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Blood Bank Paperback – May 25, 2017
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 25, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 156 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1546444653
- ISBN-13 : 978-1546444657
- Item Weight : 8.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.36 x 8 inches
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Another vampire book that I was able to read last month, though this one was very different from most vampire characters nowadays. Instead, in this novel, it featured the vampires as to what they were seen before, scary and dangerous monsters that you should avoid at any costs.
The story started with Zach and Lucy having a date, but it was ruined when they need to pay the bill because Zach’s card kept on declining, so Lucy ended up paying for it. Then, they were inside the car when Zach received a call, and he told Lucy to just take a cab home, and it annoyed her. After that, the reasons why Zach needed to leave would be shown and what was with the call that he couldn’t just ignore it for that time; letting us see that there was more in the story. Then, another character named Ben would be introduced too; a vampire that was different from the rest of his kind.
I liked how the author has written this novel. It just gave me some break on reading those common tropes when it comes to vampire stories these days. I could say that this is a brilliant move to provide readers with a fresher idea on vampires. I also like how the author created three stories – for Zach, Lucy, and Ben; and how it was connected with one another. Then, the actions were great too! I was totally consumed by this book.
The characters were all likable. They show weakness and also strength. They all have their own stories to tell that made me curious about how they would move and act; and what would happen to them. They were also easy to connect to that made me enjoy this book more aside from its new storyline.
I just don’t like how most of my questions will be answered on the sequel, but oh well, that was not a big deal to me since I did like the story and I was able to get into the story.
In general, I did enjoy reading this book. I am recommending this to everyone who likes reading a book with vampires on it. If you are also curious about the story, you might want to try this too.
Disclaimer: I received a readers copy from YA Bound Book Tours.
Well let me tell you, this is dark, gritty and certainly not twee! It’s only a short book, 156 pages but cram packed full of action. These vampires aren’t to be messed with, mean and moody and frankly scary enough to make me stay in at night lol.
Set in Swindon, not the type of place I imagine to be overly seedy but Dystopia is a club that attracts the dregs. Revolving around a few characters, Zack who is in deep trouble not only financially but with girlfriend Lucy. He is in over his head literally, a debt that is spiralling out of control but unlike any normal situation he has to pay in blood. There is no escape for him, if ‘payments’ are missed then Vicktor will make life hell for him or those dearest to him etc and the cost continues to escalate.
Zack dumps Lucy in the middle of nowhere .. not able to explain to her why he has to go. She is vulnerable in the dodgy end of town and Ben comes to the rescue. Ben is a vampire but also has a softer side. Lucy is feisty and possibly my favourite character but Ben is fairly mysterious with potential.
This is a test of human strength and loyalty. All the pieces link together eventually and the author takes us on a fascinating journey throughout. Previous books have been YA, this has a much deeper grown up feel to it. All in all a fast read which is highly enjoyable. Just remember not to sink into their world because they are some mean basta*ds!
My thanks to Zoe and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
All I can really say at this point is that there better freaking be a sequel because I have so many questions that still need to be answered! I'm pretty sure this book is an addiction and it's just never going to go away. Here's hoping the author hurries up with the sequel and many more after that!
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I sat down to read Blood Bank and immediately got pulled into the seedy underworld in Swindon. Unlike Zoë’s previous books this was aimed at a slightly older audience, definitely more new adult than young adult but it hits the mark and still sits firmly in the horror and paranormal genres.
Taking a unique twist on loan sharks, Zoë Markham has given us a character in Zack who is up to his neck in debt to the vampires. His only way to keep the interest off his debt is by giving blood. But he has no hope of ever clearing his debt, and if he runs away or kills himself his debt will pass to a loved one such as his girlfriend Lucy.
Lucy is sick of Zack, he’s become lazy, uninterested in anything, and now he’s dumped her in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. Because that isn’t dangerous at all.
Then there is Ben who is a vampire, he works at the vampire club, but isn’t like most of the vampires, he’s solitary, a coder and prefers to be alone until he rescues a human and feels a connection that makes him go against the boss which could be lethal for him and her.
This is a short book, only 156 pages but a lot happens in those pages to keep you riveted to the page. As these three characters come closer together their stories weaving together the story becomes more terrifying the vampires in this story are not fluffy and sparkly. These are mean and terrifying vampires, the kind who will rip your head off for looking at them the wrong way. They are devious and clever, and not at all kind or sweet. Well with the exception of Ben maybe, who definitely seems to have a pinch of humanity in him.
We meet Zack at a point where he is utterly desperate, it’s hard to like him but it’s also hard to dislike him. I felt desperately sorry for him but he was in a deep hole which he had dug himself and getting out was going to be almost impossible. The problem was he was pulling Lucy into the hole with him.
Lucy is a strong young lady, the youngest character in the book but she in some ways is the strongest and full of gumption. She knows her own mind and is willing to stand up for herself completely.
Ben was my favourite character, because he was a vampire? possibly but I think because he was a little geeky and a little insecure but also had a strength that he didn’t like to show unless it was completely necessary. But when he did it was terrifying and enticing all at once. He was quietly brave and yet he makes some decisions which could make you question whether he is good or evil in the end.
Zoë Markham’s writing didn’t disappoint, as with her previous books, so many questions were raised around morality, mental health, and loyalty. Many weren’t answered directly leaving the reader to decide how this story pans out.
Another excellent offering from Zoë Markham which I enjoyed as much as I expected to! I’m really quite hoping for a sequel to this one.
A blend of horror and urban fantasy, it will sink its fangs into you and not let go.