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Blood Ties (Darke Academy #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,945 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Suspense builds in the second tale of the Darke Academy, where true graduates take life by the throat

This term the secretive Darke Academy has moved to New York, and Cassie Bell is no longer the innocent new girl. Now she is strong, determined, and hiding secrets of her own. Cassie has been introduced to the world of the Few and is struggling to come to terms with her asto
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Published February 4th 2010 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Jan 16, 2014 Veronika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
I aint so sure if its just because Im in the middle of my exam(examination, testing..?? or how you call it) period, but I have to say I loved the book. It really made my day, not thinking about something to read to school, just something easy, "without deeper meaning" but worth of reading.
There was romance, love, intriges, danger, "spirit-eaters", all kinds of difficulties. Excitement, sadness and all other feelings that were going through my body when reading this book. It was just perfect. I w
Apr 28, 2011 Ina rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Cassie is a bit different since the last book but she try to remain as her own self, even though it's kind of hard since she now must learn how to deal with her "new" life. There are certain rules she has to follow but she has a hard time to accept them. And she can't just ignore the voice inside her either. Even though she doesn't want to feed but hunger as long as she can 'cause she can't stand the fact the fact the way she must feed - but she also know that she can't starve. She also discover ...more
May 16, 2014 Liang rated it it was amazing
The reason I am rating this book so highly is that I understand the correlation the storyline has with the real world we are living in. So in the first book, we find out there is a secret society within a prestigious school. But now we find out after these selected members graduate, they play a bigger part in the world. *AHEM* Illuminati *COUGH*. Those of you who's done research in that aspect would know what I'm talking about.

I love the Cassie character. She's strong-willed and powerful. I don
Mikka Gottstein
Erstmal ein Hinweis: leider ist die Reihe auf deutsch nur noch gebraucht erhältlich, und dann auch nur die ersten drei Bände, da der vierte anscheinend nie übersetzt wurde! Auf englisch sind aber alle vier Bände der Reihe noch als Taschenbuch oder eBook verfügbar.

Achtung: Enthält Spoiler für den ersten Band!

Wenn einem der erste Band einer Reihe so richtig, richtig gut gefällt, schlägt er manchmal zu: der Fluch des zweiten Bandes, der einfach nicht mithalten kann mit der ursprünglichen Begeister
Jan 03, 2015 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5 Stars)
I must say that after reading "Darke Academy 1," I had high expectations for book two; but, "Blood Ties" started off rather sluggishly then managed to redeem itself about midway.

This term the Academy has moved to New York. Cassie, Isabella and Jake meet each other at the airport. Unfortunately, Cassie blacks out. When she is taken to the Academy and Aldric Darke discovers her dire straits due to a lack of feeding he gives her a one time fix. However, he insists she will have to learn
Paula  Phillips
May 15, 2010 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
In Book Two we pick up after Christmas break and Cassie is on her way back to Darke Academy for her 2nd Term and this time is flying to New York. However this term as she returns to Darke Academy, she has a dark (no pun intended) secret. When she was initiated into the Chosen Few , she happened to become possessed by the Spirit of Estelle and became a life-sucker, an energy vampire. This term reunites three best friends Jake , Isabella and Cassie and of course , what would a term be without a mi ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Caterina rated it it was ok
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Aug 11, 2011 ◕ ◡ ◕ Arooj rated it really liked it
I wasn't all that excited to start Blood Ties because it has been a while since I read the first book and I didn't remember much. I was even thinking about dropping this series because what's the point of continuing if I don't remember? I hate it when that happens. So I decided to continue. And I'm so glad I did!

I liked this book a lot more than the first one. As I said before, I couldn't remember much of what happend in the first book, but that wasn't an issue for long as I slowly began to reme
May 24, 2013 Nisareen rated it liked it
At the end of Secret Lives, Cassie was tricked by Richard and abducted by a small group of the Few who were under Madame Azzidene’s orders. A bound and gagged Cassie was forced to become a host for Madame Azzidene’s spirit Estelle. Ranjit, Jake and Isabelle interrupted the initiation ceremony in a rescue attempt and as a result only half of Estelle’s spirit fused with Cassie’s. In Blood Ties, the second installment in the Darke Academy series, Cassie is back at the children’s home on a Christmas ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads, kindle
So I am rather enjoying this series and I really like Cassandra she is such a strong charcter I love how she doesn't lean on a guy to give her strength like most female leads do. She isn't afraid to fight for what she wants and that is what really bugs me about Ranjit he is to rule obliging for me they said in the beginning that he is one of the strongest Few and that everyone fears him because of it yet he never does anything with his strength he doesn't even fight for Cassandra. In the beginni ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Casusangelus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seit Cassie im letzten Trimester während eines Rituals der Auserwählten einen Teil des Geistes Estelle in sich aufgenommen hat, gehört sie selber zu ihnen und muss sich von der Lebenskraft anderer Menschen nähren um zu überleben. Doch alles in ihr sträubt sich dagegen, da sie Angst hat, ihnen Schaden zuzufügen. Nachdem Cassie ihr Hunger nach Lebenskraft in den Ferien gewachsen ist, kann sie sich auf dem Weg zurück zur Dark Academy, die diesmal in New York geöffnet hat, kaum noch beherrsch
Jun 05, 2011 Bex rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I liked this book alot better than the last, it had alot more action which keept me on the edge of my seat. 3.5 stars from me

Being a fan of a good Gothic series I am impressed by the fact that Gabriella Poole manages to still keep this hold in the follow up despite the changing location of the Darke Academy school. This time the elite and beautiful attend the Darke Acadamy in New York which holds some keys to some of the happenings in the book.

