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Black Blood

(Black Bloods #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Lies. Magic. War. Welcome to Abby’s world.

Beneath the frozen wasteland of the United States lives apocalypse survivor Aberdeen Dareday, whose life gets turned upside down when she mysteriously wakes up with black veins bulging under her skin. Forced to flee humanity’s last refuge because of her black blood, and the corpses left in its magical wake, Abby emerges to find an
ebook, Second edition, 398 pages
Published January 27th 2017 by Innovation Today (first published July 10th 2015)
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**I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Also, just to let you know, i speak of the bad stuff first, then the good stuff about this book. Scroll if you wanna just read good.

Black blood was a book about a girl called Aberdeen Dareday who is different from everyone else. Emotins, these pills that take away emotions, do not work on her. Why? Well, she's different.

I liked this book. I liked it very much actually. The plot was strong, and the idea was quite o
Jun 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
Between 1-1'5 ★ and just because of the great idea this book had qlabout back bloods as shapeshifters, mages... and the world it constructs.
It began as a magnificient rush: the aliens, the pills to suppress emotions, slavery, war... the mistery of the black blooded ones... amazing ideas and execution. And then it all fell flat as the book kept repeating itself: bad guys after them, they win, more talks and preps, bigger bad guys after them, they win, escape, more talks and... yeah, you know the
Fangs for the Fantasy
Despite the pills that Aberdeen Dareday is forced to take each day, she feels deeply. Abby works hard to suppress her emotions and fit in with all of the other humans living on the alien ship who have been saved by WWIII by the Khahireans. When her veins turn black and the Kahahireans turn on her, Abby is forced to flee the only home she has ever known. This is when Abby learns that she has been lied to her entire life. Facing reality is not easy because it means learning that not only have the ...more
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I kindly received a copy of this book via NG in return for an honest review!

Rating- 3.5

"She felt the wrongness of his words, felt it in her blood, like a whisper in her ear. It was a soft song."

Aberdeen Dareday is abnormal.
She doesn't want to be, but whatever she does she can't hide who she is.
Once upon a time, an apocalypse eradicated the world and humanity was saved by the Khahireans,
they are the least that's what they say.
For their benevolence they ask one thing only,

"The Kh
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
At A Glance
Very entertaining.
The Good
The best part of Black Blood was all the exciting paranormal creatures. We follow Abby the whole time but I feel like we get so many storylines. A lot is going on here. We got aliens who seem like heroes but are really the bad guys. We have humans trapped in an alien compound, forced to suppress emotion and work for the aliens, though they think they have a good life. We have the outside world where humans, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and witches
After being some of the few survivors of a nuclear apocalypse, the members of Sanctuary, including Aberdeen Dareday should have been able to believe in anything. But some strange mutation has overtaken Abby and she is becoming one of the monsters that she thought only lived in fantasy tales. Vampires, werewolves witches and magic are real, all she has ever known is a lie and she is becoming one of them. Escaping to the outside world, she discovers nothing is as she was taught, good and evil come ...more
Janie Johnson
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I sometimes do not have the best luck with review books so I am always a bit wary, and with this being a story of a supernatural nature it made me even more so since I generally do not read these types of books very often. I was not entirely sure what this book would entail and I kind of like that element of surprise at times, especially with a review book. I am glad that I finally got to this book. I found that it was pretty entertaining, i ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black blood is the first book I read by John Hennessy. Since I read the blurb of the book I couldn’t wait to read it.

Aberdeen Dareday lives in a post apocalyptic earth where the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse live in a Sanctuary. The Sanctuary provides life to the few survivors of the apocalypse or so they have been told. No one dares leave the safety of the sanctuary. If the harsh conditions won’t kill them then the radiation surely will. When Abby wakes up with black veins she knows she
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!! I really enjoyed reading this, the easiness of relating to Abby was unreal. It was so well written, it was like I was actually experiencing it, or remembering the adventure. And what an adventure, and it's not even over yet.

The blurb intrigued me so much that I had to request it and I'm so glad I did. I couldn't put it down.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC generously provided by publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow I am hooked. This book has it all, it is a Hunger Games meets Vampires and Werewolves.

