Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review: Bloods Voice by Áine P Massie



Title: Blood’s Voice
Author: Áine P Massie
Series: a House Millar book (#1)
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal  Romance
Publisher: CHBB
Release Date: Mar 15 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Blurb/Synopsis:
Anya Millar had no memory of her life or an instruction manual on how to navigate the insane world of humans, biting, and reality. Instead, Anya has had to learn to navigate the world of love, life, and sanity while avoiding those that would see her dead or enslaved.
This is the ongoing journey of Anya and Nicholas, human loving vampires and the human they love, Declán. What makes it all more complicated is that they are abominations in their own world and Declán is a natural born vampire hunter called a Guardian.
Anya must come to terms with who she is and her missing past, Nicholas must win back the object of his eternal love while dealing with new cravings in his silent heart, and Declán must learn to destroy the very creatures that he has unequivocally given his heart and blood.

My 4* Review-
Anya is a vampire with a difference, she has amnesia. She remembers nothing of her life before she woke up at Star's house. Anya is also a vegetarian; she only drinks animal blood; not human. Why? because she doesn't want to hurt humans, so much so she is determined to live a normal life; she goes to school and is friends with 3 humans. Skye, Kayla and DeclánDeclán is Kayla's twin brother and Skye's 'boyfriend'.

Then there's Nicholas. Nicholas is another vegetarian vampire. He's known Anya for a long time, known her since before she disappeared and returned with amnesia. Nicholas and Anya are not just good friends, before Anya disappeared they had shared blood and created a blood bond too.

But Anya's past looks to have finally caught up with her. Can Anya and both her vampire and human friends overcome Anya's past or will the Educators finally win?

The synopsis for Blood's Voice intrigued me, so I signed up for the tour and found myself immersed in Anya's world.

I'm going to start by saying I really enjoyed this book. At the start I found there to be a few similarities to another vampire book/film series, but that doesn't last very long. Once past those similarities I was able to get fully into the story.

It did take me a little while to adjust to Áine Massie's writing style; not because its bad just because it was different to my recent reads; but once I had gotten used to it, I was off and running.

The story's pacing is good and seems to have a relatively natural flow. There is a fair amount of dialogue; which for the most part is good; I don't mind dialogue so the amount doesn't bother me. However, there were a few places where the dialogue felt too formal or a bit forced. I understand that Anya is a centuries old vampire in the body of a 16 year old, but I did struggle a few times to picture her saying some parts.

Anya, Nicholas and Declán, this is a triangle with a difference in that Anya and Nicholas are vampires that share a blood bond and are mates. Anya and Declán; feelings develop feelings for each other, Declán is then bound to Anya by blood; which causes Declán to be bound to Nicholas too. Most of the intimate moments are kept as either Anya and Nicholas, or Anya and Declán. There is only one which has Anya, Nicholas and Declán together, and its portrayed very tastefully.

Áine Massie has created a very believable plot and set of characters. This is a story of romance, action, mystery and suspense. I'm looking forward to reading book 2.

About The Author-
Áine P Massie is originally from Florida, she now lives in Wisconsin where she works on her House Millar series full time while raising four children (the term herding cats comes to mind). Her major in College was Childhood Education (specializing in ages zero to five) with a minor study in Deaf Culture/ASL. She is also a Wiccan priestess dedicated to the gods, family, and love.
Áine is a proud member of the Rom-Critters, the Romance Writers of America®, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys . . . oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.
Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. However, she has been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction.

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