I really enjoyed this book! After reading The Mating, I went straight on - I had to know what happened to the characters!! Ryne does not disappoint!!!
Sweet Blood of Mine
on Jan. 16, 2013
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!
First of all, the blurb for this book doesn't do it justice. This book has it all for paranormal romance fans - a variety of supernatural "creatures," escapes, battles, kidnappings, a possessive alpha male, and hot sex. (We all know how well those last two go together!)
Don't let the fact that this is a new author scare you!! In Violet, M.L. Med has produced a solid debut novel. This book is well written and the author has created an interesting world with diverse characters. You will FEEL right along with Marcus and Skyler. The secondary characters are intriguing as well, to the point that I am already jonesing for the next book because I didn't get enough of them! (Caden, oh Caden, just what will happen to you?!)
This book is quite fast paced. The above mentioned kidnappings and battles? Just a small part! Looking back I almost can't believe all the events in just this one story! While it made for an exciting read, I do have to say sometimes I felt like it was a little too hurried. I would have liked to have had a bit more background and detail for certain scenes, and perhaps a bit more reaction or "head talk" from the minds of our hero and heroine instead of what felt like at times, a rush to the next conflict. This is a matter of personal preference though, as I am sure many readers will love how action packed this book is!
Overall, I am quite impressed with this debut. There were times that I had to remind myself that this is M.L. Med's first novel. A few of the ideas in the book have been done before, but the author manages to combine them in a way that keeps them interesting. I was hooked and motivated to keep reading throughout, and now will impatiently wait for the sequel!