Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review: Blood by K.J. Wignall

Title: Blood
Author: K.J. Wignall
Publisher: Egmont USA
Published Date: September 5th 2011 

Blood by K.J. Wignall is not your average run of the mill, twenty first century vampire story. It is based on the classics. Will isn't a brooding vampire who drinks animal blood and attends high school. Will is an 800 year old vampire who kills people in order to stay alive. He sleeps in a coffin for decades at a time. He doesn't know the latest trends or wear hipster leather jackets. He lives in a crypt and tries to keep a collection of basic clothing that could pass in any century.

I do not remember being bitten. I wish I did, for then I would know the creature who did this to me and I would have a purpose, to track him down and repay him for the poisoned gift he gave me.
Back in the Thirteenth Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia, although he never lived to inherit his title. In the centuries that follow, Will has led a lonely life, learning to deal with whatever the present day throws at him, always searching for answers but never finding any. Until this time, when he awakens after a 20-year-slumber, hungry for the blood that sustains his undeath, when it appears that he is finally getting a glimpse at why he exists. He does indeed have a destiny, and an enemy, but revealing that fate will be a matter of trust...
~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Now, like most people, I love a good modern vampire story. But there is just something so intriguing about seeing the classic myths at play in a novel. A vampire who can't go out in the sunlight, who is sensitive to bright lights. A vampire who is deathly afraid of fire and actually kills his victims! These are the vampires that haunted my nightmares as a child. They aren't and never will be that mysterious cute guy in biology class! (Not to rip on Twilight. I love Twilight!)

Anyway, Will doesn't want to be a vampire (so says almost ALL vampires). He hates the creature who turned him and wants revenge. But most of all he just wants to know why? Why did this person he's never met bite him and cause him so much pain and suffering over the last eight hundred years? What was the point? Especially if he was never going to show up and explain himself. No wonder the boy is confused, he's been living on his own for hundreds of years after clawing his way out of the grave. (I'll take a cute Carlisle Cullen explaining how to be a vamp over that any day!)

There were a few things I found a bit odd about the story. There are a lot of "coincidences" in Blood. To be honest, Will figures most situations out the moment they happen. Sort of like he's "in on it". The author, while trying to make Will clever, sort of just makes it clear that they're the one in control of the characters. It's clear that he's writing what Will is thinking. And I would prefer if my characters make me believe that they're real. I want the illusion that the characters thoughts are his own, not just a well planned out storyline.

But even with that, I kept reading. Something about the book just pulls you in. It's a very intriguing story and I did like the characters. I wanted to know where it was going, what was going to happen. I wanted to learn who could be behind everything and why they wanted Will.

All in all, I'd give Blood a total of 3 Crazy Hearts. If your a lover of classic vampire legends or are just looking for a change of pace, Blood is sure to keep you reading.


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