The Legend of the Blue Eyes

Rated 4.20/5 based on 15 reviews
Welcome to the night. You thought things that went bump in the night only exist in books and movies? So did Arianna Grace, until she became one of them. But she is not the only type of night human that lives off of drinking blood. As the rarest and only one of her kind, Arianna must find her place in the world in the young adult novel "The Legend of the Blue Eyes". More
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About B. Kristin McMichael

B. Kristin graduated with her PhD in biology at Ohio State where she worked as a scientist before taking her passion of writing full-time. Besides writing, she enjoys chasing her kids, playing outside, and baking cookies.

B. Kristin McMichael lives in Ohio with her husband and three children. If you don’t find her writing, then she probably has a book in her hand. Make sure to stop by and say hi on her social media.

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Book One of the Blue Eyes Trilogy. A young adult paranormal coming of age tale.

Also in Series: The Blue Eyes Trilogy

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dorothymathewson3432 reviewed on Jan. 4, 2018

I like this book and can tell it is leadng to something big I just got to read the next book to see what happend
(review of free book)
Brigittehf reviewed on July 26, 2014

This is the link to The Legend of Blue Eyes on Goodreads. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Ashton Brammer reviewed on June 10, 2014

My first thought when I began reading this series was "Oh no, it's another vampire, teen romance series." However, even in the first book and introduction entering the world of the Blue Eyes Trilogy, McMichael uses a great blend of Celtic lore and variety in the night humans to avoid just that. Although I found this first book still weighed down with the cliched, romance angle at times, the book sets up the challenge for Arianna as she discovers her true identity in the world of the night humans, and introduces a cast of great, developing characters that make for an overall enticing read.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Cheryl Duval reviewed on Feb. 21, 2014

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on and the Author.

Once I started reading I could not put this book down. The night human world the author created was different then any book I have read. The characters of Arianna, Devin and Turner are great. On her 16th birthday Arianna is thrown into a world that she could never possibly imagine and she discovers that her entire life has been a lie. She finds herself in the middle of a war that has been going on for centuries. The story is well written and captivating. I can't wait to read the next book. I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Christina Gomez reviewed on July 7, 2013
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(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Crystal Tadlock reviewed on June 16, 2013

Omg!!! This book was sooo amazing that I could NOT put it down! The reading was easy and fluid, I didn't have to stop and re-read. I love the neat new touches the author used in lieu of the same old boring terms for werewolf, vampire, etc. This started out having even me wonder what the heck was going on just as the main character was. I love the explanation of the family and how everything happened. I have been trying to win this book forever and when this opportunity came up I was EXHILARATED! I love the characters relations with each other and just loved the whole feeling of the book. One part that I did become confused on was this character named Thomas at the end. Where did he come from and who is he?? Anyway, lovely writing, great introduction to these new terms. I can NOT WAIT for the next book to come out!!!! B. Kristin McMichael You are a great storyteller and a wonderful weaver of words!
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
Casie L reviewed on June 4, 2013

My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!!

First OMG, the cover is absolutely beautiful and very intriguing. I really liked this story with all the twists and turns and mysterious back story that you only learn bits and pieces as you go keep you intrigued. It did have some boring parts here and there, but this is the first book so it is needed to make sure we understand what’s going on. I absolutely love Arianna though at the beginning she is a bit of a cliché blonde where everything goes over her head, but it is because she’s very naïve and been kept in the dark. It is amazing to watch her learn about night humans and grow as a character. I was laughing with her, irritated, worried, and cried with her. I know I’m sucked into a story when it makes me cry. I also want to mention that I love her name because if I ever had a daughter her name would have been Arianna because I always thought it was beautiful (oddly enough I found the name in a romance book which is amusing to me).

I think anyone who enjoys paranormal fantasy would fall in love with Arianna and this world that Kristin created.

I absolutely can’t wait to read book 2 because I think it is only going to get better as a series.

****This book was gifted to me by the author for an honest review
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)
Brenda Ayala reviewed on June 3, 2013

The Legend of the Blue Eyes was good. I liked it. But if I'm being honest it's not something I would pick up again.

Basically the entire book is about Arianna being doted upon by almost every young male she comes into contact with. Very little focus is on the actual plot, which is the legend. While I do recognize that this is the first in a series and therefore more of an introduction rather than a continuation of a plot, I felt more time needed to be spent on progressing.

Instead, the only progression we get is her kissing Devin, then Turner, then Andrew. Then Thomas comes into the picture, who she hasn't kissed yet, but I'm willing to bet that it's coming soon. I know virtually nothing about Jackson and Micah and yet I liked them because they weren't fawning all over this girl that really hasn't done anything to deserve all the praise. Yes, she's pure blood, but that's genetic. Her best character trait is that she's not snooty about sharing her blood. And the fact that this is such a small part of the book just doesn't make me think she's anything special, especially not to have all these guys falling at her feet at the slightest whim.

Also, why is no one embarrassed about her unbuttoning all of their shirts in random public places? I get it, she needs to hear a heartbeat, but you don't need to get topless to do that.

