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Blood Brothers

(Sign of Seven #1)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the first novel in a compelling trilogy about three brothers bound by fate, blood, and a timeless enemy.

In the town of Hawkins Hollow, it's called The Seven. Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys--Caleb, Fox, and Gage--went on a camping t
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Berkley Books (first published November 27th 2007)
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Shannon The Show Stopper
So I used to be a book snob. I was an English major so I would only read books considered 'literature'. Even though I mostly read modern lit or southern lit....it had to be 'literature' and certainly not romance novels...OMG...NO! Well, I ended up visiting with some friends out of state and had left the book I was reading at home. I asked where the closed bookstore was so I could go and pick something up. Well, my friend was a reader too....of romance and smut. She couldn't believe as much as I ...more
Dina
Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Noraholic but I was a bit disappointed with the last NR books I read, the Key trilogy, so I didn't know what to expect from this book. As I've learned the hard way, high expectations can be deadly, so my wariness towards this new trilogy ended up working in its favor as I really enjoyed this first book in the series and I'm definitely going to read the next ones.

Caleb Hawkins, Fox O'Dell and Gage Turner shared the same birthday (July 7th, 1977) and had been best friends their whol
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Jonetta
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

Quick Summary
Almost 21 years ago, Caleb Hawkins and his two best friends hiked into the woods to celebrate their 10th birthday (they share the same day). What they experienced forever changed them and released a phenomena that affects their town and its residents every seven years. As the the 3rd seven-year anniversary approaches, Cal has agreed to work with paranormal researcher Quinn Black to chronicle the town and its strange history. She gets more than she bargain/>Quick
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Dominique Hutches
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense lovers
Stephen King recently stated in his Entertainment Weekly column that Nora Roberts is cool. I agree. The woman always surprises me with the directions she takes her stories, and yet she remains consistant - men with good hearts, women who fall in love, and challenges they must face together if they are to win.
In this case there is an evil that was contained under a stone alter several hundred years ago by a wizard. Three ten-year old boys unknowingly do the one thing that releases the evil unto
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Susana
Re-read (5/01/16) English edition
Kind of meh. Basically what I remember it being...
This light-headed characterization of the characters "Nora Roberts" style is starting to get on my nerves. Their dialogues!
Their very confident dialogues. This isn't people who have any doubts. About anything.
I am starting to think they're all aliens in their absolute perfection.

Original Review:
(English review with some ramblings in Portuguese..)

Not my favourit
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
Even though I know I haven't read this trilogy before, but because I have read a number of Nora Roberts books it "felt" like I had already read this one.

This is the first book in the trilogy and it spent a lot of time setting the scene for all three books. All six characters (3 couples) have been set up with couple number one being set up with their potential HEA. The other couples/characters are present but not fleshed out and from a couple standpoint they been given their "wait unt
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jenjn79
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
For me, it was pretty much a given that I'd like this book because with maybe one exception, I've enjoyed every Nora Roberts book I read (and I've read almost every single one). And I did like this book. Actually, I loved it. There were maybe one or two things that could have been done a little better, but it didn't ruin the book. I still loved it.

Blood Brothers is the first book in NR's Sign of Seven trilogy. The series focuses on the quaint town of Hawkins Hollow where twenty one years earlier, three/>Blood
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Yay! I finished it!

Thoughts on the Story:

I loved the brotherhood bond between Cal, Gage and Fox. They had been friends for a very long time, and you could see that that bond was titanium and strengthened by their horrific mutual experience and legacy. I liked how they were three very different men, and I could see a distinction in their personalities throughout this book. I loved how the book started in the past, where we see how horrors begin in Hawkins Hollow, but also the three main char/>Thoughts
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Mahyar
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'3.5 Stars'

Though a romantic suspense, it was not captivating. Characters were kinda dull at the beginning, and I liked Fox (The Hollow, second book from Sign of Seven's hero.) more than Cal, who's only a small part of the book. Therefore, I look forward to reading the sequel, and hopefully, it’ll have better love scenes than this one had. I’m not disappointed, but I had expected more from a well-known, best-selling author like Nora Roberts.

