It's October! That means it is time for the official kick off of Something Wicked Returns! Prepare for a month of fantastic guest posts and giveaways! I along with my three co hostesses, Candace@Candace's Book Blog,Maja@The Nocturnal Library and Ali@My Guilty Obsession, have a great month planned for you all so sit back and enjoy! You don't want to miss a day. If you missed yesterday's preliminary post with Cambria Hebert and the Something Wicked Returns Blog Hop be sure to check out those posts.
To get things started, I invited Heather Hildenbrand back. Heather is a terrific indie author with a fun sense of humor. She is the author of the Dirty Blood Series along with several other books. If you haven't checked out a book by Heather, you need to.
I admit I am woefully behind on her Dirty Blood Series, and I intend on catching up. So the best way to do that is invite Heather on the blog. Today, I am featuring Cold Blood the second book in the Dirty Blood Series. Book four: Blood Rule released this summer. Truly, this is an excellent series that you need to be reading and Heather has proven she is a talented indie writer! If you haven't met Heather before let me introduce you now:
Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, Imitation and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I'm pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry - and fussing at my kids. I'm a multi-tasker. For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit me on my website, twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. I love hearing from readers!
Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I'd grab is my DVR player!
Throughout the month, we will be exploring fears. I have asked all the authors posting with me this month to share what they fear the most. I am certain we will get some interesting answers. Heather is here to share her fear:
My absolute worst, most scariest, terrifying, panic-inducing, toe-curling, knee-knocking, nightmarish FEAR is ….
I mean, look at that. It’s disgusting. Slimy. Creepy!! And honestly, I don’t trust them. They’re not natural. With a chemical body makeup of (supposedly) mostly water, HOW do they look like THAT???
It’s not right.
Which makes me wonder if they’re really as slow as they look. I mean, they seem like they’re creeping along but then you look away and look back and they’ve gone 1800 feet in three seconds! #ninjaslugs Which makes me wonder what else they’re capable of when you’re not looking or suspecting. #spideyslugs #leaptallbuildingsinasinglebound
Yeah. It could happen. Watch your back.
My friends and family are aware of this (completely founded, understandable, and totally rational) fear and they’ve even gone so far as to properly arm me in case of an attack.
So I’m ready. Or at least I will be once I get the full-armor body suit I’m price watching on Ebay.
You laugh, but a world-wide slug attack could happen. #Theyplot #insecretsluggywhispers
What's Your Fear?
Heather wouldn't do well living here in the Pacific Northwest. We have giant slugs everywhere. Rarely a wet day goes by that I don't walk outside and find a big slug hanging out in my yard. My daughter was obsessed with them all summer. Every day she wanted to go out and hunt for slugs. Hence we now have countless pictures of slugs. In fact, the slug pictures in Heather's post are all from our back yard. I tease Heather every now and then and email her a picture of one. She loves it....NOT! I used to be grossed out by the slugs, but after our summer of slug hunting, I have gotten used to them and don't mind them so much. Besides, the eat all the nasty stuff in your yard. What about you all are you afraid of giant slugs?
A big thanks to Heather for stopping by again and sharing her fear. Heather is sponsoring the first giveaway of Something Wicked Returns and it is a good one. Heather is offering an omnibus Dirty Blood Book pack that includes Dirty Blood, Cold Blood and Blood Bond! To enter please fill out the Rafflecopter form after reading the Contest Policies. This is open Internationally. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
Cold Blood (Dirty Blood #2) by Heather Hildenbrand
Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they're kicking your butt in the process.
At least I've got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De'Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he's destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn't going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point's evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?
Cold Blood is Book 2 in the Dirty Blood series. To read more about the Dirty Blood series visit www.accendopress.com
ebook, 366 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Accendo Press
Four stars: An exciting sequel that takes the story in new directions.
