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Blood Roses

(The Noctivagas Chronicle #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Vampires aren’t real… right? If they were, Madeline and Marissa Owen would certainly be suspects: bone-white and night-loving—with a proclivity for super-rare steaks—the identical twins are poster-girls for the undead.

As if looking like teen-aged vampires didn’t cause enough drama, trouble erupts into their lives following a disastrous street fight and a brush with the la
Paperback, Second, 324 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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5 Roses

"Blood Roses"...the title seems obvious enough, and with the brief description given, it's easy to assume "Ok, another vampire story, but with the twist of it being twin sisters. Cool, sounds interesting." The surprise? That was the smallest twist in the book...

This book blew me away, in every way possible. Between the fascinating writing style, the intriguing characters, and a plot/story I haven't come across yet, I was completely enthralled! I started this book in the morning, and couldn't put
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I liked the book though I found it slow to begin with. I think it was based on the viewpoints changing often and having short chapters to ensure all the characters are introduced. Once I became aware of the characters and how they all fit into the picture it moved much faster, especially the later part of the book.

The story begins with a family who have had to relocate due to an fighting incident that Marissa, one half of the teenag
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like to read YA paranormal books but sometimes I get bored because of the same type of storyline over and over. I find that a lot of people write about vampires and only change a little something here and there, add a little romance and bam! publish a book. Blood Roses does not fit into that category. While I was reading the book, I found myself thinking "how cool" so many times.

You can figure out if someone is a vampire through their genes? That's awesome! In the begining there were a lot of
Kerr-Ann Dempster
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel horrible for giving this a poor review, but I was asked for an honest review in exchange for a free copy. So here goes:

Although I liked that the author used science to explain vampirism, there was nothing engaging about this novel. I didn't find myself thinking about it or wanting to turn the page.

The POVs didn't allow me to make an emotional connection with the character. It was difficult to care when characters died, got hurt, or were happy.

The Owen sisters were unlikeable, especiall
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of this book by the author (via Goodreads/Read It And Reap) in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


Madeline and Marissa are twin sisters, but as different as night and day in their temperament and interests. Madeline likes to read books, Marissa like to spar.

Due to a variety of circumstances, the family relocates from Austin, Texas to Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, and everyone is struggling with making the adjustment. Almost immediately, strange things begi
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to °~Amy~° by: Jason T. Graves
I received this book free in exchange for a review. Coming in late to the review process I had just one night to read the entire book. It was readable in one sitting, taking me just 7.5 hours to complete it, including a few breaks. I mention the breaks simply because they were very necessary. In any other instance, I would have divided the book up over several nights; mostly because of the vast amount of data in the book. Even though the book started with an action scene, there really isn't a lo ...more
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Alisha Portillo
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would first like to thank the author Jason Graves for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!!!!

Let me start by saying that this is NOT a typical vampire book. If you are looking for that, then you will be a little disappointed. I really was caught off guard by this book and I liked that, but sometimes this got a little confusing for me. I will give a little hint, you can figure who is and is not a vampire - a way that has never been explored before in any vampire
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book but I definitely think it was more science fiction than fantasy. It is about vampires but they are vampires described from a scientific view instead of those done from a fantastical one.

