Stopping by The LUV’NV today is The Children and the Blood blog tour, organized by Xpresso Book Tours. We got the pleasure to read and review this fabulous YA Urban Fantasy. We also have the privilege to be one of five blogs to give away a paperback copy.
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
A secret war.
Eight years ago, an exploding gas main killed Ashleys family and left her with a childhood she cant remember. Eight years later, the forgotten past is behind her and life on her isolated farm is all she knows.
Until that past comes looking for her.
Until men with superhuman powers hunt her down in the night, determined to take everything she loves away from her again
Refreshing and suspenseful, The Children and the Blood is a YA Urban Fantasy that took me by surprise and impressed me so many times I lost count. The writing is technically superb and wonderfully descriptive without being overdone. For a self-published book, it has to be one of the better written and edited.
The characters are strong and well developed. After losing her mother and most of her family in a fire when she young, Ashley is a responsible teen who provides strength and stability for her young sister, Lily. Although their father is alive, he’s absent for long periods of time, and Ashley has been the parent, even though they stay with close friends of the family. She is also courageous, protective, and driven, facing every punch life has thrown at her alone when her world is tipped over once again in single night. I could feel her warring emotions and see the fiery battle within her.
Cole, a lonely young man adopted by a couple who are not as they seem, may act like trouble in the beginning, but he is actually one of the most caring and genuine guys to have around. He jumps to rescue people he doesn’t know and goes to lengths to keep them safe.
The entire world hidden in the shadows of our own is unique and well thought-out. I was kept guessing, never knowing what to expect, and when I thought I had everything figured out, I was thrown for another loop. The plot only got thicker, more suspenseful, and the background was fluidly delivered, with the information paced and continuously clicking into place. All the characters and story lines intertwine, and while the entire picture isn’t revealed yet, I don’t mind and can’t wait.
There’s a vast cast of characters with their own distinctive personalities and agendas. I didn’t have any trouble keeping up with who was whom, and they all kept me intrigued for more scenes with them. I liked each for their own reasons, whether it was innocence, villainy, incorrigible sidekick-status, or unfortunate bystander. And the character introduced at the end of the book made me gasp. The first thing I did when I finished reading was look for book two (expected later this summer :(). I just had to know where the turn of events would lead; I’m itching all over to know.
The Children and the Blood is a chilling story that makes the heart pump faster. In a world of magic, war, and violence, it is full of mystery, twists, and a new take on a race that makes it exciting and seem never-before-written. I’d recommend the book to anyone who loves secret societies and war between races. It’s an engrossing read that blends fantasy and thrilling mystery.