Monday, December 19, 2011

Book Review: Blood Drunk

Blood Drunk: Faded Blue
By: Angela Lovell
Published By:  Ticking Boxes, Inc. (October 11, 2011) 
Buy it at Amazon

Source: Provided by Author
Audience: Young Adult

The Characters:
Our protagonist is Blue Knightly, protective big brother and All American cutie, heading to the Big (and bad) Apple to catch up with wayward baby sister Lacy. He often appears to be a little overwhelmed but doggedly hangs in there to get his desired end result. He's heroic and sweet without being nauseating or wimpy - I'm a fan of Blue.


Miz Lacy I found a little self-centered and bit annoying, which is I hear is standard issue for any overly sheltered, 16 year old. )I wouldn't know, of course, because I was a complete angel - Just ask my mother.) Double points for realism! 

The author's vampire cast comes in the form of enigmatic Tristan, sexy siren Kat, bad boy Alex and the delightful  and witty couple Calvin & Jonathan, all of whom live in New York City's vast underground subway system. They can get "blood drunk" if they drink a victim to the point of death, which leaves them vulnerable. Tristan and Alex are the heads of two opposing wards - and Lacy & Blue are stuck between them.

The Plot:
 I found the plot to be seemingly straightforward, but really the author is layering things for some serious whammies and "Wait! Did I read that right???" moments toward the end. Throughout the read, you can feel the tension thickening and the impending doom creeping closer. Blue finds more to himself and his family then he could have ever imagined...Its a well paced and twisty ride.

My Thoughts:
I thought this was a interesting take on the vampire world, with good solid writing. I also found the POV from a man/boy main character to be interesting and fresh. I can't wait to see how this series develops.


Synopsis:
With summer waning quickly before the start of his senior year, a family emergency forces Blue Knightly to leave his small Midwest town and travel to New York City to locate his rebellious sister. From the morgue to Central Park to the underbelly of New York, he quickly discovers the big city is the least of his concerns as he reluctantly takes sides within a warring faction of vampires to unravel the mystery of his sister’s disappearance. In their underground world of abandoned subway tunnels, Blue finds himself falling for a femme fatale vampire whose vibe is seldom clear. Not knowing who to trust, Blue finds himself battling not only the undead, but his own heart, as the family crisis escalates and every decision could be his last.





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