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Imagine a city divided. A city where human and Fae magic rests uneasily next to the vampire Blood and the shapeshifting Beasts. A city where a fragile peace is brokered by a treaty that set the laws for all four races…a treaty that is faltering day by day.I didn’t plan on becoming a thief and a spy. But options are limited for the half-breed daughter of a Fae lord. My fath...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Roc
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Susana
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PepperP0t (ireadthatbook.com)
This time out half-fae spy Holly is working a distasteful job and literally falls into the arms of hot, dedicated, cocky & confident Templar guy - Guy DuCaine (yea Simon's brother). Her line of work and his current quest makes opportunities to meet again abundant and inevitable as each is looking for answers about the disappearance/death of the blood lord just as the treaty seems to be fracturing. Using these same opportunities, both Guy and Holly enter into a partnership while staying true...more
Felicia
I feel like this is 3.5 as a rating, but I can't give half-stars :D In a very crowded, derivative field of urban fantasy right now, I like this series! This is the second, and I definitely enjoyed reading it. I like the characters and I think the world building is interesting (although not as fleshed out as I keep looking for, but it's definitely getting there). Templars/Vampires/Fairy/Human/Shifters, it's a lot going on, and I still don't feel like I understand 100% what it is to exist in this...more
Mara
3.5

Great characters, great world. Less than 4 stars because he's somewhat less fleshed out than she is (Holly is definitely my kind of girl), and because the world is absolutely great, but I could do without the romance. Do not misunderstand me this is great as PNR, but I was expecting a UF/fantasy and the romance got in its way < grin >.

Therefore, the plot seemed almost unfinished to me, because it's developing in an arch along books, but the single novels focus on a couple. So you get a...more
Mandi Schreiner
I liked this one, not quite as much as book one though. I loved Guy and Holly - but wanted to see more of this world. Also felt like the conflict from book one, was an obvious secret in this book.

Still enjoy this series. I think it is a well built world. I just want to become deeper into it.

Full review to come.
Paranormal Haven
3.5 stars


Holly is a half-fae thief and spy. She is forced to do a job she really doesn’t want to do. As it happens she runs into Templar Guy DuCaine for a second time. Being a spy and having to deal with a Templar can be hard, add in some attraction between the two, and it gets really hard. Guy nearly forces Holly to work with him, so he doesn’t have to involve his brother’s soon-to-be-wife. Soon the two are moving through the Night World together.

This is the second book in The Half-Light City s...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

BLOOD KIN was one of those books that I really didn’t want to put down as it hit all of my buttons for an entertaining story. It had the intrigue and danger of a spy novel, intense action scenes, and a romance that evolved organically over the course of the story. One of the most exciting scenes for me was actually not very big on action as it took place in a opera hall where people went to watch and be watched. It felt intense and scary as every action...more
Beth Dawkins
3.5

Holly is a half-fae thief and spy. She is forced to do a job she really doesn’t want to do. As it happens she runs into Templar Guy DuCaine for a second time. Being a spy and having to deal with a Templar can be hard, add in some attraction between the two, and it gets really hard. Guy nearly forces Holly to work with him, so he doesn’t have to involve his brother’s soon-to-be-wife. Soon the two are moving through the Night World together.

This is the second book in The Half-Light City series....more
Kristen
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Shifters, Vampires, Magic, Fae
RECEIVED: Received for Review from ROC
BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/

REVIEW:
It’s extremely rare for me to like the second book in a series more than the first, but I absolutely loved Blood Kin. This story follows right after Shadow Kin and continues with Simon and Lily, but focuses on Simon’s brother Guy a Templar Knight. Blood Kin kept me at the edge of my seat like Shadow Kin but had that extra kick in the plot that made me enjoy...more
Stacy
I gave it 3.5 stars

I didn't realize that BLOOD KIN didn't revolve around the same characters as book 1 so I was kinda sad to start reading it and find that out. Lily and Simon still have roles but BLOOD KIN revolves around Holly who is a half Fae thief and spy and Guy who is a Templar Knight and also Simon's brother.