Aberdeen Dareday, is different from all the other survivors of World War III, who live on the alien ship that crashed to earth to help try to save it. All of the survivors are forced to take pills to stop all emotions, but for some reason they don't work on Abey. Then one morning Abey wakes up different, she thinks she is s
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Favorite Lines “I am different,” she confessed to the shadows. “I am different.”

“My life isn’t worth dying for,” he whispered during one of her breaks.
“That’s a lie,” she snapped. “Don’t think that for a second.”

“It is a good day to die.”

“Because the only way you can triumph over the aliens is if you unite the strength of all the Abnormals, a virtually insurmountable task to any sunborn, but you . . . you might be the bridge, you might be the one who can achieve it.”

What an abnormally fabulous b
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

DNF around 35%

This one, in my opinion, lacked a bit of direction. It seemingly had two plots going at the same time without them really overlapping. I couldn't connect to the main character who seemed to suffer from Special Snowflake Syndrome. And the pacing was strange. The writing was okay and flowed pretty well, but the progression just made me lose interest and not want to go back.

Books and Ladders | Queen of th

Black Bloods begins with Abby living in the "Sanctuary." She seems to be the only one asking questions and uncertain about the way things are. But when one day she gets a little sick, and her veins start look black all hell seems to break loose in her world. Now, she's finally learning what's really going on, and she must escape before it is all too late.

But the outside world is not at all what she's expecting. And when she meets more people along the way, she knows they are also a danger to
InD'tale Magazine
The bleak reality for the main character Abby (Aberdeen) Day was a beige washing of monotony and half-truths.

Read full review in the 2015 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.
old account (rl)
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review copy provided by John Hennessy in exchange for an honest review.

This story was the perfect blend of The Immortal Rules and Fall of Venus with a lot of extra dashes of paranormal thrown in. It took me a little while to get into the story but only because the beginning was a little too much like Glitch and Ruination - and I was scared that it would end up like the every other ordinary (so disastrously cliched) dystopians. Luckily, this book quickly shakes that off and blooms into a fast-pac
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ltmg
Disclaimer: I was given this book for free by the author as part of the Library Thing Member Giveaway (LTMG) program for an honest review. 

The story introduces us to Aberdeen Dareday aka Abby and is action packed from the beginning to the end. It starts with Abby strapped to a gurney table with two men in white lab coats trying to take blood from her. Abby instinctively knows that they are lying and plan to kill her, so she breaks free. With the help of Chris and Mrs Norwood, Abby manages to esc
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In a post WW3 future the human survivors live in an underground Sanctuary under the care of aliens who are trying to save the planet and undo the nuclear destruction. The only price the aliens ask is that humans labour to build the machinery necessary and that they take Emotin, a drug that completely prevents emotions.

Aberdeen Dareday is different to the people around her, having to pretend that the medication is working on her too but when she wakes to find herself transformed with black veins
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, dystopia
A YA magical dystopia with aliens ...Just 'cause.

Abby is a special snowflake. She can do everything with little to no training. When fighting broke out, I was more worried that Ash's valiant canine companions, Tye and Keira, would sacrifice their lives defending Abby whilst she cogitated in the middle of combat than that she might break a light sweat once she remembered to get involved. Her "blood" will help her solve all her problems, but not necessarily yours, when she finally decides to get
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, I finished this book two days ago and was nowhere near home to get this review up – but I need you to know this book has been on my mind all week! I was in a serious book slump for a little bit and just couldn’t seem to get into anything. Well, hello Black Bloods, you’ve changed all of that!

John Hennessy contacted me asking if I’d like to review this book. Knowing the funk I was in, I almost said no. So I did what any one really does these days and went to Amazon. It checked all the
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Black Blood by John Hennessy doesn’t so much shatter stereotypes as combine them.

It has elements of a dystopian novel (post-apocalyptic earth and zombies) intertwined with aliens—making it unequivocally sci-fi—and strong paranormal fantasy themes, including magic, werewolves, and vampires.

