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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cast in Blood by Michelle Rabe @michrabe #ReviewShare #Paranormal #Fantasy

Cast in BloodCast in Blood by Michelle Rabe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last few years seem to mark the era of the vampire when it comes to popular fiction. This can sometimes make movies or reading seem too repetitive, so I was skeptical when I first read the description for Cast in Blood.

I was pleasantly surprised that this book took a very different and modern approach that mixes mystery, action thriller, and sci-fi genres seamlessly. Along with the mixed genres, you’ll also find a mix of other supernatural creatures besides vampires. I won’t ruin how they come to play in the story, but they certainly add to the plot. I felt like Michelle did a good job of giving each character a different personality and background, down to the details of how they spoke.

You were able to get a good sense of each person and that enhanced my ability to feel connected emotionally. Some of the descriptions and musings by Morgan had a very poetic quality that showcased Michelle’s writing abilities well. The main character, Morgan, is extremely savvy and tenacious while being put through some pretty difficult situations, even for a vampire.

The settings of this book are modern from night clubs to secret laborites. The ending of the book left me with many questions, a few of which I wish were wrapped up now, but that’s most likely my impatience getting the best of me. I noticed Cast in Blood is listed as the first in a series, so perhaps this is further genius in getting me and the rest of us readers hooked and waiting to see what happens next to Morgan.

One of my favorite passages was early in the book, but it’s just as applicable to how we, the reader, feel curious and wanting at the end; “She is enveloped by numbness, falling, into oblivion. She drifts to the edge of awareness, shoulders, wrists and elbows aching. She twists, seeking relief from the painful position. She drowns in a black sea.” Here’s to hoping that oblivion will become clearer in book 2, which I’ll definitely be reading.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.

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