Saturday, October 8, 2011
REVIEW: Blood Calling by Joshua Grover-David Patterson
Author: Joshua Grover-David Patterson
Date Published: September 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Vampires
Page Count: E-book
Challenge: E-book Challenge, Frightful Fall Reviewers Challenge
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
Vampires. They're kind of one of the 'in' things right now. So, you see the title Blood Calling, you're thinking oh, this is just another vampire book, who cares right? Nope, not the case.
The synopsis from Amazon.com reads: When Lucy Leary turned 18, her life fell apart. She crashed her car, her best friend abandoned her, her parents divorced, and her grandfather passed away, leaving her a single possession: A vampire slaying kit with a note that said, “THEY’RE REAL. FIGHT THEM.” Now Lucy must stop the oldest, most dangerous vampire in history, before it can kill her family.
Lucy, for being as clumsy as she is, is a pretty awesome heroine. You really get to like her from the very beginning as she starts to tell you about the crazy things happening in her life. She just has a very likable character, which really helps.
I love that this isn't the typical vampire book out today. There are some traditional elements, but there are also new ones that were really like a breath of fresh air for me, after some of the things that I have read lately. And the stories of some of the vampires really just blew me away. The stories that they told were one of the reasons that I connected so well with their characters, especially Emma. Patterson takes history and combines it with the stories of these vampires making these fantastic backgrounds for them, which I really enjoyed.
The only complaint I have, and its not even really a complaint, I just wish that we knew more about the backgrounds of a few of the characters. John Smith for example. And then there's a totally unresolved problem that's between Wash and Lucy that I'm not sure if it was forgotten about, or if there is going to be a sequel where that will be explored. I wouldn't mind a sequel! I really enjoyed all of the characters and the plot was fantastic.
This is not your traditional vampire book that grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. It has amazing characters that you can connect with and great action. If you're a fan of vampire books but are tired of everything else out there, I highly recommend this book! Another great book from Patterson and I give it 4 out of 5 stars!
Think you might want to give this book a try? Read other reviews or order from Amazon.com Blood Calling