Thursday, August 25, 2011

Descended by Blood (A Vampire Born Trilogy, #1)Title:  Descended by Blood
Author:  Angeline Kace
Series:  Vampire Born
Publisher:  Accendo Press
Publication Date:  August 26, 2011
Links:  Amazon | Goodreads
Rating:  Photobucket

From Goodreads:

Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it. 

Before I proceed, I’d like to note that this was really more of a 3.5 star read for me. I can see the potential future novels have in this series, and so I wanted to rate it higher, but I’m rating this particular book, not the potential it garners.

The best thing about this novel? The inclusion of a hot Russian guy. The worst thing? The parallels I kept drawing between this novel and the Vampire Academy series (see aforementioned hot Russian guy). Not a terrible thing considering how much I enjoyed that series, but I did notice some similarities. However, I’d prefer not to be snarky and point those out, so I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

The first thing I observed was the immaturity of the protagonist’s voice. I noticed the same thing with Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King, though, and the subsequent novels totally blew me away and I actually found myself liking the main character in that series, so much that I didn’t like the fourth novel as well because she wasn’t featured in it much. So, I’m trusting the author of this book to do the same, and I believe Brooke’s character will grow and develop into a worthy character through the trials and experiences she undergoes in forthcoming books.

The premise, while not entirely unique, was intriguing and easy to follow, though not quite up to par with what I expected from this novel. I’m looking forward to seeing how everything pans out for Brooke, though, especially with that ending. Like I said, this story has definite potential, and it was a fun read. So, if you’re into vampires or hot Russian guys, or both, give this book a try. Per the Amazon product listing, the Kindle edition is on sale for $0.99 through September, so you can’t really go wrong!

And in case you needed further convincing, here’s the trailer for Descended by Blood:

An ebook of this novel was provided by the author for review purposes.


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