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Human Blend (Blend Trilogy #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  202 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Marion, Virginia seemed like a nice place to live a normal life, but she is not a normal girl. Laney has special abilities that keep her looking over her shoulder as she makes her escape from the men who had kidnapped her.

A young doctor's interest is piqued when he witnesses her mysteriously curing a young child's illness. He befriends her due to his growing fascination w
Kindle Edition, first, 234 pages
Published June 12th 2010 by self (first published June 10th 2010)
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Jun 21, 2011 Gigi777 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
Laney/Julie is a beautiful young woman with extraordinary gifts that set her apart from others. The mystery as to how or why she came to possess these special abilities is yet to be uncovered. Haunted by terrible flashbacks and memories of suffering at the hands of her captors, she moves to a small Virginia town hoping to start a new life. But will she find peace without ever looking over her shoulder again?

Upon her arrival Julie is befriended by an irresistible young man, Austin. His biggest dr
Donald Gorman
May 29, 2011 Donald Gorman rated it it was amazing
when reviewing any work, you must consider many factors, including genre, the author's viewpoint, choice of writing style, and his/her intention of what they want to bring to the reader, as well as entertainment value. this author's viewpoint and intentions were clear, concise, open, honest and delivered with a precision that is rare in new writers. we start with a young woman who is on the run, but we don't know what she's running from. she tries to begin a new life in a new town. she seeks nor ...more
christal ( jen'sbookworld )
Jan 08, 2012 christal ( jen'sbookworld ) rated it really liked it
If anyone is bored to death by reading supernatural fiction consisting only of vampires and werewolves and is planning to be done with this genre, Human Blend is The book for them, the book that will make them change their minds. If you are looking for a new breed of supernatural creatures to lose yourself into, again, Human Blend is the book for you.

Human Blend is a story about a sixteen year old runaway Laney, who later changes her name to Julie Miller to hide her true identity from the people
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Laney looks 16, but is quite a bit older .. you see, she does not age normally. She also has remarkable abilities - the ability to heal and the ability to foresee numbers. The latter ability makes her very valuable to the men who forcibly took her from her father at a young age and have held her ever since.

Now she has escaped them, and in her new life as Julie Miller, an 18-year-old, she finds herself in Marion, Virginia, where she meets a boy named Austin Dorsett, and gets a volunteer position
Amanda-Lee (StoryWings)
Jun 06, 2011 Amanda-Lee (StoryWings) rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-book, 2011
Human Blend was far better than I was expecting.

Laney/Julie is on the run from the men that stole her from her family. Stopping to rest in a small town that catches her eye she decided to stay when she meets a local boy and realises that she might have a chance at a normal life.

Laney needs to stay hidden so she assumes the new identity of Julie Miller when she arrives in the small town of Marion. Laney/Julie isn’t just a normal girl though, she has powers that let her “see” numbers meaning she’l
Dec 21, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Giving away an author signed copy to readers ages 18 and older here

3.5 stars

I have really mixed feelings about this book. From the beginning the relationships seemed WAY too rushed until you find out a little tidbit of info. near the end. However, there were several points during my read that I almost put the book away and didn't finish due to content. I really wouldn't want my teen reading this book. While pitched as YA fiction with 18 year old main cha
Moonlight Gleam
Dec 22, 2010 Moonlight Gleam rated it it was amazing
Laney escapes from a life where she has been used by others for their own personal gain. Having escaped as far away as possible, Laney, now Julie Miller, finally gets to experience the life she never had before. She is immediately befriended by two individuals; Austin, a teen who soon becomes more than just a friend, and Eli, a doctor who is fascinated and intrigued by her supernatural abilities. She finds a job as a volunteer at a local hospital and develops numerous great relationships, howeve ...more
Nov 28, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Laney's gifts have her running scared from a man that uses her to benefit his pocket book. After creating a new identity, which she calls Julie Miller, she starts fresh in the small town of Marion, Virgina. Her only hope is that she will finally be safe.

Battling the darkness of her past and the many questions she has about herself, she sets out to live a normal life. Right away she meets Austin, who shows her around Marion. She gets a volunteer job at the local hospital, reuniting with her passi
Sep 17, 2010 Laurie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Fans, Young Adult readers
Recommended to Laurie by: Author Blurb on Amazon Conversation thread
An Entertaining Paranormal Suspense

I recently ran across the blurb for this book on one of the Amazon conversation threads. The story concept was appealing and I was looking for a light, fun read with a little romance and a little mystery. Julie, the protagonist, is a special young woman who has some very special abilities. As the book opens she has just moved into a new town, is scared, but determined to make a new life for herself. She had recently managed an escape from the thugs who h
Jan 27, 2011 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010, fae, signed
Human Blend was a little more sci-fi than I usually read. However, it caught my attention from the very beginning and there was never a point where my attention was lost.

