Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tangled Bloodlines by Deborah Noel

Book blurb
Via Goodreads
"This is not your sweet sparkling vampire story. Old-school vampires have re-surfaced, responsible for brutal murders and more blood than anyone can cope with. In ""Tangled Blood Lines"", Cianna Fitzgerald, a young but "retired" crime scene investigator, finds herself back in a world she walked away from some years ago.

She grew up in twentieth century Pennsylvania countryside knowing she possesses superhuman powers from her "Irish pixie" bloodlines. She had retired after a particularly tough case where the victim was her husband's twin brother. After her brief respite from murders and homicides, Cianna witnesses a killing where the murderer is a vampire. Her daughter goes missing soon after the killing. Cianna and the love she had once pushed out of her life, her estranged husband Declan, travel halfway around the world to try to save their child.

As the mystery unravels, she learns that although she is a half-breed, the other half isn't "Irish pixie" as she grew up believing - weaving her into a more tangled history and frightening future than she had bargained for.

My review
Tangled Bloodlines by Deborah Noel.

The start of this book is astounding. It reads like a mixture between Karen
Roses and Kathy Reich.

The crime scenes are vivid, detailed and extremely graphic. The observations
are excellent and the reactions human!

But it is not a murder mystery. It is not a CSI or a normal run of the mill
detective story. It is instead a paranormal thriller.

As you read on you discover that the main characters Cianna and her
estranged husband Declan are not ordinary folk. They have family skeletons.
Skeletons that come with certain powers. These powers, they soon noticed are
passed on from them to their daughter Mattie. Mattie and the family dog
Bullet are by far the two coolest characters in the book!

But things start to happen. Cianna's personal work related demons come back
to haunt her and as she delves deeper she finds that her world is a lie.
Things that go bump in the night do exist!  Together they are thrown into
situations where they learn to accept myth as fact and when Mattie is
abducted from school they need to make peace with their own abilities and
Irish Pixie bloodlines. But again the truth and Mattie escape them.

I loved reading this book. The characters both main and secondary to
peripheral is fluffed out and given a unique voice!

The reader gets to know the characters and will soon be rooting for certain
bloodlines above others. No sparkly anything in this story. In this book the
normal and supernatural follow the lines of reason and of natural selection.
The fittest survive and the choice between evil and good is an individual
one. Not dictated by bloodlines.

This is a fresh new take on all bumpy creepy things. I loved it.

I am often berated due to my lack of constructive criticism. So I decided
ill give it a try - sorry Deborah. My criticism is two fold. I am not a
raving fan of the last chapter in the book!  It has a cliffhanger ending
which is good but a few logical questions is left unanswered. It may very
well be answered in the sequel. Which brings me to my second criticism. Why
oh why is there not a sequel available yet?  What am I supposed to do - walk
a high wire of anticipation until the release of the second book?  Hmf.

I give this book a 5/5 star rating. I loved the story and would recommend it
and even gift it to any lover of the supernatural genre!

Interview to follow, one thing I can share, she had a friend of hers do all the German translations for her.  It added an air of mystique to the story.


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    1. So did I!
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