- File Size: 545 KB
- Print Length: 271 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Red Iris Books; 1 edition (January 2, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 2, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009IYB5FI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Blood Calling (The Blood Calling Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
*Spoiler alert* Chapter 22. (Side note, some of the "chapters" were one and a half to two pages. That doesn't count as a chapter in my opinion.) 'Smitty's Story' That's where I stopped reading. The back story of Smitty, who wasn't even an exciting or curious character, just went on and on and there were actual quotes of what Smitty said. Remember, this is Wash telling the story of Smitty, not a flash back, and that just doesn't add up. I could have ignored that if it had been interesting at all.
I usually have to finish a book once I start it, but I just couldn't.
Teenaged girl. Check.
Vampire-fighting kit. Check.
pass-my-drink/chill pill/delete button...
I discovered this author via his excellent zombie apocalypse novel, Mercy. Much as I liked his original tone and ability to fuse supernatural scares with laugh-out-loud humor in that book, I must admit to some trepidation about his forays into two unbearably overdone horror genre categories: werewolves in The Werewolf Solution and teenagers plus vampires in this book.
I should have had more faith. Once again the author has pulled off a pleasingly atypical venture into an overcrowded field and I am overjoyed to learn via twitter that this is the beginning of a planned series, to which Baby Teeth: A Blood Calling Novelette serves as a "Prequel" of sorts. As another reviewer has already mentioned, what sets this author apart from the current vampire stampede of books is his wholly original "voice," coupled with a refreshing quirky imagination that makes what are fast becoming commonplace supernatural themes shine anew.
To begin with, his concept of vampires--what makes them and what they do--is fresh enough to be interesting. Even better, these vampires aren't ridiculously sexy or just "differently canined" humans who whine endlessly about how tough they have it. Add to this the author's ability to elevate horror tales into the realm of "real novels" by addressing themes such as family, love, and friendship from the new perspective of the supernatural structure that he has created and the result is a memorable story indeed.
If half stars were allowed, I would give this book four and a half stars.
I really enjoyed this novel. Not only does the reader get to step into the world of vampires, but Patterson also gives the reader insight into their past lives, in small increments, spurring the reader on until the end. Ranging as far back as Jesus' times to those of slavery, the back stories for both Wash and Emma are extremely well thought out and written in such a way that the reader can't help but feel sorry for them. It causes the reader to connect with these vampires on a much deeper level once s/he realizes their "turning" wasn't a glorious event, that they didn't choose this lifestyle, but that their turning was one full of pain. I also loved that Patterson takes history and intertwines it with vampire folklore in order to create these back stories, creating an interesting "historical" aspect for the novel that will make the reader want to go back to their history books and reread certain sections. Of course, as the story unfolds and both Lucy and the reader learn more about the world of vampires, both good and bad, the characters begin to come alive right off the page, further making this a must read novel.
Told through the snarky voice of Lucy as she relates her story, the reader is sure to fall in love with everything about his novel, and I highly recommend it to all ages, especially for any vampire lovers out there. Four stars.
Lucy Leary is your typical teenager, that is nearing adulthood and her eighteenth birthday, and ready for the next step or path in her life. Lucy's grandfather has recently passed away and struggling to cope with her grief hides out in grandfather's house. Lucy is surprised to find a hidden space inside a closet. Lucy's world is about to turn in ways she never expected. Lucy learns that vampires are real but she's not sure she believes until it's too late. Lucy meets Wash at a homeless shelter while doing community service. What Lucy doesn't even suspect is that Wash is a vampire but not like in stories that she's read. Lucy's like turns upside down when she discovers she's been turned into a vampire. Lucy becomes Sarah Jane but she can't contact her family which frustrates her to no end. Someone is killing the homeless yet no one knows why. Can Lucy accept her life? Whose responsible for these deaths? Will Lucy accept vampires? Your answers await you in Blood Calling.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book in ways I didn't expect. I found that all of the characters were relatable, likable, and flawed beautifully. I thought the author did an excellent job of crafting this story. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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