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Of the Blood

(Heir of Blood and Fire #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  169 reviews
One malicious prince. Two rival kingdoms. And an innocent girl caught in the crossfire.

Raised in a war-ravaged continent, temptation comes to Calla Caldwell in the form of a charming and mysterious stranger. Giving in to his intimate seduction, her world is forever changed by a single bite.

Calla quickly learns the handsome stranger is vampire prince, Trystan Vladu. His bit
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published May 14th 2020 (first published May 10th 2020)
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Micah I'm not sure how many books are coming out, but there is going to be a sequel coming out on March 12, 2021.…moreI'm not sure how many books are coming out, but there is going to be a sequel coming out on March 12, 2021.(less)
Micah There are 434 pages. It takes about 5 and a half hours to read.
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May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
”Tell me to leave. I will willingly do either. The choice is yours.”.”

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Vampires books are usually a hit or miss with me with nothing in between but this one was a bit of both.

I loved how fast paced this book was in the beginning and I appreciated that. Usually in the first book of a series we don’t get a pacing pickup until a few chapters in, luckily this one didn’t suffer f
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing read! I'll admit I was wary of reading this book at first because of my experience with other vampire stories, but this story was a game changer. The plot line was well-executed and each chapter ending made me want to continue reading in anxious anticipation of what came next. The characters were all incredibly well written and Calla, Trystan, the cadre,Sabine, Bryanna and the rest all now hold a special place in my heart. Calla was a fierce, level-headed heroine who despite the ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was in the mood for a vampire story so i decided to request an ARC for this on Netgalley.

Overall, it was fine but it kinda read like it was written by a first-time writer which wasn't the case.

I enjoyed the storyline: a human girl gets bitten by a vampire at the beginning and now she suddenly finds herself becoming a vampire, even though she had no clue they even existed. Also, a vampire prince wants her and her family dead as a revenge for a murder that was done by one of her relatives.

May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-be-continued
AHHH! That book was an ice-cold glass of lemonade on a scorching hot day. The 3 books I read before this were just so-so for me. I was craving a fantasy that wasn’t too dark and had some romance. (Not asking a lot right?!?) Of The Blood hit all of my fantasy needs.
Vampires, CHECK!
Steamy romance, CHECK!
The strong female lead, CHECK!
Sexy dude? MANY OF THEM!
Worldbuilding, CHECK!
Writing, CHECK!
Fast-paced and action-packed, CHECK!
I was hooked from page 1 and read this whole book in less than 24 hour
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Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
Good Gods, how exciting this book was!

Absolutely magical. What started of as romantic, a bit dark and suspenceful, soon blossomed into a world full of adventures, vampires, lies, murder, magic and power!

With a character as Calla, Cameo couldn't go wong. She's a bit reserved, but firce and determined. She's holding back in the beginning, but soon she finds out the truth and she doesn't relent! The rest of the 'crew' isn't far behind, they are all so special and unique.

Truly spellbinding, with a
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
The ARC of this book was sent to me yesterday by NetGalley.
Warning! There will be some spoilers which I will mention but will add a tag!

It is a difficult review to write when it is not one of praises and little criticisms.
Reading the summary of the book, Of the Blood draws you in. A dark fantasy comprised of vampires and kingdoms ready to go to war with each other. But digging deeper into the story, I found that little held up the great premise of the story. I will go over the cons of this book
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Epic! Exquisite! Unforgettable! Of the Blood has left me with a huge smile, a joyous heart, and a humongous book hangover!! This extraordinary story has wrecked me from the inside out. It has lead me on a perilous journey fraught with untold horror and the threat of the death of any kind of hope only to swing the pendulum in the opposite direction and prove to us that no matter what others think each of us can slowly rise to fill the role we were born to take over. We each are so much more then ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic start to a series that I look forward to continuing. Readers that love paranormal reads will not be disappointed by this story. I absolutely loved and devoured it within a few hours. The characters, the storyline, the writing style and the plot was fantastic. I felt as if I was on the journey with these characters, This story had mystery, suspense, it was funny, sweet, a little twisted, and so much more. It's hard to explain without giving anything away. Calla life changes d ...more
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May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW to the start of this new series from the mind of Cameo Renae. From the moment she turned 18, Calla's life has been wrought with revelations and danger. if you are a fan of high fantasy then I wholeheartedly recommend this this story. The story is intricate and dark with turns around every page as we journey with Calla to find answers. As Calla adapts to her new life, she has no shortage of "hot" royalty all wanting to "help". I absorbed this story pretty much in one sitting ...more
Mary Ting
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Guess what I'm reading? I'm honored to have been asked and given an ARC of Cameo Renae's upcoming book. If you love fantasy, this is for YOU. "A dark tantalizing fantasy with unforgettable characters and captivating plot, Cameo will have you on the edge of your seat and enthralled from start to finish." ...more
Geezus on a cracker, wtf am I reading?


