Series: Black Blood #1
Publisher: Innovation Today Publishing on July 20, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, New Adult
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Vampires, werewolves, witches, magic—no one in the Sanctuary, home of the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, believes in such imaginary creations, including Aberdeen Dareday. That is until the day Abby wakes up with black veins bulging under her skin. The day she learns everything she’s been told about the world is a lie. Forced to flee humanity’s last refuge because of her abnormality, and the corpses left in its unexplainable wake, she finds herself on the run in an entirely new world. A world in which darkness reigns, full of supernatural creatures bent on her execution.
When all seems lost and facing certain death, Abby is saved by Ash, a quiet yet striking young man who shares her black blood, and her mysterious powers. After Ash reveals a clue regarding an old witch, they head north to her home in Montana, determined to beat the piling odds and obtain the answers they seek. Now hunted by everyone from vengeful humans, to the alluring vampire Prince of Texas, to the Lord Alpha of the largest werewolf pack ever to exist, Abby must discover what is so special about her black blood if she hopes to live and fight another day, but time stands against them as their enemies close in for the kill.
Black Blood is a spellbinding cross-genre mutation unlike anything you’ve ever read, weaving paranormal fantasy in a post-apocalyptic world.
At A Glance
The best part of Black Blood was all the exciting paranormal creatures. We follow Abby the whole time but I feel like we get so many storylines. A lot is going on here. We got aliens who seem like heroes but are really the bad guys. We have humans trapped in an alien compound, forced to suppress emotion and work for the aliens, though they think they have a good life. We have the outside world where humans, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and witches fighting against each other and against the aliens. And out of the hell Earth has become, Abby is the shinning light. She is special.
Abby was a solid protagonist. She’s ignorant of the world around her but she is learning fast. She knows she is different but she doesn’t know her true origins. She’s not human though. And she is meant for something big. I loved learning about the post-alien world through Abby’s eyes. She meets a lot of interesting people, most bad but some good. Jasper was my favorite. He had a great attitude and bubbly personality, even during the dark times. Ash was a mystery for the most part. He keeps his emotions guarded but eventually Abby gets him to warm up a little.
There is some action, some heartbreaking feels, and lots of twists and turns. I was so pleasantly surprised by this story. I can’t wait until the next book.
The pacing was a bit off in some places, like some action scenes were finished too fast or major events just didn’t build enough momentum or anticipation for me.
Ash was an okay character but I didn’t feel much for him. I liked Jasper a lot. I really wish Jasper and Abby had more time together. Ash is not working for me as the love interest yet.
The romance is pretty minimal, which was fine with me. There was only kissing, so a YA audience could read this.
I think Black Blood is a hidden gem. It’s not perfect but books just can’t be perfect. This was a solid paranormal story. Very recommended.
“She felt the wrongness of his words, felt it in her blood, like a whisper in her ear. It was a soft song.”
“My life isn’t worth dying for,” he whispered during one of her breaks.
“That’s a lie,” she snapped. “Don’t think that for a second.”