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Blood Will Tell (Warriors of Ankh #1) Paperback – 16 Jan 2012
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This book was something i thought i'd simply read and enjoy but the more i read, the better it go and I am officially hoooked and waiting for whatever day this month the second book in the series is supposed to be released!
I liked the relationship she has with Stellan, Ryan and her love/friend interest... Her emotions were realistic, without being so over the top like some authors tend to do just to express the characters feelings and situation.
I don't want to say anything more - the other reviewer has told enough of the gist of the story without giving away anything and summed it up nicely.
I really enjoyed this and for the bargain price of 86p!
Eden Winslow is not a normal teen. She is a soul eater, or soon to be, once she goes through her Awakening ceremony. I liked this character a lot. She has a lot to deal with. She is scared, but determined to resist impulse to take a soul. However, it's not easy when your only friend is a temptation.
Noah Valois is a fantastic character and is also not your average teen. He is a little enigmatic at times, but I suppose being a Warrior of Ankh, a little mystery comes with the territory. Being friends with Eden is a complication he never expected, but can he save her before she makes a terrible mistake?
This is a fantastic YA paranormal romance. The story is basically good versus evil, but with a twist. The Warriors of Ankh are a group of immortals that protect mankind from the "Blessed" - soul eaters to you and me. However, there is a complication in the form of a rebel faction of Neith (human warriors that fight along side with the Ankh) wanting to kill Eden because of who she is. The story is told through both Eden's and Noah's point of view. Once I started to read this book, I struggled to put it down! This book is an amazing roller coaster ride of excitement, danger and romance. There are some really interesting characters in this story. Stellan is Eden's brother, and her rock in an emotional sea. I liked him very much, even though he too is a soul eater. Teagan, Eden's cousin, on the other hand, is a loathsome character, with very little in the way of redeeming features. He, along with Eden's parents, are characters that made me angry. I very rarely get angry, but their behaviour towards Eden really raised my ire. If these were real people, I would probably be sent to jail for their murder - that's how angry I became.
The story was full of twists and turns, some of them shocking, and some violence. The scenes were well written, and I could picture them quite clearly in my mind's eye. It was interesting to see how Eden's character grew through the story. I liked her in the beginning, but by the end of the story, I was in awe of her strength of character and bravery. I was disappointed when I reached the end of the book, as I wanted to keep reading. I will have to download the next book in the series, Blood Past, and try not to take so long to get to read it!
Samantha Young has written a wonderful story, with characters that come alive on the page. I love her fast paced writing style, and the story flowed wonderfully. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it certainly won't be the last.
I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love older YA (15+) or Paranormal Romance genres. - Lynn Worton
Edens family are soul eaters, they have to take a bit of soul from someone in order to live but her Mother and Father take it to the extreme. They don't just take a bit of soul, they kidnap and torture their victims and enjoy it. Eden hates them for it. She knows she is different because she cant bare the thought of hurting someone. She dreads the day when her Hunger Awakens.
Noah is the new kid in town and is determined to make friends with Eden. She learns to trust him but unfortunately he Awakens the hunger in her. She has to fight her desire all the time around him. He ends up being her best friend but is he who she thinks he is?
This book deals with a lot of tough things. Edens father is basically evil and Eden struggles with the idea that she has to kill someone on her Awakening ceremony. She has to see everyday her parents enjoyment of hurting and killing people. I loved Edens character because she fights her nature to be good even when she has her family pressurizing her to do bad things. She is one tough cookie. Noah is handsome but caring and really makes Eden feel good about herself. He knows that deep down Eden is a good person.
I've never read about soul eaters before and thoroughly enjoyed the story. Its so different and Samantha Young really brings the book alive. I was really rooting for Eden and found myself feeling for her when a certain thing happens to her. She has so much hurt inside and has to deal with a lot of bad things but she is so strong and brave that all I wanted to do was jump in the pages and hug her. Blood Will Tell had me crying and on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens to Eden. Noah and Eden are some of my favourite characters and the soul eater world is one of death, depravity and hatred but its a world I have no problem diving into again. I could gush some more but all I'm going to say is that if you haven't read this then you really should. Its amazing and so is the author.
P.S. the second (blood past) and third (shades of blood) are brilliant too!
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