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Swear (My Blood Approves) (Volume 5) Paperback – October 31, 2016
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About the Author
Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her small menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She has published over fifteen young adult novels, including the New York Times Bestselling series the Trylle Trilogy and the Kanin Chronicles, along with the Watersong series and the Hollows. For more info, please visit www.HockingBooks.com
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Alice was just a teenager when she met vampire, Jack, and they fell in love. Of course, it’s not that simple. She gets pulled into a supernatural world that she hadn’t even dreamed existed. When she meets his brother Peter, things really ramp up, and that’s because Alice and Peter are seemingly blood mates or blood approved mates-not sure what it was actually called. They are immediately drawn to each other. Peter lost his mate Elise about a hundred years back. He has never gotten over her, so meeting Alice knocked him for a loop, and that’s because there is only one mate for a vampire. So yes, this was a love triangle, not usually my thing, but I couldn’t put these books down. If you plan on trying the series, you might not want to read the next part of my review because there will be spoilers-can’t be helped.
It’s sic years later and Alice and Jack live in Amsterdam. They’ve built a life there and now Alice is a vampire and is also a vampire hunter. She hunts with her best friend Bobby, who is also her brother Milo’s mate. He is human, and Milo isn’t. A vampire hunting vampires kind of shocked me, but it’s more of a policing thing through an agency that keeps the supernatural world in check. When strange things start happening in Alice and Jack’s world, Alice realizes that something sinister is starting to stalk both her and Jack. Has and ancient evil been let loose again on the streets of Amsterdam?
While Jack is handsome and charming, Peter is brooding and dark. Jack is outgoing and endearing and Peter says little and keeps to himself. Complete exact opposites. Of course, me being me, I was drawn to Peter from the beginning, but I also enjoyed Jack as a character as well. Alice has really grown the most over the books. She has made her choice and now just wants Peter to be happy and to that end will do anything to help him. She’s pretty fearless when hunting vampires and pretty much is a kick ass and take names fighter.
This was the last book in the series. And after the ending, I totally see why.I am not that upset that it’s the end and that’s because all the loose ends got wrapped up and after the wait, I was happy to have a conclusion. However, there were times that it felt like the author was throwing in all kinds of things that weren’t that necessary to the plot and it bothered me a bit. It has to be mentioned because while the other books were non-stop reads, this one wasn’t that for me. And while the ending wasn’t my favorite, it did make sense. Enough said.
This started out as YA and really still is, except now there is mentions of sex scenes between the mated pair. Noting explicit at all, the reader just knows what’s about to take place or did take place. There’s also a fair amount of violence as well. I would recommend these books to ages 15-16 plus.
FYI-This book does need another editing. Words out of order, or used wrong, etc.
Readers like to critique writers all the time and not necessarily in the most positive way and I think that a lot of readers did that to this series but I for one loved this series and I am not alone. The My Blood Approves was a bit of a different concept for vampires, some vampires were more like human, how relationships are and how the group of vampires ("coven") could feel like more than family and then there was the love triangle to end all love triangles.
Swear was a good fit with the rest of the series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, I loved having a new story of beloved characters in my hands. However I did have some problems, one it felt a little rushed two I don't feel that the Jack Alice Peter triangle felt like it played out correctly, not necessary with the guy chosen, something about it feels off and finally, why Amanda, did you have to crush my heart in the last book, that was unnecessary. I am not going to lie, if you love the series and characters there is an event that occurs that you might not be okay with. It crushed me and yes I was crying and just in general not okay.
Overall I really did enjoy the story and I want to say thanks to Amanda Hocking for one last adventure with Alice and the gang.