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Blood Bond (Anna Strong) Mass Market Paperback – August 27, 2013
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“Anna is a great character.”—Charlaine Harris
“There are more books about young female vampires...but it’s safe to say Anna Strong is contending for leader of the pack.”—The Denver Post
Praise for the Anna Strong, Vampire novels
“Packed with action that is sure to chill readers to the bone.”—Examiner.com
“A kick-ass heroine readers will delight in.”—Fresh Fiction
About the Author
Jeanne C. Stein now lives in Colorado, but San Diego will always be home. She is currently at work on a new series.
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so basically the book was one big long "oooo, ahhh, i'm so in love with frey i'm so lucky la di da" with one big fight thrown in (which had no bearing whatsoever on the overall story line) to make it seem more interesting. oh and i can't forget to mention the obligatory "famous vampire" cameo: vlad. who served no purpose other than to say "hey, see, there are actually famous vampires, ZOMG he's really real!"
instead of the awesome kicking ass and taking names vampire that anna has grown into, she spends the entire book alternately waxing poetical about how much she loves frey (side note: they have entirely too much sex; i mean seriously, there is more sex in this book than in the entire rest of the series. don't get me wrong, i like a good sex scene, but there were way too many of them and they weren't all that great) and being depressed about how her mother's dying. i get it, anna's coming to the realization that she's immortal and will outlive every person she has ever known. but we didn't need an entire book to hammer that fact home. i felt like i was being hit over the head with it every time i turned around.
i got the sense that this book was forced on the author. like the publisher said "no, you have to write one more" and author was like "but the story's over, what the hell am i supposed to write about?"
yes, overall disapointed. if you're a long time anna fan, sure read it, but you're really not missing much if you skip it.
After the two previous volumes, 7 & 8, which were so fast paced and action packed, "Blood Bond" reads like something a wide-eyed romantic newbie would write. I almost put it down several times, but I kept reading with the hope that JS would suddenly take us into an explosive, edge of your seat situation, but it was not to be.
To be fair, I'm glad that Anna found or chose to make a family with Daniel Frey and his son. She deserves that. But that could have been accomplished at the end of a tale more in keeping with the previous volumes. JS says that Anna will "be around" in the coming times. I hope so, since she has been one of the best ass-kicking protagonists in the genre. I hope to see her back soon.
--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls
Jeanne C. Stein is a top notch writer of fast paced Urban Fantasy and her creation of the Anna Strong series has been one of my favorites.
The first eight books in this series are what you would expect from a well written Urban Fantasy - a kick ass heroine, fights to the death with evil doers,betrayal, and unexpected twists and turns. Blood Bond is different. And different isn't always a bad thing. Blood Bond slightly steps off the normal Urban Fantasy path and gives the reader a more emotion driven road.
Relationships, both romantic and familial, are front and center in this
final installment. Will Anna finally open up her heart and let Frey in? How will she cope with the impending death of her mother? Etc.
Blood Bond takes us on Anna's emotional journey and when I closed the book after reading the final page, I realized that this was the perfect way to say goodbye to Anna.
Recommended for all ANNA STRONG fans.
Knowing that it was the last, I figured that some of the plot lines would be finally wrapped up, and that was true. I found myself a little surprised at the end of the book, however. I was anticipating the ending, but I guess wrong on a couple of plot twists - which is good, because it wasn't so predictable (to me, at least)..
Jeanne is on my must buy list - I am really curious to see what comes next!