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Blood Type (Blood Type Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“Number four hundred and ninety-two.”
Reyna stared down at the crisp piece of paper she had been clutching the last eight hours. She blinked in surprise and recognition: 4-9-2.
“That’s me,” she called. She raised her hand in the air to get the administrator’s attention. It was about time. She hadn’t expected to be waiting here all day.
The administrator walked through the stark white hospital ward. Her heels clicked rhythmically against the tiled floor as she approached Reyna from the front of the room. Her blond hair was straight to her shoulders, and she had on a white uniform that matched her surroundings. The only bit of color was the blood-red symbol on the pocket of her shirt.
The largest company in the world. It employed more people than anyone else in recorded history. Visage primarily specialized in what they called body employment services. Reyna had always thought that was a fancy term for blood escorts. Whatever people wanted to call them—blood escort or bodily employment—they were just depressing terms for people desperate to get by in this terrible economy. And she was about to become one of them.
But she couldn’t think about that right now. Even just to herself, she couldn’t joke about it. Not while she was sitting in this stale white room waiting for her own turn for testing.
Her own turn to become the thing she feared the most.
“Four-nine-two?” the woman asked.
“Yes,” Reyna said. She was embarrassed that her voice shook when she answered.
She stood stiffly, stretching out her sore muscles. Sitting in a crappy white chair for eight hours wasn’t exactly conducive to being active. Her hands shook, and she tucked them into the pockets of her worn-out jeans to try to hide them. She still couldn’t believe this was her life, that she was about to do this. Brian and Drew were going to kill her.
The woman ignored her discomfort.
“Right this way, four-nine-two.” Her voice was flat and lifeless, and she droned out the number printed on Reyna’s card with barely concealed boredom.
“It’s Reyna,” she told the lady curtly.
She had a name. She wasn’t just some number.
The woman nodded minutely. Her big brown eyes stared through Reyna. She clearly didn’t care what Reyna’s name was. This was a job, and she was following orders. No more. No less. It was as much as Reyna had come to expect from everyone in this godforsaken place.
“Follow me,” the woman said.
Reyna sighed and did as instructed. There was no point in fighting it. She had made up her mind to go through with the Visage testing. She was here of her own free will. If poverty and near-starvation could be considered part of her free will.
Not that that mattered to the administrator. Or likely to anyone at Visage. They didn’t care who she was. She was just another subject in the system.
Dozens of people had gone through this before her just today. Thousands had gone through testing in the last ten years since Visage had unveiled its plan to employ humans as blood donors for vampires. It had been a most fortuitous circumstance for them at least. Millions of people out of jobs in one fell swoop, and then out of the gloom and doom came a knight on a white horse to save them all.
An end to the fear of what lurked in the darkness.
An end to being hunted for their blood.
An end to the economic struggles entirely—so long as you gave up the very thing they had hunted humans for.
Ten years later and not much had really changed. The majority of people still lived below the poverty line, and now the populace was more tied to Visage than ever. But Reyna couldn’t change that any more than she could quell the fear building in her stomach at the thought of becoming another mindless drone for the conglomerate.
Reyna wondered if any of the people who had come before her had been nervous about their decision. At this point, the only choice was between Visage and dying of starvation. She didn’t exactly prefer the latter option when she could do something to put food on the table for her brothers. That was all this was about anyway. She couldn’t stand the sight of them wasting their lives away toiling in the factories, when she could be doing something, anything to help their situation.
Reyna fidgeted at the sight of the big white door looming ahead. The door that sealed her fate to Visage. Can I really do this? Do I even have a choice?
Unaware of or at least unconcerned with Reyna’s fear, the administrator turned the doorknob. It didn’t make a sound as it slid open before her.
Reyna swallowed hard.
“Right this way,” the administrator instructed.
Reyna could just make out the long stark white corridor beyond the door. She started to sweat.
Once she was through that door, there was no turning back. The testing would commence. Reyna’s arm itched at the very thought. When she had been approved to complete her application earlier that week, Visage had given her a packet explaining what was to come.
The gist of it was—needles.
Lots and lots of needles.
Reyna gagged. She hated needles. Always had. She didn’t even know where the fear stemmed from. If she’d had a traumatic experience as a child, no one who was still in her life knew about it. Considering what she was about to do, it was ridiculous to fear needles. They were going to be the least of her worries where vampires were concerned.
But if there were another choice, then she would have already found it. Visage was the only option, the absolute last option.
Just the way they liked it.
Still, seeing the white door gaping wide in front of her made her reconsider. It was the first time all day she’d had that reaction. She was set in her decision to work for Visage. She had come to terms with the decision over the course of the last couple weeks when she had snuck away to apply to become a blood escort. No one else would hire a warehouse rat. She had finished out secondary school only to be faced with a direr situation than she could have dreamed. Without a college degree she was useless, but to afford a college degree she needed money. Yet no one would hire her without a degree so that she could afford to go get one. It was an endless pathetic cycle that only infuriated her more.