Laney/Julie, the heroine, is being hunted by the "bad guys" who kidnapped her as a child and used her special abilities for their own ends. She makes her way to small town Marion, VA where she meets some strange yet interesting characters, Eli, a doctor without a heartbeat, Marcus, another doctor who seems to be just like her a
A runaway with special abilities. A young girl with a difficult life. An unfortunate child with a dark, mysterious past. This is a story of a girl named Laney, who arrives at a small town in Virginia, bearing a new identity as “Julie Miller”, in hope that she will stand a chance to start a brand new life and experience some levels of normalcy. Despite her own fear that everything she feels will just be temporary, she cannot help being attracted to a local college student, Austin Dorsett, and the ...more
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Oct 11, 2011 Lovey Dovey Books rated it it was amazing
Human Blend was so intriguing. I was wrapped up in it as soon as the story started. All the characters were well developed and fun to read about.

Julie was so amazing. Who would think that a girl trying to run away from her past would still have the capacity to care for other people. Her experiences didn't hold her back from making her own new life and this made her a wonderful lead.

I really loved Eli too. His protectiveness was endearing to me and he had such great chemistry with Julie. Austin w
Karen Fuller
Oct 16, 2010 Karen Fuller rated it it was amazing
Lori takes her new story, Human Blend, in a fresh new direction. She introduces a new character concept to the 'Paranormal' community. Her heroine, Julie/Laney, is a very special and confused young lady. She is in possession of special abilities that she herself does not understand, but some very bad people covet. All she wants is a 'normal life'. This book takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster as Julie/Laney learns to lead a 'normal' life, and learns to 'trust' and 'love' again. It is ...more
Jan 27, 2016 A.N. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA, Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy fans
This book turned out to be something quite unexpected. I was ready for a YA paranormal read, but usually that sticks to the line of fairies, shifters, vampires, and the like. Lori Pescatore’s take on YA fiction was certainly something that I hadn’t read before. I am a sci-fi and fantasy fan as well, but am used to those books being written well within the lines of their respective genres. This book is a fantastic blend of both genres.
I’ll try to explain my view without giving too much away. T
Apr 11, 2011 Genie rated it it was amazing
I had first gave Human Blend 4 stars, even though I wanted to give it 4 1/2 now I'm changeing it to five even though I still say 4 1/2. This is because I refuse to take away a star for things so minor when truth be told, I very much enjoyed this book. The story was very well thought out and the plot extreemly different than other books I have read. The end left me hopefull for a 2nd (soon I hope?). Alot of new things were introduced in this that I found interesting.
Catherine Mesick
May 18, 2011 Catherine Mesick rated it it was amazing
Human Blend is an exciting, suspenseful tale that will keep you guessing. And Laney/Julie is a strong, resourceful heroine. I am looking forward to the next book by Lori Pescatore.
Paula  Phillips
Dec 17, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Ever since Laney was a little girl , she has had powers and once others develop an awareness , it's not safe for her anymore. This part reminded me a bit of Smallville when they put the boy who Clark Kent befriended in Season One in an institution as of course , people with special powers are seen as abnormalities. When Laney decides enough is enough, she decides to escape to the smalltown of Marion, Virginia "Home of Mountain Dew" . All set with cash and a new identity as Julie Miller, she is s ...more
Stories & Sweeties {Becky}
Feb 03, 2011 Stories & Sweeties {Becky} rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Human Blend. I am so glad the author contacted me to review this, as it would have gone completely under my radar otherwise. The cover is nothing special and would have never caught my eye, but inside hides a fast paced and thrilling story!

The protagonist, Laney, has lived almost her whole life in captivity, forced to use her mysterious healing powers and her ability to "see" numbers to aid a group of criminals. She has finally escaped to a small inconspicuous town and is trying
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
More like a 4.5

Laney’s been used her entire life, but her escape allows her to live for the first time. In a new town, with a new name, Laney, now Julie Miller finally gets to experience the life she never had before. She finds a job, meets friends, and even finds herself a boyfriend, but all of that could slip through her fingers if her pursuers catch up with her. And let’s face it, pursuers don’t give up that easily.

Lori Pescatore’s self-published novel is a thrilling mystery with a paranormal
Ellz Readz
Jan 18, 2011 Ellz Readz rated it really liked it
My thoughts...Author Lori Pescatore is a fresh face in the world of paranormal authors. She introduces readers to an exciting new world of mysterious beings.

Human Blend is a very original story of a girl who is hiding from her past. The heroine Laney, changes her identity and tries to make a new life in a small town in Virgina. Unfortunately for her, this is not as easy as it sounds.

