April 26, 2013

My Friday Review: Blood Debt

Title: Blood Debt (Touched Series Book 1)
Author: Nancy Straight
My Rating: 4 conch
Source: Received for review - blog tour
Buy At: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords

Summary from Goodreads: Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately wants.

The Review: After facing the loss of her mother, Camille discovers truths about her family that she wasn't quite ready for. I enjoyed Nancy's take on a new mythological creature and I hope that we get to learn more about them. Camille, for the most part, was a character I liked, although she neglected to focus on her strengths (powers) at times when it really didn't make sense to me. With the multiple POVs, the reader was able to get a larger picture of the plot and I think that worked. Drake, Camille's love interest, was likeable but the connection between them felt too sudden. I'm hoping that there is some kind of mythological reasoning behind the insta-love, I-can't-live-another-day-without-you confessions. Overall, this book was action packed with a nice blend of plot, character development, and world building. I'm looking forward to picking up the next one!

The Good: I loved the title - very fitting. Also a new type of mythology not overdone in this genre.

The Issue: Insta-love and I would have liked to see a stronger ending (despite being a series).

The Rating: 4 conch. Overall a great start to a new series and I'm anxious to read more.

About The Author:
I LOVE Starbucks’ White Mocha Latte and Mountain Dew, (but not together). I have a lead foot so I set cruise control when I drive, even in 25 MPH zones. I almost never win when I play Angry Birds, but have my 8 year old close, so he can clear the hard levels for me. I grew up on a farm and am opposed to eating fresh chicken (not opposed to meat - just opposed to any meat that was alive a few hours before lunch). I am a huge fan of the show, Big Bang Theory, on CBS. I have a stray cat that I feed every night and morning but she’s never let me get closer than within 3 feet of her – I keep thinking eventually I’ll wear her down and she’ll let me pet her. I share my life with two fantastic sons, three rotten dogs and a husband that I adore.

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