So, her brothers started taking more shifts and working consistent doubles. The thought of her two brothers slaving away in the warehouses just to stay afloat through this depression made her sick. She wanted to do something. No. She needed to do something. She couldn’t let them work day in and day out in such horrible conditions for pitiful wages.
Visage didn’t care that she was a twenty-one-year-old girl without a degree. They cared that she had the one thing the vampires desperately needed—blood.
- Publisher : Loveswept (April 24, 2018)
- ASIN : B071PCLJJP
- File size : 1214 KB
- Print length : 272 pages
- Publication date : April 24, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #259,179 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I should have know when I downloaded the sample and really didn’t get a feel for the book at all that I should have walked away. Download the Sample. You will see what I mean. Just ugh.
So Reyna is poor and a burden to her two brothers so she decides to change that. In the beginning you get a glimpse of a girl who has the potential to become a pretty kick ass female lead. But it. Never. Happens. Possibly the most frustrating thing about Reyna is that she never “evolves” into anything more than a whiny, useless, character. She is just there. She isn’t doing anything productive. She just flies through the book hanging out with people and..... whining!!! Ugghhh it was absolutely painful to read. Her character was so underdeveloped. Reyna needed a kick in the ass big time. She is attracted to Beckham and then stars calling him Becks? WTH? She isn’t a 16 year old btw. It sounds juvenile. She likes him but he won’t bite her so she gets bored & he gives her a camera. She takes pictures, goes shopping, goes to a ball & a brothel & that’s it. OH and of course she gets attacked literally doing nothing and having no purpose. She could have been a secondary background character for everything she “added” to the book. I found Sophie more interesting. Reyna was about as deep as a puddle.
So Beckham. I really do like an alpha male read. He has suuuucch potential. Right up until about the time he called her “Little One”. WTF dude. I don’t want you to call me anything that makes me feel like my grandpa is talking to me. Barf. No thanks. He has the mysterious thing going for him, and there is the whole hot and cold thing they have going on, but again... not a whole lot going on there. It’s not really clear how he eats, although he did take a drink of Penny at the brothel but other than that I got nothing. Of course, at some point I just started flipping pages because I was soooo over the whole non-plot thing.
Somewhere (couldn’t even tell you where) we find out about a rebel group (random not-surprise there). Could Reyna get involved? Nah, she just takes pictures. Oh and stumbles on some maybe information but it’s never really cleared up in the book.
Literally everything about this book was frustrating. They have sex. Big whoop. Figured it would happen eventually but Reyna can’t even stay mad at him to get a really good conflict scene going. She caves in about 2.5 seconds every time. Oh she left him... for 2 days (eye roll). He came to get her and she is like “well.... okay I guess” and then it’s by brothers who I haven’t seen in forever that I say I love and miss so much. See ya when I see ya!
Like what happened here??? What is with the 5 stars?? I feel totally cheated out of 4.99.... still love K A Linde but will definitely be VERY careful the next book I chose to buy from her.
I understand that ARCs are not fully edited. I get that and don't expect a book to be ready to publish. With that said, I would hope a book going up on NetGalley would at least be a little cleaner than this. Words were switched around in sentences, wrong words were spread throughout, the plot had holes and inconsistencies. It was just too rough for proper reviewing.
But I wanted to give this story a chance because I was so intrigued. So I waited until the audiobook released and picked that up on my own. One of the upsides of audiobooks is that a lot of errors seem to be corrected when someone has to read the words out loud. I also love the narrator chosen for this book.
Some of the more obvious errors were fixed and that was great. The plot issues remained and I just felt disappointed at the story progressed. The story has a jerky flow and several scenes that feel forced and/or convenient. I also noticed a lot of similarities to the Sookie Stackhouse series, which I was not expecting. The similarities are most likely not on purpose but given the fact that I was so excited for a vampire story that was different, I was disappointed to be reminded of the more commonly-used characteristics of vampire stories.
I do not have plans to read the second book in the series; maybe I'll pick it up if it ever goes on sale. I tried hard to like this book but my "fan-goggles" just wouldn't stay on. This book needs more editing and focus and maybe then it could be great. Until then, it's just "meh" to me.
Top reviews from other countries
I found this very basic at times, were the female claims 'oh, I may be upset with him for a very silly reason but it doesn't mean I want him to die' was something the author really doesn't need to write. I guessed the plot very early on, 2 factions of vampires, one wants to live in peace with humans, Beckham is one such good vampire, the others bad vampires think humans are only food, there for vampires to use and abuse. I even guessed her blood type as soon as it was mentioned that the head of the vampire company was in need of it. This ends on a cliff hanger but it wasn't interesting enough for me to want to find out what happens. So I will not be buying the next books because this story is mundane, there is nothing enthralling, or compelling in it.
Beckham gives Edward a run for his money where Edward was a boy Beckham is all man !
This book is a delicious read that will leave you thirsty for more I adore it all from Reyna to Beckham and all that sexual tension that sizzled through the book.
Caitlin Elizabeth was excellent as the narrator and had me memorised with her exceptional voice.
A highly recommended read !