Blood Entwines by Caroline Healy

Blood Entwines (#1)
Caroline Healy
Published: 1st August, 2014
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary:

In the aftermath of a blood transfusion that saved her life, Kara feels different. Her senses are stronger … she can hear whispered comments not meant for her ears … she can hear the person following her.

When Jack, her stalker, reveals himself and insists that Kara has something that belongs to him, she does her best to avoid him. But he’s determined to talk to her, convinced that they’re linked through the blood she received during her transfusion.

Jack is struggling against a dark and dangerous demon. His body is host to the evil power that wants Kara’s blood and will stop at nothing to get it, but when Jack himself is able to regain control he tries to warn her away. Can Kara save Jack without risking her own life?

What I Liked: This book is different for most books I read, and going into it I thought it would be something ENTIRELY different than it turned out to be! The start of the book puts us right into the story of what happens to our main character, Kara. We have a multiple narrative story, which honestly works for this book because of how the different stories for the different characters we follow intertwine. I spent most of the book wondering just what exactly Jack (who ends up basically stalking her) wanted. The beginning was full of lots of tension, especially since the italics leave you wondering what exactly the mystery character is talking about. Hannah was a character who I liked a lot, she plays a large part in the story which helps push the plot along. Kara’s “friends” show their true colors in the beginning after Kara’s accident, and when Kara returns to school after recovering. Kara has her faults, making her seem a bit more human and gives her a bit of relatability for the reader.

What I didn’t like: There really wasn’t a definite setting that I was given for the book. It’s set in a town that was given no name for us as reference. There’s also no real description of the way the characters look so I couldn’t actually have an image of the different characters when I read. We got minimal descriptions (hair and eye colors) and those were referenced only a few times in the book. Also, Hannah has this really out of character moment in the book that sticks out really badly from everything she had done previously. There were lots of loose strings that could have been tied up in this book that weren’t, and that left us with unanswered questions that I had figured would be answered in that one. I had (what I think is) an ARC copy of the book, so the mistakes I noted when reading it have likely been fixed.

Overall Review: While the book could definitely use some sprucing up, this one had what I felt like to be a unique plot with what happens during the story. While the characters and plot are interesting, the lack of details to give the setting and characters more definition and solidity wasn’t present which left something to be desired with them.

Recommend?: Definitely! It’s a uniquely done urban fantasy story that kept me attentive to it and itching to return to it each time I had to put it down!

Goodreads: 3.3/5 Amazon: 3.5/5 Barnes&Noble: -/5 Bloomsbury

My Rating: 4.2/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 4.8
Idea: 4.6
Story: 3.6
Characters: 4.1

About the Author:
Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.
She published her first, award winning collection of short stories, entitled A Stitch in Time in August 2012. Her work has been featured in publications such as Wordlegs, The Bohemyth, Prole and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice.
She writes literary fiction and young adult fiction, with her Y.A. book Blood Entwines released with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 2014.

Caroline loves drinking tea from mis-matched china, doing yoga, as well as reading, writing, talking and thinking about all things bookish. She also has a penchant for cake and dark chocolate.

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