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Blood Lust reading challenge wrap up

Blood LustWeeeeelllll, I can officially say that books titled Blood Lust are apparently not likely to be for me. Wow, I am flabbergasted at how badly this challenge went.

I don’t usually use star ratings here on the blog. I want people to have to read the written review to know my opinion. But I’ve given each book a review post where that can be read, so for this wrap up I’m going to bring over the star ratings I used when I cross posted to Goodreads. Let’s look at the numbers, I think it will make a startling and sad point.

I rated these books as follows (scroll over):

That’s 2, 3, 1, 1 or a collective average of 1.75! But that’s actually rounding up. Zoe Winter’s Blood Lust was a compilation of three novellas, which I rated as 1, 2, 2.5. So, the average of all three would be 1.83, making the real average of all four Blood Lust books 1.7075. What’s more, since Jessica Gibson’s Blood Lust was a prequel and I had book one (Love and Blood), I went ahead and read it. I’ll average it in too. I gave it another 1 star. (I honestly have never given so many 1 stars so close together in all my years of reviewing.) This brings the collective average of the books read for this challenge to 1.566! That barely even rounds up.

I think my overall thought on the matter is that if an author isn’t concerned about using a common (as in frequently occurring) title, they aren’t bothered if they write a common (as in a lacking taste and refinement) book.

Each of these books was a fail for me. The challenge however was not. Because, though the books sucked, I still garnered a lot of amusement out of reading them back-to-back, seeing them line up in my review list, tweeting four Blood Lust reviews in a row, etc. Yes, the actual reading is significant, but it’s important to remember it isn’t the ONLY enjoyment that can be gained from a book.

I have no doubt I’ll do another such challenge. I noticed when I alphabetised my TBR list, for example, that I also have three books titled Blood Bound, which is especially noteworthy since I had five titled Bound by Blood. That’s what started these title-centric challenges to begin with. (Man authors need to work on ensuring variety in their titles, particularly around blood apparently.) Hopefully, though, the next challenge will go better than this one.

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Review of Blood Lust & Love and Blood (Blood Ties .5 & 1), by Jessica Gibson

Jessica GibsonI grabbed the Blood Ties series, by Jessica Gibson, from the Amazon free list. I read them now because the first one, Blood Lust, was the last book in my Blood Lust reading challenge, in which I read four books with that same title.

Description of Blood Lust:
Ronan has lived for hundreds of years. In all of his years there has only been one for him. What will he risk to get back what is his by right?

Review:
The problem here wasn’t so much the writing as that there isn’t anything to it. It’s basically just vampire attacking woman after woman and stalking another woman altogether. As a means of letting you know how little there is to this story let me make examples of frequently used words, which are emblematic of repeated scenes.

Both drop/dropped and ground are used 10 times. As in he dropped her body (14 times) to the ground. That doesn’t count the ones he tossed in trash cans or at his feet, etc. Throat is used 14 times, as in he tore (6 times) her throat out/up/etc. That’s separate from the times he sank his fangs (12 times) into a neck. And his favourite method of getting them alone to callously kill them is to take the women walk/walking. It’s used 19 times. Finally, blood was used 50 times. Yes, I’ll concede that it’s a vampire story, but the darned thing is only 23 pages long!

As a prequel, I suppose it does introduce Ronan, who I assume is the villain in the following novella’s but as a story this is pointless.

16247779Description of Love and Blood:
Bronwyn Fitzgibbons was young and reckless. It was easy for Ronan to steal her human life and make her a vampire. She ran, but she never forgot him–or how he made her feel.

Rider saved Bronwyn from the new life she loathed and the new self she detested. His love restored her sanity. 

Now Ronan is back to claim her. She struggles like hell against him, but she cannot deny the overwhelming power of her maker. Will Bronwyn surrender to the one who could possess her utterly? Or can she find the strength to choose the one who loves her as she is?

Review:
Would it make sense if I said Jessica Gibson knows how to write, but apparently doesn’t know how to write a book? I mean, mechanically the sentences flow fine. Grammatically the work is perfectly readable. But the story, oh fuck, the story is a damned mess.

For one, let me ask how you feel about love triangles. I hate love triangles. This means that a book that is essentially stripped of all plot except a love triangle is not a good thing in my world. The first 50% of this book is absolutely nothing more than Ronan and Rider (yes, their names are that similar) fighting over Wyn and Wyn playing them both. Then at around 50% new characters are introduced and we’re off to fight a werewolf war with a bunch of characters that didn’t exist two pages earlier. What!?

