Monday 21 August 2006


So I finally finished the first Blood Ties book... I took my time with this one, but it wasn't because I didn't like it. Because I did. I actually liked it a lot. Carrie was a little, I don't know what the best word would be - maybe unsympathetic, sometimes. She'd do things, or make decisions that seemed totally stupid and then blame it on the blood tie. She kinda did that a lot, come to think of it. There was a wonderful array of characters in this book. I particularly liked Nathan, Ziggy and Clarence. Cyrus, the big bad vampire was a total annoying mess. Didn't like him one bit, and it wasn't that kinda thing you develop for an evil character, because at least then he's affecting you. Cyrus did nothing for me. Nothing.

So, the gist of the story is Dr. Carrie Ames is working the ER one night when this totally messed up guy with a missing eye arrives. She gets sick, can't even come up with a valuable answer to the question: why are you a doctor, and then visits the morgue. Not a bright decision... and well, we all know what happens next. It's in the blurb, so I'm not wrecking anything for anyone -- she becomes a vampire. This is when her life changes and she suddenly gives a crap about things. Too bad it took something so drastic to wake her up.

There were a lot of very cool things about this book. For one, the way it was written. I really got into the story. Another is the Movement concept. I really enjoyed that, and can't wait to find out more about it. Nathan was a great character, there's a little of that brooding vamp thing going on with him, but he's just a nice guy with a tortured past. I love it! Dahlia, now there was someone I enjoyed reading about, what a bitch. Can't wait to see what she gets up to next... yeah, there are some very cool concepts here.

Okay, overall, it's a good book. So I'll definitely be checking out the next one.

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