However, I think one of the reasons why this book(The
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Ronda  Tutt
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read and I think I picked a great time to read this book. It was raining and very cold outside and what better to do than lay on the couch covered up while thrown into a good book and drinking hot tea.

The story captured me right away, the characters were awsome and I actually laughed out loud in some parts.

Caleb, Fox, and Gage are 3 young boys who decide to venture out on the eve of their 10th birthday and camp out in the woods by the well know
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Annie
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prolific Nora Roberts is an author I normally read on recommendation only. This is purely because she written so MANY books it's too hard for me to navigate through her normal books and her fantastic books without a second opinion.

This one, however, was one I found all by myself :-) Okay, I plucked it from Mum's audiobook collection but she had no idea if it was good or not.

Lucky for me, it was great. A paranormal/romantic suspense that centers around a demon terroris
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Claire
Feb 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Shelves: fantasy
I don't know why I bother with Nora Roberts anymore, but she is as formulaic and predictable as Roberts and in her guise as J.D. Robb. I think I used to like her, when I was 16. Maybe that's because she actually came up with new ideas back then.

Total yawner, and if you changed the names, you could see any of her other recent trilogies shaping up in this short novel. Six characters, three relationships warming up. It is as if she just changed the setting and the action bits rather than any of th
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Kim Porter
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: Sue
Well, I'm going to be completely honest and just say that this book was pretty boring. It dragged on, and she kept repeating the same concept of the story, over and over! "yes, I get it, now move on with the story!" I know a lot of people like her books, and for me it's a toss up, some I like, and some I don't. Unfortunatly, this is one I did not. I found my mind wandering to other things, and the characters really bothered me. Once again, she's very repeditive when it comes to the story line, s ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
Not bad, I liked it. I've liked most of what I've read of Nora Roberts but I'm not a big fan of plotlines that carry through several books. I prefer closure at the end of the book I'm reading. I may continue the series if I can find the books at the library.

Basically, the plot is - three 10 year old boys go camping in the woods to celebrate their birthday. They were all born on the same day. They do something that unleases some kind of evil upon their community of Hawkins Hollow. Now
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Beth (moonivy)
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers.
Read 12/17/07

Blood Brothers is the first book in the Sign of Seven Trilogy. Caleb,
Fox and Gage have been friends all of their lives, sworn blood brothers in
the
small town of Hawkins Hollow. Every seven years an ancient horror that
was set loose on their ten birthday breaks free and ravages the town. Now
approaching their 31st birthday, they fear this may be the last battle for
their little town. Sparks fly when intrepid reporter Quinn Black arrives to
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Marleen
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts
Being a N.R.'s fan, I'm a bit disappointed by this one. I like the idea of the story and I like the 3 male characters and their relation to their respective families, which feels real and genuine.
The character I can't relate to is Quinn. I realize this is a very personal opinion but I don't like the way she speaks, acts, I don't like her attitude, her tone, her bossiness. I usually love strong women in the books I read, but I couldn't see it in this one.
NancyHelen
Although this book kind of moved along and had an interesting premise, for some reason I just wasn't bowled over by it. Because I know Nora Roberts as a Romance/Chick Lit writer, I was curious to see how she handled the paranormal genre and it wasn't terrible. But I found it a bit repetitive and drawn out - the story in this book could easily have been told in about 100 pages less. I can see why - the author probably knew that she was writing a trilogy but still wanted each book to be substantia ...more
Andy Wilkerson
This was my first Nora Roberts book, and I picked it up after a friend gave it her highest recommendation. However, I wasn't that enthralled by it. The storyline had potential, but I feel like the characters drug it down. The most interesting part of this book was when the boys were 10, everything after that was a steady line of boring for me.

I don’t know if it is just me, but I couldn’t stand Quinn. Roberts was going for this likeable, pushy, strong character but it was way overdone and after
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Jen(n)
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Doubling up on the brain candy for the holiday weekend.

