This first novel by Neha Yazmin was also my first ebook, and I'm glad as it made it easier to read wherever I was, since towards the middle of the book until the end I found it unputdownable. Not to say I didn't enjoy the start, especially the opening prologue.
The story is well told, and a relatively simple one of troubled boy meets troubled girl and how they struggle to overcome their respective pasts and dysfunctional families with the support of one another, but also causing them obstacles to really commit to finding one another. Of course it doesn't all go so smoothly and there are a few twists along the way!
It is a story about love, friendship, family, music, life, destiny and soul mates. Two people who need each other to become their true self.
Neha has a way with descriptions that make the scenes really vivid. I loved the London setting, that London itself becomes a key character in the story. It would not have worked in any other setting!
The recurring themes also come full circle through the course of the book, which I found unfolded beautifully.
I also couldn't finish the review without mentioning the songs (the lead character is a singer!). I enjoyed them all, although in parts I did think there were maybe a few too many - but that in itself was central to the storyline, reflecting key insight into and reflection of the characters and their state of mind. A great mechanism to add to the story telling.
Finally my hidden gem was the QandA with the author at the end which was a nice surprise to allow us to share Neha's experience of writing her first novel.
I look forward to reading some of Neha's other work but hope I don't have to wait too long!
I've now read Poison Blood 1 and 2 - both of which I loved and read each in less than 24 hours. I was gripped and Neha had me turning the e-pages! I am definitely hooked on the Poison Blood Series and now eagerly awaiting Book 3!
So let's start with Poison Blood 1 - I'll be honest I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read Neha's first novel 'Chasing Pavements' which I loved so I thought I'd give Poison Blood a try even though part of me was unsure whether yet another vampire story was worth telling... It definitely was! Yes like another reviewer has mentioned Neha takes some inspiration from the Twilight saga in terms of Vampire mythology - Neha unashamedly embraces this and I knew what to expect as I has read it in her Author Q&A - yet that's really where the similarity ends. Let’s be clear this is not fan fiction. There is so much more to the Vampire world that she creates, and she really does create a 'world' - with its own rules and justice system. Obviously this is a world that (unknowingly to most humans) co-exists with our world - That becomes important later on, and I'm sure it will further develop in the Poison Blood Series, as the two worlds: human and vampire inevitably collide - but really this is a character driven story. In fact this is where the similarity to Chasing Pavements arises – of course the story is entirely different - but Neha's characters depths are what drive her stories, each with their hidden secrets of course.
This is the story of Ellie, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl - who fights with her parents and hangs out with her friends - until one day she is created as a vampire . Ellie is not a typical vampire - she hates the taste of blood and abhors the thought of harming human life. There is more to Ellie than even she knows … Book 1 of the Poison Blood series really is about the ‘Revelation’ (it’s good!).