Sweet Blood of Mine

Rated 4.08/5 based on 14 reviews
From mega nerd to super stud.

Justin Case is a hopeless romantic who stinks with women. Sexual super powers seem like the answer to his prayers, but Justin wants true love. And there are other supernaturals who want him for their own reasons. More
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 105,710
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476277363
Tags: paranormal
About John Corwin

John Corwin has been making stuff up all his life. As a child he would tell his sisters he was an alien clone of himself and would eat tree bark to prove it. For John, making stuff up was about one thing: teasing his sisters.

In middle school, everything changed. A class assignment to string random words together into a coherent story led to the birth of Fargo McGronsky, a young boy with anger management issues whose dog, Noodles, had been hit by a car. The short story was met with loud acclaim from classmates and a great gnashing of teeth by his English teacher. At this point, our esteemed author realized that making stuff up had broader uses.

Years later, after college and successful stints as a plastic food wrap repairman and a toe model for several well-known men's magazines, John once again decided to put his overactive imagination to paper for the world to share.

In 2009 John started work on No Darker Fate after having a bizarre dream. During the course of the day he morphed the dream into the outline for a complete novel.

No Darker Fate is his first published work.

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Reviews

Review by: Blaze Fowler on Feb. 23, 2014 :
The author needs a more professional editor. There are some minor inconsistencies within just the first few pages ("Splintering" a metal broom handle over the bully's leg? Impossible.) I adore (and write) YA but can't really get into the book so far. Maybe my choice will change as I read further, but so far, it's a "meh." I'm giving it three stars because I don't want to drag the stats down any more than necessary.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jami Agurto on April 05, 2013 :
I loved it! It took the first hundred pages to get into it, but when I did I couldn't put it down.
(review of free book)

Review by: Midu Hadi on Jan. 31, 2013 :
What I liked:

the cover

there was a last twist to what Justin was, even by the time we thought we knew what he was.

it is a YA story that many young adults would want to read because we all like a nerd to stud story.

in places, where Justin sounds his age, the humor was really good.

What I didn’t like:

Justin does not sound like a teenager-I could pretty much “see” the author talking instead of a teenage boy.

Elyssa becomes quite bitchy after figuring out who Justin was. Didn’t know why she would react that way.

An interesting paranormal YA novel with lots of humor thrown in & no love triangles!
(review of free book)

Review by: Kristy00 on Jan. 16, 2013 : (no rating)
Just finished Sweet Blood of Mine by John Corwin and I have to say I really enjoyed it! It had all the basics - well written (although I had a bit of trouble getting into it at the beginning, but maybe that was because I was coming off an adult read?), interesting story, and I loved the nerdy kid turns...well, still nerdy but confident, angle.

The humour in this book really grabbed me. I found myself smiling or laughing consistently at something that was said or done. The sarcastic wit was right up my alley. For example, "My fist was going to get pregnant if I kept bumping it with everyone I ran into." Bwah ha ha ha!! Definitely entertaining!

Mostly the humor came from the insight into Justin's mind, which made him so real to me and you know what a sucker I am for real characters! It was a bit crude sometimes (ie: talks about "little Justin" lol) , and for that reason this would not be a book I would recommend to the tweens, but I felt these comments and feelings were accurate and totally true to an 18 year old mind. It added immensely to my enjoyment of the book. It was also really refreshing to see a book from a male point of view, so often in YA these stories are told from the POV of a female.

Last but certainly not least, this book also manages to touch on topics like fitting in, being and finding yourself, teen drinking, teen sex, bullying and more. Given the storyline, sex and the desire for it do come up often, (the kid does get sexual superpowers!) so keep that in mind for any teens. Even with this, John managed to impart many lessons and I found many tidbits that spoke to me as an adult.

Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars on my YA scale. It was entertaining and interesting, but sometimes I do think the attitudes and actions of the main character were a little too "adult" for a YA book. It suited the story though, and I would recommend it to an older teen crowd. I will definitely be getting the next book in this series, Dark Light of Mine!
(review of free book)

Review by: jhoana mahilum on Sep. 24, 2012 :
i received this book for free from read2review program of goodreads.

totally a page turner!!!

