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Blood Secrets Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2011
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“Holmes combines original, fast-paced urban fantasy and classic suspense in a series that readers will devour.” —Carolyn Haines, author of Them Bones
About the Author
Jeannie Holmes is a Mississippi native and holds both bachelor and master of arts degrees in English. She currently lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her husband and four neurotic cats.
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This book didn't have the same take away from the story as the first one. The story moved better but I don't really understand why things went the way they did. Especially the end of the book. It made no sense at all.
Oh and Tasha really needs to go. She doesn't help the story in any way. I skip through all her stuff. The fact she threw her respect for Alex down the toilet when other people paused her off made no sense.
I don't know if I will continue this series.
This is a romantic suspense novel hiding in the urban fantasy genre.
I personally like a review that tells me why I should read or not read a book and doesn't rehash what the product description has already told me. This may be a little more direct than what most reviews are like for this book, but here goes. When I reached the part where a vampire is strangled by jumper cables, found buy others, and is "lucky" to be alive? Doesn't hold up to any vampire legend that I've heard. Holmes vampires are weak in many way and so like humans it's hard to tell the difference.
If your looking for true urban fantasy with dark story lines and fantasy creatures with special powers this is not it.
With an impressive education in English, Holmes is not your average debuting author. I believe readers will be truly impressed with her astounding talent for story telling. From solid, well defined foundation and seemingly effortless world-building to a great cast of relatable, likable characters, readers will have no trouble immersing themselves in the trials and tribulations of Alex's life down in Jefferson, Mississippi.
Ok. So I've been pretty clear on the kudos for Jeannie, so let's touch on a few points of which I found noteworthy. First and foremost, I tend to shy away from the "dark" side of any story. From bloody battles to brutal and murderous attacks, I just can't stomach them. Love, love, love Urban Fantasy and kick azz protagonists, but there are some battles so bloody, so viciously brutal and intense that they make me cringe and turn the page. With Blood Secrets , Holmes has upped the ante in comparison to Blood Law and, (without wanting to share too much information on this new release), it suffices to say that the blood, gore, violence and intellectual brutality reaches a whole new level which may leave some of Jeannie's more sensitive readers questioning his or her ability to continue.
While I did struggle a bit through some of the more brutal, (and oh so effectively described), physical violence, there is one scene which literally made my skin crawl with the desire to creep between the pages and take a scalpel to the villain's...eh hem...well, you get the picture! Though not bloody nor a particularly physically violent event, there is one battle that Alex fights in which she is subjected to a brutality that could easily be compared to rape. Though, in many past reading excursions I've been exposed to some pretty brutal and/or sexually violent assaults against women, I've never been quite as affected as I was with this particular emotional event. Well done Jeannie!
While there may be plenty blood, gore, and murderous violence, Holmes hasn't forgotten to keep her readers intrigued on an intellectual and emotional level. With a revealing sub-plot wherein readers learn more about the Sabian family history, Blood Secrets includes a journey of discovery when Alex stumbles upon family secrets which may have been better left in the past.
From scenes rife with intense, dark and disturbing events to a jovial, light hearted comedic banter ever present between Alex and Varik (her love interest), Jeannie has a seemingly effortless ability to tell an "edge of your seat" adventure that is sure to keep readers coming back for more!
(FBPI - Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations, Jefferson, Mississippi)
Blood Law: A Novel
Blood Secrets is a fast and thrilling novel with a killer mystery! While I did enjoy Blood Secrets for its awesome plot and interesting characters it lacked the romance that would have made it perfect. However, I believe that if I had the opportunity to read the first book in the series I would have probably been more in love with this couple. They have plenty of chemistry and I think the next book will be so good in the romance department. There were only a couple of instances that brought up the previous book so I don't think it's necessary to have read the first one but I do think it would make understanding of the main characters better. I really loved the serial killer plot. It was interesting and provided plenty of tense moments. The ending was so emotional it really got to me but for the most part Blood Secrets reminds me of a really cool procedural drama.
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Keeps us wondering and guessing. Definitely will be reading more books from this series
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