Abby, the main female protagonist, is well written, but contains clearly identifiable Mary Sue* characteristics, including a romantic or sexual attraction to each of the leading males (which they seem to retur
Michelle Willms
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent fantasy

Great characters, original concept, and terrific plot. This is a great book, filled with an interesting post-apocalyptic world of humans, aliens, witches, werebeasts, sorcerers, and other monsters.
alan burden
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple but entertaining

The book is an easy read and I enjoyed the ever changing plot and Abbas battle with her change in herself but also the truth. I would recommend it to anyone but it is definitely written for an easy young adult ,teen reader
Cat Jones
Format: ebook
Tissue warning: no
HEA: Series with a slight cliffhanger
Triggers: no
Narrative: Third person
My reviewer rating: 3 out of 5.
Recommend read: Yes
Published: re-released January 27, 2017; original publication July 10, 2015

Being that this story was so different from others that I've read lately, I was intrigued. But the story fell short in a few areas.
1. Character development: I think that we could have learned a lot more about Abby and those she grew up around, and then when we get intro
Richard Lynch
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely worth reading

Different to what I normally read but definitely a good read.
Looking forward to book 2 to find out whathappens

ParaUrban Review
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastical, original tale! And I just LOVE the front cover!!

"Abby had never felt the sun's warmth or a gentle breeze; she had never tasted the raw, unfiltered dust of fresh air, smelled the scent of dirt and pine trees, heard the rush of a river or the rustle of leaves......."

This excerpt, to me, underpins the emotional context for the entire story. We experience our post-apocalyptic world through Abby's newly awakened eyes - a uniquely fresh perspective where everything is strange, exci
Reader's Hollow
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**We received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
4.5. x 5 Stars

There are minor twists to the traditional versions of vampires, witches, were beasts etc, but the author managed to tie them all together through a unique visual, which is the black veins that run just under their skin. He also incorporated aliens, just to add to this unique atmosphere. Can't say I can complain about that!

Aberdeen lives in a place called the Sanctuary which, at first, resembles that of an asylum.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

So not this cover but there was another one for this ebook that drew me in and had me wondering if I would enjoy it. Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I am not too big on Sci-fi books so for me this is a story I was just going to dive into it.
It started off really good for me as far as the world where Abby lives in. It seems that the human race that is left live with no emotions and work for aliens. Though everything changes whe
Boundless Book Reviews
I was provided a copy of black blood through Net Galley in exchange for a honest review.

I get such a thrill when a book can blow me away with its originality. Anymore when I read that the book is about vampires and werewolves. I'm thinking to myself, yawn pass. I'm so glad I didn't do that here.

Let's first start off with I LOVE the name Aberdeen. I honestly don't think I've ever heard it before. Aberdeen or Abby for short has lived her life under the guise that the world was destroyed during Wor
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale that combines fantasy and science fiction all into one? Who can say no to that? I couldn’t.

I liked what I read, simple as that. I had no idea where the story was going and was often surprised by the events that unfolded. Hennessy has created a post- World War 3 story where the champions are the aliens and humans have been stripped of all emotion. A fantastical, dystopian novel in many ways. Where magic emanates off an ancient human sect and vampires and werewolves stalk the night.

I loved
Aberdeen Dareday, known as Abby, has never truly fit in at Sanctuary. The survivors of a nuclear apocalypse, saved by the alien Khahireans, must take medication in order to suppress their emotions. However, Abby has always able to feel more deeply than the others, which is why she’s on a triple dose of the medication. One day, Abby awakens to find she’s one of those with black blood in her veins and she escapes to the outside world which is nothing like what she’s been told her whole life. She m ...more
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Born in 1988, John Hennessy grew up in Yakima, WA, graduated from Western Washington in 2011, and now lives in Portland, OR, with his wife, a chubby kitty, and two budgies who sing to him while he writes. His love for fantasy started at a young age with Warcraft II, and it quickly bloomed into much more as he was introduced to different writers like Garth Nix, Orson Scott Card, and Michael Crichto ...more