3 out of 5 Robots
My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking is the first installment in her Young Adult vampire series. When Amanda approached me about reviewing her novel, the first thing that caught my eye was the title. It peaked my interest- then I read the blurb. She really got me there, I have a hard time saying no to the supernatural young adult books. Good thing too, because I really enjoyed this one- may not read the sequel though.
We get to follow Alice Bonham as she becomes fast friends with Jack, a mysterious man that comes to her rescue. Alice is oddly drawn to Jack, and notices that others can't seem to resist him... I mean, he's definitely above average looking, but why are other women drooling at his every word? And why do her moods mirror his own? What's going on here?!
My Blood Approves is very predictable, the title alone gives Jack's secret away- he's a vampire! Don't let this deter you from reading the book, it is a fun, light read. Especially if you're in the mood for something in comparison to Twilight- there were a few other series this reminded me of a great deal, but now that I'm writing my review I can't remember. I was a little put off with the fact that Alice didn't figure it out until halfway through the book with the amount of hints dropped, but I couldn't stop reading. Amanda really kept me engaged in the story despite the flaws I found. I had to know what happened to all of the characters next!
Alice is very much an apathetic character, she was believable. You know, one of those teenagers that is just walking with the currant. Letting life take her where it will, not making many decisions for herself. Her brother, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. He, Milo, likes taking care of her, of the household too, and worries about her. I thought her relationship with her brother was riveting. I could just see him, plain as day, standing by the stove with a sullen look on his face. I felt angry for him too when Alice skipped out on a gourmet dinner he whipped up for her and Jack. I've got three little brothers, so the thought of Milo being hurt bugged me. I hope he has a future in the next books- he was such a great character.
So we've got a cute, fresh take on the vampire bloodlines aspect of the story. A love triangle- yeah, that's right... And I've got one question for Alice. WHO are you going to pick? Jack? Peter? I guess I will have to read the next book to find out. This book is definitely worth the small price- you can get it for .99 right now. If you like vampires and young adult novels- check this book out. Amanda is definitely an author to watch out for.
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: lulu.com (April 23, 2010)
My Copy: The Author
Other Books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. My Blood Approves
4. Wisdom (August 2010)