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July Lightning

(Bad Bloods #4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  15 reviews
From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name—son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won't be easy. Enemie
Published May 1st 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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What a rollercoaster these characters have been through, or what I've been through. I loved this series from the start with the unique abilities of each character in the Bad Bloods world. There are new characters introduced in this world though I wished to see some more of the old characters. However, I think this series wrapped up nicely and I can't wait to read more books from Shannon A. Thompson!
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conclusion of the Bad Bloods series. Violet and Caleb take on a brand new set of challenges, mainly dealing with the weather, and a situation with Vendona. As this is the fourth book in this series, I will not go into too much detail because spoilers, but I believe this was a nice conclusion to the series as a whole...
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Aubrey Joy
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh.My.Gosh what a roller coaster of feelings this was. I know I've said that July Thunder kind of lacked action. Now, the author has made it up to us and put a lot of action and suspense in this one.
You might want to get your tissues ready though.

This volume,gives us a unique heroine to say so and teaches us all about friendship,trust and love. What they truly are and how we all should b
Emily Beaver
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchanged for an honest review. This in no way affects my views or opinions of the book.
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You'd think after reading four of Thompson's books you'd eventually get over her poetic writing and not fall completely head over heels over it for the fourth time. Her writing takes you to a different place. You're immediately drawn in from the start. The one thing that I truly admire about Thompson is how each of her books begins. Yes,
Emma Looker
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I was so excited to finally read this book after the cliffhanger ending of the last book. This book was really good I thought until the end. I was kinda disappointed in the end because of what happened to Violet. I was also sad because this is the last book in this series and it was a really good series.

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In the start of the book, Violet and her friends are in the western flock's house where Caleb and his herd are. They talk about how if the wall comes
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
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* I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was pretty awesome. I was on the edge from the very start and couldn't put this book down.

The threat that looms over their shoulder is becoming bigger and bigger and when Violet finally learns the truth, she knows she has to do something to save them all. With the help of Caleb, will she be able to stop the impending disaster?

This book was not devoid of politics an
Charity Rowell
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A captivating end to a duology that explores Violet, an intriguing and elusive protagonist, and Caleb, a non-Blood who has been cast aside by humanity. Violet has ended up being one of my favorite characters in the Bad Bloods series. She's a bit like Storm from the X-Men; nobody really knows how old she is (but she's definitely one of the oldest), her origin story is unclear, and the extent of her abilities has yet to be dis
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4/5 stars for the conclusion of Caleb and Violet's story in the Bad Blood Universe. I had a lot of the same feelings for this duology as I did for the November Rain/November Snow duology from before. The two books felt like a part 1 and part 2 to one whole book but this one I think I enjoyed a little bit more. I really enjoyed reading Violet's point of view and loved her as a character. Caleb wasn't a bad character e
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I receiced a digital copy for Read & Review purposes. Thank you!
This book was captivating. I could see the beautiful glass castle and the stained glass.... my favorite part was seeing the shadows dancing... when you read this, you'll know exactly where I'm talking about. I'm glad that Daniel and Serena and a few of the other characters from the first two books were a part of this book, more so than they were in the 3rd one. :) overall, a good read.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant series

What makes life and what makes love are the beginning and end for us all...
Bad blood and Bad Bloods live together in this inexorable series that drags you on a rollercoaster of deception and forgiveness, threatening to never let go of your soul.
Highly recommended, though for older teens, and excellent as a tool to discuss all the ways the world seeks to divide us and what we can do to bring True Love into a fractured existence.
A. Powers
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To start off, there was a ton of stuff in this book that I just couldn't follow. Geography and design of the city, for one. I eventually just gave up on that and just had to take the characters'/author's word for it because I couldn't get my head wrapped around it. The politics of the story became easier to follow at one point, and I hate politics with a passion. Ignoring the geography and the politics, and I found myself reading a pretty much perfect YA novel. ...more
Kirsten M
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for any YA book lover!
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I must first thank Shannon A Thompson for always giving me the chance to read her novels. Even though July Lightning isn’t my favorite book by her, it is still good and worth checking out!

So what was different in July Lightning that I didn’t like? Honestly, I didn’t feel as invested in the story and characters as I had in previous books. I love Caleb, Violet, Serena, and Daniel, but many side characters feel flat for me. This is unusual f
Mary Bush
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OMG, What can I say about this book.....Just , just, just.......absolutely AWESOME!! Thompson spared us no secrets in this book. In fact many secret from July Thunder were revealed. These characters, new and old, were still phenomenal. I loved learning about Caleb and Violet. Their love for one another and the others were incredible. The story-line was magical. I could picture everything that happened with clarity and the words just
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"But once said, words lingered in the air, in the heart, in the very memories we wanted to forget."
Unfortunately what happened in the first duology set where I didn't like the first book but loved the second didn't happen with this second duology. Actually the reverse happened. Now this book wasn't horrible, but it just didn't deliver what I was hoping from the fir
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Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree

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