Book Tour Review: Blood Entwines by Caroline Healey + Giveaway for $20 Amazon GiftCard

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Book Tour Review: Blood Entwines by Caroline Healey + Giveaway for $20 Amazon GiftCard

Book Tour Review: Blood Entwines by Caroline Healey + Giveaway for $20 Amazon GiftCardBlood Entwines by Caroline Healy
Published by A&C Black on 2014-08-01
Genres: General, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: CBB Book Promotions

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, but when Jack himself is able to regain control he tries to warn her away. Can Kara save Jack without risking her own life?

I received this book for free from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Times have been hard for Kara. Her father has died and she’s refusing to accept the cause of death, causing her to spiral out of control, but she’s moved schools and has been ‘adopted’ by the Queen Bitch and slowly things were starting to improve. That is until she’s totally wiped out in a car accident requiring a lengthy stay in hospital, major physio and a blood transfusion. During that time, Ashleigh, the Queen Bitch, has gone out of her way to undermine Kara, including getting her talons into her perspective boyfriend Ben.Things start to get a little weird when Kara feels her senses heightening, and when she starts to get followed by a mystery stalker, that ‘weirdness’ starts to get frightening.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, as Healey plays a neat trick interweaving the actions of Kara with the thoughts running through the head of our ‘mystery man’ but unfortunately, that stops dead after the two finally meet and from there on in it’s standard ‘urban fantasy’ fare with a (too large) dollop of ‘Mean Girls’.

The characters are good for the most part. Boyfriend Ben’s home life and school troubles are realistically portrayed, Kara’s (almost/possibly/maybe not) best friend Hannah is great and the depiction of her ‘talents’ is well-done, and even though she’s a massive cliché Ashleigh is believably spiteful and vicious. But sorry, Kara is hideous. I hated her. Spoilt, stroppy, self-centered and unbelievably awful to those around her, I found myself hoping for something horrible to happen to her on every page. Ultimately this effected my overall feelings about her story. Now if it had been about Hannah and her ‘spongy fingers’ the rating would probably been much higher.

Ultimately, ‘Blood Entwines’ has some really good ideas that Healey executes well, but the well-worn high-school tropes (mean girl gets nose busted by heroine during volleyball is just one of them) get in the way.
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About Caroline Healy

Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.
She published her first, award winning collection of short stories, entitled A Stitch in Time in August 2012. Her work has been featured in publications such as Wordlegs, The Bohemyth, Prole and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice.
She writes literary fiction and young adult fiction, with her Y.A. book Blood Entwines released with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 2014.
Caroline loves drinking tea from mis-matched china, doing yoga, as well as reading, writing, talking and thinking about all things bookish. She also has a penchant for cake and dark chocolate.

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