The first part of the book, i'm sure anyone can relate to it. when i was high school i thought it was difficult enough without even being bullied around. Justin the main character struggled alot, trying to fit at the same time get a good grades to go at MIT for college. I like his character so much smart, funny and just sweet kid trying to impress the girl that he like.

At the middle of the story i could not stop myself from reading it got so interesting. He changed the way he look and his attitude, the reason from it is being betrayed by the only friends he knew! As i was reading at the back of my mind (omg i hate this people. Nothing would make it better than a GOOD COMEBACK). AS he try to fit in that's when his transformation hit! haaaaaaaaaa bullies got kick in "you know where" I LOVE IT!!!

Elyssa as justin always tell himself "SHE'S THE ONE" i love that this girl can fight!! wuhooooooo!!!!

This book has a lot of potential in it i was honored reading this book esp for free and i felt like i robbed John Corwin for not paying anything at all!!! (tho thumbs up for him)

i cant wait for the next one!!! keep it up and thank you so much for the good read i enjoyed it so much!!!
(review of free book)

Review by: Aliaa El-Nashar on Sep. 21, 2012 :
The cover, synopsis and title. The Title was actually quite good, I think the combination of that and the -awesome- synopsis are what made me choose to read this book. Why not the cover? Well, the original cover of this book didn't look so good for me, this one is so much better, so now it's an improvement and definitely all three ticked off in that section, all good.

Justin does not have an easy life. But I guess it comes with the turf, being a nerd and all. But things go from bad to worse once he decides to help Katie - a girl he's been crushing on for a long while - away from the unwanted attention she's been getting from the head football player. He becomes her sort of confidante when her boyfriend cheats on her, and yet she chooses the loser boyfriend over him. Justin goes all mad alienating everyone around him including his best friends, turning his life into a bully-fest. He finds himself sitting with a group of goths and with them he decides to change his image. With them he finds a great friendship, and maybe even someone he'd actually fall for that was worth it, Elyssa. He changes his hair, the way he dresses and works out in the gym. The changes are slow and barely visible, until one day - without a warning - they become more noticeable! Like super strength and good looks. His detention turns from cleaning - with Elyssa - to being forced on the football team. His noticeable change has them winning games, him making new friends, and Katie notices him again, but it also alienates Elyssa big time. He misses her more than he can imagine and hates every minute of being popular and being on the football team, all he wants is her back. The problem is, she'd called him a monster, and he doesn't know what she meant. No one is explaining, and he's stuck not knowing what he is anymore, only that he's completely changes and can seduce anyone. Oh, and that his mom ran away and his dad is being hunted then kidnapped by mythical creatures, making him need help to get him back, from more mythical creatures. His life is obviously not letting up.

I think this book is one that I hadn't expected to like so much. I mean sure, the synopsis, cover and title were great, but the whole nerd wanting a popular girl was all played out for me. But the way it turned out in the end was so unpredictable and absolutely awesome! I love the mythical creatures thrown in the midst, but seriously hated the headmaster, coach and most people in the administration in school. I can't believe they'd allow Justin to go through so much crap. I wanted to punch them for him, they were so ridiculous. I did get a chance to get the feel of each character and enjoyed getting to know them. The Goth kids, Justin and Elyssa. I want to know more about what goes on! About where his mother went, and the Slade family - his dad's- what's going to happen? I guess I'll have to look forward to reading book two.

As for the writing, it was quite good, and I enjoy it being written in first person since it's more likely for me to get attached to it and read it quickly. Speaking of which, it was a quick read! I finished it in no time and enjoyed every minute of it.

Here are some parts that made me laugh:

With a team like this, I was more certain than ever we were going to die.

And this one:

"He's a special case."

"Special in the head maybe."

"Hey," I said and playfully punched Elyssa in the arm. "That's not nice."

Elyssa smiled a sad little smile. "We're all special in the head for going through with this crazy plan."


Rating: 4/5
(review of free book)

Review by: Jenifer Butera on Sep. 20, 2012 :
This is my first time reading anything by Author John Corwin.
I received the book free so that I would review it with the Read2Review program through the Goodreads Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! group that I am happily a part of.

