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Blood Born

(Blood Prophecy #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Waking up in a coffin hungry for blood is only the beginning for sixteen-year-old Ava Blue. When Chance Caldon, the hottie who dug her up, tells her she's half vampire, Ava's world really turns upside down.

Half vamp? Ava can't believe it...she doesn't even know what that means! Not until Aldric, a thousand-year-old vampire, shows up and tells her it's true--and that he's t
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Pendrell Publishing (first published March 14th 2012)
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires, 2012, re-read
This was a fantastic debut by Jamie Manning!

“You are strong and immortal, like a vampire. But you are also emotional, and therefore vulnerable, like humans.”

I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied that Blood Born wasn’t “just another” vampire story. I’m so glad I read this because I truly enjoyed Blood Born. This was unique and a refreshing read packed with action.

The author does a great job creating an extremely likeable cast of characters as well as great imagery and plot. This was not a s
Trisha Wolfe
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When the awesome Jamie Manning asked me if I’d read and blurb Blood Born last year, I was beyond flattered. Not only was it my first cover blurb, but the summary for his debut YA sounded amazing, and something I’d have on my shelf. I couldn’t wait to dive in and meet the characters!

Ava Blue (love this name!) is my kind of girl. When we first meet her, it’s the creepiest scene I’ve ever read. She’s been buried alive—or undead—and ever sentence heightens the tension as we eagerly await Ava to rise
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ok this book left me hanging so bad. I have to see what happens next!

Blood Born has it's own unique take on Vampires. One that is more humanizing that others (that I've read) in the fact the they can go out during the day under sunlight(no sparkling;) and they live out in the open with the rest of humanity within communities (well some). Other than that we don't get too much more information about the vampires in this book. No history, no back ground, and no structure. But, what we do get is Ava
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ouat-blog-tour
Jenny's Review: Another cover that helped me visualize the MC is Blood Born. The entire time I was reading I can actually picture the girl in the cover as Ava. This story has a unique twist to the paranormal books out there and I enjoyed reading it. The characters are very well written and I loved Chance and his protective stance around Ava. Especially since he’s the one who helped her out of the coffin. WOW, I have heard my fair share of vampire stories but this one is new to me. Being buried a ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have been wanting to read this book since Jamie Manning came in the library I work at with an announcement about a book signing. I was finally able to order some young adult books and you better believe this book was in that order.

My character opinions (which is pretty much how I judge a book for the most part):

Ava Blue- loved the name! She was such a strong character from the beginning and there's nothing I like less in a main character than weakness. She was so brave from the time she woke
Feb 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
I got maybe half way through then couldn't read any farther because I was so bored. Sure the opening was pretty exciting, but then nothing. No hints, no foreshadowing, just boring and terribly overused what-is-this-unexplainable-attraction-between-me-and-this-random-guy-I-just-met nonsense. Puke. ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jamie Manning's Blood Born is yet another read, I've had for quite awhile that I am just now getting to! It was quite a surprising read as well in a lot of ways. I was lured in by the cover, there was just something intriguing by it. I'm a sucker for dark colors and graveyard backgrounds!!

Ava literally wakes up in a coffin buried underground, as a vampire. It was quite the start to the novel and she is dug up by a strange boy named Chance. There is a definite connection going on between Ava and
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I for one am glad to see more vampire books popping up again, especially with the scary blood-thirsty kind of vampires found in Jamie Manning’s Blood Born. Blood Born is the first book in the Blood Prophecy Trilogy and is about a girl named Ava who wakes up in a coffin underground to find she’s been reborn a vampire. Good thing she has Chance, the boy who dug her out of the grave, to help her. But a new vampire is not the safest person to be around if you know what I mean. All Ava has to do to g ...more
S.C. Langgle
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
On the very first page, you see Ava's personality shine through. Her snarky, almost cynical attitude definitely makes this book different. And I loved how well her personality and inner thoughts weren't the typical lovey-dovey, unsure of myself type that I've seen a lot of lately.

There were a couple of things I didn't like about this book though. One, half-vampire. What does that even mean? I mean the book helped me understand Ava's dilemma and how she's part human, part vampire. But how does th
Mean Jane
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 4-star
** 3.5 star rating, though I'm rounding up to 4**

Disclaimer: I won this book as a Goodreads First Reads.

First of all, the ARC copy I won was very nice. Well bound with solid print and some lovely designs at the start of each chapter. I haven't actually read an ARC copy of anything, so you've my pardon if they're all like this. I was still impressed.

The writing was engaging, with quick, natural-sounding dialog and prose. I felt myself drawn to the character almost at once, and the first chapter d
Kimberly Callegan
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

Jamie Manning takes us on Ava's journey as a hybrid vampire in this YA paranormal mystery. She has what other vampires crave, humanity. And it makes her a target. Her memory loss doesn't help her situation either.

Jamie guided us straight to the story and Ava jumped in her role quickly.

See... bad things happen, right? Sometimes we have no control of what happens in our lives. But, have no fear, cause this chick Ava will take control. And shes going to fix it; maybe ;)

Ava is a spitfire. I ha
Jennifer Monzon
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Another cover that helped me visualize the MC is Blood Born. The entire time I was reading I can actually picture the girl in the cover as Ava. This story has a unique twist to the paranormal books out there and I enjoyed reading it. The characters are very well written and I loved Chance and his protective stance around Ava. Especially since he’s the one who helped her out of the coffin. WOW, I have heard my fair share of vampire stories but this one is new to me. Being buried alive is not some ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy that I got a chance to read this book. Not only did it leave me extremely happy but I loved the ending!

