by John Hennessy
Series: Black Bloods #1
Published on 20th July, 2015
by Innovation Today Publishing
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Dystopian, Vampires, Witches, Aliens
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Vampires, werewolves, witches, magic—no one in the Sanctuary, home of the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, believes in such imaginary creations, including Aberdeen Dareday. That is until the day Abby wakes up with black veins bulging under her skin. The day she learns everything she’s been told about the world is a lie. Forced to flee humanity’s last refuge because of her abnormality, and the corpses left in its unexplainable wake, she finds herself on the run in an entirely new world. A world in which darkness reigns, full of supernatural creatures bent on her execution.
When all seems lost and facing certain death, Abby is saved by Ash, a quiet yet striking young man who shares her black blood, and her mysterious powers. After Ash reveals a clue regarding an old witch, they head north to her home in Montana, determined to beat the piling odds and obtain the answers they seek. Now hunted by everyone from vengeful humans, to the alluring vampire Prince of Texas, to the Lord Alpha of the largest werewolf pack ever to exist, Abby must discover what is so special about her black blood if she hopes to live and fight another day, but time stands against them as their enemies close in for the kill.
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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This story was the perfect blend of The Immortal Rules and Fall of Venus with a lot of extra dashes of paranormal thrown in. It took me a little while to get into the story but only because the beginning was a little too much like Glitch and Ruination, and I was scared that it would end up like the every other ordinary (so disastrously cliched) dystopians. Luckily, this book quickly shakes that off and blooms into a fast-paced adventure story set in a yes, dystopian world but one unlike any I’ve ever read with a mix of werecreatures, vampires, Crank-like monsters, witches, sorcerers, and more.
There was something special about the characters in this story. They quickly won a place in my heart and I loved watching them grow and develop as they were forced into yet more and more difficult situations. Abby was a great protagonist. I loved that while she was one of those “chosen one” types, she didn’t let that get to her head. She actually found it really hard not knowing where she fit in, and I loved that her abilities didn’t make her thinking she was something remarkable or better than anyone else. Ash was a fantastic addition the novel. He pushed Abby when she needed it and supported her at other points. And the lack of romance combined with that subtle chemistry between the two of them, really, really worked.
Like I said before, the plot got a little tedious at point. I wasn’t a massive fan of the beginning because I thought the story was going towards the cliched route. Luckily, once Abby got out into the world we got a on a new storyline that I found much more engaging and enthralling. Abby had little idea what was happening to her so we were just as ignorant as she was, learning along with her and being blindsided in just the same way. I thought this was the perfect way to do it. It built up this level of suspense, we never quite knew who we could trust or not so it kept us on our toes.
The new creatures introduced were fascinating. I particularly loved the idea of separate moonborn and sunborn creatures that had different abilities and weakness because of that. The reapers reminded me of the Cranks from The Maze Runner, and I thought they were a little too much. With the story already containing aliens, vampires, werewolf, witches, sorcerers and the like, zombies on top of that felt like a little too much, especially because they always seem to make their way into dystopians and I loved the otherwise originality of the Black Blood world.
One thing that did irritate me a little was the scene where Abby “accidentally” saw Ash naked. The whole scene – while somewhat important – felt a little forced and just a little too convenient. Also if I ever have to hear the phrase “manhood” used in such a way again… *shudders* I don’t even have a good enough threat to cover my disgust at that word.
Overall, I was really pleasantly surprised by the Abby’s story in Black Blood and I cannot wait for the sequel – hopefully it will be released sometime soon!