9.22.2011

Book Review: Blood by K.J. Wignall

Blood by K.J. Wignall (Mercian Trilogy #1)
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication Date: 09.27.2011
I do not remember being bitten. I wish I did, for then I would know the creature who did this to me and I would have a purpose, to track him down and repay him for the poisoned gift he gave me.

Back in the Thirteenth Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia, although he never lived to inherit his title. In the centuries that follow, Will has led a lonely life, learning to deal with whatever the present day throws at him, always searching for answers but never finding any. Until this time, when he awakens after a 20-year-slumber, hungry for the blood that sustains his undeath, when it appears that he is finally getting a glimpse at why he exists. He does indeed have a destiny, and an enemy, but revealing that fate will be a matter of trust...

It took me a while to get through Blood; not because it is a long book but because I felt...well, if I am to be honest, I felt bored. When I finished reading, it was like I had been reading something that was much longer than it really was. It is pretty slow-paced, and there isn't a lot that happens until the last third of the book.

In the beginning, Will--the main character, who is a vampire--gives some great history and background about his past. I was fascinated by the details of his story. He definitely has a history spanning hundreds of years, and he doesn't act too modern (in language or actions) at all. He was literally an old mind in a teenager's body. While I read, I thought: Finally, a vampire who actually acts like he has been alive for centuries! But then it continued. Most of the book consists of Will's thoughts. Only Will's thoughts. There isn't a lot of conversation until later. This is, probably, because Will is alone for a lot of the book, so it couldn't really be helped. But after a while, I felt like I was having a history lesson of some sort, instead of reading a vampire story. This also kept me from getting to know any of the other characters. We see them through Will's eyes, and although he notices more in social situations than most people would, he relates so much of it to his past and how he was wronged, so that we didn't get to see much personality from any of the other characters.

Things did pick up though, and the story did get more interesting. Unfortunately, everything seemed to happen at the end of the book, and then it was over all too quickly. Everything seemed to fall into place in just a few chapters, and then it was over. I am at such a loss with this book. I enjoyed the beginning so much because of the great historical descriptions, and I felt sorry for Will and what he had gone through. But by the time it got to the exciting part, it was too little, too late. I wasn't invested in the characters, and I didn't much care what happened to them.

I have no idea who I would recommend it to. It reminds me a lot of The Historian; lots and lots of workup, with little of anything else happening until the end. And while I hate to make that connection (it is a completely different story), it is the closest thing I can compare it to. If you liked The Historian, you may like this book.


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{Murder and some violence.}







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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for your honesty; so many bloggers are afraid to say anything negative about a book so, to me, their reviews can't be trusted.

    Good review. You handled it professionally and honestly.

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  2. It drives me crazy when all the good stuff happens at the end of the book. It's such a waste because as a reader, I see the potential, but I didn't get to enjoy it.

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