Book Review – Darke Blood

Book: Darke Blood available on Amazon*

Author: Lee Hall

There are new beginnings, and then there are new beginnings. Everyone dreams of starting off with a clean slate, starting afresh, rewriting who you are and becoming who you want to be. Where better to do this than in in a new town and with new people? For Blake Malone this figurative clean slate soon becomes literal. Looking for his new start he arrives in a small town in a remote forest, under unusual circumstances. His new boss is odd, his new colleague more than quirky, and the local bar ventures into a whole new category of strange.

The story unfolds swiftly from Blake’s first night in the town, with action, intrigue and a lot more questions than answers to keep you turning the pages. The book takes an interesting approach of switching perspectives from one character to another, which at times slightly cuts the pace and flow. However this ultimately serves purpose, and brings you into a very developed world, much more so than if the narrative had been solely through Blake’s eyes. The story culminates by aligning all these narratives and finally answering most of the questions you had been turning pages for. Yet it cleverly leaves you wanting more. Caitlyn, we want to see more of you!

Overall a very fun and enjoyable read, putting an interesting spin on the typical vampire novel, which is difficult to do given the proliferation of the genre. If you were to only read one new vampire book from an up and coming author I would recommend Darke Blood.

I received this book  for review, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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Book Review – Certain Dark Things

Book: Certain Dark Things  available on Amazon*

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Certain Dark Things is a story of predator and prey, drugs and drug gangs, violence and bloodshed, all set in an alternative Mexico city – in fact an alternative world. How would you react if you found out after hundreds of years of myths, stories, and movies, that vampires were real? That the world not only had vampires in every city, but that there was an entire vampire genus, different classes of vampire, in different parts of the world. Each vampire class has different traits, different powers, and different needs. But all have the same lust, the same desire for human blood.

This book takes you on a gritty journey through the streets of Mexico, intertwining the more commonly heard stories of drug cartels with vampires. The vampires in this book are not romantic, sexy, lovelorn creatures, looking for a way to fit in with human life. Rather they stand alone as vampires, strong, powerful, unashamedly so, running drugs, using their power and longevity to gain wealth and material gains beyond human comprehension. They use humans when they need to, to do their bidding, or simply as food.

This all makes for a gripping story, with characters that you love to hate, characters you find yourself wanting to survive against all odds, and characters you would be perfectly happy to see as vampire fodder!

It is an enthralling read, with the story taking twists, and turns, fighting along with the characters, and keeping you captive until the heart wrenching end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a much welcome break from what has become almost standard vampire fare.

I received this book from NetGalley for review, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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