Why did I waste my money? Jan. 5 2012
By Joni - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read Desire based on all of the great reviews, and also, because I've been really into dystopian books lately. I've read the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Delirium all recently, and maybe that's why this one was such a disappointment for me. It just can't compare to those awesome books.

The premise of Desire caught my interest; it's pretty similar to the book Matched, but had a magical aspect that set it apart. My biggest complaint is the writing. The dialogue was contrived and unnatural, and so were the scenarios. It just didn't flow well at all. And it was very cliched. How many times do I have to read about a beautiful girl who has two gorgeous guys fight over her? It's so overdone and isn't interesting anymore.

My other problem with Desire was the big secret about Kama. I won't give anything away, but it was so ridicules, I couldn't help but laugh. It's like finding out that Edward from Twilight isn't a vampire but a leprechaun. I did finish Desire, so it wasn't completely terrible, but I wish I wouldn't have wasted my money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa881ebf4) out of 5 stars Enjoyed the cutting edge originality Nov. 30 2012
By Wine Expert - Published on
Format: Paperback
Found this quite enjoyable and easy to read I was initially turned off because of the reviews so I borrowed it from my friend instead of purchasing it I getting more and more convinced that the haters who post 1 star reviews are often competing authors who attack the fellow authorsbjust to get a competitive edge. Real reviewers are free to speak their minds but spite is wrong. I enjoyed reading this book and found it clever and suspenseful but thats my opinion.
HASH(0xa881ee34) out of 5 stars Desire left little to be desired Jan. 19 2015
By Jessica L Sankiewicz - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have seen so many Kailin Gow books out there. This is the one series that intrigued me the most though. And that cover… just so gorgeous. So I splurged last year and bought the paperback. I had to find out what it was about this author that everyone loved. I discovered that it wasn’t as great as I expected.

First of all, it is not very well written. Grammatical mistakes aside, the writing was too simplistic and sometimes messy. There was an odd progression to the story, what Kama did or chose to do. She sees some strange, hot guy, Torrid, and suddenly she’s falling in love with him. It was like, forget my Life’s Plan with Liam, the guy she was convinced was the one for her. Then she discovers that her destiny isn’t supposed to be what she expected it to be, the one she used to believe growing up OR the one she wants to believe now. What to do?

Desire left little to be desired. It was not a good world building, and the characters didn’t have much depth to them. Falling in love in a snap along with the whole not allowed to be in love but we know we want to be together. It’s overdone enough as it is, but in this one it happened WAY too fast. I don’t think I’m going to bother seeing what happens next.

My Rating: It's Okay.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8827234) out of 5 stars Poor Reading for Young Women July 21 2012
By Nina Veron - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Lovers of teen fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, etc: you can do SO MUCH BETTER!

The description of the book and bio of the author, Kailin Gow, suggests that this is a good choice of a novel for tween girls. As a university writing instructor who also tutors girls in their early teens, and as a reader and fan of young adult fiction, I have to say that this is a really deceptive way to present the novel. It might be entertaining, but it is seriously *terribly* written. I don't mean that it's not going to win a Pulitzer; I mean that it is riddled with actual errors that would get it a low grade in any decent English class. Girls in their early teens who are developing their own writing skills will be poorly served by this kind of example of "publishable" writing. It is clearly not professionally edited. I haven't looked into the background of the publisher, but I wouldn't be surprised if the novel were published by the author's own media company, and/or that the positive reviews come from her friends or some particular fan base.

If you want to read what is maybe the most hilariously bad novel I've ever seen in print, then go ahead? But if you actually want something fun to read, please read *anything* else, there are so many real and well-written (or at least grammatically correct!) teen novels out there!

Update: Okay, so to put some of this in perspective: Gow is a Founder and Managing Director of Sparklesoup, the publisher (at least according to some googled info). So I guess she is pretty much publishing her own books? Furthermore, a number of the five star reviewers have only rated a handful of books on Amazon, most or all of them by Gow. I honestly think the whole rating system for this book has been rigged, which is really not in the spirit of Amazon's rating system. All in all, not cool.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa88273e4) out of 5 stars Don't bother Oct. 27 2011
By Angela Giunta - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I really enjoy dystopian romance. Halfway through, when the reason that Kama was special was revealed, I nearly threw my Kindle across the room. Really? Talk about out of the blue, it was such a ridiculous premise that I just couldn't buy it. The dystopian part was good, but the other, bah, terrible. Needless to say, I won't be buying anymore of Gow's books.