This is the story of twin girls, Madeline and Marissa, who suffer from a severe case of polymorphic light eruption (sun allergy). Their father takes a job halfway across the country in a genetics lab far away from their home in Texas. They quickly find out that not everything is as it seems. T
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This review is going to be tough! First of all, I did really enjoy the book even though at times it moved to quickly and at other times it moved to slowly. Towards the end of the book it really started to mesh together and flow very well. However, I did feel that certain parts felt like I were reading a Dan Brown novel. All of the information just came at you so quickly and with all of hidden societies within the Roman Catholic Church just felt a little out of touch. I enjoyed it once I got past ...more
Tanya Johnson
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Madeline and Marissa are different from everyone else, they are pale skinned with blond hair and are super sensitive to light. Madeline is book smart and Marissa loves to fight, similar but yet so different. To them life is not normal and to make matters worse they are forced to move from their home town of Austin after Marissa gets in trouble after a street fight. Things just don't go right for them once they reach their now home. After meeting with their father's boss and is family, strange ev ...more
Rebecca Porter
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I got over the whole vampire thing a long time ago, but gave Blood Roses a read because I really enjoy Jason T. Graves writing. As others have said, this vampire story has an interesting twist (but I’m certainly no expert on the genre) adopted twins with a detached or at the very least struggling mother and a scientist father. I really enjoyed the opening, but then I am a bit of an uber geek.
The millions thrown at the father for a dream job in genetics are perfectly timed, as the family need
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nook
Thanks to JT Graves and Read It & Reap for the chance to read and review this book. I had a really hard time writing this honest review because when I finished the book I wasn’t really curious about what happens next or how things will be tied up, and I wanted to be. With a very different take on the vampire mythology the book had great potential. Loved the concept of science explaining the levels of vampires and the way the church was involved. Beyond that, I had a really hard time following th ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it

I would like to thank the author for gifting me this book for an exchange for a honest review. This book was very different, it was a different twist on vampires.

The book starts off with Madeline and Marissa twin sisters. Madeline is more laid back and smart. Marissa is the wild one, a MMA fighter. After Madeline gets hurt during a fight and their father gets a new job they move from Austin to Pennsylvania. The twins are very pale and have issues with being out in the sun. The same night they
I received this as a gift from the author Jason T. Graves for Read 4 Review.

I found the book to be an interesting read the born vampires as well as the evolved bitten vampire and having a faction of the Church were unique ideas. Very well thought out descriptive writing that keeps you interested. (I managed to read my book in one sitting I had to read, couldn't put it down).

Kindred, Quasi, Pharsi, Euvampire I found confusing to read about so I didn't quite understand.

I feel there is more to the
Belinda King
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book in exchange for a review.
I have to say this was a book I could not put down! I enjoyed this different take on a vampire story. I found the story flowed very well and there was a lot of information given, especially technical information that I had to stop and re-read over to get it in my head.

I loved the characters. At first I found Marissa to be a teenager who kicked up against rules etc. As the story grew I found that she was a character who tried everything to make hersel
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I received this book for an honest review.

This book had me from the synopsis, I was very intrigued my first thought was oh well Marissa and Madeline are definitely vampires. But as soon as I started the book I thought I was wrong in thinking it. It was not overly obvious that they were, it had me guessing about everyone right the way through, even Cas had me guessing.

We meet Madeline and Marissa on a road trip to there new home after Marissa gets into a fight in which she is injured. Her famil
Renee Deschamps
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book, Blood Roses by Jason Graves, was generously shared with me in exchange for an honest review on GR group RI & R.

It is not too often I need a dictionary to accompany me throughout a book. However, do you have any idea how refreshing it is? I didn't, and I now know that I love being challenged!

Madeline & Marissa, twins but so much more. They embody everything we, as parents or adults, hope our own young will become. Strong, intelligent, fierce, loving, patient and impatient, and protectiv
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this journey. It was a fresh new look at vampires and things supernatural. I really liked that the author based the book on twin sisters, one very calm and one very snarky. I do like the back and forth between Madeline and Marissa, who are our heroines. Our story starts out with Marissa getting herself into trouble (which she does really well) and the father moving the family from Texas to Pennsylvania. At this point the story really takes off and becomes very gripping. When the ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-review
I enjoyed reading this book in return for an honest review and this series has a lot of potential. A very different take on vampires and the mythology behind them. The twin sisters embarked on a journey of self discovery and what they uncovered would literally rock their world forever. Both girls were complete opposites which offered up some interesting moments and Marissa's kick ass attitude got my vote. There was certainly a lot of action in this book but sometimes it just felt too much in pla ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great story line full of multiple characters that are real people, with conflicting emotions, as opposed to 2 dimensional stereotypes. It's a totally different take on the mythology of vampires. There were some times when the flow wasn't quite right, but I think he's a clever writer, and I enjoyed the subtle humor that was incorporated throughout. It's refreshing to find a book that's fun and I have to pay attention. Fluff reading has it's place, but I don't appreciate always being spo ...more
Joanne Hopkins
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was sent this free e book in return for an honest review.

