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The Children and the Blood (The Children and the Blood #1)

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Ashley's life is normal – if normal means living on a farm that you never leave. Ashley's life is happy – as long as she doesn't think of the Christmas Eve when her mother died. She can't remember anything of what came before her mother's death, but still, Ashley's life is good.

Until one night, everything changes.

Her home burns and her family is murdered. People with super
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ebook, 394 pages
Published February 6th 2013 by Wildflower Isle
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Nikki
I received The Children and the Blood to review through LibraryThing. It's a fantasy thriller, involving both magic and scary conspiracies: it has a young adult feel, given the age of the protagonists and the simplicity of the language. Given it's a self-published book, the standard of the editing is very good -- nothing stuck out at me or got in the way of my reading.

In the end, it felt a bit too simplistic for me -- it didn't exactly keep me guessing, anyway. And I didn't feel very involved wi
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Dianne
What usually grabs my attention of a book is the title, then either the synopsis or cover. But usually the title is the first thing. When I got this book for review and saw The Children and The Blood, it intrigued me. One doesn't normally think of children and blood going together unless a child's hurt. However, knowing that the book was an Urban Fantasy novel, I decided I had to learn more.

Then the cover got me. It's so simple. Nothing fancy at all but just as intriguing. When I read the synops
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Ama
I feel as if lately I’ve been receiving really well written books to read and review, The Children and The Blood has continued on that trend, thankfully. The Children and the Blood is a fast paced fantasy thriller with well developed characters and a host of intriguing individuals with powers. The plot twists are great and kept me on my mental toes. Ashley, the main character, has experienced much tragedy. The majority of her family was killed by an explosion when she was younger. She lost her ...more
Cindy
Self-published books are always a bit of a mystery to begin with. I have read good ones and I have read really awful ones. I almost always accept a self-published novel if an author requests a review, because I am convinced there are still a lot of undiscovered gems out there. Books that deserve as much attention and praise as a published novel that gets a lot of publicity through the publisher. So that’s one of the main reasons I accept self-published books (a lot of bloggers don’t accept them) ...more
D.R.
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Riveting, suspenseful and action-packed!

The first thing I noticed about this book is its title. It has a sort of grim feeling to it. I mean, children generally depict innocence and when you combine that innocence with the connotation of the word ‘blood’, it doesn’t really paint a pretty picture. To be honest, I expected a horror story but was pleasantly surprised when the story told something different.

Upon reading the first few chapters of the book,
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Daphne
I was truly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. When I began The Children and the Blood, I was a bit skeptical as to if I would be able to get into the story, because you never really know with Self-Published authors. Sometimes they're a huge success and make you wonder why they weren't picked up by a publishing company. Other times, the majority of the time, their writing needs a bit more polishing before they can actually call their novel, a well-executed novel. However, Megan cleared up ...more
Sheri
The Children and The Blood (Book 1) Megan Joel Peterson

Ashley’s family was killed by an explosion. All she knew was life on her family farm. Memories of her younger sister and parents are starting to return. It has been 8 years since the traumatic experience and she does not remember much.

Soon she is being hunted by men with superhuman powers. She meets up with some kind people who help her piece together the secrets of her past. They want to help her. The more she begins to learn about herself,
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Cyndi
I really enjoyed this book. The fantasy genre isn't my typical preference in novels yet this story was really enjoyable. The characters were well developed. The story was fast paced and suspenseful and many times I read much longer than I had intended! I can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens to the main characters Ashley, Lily and Cole. I can totally see this story as a movie, lots of action! Great job for a first time author!
Valiree
Halfway thru this book.....Can not put it down. Great book!!!
Paige Bradish
I received The Children and the Blood by Megan Joel Peterson for a book tour and this is my honest review.

Reading the synopsis of this book I was not sure if it was going to be in my interests but as soon as I started reading the book quickly grasped me and I could not put it down. In the beginning we meet Ashley who is living with her little family on a secluded farm and all is well until one night turns her whole life upside down. In a separate chapter we meet Cole and we are not yet sure why
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Michelle  novelsontherun
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 8th July 2013:

RATING: 4.5 STARS!

I didn’t read anything about this book when I agreed to the blog tour. The cover is not telling you an awful lot, and the title is dark.

I thought this was a well written book with a great idea.

Seventeen year old Ashley and her eight year old sister Lily, are going to have their hearts and minds challenged in this story. They will go through loss, pain, betrayal, discovery, confusion and be doing a whole pile of running.

Cole finds himself q
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Lectus
I abandoned the book at 68% because I couldn't take no more non sense.
The beginning is very powerful but the explanation of their abilities was ridiculuous for me.

I got exasperated with Ashley constat self-pity and reflection that she was alone and her family was gone. It's not that I don't have a heart but "I'm alone. The barn is burnt. They killed them all" is all the girl thinks. Seriously, she is not capable of producing any other thought. The only emotion she feels is fear. And she can't
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Sophia Lin
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Disclaimer: A copy was provided for free by the author for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

Ever since most of her family had been killed eight years ago, Ashley's life has been peaceful living on a farm with no memory of her childhood years. Until one night, everything all changes and Ashley finds out about a war she never knew about.

