Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Witchblood

Witchblood by Emma Mills

Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date- January 9th 2012
Pages: 395
Format: Ebook
Source: For Review from Author
Genre: Paranormal (Vampires), Romance

When Jess steals a glance at a gorgeous guy in a Manchester nightclub, little does she realise how he is going to change her life…or should that be death? Yet, the vampire clan could never have predicted what they were taking on.

With Luke pronounced ‘off-limits’ and the blood of a vampire simmering in Jess’s body, can she forget the love of her life and move on? If not, she will risk exposing the entire Northern vampire clan to untold dangers, in order to live her life the way she wants.

Can Jess be sure that Luke is all he appears to be? Will she succumb to the attraction she desperately tries not to feel for Daniel? And why does she still crave a packet of crisps more than a tasty teenage boy’s blood?
The first thing that caught my eye when I read the prologue was how very descriptive and well thought out the writing was. Emma Mills is a Debut Self-Published author who writes a very interesting story about a girl who was attacked by a girl gang and left to die on the streets when a vampire named Daniel comes and rescues her by changing her.

The Good
The writing in this story had beautiful description and lots of thought put into it. The setting throughout the story was very beautiful and lifelike and your could really visualize every place the characters went.

Mills is a UK author and this is my very first time reading a book with UK spelling and slang. It was actually pretty fun noticing all of the things that are said and spelled differently while we speak the same language. (Notice the use of the words Crisps and Realise in the description above?) It was also pretty interesting and sort of funny when an American was brought into the story and just seeing a UK idea of Americans.

This book takes place in Manchester and I really like how it's taking place in the UK and how it  has a different landscape than most Young Adult books. 

The Not-So-Good
Though this book does have some very beautiful writing in it I do believe it crosses the line of too much discription at times. Though it is nice to know how the room or landscape looks, a writer really don't need to get down to the sound the springs make when you sit down on your bed unless it is crucial to the story. Some of the dialogue was also a little to much and was about twice as long as it really needed to be to get an idea across.

Jessica was a very sarcastic character and there's nothing wrong with a sarcastic character but it did go a little over the top.

Daniel and Eva, the two other Vampires in the story are kind of on the fence for me. Though I do like their general personality there doesn't seem like you really get to know them except from the view point of someone standing and watching what they do.

Throughout the book I felt like there was an awful lot of Daniel hugging Jessica and her crying. Though this isn't exactly the happiest of stories I do think that there could be more happy Jessica in there.

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