Friday, September 21, 2012

Review: HotBlood

Ok so this is book seven out of nine! I know I am behind, but the two book tour stops on the way put a cramp on things, I would have been done by now otherwise. But, I did mention I wanted all books to be done on time, not the reviews as well, so I'll spend today trying to catch up with the last two!

Title: Hotblood
ISBN: 1461017696

Goodreads Synopsis:

He stole a kiss from the wrong girl…
Left without a soul, 17-year-old Dariana Sanders waited to die. There was nothing left to live for, nothing to feel besides the aching cold that never stopped. Her parent’s marriage was in shambles, and her brother, the only one who understood, the only one who knew how to make the cold go away, was gone forever. The only thing Dariana knew with absolute certainty was that nothing could possibly be right again. Enter Lewis Axel Nialls. Luckily for her, impossible is right up his alley. He can save her from the forces that wish to destroy her. Of course who’s going to save him, from her?


What did I think of Cover, Title and Synopsis? Well, The Cover? Very intriguing, though a bit creepy, I am allowed that right? The Synopsis? In my opinion it's the best of the three, it held so much mystery and I couldn't wait to read onwards. The Title? The titles actually sounded quite good. Hotblood is not a common title and I definitely liked it, as it added to the mystery.

Now, as an explanation to the book, and introduction to this amazing new series, I thought to share the first part, the explanation of the different bloods out there:

Always belong to houses where they are bonded
for life to the Head of the House. They are linked with the
physical world and can manipulate different elements. Powers may
include: foretelling; control of wind, water, earth, stone, fire,
glass, ice, blood, metals, bone, wood, etc. Runes—embedded
tattoos—increase abilities and lifespan.

All about passion, they live in adopted
family groups. They experience furies that trigger metabolic
changes that increase phisical size and speed and heighten their
senses. Hotbloods can do bloodwork, a dangerous type of blood
bonding. Hotbloods can use bloodwork to drain and absorb gifts from
others, bind multiple people to themselves, and manipulate

Generally peaceful with mostly defensive
skills, they live in communes or wander on the fringes of society.
They can manipulate the emotions and thoughts of others; some of
the most powerful can control other’s actions. They can bond with
trees, linking their life spans to the tree’s.

They absorb the skills of those they are
raised with: Wild, Hotblood, or Cool. When they mature (turn), they
can manipulate souls. A few turn later, and the later they turn the
more souls they can hold. They sometimes become possessed by lost
souls, or Hollows who were killed but whose souls linger, waiting
for vengeance on those who destroyed them.

Page(s): 3, Hotblood a House of Slide Novel by Juliann Whicker

I am mainly sharing this because it got confusing for me at first and I had to go back to try and remember, that and to show how amazing this new dystopian-ish novel is!

The novel starts with a Hotblood (you're not told his name in the beginning) who has come to his trainer's aid when he is requested. There is something odd about the house of Slide granddaughter, though Lewis (what he's later called) isn't really sure why he's here. As he tries to know what's wrong with the girl, Dariana, he ends up kissing her in the woods and before he knew it, he passes out. The story then proceeds with Dariana's point of view as she becomes a completely different person, not remembering what happened in the woods. She hates her dull life, her bleak choice of colors and subjects, and hates how everyone thinks of her as a robot.

Now that her brother is dead, and for some reason she seemed to be revived after ten years, her parents decide it's finally time to let her know more about her heritage. She doesn't know what to believe and what not to, is it true she's a hybrid? A mix between a Wild blood and a Cool blood? What the hell does that mean anyway? She refuses to believe it, but didn't she just bite her uncle and break his arm? She has some form of weird strength and need for flesh, not to mention heat and fury her dad tells her is only found in Hotbloods. How can she be a Hotblood? And who is it she's been dreaming of at night? When she goes back to school and finds out that her dreams had actually happened even though she wasn't there, and Lewis existed, she finds herself strangely drawn to him. And worse, when Lewis and his 'uncle' come over she realizes why she'd suddenly become so different, when they kissed, she took away his soul, and he took hers. But how could this make sense when people kept saying that she has no soul. Now, is Lewis really the sweet guy she thought him to be? To top it all off something nefarious is going on, and she doesn't know who are the bad guys and who are the good ones - which yes, included her family.

This book was amazing . I honestly hadn't expected it to be so good, but it was and I seriously hated when it ended because I wanted to read on. I mean I think it would have been better had I not read the first chapter of book two which got me over the roof impatient. I like how the point of view flowed from Lewis to Dariana, it kind of felt like the point of view shifted with the soul that controlled it. I liked Lewis, and the overprotective way he treated Dariana. I am a bit confused on the whole Snowy and Osmond relationship, I mean the ones Dariana had with them. I guess that wasn't explained so well, whether they only befriended her because her brother had told them to or whether it had become a habit and in his death they found a vacancy she could fill. I don't really like Devlin but maybe he was justified with what he had done? I don't remember if that was explained. I did love  Dariana though, and her dad, I really liked her dad, though wanted to kill her mother. Satan - her uncle- was kind of awesome at times as well. Even though he was unpredictable, and I wasn't certain if he was trustworthy, but he became such a great uncle, as if making up for all the time he hadn't known Dariana due to the Slide family disowning her mother after marrying a Cold Blood.

The writing was smooth and easy to follow. The style was captivating and the storyline was new and intriguing. I cannot for the life of me wait for the next book to come out. It's going to be an awful wait.

Rating: 4/5


1 comment:

  1. Added to my TBR-list! Great review (: