Series: The Children and the Blood, #1
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Before I begin, Happy July everyone! Pre-reading this book, I looked at a few reviews on Goodreads and was happy to see that they're basically all four or five stars. Hopefully, that means I'll like this one. *fingers crossed*
My thoughts:TCATB, it starts off with a BANG. Really intense beginning packed full of mystery and action; kind of like a hint to what's coming around. I appreciate how the first few chapters start out right before the prologue 'took place' and then built up from there. It's a bit like an unseen recap if you get my idea. The world building was incredible. I swear it was like reading a movie script at times, how those vivid scenes would put on the big screen. Lots and lots of detail. You can tell the author put some hard work into this piece.
Unfortunately, because there were so many different things going on at once, paying attention to detail and anything that could end up being big news... Well, it's not as easy. So, while this book is amazing in just about every aspect, unless you really take your time reading it and jotting down notes, you may be a bit lost at a few places. This is also the reason why I'm going to reread it again.
Were there any noticeable problems with this reading? Not really. I was annoyed with the POV placement during the earlier parts of the book. It's all third person, but it jumps from Cole's world to Ashley's world. Sometimes you really have to pay attention to note when each one begins. At the same time, this allows different adventures to play out, and things got very exciting midway through. I'm talking caffeine type excitement. For my lack of better words, shit hit the fan, and both parties were in dire need of rescuing.
It's so emotional in some parts. I even had tears in my eyes. The writing is incredible, and is not one ounce of boring. There's too many neat sayings and ideas twisted around the crevices of the world building. There is so many genuine characters throughout this book. They all feel realistic and have depth to them in some form or other even if a majority of them aren't in the spotlight.
It's a very smooth, fun read. Tons of action and confusion among the characters. It's like a map with each event leading up to another. It felt like I was on the edge of my chair a few times. Although the title isn't too enticing, and this isn't the I-can't-stop-reading-leave-me-alone type book, it's truly amazing. It's noteworthy and I definitely recommend it. I can't wait for the next book to come.
So, just to break things down:
World building: 4 stars [It's not out of this world, but it's movie worthy.]
Romance: [Lacked, you won't be seeing any. It's mostly affection.]
Writing style: 5 stars [Really strong, and never boring.]
Pace: 5 stars [Perfect. Kept things interesting.]
The idea: 4.5 - 5 stars [I've seen wizard books, but this one had a different spin to it. The back-story is rich.]
Characters: 4 stars [You get to see the more thoughtful and emotional side to them. Their histories and relationships to others, too. However, the about them isn't really there.]
Title: 2.5 - 3 stars [As I written before, not too enticing, but it definitely makes sense towards the midway point of the book.]
Cover: It's okay. Not amazing, but not bad. Maybe a bit disappointing. It does leave an air of mystery, though.
There's a lot of little things I left out, too, but those would be considered spoilers. *chuckles* If anyone has already read this book and ever wants to have a discussion on it, I'm ready. It's that good.
RATING: 5 out of 5 stars
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About the author:
Megan Joel Peterson lives somewhere between the cornfields of Illinois and fantasy worlds filled with magic and wizards. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and has worked a little bit of everywhere over the years. Now she spends her days and nights creating new stories, and thinks writing is the best job she ever could have asked for. The Children and The Blood is her first published novel.
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