Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BBReview: "Ties to the Blood Moon" By Robin Waldrop

Genre: Young Adult -Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publishing Date: November 1st, 2011
Page Count: 340
Source: Sent to me by the author
Format: E-Book

Description from
Genevieve is a teenage girl who moves in with her aunt in Alaska after the death of her mother. Soon after her arrival she learns the things she was raised to believe only existed in fairy tales are in fact a big part of her history. When it get to be too much she seeks refuge in the arms of her new boyfriend, William, only to find out he's not who she thought he was either.

Ties to the Blood Moon is and isn't your typical werewolf/vampire novel. It is, because there are werewolves and vampires and others and their back stories are similar to ones that everyone has heard before, but at the same time there is something unique to their back story and that is the blood line in royalty and what it means to them. It was very interesting to read of a new, but at time old, take on the lives of werewolves and vampires.

Genevieve is very easy to like character, because she acts like most teenage girls, but what i really loved about her was how independent she is. You all know how i love my independent women these days. She did a lot of stuff on her own to protect the ones she loved and she was right there at the front line, not waiting for anyone else to go ahead of her.

What i really loved was the ending! I didn't see it coming at all who the traitor in the story would be. I cannot believe who it was, because the entire time it was pointing (at least to me) at three others that were very close to Gen and i was picking out of those three the entire time. I really love when endings are unexpected and you can't guess correctly before getting to the truth. It just proves how good of an author they are to not leave any bread crumbs to the truth, even subconsciously.

There are some slow parts here and there, but when it gets to parts when something is about to happen it picks up a lot and there are way more action fast paced parts than slow. This novel is packed  full of action and at every turn something is going on in Genevieve's life. Just as soon as you think everything is going to work out for the good something bad happens.

The only part i didn't like was William's character *SPOILER* I completely understand that i was supposed to be weary of William, because Robin Waldrop made you point the finger at him as the traitor for a big chunk of the book, but i really liked Joseph and really wanted William to be the traitor so that Genevieve could be with him instead. I had a gut feeling that William was going to end up being the good guy and staying with Gen. I do really like that the entire time he told her the truth about everything and that he does truly love her, though. Maybe he will grow on me *END*

I really liked Ties to the Blood Moon. It is pretty similar to other werewolf and vampire novels, but still different to be its own story and not just a "its just like BLANK" novel where you can easily compare it to another. I can compare parts of it to other books, but definitely cannot compare the story as a whole to another book. I really liked how independent Genevieve's character is and that she doesn't wait around for others to catch up, she goes after what she wants. I didn't care for William that much, and i understand why Robin Waldrop made me feel that way. The ending was completely unexpected and i never saw it coming. Sometimes it is good to guess and be right, but it is way better to just be surprised. Overall, very good novel.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5

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