Thursday, October 14, 2010

Review: My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves #1) by Amanda Hocking

Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met.

Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him.

But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood...

Not very often do I find a book by luck alone anymore. I have so many great series' I follow and authors I've come to favor or new releases I'm looking forward to that I don't struggle for material too much. This book found me. My kindle recommended it and it was only $.86 so I thought why not? Thank you kindle! I flew through this one in less than a day and immediately went in search of the rest of the series' installments. I knew I would want to read them all.

Many have compared this series to be similar to the Twilight series and while I can see how some of the elements are very much alike, it's also got it's own unique flavor to it that helped it stand out enough for me to enjoy as a fresh new series. The main character Alice finds herself spending tons of time with Jack who she later learns is a vampire. He lives with his "family" who are also vampires. Truthfully this book had a lot of set up and plot information/explanations but I was OK with that. It wasn't tedious, but instead I wanted more information and was glad when it unfolded. With the transformation of going from being human to becoming a vampire, I thought Amanda Hocking's different take on this (or at least in some ways) was pretty interesting. The bonding created problems that drove me crazy, but I still found them all fascinating. Jack's family is connected to one another very deeply because of this bonding. Because of all this, Alice has a connection that she can't explain to Jack's "brother" Peter. I was not a fan. I've been told I may come to change my mind but at the moment I'm not loving Peter. Jack is wonderful and seems like such a great character that at the moment I'm thinking I'm going to be firmly on his side. But hey, when there's a love triangle of any kind everyone chooses sides eventually. So for the moment I'm on Team Jack. I do like a good love triangle though.

So if you're looking for a good vampire story that may remind you at parts of Twilight, but won't feel like a re-read, I'd say pick this one up. I've started the second installment, Fate and I'm still hooked. I'm thinking that won't be changing anytime soon.

I gave My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves #1) 4 shamrocks!!!!


  1. I think I'm on of the "too much Twilight" complainer. Although I totally agree that later on it takes a different take. Sometimes it even sounded like dialogues out of the book or movie.

    But, I think in the end the book got very unique and I should give it another try and read the second book in the series. Great Review!!

  2. Ive been meaning to get this series. Ill have to get it once I get my Kindle.

  3. This sounds great! I've been seeing reviews of this in lots of blogs lately. I couldn't find a copy here though.



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