The eeriness, friendship and gothic are all still t
Mary M
Dec 30, 2012 Mary M rated it really liked it
Richard. I know in my last review i called him an ass, but he has his reasons and i decided that he's okay. I mean he could have gone it a different way, just cause he's weak doesn't mean he has to be a two faced lie, but i don't hate him. Backhanded complement intended. I knew when i read the summary that we would be seeing an appearance from Katerina, but i was a little shocked to see how involved Sara really was. She... hmm, she's interesting, i mean she's not weak, not at all from what i hav ...more
Lady Entropy
Jan 08, 2012 Lady Entropy rated it did not like it
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Johnzel Babijes
May 23, 2013 Johnzel Babijes rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Johnzel by: My friend
Shelves: darke-academy
OMG. I've just finish it. This book is really good than the first one. I so love when Cassie can lift and melt things! And her relationship with Ranjit (but not until on the end). I'm so disappointed with Ranjit, he chose to follow the rules than taking the risk like Cassie did. And I'm so freaking piss off with Jake! Gosh, Jake! Why so desperate? Why can't he just get over it?! He's so pissing me off. And he's so obsess with revenge! Like, seriously? Is he blind or something? Or he's just dumb ...more
May 20, 2012 Karine rated it really liked it
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This sequel is much darker than the last. With Cassie a member of the Few and host to a very malevolent spirit, we see her struggle to maintain herself and not let the spirit rule her body. It was refreshing to see the main character struggle with difficult emotions yet not appear whinny. I really felt for the character and kept wishing her the best. On the other hand, I was a little disappointed with the turn Isabelle took since she allowed Cassie to feed off of her quickly with no questions an ...more
Tereza S.
Aug 22, 2013 Tereza S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Už je to hodně dlouho, co jsem četla první díl, ale kupodivu jsem tím nijak nestrádala. Pamatovala jsem si skoro všechno, co se v jedničce stalo, takže jsem pak nebyla překvapená, když některé postavy něco z toho zmínily. Navíc na začátku knihy Cassie ve zkratce všechno shrnula, což bylo fajn. Dřív mě to dost otravovalo a přišlo mi to zbytečné, bohužel se zdá, že paměť jde každým rokem do kopru a já si z některých knih nepamatuju vůbec nic. Takže shrnutí teď oceňuju.

Druhý díl se drží celkem dobř
Apr 18, 2013 Evelin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

2. diel série ma veľmi milo prekvapil. Autorka má krásny dar vyrozprávať príbeh tak, aby som sa od neho neodtrhla. Doslova som hltala každé jej slovo. Vie veľmi dobre vygradovať akciu a v správny moment vložiť odhalenie tajomstiev. Tiež sa mi páčilo (tak ako aj pri 1. dieli), že najprv riešila jeden problém alebo situáciu a ak sa to čiastočne vyriešilo alebo načrtlo, hodila do príbehu úplne novú nečakaná zápletku a aj nových hrdinov. Človek tak bol vždy v
Sep 29, 2012 Kane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Setkáváme se s vyhladovělou Cassie, která bojuje proti nutkání popadnout nejbližšího člověka a vysát z něho život. Právě jsou Vánoce. O několik týdnů později se dostává na akademii v New Yorku. Stojí před ní volba. Z koho se bude krmit? Tohle však nebude její jediná starost, bohužel ani ta největší. Čekají na ní tajemství a zdá se, že její úhlavní nepřítel v nich hraje hlavní roli. K tomu všemu se přidává otravný duch, který touží být komplektní.

Na rovinu můžu říct, že druhí díl je mnohem lepší,
Nov 11, 2012 Táňa rated it really liked it
Recenze obsahuje spoilery, takže čtěte jen na vlastní nebezpečí!

Cassie má pořád větší a větší hlad. Odloučené od jejích kamarádů a zvláště pak Ranjita je těžké. Kniha navázala tam kde jsme skončili. Překvapilo mě jak kniha byla dobrá. Nenasmála jsem se u ní sice tolik jako u prvního dílu, ale zase to bylo více napínavější. Hned na začátku mě Ranjit oslnil. Temný a nepřístupný kluk.. sice klišé, ale mě se to stejně pořád líbí.

