Reviewer Calls Vermin, “Touching and Beautiful.”

I was so ecstatic to hear that Vermin’s received another great review! I took a screen shot of it with my phone earlier to share on my Instagram story, but I also thought I’d share it here on my blog!

Touching and Beautiful

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ardin Patterson is a gifted author and storyteller. I say both because being a great author does not always mean that the audience will be focused on every word, or invested in the characters. I don’t think I skipped a single passage, I was so worried about Nicholas, Rose, Diana, Roland, Zanna and Micha.

The author does an excellent job of portraying deep, flawed beings who love and (in some cases) hate in equal measure. These people (like us in real life) are so easily swayed to cruelty as long as they feel justified, but in the same moment, they will show compassion. I am invested in what will happen next. I want the best for Nicholas and Rose. Their blossoming romance is sweet and true, but I don’t trust those villagers.

-Liz

Thank you so much to everyone who has read the novel, and taken the time to read reviews or reach out to me personally. Your words are so encouraging and I’m so glad that you’ve come to love my characters as much as I do.

Thank you so much again! Your words are greatly appreciated, and mean so much to me.


You can order a copy of Vermin from either Indigo or Amazon:

Vermin is Now Available at Indigo

Now available at Indigo.ca

Vermin is now available to order from Indigo! This is so cool, because Indigo is my favourite store, and because I finally get to share my book with my co-workers and my community!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about when the second books comes out. I’ll update as soon as my pages are off with my editor. I’m really, really excited about it and I’m glad to know others are too. I’ll do my best not to give away any spoilers.

So far Vermin has received 4 stars on Goodreads and 5 stars on Amazon! Thank you so much to the people who took the time to leave reviews, and also to those who reached out personally to share their love of the novel and my characters. I really appreciate it! I’m happy that you’re are enjoying Vermin, and I hope that you’ll like my future books a well.

Vermin Receives a 5 Star Review on Amazon

I was just informed that Vermin has received a 5 star review on Amazon! I’m so pleased to hear that readers are enjoying the book. I decided to go check out the review and share it here:

This is not my genre but a teen recommended this book and being twice her age I decided to humor her. I picked it up and kept turning the pages LOL ! For some reason the vibe, feel , moral message and images that it invokes for me are a combination of Avatar, twilight and Harry Potter, I suppose you have to read it to see what I mean. Main message makes you think about how you treat others who may look different or may very well be different. Good read, enjoy !

Amazon Reviewer

I’m very happy that readers are recommending my novel to others! The feedback and reviews are very sweet, and encouraging.

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! It means so much!

Isn’t the bunny cute? It reminds me of Miffy…at least that’s what I think she’s called. It was a book/show I used to like when I was little, so if I got her name wrong I apologize.

Thank you again for your kind words and support!

Chatting with a Reader About Vermin

The other day I had the opportunity to speak to a young reader, who had just finished Vermin in a day and a half! It was such a cool experience, getting to talk to someone about my book, and hearing all of their thoughts about the story and characters.

What really resonated with me from our conversation, was how much they took away from the story. They discussed how much they enjoyed the deeper meanings within the story, what certain characters symbolized, and were pleased to see these messages being presented in a way that kids their age and younger could understand.

I won’t give any major spoilers here, because I know many folks who are just starting the book, or who are only part way through, but it they definitely hit the nail on the head with their interpretation.

During our discussion, I confessed that when I’d initially begun writing Vermin, I was still in high school and that one of the main takeaways from the story was put in there subconsciously. It wasn’t until I was reviewing the early draft of those first chapters in university, that it dawned on me. What I didn’t tell them, was that at the time I’d started writing Vermin, I had been experiencing some of what my character Nicholas and his siblings were going through. As a teenager I found it difficult to talk about these things, so I wrote about them in hopes that I could try and understand for myself, why I was being mistreated by some of my peers. It wasn’t until I began editing the first book in the series, that I realized what I had written.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m being vague about what themes this young lady pulled from the book because I’d like to give others a chance to discover it for themselves. I guess after studying English Lit’ in school all those years, I’ve become a bit sentimental about ones own interpretation. I think that, a personal takeaway from a story is much more impactful than being told what one should have gotten from the text.