12.2.14: This book is terrible. I can't stop reading it.

12.5.14: For the love of God, stop having sex and go fight the demon.

12.8.14: Finished this a couple of days ago. It is the worst. THE WORST. It reads like a Lifetime supernatural movie. I thought I'd be able to slog through the rest of the trilogy, but I don't think I'm going to. I will, however, try another Nora Roberts, because you don't get to be
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Tashia
Nov 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this one on amazon so preordered it and it arrived in the mail today and I finished it tonighta quick read and filled with the magical stuff her recent works have been filled with. I am not usually one to love books about demons and gods and netherworlds yet somehow I can quickly devour most anything roberts writes (perhaps it is the romantic in me-mix a little romance into these books and I'm hooked). Escapism for a few hours perhaps. Now, i have to wait until may for the second ...more
LibraryLass
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-book, 2008
I enjoyed this book as I have most of Nora Roberts' books. However, I felt the ending was sort or rushed, I got to the last page and it felt like I had finished the book 3/4 of the way through. Also, a pet peeve, was what was up with all the mention of diet?? I thought at first it was going to be relevant to the story because it was mentioned so often, but it never was. Didn't enjoy that aspect of it. Once again, though there was great heroes/heroines. I look forward to the next in the series
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
This is not one of my normal genres but I'm so glad I picked up this book! A very alluring plot with characters that you can't help but fall in love with. Phenomenons every 7 years for 7 days starting on the 7th of July that all began with 3 best friends having an overnight campout at a myth filled spot called Pagan rock. The boys have a blood brother ceremony and what unfolded when their blood mingled changes their future and ends their childhood as they knew it. Now I can't wait to read the ot ...more
Ariel
A tried and true La Nora formula that I still find wildly entertaining.
Mojca
Three boys who shared their birthday, Caleb, Fox, and Gage, decided to celebrate their tenth birthday at the Pagan Stone, a strange, altar-like stone in the middle of the woods surrounding Hawkins Hollow, the village where the three grew up.

A simple vow to always be friends sealed with their blood, unleashed an entity that‘s been haunting them ever since.

Every seven years, for seven days in the seventh month, the small town of Hawkins Hollow descends into madness. Strange
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Tina
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book of the Sign of the Seven Trilogy

In the 1600s in the small town of Hawkins Hollow a band of townspeople, led by a fanatical Puritan leader named Lazarus Twisse, entered a wooded clearing where stood a small cabin. They were there to accuse and burn the inhabitants of Witchcraft. What followed caused the deaths of all in the vicinity, left a perfect ring of fire and a smooth stone altar.

350 years later, three young boys, best friends who share the same birthday,
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This is a reread and the following review is older but I am not going to change it.

WOW!! I knew that Nora Roberts was good but this book is beyond words! I absolutely loved it! Every single page was perfect! It has exactly what I like in a book of this genre to has: great main characters, amazing plot, very well-written descriptions of the places, the ideal atmosphere, humor and romance! Just the perfect read!

This is the story of three men that when they were ten years old, they unleashed, unwillingly, a
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Susan
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, audio, paranormal
I confess that I think I've read only one Nora Roberts book in the past previous to this. I know I'm probably the only one on the planet who hasn't read most, if not all, of her back list. Well, after reading this one, I think I may start!

This was pretty exciting and I loved the setting and different character personalities. The supernatural situation they found themselves in was pretty creepy and though the resolution at the end of this book didn't feel like a permanent one, I'm loo
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Kara Peterson
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is funny, Goodreads has changed my life in so many ways! A goodreads friend said that they had this book on their bookshelf forever, but hadn't bothered to read it. When they did it was so worthwhile. I was so glad for the review, because I too have had it on my shelf for years, but haven't gotten around to reading it and it was a very pleasurable read. If you can call centuries old forces of evil coming out to play havoc on a small town with three boys of 10 having the power to stop it pleas ...more
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One -- the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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