I don't know. I didn't dislike it, but I wasn't really impressed either. I wanted to skim through a lot of the whole "Devin is so calm all the time but I like Turner because he's carefree" paragraphs.

What I did like was the relationship between her grandfather and her great uncle, and I wish the prejudices of the two different races would have been played up more. I also really loved the transformations! They weren't grotesque (which I didn't expect anyway) but the changes were radical enough that a change was actually noticeable. I think this is a great way to distance the book from other vampire books out there, where they still look human and don't change at all. With the exception of being ridiculously gorgeous of course.

Edit: it's not clear who Thomas is. I can assume he's the tengu, but that's never actually told to us.

Edit 2: The baby talk while she was drunk on blood was downright annoying. She doesn't want to be treated like a child and then proceeds to act like one.

One more thing: I counted at least 5 instances where the sentence went like this:
"But," Arianna complained. (It got to the point where it was a bit distracting for me. I'm probably the only one that noticed, but hey. Just thought I'd mention it)
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Kaitlyn Plemmons reviewed on June 3, 2013

This is a very solid 3.5 star book. The author did a fantastic job of world building in the book. The characters are well thought out and the plot moves at a nice pace.

This is the story of Arianna an orphan who is raised by her Aunt and Uncle in average small town. Everything in Arianna’s life is pretty normal -until it isn’t. She quickly finds out that her heritage is a bit more complicated than she has believed. Her parents were from the head families of feuding vampire races. She is thrust into the middle of a world that she doesn’t even begin to comprehend on her 16th birthday when her transformation from human to night human (the preferred term for supernaturals in this world) begins.

Arianna is given a protection team because, being the heir to two prominent families, she is a prime target for assassination. As it turns out a large number of the people in her life are other supernatural beings that have been watching over her. She is often led around by her team because she has no idea what is going on in her life.

I did have a few issues with this book. The first of which is that Arianna seems practically narcoleptic. She falls asleep at least once every other chapter if not every chapter. The given explanation for this is that she does not know how to use her power properly so she exhausts herself often. Because there is a plausible reason for her constant passing out I note it as a minor annoyance instead of major flaw. The other issue I take is that this girl must have some serious pheromones going on. Every male character around her age is madly in love with her and would do anything to protect her based on very short periods of interaction with her.

As the plot progresses we find out that Arianna is at the center of a prophecy that will dramatically impact the supernatural world. Neither the reader nor Arianna finds out what the prophecy actually is in this book.

The world building done by the author is very well thought out. She has created a world with four prominent races of night humans who are similar but still very different. I am eager to find out more about this world and the characters in it.

This is a very solid novel and I definitely suggest picking it up if you get the chance.

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Sherry Knack reviewed on May 26, 2013

This review and others can be found on my blog.

The Legend of the Blue Eyes by B. Kristin McMichael. It is the first book in The Blue Eyes Trilogy. I received a copy of this book for free in return for my honest review, through the Never Too Old For Y.A. Books Group on Goodreads. However, I received a copy of the through through Smashwords using a special coupon code from the author. This in no way effects my final review of this book.

In the Acknowledgements the author thanks her husband for pushing her to go further with this novel. It would seem she originally wrote it two months before Twilight came out. We all know how that went down with crazed girls, sparkly vampires, and a slew of similar books. So, before we go into what I thought of the book, I just want to thank the author for listening to her husband and taking a chance in publishing this book.

Aah, the world/creature building in this book is wonderful! I love the four different types of night humans the author came up with. We all know about vampires, lycans, and the such, but Mrs. McMichael manages to put her own unique spin on them. I will admit the whole warring races in this book, did remind me a little of Underworld, but I was okay with that.

Basically, you have this "hidden" world filled with four different races of night humans, that live among us regular folks. You have the Dearg-duls, who are basically vampires. They need to feed on blood and are sensitive to sunlight, mostly between the hours of 10am-2pm. The Lycans or werewolves who are sided with the Dearg-duls. They look a little different than other versions of werewolves that we know. They can travel during the day time. Then there are the Baku, who can only fully manifest at night. They turn into these big pale creatures with long hair. In my head I picture a cross between the Castithan and Biomen on the Syfy show Defiance. Aligned with them are the Tengu. They are a night human with bat like wings. Both the Dearg-duls and the Baku need blood to survive and the Lycans and the Tengu are more of raw meat eaters. The disagreement between races originally started over their food sources.

Now poor Arianna, on her sixteenth birthday gets thrown into this whole mess. She never really knew a whole lot about her parents, but it appears they had a whole Romeo and Juliet type of relationship going on. At the age of sixteen she manifests as a vampire or Dearg-dul, but that's not all she is...What side will she ultimately chose?

I really liked this book. I'm actually quite sad that the author didn't manage to get this published BEFORE Twilight. Mrs. McMichael's world is so much richer and intriguing than the one Stephenie Meyer's created. I would rather see young adults read this book over that one. While Arianna does tend to get rescued in this book I can see her coming into her own in future books and being more than able to take care of herself and even do some of her own rescuing (of herself and others).

I look forward to reading the rest of this trilogy and recommend that you check it out too!

4.5 STARS!!!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

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