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Out for Blood: Not enough to Bite Into

R. Barri Flowers - Out For Blood (Transylvanica High Series)

Three Gold Stars / Five

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The 1-line Review:

Book two felt much like the first and did not build upon the series like it should have.

The longer review:

I read this a while ago and failed to write the review. Part of that was because it just didn’t leave an impression on me. I don’t remember the exact details of the book anymore, but I still remember my overall feeling toward it.

The first in this series was pretty good, decent story and characters. The end really built up well to something more. Alas, that build up did not amount to anything in out for blood. I thought out for blood was going to amount to something bigger than the high school problems of vampire teenagers. The plot was similar to the first book. In one book a mysterious vampire was attacking humans, in the other novel an unknown human was attacking vampires.  Both stories happened to similarly to feel different.

The character relationships didn’t seem to build off of the last book. There were some new characters and relationships but no real forward progress.

The end salvaged the story and gives the series another chance to grow to much more than it did in Out For Blood. I hope the story can get back on a good track in the next installment.

Worn Out Word:

The phrase “Ivan and Amelia, Kula’s Vampire Protectors”

this phrase was tough for me after awhile. Ivan and Amelia were introduced like this several times in the first book. We get it by the second book, but they were introduced like this from start to finish. Every single time the characters showed up, start to finish, they were introduced as Kula’s Vamp protectors…every….time…..

Bottom Line:

 If you liked the first one give it a shot. I will read a third book if R Barri Flowers writes one. For me, this one fell short.

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A World without Heroes (Beyonders Book 1)- Review

3.5/5 Stars

The Quick Review:

I liked it. This book felt a little one dimensional and a little predictable, but for some reason it was still fun to read!  Do not expect this book to be as good as Mull’s amazing Fablehaven series; but read it anyway, I think Mull fans will enjoy it nonetheless.

The Long Review:

This story was simpler and a little more predictable than Fablehaven.   The plot did not feel layered or intricate. I felt like reading it was like walking down a straight path with no turns, you pretty much can tell what is ahead of you without much shocking surprise. The story moves from A to B to C all the way to Z in a mostly constant fashion.

However; it was still a really enjoyable book.  Mull wrote a bunch very funny dialogues throughout the book that made me laugh; he creates some unique species of animals, plants, and humanoids that are clever and not what you would normally see in a fiction-fantasy; and writes some entertaining situations that I enjoyed reading, even if the outcomes were a little predictable.

Pros:

Well written, funny dialogue.

Entertaining events.

Creative and unique species.

Cons:

One dimensional.

Predictable story line.

The Story:

(Taken from Goodreads)

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable–until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

The Writing: 

Mull’s writing is that of a pro. He writes great comedic dialoged and sets some clever scenarios.  I wish the story played more off of itself, rather than just moving forward in a figurative straight line from start to finish.

The Characters:

Jason Walker- An average kid who plays baseball and works at a zoo. He is witty and has a sarcastic optimism even when faced with grave danger.  I couldn’t help but like his character and his attitude throughout the whole book.

Rachel – More of a predictable “strong female character” type. She is smart, more mature, and a very capable person for her age. I liked her character as well, but she did not stand out from similar types in other stories. She reminds me of a less timid version of Kendra from Fable Haven.

Maldor- Is a tyrannical oppressor that seeks to take over Lyria. I really liked him as the villain. He respects rivals and values the learning experience when one gets the better of him. He offers them freedom from his pursuit and/or a place in his council because he respects a good mid. Aside from the fact that he maims, tortures and kills whoever he needs to, he might not be such a bad guy.

Conclusion:

Give it a try. Get it from the Library. I enjoyed this read despite some shortcomings. I will read the second in the series, I anticipate a stronger story in the next one.

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