17 April 2013

{Blog Tour} Blood Awakening

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 April 2013 at 12:00 AM | | | | |
 
 
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We are the 8th stop on the Official Jamie Manning BLOOD AWAKENING tour, and are so happy we were able to participate!! This stop is a review of BLOOD AWAKENING, to see other posts and interviews with the author – please click the banner above for the full tour schedule.
 
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Blood Awakening
Blood Prophecy #2
Author: Jamie Manning
Pages: 420
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Pendrell Publishing
Format: E-ARC
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Ava’s life went from bad to worse the night Chance became a vampire.

He won’t have anything to do with her. Ava understands why—because he blames her—but it doesn’t mean she likes it.

And it doesn’t help that she’s starting to feel something for Erik, the boy who once wanted her dead. Especially when Chance decides that he does still love her, and wants her to be with him for eternity.

Now she has a choice: Humanity…or forever as a vampire with Chance.

But Ava wants nothing more than to be human again. At least, she thought that was all she wanted.

Thankfully her best friend Kayla has a plan to distract Ava from her boy troubles, and they go in search of Kayla’s missing dad. A great idea, but one that brings Sebastian back into Ava’s life. Along with another, more sinister former member of his coven.

Sebastian and Zyris face off against Ava and her friends, resulting in Ava making yet another choice that changes the course of everyone’s lives, and leaves her wondering if being human again is really worth losing everything.

BLOOD AWAKENING is a rare find, being that it is a second book in a series that is actually better than the first. BLOOD AWAKENING somehow manages to avoid the second in a series slump unlike so many books these days. So, how was it done?

Well, for starters, you can definitely see an improvement in Manning’s writing. Gone are the awkward phrasings that were sometime found in BLOOD BORN. It’s not the first book was written badly, it’s simply that as with anything the more you do something the better you’ll be. It’s the ole’ practice makes perfect concept and Jamie is definitely proving it to be true.

Second, Erik! Oh my gosh! While I loved Chance in the first book I have to say that my allegiances definitely swapped to Team Erik. He was so hot in this book! His personality reminded me of Adrian from Vampire Academy (one of my favorite characters of all time) so I couldn’t help but fall for him. He had a playful attitude and confidence that leaned toward arrogance.

I also felt that the plot moved more quickly. There was constantly something happening. Ava finally begins learning about her past and starts thinking more about her future. The love triangle of Chance/Ava/Erik is complicated by Chance’s new state of being (and the fact that he has turned into a jerk). Ava’s choice is no longer just between Erik and Chance but also between whether she wants to become a vampire or continue her quest to become human again. I really liked that and thought that aspect added something to the story.

Ava and Kayla’s friendship felt more real and genuine in this book. There was an easiness to their relationship that is critical to all great friendships. They knew each other and knew exactly what to say and do to help one another.

BLOOD AWAKENING is a well written novel full of interesting characters and an action-packed plot that fans of the first book will absolutely devour! The third in the series can’t come out soon enough!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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My name is Jamie and I am a writer.

I've always wanted to be a writer (like most writers, I'm sure) but not until the last few years have I taken it seriously (after I read a tiny, unknown book called Twilight). I was always told growing up that I had to get a job and take care of myself, so I pushed my dream of writing a book to the back of my mind and entered the workforce. Fast-forward many, many years and here I am, trying to make a go at it.
I stumbled across Blogger in 2010 and my world of writing exploded. I have met (via the web) so many amazing writers and industry professionals and book bloggers that have passed on their wisdom and experience and successes and failures. So many, in fact, that I have no excuse to sit down and write out the stories living in my head. Which is what I'm now attempting to do.
I enjoy reading more than most other things (well, except maybe for writing. And TV. No way am I giving up my TV) . I attempt to write YA (paranormal and dystopian) and I love it.
Blood Born, book one in The Blood Prophecy trilogy, was released by Pendrell Publishing April 24, 2012. Book two, Blood Awakening, is coming April 2013.

 

 

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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  2. Haven't read it yet but I will defiantly in the near future!

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