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Blood Oath

(The Secret of the Halflings #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Raya Sarian has always known she was different. The water calls to her in a way that isn't human. She has seen things that would scar anyone for life. And her father has been non existent in her childhood.
Because he is a Siren.
A blood drinker.
A monster.
And now she must live with him in a world populated with enemies and dangerous friends. Can she survive the year?
Paperback, 194 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received an ARC 10 days ago from the author.

Rating: 4.5

In Samantha Coville's book we get into a world where blood-sucking Sirens exist next to humans, living underground, only visiting the top side once in a while to grab someone to eat. And there are Halflings, too, creatures who are half human and half Siren. We have Raya, a Halfling in her teenage years who has to go to live with her father and the other Sirens in their
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This review contains spoilers. You have been warned.

First off I would like to say congratulations to the author for her debut, it was quite a good book :)

I've never read a book about Sirens before, so it was unique and I could picture everything that happened in the book.

There were a few issues that I had with it, but they didn't take away from the fact that I enjoyed this book.

1. The Characters. At times, certain characters seemed to be one dimensional, and as someone who is also writing
Fungi From Yuggoth
Smoothly-written, enticing, and realistically paranormal, BLOOD OATH relates the tale of Raya, daughter of a loving human mother and a Siren. From age six to.seventeen, her mother has raised her alone, but the agreement with Raya's father, Christopher Sharian, means Raya must now live for a year in the sphere of the Sirens, a year with a father whose deeds terrified her eleven years previously.

No suspension of disbelief necessary here: readers will slide immediately into the tale.
Meera Nair
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Blood Oath by Samantha Coville is a fantasy, YA novel that explores a new breed of paranormal creatures known as Sirens. They are vampiric in nature with an affinity to water. Raya Sarian’s world is uprooted when all of a sudden her father, whom she hasn’t seen in forever, comes to take her away. Having lived most of her life with her ever-so busy mother, Raya is terrified at the thought of going to live with her father in a world where nothing is as it seems. An incident from her childhood haun ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Blood Oath was my first siren book that I had ever read and I highly loved and enjoyed it. I loved everything about it especially the characters. Raya Sarian is an halfling half human half siren. Her father is a siren and leader of his siren colony, but he has not been in Raya life since she was a little child after an terrible incident that happen when she was a child. That incident scar her for life. Raya finds out on her 17th birthday that she had to go live with her father with him at his si ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Raya had been living with her mother ever since her father left them years ago. she had grew to hate her father, whom she assumed abandoned them because he no longer loved them. on the morning of her seventeenth birthday, her mother surprised her when she announced that Raya will be living for a year with her father, in the Siren world. it explained her love for the water since childhood, and her mother also revealed the reason her father had left in the first place was to protect his little gir ...more
Andrew Goeller
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Blood Oath
By Samantha Coville

Raya Sarian has lived a fairly normal life with her mother, up until the night of her seventeenth birthday. When her estranged father shows up out of the blue, Raya learns that she is to go and live with him for one year. Now this wouldn’t normally be a problem, except for that fact of who, or more correctly, what, her father is: a vicious, killing, blood thirsty siren. Now she must live in his colony, spending a year surrounded by the very things that she has been
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Raya Sarian has reached an important age – 17. For the next year, she must live with her father after living with her mom for all her life. Yet Raya also knows she’s different, like her father…the monster…the Siren. Without knowing who to trust and who secretly hates Halflings, will Raya make it through the year? In BLOOD OATH, Raya is an inquisitive teenager, but woefully naïve in the ways of the Siren. After a traumatizing incident in her childhood, she doesn’t want anything to do with her fat ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
An absolutely enticing read bringing you into the world of Raya Sarian and her un-ordinary human life. From the beginning we are captured into her life and encouraged to keep reading to find out who the 'Sirens' are and who Raya really is....

There was a lot packed into one book which I felt kept the book flowing.. from romance and dishonesty to power and deception. Although I felt there could have been more about the relationships such as Raya and Drew's, I don't think we really knew much about
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast-paced, addictive read. Once you've started to read it, I don't think you'll be able to stop until you've read the last word. With only 189 pages, I had no problems getting through this book in a day. The portrayal of Sirens in this novel is something I've never seen before. They are equal parts terrifying and beautiful. They're also nothing like mermaids. Surprising, isn't it?
The only thing I didn't like about this novel was the insta-love. It is kind of explained but I'm general
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book introduces you to its protagonist, Raya Sarian. On her 17th birthday, her mother tells her, that she will from now on live with her father, a father she hasn’t seen in 11 years. He takes her to a another surroundings where she has to find her way, and find out who to trust or not.

With Blood Oath, Samantha Coville has created the promising start of a fantasy series for young adults: The Secret of the Halflings. Blood Oath is an entertaining and fast read, making you want to read more.

Chelsie Dunning
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought it was an interesting book,I feel like there could have been better story development/character development.This is the authors first book and i will continue the series.I feel like it has a ton of potential.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
omg, I loved this book. I love sirens and the characters amazed me. The writing was very good and kept me interested through the entire book. I loved the conflict and the plot was interesting and very fast moving. i loved it
Holly Newhouse
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Raya Sarian is a halfling, half siren and half human and she goes through tremendous adversity when at 17 years old, she is told she has to live with her father at Sirens HQ and the the whole story takes off from there. I experienced so many emotions while reading this amazing book! I especially fell in love with Drew and his family, I also love Raya who fights so hard to be accepted by her peers despite her parentage. I wanted to just beat the tar out of smart mouthed Emma too. My heart broke i ...more
Blood Oath is definitely a hidden gem. It's not a literary masterpiece, but it's fun and exciting and I was hooked. I added this back when I first started Goodreads, so I'm extremely happy to have finally read it. I liked that this book was based on sirens, instead of going straight to mermaids. Sirens are well known enough that most people know what they are, but obscure enough that most people choose other creatures to write about. I also liked that didn't revolve around romance. It was a part ...more
Sue Holmes
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc
Free copy from author in exchange for honest review.

I was really looking forward to this dark fantasy (my favourite kind!) but, although it has an imaginative plot, the story fell short in execution. I found the writing was a little repetitive and did not flow as smoothly as it could have.

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Bookworm, college student (Go Knights!), and theme park addict are all perfect terms to describe me. I'm also an avid writer and my novels BLOOD OATH and BLOOD ISLAND are available now on Amazon!

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