Monday, September 27, 2010

Blood Born

Title/Author: Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones - Audio Book.

Genre: Paranormal Romance.

Publisher: April 2010.

Source: Library.

Favorite character: Sauren.

Favorite quote: “She looked like forbidden sunshine.”

All in all: Meh.

When the human and the vampire worlds collide, there will be hell to pay.

Luca Ambrus is a rare breed: vampire from birth, begotten by vampire parents, blood born. He is also an agent of the Council—the centuries-old cabal that governs vampirekind, preserving their secrecy and destroying those who betray them.

When a cryptic summons leads him to the scene of the brutal killing of a powerful Council member, Luca begins the hunt for an assassin among his own people. But instead of a lone killer he discovers a sinister conspiracy of rogue vampires bent on subjugating the mortal world.

All that stands in their way are the conduits, humans able to channel spirit warriors into the physical world to protect mankind. Chloe Fallon is a conduit—and a target of the vampire assassin who’s killing them. When Luca saves her life, an irresistible bond of trust—along with more passionate feelings—is forged between them. As more victims fall, Chloe and Luca have only each other to depend on to save the world from the reign of monsters—and salvage their own future together. From

What I didn’t like:  In my opinion the writing isn't that great in this novel.  There is a fair amount of telling especially when introducing characters. Words are repeated in the same paragraph and phrases are overused. There is so much over thinking of the characters, it is as if every single twist and turn their minds take is explored. If there is action, an analysis of the action follows. There is also a lot of re-stating the obvious.

I think it has a few good plot elements (like why vampires aren’t allowed to enter people’s homes and how the vampires are trying to rectify it), but then it also has several plot holes. **SPOILER ALERTS: One of Luca’s traits is that people and vampires forget him the moment he is out of their sight.  This plot device confused me at times because many of the vampires *did* know who he was.   Then the story mentioned that they knew who “the executioner” was, his title, but not him per se. It just wasn’t explained well and I spent a lot of time trying to figure this piece out. I still think I may have missed something. Also, Luca talked about blending into human society. Why would he need to blend in if everyone forgot about him anyway? Another plot hole for me was why Luca had to bond with Chloe. He couldn’t just stay by her side and protect her, it was better if they bonded. Although the authors tried to justify this, I thought it was a bit forced. And wouldn’t you know it, they had to have sex (as well as exchange blood) to bond. This too seemed contrived to me. END SPOILER ALERT**

The authors made the Vampire queen who was trying to take over use an alias, which meant that the reader wasn’t sure who among the council was the enemy until the end. The author spent a lot of time on the council when they were first introduced, but then that was it. So, by the time I found out, there was really no wow factor and I had practically forgotten who was who anyway. To be honest, it didn’t even seem to matter who it was.

What I liked: It kept me entertained in the car and the story had potential. I also liked a few of the characters and thought they were interesting.  It is obvious that there is a sequel on the horizon. I felt that the last few chapters had promise and I was more interested in what was to come and the dynamics of the characters who banded together to fight. I also did enjoy some of the Vampire mythology that the book introduced.

I give this book a 2 out of 5 stars.


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