First off, I felt honored just to be chosen. Pretty much anyone was welcome to do so, but it still made me feel special.

Secondly, this was my first time ever reading a book on my PC. I'm usually a stickler for having the book in my hands in order to smell the wonderful new page scent. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much fun it was to take the "book" upstairs to my bedroom via my PC. Changing the page's orientation and compromising with my cat, as to who was positioned where, and I had several fun filled nights reading this.

Billed as an YA novel, this has refreshingly snappy dialog and moves at an ever increasing pace. I never felt bogged down or lost with the progress. I was on several occasions, surprised to find myself commenting out loud with such Hipster phrases like Holy C&*%! and very outdated phrases such as Oh My!

Really, having been through the whole High School experience many moons ago, I wasn't sure that I would be able to relate well with the characters. I loved them. I related to them. I even had flashbacks to H.S. bullies and elitist cliques that don't seem to have changed too much since my stint at trying to survive those difficult times. If they had such a group as Kings & Castles in my day, I bet that I would have been a member too!

I love that the protagonist, Justin Case; great name, by the way,
is an awkward and nerdy guy to begin with.
How many of us can relate to that?!
I also appreciated that the Parents weren't always in the forefront,
forcing Justin to problem solve and stretch his resources beyond his known abilities.

The vast variety of all the different species and the many challenges to their playing nicely with one another, set the stage for what I expect to be quite an enjoyable series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jenifer Butera on Sep. 20, 2012 :
This is my first time reading anything by Author John Corwin.
I received the book free so that I would review it with the Read2Review program through the Goodreads Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! group that I am happily a part of.

First off, I felt honored just to be chosen. Pretty much anyone was welcome to do so, but it still made me feel special.

Secondly, this was my first time ever reading a book on my PC. I'm usually a stickler for having the book in my hands in order to smell the wonderful new page scent. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much fun it was to take the "book" upstairs to my bedroom via my PC. Changing the page's orientation and compromising with my cat, as to who was positioned where, and I had several fun filled nights reading this.

Billed as an YA novel, this has refreshingly snappy dialog and moves at an ever increasing pace. I never felt bogged down or lost with the progress. I was on several occasions, surprised to find myself commenting out loud with such Hipster phrases like Holy C&*%! and very outdated phrases such as Oh My!

Really, having been through the whole High School experience many moons ago, I wasn't sure that I would be able to relate well with the characters. I loved them. I related to them. I even had flashbacks to H.S. bullies and elitist cliques that don't seem to have changed too much since my stint at trying to survive those difficult times. If they had such a group as Kings& Castles in my day, I bet that I would have been a member too!

I love that the protagonist, Justin Case; great name, by the way,
is an awkward and nerdy guy to begin with.
How many of us can relate to that?!
I also appreciated that the Parents weren't always in the forefront,
forcing Justin to problem solve and stretch his resources beyond his known abilities.

The vast variety of all the different species and the many challenges to their playing nicely with one another, set the stage for what I expect to be quite an enjoyable series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jenifer Butera on Sep. 20, 2012 :
This is my first time reading anything by Author John Corwin.
I received the book free so that I would review it with the Read2Review program through the Goodreads Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! group that I am happily a part of.

First off, I felt honored just to be chosen. Pretty much anyone was welcome to do so, but it still made me feel special.

Secondly, this was my first time ever reading a book on my PC. I'm usually a stickler for having the book in my hands in order to smell the wonderful new page scent. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much fun it was to take the "book" upstairs to my bedroom via my PC. Changing the page's orientation and compromising with my cat, as to who was positioned where, and I had several fun filled nights reading this.

Billed as an YA novel, this has refreshingly snappy dialog and moves at an ever increasing pace. I never felt bogged down or lost with the progress. I was on several occasions, surprised to find myself commenting out loud with such Hipster phrases like Holy C&*%! and very outdated phrases such as Oh My!

Really, having been through the whole High School experience many moons ago, I wasn't sure that I would be able to relate well with the characters. I loved them. I related to them. I even had flashbacks to H.S. bullies and elitist cliques that don't seem to have changed too much since my stint at trying to survive those difficult times. If they had such a group as Kings & Castles in my day, I bet that I would have been a member too!

