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About the Author

K J Wignall is the author of five novels for adults and a number of acclaimed short stories. He's been nominated for an Edgar Award for Who is Conrad Hirst? and was shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger in the UK. All of his work has attracted film interest and For the Dogs is currently in development in Hollywood. Blood is his first novel for young adults.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Mercian Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160684220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606842201
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,031,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: Blood was chosen next on the list simply because it was its time. This review seems as if it has been a little overdue now. So, while sitting in the car waiting for my wife to finish class, Blood received its turn. I didn't know much about the story before I read it.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this being another vampire novel. From my first impressions, Blood didn't have the same class of cheese as portrayed by a lot other, more recent vampire novels. Blood has a little bit more intrigue and charm interlaced in the words that reminded me something of "Interview With the Vampire," but in a young adult addition. This was my first impression developed by the first few chapters of the book.

The very first chapter is written as an entry to a diary. And then some story follows. The mystery and intrigue lie in the word play the author chose for Will, the main character. Had it not been for the mystery that Will's diary page seemingly accidentally leaves, I don't think the story would be anywhere near as interesting.

Character Introduction: Will is the hero, or villain, in Blood. I say hero or villain because of the events that unfold throughout the story. The reader will grow a fondness for Will. He is a lonesome little Vampire, or undead as he prefers. Will had his life removed from him at an early age. He has since struggled to come to terms with whom and what he is.

Eloise is our little heroine. She is just a little too cute and perky to think of anything but a heroin. She is a loner though. Eloise comes from an up and coming family household. She chose to run in the hopes of gaining some personal attention and self-relief. Her destiny had a little more something in mind for her though, as she meet Will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReviewerGirl on October 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The story focuses around Will who has been a vampire since 1256. He is not your typical vampire. He doesn't sleep during the day and is out at night. Instead he sort of reminds me of a bear. A really sleepy bear. Will doesn't just sleep for a few measly hours of the day, he sleeps for decades at a time! So every time Will wakes up not only is everyone that he knew deceased but in some cases their children's children are long gone as well. Could you image going to sleep in the 1930's to wake up in the 70's? Eck! I don't even want to imagine the horror.

I really liked how Wignall wrote Will. He tells you the story of how Will's family thought him to be dead after he was bitten, so they buried him. Well when Will "rose" he found himself buried alive... or rather undead. Er, you know what I mean. Anyways by the time he awakens, his entire family is already deceased. Not only that but under his family's crypt is an underground lair for Will with clothing and some essentials that someone had built, knowing that Will would need it. So over the years Will adds furniture to his lair and spends the majority of his time down there when he is awake. He is used to living his life on his own, hoping to one day come across his maker and thank him for the generous gift he had given Will, so many centuries past. (insert sarcasm there). Well, this time when he wakes up, the person that he feeds on after his slumber just so happens to be Jex, the profit, who tells him about Eloise and how Will must find her because she is his destiny.

Which brings me to Eloise who starts off as being snarky. Will comes across her while she is hanging out in a buildings doorway. Clearly, she is homeless and staying there. When Will tries to talk to her she gets really defensive and tells him to leave her alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Heart YA Books on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The beginning chapters of Blood sent chills up my spine as Will described what being a vampire is like for him. K. J. Wignall has given a fresh and newly twisted meaning to being a creature of the night. The storyline in Blood is fantastic. Sixteen-year-old Will has existed seven hundred and fifty years. That's a long time to wait to discover what his destiny is, and to fulfill it. Will is strong and charismatic--also deeply intimate, he stole my heart. Eloise is independent and tough. She's a determined sixteen-year-old, and nothing is going to stop her from being with Will. They're each other's destiny--a destiny that takes them on a dark, mysterious adventure to discover why Will was turned into a vampire to fulfill his destiny. And what Lorcan Labraid, the evil of the world, has called Will to do. There's plenty of mystery in this Paranormal Fantasy of who, what, how, and why, but I'm not going to spoil the thrill. I do have to say K.J Wignall did an amazing job on Will and Eloise's characters. Their relationship is perfect, like two pieces of puzzle fitting together to become a beautiful picture. I highly recommend Blood as a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to like this book, so much so, that I continued to muster through it even though it never once grabbed a hold of me. The characters are quite one dimensional, especially Will, who could be described as nothing short of extremely emo. He has lived for hundreds of years, yet all he has done is sleep, brood, and wish to die. He takes suicidal to the extreme, with many failed attempts as he simply cannot die. Then we pull in the so called destiny behind Will's life, which really needed to be expanded on a whole lot more to be even slightly intriguing. Keeping with the theme, that "prophecy" tells him he must find a girl, and of course that girl turns out to be emo as well. I've never been able to relate to characters whose entire outlook on life is "woe on me," so I had a really hard time caring what happened to the characters of Blood, especially since they seemed to have a very hard time caring themselves. Perhaps the second installment will show a little progression of plot, or even a clear cut picture of the evil Will is to face. I'm sure Blood will appeal to many readers, but for me, it ultimately fell flat.
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