Saturday, April 27, 2013

Blood Debt Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Blood Debt blog tour! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, along with a giveaway for 5 copies of the book. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Blood Debt (Touched, #1)
Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately wants.

My Rating: 4/5

A new take on centaur mythology. Blood Debt was a wonderful YA paranormal romance that introduced a new magical creature to fawn over: centaurs.

I loved that this book took a different route and tried out a new magical creature. I wasn't sure how the centaur thing would work out, but the author did a great job creating a new mythology for centaurs that was still based in the original myths.

Camille was a great heroine, very strong and capable. I had one issue with her, however. In some ways, she was able to adapt to her new reality admirably. In others, she was ridiculously stubborn. It was about the centaur courtship in particular. She openly bashed their ways of courtships several times and that really annoyed me. With centaurs, there is are much more males than females, so, in their tradition, the woman is allowed to choose any man she wants and that decision is rarely refuted. Young centaurs are eligible for marriage between the ages of 18 and 29. Now, this is different from the way we do things today, but it's what the tradition with centaurs is. Camille berated the custom several times in a way that was somewhat offensive, considering she was speaking to centaurs who wholeheartedly believe in that tradition. It just seemed really rude to me that she openly insulted their custom. Repeatedly. And this happened with other centaur customs but the courtship thing seemed to be the biggest issue. I don't think that kind of behavior was warranted and it really irritated me.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't dislike Camille. That particular issue bothered me but, otherwise, she was a great heroine. She showed a lot of strength and, in the end, I really liked her.

Drake was such a sweet guy. He was a very loyal man who would do anything to protect his loved ones. I wish there had been more of him in the book because I didn't feel like I really got to know his character. But, from what I did see, I adored him.

The romance in this book was very sweet. I wish I had gotten to see more development with it, because I didn't feel like Camille and Drake got to know each other well enough to be in love. But, it wasn't really an insta-love issue, so that didn't bother me too much. I really liked the two of them together and I definitely rooting for them to get a happy ending.

The plot was fast paced. There were several surprises in store. And the ending had me anxious to find out what happens next.

For those who like YA paranormal romance, Blood Debt was a great read. You should definitely give it a try.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs are 5 paperback copies of Blood Debt. US only. Ends April 28.
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Nancy Straight
I LOVE Starbucks’ White Mocha Latte and Mountain Dew, (but not together). I have a lead foot so I set cruise control when I drive, even in 25 MPH zones. I almost never win when I play Angry Birds, but have my 8 year old close, so he can clear the hard levels for me. I grew up on a farm and am opposed to eating fresh chicken (not opposed to meat - just opposed to any meat that was alive a few hours before lunch). I am a huge fan of the show, Big Bang Theory, on CBS. I have a stray cat that I feed every night and morning but she’s never let me get closer than within 3 feet of her – I keep thinking eventually I’ll wear her down and she’ll let me pet her. I share my life with two fantastic sons, three rotten dogs and a husband that I adore.


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