Blood and Light by Rue Volley
(Excerpt from Goodreads) Rue Volley lives in the quiet little town of Calvary, Minnesota…nestled in the thick woods lining the great lakes. Rue, along with her brother Kai have lived an otherwise calm life up until their Mother was commited into Rolling River Asylum, after she mysteriously stopped speaking to anyone. Rue is convinced by her brother to attend a party on her birthday and after she experiences something that she cannot explain, she and everyone in her world is thrown into madness. Join Rue on this epic journey, 6 books in all, as she struggles with grief, love, humor, old crushes, new found infatuations, hot boys AND vampires, lots and lots of them.
This is the story of Rue and Kai. They are vampires, but don’t think they live in coffins or sparkle in the sunlight. They are from an old race that protects the world, protectors. They need energy to survive so they can brush up against people or drink their blood. They also can manipulate energy, which is a lot like magic, and can move super fast.
Because of the civil was between the protectors, the radical group that believes that humans are nothing more then cattle has been in power. Rue’s parents were part of the other side that felt humans need to be protected, like everything else in nature. The radicals have learned that Rue and Kai are the first born since the civil war and that Rue is even more special. They are trying to hunt her down to keep her locked in their private city.
Friends of Rue’s parents, Sam, Joshua, and Theodore, are trying to keep Rue and Kai safe. But Rue is also attracted to Jonathan, the grandson of Caine, the main bad guy that is intent on trying to find a way to have children. Rue is torn between Joshua, who irritates the heck out of her, and Jonathan, whom she will do anything for.
This story has great potential; I’m excited to start reading Smoke and Mirrors. I also admit that I hate giving this a three star rating, but I have to. The writing is a bit jumpy. I had a reread several pages to figure out what was going on. I also didn’t like that several characters had very similar names. When Rue kissed Joshua it took me a while to figure out that it was not Jonathan. Also, who was Sophia. One minute I see that name as Jonathan’s sister then I see it as the mother of Caine. I also couldn’t figure out the whole brushing up on people to feed when every where else they had to have blood to feed.
Beyond those minor annoyances, I would have given it a 4 star rating. It has a great new perspective on vampires. It is a good young adult story.
Thank you to Roxanne at Bewitching Blog Tours provided this story for review.
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