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Bloodborn Paperback – June 26, 2013
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About the Author
Susan Stielow's BLOODBORN, is her first published YA novel. She is currently hard at work on book two of the Bloodborn series. When not writing, Susan can be found curled up in a chair somewhere reading, or snuggled up in a blanket with her daughter and two cats; Sophie and Phoebe, watching the latest episode of Lost Girl or Supernatural. You can find the authors Twitter and Facebook addresses below. Susan currently does not have a website for the Bloodborn series...yet. https://twitter.com/susanstielow http://www.facebook.com/susan.stielow
Top customer reviews
When I first picked up a copy of this book I was in the middle of several other book series all of which just released new books. I set it to the side and forever later thought to grab it on the kindle to read on the train to work.
Unfortunately I read the reviews written previously. There were several that mentioned edits and new author rhythm. As a person who reads many books and studies writing I quickly found myself judging the author about writing decisions. Now this is possibly the most important part of this review. Somewhere around the half way point in the book I found myself engrossed in the book and I could not remember the last time I was being critical.
This tells me that this author has the chops! Keep it up Susan! We want more!
There are some flaws. This is a first time self published author and it shows. The book would have benefitted from some professional editing, but this doesn't really hurt the story and can be corrected in future editions and novels. There are also a few "moments" early on that fall flat because we are told about the emotional significance instead of shown. An extra hundred pages of set up in the beginning would have made some of the scenes more moving.
On the plus side is the story. Early on it struck me as a fairly stereotypical plot, but the mystery quickly deepened into something that drove me to read further until it came to a mind blowing conclusion with many questions, new and old, left for the next book. The portrayal of the relationship between the lead characters was really well done. Initially, their interaction bothered me, but as the story progressed it not only made sense but struck me as amazingly spot on. This revelation retrospectively enhanced my appreciation for the beginning of the novel (I still think it should have been longer).
Given the genre, I had really low expectations when I started to read Bloodborn. In fact, I didn't expect to be able to give an honestly positive review, but now that I'm done I can sincerely say that this is a good novel. I look forward to seeing the author's writing style grow as she continues this series and I can't wait to see what happens next. If you can forgive a few typos, this book will provide it's monies worth of entertainment. Enjoy.
"Bloodborn" is the first novel by author Susan Stielow, and a good first offering from a new author - I read it in one sitting and found it to be well plotted and paced, with interesting characters that have potential for development as the series continues in the future.
Gracie Ambrose is a sympathetic and appealing heroine; the psychology of a young woman's coming of age, paired the double whammy of the emotional upheaval of leaving home and consequently discovering that much of what she believes to be the truth is a fabrication, is believable and handled well. That the truth involves supernatural beings of both light and darkness is an interesting development, and that Gracie's love interests form a triangle bridging the human and supernatural worlds, are both elements in the best traditions of the "Dark Shadows" television shows and other such supernatural melodramas. (I would assume that holds true in supernatural romance novels)
One flaw with "Bloodborn" which I cannot overlook, but can forgive as it should be solved in future editions - there are several typographical errors. Some minor proofreading and editing will add the little bit of polish this book needs.
I look forward to the continuation of this series, and to seeing the continued growth and development of Gracie Ambrose as a character, and of Susan Stielow as an author.
Written for the young adult crowd it will appeal to them while there were times I was bored with the romantic web weaved into the story.
Slow to star but if you stick with it you'll be rewarded as it takes off at about the halfway point.
Gracie makes a decision to hunt down information on her father who abandon the family when she was just a little girl. Heading to the very town her very best friend went to for college.
The discoveries she makes will change her life as well as the lives of strangers she's never met yet and a community she never could have imagined existed.
A unique spin, this is a great first book and fans of the genre are sure to become fans and followers of this new author.