December 16, 2011

Title: New Blood
Author: Donna Ansari
Series: Vampire in the City
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
First Line: “Around midnight, my stomach started to rumble for lunch.”

From the Publisher: Emma Hammond is a normal young woman living in New York City whose life changes forever when one misstep brings her very close to death. Luckily, Alex Thompson, a handsome stranger (who also happens to be a vampire), jumps in to save her, turning Emma into a vampire. She quickly discovers the numerous advantages (no more allergies, glasses, or acne) and slight drawbacks (wanting to eat her boyfriend) of joining the ranks of the creatures of the night. But Emma soon finds out her new undead life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when she gets pulled in to an age-old dispute between two feuding vampire clans.

Jag’s Review: You know when you start a new book, it takes you a while to get ‘comfortable’ with it, to get to know the characters, the setting, the story. This was not the case at all with New Blood by Donna Ansari, from the very first page I slipped into this story with an ease that I haven’t experienced in a while.

New Blood isn’t a book that falls easily into a literary category for me.  It has the light and humourous qualities found in Chick Lit but it’s got an edge of Paranormal to it.  Chick-anormal? Para-chicklit?  LOL I don’t know what to call it, but it’s a great mix and quite unique from other books in this genre.

When we first meet Emma she’s going through the motions of her life, punching the clock on her night shift job, dealing with her lacklustre long-term boyfriend and keeping up with her friends.  Her life is stuck on cruise control until, under some very unusual circumstances, she ‘meets’ Alex.  When Emma falls victim to an accident, Alex is strangely nearby and quick to change her into a vampire and that’s when her life shifts from boring to well a little crazy.

Emma is a great character, I could absolutely relate to her insecurities, her boyfriend woes and her quick wit, in real life I think we’d be friends.  I really love how she handles her new vampire status, with humour and a casualness, like this is not going to change who she is. She makes mistakes, learns to deal with her new situation and grows in confidence as a vampire as the book progresses. The realism with which the author tackles all of these changes is a really refreshing departure from the usual dark, serious tone of vampire novels.

I found the storyline in the first half of the book to be entertaining but maybe a little light on plot. Little did I know, but this was just a set up for the second half which was action-packed and full of twists and turns.  This book was not predictable and it didn’t take me long to realize that many things weren’t what they appeared to be.  Throughout New Blood the characters, the dialogue and the situations has me smiling and laughing.  This is most definitely not your typical vampire novel, and that’s a good thing.

The only critique I have for New Blood was the lack of chemistry and sexual tension between Alex and Emma…I just wasn’t feeling it.  I’m a huge fan of the build up, the flirting, the longing, the unresolved sexual tension…the swoony boy and the girl who wants him.  I missed it here. I do however, sense that we may get a love triangle in this series’ future and I’m looking forward to that RAWR!

At the end of New Blood you won’t find a nail-biting, omg cliff hanger, there was something even better…mystery, unanswered questions and fun, relatable characters that you’ll care about and want to read more about.  This first book is a great start to this series, I’m putting it on my second shelf!

 

*This book was submitted to The Book Hookup by the author and that in no way influenced this review.

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