"Who are you?" I breathed. This was something I needed to know before things went any further.

"A dark knight come to protect you. A knight who can pleasure you beyond anything you've ever imagined."




...are you fcking kidding me?


I got to 10%, and how that even happened, I'm not sure.

This book is...odd.

It's set up like a historical fantasy where there is a port town, surrounding islands, carriages, etc. I immediately thin
Kari Mays
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trying out book one of a series can be scary, you never know what you are getting into. However, after reading Cameo Renae’s newest book, Of the Blood, I am excited to say that I have found a new series to anxiously await the release of book two!


Of the Blood has all the makings of a tremendous fantasy series. Vampires - Check. Murder - check. Mystery - check. Romance - check, Magic - check - check - check! Renae’s newest release leads the reader on a fast paced and thrilling adventur
Rue Volley
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cameo just has this way about her. Reading one of her books is easy, like breathing.

I've watched her grow over the years, starting with Hidden Wings, and now to this new venture, and she's never disappointed me. She's one of the few authors that I have on one-click, and if you give her a chance, you'll understand why.

Now to this book and review.

I'm not one to give away anything when I review books. I feel it's unfair to those who want to experience a story for themselves. Giving away key eleme
Heather Schreiber
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a great story. I cannot wait until the next one comes out. It’s refreshing to read a vampire novel with a different twist than your standard plots.
Poor Calla, so much destruction in so little time. But, she makes friends wherever she goes. With so many handsome men around, how could she just choose one?!
I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend.
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am utterly speechless. This is my go to genre so its so hard to articulate into words the beauty I just read. Seriously. It was like magic bound into a book.
This is not the first book I have read from Cameo Renae BUT I was eagar to get my hands specifically on this one. Reviewing YA Fantasy is like reviewing roller coaster rides. You have to talk about all aspects of the ride even if you felt an an uneasy roll in your stomach. The book is just like the best and scariest roller coaster in that
Cindy Fong
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW to the start of this new series from the mind of Cameo Renae. From the moment she turned 18, Calla's life has been wrought with revelations and danger. if you are a fan of high fantasy then I wholeheartedly recommend this this story. The story is intricate and dark with turns around every page as we journey with Calla to find answers. As Calla adapts to her new life, she has no shortage of "hot" royalty all wanting to "help". I absorbed this story pretty much in one sitting ...more
Kalli Bunch
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I have read some of her other books and I have come to find that you can always expect nothing but the best from her. Cameo Renae is such an awesome story-teller. I absolutely loved this book.
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to Victory Editing for providing me with a digital ARC of Of the Blood via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This feels like a Wattpad book. That's not an insult. I'm not saying the writing's amateur or that it doesn't feel like a published book, because this is definitely a fully formed, professional story, but there's something so distinctive about the pacing and storytelling this story utilizes that I'd normally associate with Wattpad or other serially published stories.

Of th
Cindy ✩☽♔
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Honestly, it started off a bit generic but it took a turn for the better.

Here we have a tale of a young, clueless girl. At a birthday party for her, organized by her best friend, she sneaks out into the night to be alone. Only to come face to face with Trystan Vladu, handsome stranger, and unbeknownst to her, vampire prince.

Everything goes nuts from there and follows along the line of the synopsis.

What I enjoyed was that despite the close connection Calla she feels with Trystan. This is truly
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy hannah this is going to be an amazing Y.A. fantasy series!

