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Blood Born by Jamie Manning
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Apr 28, 12

bookshelves: ya-2012, read-or-reread-2012
Read from April 24 to 27, 2012

Jamie Manning’s Blood Born is a fast-paced, fun, clever, and original take on the vampire novel. What I enjoyed most were the frequent touches of humor throughout the novel, even during the more serious scenes. The tone reminded me a bit of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, and Ava’s snarky comments were to die for!
On a more serious note, Ava is a fascinating heroine because as a half-vampire, half-human, she’s placed in the position of having to fight against both other vampires and the emerging vampiric nature within herself. What’s more, since Ava awakens as a half-vampire with no memory of her human past, she’s really struggling to establish her identity throughout the novel. And she has to do it while nearly constantly fending off vicious vamps!
I thought the novel’s pacing was great, with a nice blend of action, introspection, and relationship scenes. The author doesn’t get bogged down in a lot of world-building, and like Ava, the reader knows just enough to get by, which adds a sense of mystery throughout. I do hope we learn more about Aldric and the reason Ava is only half-vampire in the sequel!
There’s also a major twist about three-quarters of the way through that I did NOT see coming at all, so kudos to the author for that.
Finally, there are some great secondary characters here, including Ava’s goth girl friend, a brother-sister pair of vampire hunters, and, of course, the absolutely adorable hottie Chance.
All in all, Blood Born is a winning mix of action, humor, and romance sure to please paranormal fans!
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