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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: Witchblood by Emma Mills

Title: Witchblood
Series: Witchblood #2
Author: Emma Mills
Tour: No
Published: January 2012
Format: Ebook provided by author for review

When Jess steals a glance at a gorgeous guy in a Manchester nightclub, little does she realise how he is going to change her life…or should that be death? Yet, the vampire clan could never have predicted what they were taking on. 

With Luke pronounced ‘off-limits’ and the blood of a vampire simmering in Jess’s body, can she forget the love of her life and move on? If not, she will risk exposing the entire Northern vampire clan to untold dangers, in order to live her life the way she wants.

Can Jess be sure that Luke is all he appears to be? Will she succumb to the attraction she desperately tries not to feel for Daniel? And why does she still crave a packet of crisps more than a tasty teenage boy’s blood?

If you are looking for a different young-girl-turned-vampire story, I think this is it. Daniel starts off as the mysterious stranger in the bar with burnt chocolate eyes. Jess sees him, and she’s attracted. But she has a boyfriend whom she loves, Luke. But Daniel sees her too. They have a brief conversation that really leads nowhere. Jess’s evening ends with her being mugged in the alley and left for dead… or vampires.

The rest of the story is her becoming a vampire, learning to be the new person that she is, and dealing with the changes that brings about. It was really rather interesting to watch her grow and change, and watch how the people around her reacted to her changes. Of course she has to let her old life go, but there are definitely instances when the past and the present collide.

I found the characters to vibrant and compelling. I really liked Jess. I think there are a lot of terrific things in store for her. At times she did get a bit whiney, but she is a teen whose life has been turned upside down. And above and beyond that, she discovers her old life might not have been all she thought it was either. I’m excited to see what is to come for her in the next book. Her emotions were very real and at the surface. At times they caught me a bit unprepared. I really like that feeling of being caught of guard.

I really liked Daniel, too. He seemed like a quiet and powerful presence, I really felt he was capable of much more than he let on. He seems to have an infinite well of patience, which can only come from time or love. And in his case, it seems to be both.

Eva is another character I found wildly interesting. She comes and goes in this story, you don’t really get too in depth with her. But she was definitely a breath of fresh air at times. She was able to pull off the scary vamp role, along with the seductress and mentor roles as well.

There are a lot of things that switch it up in Witchblood. I mean, it’s not called Witchblood for nothing, so you will have to read it to find out what that is all about. But if you are into YA PNR, I think you will definitely enjoy reading this book.

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