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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Book Review: Blood Vine by Amber Belldene
Author: Amber Belldene
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Source: From author for review
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Reviewed by: Beth
Zoey works for a PR form and is also sleeping with her boss, Ethan. She is sent to a winery, where the owner, Andre wants to rebrand his wine. As it happens, he is also a vampire. Ethan, the man who sent her there is a vampire hunter. She has met Andre before, briefly, and when she sees him again feelings start to stir. Ethan’s goal, though she doesn’t know it, is to use her as a spy. All of this puts Zoey in a very dangerous situation.
Blood Vine is a very formulaic Paranormal Romance. This is a story that we’ve seen before. The story is told in third person, switching POVs in sections, though at times there are spill overs from other characters. There are vampires here, but they have a wasting disease, that means they are slowly fading away because they are not where they were created. I didn’t fully understand how it worked, and it really isn’t detailed that well to the reader.
Now, onto the golden eyed hunters: Ethan sends Zoey off, and is doing homework on how the Hunters came to be, though it’s not exactly clear why. Hunters aren’t exactly great people, in fact they grow up to hate vampires, and in many cases seem like nut cases. The saving grace is Ethan’s brother Lucas who isn’t just a bad guy. He has more complexity than most of the characters.
Zoey and Andre made me shake my head, and not always in a good way. Both have traumatic events in their past, but none of it feels organic. Their romance felt forced. Zoey’s choices on a whole frustrated me to no end.
Blood Vine has a ton of side characters. They have their own problems and issues. The novel seems like a first in the series, though I am not positive on that. The problems are not fully solved, and many of the side characters could go on to have their own stories.
There was defiantly some research going on when it came to wine and chemistry, but neither seemed very important to the story as a whole. There weren’t any pleasant surprises or twists. In full this wasn’t the novel for me. While some characters had more depth, the main characters didn’t. It was more telling, and less organic than I like. It’s an easy read, and despite my misgivings the story does fit together. As a whole it just didn’t work for me.