I love that the protagonist, Justin Case; great name, by the way,
is an awkward and nerdy guy to begin with.
How many of us can relate to that?!
I also appreciated that the Parents weren't always in the forefront,
forcing Justin to problem solve and stretch his resources beyond his known abilities.

The vast variety of all the different species and the many challenges to their playing nicely with one another, set the stage for what I expect to be quite an enjoyable series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Alison Gussack on Sep. 01, 2012 :
It took me awhile to get into this book about Justin and his transformation from a chubby geek into a chiseled, irresistible hunk. But once the action starts, it is non-stop. I could not put it down and by the end, I was loving it! The characters are interesting and surprising and the world created is mysterious, complete with forbidden love and bad guys who sometimes aren't so bad after all, just misunderstood. I am looking forward to the next in the series!
(review of free book)

Review by: Ren Flowers on Aug. 23, 2012 :
It took me a little while to finish this one. It's a really good story about a chubby teen boy named Justin Case. There is more to him then that of course. Confused about who and what he is, Justin goes looking for answers. But in this world, he no longer understands, he has to be careful who he trusts. I'll be honest at first, I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. But I was happily surprised. Justin (aside from having an awesome name) is a lovable character. The book is full and witty commentary and some of it is more then a little nerdy. I really enjoyed it. I give this book an 8 out of 10.
(review of free book)

Review by: Silvia on July 29, 2012 :
This is a fantastic book!! It has the supernatural, funny and love elements to make it an excellent read. I cannot wait to read the sequel.
(review of free book)

Review by: Alana Rock on July 25, 2012 :
For this review, I need my special pimp hat.
*Alana pulls out a purple Fedora with a long striped feather*

I. Loved. This. Book.
This is a fast, fun read that left me aching for the sequel. Sweet Blood of Mine is fantastic for adults and young adults alike! Justin transforms before the reader's eyes; starting as a shy nerd needing a "Man-zier" to seducing every female (including the readers) into jelly at his feet. SBoM manages to remain innocent and romantic, but enough ‘action’ to steam your glasses.

It's laugh out loud funny and I highly recommend it to ANYONE who enjoys paranormal romance/urban fantasy

You simply MUST read this book. You may say, “But I don’t read YA.” SBoM is the YA that everyone should read, even those that don’t usually read YA. Take a chance, and I promise you will not be disappointed! SBoM rolls awkward teenage drama with supernatural shenanigans, adds a few ninja moves, and Princess Bride references (you know you love it). John Corwin adds such wit to this story; it keeps you laughing from the first sentence. Corwin’s writing style reminds me of the Dresden Files and Iron Druid Chronicles because of his laugh-out-loud humor that seems to captivate the reader. You’ll be drawn in by the humor and then the story will create a craving that can’t be satisfied until you’ve finished the last page.

Overall, Sweet Blood of Mine is a hilarious, enthralling urban fantasy that will knock your knickers off and leave you quivering for more!
(review of free book)

Review by: Young Cheng on May 11, 2012 :
5 fucking solid stars. If I could go any higher on the scale, I would have given it a 6. Hell, I'll go and do that. 6 stars. It's that good. I recommend to it lovers of Young Adult fiction and paranormal romance lovers. To the supporters of the underdog and nerdy hero who just can't cut a break in life, this is for you. This is truly awesomeness in word-form. I can't believe the author is self-published. It's amazing how good Sweet Blood of Mine is. It's funny, witty and downright touches your heart (my heart nearly stopped at one point where a major change in relationship status occurred). The romance is realistic. It builds up over time. It's not spontaneous like most YA novels. There isn't any "I want to be with you and I have no real idea why, but the author wants me to do it to further the plot".

So put down that shallow, and predictable mainstream love triangle crap you've been reading about angsty bitches who have it all and just can't see it. The one about the heroine who pines after that dark and mysterious new guy for no real reason other than good looks alone and a mysterious "attraction" she can't explain. Pick up this book instead. You have to read it to find out for yourself, and I assure you, you won't regret it.

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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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