Published by A&C Black on August 1, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Publisher
A dark compelling story of love and its more sinister elements…possession.In the aftermath of a blood transfusion that saved her life, Kara feels different. Her senses are stronger ... she can hear whispered comments not meant for her ears ... she can hear the person following her. When Jack, her stalker, reveals himself and insists that Kara has something that belongs to him, she does her best to avoid him. But he’s determined to talk to her, convinced that they’re linked through the blood she received during her transfusion.Jack is struggling against a dark and dangerous demon. His body is host to the evil power that wants Kara’s blood and will stop at nothing to get it. If Jack is able to gain control he can warn Kara. But which is stronger, the power of the blood they share or the force for evil. How can Kara help save Jack without risking her own life?
I noticed a lot of reviews for Blood Entwines saying that the main character annoyed them and that they were bored or confused while reading, so I was a bit disheartened heading into the story. But the premise just sounded so interesting to me, so I was still optimistic to see how I felt about the book. I mean, a blood infusion that leaves the main character Kara feeling DIFFERENT after, not to mention a hot guy battling a demon within him. Literally. It just sounds so cool and different. Right? So I picked up the book and decided to plow in and hope that I fared better than some people did while reading. And at the very start of the book, I did see what some people meant. It was a little slow, and there was a lot of jumping around because many things were happening to different characters at the same time that it was a lot to get thrown at you. It was jarring at times, but this is a book that builds as it goes on. You have to stick with Blood Entwines, because it was really good! I really liked how the author handled the plot line. There is a reason that the start of the book was kind of confusing.
I really liked Kara. I thought she was an intriguing main character. Even though the situations she found herself in would have made a lot of people feel overwhelmed and in over their heads, but I think she handled herself admirably. There are a lot of questions surrounding Jack, and Kara. I loved the mysterious atmosphere that Caroline Healy created in Blood Entwines. It keeps you guessing right until the end, and the writing was so vivid that I felt like I was watching the scenes unfold on a movie screen instead of just reading about them.
Some of the secondary characters play roles where you hate them so much that you almost love to hate them. If you have read the book, you know exactly who I am talking about. I wanted to wring Kara’s “friend” Ashleigh’s neck. I couldn’ stand the girl, but I couldn’t help but admire the character that Caroline Healy created in her. In a weird way.
I think there will be another book in the Blood Entwines series. This book didn’t necessarily end on a cliffhanger, but there are still many things unanswered. Blood Entwines is meant to be a mysterious book that will keep you guessing, and the author employs a very unique story telling method that involves jumping between characters and plotlines, so at times it can be a bit confusing, but I promise everything comes together in the end. You just need to stick with the book. If you are a fan of original Young Adult paranormal books with multiple perspectives, I think you would really enjoy Blood Entwines. I am interested to see what is going to happen in the next book.
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