I actually had to force myself to finish this edition. Hating a heroine comes few and far between for me, but I'm finding RM's Eugenie Markham to be s...moreI actually had to force myself to finish this edition. Hating a heroine comes few and far between for me, but I'm finding RM's Eugenie Markham to be selfish, childish, irritating, and all around TSTL. (less)
Blood Song is the first in the new Blood Singer series by a new pen name, Cat Adams. This is my first novel by writing duo C.T.Adams and Cathy Clamp a...moreBlood Song is the first in the new Blood Singer series by a new pen name, Cat Adams. This is my first novel by writing duo C.T.Adams and Cathy Clamp and I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I heard about it last year.
The plot is supposed to be a simple one - personal bodyguard and plain “vanilla” human, Celia Graves, gets attacked while protecting a foreign prince and ultimately changed into an “abomination” (or partially changed vampire) Celia has three days to find her maker before he finds her. However, the blurb lies. That’s only half the story and with so much going on in Blood Song, it’s hard to tell you what the story really is. And while I’m usually all for fast pace reads that throw you straight into the action, this time around, it made me feel lost. I actually had to read back several times thinking that I must have missed something. Another thing that bothered me were the words “did I forget to mention I can...?” At the beginning of a book, I wouldn’t find this phrase that strange, but when it’s delivered half-way through, it leaves me with the impression of an impulse out-of-the-blue decision. Especially when the a fore mentioned is quickly followed by a need to use said ability.
Celia Graves herself was far to cocky, a trait we normally see in our uf heroines, but this one has no delivery. She’s suppose to be this kick-ass chick - and in her field, I’m quite positive she probably is - but we don’t actually get to see this at anytime. Now, I want to give her the benefit of the doubt here. So much is thrown at her in such a short amount of time, I can see her needing time to adjust, but I grew tired of hearing about her awesomeness. As for her background, I get reminded of the saying “you talk a lot but don’t say anything” Situations from her past are mentioned a lot, but it’s like pulling teeth on finding out any real information. Her best friend, Vicky, is one of these instances and someone I was looking forward to learning more about, but we’re never given the opportunity.
The secondary characters are marginally better and a little more in depth, but I found it hard to figure them out in relation to Celia. First we have Emma, Celia tells us that the two don’t get along and are somewhat enemies, but they’re found later laughing and talking it up like best friends. Emma's brother and were-wolf, Kevin, has his own story and might have been a part of the reason for Celia’s attack, but it’s hard to decipher. And with the way Kevin and Celia interact with one another, you get the since of major feelings between the two, but... Kevin has a girlfriend. Bruno, mage and Celia’s ex, has come back into her life with the idea of protecting Celia. There’s a lot of flirtation between them and what are supposed to be old, raw hurt feelings from the past, but the only emotion that seems to be elicited is horniness.
All in all, I actually did like Blood Song despite my not so positive review. I think I just expected so much more than I was given. The ending has a mild cliff hanger that I’m curious enough about to read the second in the Blood Singer series, Siren Song. And if your looking for quick urban fantasy read with traditional vampire lore, I would recommend borrowing Blood Song from a friend or library.(less)