Turned (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals) - Morgan Rice

Turned (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals)

By Morgan Rice

  • Release Date: 2011-01-28
  • Genre: Paranormal
Score: 4
From 3,037 Ratings


"TURNED is a book to rival TWILIGHT and VAMPIRE DIARIES, and one that will have you wanting to keep reading until the very last page! If you are into adventure, love and vampires this book is the one for you!"

The #1 Bestseller!

TURNED is book #1 in the #1 Bestselling series THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, which includes eleven books (and counting).

In TURNED (Book #1 of the Vampire Journals), 18 year old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her.

But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing. She is overcome by a superhuman strength, a sensitivity to light, a desire to feed--by feelings she does not understand. She seeks answers to what’s happening to her, and her cravings lead her to the wrong place at the wrong time. Her eyes are opened to a hidden world, right beneath her feet, thriving underground in New York City. She finds herself caught between two dangerous covens, right in the middle of a vampire war.

It is at this moment that Caitlin meets Caleb, a mysterious and powerful vampire who rescues her from the dark forces. He needs her to help lead him to the legendary lost artifact. And she needs him for answers, and for protection. Together, they will need to answer one crucial question: who was her real father?

But Caitlin finds herself caught between two men as something else arises between them: a forbidden love. A love between the races that will risk both of their lives, and will force them to decide whether to risk it all for each other…

"TURNED is an ideal story for young readers. Morgan Rice did a good job spinning an interesting twist on what could have been a typical vampire tale. Refreshing and unique, TURNED has the classic elements found in many Young Adult paranormal stories. Book #1 of the Vampire Journals Series focuses around one girl…one extraordinary girl!...TURNED is easy to read but extremely fast-paced....Recommended for anyone who likes to read soft paranormal romances. Rated PG."
--The Romance Reviews

“TURNED grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let go….This story is an amazing adventure that is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning. There is not a dull moment to be found. Morgan Rice did an awesome job bringing the reader into the story. She also made it easy to root for Caitlin and want desperately to her succeed in finding her truth….I will be looking forward to the second book in the series.”
--Paranormal Romance Guild


  • Too short

    By Meldisman
    I feel like this book just skimmed the surface and never got deep into the story. It’s a turn off that there are 12 short stories to buy. I would rather read 3 or 4 longer novels. I definitely don’t consider this on par with Twilight or The Vampire Diaries. I probably won’t bother with the rest of the series. It just didn’t have enough detail to draw me in.
  • I was expecting more

    By SamIam2597
    The storyline kept building but there was no real climax/high point. A book should have a high point, not just end after everything has just begun
  • It’s bad... really bad.

    By sol3c1t0
    Complete waste of time
  • It’s like a sample book

    By cml913
    It’s like a sample book that takes too long to get anywhere. The elements of the story are interesting, but the plot development is not.
  • Took a Bite...Wasn’t That Tasty

    By Little Shiro
    I admit to having something of a love/hate relationship with romance stories. While these can sometimes be pretty fun and interesting, other times I find myself struggling to enjoy them. And while I can easily say I like this more than the Twilight Saga, Turned is another supernatural romance I can say I couldn’t fully enjoy. It has its good moments, but I find that I just can’t quite sink my teeth into it. Synopsis: Caitlin Paine (good lord, these names) is a seemingly-ordinary high school girl who has just moved into the city with her younger brother and abusive mother. As she is working to adjust to living there, she suddenly finds herself displaying strength and speed completely alien to any normal humans, and with a strange desire to drink blood. Things take a turn for the worse when she drains a famous opera singer of all his blood, suddenly setting the rest of the cities vampires on her as they hope to kill her before she causes more problems for them. Will she be able to escape, or is she looking towards an early grave? Pros: To start things off, I do enjoy that Caitlin is a fairly strong young girl and is capable of standing up for herself...at least, most of the time. Due to being new to her abilities, she is not as strong or fast as other vampires and finds she has trouble handling them at times. I also like some of the other characters, such as her brother and Jonah, a violin-playing boy she meets who is kind and supportive towards her when she first arrives. I would be interested in seeing more... Cons: ...if I didn’t feel like this book was often too by the numbers and over dramatic for my liking. The character of Caleb feels like every typical “bad boy” love interest you’d see in these sorts of books. He starts off the book interested in Caitlin due to her relation to some sort of old vampire lore, basic “chosen one” stuff. His interactions with Caitlin are, unfortunately, far less interesting and fun than her with Jonah, and after the vampire stuff really gets running, he really falls to the wayside. Maybe more happens with him as the books go on, but I don’t know. Furthermore, the city vampires’ attempts at going after Caitlin feel half-baked and mostly done to insert drama and tension artificially. In some ways, they just end up feeling like ways to insert rescue-scenarios for her. While they claim that they want to get rid of her to avoid having humans learn about vampires, at times their efforts to capture or kill her feel too attention grabbing to really convey this. However, the thing that really irked me the most was the advertisements for Morgan Rice’s work at the beginning AND end of the book. This problem, admittedly, is focused more on the adaptation to Apple Books, but I really can’t stand how long they are, to the point that it seems to artificially lengthen the book. This may be nit-picky, but it really does annoy me. Conclusion: Overall, it’s a fine story if you’re really into supernatural romance, but I just find it a little too by-the-numbers and amateur to fully enjoy. If you like this sort of stuff, I encourage you to take a bite. Otherwise, you should look for other necks-I mean books to sink your teeth into...I’ve gotta get better vampire analogies.
  • It was good but...

    By AidynH
    Turned was such a good book and because I am still in school I would read it for homework and relaxing with my ferrets and everyday I would be soo exited to come home from school take my ferrets out and start reading!! But then I finished the book... I was like I am going to start reading the next one but then I realized that it costed money.And I am not aloud to have money on my phone, and also the books started to get expensive like for ex. the last book is 7 dollars for 250 pages I would pay for the books if there were more pages! That is all! P.S I would recommend this book if after you are done reading and want to finish the series and are willing to pay over $20 for all the books!!
  • Smh

    By hazard4109
    It’s easy to get caught up in the action; very fast paced but what started out as a book with great potential, went downhill in the middle (fast) Ridiculous errors makes me feel as if the author had one thing on her mind; paycheck. I couldn’t put it down but I refuse to pick the next one up as she obviously has no respect for her readers; banking on her name. She is talented but put no effort into this. HAZARD.4109
  • Awesome

    By Alayzahpup
    It was so good it had me in the edge of my seat
  • Weak writing, only half a book

    By Opera&Bullwhips
    I understand that the first book of a series is given free so that the author can introduce their writing to the reader. It's a risk, your work is worth something, and you won't get paid until the reader buys the remaining titles in the series. I have happily found many authors this way. However, and you knew that was coming, this is the second series I've started with this author and haven't been impressed enough to go forward. It appears to me the author rates the quantity of writing over finding the weaknesses in the characterization, motivation, maturity, plot, believability and everything else. Yes, the grammar is fine, descriptions are fine, plot premise is fine, but that's it.
  • Vampire fanatic

    By Jessica333M
    This was definitely not in the league of Twilight or TVD as the review said. It was decent to read but seemed like an incomplete ending which I had anticipated towards the end. Repeated Character names often. Also there were many typos as if it was never edited.