ARC Review: Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy

Posted January 6, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy
Born in Blood
by Alexandra Ivy

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 31, 2013
Published by Zebra
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
 

“BORN IN BLOOD marks the start of an entertaining paranormal series I’ll definitely want to read more. ” ~Under the Covers

BORN IN BLOOD started out very promising to me.  I’m not really sure why, the vibe of the story had an X-Men feel to me (even though it’s actually necromancers right now).  But people with powers or supernaturals are considered freaks in the world that Ms. Ivy constructed, and they live for the most part in a compound away from humans.  And they don’t mix aside from the occasional time they work together.

Duncan is a cop who is not having the best day.  He is called to a scene where there’s a body of a woman missing a heart, with no obvious signs of how that happened.  Regular necromancer liaison Callie Brown is called in to make a connection to the soul and re-live her last few moments to find out how she died.  Except she can’t.  The killer is a high-blood.  And they are dealing with someone much more powerful than her.

The first 30-40% of this book had my full attention.  I enjoyed the sexual tension between Duncan and Callie and how much Duncan was just trying to outrageously flirt and assume they would end up in bed together. The story has the classic paranormal romance feel that I’ve been missing in some of my reads lately.  Nothing too complicated or elaborate.  Just a good story with characters that caught my attention.

But then the story suddenly fizzled out for me a bit.  Although I found the second half interesting and I wanted to know what the end result would be, I lost interest in the main couple.  This could be because we got some fade to black moments I thought we shouldn’t have.  Or just because their love developed a bit quickly for me being that they didn’t have that much of a back story.

BORN IN BLOOD marks the start of an entertaining paranormal series I’ll definitely want to read more.  Even though this particular story had some ups and downs, I think the author has something good going on with this series and I’m curious to see where she goes from here.  Especially with the Sentinels!

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Alexandra Ivy

I'm not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother's knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I'm not admitting how many) I'm still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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Thanks for the review, PNR is not my go to but I like to read some. I usually only read PNR that have received rave reviews by numerous reviewer/bloggers.

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Looks good

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Thanks for the review

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Timitra

Thanks for the review Francesca.

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Sounds like this could be a fun series and I have heard good things about Ivy. Sorry the story lost interest to you in the second half. Still sounds like it could be worth a try though.

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Yes, I’m looking forward to continuing to read more about this world.