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Blood Hunt: Part 2 of the II AM Trilogy Paperback – August 30, 2011
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About the Author
Christopher Buecheler is a professional web designer / developer, a published author, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer of beer, a player of the guitar and drums, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic existence with his wonderful French wife and their two cats, Carbomb and Baron Salvatore H. Lynx II. Currently they reside in Providence, Rhode Island. You can visit him at http://www.cwbuecheler.com
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I consider myself a picky reader and bore very easy. I can not say how many books I have started and not finished because I was bored to tears and came up with every excuse under the sun to avoid finishing. I also understand that some may judge books by typos, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. To be honest, if I do not like the book and find it difficult to follow I would do the same. Something about this story and these characters drew me in and I could "feel" what they were feeling and that is why I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!
I've made no secret of the fact that I was not happy with where Two and the rest of the characters were left at the end of The Blood that Bonds. I even devoted a Follow Friday post on my blog to my feelings on the subject. I'm not saying that I felt like it should have ended differently. It ended where it needed to end so Two's story could continue. I'm just saying that I wished Two could have been in a better place than she was, only because I felt so bad for her. After reading Blood Hunt, I now feel a lot better about how the first book ended and know now why it had to end the way it did. See, it's always important to trust an author to take care of his characters.
Blood Hunt was longer than The Blood that Bonds, which allowed for a lot more in depth description of vampire history and politics. It also allowed for more character development and the introduction of some more key characters. This brought you a lot closer to the main characters and help you understand a bit more of where they were coming from.
Although Two ended in a much better emotional place at the end of Blood Hunt, that doesn't mean that she didn't suffer. Actually, through most of the book she was still suffering, along with most of the other characters. There were some light and happy moments though, just enough to keep the reader from becoming totally bogged down.
Several things that Chris did with Blood Hunt kept things interesting. Chapters and sections were written from different characters' perspectives. The book was also broken up into parts, which didn't always follow chronologically. At first this bothered me, but once I started reading and saw how the parts eventually wove together, I realized it was actually a very effective way to approach the scenes.
As far as the ending of Blood Hunt as compared to the end of The Blood that Bonds? I'm not going to give anything away except to say that I was so wrapped up in the story, I never saw the twist coming until it happened. It still wasn't a truly happy ending, but Two's story isn't a happy one by any stretch of the imagination. It's dark, sad and full of conflict, but there's still hope. I'll be waiting patiently for the next installment because there are still a lot of lose ends that need to be tied. The Children of the Sun is sure to be another emotional ride for Two and the rest of her friends.
Overall, this is an awesome new take on the vampire scene which is hard to do these days but grabbed me from page one and never let go. It's a gritty, realistic (considering the subject) emotional rollercoaster ride (good and bad, beautiful and ugly) that makes you care about and want to know more about these people - all of them. Each of them have distinct personalities and it makes every page a pleasure to read. I can't say that very often in this genre, I can honestly say I didn't skip a thing in either of these two books, and I'll probably read them again before the third comes out.
Along the way, you are thown into a totally different world you almost believe could exist. You come to learn why these folks do what they do and how they got there, where they want to be, why, and how they'll get there. These are not your typical characters, vampire or human, and I love that about it. I worried this was going to be just some thrown-together sequel to respond to the first (and free) ebook TBTB but boy was I wrong. I could not put this down for a week. I lost sleep. I don't regret any of it. I never wanted it to end except to get answers to things that I had to know. And the descriptions... whether you've sometimes felt what they did, or you want to, or you never in a million years want to, is simply a show of excellent writing and empathic storytelling. I loved every minute of it. There was only one part that distracted me which was a sex scene later in the book that didn't seem to fit with the rest of the writing style and felt kind of tacked on and unnecessary, but I can't bring myself to knock it for that. I know it was expected, I just wasn't expecting THAT much of it! haha
On an unrelated sidenote: I have a feeling that the author knows more than the average joe about the hell that is a drug addiction. (and Heroin = Theoren? Sound like a coincidence? I think not) The descriptions, thoughts, actions and emotions of those affected by it, both the addict and the ones who care for them, did not seem to be something just anyone could pull out of hat. Unlike some readers who may have issues with that type of raw realism, it only added to my wanting to see them suceeed all the more. I felt it also brought a new and highly realistic level that is still unknown in novels of this kind. The way the author used addiction as character development was very well done without being preachy, self-righteous, or a pity-party excuse for anything. Real or not, it's oddly inspriring in a fictional kind of way, whether that was the author's intent or not. Not to mention one bang-up job of a story along the way.
This series was an unknown freebie turned new addiction for me; worth the ticket price and more. I'd have paid twice the asking price of the second book for admission just to find out what was going to happen next (shhhhh!) Thank you Mr. Beucheler! I eagerly await your next installment.