- Mass Market Paperback: 387 pages
- Publisher: Dell Publishing Co Inc.,U.S. (15 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055359267X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553592672
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.7 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,339,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blood Law Mass Market Paperback – 15 Jul 2010
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About the Author
Jeannie Holmes is a Mississippi native and holds both bachelor and master of arts degrees in English. She currently lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her husband and four neurotic cats. This is her first novel, and she is working on the sequel to Blood Law.
Top Customer Reviews
This compelling and thrilling book captured my interest right from the first page.
Alexandra Sabian is a vampire who is working for the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations (FBPI). She's living in a world where vampires and humans try to coexist in peace but it's not so easy.
When several vampires are killed in Alex's area in a similar way and the suspicion of the humans regarding the vampires get out of control she needs help. However she is not happy when her ex-fiancee is sent to help her investigate and control the situation. Alex hasn't seen Varik for several years, she left him after their relationship nearly ended in a tragedy.
Now Alex has to find a killer, try to make peace with a group of humans who want to get rid of the vampires and she also has to handle the feelings she still has for Varik.
I ususally prefer paranormal romance over urban fantasy because I like the focus on the love story but still "Blood Law" was just great.
I especially enjoyed the characters and the world Jeannie Holmes created. It's a dark and complicated world in which many humans still fear and even hate the vampires although they have been living together in one society for over 40 years. I loved that the characters and the storylines were very complex and that you really had to pay attention to what's going on. Still it was never hard to follow the plot and the book was even easy to read.
Alex is a kick-ass heroine and willing to do everything for the people she loves. Varik is also kick-ass and you definitely don't want to have to fight against him. The chemistry between Alex and Varik was palpable and I loved learning more about their relationship and why they separated.Read more ›
Based in small town Jefferson Mississipi Alex is like celebrity in the vampire world ( making it so after her father's death 40 years previous), working as an enforcer, it reads like a murder mystery crime novel, with lots of forensics & police action.
Told in the third person from multiple points of view, it's not predictable & realistically covers what it would be like in a small town if vampires & humans had to live together in the real world - so there's lots of antagonism, small minded locals plotting, fights over juristiction, racism & hate. Alex has to cope with all this while trying to get to the bottom of multiple,gruesome, vampire murders.
The plot is tight & complex & the author throws several curve balls taking the reader off balance, you think you know the way the story is going but I found I was wrong! There's some complex multi-faceted supporting characters like Tasha, but some same old caricatures as well. Has complex subplots that are sure to carry over to the next book.
The story did not suck me in as perhaps other novels of this genre have, but it kept me interested enough to go through to the end, I still appreciate the tight writing & clever twists & turns & I agree with the other reviewer, you don't have to be a UF fan to enjoy this book...
Will I read the next book? yes, I just have to get over the very real writing style which is different fron what I am used to, & that can only be a good thing..
Holmes puts a new twist on the vampire mythos and yet pays homage to it. Like Bram Stoker's Dracula, her vampires can walk in the daylight and require blood to survive. They are not 'undead', but a separate species from humans altogether.
Alex Sabian is a strong, complex female lead equally balanced by her smoldering ex-fiance', Varik Baudelaire. Besides dealing with Varik's re-entry to her life, Alex has to juggle catching a serial killer, small town prejudices, and oh yea, ghosts. The multiple threads of the story are expertly and tightly woven. The action is a non-stop adrenaline rush. The ending is satisfying, yet leaves you wanting more.
You won't find anything else quite like it, at least until the sequel, Blood Secrets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
My preference is for something more dark than romantic in a book, like Kim Harrison, Laurell K. Hamilton or Charlaine Harris'. I bought both of Jeannie's books, Blood Law and her second book Blood Secrets because I like to give a new author at least two books before I decide if I like them enough to recommend them.I'm about 50 pages into Blood Secrets and if it was a romantic suspense I would say great job of hooking my interest right out of the gate. Once again the vampire with psychic talents gets in the way of what could be a good book.
The positives include interesting secondary characters, a decent plot, and a desire to know what's coming next in the sequel.
The criticisms I have are varied. Perhaps the biggest drawback for me is that the vampires are so watered down as for it not to matter that they are vampires. What's the point of them being vampires if they have no discernible vulnerabilities and no particular strengths that set them apart from humans? I kept waiting for something to pop up that would make me care that the main character is a vampire and thus is vulnerable to ___ and has superhuman ___, but nothing appeared to fill in the blanks.
Additionally, some tighter editing really should have been done to eliminate overusage of "caramel" to describe skin tone or "sandalwood and cinnamon" to describe a character's scent. It almost became comical.
There is definitely substance here, and it is worth reading, but I did find it a bit slow, and some of the loose writing took me out of the story.
That being said, yes it's nice to have a more "human" vampire. However, while reading this book, I constantly thought, what's the point of being a vampire if the only benefits are glowing eyes? Jeannie's vampires seemed extremely weak to me. I would have preferred only a glimpse into the ordinary, but instead the story felt like I was reading about ordinary humans who just happen to drink blood.
Regardless of my irritations, I see potential in this new series and have decided to read the next book Blood Secrets. Also, for those wondering what genre this book falls into, I would categorize it as a romantic urban fantasy.
I recommend this book to dark urban fantasy readers, however with a forewarning; this is not a hardcore dark urban fantasy and there is also an air of predictability to this story.
I also recommend:
Lover Mine: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
Ravenous: The Dark Forgotten
Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter)
A Rush of Wings: Book One of The Maker's Song
The storyline was very engaging and kept me interested. There were several plot twists that literally took me by surprise and forced me to continue reading even though it was late at night and I had told myslef that I was going to sleep after just one more chapter. "Just 1 more chapter" often turned into 3 or 4 more chapters. As a result, it was a very quick read.
I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the sequel.