May 24, 2012

{Review + Giveaway} of Blood Kin by M.J. Scott

512-8PtRv3L.jpgBlood Kin by M.J. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Shifters, Vampires, Magic, Fae
RECEIVED: Received for Review from ROC
AUTHORS BLOG: M.J. Scott's Site

Imagine a city divided. A city where human and Fae magic rests uneasily next to the vampire Blood and the shapeshifting Beasts. A city where a fragile peace is brokered by a treaty that set the laws for all four races… a treaty that is faltering day by day. 

I didn’t plan on becoming a thief and a spy. But options are limited for the half-breed daughter of a Fae lord. My father abandoned me but at least I inherited some of his magic, and my skills with charms and glamours mean that few are as good at uncovering secrets others wish to hide. Right now the city has many secrets. And those who seek them pay so well…

I never expected to stumble across a Templar Knight in my part of the city. Guy DuCaine is sworn to duty and honor and loyalty — all the things I’m not. I may have aroused more than his suspicion but he belongs to the Order and the human world. So when treachery and violence spill threaten both our kind, learning to trust each other might be the only thing that saves us.

But even if a spy and a holy knight can work together, finding the key to peace is never going to be easy…

It’s extremely rare for me to like the second book in a series more than the first, but I absolutely loved Blood Kin. Plus I just loved the covers for this series and became a big fan of M.J. after reading Shadow Kin. This story follows right after Shadow Kin and continues with Simon and Lily, but focuses on Simon’s brother Guy a Templar Knight. Blood Kin kept me at the edge of my seat like Shadow Kin but had that extra kick in the plot that made me enjoy it that much more.

Blood Kin follows Holly, a half fae who makes a living as a spy and a thief. She lives in a city that is full of secrets and dangerous people. One of the worst people is her father who is a fae lord and unfortunately puts Holly in a dangerous position, which is where she meets Simon and Guy. Luckily she teams up with the Guy who is a Templar Knight who needs her help as much as she needs his.

Holly is the typical tough female lead, but had that spark of something that made me like her character. Her cruel father damaged her mother and is using her as bait to get some answers for him. She truly has a good heart but her father’s hold on her prevents her from being honest with the people she really would want to open up too. Guy becomes someone who helps build her strength; their chemistry makes for an entertaining journey and some really great moments. Holly is pretty much a girl who wants a normal-ish life but has bad luck being tied to her fae side.

Guy DuCaine, a Templar knight, this man is hard-core and always ready for a battle. But he’s very unprepared when Holly literally falls into his arms. He sacrifices a lot of what he believes in to find out answers on the many attacks on his men. With Holly’s help he’s able to protect his brother and Lily from getting involved in more danger. I loved his devotion to his family and how even though he’s tough as steel that Holly is able to break through and soften him up.

For those who have read Shadow Kin you get more answers to what Simon was trying to figure out. I enjoyed how Scott pulled all her characters together and helped each other; lets just say the leads get into insanely dangerous situations a lot. I’m really curious if were going to be introduced to two different leads in the next book or continue with Lily, Simon, Guy and Holly on their dangerous missions.

Overall Blood Kin had everything I love about Urban Fantasies, kick butt action, fantastic characters, romance that makes the heart beat fast and a plot that was fast paced all the way through. Even more so the villains are meaner, stronger and downright fantastic, I never knew what they were going to do next. You don’t want to miss out on this series!

This is an adult novel with some violence and adult situations. Fans of authors Christina Henry of the Madeline Black series and Keri Arthur of the Dark Angels series will love The Half-Light City series Blood Kin by M.J. Scott.

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  1. Good review, I like UF with strong female leads because I think women can bring a lot to the table as leaders and heroines. Plus, I love all of the world building. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. The strong female role and ultra evil villain has been my draw to UF. Can't wait to start what sounds like an amazing series.

  3. Awesome review! You've convinced me to pick up this series. Having a strong female lead is the main reason I read UF.

  4. Thanks for the review. This book sounds great and I would love to read it. I like strong female leads because I think it helps inspire you to want to stand up for what you believe in and I wish that I could kick butt like some of these girls can.

  5. I like strong females in any story but in UF stories especially just because they have the potential to really grow. I think Holly sounds like a character I'll like because she lives in a dangerous world and isn't shying away from it.

  6. I have found that the majority of UF reads that I have enjoyed have a few major things in common, all of which are must for my favorite reads. The is generally a little taste of humor, a lot of kicking ###, good guys, bad guys, and characters I want to know and consider friends. Thank you for for sharing your review with us today, I am so looking forward to this read :)

  7. I like the strong female leads found in many UFs because I can live through them as I read. They are everything my shhy and quiet self strives to be.