Monday 6 June 2016

Book Review: The Blood in the Beginning by Kim Falconer

Title: The Blood in the Beginning
Author: Kim Falconer
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: 1 July 2016
Pages: 355
Format: eBook- PDF
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Undergraduate by day, bouncer by night, Ava Sykes is just trying to make her way in New LA, a city recovering in the ‘Aftermath’ the time after an earthquake tore the country apart. Ava studies hard, trains at the local dojo, and teaches kids self-defence. Sure, she has a rare blood disorder and a stolen identity, but who doesn’t keep a few secrets these days? Life is tough, but when Ava takes a job at the trendy new club, Poseidon, her financial worries seem to be over.Then the evil wakes up.After stumbling into the VIP area of the club, where humans are on the menu, Ava is attacked in the street, and finds herself in the hospital, trying to put the pieces together. The bizarre hallucinations aren’t helping, and neither is Dr. Miguel Rossi, the man who claims to know more about her origins than she does.

Shocked to the core at the discovery, Ava begins a search for her birth mother — and the truth —  but with a copycat killer on her tail, the attractive and powerful Daniel Bane offering to protect her and a doctor bent on unravelling her mysterious ‘condition’, the facts are hard to pin down. Meanwhile, the ‘otherness’ in her blood makes her increasingly irresistible to all the wrong people.

Ava used to dream of knowing where she came from but faced with the truth, she’d give anything to forget.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I found The Blood in the Beginning a refreshing and entertaining read. From the blurb, I started the book expecting vampires. I love vampires; however, it was a pleasant surprise to find they are not the feature creature in this story. Ava is a gritty and likeable heroine, and the two men vying for her interest are likewise engaging and sexy. The pacing at times felt a little jerky - periods of heavy action, followed by a few pages in which little happened - and it takes a while to get to the bottom of who/what everyone is. That, for me, made the ending when it came feel a little rushed, but not to the extent it spoiled my enjoyment of the book overall. If you don't mind a slow build and slow reveal and are looking for a read that offers something a little different from the usual UF fare, then The Blood in the Beginning could well be the book for you. 4.5 stars

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