Sunday, October 14, 2012

{SERIES REVIEW and GIVEAWAY} BLOOD SINGERS and BLOOD SONG by TAMARA ROSE BLODGETT

Today I am reviewing the Blood Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett. Be sure to check out the reviews and enter the Blood Series Giveaway!


Blood Singers (Blood, #1)Series: Blood #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Tamara Rose Blodgett
Publication Date: March 8, 2012
Format: ebook
Pages: 284
Source: Personal Purchase
A sub-species of human beings...

Twenty-year old Julia Wade, a young woman tragically widowed, is in the middle of a bizarre bid between two mythical species who are vying for the unique properties she offers; her blood. The vampires need her to balance the food load of the human species and give them their coveted “Lightwalkers.” The Were wish to be moonless changers; a Rare One can make that a reality.  Julia wants to belong to herself.  Can she free herself and begin a new life?
 

Julia is a Blood Singer, her blood literally calling to the vampires and weres who can use her blood to break their bond with the moon and sun. Both need her. Both will do whatever it takes, including abduction, maiming and killing, to have her.

I will say that I did have a difficult time getting into Blood Singers. The story itself was actually very interesting, but there was so much jumping back and forth in the timeline, between the time before and after Julia is taken, that I was extremely confused. Another aspect that made true enjoyment difficult was the number of narrators. I didn't keep track of how many points of views there were, but I would say that more than three to four is too many. I found it very difficult to keep focused on the story.

The main character, Julia, is a girl who has been subject to horrific circumstances, but she never stops fighting. Blodgett's take on vampires and weres is not lighthearted or romantic. The men fighting for her difficult for me, because I actually didn't like any of them, though I did begin to soften towards William by the end.

What I liked about Blood Singers is the story felt fresh. Blodgett has a manner of storytelling that is bold and heartfelt. And though I did have trouble connecting, the revelation at the end had me ready to read book two.



Favorite Quote:

"Your blood calls to us. It sings to us. We follow it like a melody on the wind. All roads lead to the Blood Singer."


Blood Song (Blood Series, #2)Series: Blood #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Tamara Rose Blodgett
Publication Date: Sept 28, 2012
Format: ebook (Kindle)
Pages:
Source: Received from author for review.

Julia has been ripped from the escape she'd planned for herself. When she awakens to discover that her reality has shifted to include a supposed soul-meld with a man she hates, and who hates her... she rebels. Julia doesn't want to be captive in a gilded cage.

Broken from the horrific events surrounding her friends, Cynthia migrates to the very city that Julia resides, determining to find her as the police follow the bread crumbs she's left in her wake.

The Feral has come full circle and must begin a new life from the shadow of the old. His placement in the hierarchy of the pack is uncertain when he finds that he has an integral enemy and a pack member to protect.

Can the vestiges of Julia's former life be restored so she might reunite with her one true love or has that door closed forever because of supernatural circumstances beyond their control?
This review will be a bit difficult because I don't want to spoil the story, so I'll do my best!

Blood Song picks up immediately after Blood Singers, with Julia reeling from the huge revelation at the end of that book. The intensity is kicked up to a whole new level with both the vampires and the weres still trying to control Julia, and with her learning to embrace her new life. There are betrayals, new faces, and still more men trying to be the One for Julia.

Blood Song was easier for me. Though there are still a lot of different points of view, the change in narrator is clearly marked. Also, there is a list of characters and their roles in the back of the book. Still, I find that there are too many points of view, which doesn't allow me to connect with any one character the way I like.

I did appreciate Julia's strength in Blood Song. She doesn't allow all of the men around her to decided her fate or who she will be with. She controls her destiny as much as possible. I loved Scott's presence in the story, and even though he is a bit possessive, I think he and Julia are a nice fit.

The story ends with a nice, sweet, yet ominous conclusion that is a nice lead-in to book three, due out next Spring.


The Blood Series is a seductive, sometimes scary, and very unique take on the paranormal.


Favorite Quote:

"Their bond was but a whisper now, not a screaming symphony but a note now heard during his waking hours."

Purchase Blood Singers at:
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15 comments:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed Blood Song a lot more than Blood Singers Andrea! I agree the premise of the story sounds fascinating! I'm sorry parts of the first book didn't work out for you, I think I would find the multiple povs confusing too! Thank for these fab reviews Andrea! :)

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  2. thanks for the great review! I'm definitely going to be adding this series to my wishlist ;)

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  3. Great review :) i like both covers.

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  4. I really only like 2 POV tops in a book. More than that is just unsettling to me. It does sound like a fresh story. Sorry it wasn't a little better for ya.

    Valerie

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  5. I think I would have a hard time to connecting with any one character with so many POVs as well. The covers are gorgeous and the description sounds pretty different. Sorry you didn't enjoy these more. Wonderful reviews Andrea. :)

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  6. These sound interesting -- thanks! And the covers are really striking.

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  7. I read blood singers and really liked it. I'd like to see what's in store for Julia :)

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  8. Oh it's too bad that this one had so many points of view. I know that I have found that when done right, I really enjoy multiple POV's but so often it's not pulled off very well. Great reviews!

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  9. Thanks for the review! I really liked Blood Singers and am excited to read Blood Song. I'm surprised there are going to be even more men vying for Julia. I thought there were enough already. I don't usually mind multiple POV's. I have a short attention span so alternating POV's and storylines helps keep me interested.

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  10. Thanks for the review! I really liked Blood Singers and am excited to read Blood Song. I'm surprised there are going to be even more men vying for Julia. I thought there were enough already. I don't usually mind multiple POV's. I have a short attention span so alternating POV's and storylines helps keep me interested.

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  11. I'm not familiar with this series, but it sounds interesting. Thanks for the review. I'll have to check it out.

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  12. Blood singer? Hmm that's a new take for me, I curious!!

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  13. I love the review! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  14. Thank you for the review and the chance to win this giveaway!
    The books plot seems very appealing...love the covers! :)

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