Holly despises the man that fathered her but when he puts a geis on her she has no choice but to spy on Simon to find out his secrets. Guy is trying to keep Lily his brothers wife ou...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I was a little sad to learn that each installment in the Half-Light City series showcases a different couple; after having really enjoyed Shadow Kin I was reluctant to say goodbye to Lilly and Simon. However, I decided to give Guy and Holly the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, much to my chagrin, I found Blood Kin to be only a so-so read. The female protagonist in this book didn't manage to capture my interest the way that her predecessor did and the plot isn't nearly...more
Kt
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Holly's life has never been easy as her Fae father abandoned her for her limited magic skills and left her mother so devastated that she can't even function. Yet, bound and determined, Holly found a way to use her skills with charms and glamour to carve out a decent life for herself as a spy. Sure she may be on the wrong side of the law, but she her mother's care is expensive, and espionage pays well. Everything changes won't she falls (lite...more
Erin Cataldi
I was due for some mindless fantasy and "Blood Kin" definitely fit the bill. The story follows half Fae and night world spy, Holly, as she gets coerced into the most dangerous spying mission she's ever encountered. She has to team up with a cocky, self assured, and righteous Templar, Guy DuCaine and the unlikely duo soon realize that they have more in common then they could ever imagine (hello sex scenes!). Their quest for information takes them through the Blood courts of the vampires, and into...more
LAWonder10
It is so unsettling and infuriating to many of us, who appreciates real literary talent, that the authors chose language or situations that prohibit us adding their works to our libraries.
I felt confident that a setting of the 1300's where most likely the F...in words weren't used that it wouldn't be a major problem. Given the summary, I suspected there might be some crude slang but not the sickening profanity of debased sexual references.
The story is adventurous, dramatic, imaginative, with an...more
Kristina
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

BLOOD KIN was one of those books that I really didn’t want to put down as it hit all of my buttons for an entertaining story. It had the intrigue and danger of a spy novel, intense action scenes, and a romance that evolved organically over the course of the story. One of the most exciting scenes for me was actually not very big on action as it took place in a opera hall where people went to watch and be watched. It felt intense and scary as every action...more
Syahira Sharif


Blood Kin is a first person POV Paranormal Romance book about Holly, a half-fae spy who is forced by her father to spy on a sunmage, Simon DuCaine and the also a first person POV on Guy DuCaine, a templar who caught the said, spy, falling off a roof and eventually wanted some revenge to prevent more deaths and ambushes from Beast creatures.

If you read the blurb given, its actually summarized the entire book to you. So let's cut the chase.

I saw this book in a book ad and eventually I get them (I...more
Jael
3 1/2 stars for this bit, but I rounded up since Goodreads doesn't have a 1/2 star rating.
I was really hoping that this book would again be from the viewpoint of Lily and Simon again. I really liked her character.

I don't know what it was about this book... I just didn't adore it as much as Shadow Kin (it also didn't pull me in like Shadow Kin, too). Plus, there was just something about the female protagonist Holly that I just couldn't get into.

Oh! One thing I noticed right off the bat was Sco...more
Kylie Griffin
MJ Scott has created a rich fantasy world in the Half-Light series and once again I was sucked in quickly to the story - much anticipated, as this time it focused on Guy DuCaine, a secondary character and brother to Simon, who appeared in SHADOW KIN, the first book in this series.

While I thoroughly enjoyed SHADOW KIN, I found BLOOD KIN a much more satisfying and smoother read. Perhaps this is because I was already familiar with the world and not grappling with getting my head around the structur...more
Steph
Blood Kin focuses around Holly and Guy, Simon's brother. We first met Guy, Simon and Lily, his wraith fiancée, in Shadow Kin. Unlike Simon who is a master healer, Guy is a Templar Knight and uninterested in romance or relationship. All that changes when Holly, a half-fae spy, literally falls into his lap. Since the Blood Lord's death things have changed. Despite Lucius' vicious nature, during his reign as Blood Lord the Night World had some degree of stability. Now, the treaty that sets laws for...more
Jennifer
I received this book free from Goodread's Firstreads program.

