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Blood Ties (Blood Ties #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  4,069 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
A gripping thriller from the Richard and Judy award-winning author of Girl, Missing, Sophie McKenzie.

When Theo discovers the father he thought died when he was a baby is still alive, he's determined to find him. The clues lead him to the lonely Rachel, who has problems of her own, including parents who compare her unfavourably to her long-dead sister.

But when Rachel and T
Paperback, 438 pages
Published July 7th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
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Shell The Belle
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a fast paced intrigue with a bit of romance thrown in.
Recommended to Shell The Belle by: $umm£r the Bookworm
4.75 Fantastic Sweet Sciencey And Could Well Be Happening Right Now STARS

This is another book I read because my 14 year old daughter told me to! And I am so glad I did.

Sophie Mckenzie writes brilliantly and her stories are amazing. She draws you right into the story with her characters, their dialogue and the continual punchy chapters that always leave you wanting MORE!

The writing is brilliantly done, and although it does slow down for a few chapters in the middle, mostly it is quick paced a
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(Might be some spoilers!!!)

Sophie Mckenzie is one of my all-time favourite authors. I read many of her books when I was younger and I continue to read and reread them now. I could possibly stretch to say that the Blood Ties series is my favourite of hers, but I don't know, It's too hard!
The characters are amazing, I love how much Rachel changes and how you can really feel it through-out the book. Also, the change in characters every chapter is genious. Not only can you see what they're both doin
Feb 27, 2010 added it
I thought that Blood Ties was a very challenging book because it's about cloning and wars. As this is a very rare subject, it was obvious that it would be different from Sophie’s other books. Blood Ties is about a Theo and Rachel who are the main characters. At first the two don’t know each other but as the story develops they meet, as Theo wants to learn more about his father after his mother, reveals that nearly all the things he thought he knew about his father, were lies. Theo wants to know ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Unnecessary drama is the bane of my existence.

Okay, not really, but it’s pretty high up the list, right there with forced romances and nonsensical motivations, though one can make the point about this being all unnecessary drama. How does this tie in with today’s pick? Simply put, it ruined a perfectly good premise.

The pitch for “Blood Ties” is very ambiguous. Honestly, when I first saw it, the sci-fi aspect went completely in over my head. I knew there was a mystery, but not until the big revea
Alicia McGorlick
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Quite a thrilling book, though Rachel's character initially irritated me, thank goodness the character grew strong and dependent! There was no real closure at the end which is a bit annoying... perhaps leaving room for a possible sequel (unsure if there is one or not... writing this review on the train). All in all, a book that at times I wanted to abandon and other times the plot grew interesting. If you like thrillers, love stories and scientific exploration this book is for you. A pretty good ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young YA readers, people who want an easy book to read
Shelves: reviewed
MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS!!! (I have tried to keep out as many spoilers as possible… but there are still a few in there; such as who ends up with who… and stuff…)
I first started reading this book because I saw it was written by Sophie McKenzie, who has also written Girl, Missing. I really enjoyed reading Girl, Missing, and after reading this, I felt that this book was a bit of a let down. I felt that the plot didn’t flow very fast and it sometimes got side- tracked. The characters sometimes go
Nida Kazi
Oct 25, 2017 marked it as to-read
I started reading the second book without having any idea there's this one to go. Hence I was thinking why the first one has too many information in the first chapter itself
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was quite a quick read if I had the time. The story line was easy to follow and was really interesting. The characters were well thought of but it was a little to easy for me.
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
All Theo knows about his dad is that he died when the clinic he was working at was bombed. That is until his mum lets slip that his dad is still alive and in hiding. Theo is determined to find him, and his search leads him to Rachel, together they try to solve the mystery surrounding their births and the clinic their parents worked at, but what they find completely blows their lives apart...

This was surprisingly good, much better than I imagined it would be. The plot is enjoyable, with lots of a
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sophie-mckenzie
Sophie McKenzie must be one of my favorite authors of all time. She is right up there with J.K Rowling.
I found this book in the library and read the first few pages, and then I basically fell in love with it. It was so easy to read, and didn't have all the unnecessary, random information at the beginning that many books seem to have. I didn't put it down until it was finished and nearly cried when it was over.
I loved the characters, Theo particularly, and I was devestated one of them dies at th
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sophie McKenzie is an all time favourite of mine. The story has been well crafted, and has captured the attention of many. The way the characters change in the story is evident. The journey of Theo and Rachel have is one I will remember.
Rea Bailey
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS AMAZING!!!!! When you read it you think nothing else mind-blowing could possibly happen but you are so wrong! It is honestly one of my favourite books and the writing is very good! Highly recommend
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sigh, this had so much potential. The idea is really interesting but I think the way the significant events of the story was painted lacked a sense of originality. I felt that it was so predictable.

