The Blood Race
All Ion Jacobs ever wanted was to be normal. But when you’re capable of killing with your very thoughts, it’s hard to blend in with the crowd.
Running from his past and living in fear of being discovered, Ion knows he will never be an average college student. But when Hawk, the beautiful, mysterious girl next door unearths his darkest secret, Ion’s life is flipped u...more
I’ve read sci-fi/fantasy thrillers before – and I’m kind of a picky reader, too – but The Blood Race blew me away with how unique it is. This is not your average teenager-with-superpowers book. This story is woven together with such detail and precision. It’s beautiful. You will fall in love with the characters (and want to hug some of them and take them home with you.) Not to mention, the writing is next level – beautifully crafted prose, deep themes, co ...more
I'll admit to being a leeeeetle disappointed by this one, mostly because so many of my blogging friends absolutely LOVE it. That's not to say I didn't like it--it was really, really good! It simply didn't grab me and throw me into it the way my five-star reads have.
The characters and the prose were probably the best part. Ion was a definite hi ...more
The first time I read it, I thought it was okay, but not the best book ever. I was really confused by the climax, also.
The second time, I understood a lot more about it, and more pieces fit together.
And now this time?
I want to pound out a thousand words, this book was so GOOD. For some reason, I feel really motivated to write. Maybe it’s because the writing style is so beautiful.
I also realized what I was missing about the climax, ...more
I’ve seen several reviewers compare The Blood Race to Narnia, which I initially found unusual and almost impossible. After all, the vibe of the novel is nowhere NEAR a Narnia vibe - that much was clear from the get-go. As the story progressed, however, I picked up on the similarity. Now I would probably comp-title i ...more
The good news, my friends, is that this book did live up to my expectation in almost every way. Almost. But we'll get to that later.
Some wh ...more
I'm going to admit right off the bat that I'm not always a fan of sci-fi. It's just not a genre that I tend to connect with quite as easily. But I absolutely adored ...more
I was, however, disappointed by the swearing and frequent sensual content and allusions. I was really hoping for a clean read, given what little I knew about the ...more
I AM NOT OK AND I NEED BOOK TWO NOW.
Now for the rest of the review XD
This book starts off full of action(I mean it starts off with a street race, talk about a racing start ;) and the action just continues throughout the whole book.
The characters felt real, were relatable, and their character development was nicely done. We get glimpses of what it means to forgive others and ourselves, and to move on from things in our past in these characters. Also, Hawk, Ion, and Fin are such ama ...more
Imagine The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver while being both secular and Christian at the same time. Like, all the good parts of those books together.
While that ^ sounds like it gives you a general idea of what The Blood Race is about, (lol not really), it’s SO DIFFERENT. The Blood Race is different from all ...more
This was a really interesting read and loved the opening. A street race with some kind of "superpower" interference? Count me in!
As a whole, I enjoyed THE BLOOD RACE, even though I totally admit that I felt some things went way above my head. I didn't stay stuck on them because I liked what was happening, and I especially liked Ion. This is the first book I have read that I STRONGLY did not like the female lead. I'm still uncertain how I feel about ...more
Wow. That ending though.
I had heard glowing reviews of this book from several friends, and when I started I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it. There's quite a lot of language at the beginning, and I wasn't the hugest fan of Ion as a character. But once I got past the first few chapters and into the plot, ooh boy was it hard to put down. The character development, ...more
OHMYGOODNESS WHAT A STELLAR BOOK. perfect prose, incredibly relatable characters, and an engaging magical world just waiting to be explored. worlds beneath (book 2/3) is now a must-have on my tbr list.
quick content warning: plenty of blood & gore, mentions of sex and rape, mild language
- HAWK? WAS? INCREDIBLE?? hawk is the strong female character(TM), but, for once, she actually has emotions and real issues???? WHERE HAS SHE BEEN ALL MY LIFE??? oh my goodness, hawk is just the epidem ...more
Characters, where should I start?! First off, all of the characters were three dimensional, flawed, beautifu ...more
This book is one that I go on about time and time again. And the reason is every time I read it, it's different. And yet, it's the same comforting home I've made it to be.
Reading it this time around was slightly more painful. There were ways in which Hawk behaved that hit me differently than it usually does. There were things she did that surfaced wounds in my own heart.
But, in this book, I feel like there is healing, too.
Again, this book... this SERIES... has impacted me so de ...more
AND THE CLIFFHANGER WAS JUST CRUEL.
The Blood Race was so unique! It was very different than what I was expecting, and I am glad it was. I loved how every single aspect of the more fantastical side seemed realistic and plausible.
I'm so glad that I bought it. ...more
It is going to make you angry
It's a one star review for a book you love, of course you're gonna hate it.
It also progresses in frustration and explody-valcano-level-kili-anger as it goes so....
Proceed with caution. Also, spoilers.
THE REVIEW, IN REAL TIME (for the most part):
Erm: thoughts on first 1% - 20% of book:
It's not really keeping my interest. I keep wondering either when it's gonna GIT GUD or w ...more
I could tell that great care and detail were put in developing the universe of dimensions and Sliders, but I still found myself confused from time to t ...more
I prefer honesty to surface gushing. I am giving my honest opinion because Ms. Emmons is a first time author and I want to give feedback.
So here goes:
It's a fun book but I found it 90% predictable. There were two instances that I did not see ...more
I know a lot of people really like this book...but I just couldn’t really get into it. I couldn’t really connect with the characters and the plot seemed a bit predictable. That’s not to say that you won’t like the book because a lot of people do. :)
*Disclaimer* I received a free copy of this book in a giveaway. ...more
However, the first half of the book moved very slowly for me, and a few plot details were not completely clear. I think this was partly my fault because I wasn’t reading it consistently when I first started it, and perhaps the story would have flowed better and made more sense if I had.
There was also a good deal of sweari ...more
That being said, I otherwise enjoyed the book. I enjoyed getting to learn about sliders and about Hawk and Icarus and all the other characters. The interactions were fun and amusing, and the descriptions were very well written.
I will be reading the next one asap! ...more
Ion is not the typical college student that he tries to be. He has abilities that he doesn’t understand and can’t control. Abilities that are deadly for those who come into co ...more
My friends on Goodreads raved about how wonderful this book was, how it was the best thing ever. Honestly, I wasn't not really sure what to think about this book. It took me a while to really get into it, and although I'm totally one of those people who love the idea of powers, I just found myself not really connecting with the book.
Ion was an interesting character, someone who was one of those I had a love-hate relationship with. I got frustrated ...more
Emmons’ debut novel The Blood Race is the first book in her YA science fiction/fantasy thriller series.
The novel follows main character Ion, a trouble ...more
Other books in the series
"It doesn't follow me, Sensei, it haunts me," I said. "It lies in wait for me in the dark."
"A warrior cannot be haunted."
"What makes you think I am one?"
"Because when I look at you, I see nothing but a warrior who insists on wrapping herself in an unnecessary cocoon.”