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Sire Paperback – October 31, 2011
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Michael is a total bad a**! The sword scenes where he just cuts the wolves up had me like whoa! He was a character in love but he wasn't acting like a puppy dog by keeping his nose stuck up Caitlin's butt for the whole book.
I also loved Caitlin. She wasn't weak and stupid like a lot of female characters in vampire novels. She also wasn't perfect but she recognized that by admitting she was a bit childish.
Angelica was nothing short of amazing. She was so evil that it was almost inspiring. I rooted for the bad guy when it came to her and even Liam who was all things evil wrapped up in one big man. Liam kept me guessing.
Slight Spoiler- The part with the guy who gets killed and no one remembers his name had me laughing because even before he died he was told he would be the one who was never remembered. This proved to be true because the characters don't learn his name until much later in the book.
The ending was awesome and I can't wait for the next one!
But aside from that, this story was pretty great. Can't wait for the sequel. Not a fan of the vegetarian vampire trope anymore, but I'm willing to look the other way on that one tiny quibble. The story moved quickly and kept you engaged and didn't stall or stutter at any point. Thomas knew what he wanted to say and where he wanted to go and how he wanted to get there. I appreciated that.
I also loved that Michael wasn't ancient. The majority of vampire stories I've read have these jaded, world/life weary vampires who are just so sick of having been alive for so long (suck it up, fang boy) and I about died when Michael was like "I'm 19". Yay.
BUT, that being said, it's a good read. A little shallow at times, but I enjoyed it enough to be looking forward to reading the second book. What I did like: the characters are actually smart. Not the vapid, wishy washy crap you see in a lot of ya fiction. Also, its set in college. THANK GOD. Teen characters are portrayed as though they are in college anyway (never seem go to class, stay out drinking), so WHY ARE THEY ALWAYS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS??!?!?!!
I'm guessing he just needs an editor...which he talks about in the a/n. I'd recommend this as a good beach read, or for lazy rainy afternoon.
As a genre enthusiast, I've been reading the Thomas Galvin blog for his reviews of Vampire Diaries and The Secret circle, and because I love his style I was eager to read it, after all it's about vampires, isn't it? And boy I was in for a ride.
Others will praise the story, the characters that feel real, the unexpected twists even for genre veterans like me, but I will only emphasize one thing: it brought the chill back down my spine. Other heroes and heroines of various books got entangled in the supernatural web that consumed them, but this time I wasn't just the spectator, I was there too. The genre jokes, the pop culture references made the characters seem like people around me, like it was my circle of friends, and it made me care for them.
For me this is the novel I never wrote.
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