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By Blood

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  48 reviews
For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please.

Throw in an estranged mom, annoying new stepdad, and drooling baby half-brother, and it's a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can't fix. Even worse, there's (hot) live-in research assistant Josh to cont
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published June 2013 (first published February 18th 2013)
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Tracy Banghart
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I guess it's, like, a thing for authors to rate their own books? So...sure! Why not. :-)

I loved writing BY BLOOD...Emma is the kick-ass, fashionable girl I wish I'd been in high school...with two sexy boys I'd have loved to have fighting over me. She's flawed, full of "piss and vinegar" as my grandfather might have said, and she finds it all too easy to get into trouble, a talent I definitely had at her age.

The setting - Oxford, England - is also dear to my heart. I spent a year there attending
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of By Blood for part of a book tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours, this will in no way effect my opinion on the book!

By Blood follows Emma Wong on her summer vacation in London, with the half of her family she isn't too fond of lately - her Mum, Vermin (baby half-brother) and Dr Mike (the new fella). Don't broken families suck? Luckily, my parents split when
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Druids..... Druids.... Calling all Druid Lovers..........................

Oh man I loved this book so much! Holy Druids I love stories with druids history in it. I love England and hope to one day go there for a few weeks. this book caught me by surprise because it had so many elements to it but they flowed flawlessly that the story flowed so smoothly I was at the end of the book and wanting no needing more because I did not want it to end. Then I remembered I would not have to wait long because
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
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This was my first book about Druids.  In fact, I had to do a Google Search when I first came across the book just to find out what they were.  If you don't know, here's a quick blub:

The Druids were priests who carried out religious rituals in Iron Age Britain and France. The Romans, who visited and later conquered France and Britain, met Druids and wrote about their beliefs and rites. Although these writings may not always have been c
Books A-Brewin'
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

I received an e-copy of this book for a book tour in exchange for an honest review.

This was one of the first book tours I joined when I first started blogging. The premise was intriguing and unique. I had never read anything that referenced Druid practices nor had I read anything that had an air of psychological studies that completely enthralled me as a Psychology major.

Emma is being shipped off for the summer away from her friends and the father she is extremely close to in favor o
By Blood is the story of a Pennsylvania girl spending her summer in Oxford England. The problem is, she's there for all of the wrong reasons and with all of the wrong people.

Emma Wong would love to be living in England with her best friends Diana and Helen, or even her small-town sheriff father, but she is stuck with her mom - who left the family for another man; Dr. Mike - the mom-stealing man; and their love child - disgusting. To make matters worse, Josh is living in the house. He is just too
Emily Anne
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a fun, original, quick paranormal
By Blood by Tracy E. Banghart was an extremely entertaining read, and I would definitely recommend the book to fans of Young Adult Paranormal. The story is one you will read in one sitting, and I will definitely get my hand on the sequel, Moon Child, sometime soon.

The main character, Emma, was fun to read about. She felt real, vivid, and she is in no way a wishy-washy character. Another one of my favorite characters was Josh, who I found sweet, and Emma's new friend, Ash. However, I did not like
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Emma quickly discovers that her life is not as it appears. To find happiness Emma must choose to accept life changes and for a 17 year old this comes with lots of anxiety which makes for a very entertaining plot.

By Blood is a family drama with a side of paranormal. I found this story quite enjoyable. It precariously balances on the line of maybe its paranormal...but will keep you guessing well after it ends. The family situation is surprising and not quite what you expected. There is a fun roman
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tracy Banghart’s novel, By Blood, is an expertly crafted YA contemporary that delivers on multiple levels. Fully drawn characters, vivid descriptions, sharp dialogue, skillful plotting, pacing and tension are among just a few of this novel’s attributes. At the center of the story is seventeen-year-old Emma Wong, herself a study in contrast and conflict, an American high school student forced to spend the summer in Oxford, England, alongside her mother—a seemingly aloof academic, who both had an ...more
Jessica Figueroa
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
After her mother left her father for another man Emma just couldn't forgive her mother. Now she's being forced to go spend the summer with her mother, stepfather and stepbrother Vermin in England. Emma is less then thrilled but has no other choice to go. When she meets the very strange and interesting Ash, Ash invites her to join her with a group ceremony involving druids. It was innocent enough at first, but as time goes one things start to happen and the little cult doesn't seem as innocent as ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Wow! This book is absolutely an amazing good time! Emma is such an interesting and easy to relate to character, struggling with her new family after her mother leaves her father and creates a new family with her new husband. As a child of divorce, this was really easy for me to get into. I could feel Emma's pain as she dealt with "Vermin" (Fermin, her new half brother).

