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 upside...more
This book is LIFE. Everyone needs it.
I bought this book almost a year ago with a gift card and some extra cash. I had just heard about K.A Emmons and rea ...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’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 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
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'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
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 dock a star mostly because of content; that's pretty much it. Quite a lot of language, a couple suggestive scenes (though it wasn't portray ...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
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
Characters, where should I start?! First off, all of the characters were three dimensional, flawed, beautifu ...more
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 her, but I feel she redeemed herself near the e ...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.
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
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 ep ...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.
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!
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
1. You won't be able to put it down.
This plot is the perfect twist of action and introspection. One minute, an epic fight, the next a raw & poignant look into the inner depths of a character. For me, this is a perfect formula for a novel. If it's all action, I end up skimming to find the big plot points and get on with it; if it's all introspective and feely, I get bored and decided to read something else. (Raise your hand if you also have the attention span of a g ...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.”