Friday, September 21, 2012

Review: Sweet Blood of Mine

Woot! We're onto book eight people, and even if I am not done with the books on time, it still didn't matter, I had achieved my aim of lowering down my review pile - some. At least being done with the ARR program for now. I won't be requesting anything from there though until everything else is up to date!

Title: Sweet Blood of Mine
ISBN: 0985018100

Goodreads Synopsis:

From Mega Nerd to Super Stud. 

Justin Case and women do not mix. Man boobs, a love of Kings and Castles, and being tight with the "nerd" crowd certainly don't win him any points either. After rescuing Katie, his crush, it turns out she might not be the girl he thought she was, while Elyssa, the school's Goth Girl, turns out to be more. Can high school get any more confusing? 

Determined to improve himself, he joins a gym and meets a sexy girl that just oozes a "come hither, Justin" vibe. Until she attacks him in the parking lot, and Justin realizes she's no ordinary girl but a being with supernatural speed and strength. After a narrow escape and an excruciating migraine headache, he wakes up with supernatural abilities all his own: speed, strength, and the ability to seduce every woman he sees. 

While that might sound like the perfect combo for any hormonal teen, Justin is a hopeless romantic who wants his first time to be special. Is that too much to ask for? But he doesn't know what he is or how to stop his carnal urges. One thing is clear: If he doesn't find answers there are other more sinister supernaturals who would like nothing better than to make him their eternal plaything and do far worse than kill him.


The cover, synopsis and title. The Title was actually quite good, I think the combination of that and the -awesome- synopsis are what made me choose to read this book. Why not the cover? Well, the original cover of this book didn't look so good for me, this one is so much better, so now it's an improvement and definitely all three ticked off in that section, all good.

Justin does not have an easy life. But I guess it comes with the turf, being a nerd and all. But things go from bad to worse once he decides to help Katie - a girl he's been crushing on for a long while - away from the unwanted attention she's been getting from the head football player. He becomes her sort of confidante when her boyfriend cheats on her, and yet she chooses the loser boyfriend over him. Justin goes all mad alienating everyone around him including his best friends, turning his life into a bully-fest. He finds himself sitting with a group of goths and with them he decides to change his image. With them he finds a great friendship, and maybe even someone he'd actually fall for that was worth it, Elyssa. He changes his hair, the way he dresses and works out in the gym. The changes are slow and barely visible, until one day - without a warning - they become more noticeable! Like super strength and good looks. His detention turns from cleaning - with Elyssa - to being forced on the football team. His noticeable change has them winning games, him making new friends, and Katie notices him again, but it also alienates Elyssa big time. He misses her more than he can imagine and hates every minute of being popular and being on the football team, all he wants is her back. The problem is, she'd called him a monster, and he doesn't know what she meant. No one is explaining, and he's stuck not knowing what he is anymore, only that he's completely changes and can seduce anyone. Oh, and that his mom ran away and his dad is being hunted then kidnapped by mythical creatures, making him need help to get him back, from more mythical creatures. His life is obviously not letting up.

I think this book is one that I hadn't expected to like so much. I mean sure, the synopsis, cover and title were great, but the whole nerd wanting a popular girl was all played out for me. But the way it turned out in the end was so unpredictable and absolutely awesome! I love the mythical creatures thrown in the midst, but seriously hated the headmaster, coach and most people in the administration in school. I can't believe they'd allow Justin to go through so much crap. I wanted to punch them for him, they were so ridiculous. I did get a chance to get the feel of each character and enjoyed getting to know them. The Goth kids, Justin and Elyssa. I want to know more about what goes on! About where his mother went, and the Slade family - his dad's- what's going to happen? I guess I'll have to look forward to reading book two.

As for the writing, it was quite good, and I enjoy it being written in first person since it's more likely for me to get attached to it and read it quickly. Speaking of which, it was  a quick read! I finished it in no time and enjoyed every minute of it.

Here are some parts that made me laugh:

With a team like this, I was more certain than ever we were going to die.

And this one:

 "He's a special case."

"Special in the head maybe."

"Hey," I said and playfully punched Elyssa in the arm. "That's not nice."

Elyssa smiled a sad little smile. "We're all special in the head for going through with this crazy plan."

Rating: 4/5


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