Book Review - Bad Blood by Mari Mancusi

Thursday January 28, 2010

Bad Blood
A Blood Coven Vampire Novel (Book 4)
by Mari Mancusi
Released January 5, 2010
Berkley Trade
Sunny McDonald is in the ultimate forbidden relationship. Her boyfriend Magnus is a vampire, and the leader of the Blood Coven. Their differences have never been an issue, until now…

When the Blood Coven decides that Magnus needs a mate to be his co-ruler, Sunny’s humanity puts her out of the running. The Coven’s chosen candidate is Jane Johnson, a magna cum laude graduate of Oxford University who just happens to look like a vampiric celebutante.

Sunny is suspicious of a Rhodes Scholar who can’t answer the most basic poly-sci questions, but Magnus brushes it off as petty jealousy. Still, when the Blood Coven goes to Las Vegas for a vampire convention—where Magnus and Jane’s bonding ceremony will be the main event—Sunny and her sister Rayne secretly tag along. And Sunny’s not going home before she learns the truth about Jane. Because not everything stays in Vegas—especially bad blood…

I was worried that due to the fact I hadn't read the first three books that I would have no idea what was going on...but no worries :o) I was also a little worried that with the premise this series would be a little bit too much like the Vampire Kisses series. The kids in the library L-O-V-E that series and it is definitely directed towards a younger crowd. Happily, Bad Blood is much more my style.

There is plenty to like here and plenty of depth to the story.....Magnus and the Blood Coven, Sunny and her twin Rayne (half vamp, half slayer), their mom and step-dad David (who works for Slayer, Inc.) and finally Sunny and Rayne's real dad who lives in Vegas with his "new" family.

It seems that there is more to every character than first appears and there are secrets everywhere! There are some great new characters in this book and I especially like Jayden, a guy she meets while investigating the shady and would be co-ruler with Magnus, Jane.

Sunny has a lot of up and downs and deals with Magnus not trusting her and she also confronts the issues she has regarding her dad and the fact that he ran out on her and Rayne. Maybe getting his side of the story is a good idea...

Oh! I almost forgot, most of the story is set in Vegas...I mean its Las Vegas need I say more?

A fun story with a few surprises and a twist that will keep readers of this series wanting more.

Appropriate for 7th grade and up!

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Donna said...

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Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Great review! I didn't read the first three either so I was worried going in, but it was surprisingly easy to get immersed in the world of the Blood Coven. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Lisa R said...

I have fallen in love with so many of the great YA vamp series- House of Night, Vampire Academy, two new ones to add to my list. WooHoo!