I can't imagine how awkward it would be to not only try to get used to your new family, but to get used to your new family in a
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-read
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review , so here it goes .
This book I would give a 3.5 stars . Only because the beginning was quite long and boring . Didn't grab my attention. Although I was pleasantly surprised on many details that made me enjoy the book. It had an interesting plot twist and plot in general that I really liked . The characters were developed very precisely and I fell in love with them . I felt connected in the story and it almost felt real . Nothing seemed forced , exce
Shari Arnold
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome!!
When Emma is forced to spend the summer helping her mom she's not all that excited about it. But she is in Oxford after all. And I have to say I loved spending time with Emma in Oxford. And once she meets Ash there wasn't a moment I could put this book down. This is an exciting debut for Tracy Banghart. Between the romance, mystery and adventure I read this book in one sitting. Can't wait to read her next book!
Jennifer Walkup
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

A fun, fresh contemp with an amazing main character, cute love interests and wonderful setting. Summer abroad, what could be better! Such a fun book and some really cool imagry and mystery to keep you turning the pages. I didn't know exactly where this book was going, but I couldn't stop reading until I found out. Great read!
Susanne Winnacker
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Review to come! I LOVED this book!
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book get's a solid 4 stars, maybe even a 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, it has the perfect combination of drama, fantasy and mystery and sometimes even a little bit scary. I really enjoyed it! The story is really consistent in it's enjoyabilty and pacing.

When I started this book I had forgotten most of the blurb already, I only remembered the main character was visiting England and that was explained pretty soon in the book too. Emma ha
S Parent
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I read the synopsis for By Blood, I knew I had to have it—modern Druids in England (specifically, Oxford)? Yes, please! I’ve been obsessed with ancient religions in the British Isles since I was a teen, and my teenage self would have been all over this book. Luckily, the writing and story was even better than I’d hoped for, and my adult self was all over it too!

Our main character and narrator, Emma, is traveling to Oxford to spend the summer with her professor mom and stepdad, as well as he
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.2

'Most of the other passengers were turned away now, sleeping while the baby was quiet. The cabin lights were dimmed and the flight attendants had disappeared. I wondered if Vermin and I were the only ones who’d never flown across an ocean before. I wondered if anyone else was wishing they were heading in the opposite direction.'

Diapers, accents and blooming powers - the things that summer vacations are made of.

At least, they are for 17-year-old Emma Wong. Emma's mother wants them to '
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: calibre-library, 2013
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow – this was a really fantastic read! The writing was excellent, the characters were well thought out and engaging, and the story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! This was YA goodness at its best!

The main character is Emma, a teenager being raised by her father in the US. Her mother, in an attempt to spend some quality time, invites her to spend the summer in England with her, her new husband, and their infant. Despi
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I really enjoyed reading By Blood. It focused on Emma in this story, and the druids, which is very exciting. I loved how this book had some mystery and twist and turns that kept me guessing, as well as the paranormal element as well. Which I just have to have. The covers are amazing, and are what originally drew me to the books (By Blood and the 2nd one Moon Child) , covers are very important to me, and are what I firs
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

So... I spent a lot of this book not entirely sure what to root for. That actually wasn't a bad thing, in this case - I felt able to identify with Emma's uncertainty throughout the book.

Emma was a really interesting character. I was able to identify with her pretty quickly - and I could relate to some of the things she was going through. Unfortunately, she did have her shallow moments (I eventually
Lucie Paris
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Surprising! Nice at first, I found myself turning the pages, a knot in my stomach, after being severely hooked by the final plot...
I really like this feeling of being played by the author!