Calla goes on an incredible journey, filled with lust, thirst, pain, suffering, joy, friendship, wit and magic. Calla makes alies and foes, friends and family.
She learns so much about herself and yet has so many unanswered questions.
For being such a naive girl, Calla learns alot in such a short time, and handles it like the boss women shes turning into!
Cameo gave wrote just the right amounts of trusts and turns to keep me on the
Well, I think I would have really liked this book if I was reading it as a tween.


But alas, as an adult-I did enjoy moments here and there but overall I was left with a lot of questions. Also there were copious amounts of plot-holes, weak/dramatic/over-the-top characters, tropes galore, and even more questions.

So we've got:
*super speshul h with mysterious family background and one of a kind secret powers
*powerful men fighting over the h- all of whom are gorgeous and most importantly over 6ft
Mollie Bianchi
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This is a fun, fast-paced story. When Calla is claimed by Prince Tristan and transformed into a vampire, she's thrust into conflict between two rival kingdoms. I was a little concerned when reading the first few chapters that this was going to be an insta-love story, but it quickly got more interesting. Calla really showed her independence and strength. In addition to vampires, this story also has magic, pirates, and mermen. The plot isn't overly complicated. It's a pretty generic good
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, thanks to The next step PR and to Cameo Renae to allow me to review this book.

Once again, what an amazing story by Cameo Renae. This story caught me right at the beginning and it was hard to put it down but I had to work, that’s life ;-). Cameo is a brilliant author that always gives us amazing characters that we either love or hate with passion and this one is no exception.

If you like vampires, witches, monsters, bad boys, princes, handsome guys, romance, solid friendship, pirate
Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah🥀🐍
I can certainly see the appeal of this title, as the world is desperately craving a vampire romance resurgence. It's easy to read, quick-paced, and chock full of action, plot development, and vampiric shenanigans. Unfortunately, it just missed the mark for me personally since it almost immediately latched onto a trope that I cannot get over - heroines being worshipped and fought over by strangers for no apparent reason other than a lackluster personality and a tropetastic hidden destiny. As a ve ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I first got hooked onto Cameo Renae's writing when I started reading the After Light Saga series. She indeed has a unique talent of drawing you into her stories immediately. As with "Of the Blood", the mystery surrounding main character, Calla is instant, as you're suddenly thrust into a world of vampires and myth.

There's no holding back to the story as we first find out that Calla is turned for a very specific reason.
In "Of the Blood", you will find dashing heroes, brave warriors, and a growi
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah hell! Cameo brought it with this sensationally composed delight, presenting one killer storyline and gripping plot wrapping this baby up sleek shiny and tight. One action packed, hard hitting, pulse racing, nailbiting, heart pounding, adrenaline pumping, page flipping bombshell, propelling this gem to a whole new level. Vexing mishaps and unsettling circumstances, thrusts those churning emotions into play, rocking this baby from start to finish. Skating with ho
Karley Stafford
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the first few pages I was captivated, mesmerized., a pull to continue on.
Who needs sleep when mysterious characters enthrall you from the moment they step onto the page?
Dark and haunting. Sexy as all hell. Funny and charming.
Man oh man talk about a rollercoaster of emotions.
I was on the edge of my seat all along this book.
This is Twilight upgraded to Anne Rice’s darkness sprinkled with some Underworld vibes.
If you have a penchant weak spot for vampires, magic and darkness you have to
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing read! The world building was very well written truly brings the story to life. The book grabbed me from start to finish and was a fast paced enjoyable read.

The characters were all very well developed and interesting. Calla is a very fierce MC who stayed true to her values and made good decisions which I found very refreshing.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy paranormal/vampire books!!

I received this book from NetGalley and Victory Editing NetGalley co-op for an
Elie Kelly
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Got an ARC for an honest review via NetGalley.

Fast-paced, good character, and world creation, I liked the vampire aspect of the story and sometimes it got so excited I couldn't put down. It starts fast, gets a little slower by the end but I liked it. This book was definitely a good read. I totally would recommend and I will go check out other books from this author too. :)
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I was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now reside with my husband in Las Vegas. I am a dreamer and caffeine addict who loves to laugh and loves to read to escape reality.

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