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Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven #1)

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Every seven years, there comes a week in July when the locals do unspeakable things - and then don't seem to remember them. The collective madness has made itself known beyond the town borders and has given Hawkins Hollow the reputation of a village possessed.

This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie ha
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Jove Books
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Oct 16, 2011 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Noraholic but I was a bit disappointed with the last NR books I read, the Key trilogy, so I didn't know what to expect from this book. As I've learned the hard way, high expectations can be deadly, so my wariness towards this new trilogy ended up working in its favor as I really enjoyed this first book in the series and I'm definitely going to read the next ones.

Caleb Hawkins, Fox O'Dell and Gage Turner shared the same birthday (July 7th, 1977) and had been best friends their whole lives.
Shannon The Show Stopper
So I used to be a book snob. I was an English major so I would only read books considered 'literature'. Even though I mostly read modern lit or southern had to be 'literature' and certainly not romance novels...OMG...NO! Well, I ended up visiting with some friends out of state and had left the book I was reading at home. I asked where the closed bookstore was so I could go and pick something up. Well, my friend was a reader too....of romance and smut. She couldn't believe as much as I ...more
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

Quick Summary
Almost 21 years ago, Caleb Hawkins and his two best friends hiked into the woods to celebrate their 10th birthday (they share the same day). What they experienced forever changed them and released a phenomena that affects their town and its residents every seven years. As the the 3rd seven-year anniversary approaches, Cal has agreed to work with paranormal researcher Quinn Black to chronicle the town and its strange history. She gets more than she
Dominique Hutches
Dec 15, 2007 Dominique Hutches rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense lovers
Stephen King recently stated in his Entertainment Weekly column that Nora Roberts is cool. I agree. The woman always surprises me with the directions she takes her stories, and yet she remains consistant - men with good hearts, women who fall in love, and challenges they must face together if they are to win.
In this case there is an evil that was contained under a stone alter several hundred years ago by a wizard. Three ten-year old boys unknowingly do the one thing that releases the evil unto
Nov 24, 2008 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
For me, it was pretty much a given that I'd like this book because with maybe one exception, I've enjoyed every Nora Roberts book I read (and I've read almost every single one). And I did like this book. Actually, I loved it. There were maybe one or two things that could have been done a little better, but it didn't ruin the book. I still loved it.

Blood Brothers is the first book in NR's Sign of Seven trilogy. The series focuses on the quaint town of Hawkins Hollow where twenty one years earlier
Re-read (5/01/16) English edition
Kind of meh. Basically what I remember it being...
This light-headed characterization of the characters "Nora Roberts" style is starting to get on my nerves. Their dialogues!
Their very confident dialogues. This isn't people who have any doubts. About anything.
I am starting to think they're all aliens in their absolute perfection.

Original Review:
(English review with some ramblings in Portuguese..)

Not my favourite, but it turned out better that i was hoping, conside
Jun 04, 2010 Mahyar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'3.5 Stars'

Though a romantic suspense, it was not captivating. Characters were kinda dull at the beginning, and I liked Fox (The Hollow, second book from Sign of Seven's hero.) more than Cal, who's only a small part of the book. Therefore, I look forward to reading the sequel, and hopefully, it’ll have better love scenes than this one had. I’m not disappointed, but I had expected more from a well-known, best-selling author like Nora Roberts.

However, I think one of the reasons why this book didn’
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Yay! I finished it!

Thoughts on the Story:

I loved the brotherhood bond between Cal, Gage and Fox. They had been friends for a very long time, and you could see that that bond was titanium and strengthened by their horrific mutual experience and legacy. I liked how they were three very different men, and I could see a distinction in their personalities throughout this book. I loved how the book started in the past, where we see how horrors begin in Hawkins Hollow, but also the three main character
Ronda  Tutt
Apr 18, 2010 Ronda Tutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read and I think I picked a great time to read this book. It was raining and very cold outside and what better to do than lay on the couch covered up while thrown into a good book and drinking hot tea.

The story captured me right away, the characters were awsome and I actually laughed out loud in some parts.

Caleb, Fox, and Gage are 3 young boys who decide to venture out on the eve of their 10th birthday and camp out in the woods by the well known Pagan Stone that every
Nov 05, 2008 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
The prolific Nora Roberts is an author I normally read on recommendation only. This is purely because she written so MANY books it's too hard for me to navigate through her normal books and her fantastic books without a second opinion.

This one, however, was one I found all by myself :-) Okay, I plucked it from Mum's audiobook collection but she had no idea if it was good or not.