One thing I truly loved was the relationship between Mel and Lewis. I loved these two characters more than the actual main characters. The protagonists (Theo & Rachel) had me rolling my eyes so many times. Honestly, I don't know why the author portrayed a jealous Theo who thinks Rachel had feeling
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was really surprised that I didn't like this book as I usually always love Sophie McKenzie books and finish them almost immediately but I found this quite a slow read and I didn't really get into it. I grew closer to the character in her medusa project series then with this book and don't think I will read the rest of the series unfortunately
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Blood Ties is brilliant. When you start reading, you can't stop! Blood Ties is a gripping, thought-provoking thriller by one of the bestselling authors- Sophie McKenzie. Once you read Blood Ties, you will be dying to read Blood Ransom, a second book after Blood Ties.
Christina POP
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book 😊
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A good plot, but not well-told. Quite predictable, and the fact that Theo and Rachel were clones, although the centre-piece of the story, didn’t seem to play into it at all, and didn’t add anything.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was just an amazing book! So intense and just couldn’t put it down! 🎄❤ ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Taking a blast from my earlier teenage years with these two Sophie McKenzie books. Whilst I am at home, I had a flick through Blood Ransom to remind me of my previous love for Sophie McKenzie books.


Theo never grew up believing his father was dead, but when he finds out that he is alive he is determined to find him. His searches land him upon lost and lonely Rachel who is always in the shadow of her dead sister. However, when they both get attacked by RAGE at the school disco, they both
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read Blood Ties a few years ago and just re-read it after coming across the sequel ( Blood Ransom ) and wanted to refresh my memory. And I wasn't disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this amazing book once again, and it certainly left me with much to think about. Who were the good guys and the bad guys? The egoistic, self-righteous ass who meddles with genetics and plays God for what he claims to be a good cause? Or the terrorist group who believes such work immoral and wants to stop and ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a few years ago and I really enjoyed it- it's fast paced, thrilling and overall an amazing book :) I would definitely recommend!
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must have read this book about five times, and every time I get sucked in all over again! Blood Ties is a fast paced, exciting thriller with a really interesting and controversial concept, and I enjoy it more and more each time I read it.

Rachel and Theo are two seemingly normal teenagers with their own sets of problems, but as they begin to discover parts of their blurry pasts, curiosity takes over and they are plunged into the twisted history of their births and the consequences they caused.

Sammee (I Want to Read That)
4.5 Stars

The first thing I did after finishing this book was to grab my copy of Blood Ransom. The second was to ask myself how on EARTH I had never read a Sophie McKenzie book before. It really was that good!

The story follows two main characters, Rachel and Theo, using a dual narrative. I love this format and it works brilliantly here. I adored Rachel and loved watching her character grow and gain more confidence. Theo is perhaps slightly more distant but that is explored in the story - and I r
Bridie-No excuses. No apologies. No Regrets Jones
I read this book last year and i really liked the idea behind it, the blurb made me want to read it straight away. I had read the The set-up by Mckenzie before, and i loved it, so i just had to read this one. Mckenzie was one of my favourite authors and this book just made me love her even more. As i said the whole idea of clones existing i found interesting, especially as it wasn't set way in the future so world building was not nessisary, not that i don't love dystopian books i was just excite ...more
At first, I was a bit apprehensive of this novel, after reading The Medusa Project and being thoroughly disappointed. But I absolutely loved this book, and it definitely lived up to the expectations my friend's built it up to be. Like the Medusa Project, the main characters were used for experiments while their mother's were pregnant with them - but unlike the MP, the plot and characters had more depth to them, and I honestly didn't expect any of the plot twists. For once, I adored both of the m ...more
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this book blew me away!!! clones, lost siblings, plus an awesome cover!!! whooooo this is my type of book! i was instantly hooked, that is some amaaazing writing!!! it was fast paced, punchy and just down right epic. It has multiple points of view, which i thought would be a downer for me, but it was not... it was what gave some of the story it's esscence... if you hated this book, then you... are a randomo and need to get a better sense of books coz this is a peice of words(the book not my revi ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
meh, that's the impact that this book had on me. Eh, it was alright, didn't love it, didn't hate it.
The plotline was interesting and easy to follow, it just wasn't gripping enough, not to mention how much the main characters annoyed me.
Theo was just angsty and angry all the time, and when I say that, I really mean all the time. Rachel on the other hand, I was torn about whether to hug or slap her, her insecurities and the way she was so shy got on my nerves, maybe it was because I felt that her
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I found this book quite boring. I was intrigued at the beginning, but it soon became very unrealistic and I lost interest very quickly after that.

I never got into this book; once i got bored, I only continued to read it to see what would happen, but once the whole cloning side of things came into it, I thought it was very unbelievable, and quite frankly, childish.

Not just that, but, the writing itself was nothing exceptional. Things were not properly described or explained; the whole book seemed
Helen Fairfield
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Another really popular author from my library. I keep putting more and more Sophie McKenzies out on the shelves but they disappear straight away, so while I still had this in my sticky mitts I thought I'd see if she is really all that. I'd say this is a slightly above average teen thriller. It's about two kids who get caught up in a genetics/cloning scandal, and there's a romantic twist too. I raced through it and was really engaged for the first half but found myself skimming through large sect ...more
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