Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review: Blood Bank by Zoe Marham #YA #fantasy #horror

Blood Bank

Genre: YA Fantasy/Horror
Release Date: July 2017
Summary from Goodreads:

Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperate, the addicts. He's been building his reputation, saving for a way out - but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line...

Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she's meeting, the situations she's in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They're just coincidences...aren't they?

And Zack is in deep trouble. He's losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects - and that's not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won't ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack's heart: his blood - and his life. In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed...

Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the Author
Mild-mannered editor by day, puppet-master of broken souls by night.

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My Review: 

I never thought I would say this about a vampire book, but this one was pretty good! It's a shorter book, but there's a lot of "stuff" crammed into those pages. It never feels like TOO much is going on, so don't let that scare you off. The writing pulls you in quickly and keeps you hooked.
The vampires in this book aren't cuddly and sweet, they're friggen vampires though one does show a bit of his "softer" side, so this is not Twilight. The vampires in this one do things that you'd expect vampires to do and I loved them for it!
There are many threads of plot to this story, but the way that they connect feels natural and not at all forced. I certainly enjoyed the many elements that connected all the dots. For such a short book, I felt that the characters themselves were given just the right amount of page time to develop into full individuals. This is (unless I'm mistaken) the start of a series, so there was a bit of a cliff hanger ending, which I don't usually enjoy but if this is a taste of the rest of the series, I can definitely see myself picking up the rest!
A great, quick read with solid writing and interesting characters! I definitely recommend! 

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1 comment:

  1. Haven't read a good vampire story in awhile and this one sounds good! Thanks for the heads up!


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