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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Bloodlines by Skyla Dawn Cameron


Title: Bloodlines
Series: Demons of Oblivion, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Skyla Dawn Cameron 
Pub: April 20, 2011, Mundania Press 
Format: E-book; Paperback, 216 pages

Summary from Goodreads

After three hundred years of unlife, vampire Zara Lain has seemingly done it all, and she's now making a living as a successful thief-turned-assassin. Her newest assignment seems simple enough--kill the aging leader of the O'Connor Coven and his only heir, and she'll have another ten million in the bank.

But in the dangerous world of the supernatural, few things are ever "simple."

When a massive assault decimates the continent's population of powerful witches and warlocks, and its orchestrator has vampires being hunted down and captured, Zara realizes the tables have turned and now she'll be playing the hero. Forced to join with a smart-mouthed fellow vampire, a demonologist who's also a fan of hers, a recently widowed--and frequently brooding--warlock, and her best friend's mom, Zara's grudgingly willing to do what she can to save the day.

If only people would stop ruining all her outfits...

I'll admit, when I first started reading Bloodlines by Skyla Dawn Cameron I hated Zara. Like SERIOUSLY hated her.  I'd never really met a main character that irked me. Enter Zara Lain,  a 300-year old vamp.  So self-centered, so self-focused. Just pure ewww! *insert hysterical giggle here* WOW - for me that's super-great-fantabulous writing! For someone to evoke that emotion from me is HUGE!

Cameron certainly takes readers on a roller coaster of emotions in Bloodlines. Because after reaching the midpoint of the book - I loved Zara. I loved her snark. Her self-centeredness. Her weaknesses. Yes she has them! But Cameron takes Zara and the reader on a path of discovery without losing the core elements that make Zara .... Zara.

"I don’t think we’ve been introduced,” I said. “My name’s Zara. I’m strong, I’m fast, and I totally kick ass. It’s great to be me...but that means right now it sucks to be you."
But I would be remiss if I didn't mention reluctant Warlock, Nate O'Conner. For those who've read Bloodlines and love Nate -- can I get a WOOT-WOOT!? Again, Cameron creates  a character that is the pure antithesis of Zara and the sparks FLY! 


So for a recap - I hated Zara! I loved Zara! I loved Nate and Zara and I can't frickin' wait for Book 2 - Hunter. It has a release date of August 30th!


For a special treat, Cameron is holding a pretty awesome giveaway - Hunter Prize Pack. Contest ends August 30th so click the link and check it out!

Disclaimer: I received an copy of the ebook from the author to review, but this in no way influenced my review.

Get your read on! 

6 comments:

Sidne,the BCR said...

i so love your blog decor. ok. the book. sounds good not my genre but it sounds like a good read.

Kwana said...

Ahh don't make me pick up this book. LOL

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Woot-Woot! lol!

So glad you loved this one. :) It was one of my top reads this year, I have to say. I loved Zara's humor and snark. Great review.

Grace Fonseca said...

It was nice to meet you at AAD this past weekend. Been trying to catch up on some books now that AAD is over. Very nice review. Now following you. Like the color purple as well.

Dren said...

Sidne - thanks so much for stopping by! If you ever want to peek into this genre - this is a great book to start with!

Melissa - Isn't Zara the BOMB? Snark and kick-ass all in one!

Grace - HEY!! It was wonderful meeting you as well! Looking forward to tweeting with you!

Bells said...

Great review! This book was awesome and I'm dying to find out what happens next!

I LOVE NATE!

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