Despite my anti-preference for “romance” books, I really enjoyed Blood Kin. Like the first book in the series, Shadow Kin, this installment follows two characters—Guy Du Caine (brother to Simon from the first book) and Holly, a half-Fae spy and thief—as they try to save the city and Holly’s family. As the book is written using the romance formula, the two characters must come to grips with their mutual attraction while they lie, spy, a...more
Melliane
Mon avis en français

My English review

I was pretty curious to start this book, but I confess that I was anxious to follow another character all along the book. I really enjoyed Lily and I was a little sad to not have her point of view this time. But finally, what a surprise, following Guy and Holly was a real pleasure as well. These two new protagonists are finally really different from the couple we saw in the first volume. Plus, as the other one, this book follows each time the point of view of...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Steampunkish, with an Urban Fantasy twist

*Review*

Holly Evendale is a spy and thief nicknamed the Owl. She is part fae, but truly despises her father for the way he abandoned her mother and later when he forces a geas on her in order for her to do his bidding when she refuses to help him. Holly is an interesting character. She isn't an innocent bystander in this story but one who is prone to cause trouble for others for what she considers the right reasons. She spies on people...more
Jenni Ebba
This is a world I could visit again and again. From the first novel, Shadow Kin, I have been held spellbound by this author's imagination. This urban fantasy is about a world where Beasts, Blood Drinkers, and the Fae attempt to coexist with humans. Thanks to a treaty written by the Queen of Fairies the four species must find a balance or perish. Humans are not merely standing back and being controlled by their more powerful neighbors, but fighting for their rights. Humans can be powerful magi, w...more
Darkand
This is the second installment of the Half-Light City series and I enjoyed this one even more than the first. It sucked me into it's world of Bloods(vampires), Beasts(shifters), Fae, wraiths, humans with magics(mages), Templar Knights, and all the swirling politics involved in different species coexisting. I liked that the author named the chapters based on who was speaking because truthfully, it took me a while in the first book to figure out the rhythms of the first person narratives switching...more
Louise
Like the first book, I enjoyed the world and the intermingling of the Fae (even though I usually hate Fae stories!), werewolves (aka Beast-kind in this world), vampires, and humans. It was an entertaining read if I didn't think too hard about it. I liked Holly as a main character more than Lily in the first book. I have a soft spart for stealthy spies and thieves, I suppose.

Some parts that bothered me though, were how easily Guy's personality changed. In the first book, he was all righteous temp...more
Jill Bradley
I love the story and the action. The only thing I will say is that I really didn't like Guy the main dude character. He was just pissed off the whole time. It seemed to me that he lost a lot of his depth in this book. When he should have connected the dots and figured out who beat Holly up, he was just pissed that he wasn't a templar, pissed that she's independent, pissed that she's not independent, pissed that she betrayed him, ect. It definitely didn't endear me to him, but apparently was supp...more
Anna Macnamara
Awesome like the first,
Josephine
I really enjoy M.J. Scott's world and writing style. However, her first book was significantly darker than #2. So it slipped from my Amazing category. It felt much more romantic and less Urban Fantasy (or Steampunk) than the previous novel. Additionally, the end just wrapped up too neatly and a bit amazingly that suddenly the guy who was so angry he couldn't even look at her turned around and professed undying love! However, I still have faith that Scott will continue to write strong books with...more
Misti
I liked this character better that Lily the Wraith from book one. I really enjoyed seeing other parts of this world. I really like the world building. There are Beasts (weres), Blood (vampires), Fae, Mages (witches/warlocks with elemental powers), and the Templars (the police); as well as humans. There are really two separate worlds, dark (blood and beasts) and light. This one had more intrigue and a glimpse into politics and the society of the world. Fun story! Will check out more from this aut...more
Emma
3.5 stars
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