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- Print Length: 318 pages
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- Publication Date: July 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074CQ64NG
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As a whole, I enjoyed THE BLOOD RACE, even though I totally admit that I felt some things went way above my head. I didn't stay stuck on them because I liked what was happening, and I especially liked Ion. This is the first book I have read that I STRONGLY did not like the female lead. I'm still uncertain how I feel about her, but I feel she redeemed herself near the end so I'm not quite as agitated toward that same said character.
But Ion…seriously, I loved him. He was so real, though I can't put into words why I feel that way (at least without major spoilers). He definitely has struggles, but I admired him on many levels as he learned and grew. He so inspired how I want my future characters to be in my own stories.
Though I wouldn't say this is "Christian fiction," there were some powerful allegorical scenes that hit me strongly, especially when it came to the sliders and the Dimension. A certain quote about water has been on replay since I read it.
Those two things were by far my favorite part of this story. The author had some powerful messages (trust being one of them) that spoke to me above anything I might have not understood or was fond of. I eagerly look forward to book two because I can imagine I will be touched as profoundly as I did in parts of book one.
Plus, I need to know what's going to happen to Ion.
*(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review.)*
It made me think, left me grasping from truths, and nearly in tears over the raw, emotional power of the story. From the first word, I was swept away on a wild ride that I won't be forgetting anytime soon. There was action, there was romance, and though it isn't a Christian novel, as a Christian myself, I was able to relate to dozens of profound truths.
The plot was epic, to say the least. Though the concept of humans with supernatural powers is common, the author takes it a whole step further with a mind-bending prophecy of "a Sunrise and a Sunset" -- the idea that rather than one "chosen one" to drive out the darkness, there are two, each with "half a soul."
Written in first person split-pov, this is a mostly character-driven story, though that doesn't take away from any of the action. Exploding cars, amazing relational complexity, and haunting mysteries...at times I couldn't breathe and didn't want to put the book down. This is definitely a thriller, and since this was my first time reading one, I thought the pace was a little fast at times.
The one part I found confusing was the concept of the "coming darkness." It was very creative how the author had that manifest, but I didn't see as much proof of the danger of the "darkness" as I would have liked to.
Oh my word, where do I start? If you're looking for characters that have "real" written all over them, look no further. Icarus, Hawk, Fin, and all the others are utterly human and relatable.
Icarus really was a wild card, making the scenes with him particularly tense and exciting as I had no clue what he was going to do next. He comes off as a bit morally gray at times -- definitely not a perfect character -- but I did have sympathy for him.
Hawk, on the other hand, I loved from the start. She was hard, she was difficult, she was a closed book, but she had a side to her, a spirit that made me cheer for her.
The author didn't leave any character as "random!" Every single one you meet has a significance in the story. Fin was my real favorite, but Sensei topped all else. He was made out to be the teacher of all the sliders. I sensed something allegorical under his character, too <3
- I'd caution readers under 15. There were some scenes and references that I wasn't a huge fan of and made me cringe, along with a bit of language. I felt the book could have been just as good without one or both; this is definitely in the higher age range of the YA genre.
- That being said, there was clearly a light vs. dark thing going on, and though I don't usually enjoy YA novels that aren't explicitly Christian, the hidden allegory in this one made me giddy.
- The struggle with identity -- I think younger, less mature readers might have confusion with it and the darkness that surrounds the entire novel. It was mind-bending at times, but I appreciated how deep and raw it was.
- The ending -- no spoilers, but I was utterly confused and felt that the novel lost a lot of its power because of it. I'm alright with cliffhangers, but this one made the magnificent arc of the novel fall a bit (also in literal terms ;)
- THE WRITING STYLE WAS GORGEOUS. I was in awe of the beautiful prose that pulled me into the story and was SO PROFOUND at times.
I'd recommend The Blood Race to anyone who enjoys supernatural thrillers with complex characters seeking the deep truths that this novel is filled with!
(I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are purely my own)
I'm going to admit right off the bat that I'm not always a fan of sci-fi. It's just not a genre that I tend to connect with quite as easily. But I absolutely adored this book, and here's why- the characters were incredible. They were so complex and multi-faceted and flawed. You could see parts of yourself in each one of them. They weren't perfect, but that was what made you love them. They were real. You could feel Ion's confusion, and relate to Hawk's brokenness. Fin made you want to hug him and cry all at the same time, and Mel kept you guessing around every turn. They were characters that felt like they were standing right in front of you, like they're people in your own life. I loved them.
The plot had so many twists and turns that you never knew what was coming. At first I was a bit confused, trying to wrap my brain around what exactly was happening, but once it clicked, I was absolutely hooked. At several points in the story, I literally had to minimize my screen to the smallest space that I could, just to keep my eyes from accidentally skipping ahead, wanting to know what was going to happen next. The world building was really interesting, and I just loved learning the ins and outs of the dimension. The amount of time that I know the author had to have spent weaving this world together is mind-blowing. So, so cool.
I could ramble about this book for ages, telling you about all of my favorite parts, my favorite lines, and my questions going into the next book. (THE CLIFFHANGERS ARE EVIL) But if I went into all that, we'd be here all day, and I would definitely be delving into spoiler land, so I'll just say this- READ THIS BOOK. You won't regret it.
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