There is absolutely no development of ANYTHING in this book—no plot development, no character development, no world building, no romantic developments or character growth. Nothing. And new characters, that play no part in the book, are introduced all the way up to 85%. (The book ends at 92%, so lets just say up until the end.)

Lastly, (I could rant on and on and on, but I’m going to limit myself here) this book is clearly labeled as book 1. I’ve even read the prequel, useless as it was. But if you handed me this book without a cover, my first question on finishing it would be, “Where are the first three books?” There is so much missing information that I would assume this was several books into a series. All the characters know one another and have 4 years of history. Then there is all of the Ronan drama (20 years worth) and the ‘romance’ with Rider (15 years worth), not to mention the werewolf drama (5 years worth). Heck on that last point, we never even learn the name of the woman they go to war over! Oh, and Fae are in there somewhere too. WTF!

If you want to read an outline of a SERIES, feel free to pick this ‘book’ up. If you’re interested in a book, with a solid, well-paced (or simply paced) story, avoid this thing like the plague. And I hate to say that, because I’ve rated books/authors with similar mechanical skill far higher than 1 star, but man oh man, this book (despite being more readable than some other indies) just doesn’t cut it in the story department.

I actually have the next in the series (Blood and Sacrifice) and, at only 88 pages, I considered just reading it. If I don’t read it now, I never will and it will just turn into detritus on my kindle. But I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Review of Blood Lust (Lust Trilogy, #1), by Jessica L. Degarmo

Blood Lust Jessica DegarmoJessica L. Degarmo‘s Blood Lust came from the Amazon free list in Feb. or 2013. That means I’ve had it two years and it qualifies for my TBR reading challenge. It’s also the first Degarmo book I’ve ever read, so it qualifies for my First Reads challenge. I’m also in the middle of a Blood Lust reading challenge and it’s the third book in a row that I’ve read with that same title.

Description from Goodreads:
In the heart of Chicago, two street gangs battle for control of the city.

Nexess was once a young girl named Elizabeth. Now she’s the private property of gang leader Antonio Bianchi, sex slave and assassin for his gang, Nuove Leve. Night after night, Antonio sends her out to do his bidding, and when she returns, she must bow to his every desire.

When a chance encounter introduces her to one of her own kind, Nexess must decide between good and evil. Or maybe the lesser of two evils.

Will Jace convince Nexess to leave Antonio, or will she stay with the man who may be her salvation … or her damnation? Love, lust and loyalty all come into question as Nexess struggles to overcome, or to accept, her own blood lust.

Review:
Christ almighty did I hate this book! It’s not that it’s a badly written book. The editing could use a little attention and the writings a bit stiff and repetative, but on the whole, it’s not bad. I just plain hated the story, the characters, the plot, everything.

The whole thing was essentially one woman being psychologically, emotionally, sexually, physically and domestically abused. I suppose the author might have intended her to seem strong to have survived it, but I never made it to the strong part.

At one point I posted a reading update along the lines of ‘I don’t care if she was only a teenager when all of this happened to her. I don’t care if she was abused. I don’t care if she supposed to have been conditioned like a Pavlovian dog. I don’t care if she’s supposed to have Stockholm Syndrome or whatever. Right now she is TSTL and I kind of hate her.’ (Though in actuality, I’m fairly sure Pavlov used positive conditioning, which is the opposite of Nexus’ but we’ll let it stand.) Having finished the book, I find that that is still my strongest reaction to the book as a whole. Thank goodness for Alphonso. He was the only redeemable feature of the whole thing.

Now, I’m not oblivious to the correlation the author made to addiction and she actually did a good job likening Nexuses dedication to her ‘Master’ as an addiction and highlighting the very real and complicated reasons that abused women stay with their abusers. But again, I did not at all enjoy the journey of this book.

What’s more, Nexus was always begging to be fucked (that’s the language used in the book) and fell into insta-lust with the first male vampire she met. This felt so very much like the old, ‘women can’t control their own sexual urges’ trope that I was pretty much sickened by it.

This book has great reviews. People must have very different taste than me, because I can’t imagine what those reviews are based on. I hated it. But to each their own. I am only one of many differing opinions.