Lucky for me, it was great. A paranormal/romantic suspense that centers around a demon terrorising a small American tow
Kim Porter
Apr 21, 2008 Kim Porter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: Sue
Well, I'm going to be completely honest and just say that this book was pretty boring. It dragged on, and she kept repeating the same concept of the story, over and over! "yes, I get it, now move on with the story!" I know a lot of people like her books, and for me it's a toss up, some I like, and some I don't. Unfortunatly, this is one I did not. I found my mind wandering to other things, and the characters really bothered me. Once again, she's very repeditive when it comes to the story line, s ...more
Feb 16, 2008 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Shelves: fantasy
I don't know why I bother with Nora Roberts anymore, but she is as formulaic and predictable as Roberts and in her guise as J.D. Robb. I think I used to like her, when I was 16. Maybe that's because she actually came up with new ideas back then.

Total yawner, and if you changed the names, you could see any of her other recent trilogies shaping up in this short novel. Six characters, three relationships warming up. It is as if she just changed the setting and the action bits rather than any of th
Beth (moonivy)
Dec 23, 2007 Beth (moonivy) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers.
Read 12/17/07

Blood Brothers is the first book in the Sign of Seven Trilogy. Caleb,
Fox and Gage have been friends all of their lives, sworn blood brothers in
small town of Hawkins Hollow. Every seven years an ancient horror that
was set loose on their ten birthday breaks free and ravages the town. Now
approaching their 31st birthday, they fear this may be the last battle for
their little town. Sparks fly when intrepid reporter Quinn Black arrives to
research the story and Caleb's reluctant attract
Dec 15, 2008 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts
Being a N.R.'s fan, I'm a bit disappointed by this one. I like the idea of the story and I like the 3 male characters and their relation to their respective families, which feels real and genuine.
The character I can't relate to is Quinn. I realize this is a very personal opinion but I don't like the way she speaks, acts, I don't like her attitude, her tone, her bossiness. I usually love strong women in the books I read, but I couldn't see it in this one.
☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
4.8 "Kickass Team" Stars

OMG, this series (yes, I finished it) is one of my top 10 favorites ever!! They were incredible books, all 3 of them. I will definitely read them again in the future. Thank you Ms. Roberts for your creative mind and fantastic writing skills. You blew my mind!

If you like Paranormal, of the nasty demon-kind, Suspense & Action galore, LOL Humorous moments, a Male/Female team of 6 to fight said demon and a sweet but hot Romance, then you'll enjoy the heck out of this book
Andy Wilkerson
This was my first Nora Roberts book, and I picked it up after a friend gave it her highest recommendation. However, I wasn't that enthralled by it. The storyline had potential, but I feel like the characters drug it down. The most interesting part of this book was when the boys were 10, everything after that was a steady line of boring for me.

I don’t know if it is just me, but I couldn’t stand Quinn. Roberts was going for this likeable, pushy, strong character but it was way overdone and after
Tempo de Ler
Apr 09, 2013 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O meu 42º livro de Nora Roberts (…cheira-me a doença...!): Irmãos de Sangue é o (fabuloso) primeiro livro da trilogia Signo dos Sete…E o mais prodigioso é que, em 42 livros, Nora Roberts não me decepcionou a sério uma única vez!

Numa narrativa envolvente e cheia de acção, a autora traz até nós Caleb (o miúdo da classe média), Fox (o hippie) e Gage (o filho do bêbedo) - três meninos de 10 anos que, num juramento que se destinava a cimentar a sua amizade, acabam por libertar algo enorme e horrível
Nov 30, 2007 Tashia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this one on amazon so preordered it and it arrived in the mail today and I finished it tonighta quick read and filled with the magical stuff her recent works have been filled with. I am not usually one to love books about demons and gods and netherworlds yet somehow I can quickly devour most anything roberts writes (perhaps it is the romantic in me-mix a little romance into these books and I'm hooked). Escapism for a few hours perhaps. Now, i have to wait until may for the second ...more
Although this book kind of moved along and had an interesting premise, for some reason I just wasn't bowled over by it. Because I know Nora Roberts as a Romance/Chick Lit writer, I was curious to see how she handled the paranormal genre and it wasn't terrible. But I found it a bit repetitive and drawn out - the story in this book could easily have been told in about 100 pages less. I can see why - the author probably knew that she was writing a trilogy but still wanted each book to be substantia ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, audio, 2014
I confess that I think I've read only one Nora Roberts book in the past previous to this. I know I'm probably the only one on the planet who hasn't read most, if not all, of her back list. Well, after reading this one, I think I may start!

