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The cruel man, Nathaniel, remained a cardboard villain throughout the story.We never learn why he was abusive. The concept of the abusive relationship lost believability for me when it was revealed that Nathaniel was a skinwalker, a supernatural being. I was left wondering whether Nathaniel was cruel to Juliette because he was a sadistic psychopath to begin with, or was he cruel because he was a skinwalker and cruelty is the nature of skinwalkers? What was the cause and effect here?
It also raises the question of whether Juliette would have put up with Nathaniel's abuse for as long as she did if she had known he was not all human, but supernatural. If he had been revealed to her as a paranormal monster at the beginning of the relationship, would she still have felt obligated to be loyal to him in exchange for his financial support? I don't think so. Even when she still thought he was a real human being, the plot didn't make much sense. She only ran away from Nathaniel at last because he tried to sell her virginity to a crude friend who then attempted to rape her. I got the impression that if it had been only Nathaniel who wanted Juliette's body, she would have tolerated that, thinking that she "owed" it to him, and remained with him.
The vampires were disappointing. There are two groups of vampires in the story. One group are "city vampires," including Tristan Larocque, who rescues Juliette and falls in love with her. The vampires in this group are all wealthy and live the lives of the idle rich, staying in mansions, wearing designer clothes and driving luxury cars. (This seemed too easy a life. Even the undead can make bad investment decisions.) The other group are "forest vampires," who are relatively poor and live in a commune-type village with few modern amenities. They are more like the traditional vampires of legend, exotic beings with an edge of potential malice toward humans. The city vampires left me feeling flat because there was nothing at all sinister about them. They don't crave human blood, only raw animal meat. They joke among themselves a lot, and seem to view the state of being a vampire as some sort of chronic illness rather than the curse of immortality.
I would rather vampires be at least a little bit scary. That is also what lends spice to a romantic scene between a vampire and a human, the scary element. The romantic scenes between Juliette and Tristan weren't exciting. They came across as two average college kids fooling around in the bedroom. Tristan does not stand out to me as a sexy man/vampire. He is handsome, kind and intelligent, but otherwise bland. He has an interesting antique manner of gentlemanly behvior, but he lacks the charisma and aura, the "otherworldliness," of a supernatural being.
The story is mostly dialogue, with very few descriptive elements. I could not get good mental pictures of the different locations, landscapes and interiors because the characters were talking all the time.
In my opinion, the story of the abused Juliette's renaissance would have been more believable if it had been written as straight literary fiction, without the vampires, shape-shifters and skinwalkers. As the story stands now, it seems that it would be difficult for abused women in real life to relate to it.
Juliette isn't just some whishy-washy vampire lover who will go along with everything that her boyfriend tells her. The beginning moved me to the point where I had to put the book down. It was too real, to harsh. She reacted just as any abuse victim would at that point.
One of the best parts was the vampires, they weren't your typical vampires of old, nor were they the mainstream vamps of today. I loved what they were and how they became vamps in the first place.
The main characters were great, but to be honest, my heart went to a few supporting characters. They all had different personalities and ways of handling what was going on. I loved them all.
I'd recommend this to anyone who loves vampire books but want more from the characters, more feeling, more emotion, more fight and less submission.
So what's different about Sacred Blood and why would I recommend it to a teen or adult?
First, the vampires are cool. Their different personalities and abilities make them very likeable.
Second, the storyline is interesting and wasn't grabbed from another vampire book. It delivers the right amount of suspense and action and is a wonderful "coming of age" story, where the heroine, Juliette, is concerned.
Third, Tristan is a real hero with fears, wants, and regrets. Not a rock. Thank Goodness!!
Fourth, Juliette is a great heroine who rises out of a traumatic experience and bleak upbringing to become a capable, brave person.
Fifth, interesting and scary villains that are like werewolves but not exactly. They're can become wolf-like creatures if they wear wolf skins. They are actually skin walkers. The main villain and Juliette's tormenter, Nate, is a real creep who knows how to play psychological games with his victims.
Alys B. Cohen wrote a great first novel, and I hope she has many more to come.
Some characters you will relate to more than others, and I love it. There are a variety of characters, each with his/her story. If you’re into vampire books, this one is for you. It offers a little more than what you would expect. You wouldn’t think the author was a first time author. My only complaint about this book is that it had to end.
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