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Thicker Than Blood (Marchwood Vampire Series #2) Paperback – April 17, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Marchwood Vampires Series

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Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two noisy boys. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing dark adventures (in between doing the school run and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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Product Details

  • Series: Marchwood Vampire
  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Adrenalin; No Edition Stated edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956998534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956998538
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,884,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If Madison and Alexandre thought their troubles were over, they were sadly mistaken. In "Thicker than Blood" they, together with their families, are once again plunged into a world of adventure, danger and life threatening situations. On the other hand we have Elia's story which is set in sixth century Byzantium. Finally it looks as though we are going to get some answers to questions which arose in "Hidden", the first book of the Marchwood Vampire series. Answers that fill us in on how exactly the vampires came to Byzantium and what caused the strange sleeping disease that had disabled so many vampires for fourteen centuries. Not having had much time to experience life as vampires when they were newly created in the nineteenth century, Alexandre and the other Marchwood vampires only knew that sunshine - and now ultra violet light - can kill them. In this book they also discover other dangers to their existence, as well as the possibility of being put back to sleep if they are not careful.

Once I started reading, I simply could not put this book down. With action and adventure and fear for these beloved characters' lives and well-being from the very first few pages, combined with suspense that just never lets up until the final page, it is not surprising that the author - who is a genius with cliff-hanger chapter endings - switches back and forth between sixth century Byzantium and modern day Cappadocia and England, with ease; thus ensuring that the reader keeps turning the pages.

The characters truly come to life - Alexandre, still the nineteenth century French aristocrat, Freddy, the British aristocrat of the same time period and on the modern end of the scale, Madison and her brother Ben.
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Great backstory! Really kept me turning pages and summed up how the story came to be in a fascinating way, especially since I wouldn't have guessed all that was involved.

The hook at end seems like a great chance to change up the series, so something to look forward to in the next book.
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This sequel is worth the 5 stars I gave it. It is a sequel, but it is an interesting and worthy book on its own. It has plot twists and turns, complex characters.and a rich depth of history that the author has created- but feels real. I definitely do recommend reading the first book to gain more knowledge of the characters and story before reading this, however.

The book is well written and edited, using U.K. English. It pretty much just starts as if you've just read the first book, and goes on from there. The characters continue to develop, and we continue to see history now and from the past with the underground cappodocian people as we did in the first novel. I felt again, that this was a great way for us to see the characters from a full perspective instead of wondering how it all connected.

I highly recommend this book for YA/Teen to adult readers. It is complex and interesting, and can be enjoyed by everyone (young teen and older). I think the plot twists are surprising and unexpected, and I will be waiting to see where the next book takes us as readers!
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In this book, you get in deeper to the backstory of how the Cappadocia vampires came about. The back and forth between eras works just as well in this book as it did in Hidden, as the eras do meet up again as the pieces all come together very well.
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I really enjoyed this book. We got to see how it all began. The history of the demons was more interesting than I thought it would be. And the suspense of what would happen next kept me turning the pages. I'm ready for the next one.
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The creepy Cappadocian vampires are back in the second volume of the Marchwood Vampire Series. This time they have kidnapped Madison so everyone but Ben gets to go rescue her. Only this time someone is working for the creepy vamps. This one isn't as scary as the first one but it's plenty suspenseful. And all our favorite vampires are back in full form, Alex, Isabel, Jacques, Freddie and Leonora are ready to rush to Madison's aid. This one is just as good as the first and I'm eager to read the final book. Recommended!
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Well, just finished the second book in the Marchwood Vampire series and I could not be happier about it .

The story continued to be absolutely gripping and pulled me in from the first page on. It was wonderful to see, how the different characters adjusted /or not and what path they choose.

Madison and Alexander were able to realize how much they love and need each other. As for the other Marchwood Vampires, they found their way to adjust to the new situation they were thrown in in this second installment. ( don't want to give any spoilers away , sorry.). New characters were introduced , which I hope will remain in the third book of the series. Everything is fitting so well, that when I was done , I looked desperately for any hint of book 3 and hoped I read wrong, when I saw that we have to wait till 2013 for book 3.

The book ends with a cliffhanger, which makes me of course even more curious how Mrs Boland is going to continue, but she does not have to worry , I am hooked on this series and I will wait patiently ......
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