What hooked me about this book are the characters. Written stunningly well, the reader is able to easily slip into the shoes of the characters. I like that Ava and Chance are characters that are written to their age. They sound and act like teenagers.They have aspects to them that make the reader feel as if they can know them like a real person.

The love interest in this book isn't
Stephanie Keyes
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I came across Jamie Manning's Blood Born (The Blood Prophecy Trilogy ) after visting Mr. Manning's blog. I have to admit, that, although I immediately added the book to my TBR list, I put off reading it. After all, there are so many vampire books out there - I wondered if this one would be at all original. The answer, friends is yes!

There is nothing ordinary or cookie-cutter about this novel. Jamie has managed to create a unique and unpredictable cast of characters that kept me engaged right up
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
How could I not love a book that opens with a girl waking up in a coffin? I can't is the correct answer! Blood Born was an amazing story with lots of secrets and interesting characters to keep one captivated. It was so easy to fall in love with Ava and Chance and just know they were meant to be a couple even if they both tried to deny it. I guess the only thing that kinda bugged me a bit other than the fact that I can't have Chance for myself was the overprotectiveness of him towards Ava. I just ...more
Heather Robbins
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This started off Great! and it finished the same way... I loved Blood Born. Jamie has a way with writing that drew me in and kept me engaged in the story. Ava we meet her and well she's in a coffin, buried alive she thinks. She is a well written character and stays true thoughout the book. I cannot wait to read more about her!

Meet hottie Chance, I love how mysterious he was/is. He has helped dig Ava up ... but won't explain why. He stays by her side and helps her in anyway he can. The way he's d
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Ava wakes up in a coffin, and then finds out that she is half-vampire hybrid, but has no memory of her life before waking.

Interesting vampire story, Ava has to kill 100 vampires to get her humanity back. With the help of Chance (hunky boy who she is very attracted to), and vampire hunter friends, she goes on this "mission" while trying to attend high school and pretend to be "human".

A bit slow in the beginning, but picked up towards the end. I was somewhat frustrated about being left in the dar
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Wow, my thoughts when finishing this was "I need the next one. now" Unfortunately I will have to be patient for a while. It was a great unique twist on a vampire story (not a sparkly vampire in sight) Ava wakes in a coffin craving Blood with no idea who she is and why she is buried,she soon discovers from a boy called chance who helped dig her up that she is a half vampire half human hybrid we follow Ava on her quest to keep her Humanity and discover the truth about why chance is so willing to h ...more
Jeannie Walker
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow! A vampire story written in a different flavor. A sixteen-year-old wakes up with an overpowering hunger. It wasn't a hunger most teenagers have. Ava's appetite was hungry for blood. Her bed was a coffin. Thus, begins this unusual vampire novel. I think it is a good read for Young adults who will enjoy it especially since the likeable characters in the novel are teenagers. I liked the ending and I believe you will too.

Jeannie Walker- Award Winning Author of "Thomas, The Friendly Ghost" - A Tr
Teilah Fox
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ok so it's been a while since I bought this book and only just realised I haven't rated it and that's because I couldn't finish it!

It started out and had me sucked in but I got soooo bored! It was just a typical YA paranormal. I normally like these kinds of books for a quick read but this one just fell flat. Maybe it's me, maybe I've read that many YA paranormal that they all just sound the same.

I feel like this book really had so much potential and could have been so much more but yeah fell fla
Jul 04, 2012 added it
Shelves: dnf-award
DNFed by the second chapter. When the main character asks all these questions about why she was turned and killed, and the characters refuse to answer her because they said it's not their place or they don't want to, it's a very poor writing tool to keep important information from the reader in order to keep the mystery element going.

I'm sick of authors using the "just because" angle in their books. It's bad writing.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody


What did I just read ??


This story was so boring and it wasn´t even good. Jamie manning you could have done better, really I was so dissapointed and that ending PLEASE what was going in your head while you were writting this????
T. Nelson
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blood Born is more than just a fun read, it throws you into a paranormal realm where vampires aren't sparkly, irritating and emo. Jamie Manning has taken this genre to a new level and put a twist on the normal YA vamp story to make it fresh, fun and exciting.

I recommend this book for young adults and their parents as well. My son and I both loved it.
Black Queen
Feb 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
I've read the review and love that moment I wanted to start reading this book! And then I heard about this giveaway and said to myself this the chance to win a copy...So I hurry up and enter this wonderful giveaway..:D I hope I win...One awesome book review. ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Pretty fucked up book if I do say so myself but kind of simplistic. I got tired half way through because I found it boring. I liked it but I didn't love it, unfortunately. I kind of felt ripped off how it all went, I expected something better, something more. ...more
Aug 27, 2011 added it
Made it through 39% then lost interest.
Not sure why I downloaded another teen Vamp in High School story.
Not rated because DNF
Candie Campbell
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Exhilarating read. Loved it.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I did like it. You where left hanging throughout the book and the ending sucked because you know that they people that did die shouldn't have. ...more
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