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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Full Blood by Liberty Stafford

Full Blood by Liberty Stafford
Publisher: Devine Destines/ an imprint of eXtasy Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (205 pgs)
Rating: 4 suns
Reviewed by Cholla

Bad dreams are plaguing them all and its not just the dhampir who cannot sleep.

Catching them unawares, the Otovic's past returns to haunt them. Vladimir, the vampire father who Daniel has never met, wants him back to join the family. Wants a brother for his full blood brother, Marko, the baby his mother gave to gypsies and never spoke about again.

Marko brings with him a vila, a water sprite with amazing and deadly powers which belie her frail beauty. He has plucked her feathers and she must do his bidding. That is, unless someone can break their bond and return what is rightfully hers.

Money and power surround Vladimir and Marko. Friends are soon purchased including the headmaster of Thomas High where Marko joins the upper school to charm his brother Daniel into a deadly circle of trust. Marko fits in and seems to be the perfect student. Intelligent, hard working, generous. Everyone is unaware of the deadly secret he is hiding, that he would rather drain them all of their blood than spend another minute polluted by their company.

Helena falls for his supernatural charms and spends a fortune on a designer dress to impress him at his party. However, Marko has infected his brother and he begins to change. His moods blacken. His temper soars. His patience shatters.

Little does Daniel know that he will soon need Katarina's help to save his soul as she struggles with his estranged family for power over his soul.

For Daniel, life as a seventeen-year-old dhampir only gets harder and harder by the day. Just as soon as one evil half-brother is vanquished, a second arises to take his place. And to make matters worse, he’s managed to stir up some awful girl troubles as well. Picking up shortly after the end of Half Blood, the second book in the Bad Blood Corpus series takes off at a run.

Daniel’s character grew quite a lot during the first installment of this series, and he takes a bit of a step backwards in this one. However, his regression isn’t entirely his fault and he does redeem himself at the end while beginning to move forward again. He is a complex character and I enjoy being able to watch him ‘grow up’, so to speak. His relationships with his mother, his girlfriend, and his teachers are always interesting to witness as he’s definitely not your typical teenage boy.

Katrina is confirmed as Daniel’s girlfriend in Full Blood and that made me very happy to see them both together as an official couple. They not only work well as a team, but they also complete each other in a way that makes them a solid whole. More than anyone, Katrina evolves the most throughout this story. She learns a lot about herself and steps up when Daniel falters. She shows a lot of courage in the face of adversity and proves that she’s just as good on her own as she is with Daniel by her side.

Ms. Stafford’s characters continue to grow and blossom into the adults they are about to become. I enjoyed getting reacquainted with them and following along on their latest adventure. I’m eagerly anticipating the next in the series just to see where Daniel, Katrina and their friends go! The Bad Blood Corpus series, and Full Blood in particular, is a fun and exciting paranormal read for older kids and adults who are young at heart.

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