Monday, June 25, 2012

Blood & Light Review

Blood & Light by Rue Volley

Rue Volley has successfully accomplished giving vampires a legitimate twist. In the world of overplayed vampires, and sparkling vamps, these protectors are a breath of fresh air. They don’t have to drain their prey of blood if they don’t wish to. Simply brushing up against something and taking some of its life-force does the trick. Pretty nifty, and a lot less messy.

Rue Volley has depth and you can see why two guys would be after her in this case. She acknowledges their hotness, but doesn’t fawn all over them like a witless schoolgirl. The immediate characters are the most interesting to me: Rue, Kai, Sam, Josh, and Jonathan. There are plenty of other characters to be found in this story, but that quintet is my favorite.

This is really about Rue and Jonathan coming into themselves as protectors. It’s a lot to learn, but they have Sam and Josh to help them out. Kai is also going through changes and always trying to one-up himself with a delicious meal. Let’s just say that learning the ways of his race is an easier feat than making an edible meal. I loved that aspect…it gave the story a lot of realism.

A synopsis can be found next to it, so I don’t need to rehash that for you. (except here on my blog, I will add it.):
Enter into the world of 16 year-old Rue Volley...who, up until one fateful night, thought she was "normal" or as "normal" as she could be. But "normal" does not include being a vampire...a truth about herself that she will soon discover.

Rue Volley lives in the quiet little town of Calvary, Minnesota...nestled in the thick woods lining the Great Lakes. Rue, along with her brother Kai, have lived an otherwise calm life up until their Mother was commited into Rolling River Asylum, after she mysteriously stopped
speaking to anyone. Rue is convinced by her brother to attend a party on her birthday, and after she experiences something that she cannot explain, she and everyone in her world is thrown into madness. Join Rue on this epic journey, 6 books in all, as she struggles with grief, love, humor, old crushes, newfound infatuations, hot boys, AND vampires, lots and lots of them.

This first book in the series starts you on a journey that you will find hard to ignore and once you start reading you will be hooked...or perhaps bitten.

Keep in mind this is a very long novel. There are some likenesses in names- so make sure you pay attention. I like the Grace-Caine-William-Valon story arch, but I always find myself wanting to be back with Rue and the gang. 

I cannot wait to read the second in her six-book series, the first was well-worth the time invested. 

It can be found HERE

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