This was pretty exciting and I loved the setting and different character personalities. The supernatural situation they found themselves in was pretty creepy and though the resolution at the end of this book didn't feel like a permanent one, I'm looking forward
Jan 12, 2013 Viviana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já perdi o conto ao número de romances de Nora Roberts que já li e esta consegue surpreender-me sempre. A única coisa que já não me surpreende nos seus livros é a capacidade da autora para agarrar os leitores às suas páginas. Mais uma vez, dei por mim colada a este livro, incapaz de interromper a leitura.
Tido como o primeiro volume de uma trilogia, este romance vem apenas apresentar o início de uma batalha contra o Mal. Tudo começa quando três amigos decidem comemorar o seu aniversário com um pa
Three boys who shared their birthday, Caleb, Fox, and Gage, decided to celebrate their tenth birthday at the Pagan Stone, a strange, altar-like stone in the middle of the woods surrounding Hawkins Hollow, the village where the three grew up.

A simple vow to always be friends sealed with their blood, unleashed an entity that‘s been haunting them ever since.

Every seven years, for seven days in the seventh month, the small town of Hawkins Hollow descends into madness. Strange accidents happen; neigh
Mar 24, 2008 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book of the Sign of the Seven Trilogy

In the 1600s in the small town of Hawkins Hollow a band of townspeople, led by a fanatical Puritan leader named Lazarus Twisse, entered a wooded clearing where stood a small cabin. They were there to accuse and burn the inhabitants of Witchcraft. What followed caused the deaths of all in the vicinity, left a perfect ring of fire and a smooth stone altar.

350 years later, three young boys, best friends who share the same birthday, camp out in the clearing
Dec 08, 2014 Rutee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
À bastante tempo que não lia alguma obra de Nora Roberts e desta vez decidi-me aventurar por uma trilogia.
Este é o primeiro livro da trilogia Signo dos Sete. A acção decorre em Hawkings Hollow onde três amigos (Cal, Fox e Cage) nascem todos no mesmo dia e à mesma hora.
Quando fizeram 9 anos decidiram festejar e fazer um pacto de sangue, o que levou ao despertar de uma entidade sobrenatural.
Quinn, uma jornalista que chega à pacata vila de Hawkings Hollow para investigar o estranho acontecimento qu
Not bad, I liked it. I've liked most of what I've read of Nora Roberts but I'm not a big fan of plotlines that carry through several books. I prefer closure at the end of the book I'm reading. I may continue the series if I can find the books at the library.

Basically, the plot is - three 10 year old boys go camping in the woods to celebrate their birthday. They were all born on the same day. They do something that unleases some kind of evil upon their community of Hawkins Hollow. Now, 21 year la
Dec 08, 2014 Jen(n) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Doubling up on the brain candy for the holiday weekend.

12.2.14: This book is terrible. I can't stop reading it.

12.5.14: For the love of God, stop having sex and go fight the demon.

12.8.14: Finished this a couple of days ago. It is the worst. THE WORST. It reads like a Lifetime supernatural movie. I thought I'd be able to slog through the rest of the trilogy, but I don't think I'm going to. I will, however, try another Nora Roberts, because you don't get to be as beloved as she is just by writing
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian)
Dec 01, 2007 Kerry (The Roaming Librarian) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance/fantasy readers
Shelves: romance, suspence
A great start to a new series by Roberts. She has always sucked me into her stories, and probably always will. Though most people put down romance books as trashy (and most of them are) at least Nora Roberts can bring something else to the table. And this something is spooky, and unnerving. I'm excited to see what creepy stuff happens in the next two books, especially the third. Whether its magic or just a fight against good and evil, Roberts delivers, at least for me, every time.
This was my first read by Nora Roberts, and it was okay I guess. Not terribly thrilling, although the storyline is pretty interesting. I guess I feel like it could've been written about in a more exciting manner, rather than letting the "hot sexylady meets hot sexyman" stuff take the front seat to the paranormal adventure-y sort of things.

And the fact that Quinn just happened to wander in at the right time, and just happened to have a job that allowed her to rent a house in the Hollow for 5 mont
Jane (PS)
Jun 13, 2011 Jane (PS) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

This my first foray back into a Nora Roberts trilogy since reading the Key trilogy a few years ago. I finished that series without any intention of reading Roberts again. However I really enjoyed the atmosphere, 'mystery' and characters within this book (chosen for a book challenge); a solid and enjoyable outing into Hawkins Hollow. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series.
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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Other Books in the Series

Sign of Seven (3 books)
  • The Hollow (Sign of Seven, #2)
  • The Pagan Stone (Sign of Seven, #3)

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