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The Blood in the Beginning by Kim Falconer
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Jun 12, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: 2016, crime-and-mystery, aussie-lit

***I won a free copy of this book from the publisher via a giveaway***

Fun times.

The Blood in the Beginning by Kim Falconer is a darkly intriguing paranormal urban fantasy that edges into the mystery and crime thriller genres. The story follows orphan Ava Sykes, a struggling college student who moonlights as a bouncer to make ends meet in a dystopian Los Angeles. Hunted by a dangerous serial killer, hiding from a shadowy organisation out to uncover the secrets of her abnormal genetics and trying to pass her final year exams, Ava begins to put the pieces of a startling and lethal puzzle together while keeping one step ahead of whoever wants her dead. The problem? All the answers seem to lead back to a secret about her own identity.

This is the sort of book that shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but makes for an unexpectedly entertaining and wild ride full of adrenaline charged fight scenes, non-stop action and a whole lot of mystery. It’s an easy read, fast paced and containing some fairly epic twists and turns that I have to admit I did not see coming. It also manages to avoid common and overdone supernatural elements, so you won’t find any vampires or werewolves if that’s what you’re hoping for (view spoiler). There is some fairly intriguing world building with the story heading deep into a violent and dark urban underbelly brimming with paranormal secrets. The crime and mystery elements were very compelling and kept me turning the page in need of answers. The main character is kick-ass awesome and there is also no shortage of hot male characters.

There is just something damn exciting and fun about this world.

I would recommend this to readers who enjoy books along the lines of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton or the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent.

Actual rating 3.5 stars
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Reading Progress

June 12, 2016 – Shelved
June 12, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
June 24, 2016 – Started Reading
July 9, 2016 –
page 180
50.85% "Kinda diggin' this, Ava is awesome"
July 9, 2016 – Finished Reading
July 10, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016
October 21, 2016 – Shelved as: crime-and-mystery
December 6, 2016 – Shelved as: aussie-lit

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