Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Series: Mercian Trilogy #1
*This ARC egalley was provided for me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I do not remember being bitten. I wish I did, for then I would know the creature who did this to me and I would have a purpose, to track him down and repay him for the poisoned gift he gave me. Back in the Thirteenth Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia, although he never lived to inherit his title. In the centuries that follow, Will has led a lonely life, learning to deal with whatever the present day throws at him, always searching for answers but never finding any. Until this time, when he awakens after a 20-year-slumber, hungry for the blood that sustains his undeath, when it appears that he is finally getting a glimpse at why he exists. He does indeed have a destiny, and an enemy, but revealing that fate will be a matter of trust…
Usually I hear about books I want to read from other bloggers BEFORE they appear on NetGalley. This book I had not heard about beforehand. I came across it on NetGalley and debated about reading it, because I have so many other books in the lineup. But I am glad I decided to read it, because it was great!
Yeah, the vampire story line is possibly old and overdone right now, but this one was pretty awesome. For one, it was told from a male’s point of view. And we all know how rarely that happens in young adult. And the vampires in this book were more classical vampires, which means that for the most part, they are not good people. Even our Protagonist Will realized how dangerous he was. Will really wanted to be in a relationship with Eloise, but all she smelled like was food. This doesn’t change throughout the book. Eloise really likes Will and thinks he’s the man, but he won’t budge.
He also hibernates in a coffin like a real vampire (if they were real), and can be paralyzed with a stake through the heart, but not killed. Will is not a young vampire. I think he was something like 700 years old, and something about that was not very sexy to me. So yeah, it was different. A bit traditional in that sense. And I liked it. Lately I’m finding that some of the YA titles I am reading are getting a bit ridiculous as far as plots go. It’s like they are trying to outdo themselves with wackiness.
There’s a lot of setup in this book for things to come in the next series, and because of this, sometimes the pacing was a little off. But when things did happen, I couldn’t stop reading. Obviously this is a series. And I intend to continue. I look upon this title as if it’s a little bit of a dark horse in the YA genre, because I have heard literally nothing about it. I hope it does get read by a lot of people, because I definitely think it was worth my time. It was spooky and very Gothic, which I also loved.
By the time you are 2/3’s of the way through the book, the plot is really moving at a breakneck pace. I say this because I hope it will continue that way into the next book. There were also still some unanswered questions which is to be expected. For instance, why do Rachel & Chris make Will’s bite mark on his wrist hurt?
The one thing I was unimpressed with was the ending. I just thought it was very anti-climactic and a bit stupid to be honest. I can’t say what happened, but let’s just say I was disappointed. That being said, I do think the book is worth reading and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I really want to find out more about the villains and the prophecy. Pick this one up if you are looking for a good old-fashioned vampire story.
The book can be pre-ordered from Amazon here: Blood: Book One of the Mercian Trilogy