Review on 2 books that I have read recently…
SECRET BLOOD LINE
The author is and she specializes in young adult drama.
Her book Secret Blood Line and it opens up the world of mysterious vampires to its readers.
I am well used to reading vampire stories as I am a fan of Twilight series- the books and the movies. I know Bella and Edward inside out and I enjoyed so much getting to know them! When I found Secret Blood Line, I just decided I need to read this so that I could learn more about the mythical vampires and the fantasy and mystery that they bring along. So, without further adieu, let me jump right in.
Secret Blood Line is the story of a girl Kairi who was a born-vampire, also known as Emire. But as a child she was not aware of this and considered herself a normal human. She was abandoned by her parents when she was a baby and since then, she was under the care of foster system. But due to her peculiar nature, she couldn’t truly fit in anywhere and soon found herself to be bouncing from one foster home to another. The novel starts from Kairi’s life at her newest foster parents, the Thompsons and the ways she tries hard to blend in with her new surroundings.People find her weird just by her appearance- the pale skin and strange bags under her eyes. Kairi confronts lots of nightmares and it made very difficult for her to sleep at nights and things just got stranger from her sixteenth birthday onward. Kairi soon sets out on a journey of her own to find out about her true self and also to celebrate her defiance to a world which keeps on shoving her away as an unwanted soul.
I an attempt to discover who she really is, Kairi encounters quite a lot of characters along the way- a group of vampires who saves her from a terrible tragedy that was about to befall her, introduces themselves to Kairi as her family. Kairi was surprised that she has a family and even more surprised (and shocked) to learn that she is a Vampire, after all. She also learns more about her parents who are dead now, from them. In a sudden turn of events, she comes face to face with a vampire hunter, the most dangerous enemy for her kind. Kairi faces dilemmas through out her endeavors relating to trust issues and where her ultimate loyalty lies. When she finally thinks that she has found her true self, life throws more fire bombs on Kairi’s way, turning her life around for the worse, that is yet to come…
The story line is fast paced, packed with suspense and always unpredictable on what to expect when we turn the pages of this book. The author has succeeded in keeping up the momentum of a thriller and the drama part of it as well which is essential to a strong plot and its success.
If you are fan of mystery novels, specially fantasy and sci-fi for that matter, or head-over-heels in love with the Twilight theme, you will feel right at home with this one. In my efforts to bring you the same pleasurable reading experience that I had, I am giving away a free e-book copy of this book for my fans. Yes, that is right! yes, yes, you heard it right 🙂 who knows, you might end up with a free e-book copy of Secret Blood Line which is available on all formats- for kindle, kobo, playbook, regular text, mobi etc…Excited? I know I am! Enter your information below and wait for the winner announcement in three weeks of time!
The Stranger at the Maxwell Manor
The author’s name is Verona Richards and the Publisher is Kellan Publishing. Richards is an upcoming Romance writer and if you would like more information on her and her works, please visit ‘Good Reads’ website or .
The Novella revolves around a small town where we get to meet the richest man of the place, Richard Maxwell and his spoiled brat of a son, Grant Maxwell. When Richard Maxwell is a praiseworthy person among the townsmen, Grant is not so much of a favorite to anyone. He just turned eighteen and is on constant look out for making troubles while he is up and about with his friends. He doesn’t help his father with family business and likes to spend his days sleeping and nights, wandering the streets with his friends, who are equally up to no good.
Abigail, the girl we meet in the story is a different version of Grant. She is quite a responsible person and helps her father with running a café owned by them. She doesn’t waste her time for idle works and is confident of her abilities to run the family business once her father retires. One morning, Abigail and Grant get involved in an unfortunate situation that doesn’t turn out well for either of them. Abigail is outraged at Grant’s audacity and Grant is horrified that his father decides to send him to New York for studies and cut him out of his inheritance, just because Senior Maxwell realizes the injustice that was done to Abigail by Grant’s actions. Abigail never sees Grant again after that day for fourteen years.
One day, after fourteen years, Abigail was told by one of her friends that Grant is back in town from New York and he lives at the mansion. Grant’s father is already passed by this time and Grant gets the mansion all to himself with the care taker, James. The news throws Abigail in turmoil and she is nervous about crossing paths with Grant considering their shared history and its aftermath. But as fate would have it, Abigail eventually encounters Grant and remains unsure of his demeanor and the secrets that hide beneath his unreadable face. Their meetings in future take a different turn and proceeds in ways that Abigail does not approve of and Grant is hesitant of. She thinks that Grant will seek his revenge for her involvement in his fate and Grant suspects that Abigail is just another protégé of this town from where prejudices against him was never lenient. Could Abigail trust Grant for who she thinks he is? Could Grant forgive Abigail for what she has done to him fourteen years ago? Would the town welcome Grant back with open arms, forgetting his mistakes? If you are interested in getting answers to these questions and gain more insights into this story, add the novella to your book buying list!
Here is my take on this book
The Stranger at the Maxwell Manor is a generic romance novel with nothing new to offer. Characters of Grant and Abigail are too common in this side of the world – Him, a dashing handsome stranger and Her, a damsel in distress. Through out the story, we read about what the people of the town will think about Grant’s home coming and how they would hate him for the things he has done to his Dad and Abigail. But we do not see any townsmen rendering their opinions in the story except brief glimpses of Abigail’s friend Molly speaking out. We learn that Abigail’s father is retired from the Café business after fourteen years but he doesn’t make any appearance in the plot. The story line is tight lipped and limited to the perspectives of Abigail and Grant plus Molly’s entrance in two occasions. After all being said, the book still succeeds in bringing the enjoyment of reading a romantic novel and retaining the pleasurable experience of a light read.