Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-five countries.
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First I have to say that Samantha Young is easily becoming one of those authors that I buy without reading the reviews or even the book descriptions. I have read all her books but one and Blood Will Tell definitely did not disappoint. The story is intricate without being confusing as well as action packed. I have to admit that I usually like a story with a bit more romance but this book absolutely holds its own without it. Partly because of the promise of romance in the future but mainly because of outstanding storytelling by the author. The feelings and emotions that Eden goes through are so real that you feel them with her. The paranormal aspect is great but the back bone of the story is Eden and her struggle with being an outcast in her own family, losing a loved one, and the betrayal of her best friend. I can relate to all of those things but even if someone doesn't relate to all of those feelings, they can at least relate to one of them. I was on the edge of my seat one moment, laughing the next one, and sobbing the next. I highly recommend this book as well as any of Samantha's other publications.
Coming from a long line of soul-sucking serial killers has it's perks. I mean it's not like anyone in her household is going to frown upon a little bullying, or homicidal thoughts, the money's good, and you don't need to look any further than your psychopathic first cousin for a future fiance. Yes, that's life in a nutshell for Eden Winslow.
Your normal everyday outcast, Eden avoids human contact whenever possible trying to keep her inner monster at bay. But sometimes her frustrations get the best of her and her overwhelming need to help the less fortunate. The Winslows are soul eaters. Most of the Blessed, as they call themselves, only take a part of the soul, others like Eden's father and cousin take and torture all of a soul leaving only the husk of a battered body behind. Eden's only salvation is her big bro Stellan.
That is until she meets Noah. They become fast friends, but Eden's desire for her bestie runs deeper than a potential romance, he has awakened her hunger. And Eden's determined not to give into her inner soul sucker. Her internal struggle is painful, wanting to eat souls yet not wanting to hurt people. And Eden doesn't think she can take that final step in her transition to full blown Blessed, taking a whole soul, killing a human.
But Noah's not your run of the mill human that Eden thinks, he's on assignment and determined to save Eden's soul.
Normally when I pick up an indie I expect it to be ruff around the sentences. But Samantha Young's Blood Will Tell was a nicely written story. The mythology of Blessed, Neith, and Ankh was a great escape from the more populated greek interpretations occupying shelves today. It's a nice YA that has dashes of familiar Adult PNR trends.Read more ›
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I loved the Tales of Lunarmorte Trilogy and highly recommend it to all. This one, however, was not as light or romantic. In fact, the first installment is dark and has absolutely no romance in it at all. I am hoping or assuming that will change in the next 4 installemnts as Noah does seem like a romantic interest to be explored. This series is also more violent as a woman is being sexually abused in the basement, there is a "cat fight" and so much more profanity than Lunarmorte. Her name may be "Eden" but her life is far from paradise.
Eden lives in a dysfunctional home where her father and cousin torture humans and her mother is emotionally unattached to her. Her brother Stellen, is her protector and best friend, but even he is one of the "Blessed" - those who steal the souls of humans. She is coming of age, herself, and must kill a human and steal his soul, only she has always been compassionate and cannot imagine killing someone. Noah is her best friend at school, but he has awakened the beast inside her and she fights herself from taking his soul. Full of action and adventure, but no romance.
The similarities of this story to "Lunarmorte" are that it is about a girl who doesn't know the extent of her powers but is (probably) destined to be the most powerful leader of her time. She has no living family left and is attracted to a strong man (Noah) that, at first, is more powerful than she is. Previously a loner, she is now surrounded by people who love her and admire her. Oh, and there are several enemies - making no-one trustworthy.
This book reminds me of a short story called "Reaper: A Soul Screamers Novella" by Rachel Vincent that I read as a free Kindle download.Read more ›
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I had a hard time with the plot line in this book. Add the problems with grammar and I did not enjoy the book and do not plan to finish the series. I disliked the dark and abusive side of the girls family and her powers. I thought the main character was interesting but this storyline is not for me. She is a good person with a destructive harmful power.
Blood Will Tell was a purchase I made out of cover-lust. I still think it's a gorgeous image. The story was just okay for me, but as paranormal fiction goes Blood Will Tell has a decent story. The protagonist, Eden Winslow, is set up as the heroine caught between two natures - her mother was an Ankh warrior, an immortal race of beings created to kill soul eaters, and her father is a soul eater, or Blessed. It's a classic struggle of good vs. evil. As a character, Eden isn't particularly memorable. She's very much an average teenage girl, and her motivations are driven by her warring natures - the impulse to steal souls and the conscience of an Ankh. She is an archetype, but not much else.
Eden's love interest, Noah Valois, I equally unmemorable. He's like every other boy in paranormal romance these days: perfect body, mysterious past, a prodigious destiny, etc. It would be a great plot twist if Eden didn't end up with him at the end of the series.
Eden's relationship with her elder brother Stellan was particularly heartwarming, and one of the only parts of the book I consistently enjoyed. Stellan is already a mature soul eater, and Eden is just on the cusp of becoming one. Though what they do is fundamentally wrong, brother and sister support and encourage each other to remain human and merciful. To them, soul eating is an act of survival and not a source of sadistic pleasure, as it is for others.
What disappointed me about the novel as a whole was that it lacked atmosphere. Settings are briefly described - Eden's home, her school, a coffeehouse, etc. - and the actions that take place within them are obviously either good or evil, but that's not enough to convey genuine atmosphere.Read more ›
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