eBook, 237 pages (per Kindle)
Published (first published November 9th 2011)
Source: Author, for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The First, book #3
Best read in order: book #2 & #3 yes, book #1 works as a stand-alone
Kindred Blood picks up a few weeks after Dark Diary. Daniella has decided they need to discover the meaning behind Damien’s cryptic last words. This takes them to London. The trip is dual purposed as her and Aiden intend to marry in Scotland. Overall it seems like happy days are in the future for Daniella and Aiden. Things quickly take a turn for the worst in a tale full of scheming vampires who have some very vile intentions towards The First.
Readers are introduced to several new characters in this world. Some are the evil foes that were in cahoots with Damien. Two of the new characters really caught my attention, Spencer and I’m leaving the other unnamed, he could be a potential spoiler. The unnamed one I have a feeling readers will be seeing more of him in the next book. He brought some hefty mystery and intrigue to the final chapter. He was very cryptic in his forewarnings. I do love cryptic characters that you just know they know more than they are letting on.
I loved Spencer. He isn’t a typical human. He knows that there are other beings out in there in the world. Daniella hires him as her private investigator. She wants a different set of eyes to assist her in finding Aiden. She is hoping that he sees the different pieces of the puzzle differently than she does. He also does not go into denial or a total flip out mode when the world as he knows it suddenly changes.
I have issues with sex as punishment, sex as a means to break an individual into submission, or rape. After Aiden is kidnapped he experiences some of these things. He is not himself and in the midst of a starving bloodlust. He is consumed with guilt of infidelity. The author does not put into explicit details about what exactly happened to Aiden. It is just mentioned among the characters that were present when it happened. I did not like this, another form of torment would have been better for me.
My impressions of Daniella from Dark Diary were strong independent female. She has have lived for seven hundred years due to her methodical ways. She has always been very careful with her choices. That changes some in Kindred Blood. A couple of rash (not poor) decisions have horrible consequences for the people around her. This causes her to make some poor decisions in her haste to correct things. This almost seemed like a character change. These events did however make for some intense conflict and created some dramatic page turning chapters.
The revelations made in the final chapter guarantee some interesting new foes in Crimson Cries, book #4 of The First. I am very curious where the author will take this new information. I looked on the authors web site for information on the release date and did not see any.