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Bad Blood (Latter-Day Olympians #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  213 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews

The gods play…and mortals pay.

Latter-Day Olympians, Book 1

Tori Karacis’s family line may trace back to a drunken liaison between the god Pan and one of the immortal gorgons. Or…maybe it’s just coincidence that her glance can, literally, stop men in their tracks. While her fear of heights kept her out of the family aerobatic troupe, her extreme nosiness fits right in wit

Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Jacob Proffitt
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, steamy
Not a bad little urban fantasy novel, really. I liked Tori and Armani was adorable and I particularly liked that Diver didn't try to drag a love triangle out of the messiness of the story. The plot was a little meandering and the world building was kind of sloppy, but neither was so badly done that I was tempted to stop reading.

There's a tendency for strong heroines in the genre to snark a lot and Tori isn't an exception. There was some real heart in her snark, though and she wasn't so tough tha
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mara by: Faith Hunter
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Pantheon seems to be the new vampire this year. After Abandon, The Goddess Test, and Dark Descendant, there is Bad Blood.

The book is a reckless race to save humans from Olympus 2.0. The story is light, with plenty of fun and a mystery plot.
As an other reviewer has already said:

It's fun, it's light, there's a nice mystery and some sexual tension to wrap it all up nicely.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm so excited that Lucienne Diver will be one of our featured authors at this year's Lake County Library BookFest! Bad Blood was great fun with a super-sassy P.I. heroine, a la Charley Davidson. But instead of Charley's ghosts and demons, Diver's Tori Karacis is "facing off" against the Greek gods of old! Surly gods, creatures from the sea, two potential beaus, and a prehistoric sloth are just a few of the problems Tori has to deal with, not to mention the supposedly hum-drum case of a woman's ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
P. Kirby
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
We are defined by the company we keep.

This being particularly true for book characters. And when the secondary characters, the love interests, etc., are bland, not even a crisp, funny voice nor a snarky, clever antagonist can save a novel.

I wanted to like this. The first few pages are full of sparkle, lit up by Tori's, the protagonist's, sharp, observational humor. Consequently, my inability to connect with the story, to dig in and read for more than a few pages, was baffling.

My conclusion? Tori
Melinda VanLone
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bad Blood is the first book I've read from Lucienne Diver, and the first in the series it appears. I'm excited that I got in at the beginning, although this means a really long wait for another one. I found it a fun romp through a world peopled by fallen Greek gods and goddesses, including the scrumptious Apollo. I sure hope he shows up again! The main protagonist, Tori, has a background that is truly unique. She appears to have inherited her Uncle's private investigation office, although how is ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bad Blood is the first book of Lucienne Diver's Latter-Day Olympians, and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series! If you enjoy modern spinnings on old myths, whodunit PI mysteries, and steamy manwiches with a side of supernatural, this is the book for you!

Tori Karacis is such a fun leading lady, with her circus background (which I can't wait to read more about) and her mysterious ability to freeze bad guys in their tracks (literally, thanks to gorgon blood). When Tori is hired to d
Kate Sherwood
DNF, at least for now.

It's just too sloppy. The characters are making huge leaps of logic with no reasons whatsoever - at 52%, the place I stopped, one character has just 'realized' that the baddies are focused on LA b/c they want to earthquake it into the ocean - with no evidence for this, no recognition of all the other fault lines in the world, etc... and as soon as he realized it, he exchanged a look with another (non-psychic) character and she realized it too, because, I guess, it's obvious
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a fast-paced urban fantasy in which Tori, a snarky private detective from a circus family, is drawn into the machinations of semi-washed-up Greek deities in modern LA. She finds out a cabal of gods is plotting to get their mojo back at the expense of humanity. While struggling to decipher their plan and defeat it, she must choose between an attractive policeman and a divine movie star, and deal with her own Gorgon heritage. Tori's first-person narrative voice adds a lot of fun to the nov ...more
Faith Hunter
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lucienne has taken her craft to new levels with this book. I adore her main character, and her world!
Drema Deoraich
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Bad Blood, by Lucienne Diver
Samhain Publishing, © 2012
ISBN 978-1-60928-594-4
219 pages, $14.00

Any book that includes Apollo—the Apollo—hiding among humans as an adult film star is bound to grab my attention. And he isn’t alone; Circe, Poseidon, Hephaestus, Hermes, and other Big Names make appearances in this first book of the Latter Day Olympians series. Add in skeptical protagonist TORI KARACIS, a private investigator who may—or may not—have gorgon blood, her edgy relationship with Detective NIC
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Lucienne Diver's Bad Blood is the first book in her Latter-Day Olympians series and it was quite the read! Tori is definitely one wild character, she's tough, feisty and has a good dose of sarcasm to boot. Very relateable!

Tori is a PI and was hired to find an agent named Circe and deliver a letter to her from a client. Only when Tori finally gets close to delivering, Circe is murdered by a fishman. Although I do like the terms something that "looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon" becaus
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This was one of those books that I just couldn't put down. It's not every day that you find a heroine who is a Gorgon descended from Medusa who has Apollo chasing after her as well as one very cute Detective Nick Armani. This was just an entertaining read, and one of the rare books where I liked the heroine, villain, and the love interests. It's one of my favorite novellas of the year.

Tori is one of the most likable heroines I've come across in a long time. She's taken over her uncle's P.I. visi
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just had to pick up this book after reading the author’s related story, The Parlor, in the anthology, Kicking It. I’d been grabbed by the writing style and a world where the Olympians are living secretly amongst us, as well as the main character’s sarcastic wit and never give up attitude. She also finds herself in interesting situations.