I knew it was based on vampires and that was what peeked my interest to start with. Knowing nothing of this author before I received the book I thought I would give it a go, and I am so glad I did!

I was expecting the normal vampire lore but got a whole new twist. The twins were easy to relate to and soon became fond of all the characters.

I highly recommend this book, so much so I immediately downloaded the second one ' Morning Stars' to
Michelle Thielke
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the different take on the world of vampires. I admit it took me about to chapter ten to keep the names straight and wrap my head around the scientific jargon. The more I read, the more I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen. Really excited that there is a book two coming out!! ...more
Monica Porta
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blood Roses is a vampire novel that maintains the reader engaged the whole time. Fast paced and full of interesting characters, the first book in The Noctivagas Chronicle is a smart read that takes the paranormal lore to a different level.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received this book as part of an R4R and will endeavour to be honest, and positive, all in one ball of words and exclamations.

Let me start off by saying that this book has a lot of potential. I think trying to break into a heavily saturated market (where 'vampire' and 'teen' have been in the same tag line for what seems like forever) is brave, and Blood Roses does take a different direction with it all, which was refreshing.

But try as I might, I couldn't 'connect' with this story, or any of th
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book as part of a Read for Review opportunity.

I wanted to read this book because, like others have mentioned, it sounded like it was going to be a different take on the usual YA vampire stories we see nowadays, and also because I genuinely thought that, although the twins looked the part, they weren’t actually going to be vampires. (view spoiler)
Sheree Bonita
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received this book for an honest review.

This has two stars because "it was ok" to me and Goodreads classifies okay as 2.

The writing style is very polished and presented great. Very few grammatical errors throughout the entire book. Through the beginning I get a very Dan Brown feel from The Da Vinci Code. But why would an old, wise man entrust teenage girls with an important Vatican book (which later doesn't even matter) in the first place?

Graves also reminds me of Creighton with all of the
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free in exchange for a review. I liked the book though I found it slow to begin with. I think it was based on the viewpoints changing often and having short chapters to ensure all the characters are introduced. Once I became aware of the characters and how they all fit into the picture it moved much faster, especially the later part of the book.

The story begins with a family who have had to relocate due to an fighting incident that Marissa, one half of the teenage twin g
Meri Elena
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm going to come right out and admit that I know Jason personally. My intention is to give an unbiased review, but I can't cease being human.

First off, an important assertion. This is a vampire story. It is not a teenage vampire romance; do not get confused about that. There are teenagers, and vampires, and a teeny bit of romance, but Blood Roses is a supernatural thriller rather than a teen drama.

Now, what I liked about Blood Roses. I'm a fan of the characters, even the characters I wouldn't l
J. Woods
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be “okay.” I did enjoy some parts but others I found myself moving onto the next pages where the story lagged. I will admit I can see the appeal – the writing of the novel was well done and very well presented; I’ve read a number of other reviews comparing Jason T. Graves’ writing style to a Dan Brown-esque feel and I would have to agree but for me it just didn’t grab hold the way I wanted it to. I found the story to be more informational rather than action and overdeveloped ...more
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Jason T. Graves is an author, editor, and illustrator, who relishes everything about books. He holds an advanced degree in genetic mysteries and has an extensive history of writing, drawing, mad science, and teaching—both high school and college. With a penchant for dark beers, black coffee, and dry, red wines, you can find him, most days, spinning stories of similar color and complexity.

Other books in the series

The Noctivagas Chronicle (3 books)
  • Morning Stars (The Noctivagas Chronicle, #2)
  • Mars Rising (The Noctivagas Chronicle, #3)

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