Tara is not happy at all. Punching another girl in the face got her expelled from her school. Her grandmother and mother are shipping her off to Wood Point Academy an elite boarding school for Hunters. Wes is staying behind to help assist with the Cause. At school, Tara is immediately singled out and ridiculed because of her 'dirty blood' heritage, she is half werewolf half hunter. That means she must work even harder to prove herself, starting with her new trainer Alex. It soon becomes clear that Tara is not safe at her new school. Miles, another hybrid, is determined to track her down and make her his girlfriend. Can Tara learn to fit in at school and avoid the dangerous Miles?
What I Liked:
- This book was a solid, building block book. It takes the foundation from the first book and expands upon it casting the story in all new directions. Tara continues to grow as she learns and adapts to her condition. I admired how she refused to let the other students bully her, and how she held her head high and maintained her ground. She is fierce, courageous and unwilling to yield, even when she is tormented by the mean girls. I enjoyed watching her transform, but she still has a ways to go. At the end of the book, there was a strong hint that she has some interesting powers waiting to be uncovered. I am eager to see how she will continue to change.
- I liked the boarding school setting, and I especially liked the introduction of new characters. Tara makes two new friends, Logan and Cambria (gotta love that Cambria is named after one of my favorite authors Cambria Hebert). Cambria is a girl who beats to her own drum. She has eclectic taste in fashion, and she is certainly spunky. One of her most fun attributes is her ability to charm or compel people to do her bidding. Even though she is not supposed to use this ability at school, she manages to get around the rule. She is wild, a bit crazy and a girl I would like to have as a friend. Logan, on the other hand, is Cambria's opposite. He is smart, bookish and shy, but incredibly sweet. Finally, there is Alex Tara's new trainer. At first, Alex and Tara are at complete odds over werewolves and Hunters and Tara is angered that Alex seems to have extreme prejudices against werewolves. However as time goes on, the two learn to work together and eventually become friends. I liked the strong friendship they established, and I worry that there is the faint hintof a love triangle. I am hoping that the relationships stays on solid friendship footing.
- I am throughly appreciating the new take on werewolves in this series. Not only are there werewolves, but there are their counterparts the Hunters. The two species have been at war for generations and they are bent on killing one another. Some long for a truce between the species, but it is hard to get either side to wield. The werewolves in this series are more of the shapeshifter variety as they can shift at will and are not dependent upon the phases of the moon. Once the moon is full, they gain all new powers. I like that the werewolves can also talk while in wolf form. If you are a fan of werewolf books and are in need of something a bit more original, definitely pick up this series.
And The Not So Much:
- It has been a year since I read Dirty Blood, and I struggled a bit with story amnesia. I thought the book could have used a tiny bit more refresher. It was hard to remember who was who and all the details from the first book. There is little recap, and so I wouldn't recommend reading out of order or you will be lost. I had a hard time keeping everything straight and I read the first book.
- The romance between Tara and Wes took a back seat and faltered a bit even. Tara and Wes are split up for most of the book and there is not much contact between them. I missed the dynamic between them and found myself wishing for Wes to be in the picture more. Alex was a nice distraction, but I was gritting my teeth and hoping that this does not go into love triangle territory. Wes and Tara seemed to have a solid relationship and I remain firmly in Wes' favor. I just wish he had a larger presence in this one.
- A mean girl rears her ugly, or rather pretty, head in this one. I am not a fan of mean girls at all, and this one seems to get away with everything. On one hand, I appreciated that Tara refused to take the bait and retaliate against her, but then again, I wanted Tara to stand up and kick her nasty little behind. As it stands, the mean girl is still needing to be taken down a few pegs.
- The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. It isn't a jarring, five alarm, throw your book at the wall type ending, but it is one that leaves a great deal of unanswered questions, making me eager to continue with the series. Luckily, the next two books are already out so I don't have to wait.
Cold Blood is an engaging and solid second book. It continues to build upon existing story lines, while showing Tara's growth. The story moves in new directions as additional conflicts are introduced along with some entertaining and likable new characters. I like the uniqueness of the book and I am anxious to continue the story. If you are looking for another solid indie series, I recommend you check out The Dirty Blood Series.
"She's not as mean as she pretends, you know. She's got layers."
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
See you back tomorrow for Something Wicked Returns Day #2 with Laura Bickle!