This book certainly didn’t disappoint. Tori Karacis comes from a family she describes as freaks who work in a circus. She’d grown up being told that the Olympi
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome start to a new series. The heroine is witty and likeable. She is easy to relate to because she's not an uber-assasin secret ninja with a block on her shoulder a mile wide-not that I don't occassionally like those things I am a UF reader after all but sometimes it's nice to have a change of pace.

Tori Karacis is a circus drop-out. We don't get a whole lot of info on why exactly, I have a feeling this will be covered in another book, but we know that the circus is the family business and so
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bad Blood by Lucienne Diver

The Greek Gods walk among the Hollywood rich and famous.
Toni Karacis is a PI drawn into a war between the Gods when she witnesses the murder of one of them. Suddenly all the stories she's heard from her grandmother are taking on a life of their own and those gods are interfering and threatening her own life.

Entertaining writing style with humor and rich language. Quite a list of characters from the Greek myths, many of which I didn't know. I don't think I missed anythi
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
originally posted at http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Don’t you just love a clever book? I do, and I found one in Lucienne Diver’s Bad Blood ~ Latter-Day Olympians, Book 1.

Bad Blood is a delightful urban fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan, and a true Lucienne Diver original.

P.I. Tori Karacis is as irreverent, irrepressible, and as entertaining as Evanovich’s Plum, complete with eccentric grandmother and multiple love interests. However, Tori’s bad boy wanna-be-lov
Solid 4

So this is a story about a 20-something young woman, Tori, who isn't freak enough for her circus-freak family (I wish we met them, but we did get funny quotes at the beginning of each chapter from them). After leaving the circus she starts working for her uncle in his PI, he too is MIA. She has to deliver a letter to for a client and ends up witnessing a murder by some sea-creature-man-thing. Enter in Armani and eventually THE Apollo. The whole story is about a murdered actress and agent
This was a great, easy read and I can’t wait to crack the spine of Crazy in the Blood. Diver takes the Greek myths and twists them to fit the life of a modern-day woman. Although Riordan has done this beautifully in his writing, Diver’s adaptation was much more subtle. I also loved how, where Riordan’s heroes are the descendants of Gods, Tori, Diver’s heroine, is the descendant of a Gorgon.

The combination of a steamy love triangle and a fast-paced mystery drew me in from the first page. The batt
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May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
The star rating given reflects my opinion within ‘the official goodreads rating system’.

1 star: Didn’t Like it
2 stars: It’s Okay
3 stars: Liked it
4 stars: Really Liked it
5 stars: It Was Amazing

I don’t really give a rat-fuck that there are some who think I ‘owe’ an explanation for my opinion. Nope, nada, and not sorry about it.

Sometimes I may add notes to explain what my opinions are based on, and sometimes I don’t. I do this for me, on my books, in my library and I don’t ‘owe’ any special snowfla
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked it. It had enjoyable characters and a fast-paced plot. I liked how Tori was a strong heroine, but still very much realistic. My only complaint is how much colloquialism and slang is in the book. Ms. Diver addresses this at one point, when Apollo complains that Tori uses it too much, but my problem was that it wasn't only Tori who uses it. There was also several holes in the background - about gods, about her past, about Armani etc. which I hope will be addressed in later books, an ...more
Mart Ramirez
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's true when they say protagonist Tori Karacis is a little more than your average private eye. I really enjoyed her witty personality and the whole detective angle.

Bad Blood is an awesome mix of conflict, intrigue, and romance. Loved the mystery and the Olympian twist! Lots of suspense and likeable characters…what more could you ask for?

It really doesn't surprise me. Author Lucienne Diver always tells a great story. Urban fantasy fans will devour it up in no time.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a fun, fast-paced roller coaster ride! Tori Karacis is a savvy, tough, likeable character with a unique ancestry. Ancient Greek gods living in modern Los Angeles stir up trouble that Tori is uniquely equipped to foil. Diver skillfully weaves Greek mythology with modern pop culture and crime to create an entertaining story with just enough unanswered questions to leave you in anticipation of the next in the series.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a new author for me and the first book in a new series as well. It's a well written story with a complicated plot with more than enough twists and turns to keep anyone's attention. It's an atypical urban fantasy because of what looks like a love triangle. It also has a nice mix of ancient god and goddesses thrown into the modern world and our heroine Tori is a P.I with a little extra-special family heritage. The ending is a little open-ended, so I can't wait to see what happens next.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Filled with Lucienne Diver's trade mark humour, Tori is a likeable heroine who is easy to relate to despite her unusual family and powers. I loved her interactions with Nick and thought the push-pull with Apollo hit exactly the right note - you would be irresistably drawn to him and it would be a bad idea to act on it.
Super cute story. I really liked the way mythology was woven into the real world. What would happen if these gods and goddess were no longer worshipped like they believed they should be? How would they pass the time in the mortal realm? Add in a ton of my brand of humor and you get this well written book.

I'm very curious as to what is going to happen next to out heroes.
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
okay, I dd wonder about this.. got very wordy at some point,some areas not making sense..This look away from the story. I do loke the story. It is nice to be away from vamps ans shifter. The gods gone modern !! I have gone on to the next book.....
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun. Looking forward to the rest of the series
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! It's just chock full of all my favorite things!
Can't wait for book 2 to come out.
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