Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: Gifts of the Blood by Vicki Keire

Title: Gifts of the Blood (Gifted Blood #1)
Author: Vicki Keire
Source: Found free ebook on Amazon


Caspia Chastain, art student and barista, is gifted (or plagued, if you ask her) with the ability to draw the future, usually at the worst possible times. Her parents are four years dead; everyday she watches her brother Logan fight his cancer diagnosis. Things get worse for Caspia the day she draws an angry stranger framed by planes of light and violent, bloody images. That exact same stranger walks up to her out of nowhere mere hours later knowing things he shouldn't, like her name, her brother's illness, and her strange ability. That's when Caspia discovers her hometown is a refuge for supernatural beings both Light and Dark, and she and her brother find themselves caught up in a war between the two that predates their very birth. In order to protect herself and her brother, she turns to the one who seems to have started it all: the man who walked out of her sketchbook calling himself Ethan.

But Ethan has his own agenda, Logan's getting sicker fast, and Caspia finds that drawing the future isn't the only strange thing she can do. Meanwhile, someone really wants all of them dead. In a town where Dark doesn't equal Evil and Light isn't always Good, Caspia and Ethan find themselves making strange alliances and even stranger sacrifices in order to protect those they love.


Gifts of the Blood is the first book in Vicki Keire's Gifted Blood series. It's about a young woman named Caspia who has the ability to draw the future. The only other person in her life is her older brother Logan, who is dying of cancer. All her other family members are dead. Between taking care of Logan, taking art classes, and her job, Caspia is under a tremendous amount of stress. If that isn't bad enough, Caspia draws the near future – which brings evil beings into her life.

I found this ebook for free on Amazon, and I was pretty impressed. It's one of those books I had trouble putting down. Ethan is a character that Caspia draws in her sketchbook before even meeting him. He already knows who she is, which scares the crap out of her. Despite that, she feels drawn to him. If only he wasn't so secretive...

I really liked the characters in this book. Caspia is great – someone you can relate to. Ethan is the swoon-worthy hero. I really even liked Caspia's brother Logan, and I normally don't care that much about background characters. This book is beautifully written – I really like the author's writing style.

The main thing keeping me from giving this book 5 stars was the sort of vague romance. I really like Caspia and Ethan together, but I have no idea if they were even intimate. I don't mean that a book has to have sex in it for me to like it, I just want to know what the “status” of the relationship is. I wanted to at least read more steamy parts, and also to know how serious they are about each other. Something just seemed a little off, but I'm having trouble explaining what I mean. Maybe it's just me...

The storyline was unique and enjoyable. I think any paranormal romance fan would enjoy this book, from teens to adults. Luckily, I was able to get the second book in this series while it was free on Amazon as well. I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next!

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