Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blood Type, Melissa Luznicky Garrett (5 stars)

From Amazon: Since getting attacked by a vampire, I didn’t believe in beginnings. Only endings. Every person born to this world comes with an expiration date, but I had never considered mine. At least not until I met John.

Now the end was all I ever thought about. I woke up every morning wondering if that day would be my last. Venom pulsed in my veins and seeped into my bones, infecting all my vital organs and changing me from the inside out. Slowly killing me.

But I’d welcome death in the end, if only because the alternative was even more frightening.

Popular girl Blake Ehlert has it all: a prime spot on the cheerleading squad, a jock boyfriend who’s strong and sensitive, and the winning vote for Homecoming Queen two years in a row. But when she strikes up a conversation with loner John Kelly, her entire world starts to crumble.

John Kelly is a vampire—what’s known to his kind as a Compeller. It’s his job to recruit human Donors with a particular blood type.

And Blake is his next target.
Blake is a popular teenage girl who seems to have it all. She's a captain on the cheerleading squad and her boyfriend is quarterback of the football team.  But all it takes is one guy to waltz into her life to turn it upside down. Worse, this guy is a vampire.
John sweeps her off her feet, and even seems like a great boyfriend. But his job is to recruit supply for some unsavory crew, and Blake falls into a sought after blood group. John finds himself falling for her, but one of his friends can't control his hunger. Blake, naive and trusting, is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I love a well-written young adult paranormal book, but what makes it even more memorable... great characters and an interesting twist. Melissa Luznicky Garrett gives us both. Blake starts off quite naive and trusting, but you see her strength gaining with each page turn. She doesn't want what fate hands her, so she decides to fight. While she doesn't always make the best decisions, she doesn't just roll over and accept some bad luck.

But the best part was how well the author blends past and present into a constantly rising crescendo that leads into a breathtaking climax. One that will leave readers clamoring for the next book.

I know the term "young adult" can be murky for parents, but I'll definitely be passing this onto my 12-year-old daughter. She loves paranormal, and I know she'll devour this book.

A funny aside: I just turned 40 and had to have my first mammogram. I took Blood Type with me to the office to keep my nerves in check and my mind occupied. The nurse had to come up and tap me on the shoulder when it was time for my appointment. Apparently, she had been calling my name, but I was so into the book that I didn't hear. I can't think of a better endorsement than that! (Plus, I finished the book later that day.)
Rating: 5 stars
About Melissa Luznicky Garrett
Melissa Luznicky Garrett is an author of adult and young adult novels. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, three children, and numerous animals. Melissa is currently hard at work on her next project. Visit Melissa’s blog or connect with her on Facebook.
Blood Type is available in print through Create Space, or in print and digital through Amazon.

Take a minute to enjoy the Blood Type book trailer as well.  

And a chance to win...
Stop by Melissa’s blog starting September 22nd and enter to win a signed print copy of Blood Type. All are welcome to participate. The winner will be chosen and announced October 1st. Also, claim your free Kindle copy of Melissa's previous YA Paranormal, The Spirit Keeper, on Amazon September 22nd through September 26th (today!). *As always, please make sure it's marked as free before you download.*

My daughter read The Spirit Keeper and loved it. Please see her review here. In addition, I read Melissa Luznicky Garrett's Turning Point. My 5-star review is here.  


Melissa said...

I'm so glad you like it, and thank you for the GREAT review!! I can't wait to hear what your daughter thinks. :-D