Book Review: Black Blood (Black Bloods #1) by: John Hennessy

Publisher: Innovation Today Publishing

Publication Date: July 20, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Vampires, werewolves, witches, magic—no one in the Sanctuary, home of the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, believes in such imaginary creations, including Aberdeen Dareday. That is until the day Abby wakes up with black veins bulging under her skin. The day she learns everything she’s been told about the world is a lie. Forced to flee humanity’s last refuge because of her abnormality, and the corpses left in its unexplainable wake, she finds herself on the run in an entirely new world. A world in which darkness reigns, full of supernatural creatures bent on her execution. 

When all seems lost and facing certain death, Abby is saved by Ash, a quiet yet striking young man who shares her black blood, and her mysterious powers. After Ash reveals a clue regarding an old witch, they head north to her home in Montana, determined to beat the piling odds and obtain the answers they seek. Now hunted by everyone from vengeful humans, to the alluring vampire Prince of Texas, to the Lord Alpha of the largest werewolf pack ever to exist, Abby must discover what is so special about her black blood if she hopes to live and fight another day, but time stands against them as their enemies close in for the kill.

Review: Aberdeen Dareday, known as Abby, has never truly fit in at Sanctuary. The survivors of a nuclear apocalypse, saved by the alien Khahireans, must take medication in order to suppress their emotions. However, Abby has always able to feel more deeply than the others, which is why she’s on a triple dose of the medication. One day, Abby awakens to find she’s one of those with black blood in her veins and she escapes to the outside world which is nothing like what she’s been told her whole life. She meets Jasper and Ash who open her eyes to the truth of the supernatural creatures who populate their world. BLACK BLOOD is an interesting mix of paranormal fantasy and dystopian fiction. Abby is definitely a strong leading character and there are some very good supporting characters, my favorite being Jasper. I was pleased there wasn’t much romance, which would have distracted from the story line. Abby has so much to learn about this new world she’s thrust into, but she does a good job with learning from experience and trusting her instincts. BLACK BLOOD is well-written and engaging for both YA readers and readers of YA.

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