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The Blood That Bonds: Part 1 of the II AM Trilogy Paperback – January 12, 2011
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About the Author
Christopher Buecheler has lived all over the United States, but currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife Charlotte and their two cats, Carbomb and Baron Salvatore H. Lynx II. He enjoys building websites, crafting cocktails, brewing beer, playing the guitar, and following the NBA.
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Despite her silly name, Two is an engaging character and although we join her at a very bad time, in a very bad place, you can't help but root for her and want her to beat the odds.
I liked the writing style a lot, despite some errors. It read to me like the author was on a real role, flying through the story, and I can't knock that kind of driven enthusiasm. It is very hard to go back and proof read, I hate re-reading my own writing, and therefore it's easy to miss typos, auto-correct errors etc. I didn't find they confused the issue much, your brain correcting them with ease as you flew through the pages as quickly as it appears the author typed them.
This story is quite dark, and the writing reflects that. It was a real refreshing change from the YA vampire fluff I had been feasting on previously. The plot line is well worked out and twisted nicely, keeping excitement levels high. This was definitely my type of book.
I particularly like the authors writing style, he manages to convey emotion and emphasis sometimes with only few sentences composed of less than five words, stripped down to just the facts which functions much like a slap to the face, I find that this sometimes manages to convey more than the purple prose so many authors are fond of employing. Not to say that he doesn't at times get prosey, he does, however, when he chooses to do so it's appropriate and adds rather than detracts from the tale. People complained about the violence and the drug use, but you know what, there are people out there that have lived and still live like that, kids like Molly who are snatched from their parents and forced into the sex trade, just because it makes people uncomfortable to know about it or read about it, doesn't negate it's existence.
All of that is not t say that I didn't check out at some points in the novel, the excessive (and prosey) back story on Theroen bugged me and I did skip sections of it (only to come back and read it), but it does explain a good amount of the character's motivations and actions. The section where Molly was introduced was also a very difficult part for me, having volunteered with severely abused women and children most of whom had been trafficked from China, I'll admit to having a nightmare or two for a few days after reading and I had to set the book aside for a bit. The one thing that bothered me perhaps the most, was that Two decided to return to help Molly and the others only after she lost Theroen, her vampirism and needed to take Darren down for some quick cash. I almost stopped reading when she was rationalising away all the reasons why she shouldn't return for them. It would also have been good to understand why of everyone else, Theroen picked Two and what had been his criteria for doing so, had he been watching her? If so, for how long?
Was this a good read? Yes. Would I recommend it to someone else? Definitely. I like the authors writing style, I appreciate that he wasn't afraid to take chances with a starting storyline I'm pretty sure he knew would rub a lot of people the wrong way, but he did it anyway and didn't sanitise it. I almost didn't pick this up because of some of the bad reviews, but I'm really happy that I ignored them and went ahead with it anyway.
After the first two chapters or so, I was just waiting for something to happen. There was a lot of character and relationship development in the first half of the book (which is great) but not much else going on. Once Theroen entered the picture the action seemed to stop. Sure, there was Two's transition into a vampire and the feeding that comes along with it, but I feel like there could have been more action to draw the reader further into the story. With character and relationship development and nothing else, it was hard to see what the whole plot of the story was aside from "handsome vampire rescues girl".
The second half (well, really about 2/3 into it) finally got into the "guts" of the story, the plot development, the action and (let's face it) the whole point of the book. With so much leading up to it, I was ready for some serious conflict, a really great fight scene or something along those lines. I feel like that never happened. Don't get me wrong, there were some great parts and some good ideas but I feel like the story fell flat. There was so much potential for it to be really great but it never quite made it. The best part was when Two returned to seek revenge (I'm not going to call that a spoiler because as soon as you start the book you know that's coming at some point in the book), but even that could have been better. I just feel like it left something to be desired.
"Sex is sex. Love is love. The first is a raw biological process, the latter is something more."
It wasn't a bad book by any means. It was a dark, gritty and dramatic story. Once I finished, my first thought was that it was 4 star worthy. But then I started writing my review and as I was rehashing the book in my head I started realizing that I wished there was more to the story. There were some really great ideas (the progression into vampirism, the evil elder, the different effects that vampirism has on different people, etc.) but I just think they were poorly executed. It had the potential to be a 5 star book with a little more action and if there was a little more effort and detail put into the key scenes. I felt like by the time the story was fully developed the author rushed to finish the book.
This is the first book in a trilogy. I did like it and I will be downloading the next book, Blood Hunt, when it's released.