Release Date: November 15th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Series: Dirty Blood #2
Cold Blood by Heather Hildenbrand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they're kicking your butt in the process.
At least I've got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De'Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he's destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn't going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point's evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?
I loved Dirty Blood. It was a great addition to the YA genre. And werewolf books. It wasn't particularly original, but the story was great and it was suspenseful and a lot of fun to read. Cold Blood was even better. A lot of things were stronger in this book than in Dirty Blood. Some of which were:
~Stronger writing. The author has really managed to hone her craft. She is a great storyteller.
~Stronger editing. It wasn't perfect, but it was much better than in the 1st book. And consequently, I know that grammar in indie novels doesn't matter to some people, but it does me. I edit for a living. It's very difficult (impossible) for me to read books these days without a critical eye. And I apologize for that, but there is nothing I can do about it and I have to call it like I see it.
~I thought the ending was fantastic. There was a cliffhanger, but I definitely like where the story is going. It ended with quite a few loose ends being tied up, but also left you hanging with some pretty big questions left unanswered. As a result of this, I am dying to read the next one.
~The imagery and world-building were outstanding in this novel. I love the intricacies of the world and the boarding school setting rocked. You may think the boarding school setting is getting old and tired, but I can promise you that this book will make you love it all over again.
~The pacing of this book was pretty riveting. There was never a dull moment and I didn't want to walk away from this thing for one second. That hasn't happened to me for awhile with a young adult book.
~Character development got even better. I really felt Tara's character growing up and maturing. I loved Cambria. I wish there had been more time with Grandma (I love her) but maybe I will be lucky enough to get that in the next book? I felt Alex was a little bit flat and didn't have the depth that Wes does, but maybe that's because the author intends for Tara to end up with Wes? I hope so. Each character had a unique story line and I really felt them coming alive while I was reading. Awesome.
With the exception of a few editing mistakes, this book was up to the quality that you would see coming from one of the big publishers. Great writing, outstanding storytelling, and characters to love AND hate. I can easily give it a 4 star rating, and I can't wait to read the next one. If you haven't tried this author yet, I really think you are missing out.
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