Published by Accendo Press, the print edition is 252 pages.
Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them.
In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it.
Until she arrived in Buena Vista, Brooke Keller never really felt like she could call anywhere home. Having a mother who liked to pick up and go on a whim, she was never really able to make friends, have a relationship, or even feel settled.
But after two years, Brooke finally felt like things were almost perfect. She had a best friend, Kaitlynn, and after years of harboring a secret crush on Jaren Matthews, he finally asked her out. The last thing she wanted was to have to move again.
So when she notices a strange man who appears to be following her, she’s desperate to keep her mom from finding out. Even when her suspicions become reality and his interest in her goes beyond watching from a distance. Because if she has to leave, she’ll lose everything. And she’s not ready to start over yet again.
She never dreamed that keeping this secret would turn her entire world upside down. That staying silent would make her life a living nightmare. That monsters really do exist, and that everything she thought she knew about her mom, herself, her life, was a lie.
Because her mom’s been keeping secrets, too. And after what she learns about herself, where she descended from and what’s in her blood, nothing will ever be the same again.
Descended by Blood is not just another vampire story. With an intriguing and wonderfully creative history that has vampires divided by class – born, made and half-bloods – and trying to maintain a tenuous peace, author Angeline Kace has written a story that stands out.
When an attempt is made on Brooke Keller’s life, she fights back. To protect herself and Jaren, the boy she loves. But what she uncovers about her attacker and what it all means for her future, sends Brooke’s life into chaos.
On the run for their safety, Brooke and her friends are left under the protection of Mirko, a dark-haired, incredibly good-looking and overly-confident boy. One that Brooke can’t help but be drawn to.
But until Brooke is ready to embrace who she is and what she has the potential to become, she will never be able to return to the life she left behind. That is, as long as she’s not too late and there is still something she can go back to.
Descended by Blood brings readers into a world on the verge of upheaval, where the peace that has existed for centuries between vampires and humans is about to be challenged by those no longer happy to remain in the shadows.
Although the paranormal element doesn’t make an appearance in the first quarter of this story, once it does, the action picks up dramatically and carries forward through the remainder of the book. And while the entire story is fast-paced, the setup for what the story is to become takes a bit longer than might be expected.
Each of the characters that the author has introduced has a distinct personality. The main character, Brooke, starts off this story as someone who is shy and non-confrontational. She is resistant to the changes in her life, fighting against becoming someone she doesn’t think she wants to be, but with the help of her friends and protectors, she begins to transform. She is ready to accept who she is, but only when she begins to see just how fierce she can be, does she truly become someone worth rooting for.
Jaren is the good boy – nice, fun and charming – but he is also incredibly flawed and is quick to act before thinking about consequences. Kaitlynn is Brooke’s loyal best friend who is ready to stand by her no matter what. And Mirko is both bad boy and the perfect protector – strong, brave and dedicated – but he is arrogant and an undeniable flirt.
Descended by Blood is a fun and exciting read and the first book in this new trilogy by author Angeline Kace. The second book in this series, Enemy Within, will be released in 2012. And with the cliffhanger ending, this wait is sure to be a long one.
Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]
On a personal note:
What surprised me most about Descended by Blood was just how much I got caught up in the story once the action started. From the second events took a turn for the worse for Brooke, the story got my full attention and I could not put it down.
I’m sure a large part of that had to do with Mirko, but Brooke really came to life when everything began to fall apart around her. Sometimes danger and excitement are what it takes to bring out the best part of a character’s personality. Well, it did so for Brooke.
I knew before I started reading that I would be a total Mirko fan. From getting a few behind-the-scenes looks at both Mirko and Jaren, I knew that this sexy, arrogant and oh so confident boy would be the one I’d make the connection with. And once I got to know both boys from reading the story, I knew my initial feeling was right. Definitely Mirko.
Sure, Jaren had the dimpled smile, the all-American charm and good looks. But he wasn’t Mr. Perfect. And he wasn’t Mirko. And with everything Brooke discovers about herself, her history and what’s ahead for her, Mirko is her perfect match. Not Jaren.
I didn’t fall instantly in love with Descended by Blood. But I did fall in love. I wasn’t able to connect with Brooke until she met Mirko, and I never really connected with Jaren. As soon as the man in the trench coat made his move and Brooke was forced to act, I felt that pull. The one that makes me single-mindedly focus on a story, and everything else just disappears. And I remained glued to this story right up until that incredibly torturous cliffhanger ending.
I loved this completely different take on vampires. I didn’t even think it was possible to find a new way to talk about vampires, but Angeline Kace did it. And I loved that there was this hierarchy between born vampires, Pijawikas, made vampires, Zao Duhs, and the half-bloods, melez.
Aside from the scenes with Mirko – all of which were my favorites – the time that Brooke spent with Lijepa I found the most captivating. Learning about who she was and what she was capable of changed Brooke from someone who was weak and pitiable to the strong, kick-butt female main character she was expected to be.
There were definitely a few surprises thrown in, which kept things exciting. But the biggest surprise is the one revealed at the very end and now I’m stuck waiting for book two to find out more.
Although there is a love triangle between Brooke, Jaren and Mirko, to me it’s really just more a matter of time. Time for Brooke to see just how much better suited to her new life Mirko is.
I am super thrilled that I got a chance to discover this amazing new story and I can’t wait until the next book’s release. I’m hoping the wait isn’t too long, because I’m not really great with heights and hanging off cliffs is no fun.
Eventually, I drifted off to sleep and fangs, blood, chains, and fire met me in my nightmares.
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This review is based on an eARC I received from the author in exchange for my honest review.