Monday, July 16, 2012

Book Review: Blood Past by Samantha Young


Blood Past (Warriors of Ankh, #2)
by Samantha Young 

Genre: Paranormal/Mythology
Reading Grade: Young Adult
Publication Date: August 19, 2011
Source: Kindle store
Age Rating: 16+

All Eden wants is redemption... but the road to redemption is never an easy one.

Traveling to Scotland to find her mother’s bloodline, Eden is soon embroiled in the politics and training of the Scottish Warriors of Neith. It is a world where some stand with open arms ready to welcome her as family, while others keep a wary distance, conspiring against her. Through it all Eden learns of love, friendship, and what it means to be a warrior. Her future has promise... that is until a man she thought was forever gone from her life returns to threaten it all.

When the one person Eden loves above all else is endangered, she will have to make a choice. Him... or her?

Life is such a bitch...

... but so is Eden when you don’t play nice. 
  
My Review

  • Plot: This is Book 2 in the Warriors of Ankh series. Eden has been saved by the Ankh warriors after they massacred her soul eater family—all except her evil cousin, Teagan. They take her to Scotland where she becomes Ankh and trains as one, even hunting down soul eaters as she completely turns her back on her soul eater heritage. But, somebody won't let her forget who and what she used to be, and Teagan decides he's not done with her.
  • Characters: Eden really wasn't that likable of a character in Book 1, but after her change into an Ankh warrior, she really loses all that inner rage and bad attitude which made her kind of losery. I like her way better in this book. Noah is just the same old Noah, an okay guy and your typical overly good-looking dude who's way too into an average-looking chick, that being Eden. Teagan is the character that shines for me. I honestly only wanted to read this sequel because of him. And, he did not disappoint. So sassy and snarky and full of evil smirks. Oh, man! I love this guy even though he is about as sadistic as they come. But, I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love me some great villain characters, and Teagan is the one I've been searching for to add to my collection a while now.
  • Story: It starts off not all that exciting and even has quite a draggy middle, but gets much better during the climactic scene. Much of the first half is about Eden being mad at Noah for pretending to be her friend during his mission to “save” her in Book 1. They have relationship problems most of the book, but then end up together in the second half and it felt REALLY forced. I wasn't into that because I always assumed Eden was a plain-looking girl and he talks about her like she's a run-way model. I just don't get it. Is she so gorgeous? If she were meant to be, then why give the constant impression that she's so dreary and plain? If Noah is so ridiculously Greek god-like, then he'd not be into a plain 17-year-old girl. He's 80-years-old and she's his first real love. Really? (Edward Cullen, anyone?) I'm not buying it and they have zip in common, despite the prose mentioning that they do. Show me the evidence of that and I might believe it.
  • Writing: It's written just like Book 1, decently enough. A very quick read if you want a quicky.
  • Overall Quality: Good. I enjoyed this, mostly because of Teagan's antics and his plot-twisty ways. There are some colorful Scottish characters on the side that really stand out, like Tobe and Mhari. Really funny and cute.
  • Favorite Scene/Moment: Not really a scene, but I loved every instance in which Teagan would refer to Eden as “Paradise,” “babe,” and “my love,” using these pet names that irritated Eden to no end. That made me laugh so hard! Ah...that guy slays me (pun intended).
  • My Score: 4/5 stars.



6 comments:

  1. After ready about how horrible Eden's family are in the first book I didn't know if I should try these books. I can deal with a lot but when it's to do with dungeons and possible rape I tend to check out. Glad that most of Eden's family are gone. I'm almost curious to read just to see what you see in this Teagan guy!

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    1. @Lan: It's not all that detailed in Book 1 about Eden's awful family. She largely avoids the basement, so I don't think it'll affect you too much. But, Teagan is fun!!

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  2. LOL, your description of Teagon just cracked me up! Not sure if this book is for me, though. I think some of the nits you mentioned would annoy me and I probably wouldn't finish it. Thanks for sharing, I always love to hear what you think about books!

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    1. @Camille: He's really funny in an evil sort of way. I love characters like that!

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  3. Well, the cover is awesome! I haven't read this series, though.

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    1. @Jenny: It is a pretty awesome cover. ;)

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