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Raina {The LUV'NV}
Refreshing and suspenseful, The Children and the Blood is a mature YA Urban Fantasy that took me by surprise and impressed me so many times I lost count. The writing is superb and wonderfully descriptive without being overdone. For a self-published book, it has to be one of the better written and edited.

The characters are strong and well developed. After losing her mother and most of her family in a fire when she young, Ashley is a responsible teen who provides strength and stability for he
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Novels On The Run
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 8th July 2013:

RATING: 4.5 STARS!

I didn’t read anything about this book when I agreed to the blog tour. The cover is not telling you an awful lot, and the title is dark.

I thought this was a well written book with a great idea.

Seventeen year old Ashley and her eight year old sister Lily, are going to have their hearts and minds challenged in this story. They will go through loss, pain, betrayal, discovery, confusion and be doing a whole pile of running.

Cole finds himself q
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Moka
Jan 22, 2014 Moka marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Children and the Blood, it starts off with a BANG. Really intense beginning packed full of mystery and action; kind of like a hint to what's coming around. I appreciate how the first few chapters start out right before the prologue 'took place' and then built up from there. It's a bit like an unseen recap if you get my idea. The world building was incredible. I swear it was like reading a movie script at times, how those vivid scenes would put on the big screen. Lots and lots of detail. You ...more
Lelia Taylor
When it comes to speculative fiction, such as dark fantasy, science fiction and the like, worldbuilding is pretty crucial and the lack of it can turn me off of a book very quickly. Imagine my surprise when I found myself really engaged with this story even though I don’t truly understand a good deal of it. My issue revolves entirely around the various factions, i.e., the Wizards, Bloods, Hunters, cripples, ferals, humans (can’t see wizards) and lord knows what else. Quite honestly, I need a play ...more
Brandee Price
The Children and the Blood is an intricate story. It has many characters and switches POVs between two main characters. However, part of the story is from the POV of a third character. Honestly, all the characters are integral parts of the story and are all finely crafted. But the two main POVs are that of Ashley and Cole.

Ashley has endured quite a lot of tragedy in her young life. After losing her mother and grandparents (and possibly other members of her family) in a fire, she and her younger
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Carrie Ardoin
3.5 STARS

Ashley lives with her little sister Lily on a huge farmstead in Montana, which her dad only returns to a few times a year. The girls' mother, along with the rest of their family was killed in a fire when Lily was only a baby. Cole lives an entirely different life in a rich, gated community with his adoptive parents, but he's finding being under their thumb more and more oppressive. The lives of Ashley, Lily, and Cole collide in one unbelievable night and thus begins a roller coaster rid
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Kirsty Vizard
This is a book which requires work on the part of the reader, meaning that no secrets about the plot can be assumed, and Megan Joel Peterson intelligently layers the story, a lot like a Victoria Sponge cake (!), so that the further the reader delves the more we identify with the mystery and the characters.
Megan Joel Peterson's fantastical world is often frightening and very destabilising. She ensures that the main characters discover the truth about the environment as the reader does, connecting
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Donna
This story begins from different directions and with the merging comes clarity. I was going to give it 3 stars but the added info at the end hooked me enough to want more. It is an interesting and fresh idea/story and well plotted. My only problem was the over descriptive portions. I don't want to know the details of a building/clothes/food/etc. that has no value to the story. Still I am planning to read more.
Meghan
original, good plot. bad execution. I skimmed through most of the second half. it just really dragged. the ending was good.
Jad
REALLY good!!! Most definitely getting and reading the second book!
Sally Hannoush
I enjoyed this book very much. The ending was great and makes the reader want to know more. I am hoping that a lot of the questions will be answered in the next book. What does it mean that she is a queen? How does it feel to suddenly be a queen and thrown into a life you never knew you had? Which side is really good or evil? Does she see her sister again? How much magic does she really have? I look forward to reading more.
Great YA book!
Stephanie
A hidden war taking place in a hidden world suddenly changes the lives of two teens. Cole, Ashley and her little sister Lily now must find their way in a new world.

This young adult, science fiction thriller moved at a fast pace and kept me wondering what was next. It did take me a few chapters to get into it, but once I knew the characters I was hooked. I'll be looking forward to the next book.
April
I truly loved this book and the way the author left just enough that your not too sure of any of the characters and their position. The main characters are well told and the side characters your just not so sure of at the end. this book does jump a little but nothing you will get lost on. can not wait till I read the next novel by this author!
Tona
I won this book through a Librarything giveaway. I had a hard time getting engrossed in the story line. It seemed that the back story was extremely vague. I think that a little back story brings me closer to the story. It also thought that the wording was to dry for me.
Deestarr
I greatly enjoyed this book. It had all the elements of great fantasy. The characters were well written and the plot well developed. The only real issue was that the formatting did not transfer correctly between my computer and my Kindle
Denise (Ducky)
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Megan Joel Peterson is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy, a fast-paced young adult urban fantasy noted for its action, excitement, and intrigue.

She also writes paranormal romance (still filled with action and adventure, because she loves that sort of thing) under the name Skye Malone.

Her other titles as Skye Malone include the Awakened Fate series, a YA paranormal romance with merma
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