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Bad Blood (A Blood Coven Vampire Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Mari Mancusi
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The newest Blood Coven novel-accompanied by edgy repackages of the rest of the series

Sunny McDonald is in the ultimate forbidden relationship. Her boyfriend Magnus is a vampire, and the leader of the Blood Coven. And when the 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 supermodel.

Sunny is suspicious of a Rhodes Scholar who can't answer the most basic poli-sci questions, but Magnus brushes it off as petty jealousy. Still, when the Blood Coven goes to Las Vegas for a vampire convention, Sunny and her twin 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (22 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030CHFFS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #352,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small--so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.

When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys goth clubbing, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure--playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their dog Mesquite.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the fun continue 24 Feb. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bad Blood is the fourth book in the Blood Coven series, and like the books before it is a bit of light fun with some semi-dark twists. This time it's back to Sunny's story as she finds herself facing competition for Magnus' (leader of the Blood Coven) affection. It has been decided that Magnus requires a blood mate to rule with him, leaving his human girlfriend Sunny, feeling left out. But his 'perfect match' doesn't seem to be quite what she says, at least not to Sunny and she's determined to find out the truth.

Along with her twin sister Rayne, they sneek after Magnus, the potential blood mate and several other vampires to Las Vages where the blood mate cermoney is going to be held. Once there, Sunny does her best to find out just what Jane is hiding, whilst dealing with some unforeseen family issues that she finds start to come between her and Rayne.

The Buffy references here are fewer than the previous book, but there are a few subtle ones. But even without them, this book made me laugh out loud repeatedly. The characters are a little shallow and flakey but they have their deeper moments too. I hope this isn't the last book because they really are fun shorter reads.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 10 Mar. 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Sunny McDonald is living an atypical teenage life. Her boyfriend, Magnus, a centuries-old vampire, is Master of one of the most powerful covens in the world. Her twin sister, Rayne, has been transformed into a vampire (by her own choosing), but has somehow managed to retain some of her human qualities, AND is a vampire slayer for Slayer, Inc.

And, of course, there is the tiny detail that Sunny and Rayne's parents conveniently left out of their family history (but I'll leave that for you to discover).

Sunny's life is certainly not boring. Between saving Magnus from an evil vampire and performing in the Sun Hotel's production of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Sunny doesn't have much time for "normal" teenage activities.
That doesn't seem to bother Sunny, though.

BAD BLOOD is Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the members of the HOUSE OF NIGHT. Mancusi's fast prose and witty remarks will have readers glued to the page. Her allusions, ranging from OPI's newest and hottest color to Hot Topic fashion, will appeal to today's hip and with-it teenage population.

I'm sure there will be many more stories with Sunny and Rayne at the helm. This is definitely a series with bite!!

Reviewed by: LadyJay
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 22 Oct. 2014
By Traci
Format:Paperback
The book arrived today, it was in a padded envelope and was well protected, I have have had a quick flick through and I am sure that the little girl I have bought it for will really like it.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  29 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars campy young adult urban fantasy 8 Jan. 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It is not easy being a seventeen years old high school student especially having a boyfriend who is a thousand years old vampire. Complicating matters for Magnus the vampire head of the Blood Coven and human Sunny McDonald is she does not want to convert while his followers demand he accept a blood mate to co-rule; humans are forbidden. While he conceals his destiny from her, she learns all about it from Rhodes Scholar Oxford University magna cum laude Jane Johnson, the coven's chosen one.

Sunny has issues beyond jealousy though that is what Magnus assumes is eating at her. Instead Sunny wonders how someone graduating from prestigious Oxford with honors, knows nothing, even common information, about her school and teachers. Worse she dresses trashy and acts as if the educated are beneath her contempt. Something is not right so when the Coven heads to Vegas for the blood mate convention, Sunny and her vampiric-slayer twin sister Rayne secretly go with them to prove Jayne is a fake before the binding exchange of vows occurs.

Sunny is a pure blood normal American teen who has accepted that vampire exist with a calm demeanor even as she is the readers prime escort into a fascinating sub-culture that resides within the greater society. Volunteer blood donors insure the edict of not killing humans is enforced. Sunny is somewhat hurt that Magnus blows away her concerns rejecting the initial circumstantial evidence she provides without listening. She vows to save him anyway and find a mortal teenage male who she could care for. Although campy and amusing, the latest Blood Coven young adult urban fantasy (see Stake That, Girls That Growl and Boys That Bite) is a splendid vampire tale.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flamingnet.com Teen Book Reviews- adventure and unexpected turns 19 Mar. 2010
By Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sunny and her twin sister Rayne are at it again. When
Magnus, Sunny's century year old vampire boyfriend, gets the
bad news about having to get a blood mate, her world comes
crumbling down. Magnus' blood mate is a supermodel looking,
Oxford graduate vampire named Jane Johnson, who just doesn't
feel right to Sunny. Unfortunately, Magnus just puts off her
suspicions as jealousy. When the Coven gets called to a
convention in Las Vegas, Sunny and Rayne decide to secretly
tag along so they can get to the truth about this so-called
"Jane". What they aren't expecting is a whirl wind of
adventure that leads them onto different paths all along the
way that lead to more mysteries for them to solve. It's up
to Sunny to save her vampire lover and the Coven before Jane
destroys it with her, Bad Blood.