Everything starts with a angered teenager and a lot of family drama taking place from US to UK.
Emma is mad at her mother to have cheat on her father. Now she has a step father and a half brother. Worse, Emma will have to play the au pair in England and babysit her brother during the summer vacation. Not so bad
Vicente Martinez
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I've not read any young adult titles since Harry Potter—though that's more fantasy wrapped around a young adult core in my view. I've been sticking mostly to fantasy and sic fi, and this was a definite and refreshing change of pace for me.

What I appreciate the most about this book is that first and foremost, it is about the characters. At the head of that cast is Emma, the definitive teenager on a European Vacation.

No, not National Lampoon. Stay with me here…

Emma faces having to be
Kimberly Sabatini
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
I really enjoyed BY BLOOD because it walked the line in several unique and wonderful ways. So many books tend to sit in a predictable pocket, but this one did several things I really, really enjoyed.
*My favorite thing about BY BLOOD was that Banghart wrote an ethnic MC that was subtle and natural. We often talk about not just raising kids who are accepting of differences, but rather raising kids who are color blind because they look deeper into a person to discover who they are. In my opinion, E
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Emma Wong is quite the character and she isn't afraid to let it show - primarily in her clothing from the sounds of it. I loved her vibrant personality and outgoing outlook (most of the time). She gets a bit down when she is told she will be staying with her estranged mother, her new step dad, and their new baby in England for the summer. But there's a hot research assistant staying with them as well that she quickly develops a crush on.

During one of Emma's explorations she meets Ash - a young
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book from the author for a review.

Best part of book: I liked this book. 1) it was a different story 2) it was in England 3) it had hot guys and 4) I thought Emma was a great character.

I really enjoyed this book. Emma is staying with her mom, step-dad, her new half-brother and Josh (her step-dad's assistant) in England. The problem is Emma does not want to go. She would rather stay with her dad and friends in the states.

Nonetheless, she goes. While there she and Josh become frien
Paula  Phillips
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
After her mother ruined her dreams of a family and started her new one - Emma Wong has hated her, so imagine Emma's disgust when her mum invites her to come to England and stay with her new husband and son Fermin who by the way is still a baby for the whole Summer break . Emma reluctantly goes along , all so while digging her heels in along the way. When Emma arrives, she meets the first handsome guy - her stepfather Mike's TA -Josh who shows her the ropes of England. While out babysitting her h ...more
Rebecca McKinnon
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books I accepted for review solely on the basis of the girl spending her summer at Oxford. Yep, you got me.

There were parts of this book I didn't care for, but it was VERY well done. (Which is probably why I didn't like those parts, if that makes sense.) The family drama got a bit old, but three characters totally made up for that. The first, of course, was Emma. I loved her, she was really fun and different from most of the characters I've read in a long time. Then there wa
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very easy read - i read it all in one sitting.
I think aimed at the YA audience, but still a good read for older readers. Little bad language and theres only a couple of steamy kisses but thats it.

The story revolves around Emma, who normally lives with her dad, is off to England with her mum and her new husband and baby. Shes NOT looking forward to it to say the least!

The house she got the smallest bedroom which started off the holiday not very well!
Her mums new husband who is a profess
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this story to entertain myself during my commute to and from work and found myself WWR (Walking While Reading) from the subway station to work or home - I literally couldn't put it down!

By Blood is an artfully crafted story, the imagery of which propels the reader into the English setting and complex perspective of young Emma Wong. You will be transported to a place and feeling that, for me, really got to the heart of that wanting-to-experience-the-world-and-know-myself phenomenon that ac
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Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, kids, and sweet puppers Scrabble and Gamer.

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“Oh my God. You think you're my babysister, don't you?"
He grinned and patted me on the shoulder in the most patronising way possible.
"Go fly a kite," I growled, turning away.
A couple of seconds later, he caught up. "I could do that," he said, like I'd made a serious suggestion.”
“I'm glad you and Ash came to my rescue," I replied, leaning into his arms.
"Anytime." Only it wasn't Josh who said it, it was Ash. I saw her standing next to us and realised I was sitting half in Josh's lap. Our arms were still tight around each other. Blushing, I scooted into my own chair.
"Can we go now?" she asked. "Whilst you were snogging, I developed the most spectacular headache. Surely the two events are unrelated, nevertheless...”
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