I do again, want to thank the people who arranged for me to have that discussion with this young reader. It was my first time discussing my writing outside of a peer review group, and it honestly made my whole day. I’m glad that Vermin had that much of an impact on someone, and I hope that it will have that effect on other readers as well.


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Vermin Gets a 4 Star Rating on Goodreads

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I’m so happy that readers are enjoying Vermin! I’ve been hearing lots of positive feedback so far, and was absolutely thrilled to find out Vermin received it’s first rating!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my novel!

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Author Copies Have Arrived!

My author copies of Vermin arrived! I was so excited to cut open the box and pull them out. They’re so pretty. I love unboxing new books. I kept flipping through the pages of the one I pulled from the box…it was so satisfying. My brain is still processing the fact that the first book of the series is now in print.

I’m also blown away by the support of my friends and family! I’ve gotten so much feedback, and currently Dianna’s a very popular character. One thing that I’ve noticed is that I’m constantly having to remind myself that I’m the only person who knows the events that follow after book one and have to be very careful what I say when readers discuss the book with me because I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

Signed copies will be available to purchase soon. I will be making an announcement of when that will be, and will also be working on scheduling in person events once it is possible.

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Vermin is Available in Paperback and on Kindle

Vermin is officially available in both paperback and eBook, and I am absolutely blown away by how sweet and supportive everyone has been! Thank you all so, so, so much!

I’ve gotten tons of calls and texts from family and friends this week, and can’t wait to sign their copies of the book. I definitely would love to do an author signing or meet and greet at some point, but we’re still adjusting to things where I live so hopefully I’ll be able to have an event in the near future.

My sister created the prettiest artwork for me to celebrate the release of the paperback. I nearly cried when I saw it. I’m going to get a print made of it so I can frame it, and put it in my room. I’ll be sure to take a picture of it and the paperback once my author copies arrive.

Also special shout out to one of my friends because it is also her birthday today! Hi! Happy Birthday! Hope you had fun playing games and liked your gifts! I can’t wait till we can hang out in person again and play Detroit (for the 100th time).

Vermin by Ardin Patterson is now available

The first book in The Vermin Series is now available to order online! You can find more information about the novel on Goodreads, here on ardinpatterson.com, on the publishers website or on Amazon.

Read an advanced copy of Vermin and want to see your review displayed here on the website? Submit your reviews on Goodreads or Amazon (or both if you prefer), and we will feature them on the Books page underneath the description. 


 A dying boy
A rebellious girl
History poised to repeat itself 

Left for dead at the side of the road in an outlawed town, Nicholas is rescued by a human girl. Plagued by fevered dreams and a lethal illness, Nicholas doesn’t know what to make of her kindness. If she knew what he was, death would be a merciful gift.

Rose takes it upon herself to show the boy hospitality, despite her uncle Roland forbidding her from going near him. She survived the brutal sickness and knows exactly what their guest is going through—he needs a friend.

Roland stands to lose everything when he discovers what Nicholas is. Dire circumstances force Roland to turn the boy into a test subject. However, in coaxing an old flame into helping domesticate the beast, Roland ends up in a cruel experiment of his own.

As Rose and Nicholas grow closer, Roland’s decision to keep the boy’s identity a secret threatens to bring history full circle. Can Roland guard two hearts as he struggles to keep the boy and his future alive?

Fall into this whirlwind of forbidden love amidst harsh truths and harsher follies. Pick up a copy of Vermin today. 

Vermin Is Out!

Today’s the day! Today’s the day! Today. Is. The. Day.

I’m so excited, I’ve stayed up till midnight counting down to the exact hour…and now it is August 1st! Vermin is officially available!

My brain is like, “whoa…is this real life?” haha but I’m also super excited to share my characters and story with my family and friends. As I mentioned in my last post I’ve got a few surprises to share later this week, related to The Vermin Series.

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