Bad Blood is the 4th book
in the Blood Coven Vampire series. This book is
mind-gripping from the very first chapter to the very last
page. There are a lot of laughs throughout the whole story
with enough seriousness and simple obstacles that teenagers
have to deal with everyday to keep you interested. It's
jam-packed with adventure and unexpected turns in the novel
that leave you breathless. Even the very last page makes you
beg for more! It's a great story for any of you looking for
a good vampire tale.

Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 10 Mar. 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sunny McDonald is living an atypical teenage life. Her boyfriend, Magnus, a centuries-old vampire, is Master of one of the most powerful covens in the world. Her twin sister, Rayne, has been transformed into a vampire (by her own choosing), but has somehow managed to retain some of her human qualities, AND is a vampire slayer for Slayer, Inc.

And, of course, there is the tiny detail that Sunny and Rayne's parents conveniently left out of their family history (but I'll leave that for you to discover).

Sunny's life is certainly not boring. Between saving Magnus from an evil vampire and performing in the Sun Hotel's production of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Sunny doesn't have much time for "normal" teenage activities.
That doesn't seem to bother Sunny, though.

BAD BLOOD is Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the members of the HOUSE OF NIGHT. Mancusi's fast prose and witty remarks will have readers glued to the page. Her allusions, ranging from OPI's newest and hottest color to Hot Topic fashion, will appeal to today's hip and with-it teenage population.

I'm sure there will be many more stories with Sunny and Rayne at the helm. This is definitely a series with bite!!

Reviewed by: LadyJay
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Blood - Mari Mancusi 23 Jan. 2010
By A. Schreiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Bad Blood, the fourth book in Blood Coven Vampire series, is the first book I have read. After reading the short prologue I felt quite caught up in past events and easily settled into this book.

Sunshine "Sunny" McDonald and her twin sister, Rayne (yes, cutesy weather names) are seventeen years old and live quite the life. Sunny dates the thousand year old vampire Magnus, who is the leader of a big vampire coven. Sunny is a mortal, or at least now is - she was mistaken for her sister in a previous book and was accidentally bit, but was able to reverse the vampire process. Rayne, after a sequence of events in previous books is now a half vampire, half vampire slayer.

The biggest worry in Sunny's life at the moment is whether she should "go all the way" with Magnus. Rayne, more of the carefree, screw the world sister tells her to go for it, and after much internal deliberation, Sunny decides after the football game, this will be the night. Magnus has rented a hotel room, and he is ready! (Heck he is 1,000 years old..I bet he is!)

However, Sunny will not get her share of booty at the moment. Jane, the person who the coven has chosen to be Magnus' bloodmate picks this night to show up. Magnus needs someone to help run the coven, and Jane is selected from many applicants. There is to be a meeting of the covens in Las Vegas in a few days and it will be there where Jane will be officially inducted into vampire society and take over her duty to help Magnus. Magnus reassures Sunny that he still loves her and Jane is just there for business purposes only, but Sunny is hurt and confused.

She decides to take matters into her own hand and do some research on this Jane person. Jane supposedly is well educated from Oxford but after a few questions from Sunny, Jane becomes flustered and confused. Sunny gets a strong feeling that Jane is not who she says she is, but Magnus just thinks Sunny is jealous.

Using the excuse to visit their dad in Las Vegas, Sunny and Rayne fly out to crash the coven convention and prove to Magnus that Jane is a fraud.

Bad Blood is a cute, quick read that is sometimes silly, but entertaining nonetheless. This book definitely reads more towards a younger audience - I can see a young teen really enjoying this book. As an adult, it was cute, but not something I would automatically turn to or anticipate in the future.

Sunny definitely thinks like a seventeen year old, even though her actions and what she is allowed to do might portray someone older. She has a pretty fun, lighthearted outlook on life. Both her and Rayne seemed to have a lot of freedom, but of course the book would not have been as interesting if the parents had been hovering about. While the book is told in Sunny's point of view, I was more intrigues with Rayne and her "bad girl" charades. She used her fake idea to gamble the nights away, and she is definitely more the emotional, in your face character.

Sunny and Magnus are in love, yet in this book I never really felt love from Magnus. Please keep in mind I didn't read the first three, so I really don't have their history. In Bad Blood, Magnus treated Sunny more as a petulant child, rather than his girlfriend. Now there is a 983 year difference between them - HA. During her travels to Las Vegas, Sunny meets Jayden, a cute "emo" that she can't help but fall for, especially as Magnus is ignoring her taking care of Jane and coven business. I really enjoyed the dynamics' in their relationship and hope we have not seen the last of him.

The ending was a little over dramatic, and a bit too easily won by the good guys. The very end opens up an entire new direction for the series to head and many will be chomping at the bit to get the next book.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Library Lounge Lizard Book Reviews 28 Jan. 2010
By Darcy Wishard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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