Publisher: Accendo Press
Release Date: August 26th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
*An ARC of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Descended by Blood and I got off to a shaky start. It took me about 5 chapters before I became interested in the story and its characters. I'm not going to lie, I was worried about it for a little bit. I was afraid I wasn't going to like it and I so didn't want that to happen. Well. I can gladly say, that the small issues I had with the pacing and lack of action in the beginning worked themselves out quickly. As I read further on, I felt like I was reading an entirely different book.
I really liked Brooke as a character. I thought she was a bad-ass. She's frightened about what is in store for her, but is still ready to face it head-on no matter what. Here's the thing though. I kind of think Brooke was extremely selfish when it came to choosing between her boys Jaren and Mirko. Now I am no fan of Jaren. He's a total skirt chaser and I thought Brooke could do much better than him. So what I can't figure out is why she didn't just cut him loose. He's a douchey douche. I get that she still had feelings for him, but I have no problem letting go of someone when I realize they turn out to be a completely different person than what I expected.
Oh yeah. And I'm totally Team Mirko. When I saw the bookmark I knew I would be. Mirko is the bad boy with a huge heart. And he totally rocks. I didn't care for the way Brooke treated him either. She denied her feelings for him for so long and in the meantime kept stringing jerky Jaren along. I didn't get it, but it sure made me want to keep reading.
I thought the vampire mythology in Descended by Blood was different and a lot of fun. It's hard, because the vampire genre has gotten a little tired and overdone, but I didn't feel that happened here at all. I liked how the author worked vampire prejudice into the story and the different classes hating each other. I thought it was unique.
I loved the setting of Utah as well. I don't know how accurate it was because I have never been to Utah, but I love the way it was described and now I kind of want to see if it's really like that. I kind of pictured it as just rocks and desert, but apparently there are forests too! Who knew?
All in all, I did truly enjoy Descended by Blood. I didn't think it was perfect by any means, but it was a great read and I am really looking forward to continuing on with the series and seeing where the story goes. Brooke better choose Mirko or I am going to be angry.
Additional information: I am also participating in the blog tour for this book, which started today. The tour kicks off at A Life Bound by Books. My post for the blog tour is August 30th and there will also be an awesome giveaway that day. You could win an ebook, ereader skin, signed bookmark, and matching nail polish. So make sure you come back that day for a guest post with the author!!
In the meantime, please be sure and visit the author's website for more information here: http://www.angelinekace.com/
To purchase Descended by Blood from Amazon.com, click here: Descended by Blood (Vampire Born Trilogy). It's currently only $0.99 and it won't be that for long!