Laney has the special ability to heal illness and pain in others. Her character is very multi-dimensional. I not
Aug 01, 2015 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
'Human Blend' was so much more than I anticipated it to be. I loved the Characters (for the most part) and the storyline was consistent, engaging, and it made sense. As with all books and characters, there will probably be something you like and something you don't like. The only problem I had with any character in this book was Laney. She can be a bit much sometimes haha. But she is still a GREAT character.

'Human Blend' is the story of Laney who runs away from these terrible people and attempts
Jan 03, 2011 Kiki rated it really liked it
I was hooked early with the underlying, back story suspense which began on page one. Then, I became simply enthralled with the characters and the present mystery surrounding them all while hints of the back story continued to rear its ugly head.

For most of the book, the paranormal elements were so subtle, yet completely understood. I believe the settings had a lot to do with that early on. Eventually, Ms. Pescatore let me in on exactly what the characters were, and I am not too proud to admit t
Mar 22, 2012 Natasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genetics
This book had a catchy title, a promising synopsis, and an interesting promise of science and healing. The major problem, however, was the writing.

Had this book been written by a more mature writer, I would have raved and gushed over it. As it is now, however, I am reluctant to buy its sequel because I cringed as I made my way through the pages. Much of the book was telling instead of showing, with choppy sentence structure, characters that were so close to being rounded that it made you cringe
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I am drawn into Human Blend right away with the mystery of why Lanie (going by Julie) had to create a new identity and hide. We quickly find out her abilities- with numbers and to heal, and I am even more entranced.
The romantic interest, Austin, is introduced early, and it is really fun to watch them dating and falling for each other. He does sweet romantic gestures and I can tell Julie cares about him because she worries about his safety. I really like Doctor Elsworth- he reminds me of Carli
Krisi Keley
Dec 12, 2010 Krisi Keley rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
4 1/2 stars

Laney has had a terrifying and mysterious past. Kidnapped from her father and used and abused by evil men because of her unique abilities, she has escaped to a small town in Virginia to begin a new life as Julie Miller. Still plagued by broken memories of her traumas, she’s determined to live a “normal” life and, although terrified to form close relationships for fear of exposing others to harm by the pursuers who have found her before, she is unable to ignore the kindness and charm o
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Just when everyone starts grousing that paranormal has been done to death and there's nothing else to explore, along comes something new. Human Blend by Lori Pescatore introduces a new breed of supernatural being to readers, one that's fresh, exciting, and unique. Pescatore builds suspense over what kind of beings her characters are by delaying full revelations until later in the novel.

Human Blend starts with an eighteen-year-old named Laney on the run. While not really eighteen, she ages slowly
Jan 19, 2011 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Holy smokes! So didn't see the ending of this book coming!!

Laney escapes to Marion, Virginia in hopes of leading a new life and changes her name to Julie. She can't remember a time when she hasn't been in captivity of people who uses her abilities to heal and pick winning numbers for their own good. She meets Austin right away and for me, IMO, the relationship gets serious too fast. She also decides to volunteer at the local hospital and ends up attracting the attention of Dr. Eli Elsworth (who
Apr 14, 2011 Ivy rated it it was amazing
Human Blend is a type of book that I would never thought of reading because it is different from what I usually read. However, I gave this book a chance and LOVED it!

Laney has been running away from the guys that had captured her for a long time. She is now on the loose, so she changes her name to a Julie Miller to try to live a “normal” life. But how normal is she when she can do things not many people could do?

Laney has some special powers she was borned with. She knew little of what she could
Jan 24, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Julie as a character was really fun to read. She was a strong girl with a strong personality and knew how to take care of her self. She also had a love for helping people which I thought was great. With everything going on in her life all she wanted to do was lead a normal life and help the people around her.

When Julie comes to the town of Marion, she never intended to meet Austin. He immediately is drawn to Julie. As Austin and Julie become friends, it becomes apparent to Julie that she is gett
Feb 23, 2011 Rebekah rated it it was ok
I thought Laney's abilities were rather cool. And later on in the book when the reader, and Laney herself, discovers why she has the abilities she does, that was neat, too. There are exciting things that happen in the plot, a lot of characters with unique skills that make them interesting to read.

So while I liked the concept of the book, I had a hard time reading it because I thought the characters were underdeveloped and acted in ways that made no sense to me.

For example:

Laney is hiding from
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I am a married Mom of two grown men, I am also a retired preschool teacher. I have learned so much since the writing of Human Blend and hope to continue to grow and improve as a writer.

I am excited about finishing up The Blend Series trilogy and am very excited about the new book and it's characters.

I hope you enjoy the books I have written and continue to follow my journey.

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