- File Size: 566 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Accendo Press LLC (August 26, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 26, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005IQL6EA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Descended by Blood (Vampire Born Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I picked Descended by Blood up as a free Amazon download. Honestly, I can't turn down free, so downloading the book was a no brainer on my part. Then, as with a lot of my 'freebies,' I let it sit on my Kindle for a while before I opened it up and started reading it. Soon I started to see all the chatter surrounding this book. Not just from random tweets and posts, and Goodreads updates, but from bloggers and readers whose opinion I trust (and have also been known to bully me into quite a few great reads I might add.) I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about, and boy am I glad I did. This book was so much more than I expected. Wow... just wow!
I went into Descended by Blood knowing that it was about vampires. Honestly, the name kinda gave it away, but I started reading it without going back to read the synopsis. I'm kind of glad that I did that because the suspense that Angeline Kane builds in the story and her characters is worth just going along for the ride... and what a ride it is. The first chapter in this book is full of action and it doesn't slow much from there. The mystery behind the action helps to build the suspense. Trust me, every bit of suspense, every question that is posed and every bit of frustration that Brooke is faced with you will experience and it is all worth it. *sigh*
The characters in Descended by Blood have depth and make you want to get to know them better. Kaitlynn, Brooke's best friend, is worthy of her loyalty and friendship. Jaren does his best to be the perfect first boy friend, most of the time. Mirko... well, we'll get to Mirko later. *swoon* Just know that as you read this book you will feel like you not only know but can relate to each of these characters. Kace helps you feel their pain, anger and so much more. None of the characters are perfect, but that just makes them more endearing. What's not to love?
That brings us to the bad guys and Kace has provided readers with some really, really bad ones. The kind that are easy to hate and fear. Characters you would be crazy not to fear.
Yeah, this story is about vampires, but if that was all it was about I wouldn't be rambling.... I don't ramble for just any read. I ramble for the books that make me think and make me feel. The books that have depth and make you care. Descended by Blood does all that. At least it did for me. Brooke came to some pretty deep realizations about herself and others in her journey. They were lessons that were hard to learn but if they would have been easy they wouldn't have meant as much. I loved watching her grow, mature and find the strength and knowledge she needed to survive. She had to make some tough decisions and grew with each one she made. Accepting herself was the first step. A great message for a YA book to portray.
And then there was Mirko.... I honestly don't want to give anything away, and I hope that I haven't. Mirko enters the story later in the book but he pretty much steals the show from his first scene. I'm not the only reader who wasn't impressed with him at first and I honestly didn't know what the fuss was about when I saw all the 'Team Mirko' references that started popping up. I'm going to end this review with a little secret. I don't think that I have ever intentionally picked a 'team' when it comes to love triangles or interests. I prefer to let the author lead me and the character in whatever direction they are pulled. Not so with Descended by Blood. Sure, I've had preferences before. One character that I liked a little more than the other, but this is the very first time that I can honestly say that I have a real preference and may become 'fan girl' over it. I am totally 'Team Mirko' and am proud to say it! *swoon* big time!
Brooke, the main character, has finally started to settle into somewhat of a normal life. After being dragged around for most of her life, they (she and her mom) have stayed in the same place long enough for Brooke to have a best friend, start dating a hottie, and maybe start having a feeling of belonging. Jaren, the new guy in her life, is someone she has had secret feelings for, and finally he begins to notice her!
Just when things are starting to look up, all hell breaks loose. She and Kaitlyn ( the best friend) come face to face with a mountain lion, Brooke notices she is being stalked, and then she and Jaren are almost killed. Her world comes crashing down as she flees for her life with Kaitlyn and Jaren in tow.
This is where she learns that she is half human, half Pijawikas (vampire) and she has all these cool vampire powers. Mirko, is another character (very smoking hot guy) that enters the picture to protect and train her. He is snarky, self confident and an extremely old vampire that Brooke has a lot of trouble resisting. He begins to worm his way into her heart...so, now we have a love triangle. Well, you knew it was coming right? Well, at least things will definitely be interesting since she claims to love them both! I complain about these love triangles all the time, but if played out right, they can add some steam to a story! So I guess we will have to see what happens.
I would say that what stuck with me about this book is how real the characters are to me. The story is not just about Brooke discovering she is a vampire. It's a story about a young girl, struggling to find herself and when she does, how she and those around her deal with it. It felt real to me. I especially love how Kaitlyn and Brooke's friendship is strong, and they genuinely care about each other. Right on! The whole time I was cheering for girl power and long lasting friendships!
Overall, the book contains fantastic world building, edge of your seat action and some emotional moments that will pull at your heartstrings. As I said before, this book was a pleasant surprise and I'm so glad it found a way into my personal library. I highly recommend this book to vampire lovers, and for those looking for an action packed adventure.
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Angeline Kace enthralls and entertains in the first installment of the Vampire Born Trilogy, Descended by Blood, a...Read more