Už v prvním dílu jsem měla pocit, že mi kniha něco připomíná. Jenže js
Aug 25, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
After a promising start this second book seemed... Lazy. In comparison to the first book in the series it was slow, choppy and the characters started to become really unappealing, it almost seems as if this book was unedited, like it was a rough draft of a good book. But don't get me wrong it was enjoyable enough, I just didn't see any of the wit and great writing I saw in the first book, Gabriella Poole is much better than this book. Hopefully the next book is better.
Dec 31, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it
Despite the average nature of the first book, its sequel definitely picks up the pace and is so, so much better.

The plot is really shaping up into something special, which isn't what I expected. On top of that, the characters have evolved and taken on different roles in this book that aren't so cliché and actually work well.

On the basis of the first book, I wouldn't recommend this series to anybody. On the basis of the second, I definitely would.
♥  Erika  ♥
Mar 29, 2015 ♥ Erika ♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can't get enough of this series! This novel is a continuation of secret lives, as the novel continues you really get to know and feel for the characters if that makes any kind of sense... It is much more action packed and contains lots of romance. What annoyed me is that Richard wasn't in it as much as the previous novel, but about from that it was amazing. I advise you to continue on from the first as it is really a introduction to what lies in the Darke Academy and for you to read the first ...more
Apr 21, 2010 Zojar rated it really liked it
The second book in the Darke Academy following the story of scholarship girl, Cassie Bell. After her first term at the academy things have changed for her. She now has a 'budding' intense romance and has some strain on her friendships with Isabella and Jake.

Now a member of the elite 'Few' she has many personal struggles to deal with and still has to find her 'niche' within the Few. Her journey is not easy and is quite intense with obstacles she has to overcome and conquer.

The book is well writte
Sep 29, 2014 Joeve rated it it was amazing
Despite the quality of the first book the second book of Darke Academy gave more mysteries to solve and more romance. The author is a very good writer and I can't wait to read the other books. :)
Emma (BelleBooks)
May 02, 2011 Emma (BelleBooks) rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Darke Academy series, and the book picks up after the antics that happened in book one, Secret Lives.

This term the Darke Academy has moved to New York, and Cassie Bell is no longer the new scholarship girl getting picked on by the elite school's students. She is slowly becoming part of the group, and becoming more accepted by the Few.

Cassie is in fact one of the strongest members of the Few, and with the new spirit inside her Cassie must learn to feed to keep her s
Jul 22, 2015 Nikoline rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like this series
Recommended to Nikoline by: library tempations
Firstly, I would like to point out that I do respect the author for her work. secondly, I just do not think this series is my cup of tea. The reasons are because it simply reminds me too much of other young adult novels about gifted children on continuation schools; love happens, drama happens and someone dies. It is like a bad rerun where the main character is unusually gifted compared to the other youths. Even so, everything is not all clichéd; instead of paranormal creatures such as vampires, ...more
Rikke Andrup Jensen
Cassie vender tilbage til akademiet fra ferie så udhungret, at hun er på dødens rand. Cassie bliver nødt til at acceptere at hendes overlevelse kræver at hun tager føde til sig ved hjælp at sin værelseskammerat Isabella's livskraft. I denne 2'er af Darke Academy, kommer Cassie et skridt nærmere til at tage hendes ånd til sig, hun lærer hendes sande kræfter at kende og hun kommer til at stå ansigt til ansigt med en "gammel" fjende. Cassie må sætte kærlighed og venskab på spil for at komme helskin ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Joeve rated it it was amazing
just like the first boook, mysteries and revelation gave me the most trill. The character of the book make people want to relate to them. I highly reccomend
I finished it in 4 going on to 5 hours I think that says something, it was cool amazing awkward and much more I heart ranjit and yes he's indian just in case people are confused, he did get a bit careless and awkward. Mean he called cassie Jem, JEM wtf how fricken' awkward is that cassie was piss taking isabelle is cool as always in love with her and jack pisses me off to another level and katarina is bitchy but funny and Ayeesha is okay for a few and richard -_- you were cool before now your a ...more
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Gabriella Poole is a pseudonym used by Gillian Philip.

I live in the north-east highlands of Scotland, with one husband, two children, three dogs (Cluny, Milo and Otto), two psychotic cats (the Ghost and the Darkness), a slayer hamster (Buffy), three chickens (Mapp, Lucia and Mrs Norris) and a lot of nervous fish. I have taken a solemn vow not to get any more pets. I will probably break this vow.

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“Now get your Jimmy Choos on. You're going to party with your beau!"
"Get your Jimmy Choos on, you mean," remarked Cassie under her breath, but she felt a thrill of glamour as she slipped into the gorgeous stilettos. "Am I going to be able to walk?"
"In these shoes you do not walk, Cassie, you stalk.”
“For this lowlife to remain at the Academy while I was expelled is simply...oh dear, how shall we put it?"
"A crime," murmured Sara.
"That's kind, dear Sara, but crime can be fun and sophisticated." Katerina gave a thin-lipped smile as the other three girls chuckled. "There must be another word."
"A disgrace," suggested the brunette at Sara's side.”
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