on Sep. 6, 2012 :
I really liked Blood and Guitars, but it just wasn't exciting enough for me. It has a nice leisurely pace to it, which isn't a bad thing at all, but when you are reading it for review and not just for personal enjoyment it effects the rating as terrible as that is. Another reason I couldn't rate this book higher was that there was a lot of information left out on this book, like the inside/outs of what being a vampire means. Every vampire story is different in how vampires are created to what the rules are for being a vampire to the history of vampires. Heather touched briefly on it, but it wasn't completely explained. I have a very good feeling it will all be unfolded for us in book two so I will have to wait and see. I really liked Trey and Aurora, the main characters, but again I just wish I knew more about Aurora because book one focuses a lot on Trey. Very good book, I recommend it for when you just want to read and get away from things and I hope to continue with this series in the future =)
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on June 28, 2012 :
Heather Jensen’s debut novel, “Blood and Guitars,” tells the story of Aurora and Trey—a vampire and a human who risk everything for love.
This modern-day, albeit paranormal, love story begins with a flourish, introducing readers to the tragically beautiful Aurora, while offering a glimpse into the secret world of vampires that she inhabits. The pace slows when Aurora meets Trey, and the lines between their two worlds slowly disappear. This part really showcases Jensen’s solid writing and more than passing understanding of songwriting and the music industry. All the while, the reader braces for the repercussions of the main characters’ forbidden romance.
And the repercussions do come. In fact, just when Jensen leads you to believe that disaster has been averted … she lowers the boom.
“Blood and Guitars” is the satisfying first book in a trilogy. I already have book two, so I’ll soon have more to share.
I recommend “Blood and Guitars” to YA, NA, and adult paranormal romance fans.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 8, 2012 :
I was rather taken back by this book. In all honesty I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it as much as I did, but I could not put it down! A few of the reasons I enjoyed this story was due to the characters. They were well thought out and Heather Jensen took the time to develop their personalities enough to feel as if they were based upon real people. She was able to create such wonderful characters by writing in the point of views of Aurora and Trey. The love story between them is well paced and I couldn't help finding myself falling in love with both of them. Unlike many other books of this nature where the main characters proclaim their love after a few pages without telling the readers WHY they love each other, Jensen does a fantastic job of showing the development of their relationship and explaining the reasons why they love one another and showing us through small gestures such as Trey's smile or holding hands. And on top of that, it is a healthy relationship where it is based upon mutual respect rather than creepy, unhealthy I-can't-live-without-you-or-I'll-die-because-I-lack-self-esteem relationships that I have seen in so many other paranormal romance novels.
Granted there were a few things I did not like. One of them was the lack of labeling when the chapters switched point of views. The first couple of chapters were from Aurora and then randomly it switches to Trey. I was a bit confused at first until I became used to it, but I would have liked the chapters to state whose head I was in. Hopefully this would be corrected in the next book. I also did not like the ending. I felt it should have stopped when Trey learned the truth about Aurora. The last few chapters felt as if they dragged on a bit instead of coming to an end which would launch the reader into the next book. Yet I do understand the issue with the band **SPOILERS** coming to terms with the death of their manager needed to be addressed, but I felt that if there was a cliff hanger or something to lead directly into the next book it would have concluded a bit better.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. I have been telling everyone of my friends that read they need to check this book out. It has been four days since I finished the book, I cannot get Trey and Aurora out of my head. After forcing myself to finish reading “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater (wonderful author, just did not care for that storyline), this book was a wonderful change of direction with a strong plot, great characters, and a beautiful love story.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on Oct. 30, 2011 :
I like the love story, it's like spring/summer and Trey is such a wonderful hero. He's not a jerk, he knows how to treat women right, down to earth and even his band, Catalyst is like that. You'd want them around as your friends and they are far from the usual sex-drugs-and-rock 'n roll kind of thing. Aurora's character too has some interesting layers, being a predator it is expected that she'll be an Alpha and would protect what's hers but at the same time she's soft and feminine with Trey. She has a lot of restraint especially on using her super telepathic powers on him.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 23, 2011 :
Technically, this book should score a 3.5, but wonderful Smashword doesn't believe in halfsies!
So meet Aurora, a vampire who is an artist- a painter to be exact- who is a bit rebellious. She one night is looking for her next meal (i.e., blood), when she meets Trey - A rock star-, and instead of making him dinner, she starts dating him. In the process of trying to hide this from the other vamps and trying to keep her vamp secret from Trey, you get to see how secrets can lead to trouble... Sometimes more than you can bite.
When I started reading it, I was instantly draw to Aurora... I mean, who doesn't love a painting vampire (giving a point to show they have a soul). I like how Ms. Jensen creates her own type of vampire. They can go into the sun (No they do not sparkle!), garlic isn't a problem, and yes they have special talents (but those are only available when the moon is out at night). Trey is a down to earth rock star (that seems a bit unbelievable compared to the vampires :P), and he instantly falls for Aurora. For him it was love at first sight, though they both didn't really know it. Thankfully, it wasn't made as an easy romance, but it gave a lot of great potential for what was coming towards the end.
The movement of the first half of the book is like a quick dance, you are constantly trying to follow the music, the movement of the book. It is from to POV, which alternates depending on what is going on.
As a whole, this book was very good. Unfortunately for me it either needed to end when she revealed her vampirism or it need to have a clean conclusion. It kind of left me hanging, and I hate books that leave me hanging. It is a good book, and I think if you like music, vampires, and painting, this book might be right up your alley.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)