- Paperback: 253 pages
- Publisher: ROC (imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc) (24 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451465016
- ISBN-13: 978-0451465016
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 777,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blood Oranges (Siobhan Quinn Novels) Paperback – 24 Apr 2013
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Blood Oranges is a riot to read. The main character is a foul-mouthed, street-kid junkie with issues. Quinn sort of stumbled into the role of becoming a demon hunter but there's no way she can stumble her way out of it, especially now that she has become the creatures she hunts. After being bit by a werewolf and a vampire in the same night Quinn is now some sort of werepyre. She's still herself, only her addiction for junk has now been replaced with an addiction for blood. -Mary Lloyd (USA)
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Blood Oranges was one of my latest reads that I’m catching up on reviews for. I loved this book. I really did!!
I will just add a proviso to my gushing (not for myself obviously, as I know how I feel about it already, but for you) – this book should probably come with a warning – this is the grimdark of the urban fantasy world (not to mention a little grimysnark!)
So, the story is told by Siobhan Quinn. She’s basically an unreliable ex junkie turned vampwere – okay, slow down – at the start of the story Siobhan is a kick ass hunter on a stakeout to catch a werewolf who has been having a few midnight people popsicles in her territory. Unfortunately, due to miscalculations Siobhan finds herself being attacked by the were and saved by a vampire (the notion)! Or – in other words, she’s no slayer although she has been taken on as a sort of wannabee and has a bag of tricks to prove it, and, on above mentioned stake out, and due to her inabilities with said bag of tricks (not to mention probably being a little high at the time) she gets herself bitten by a werewolf and a vengeful vampire all in the same night. (This is what I mean about an unreliable narrator!) Anyway, she now has a serious case of dog breath and bloodlust. On the plus side, she no longer craves drugs – on the downside, not only has she gathered a seriously erroneous reputation as the next super slayer, not to mention an object of both wonder and disgust simultaneously in the supernatural world, she’s moved to the top of a few people’s most wanted lists and has developed some serious hunger issues involving lots of blood and also a few guts and other unmentionables.Read more ›
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Blood Oranges is a riot to read. Yes the main character is a foul-mouthed, street-kid junkie with issues. Quinn sort of stumbled into the role of becoming a demon hunter but there's no way she can stumble her way out of it, especially now that she has become the creatures she hunts. After being bit by a werewolf and a vampire in the same night Quinn is now some sort of werepyre. She's still herself, only her addiction for junk has now been replaced with an addiction for blood.
This book has a lot of interesting characters spanning the paranormal genre but this book is most definitely not a paranormal romance. It's actually quite a refreshing read. Also there is a blurb from Amber Benson (Tara from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv series) on the cover, which raised the cool factor for me. If you're a fan of Buffy, or Tarantino films, and prefer your paranormal without all the lovey-dovey you're in for a treat with Blood Oranges.
If I may be completely frank, I have read a LOT of hack work and fluff misrepresenting itself as "Dark Urban Fantasy," and Kiernan's diversion is far better than any of that rot . . . and she wasn't even trying. One of my dark secrets is that I kinda like the "Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher, a NYT bestselling author, and "Blood Oranges" is actually better than several of the books in that series too.
For a YA book, it is pretty dark . . . young Quinn lives in abject squalor, shoots up, discusses orgasms, then kills people AND EATS THEM. A lot of folks simply will not get the "humor" in this book, as most of it clearly satirizes the way Dark Urban Fantasy has degenerated to mindless "Paranormal Romance." I enjoyed these subtle digs quite a bit.
Apparently, there will even be a sequel entitled "Red Delicious." From what I heard, Kiernan was under pressure to complete it by a deadlne, which she did, but was so disappointed with the final product she asked for a chance to rewrite it from scratch . . . and since she is so brilliant and awesome, her publisher was actually okay with that. I think "Red Delicious" will prove well worth the wait.
Caitlin is known for not only "dark" but atmospheric, timeless, brooding, and at times truly jarring prose. She has been known to create her own words when the ones in Webster's proved inadequate. She is a true artist and one of the greatest literary voices of our time. "Blood Oranges," however, was just a FUN read which will be appreciated by her fans. 5 stars . . . for being awesome . . . and writing something that no-one else would even dare.
That said, this is a pretty good novel. It's not as good as The Red Tree or anything written before that, but that's because CRK is simply a much better novelist when she writes in third person. Her first-person narrators always wallow in "am I telling the truth or not?" This worked really well in The Red Tree, but following this same narrative question for two more novels has left this "what-is-the-truth?" theme so beaten that it's now little more than road kill. First-person narrators are by their very nature unreliable, so there's no need to bog down the novel with these metacognitive asides from the narrator about "the truth."
This novel would have been amazing if it had dispensed with the first-person narrator and given us a developed, interesting protagonist facing the same issues. Despite Quinn, who really is pretty boring despite how clever and cynical she thinks she is, most of the other characters in Blood Oranges are solid and well developed, even when they only appear briefly. CRK's vampires and werewolves remind me of the ones in the Underworld series: They have little supernatural power and don't seem fully fleshed out. However, the minor characters (especially Aloysius, Mean Mr. B, Bobby Ng, and Evangelista Pendergast) really make the novel worth reading.
If you want a monster hunter, read CRK's Dancy Flammarion stories. They are vastly superior.
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Sharon& posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
"She's like a much darker Dani from the Fever series." ~Under the Covers
Well, to be honest, the blurb is really what drew me to this book. Words like `demon hunter', `ex-junkie', `midnight snack for a werewolf', `the vamp took a pint out of me too' and "So now...now, well, you wouldn't think it could get worse, but you'd be dead wrong." really popped for me as well as the sarcasm. I just had no idea how crazy it would be! (And you get a taste of it at the very beginning with The Author's preface...don't miss it, it's hilarious!)
Quinn has been a runaway since the age of twelve and the story of her life is definitely not sugar coated. She's become a junkie and does whatever she needs to get her fix...including stealing and doing tricks. That's until everything changes one night when her best friend and make out buddy gets killed by a ghoul. Quinn's eyes are now wide open and she tells the tale in her own words which are sprinkled with verses from novels (from the hours she spent hanging out in the library) and heavily infused with sarcastic remarks and satire. (She's like a much darker Dani from the Fever series.)
At the beginning, Quinn was lucky. Demons were killed mostly by the manner of her being in the right place and/or right time or just by accident...she just happen to get all the glory. Things changed when she was bitten by both a werewolf and a vampire. Suddenly, people were after her and she was after others and the action gets amped up tenfold. (I got a kick out of things when she would wake up and could tell who and what!! she had eaten by her vomit....no really, it is kind of funny...gross but funny.)
The paranormals in this book are no way romanticized, in fact, the author does a good job blasting away quite a few notions of any sparkly vampires and alpha males. These paranormals are not pretty and there is quite a bit of blood and gore...and guts and bones...well, you get the picture.
Of course, there is a mystery and some good ol' backstabbing. Some of the information goes back and forth from the past to present but it was laid out in a very understanding and interesting way.
Quite a good story if you're looking for a straight up Urban Fantasy novel with a ton of snark. The price is a bit disconcerting but hopefully it won't cause too many people to shy away.
*ARC provided by publisher