Sep 30, 2012

{Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway} Blood Bond by Heather Hildenbrand

Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop in the Blood Bond tour for Heather Hildenbrands Dirty Blood series. Check out my review, plus some insight into Alex in book 4! And dont forget to enter the awesome giveaway!

Blood Bond by Heather Hildenbrand
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Paranormal
THEME: Romance/Werewolves
RECEIVED: Street Team Member
AUTHORS BLOG: Heather Hildenbrand's Site


If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it.
Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality “hunt or be hunted.” CHAS wouldn’t be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out.

Then again, without hybrids, I wouldn’t have Wesley St. John.

Hildenbrand does it again; the third book in her Dirty Blood series is just as intense and addicting as the first two books. I was thrilled getting back into this series and following Tara and watching her become a stronger and more independent character. The ending is one heck of a shocker and will leave you questioning, but its what I call epically fantastic and the fans I feel will love it.

Blood Bond ends right where Cold Blood left off, Tara is still at the academy but about to head back home after all the incidents that occurred. She is anxious to help George and get back to Wes and her family. But she’s not safe, well really know one is since the Hybrids are still out there. But with Miles gone someone else is in charge and they want Tara, plus CHAS seems to want to get rid of more than just the Hybrids.

Tara has grown up a lot since Dirty Blood; she is definitely stronger after learning who and what she is. But she has also gained a leadership attitude and really has become independent and needing to do things on her own even if it means putting herself in danger. Her major agenda is George, after Miles injected him and he may turn into a “monster”. Tara wants to find someway to help him fight that side of him. Even though their relationship has changed they still have that strong friendship and I liked that about her. She doesn’t love him like Wes, but he’s like family. My major problem was with Tara’s mother, she irritated me with how she doesn’t really understand what kind of situation her daughter is in and that even though she’s young she has a lot on her shoulders. I wish her mother would back off a little.

Wes is always such an awesome guy; his supportiveness with Tara really won me over this time around, yes he’s protective but in the end lets her do it her way. I love their relationship and love for each other, its sweet and passionate, both really have matured and taken on so much responsibility. I also like that he is still a young guy too, even with all the adult responsibilities he gets jealous of Tara’s friendship with George and Alex of course.

Alex, okay I can’t get into much detail with him. But Alex fans he is definitely a key character in this book. He still has deep feelings for Tara and chooses to work with CHAS, which shocked me a bit, but some much happens with him that it left me speechless.

Cambria, she actually plays a bigger role is this book, which I was super excited to see. This girl is down right moody and cold to Tara but they get a lot of scene together that I enjoyed.

Overall Blood Bond doesn’t disappoint, usually as I read series they aren’t ever as god as the first but this was just as good. The character development and writing is fantastic and I just can’t get enough of this world that Hildenbrand has created. There are many villains this time around and it really puts in perspective the dangers that Tara and the gang are really facing and going to face in the future. Everything is starting to build up and the end… wow! Lets just say you’ll be holding your breath after you read the ending. It’s a kicker and I seriously can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

This is a young adult novel that you don’t want to miss out on. Fans of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series and Nancy Holders Crusade series will love the Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand.

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ALEX ALERT! Heather has been awesome enough to give us a bit of Alex's side into book 4! How cool is that! I know this will get you excited for the next installment!

Alex, prologue to book
No one understands what I’ve done. I can’t tell them because I can’t find my voice. I attempt to search my mouth, roll my tongue side to side, but it doesn’t move, and no sound escapes the enclosed space of my lips. None of my muscles will work, not my jaw, to open my mouth. Not my eyelids. Not even my lashes will quiver.

I can hear someone crying. They must think I’m dead. I feel dead. I feel numb enough to be dead.

Except for the pain in my chest that isn’t caused by anything physical.

It’s there because of what I’ve done. I know that none of them will understand.

The crying is louder now. I think it’s her. Tara. But I still can’t call out. Can’t make my muscles work. Is she crying because I’m dead? Or because she’s so devastated by what I’ve done? Maybe she’ll be happy I’m dead. Maybe it will be easier.
But if I’m dead, who will tell them the truth? No one will know what I’ve done.
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  1. His prologue is very sad. I have the first book and haven't started it yet. Now I want to find out how he got to that point!

  2. I loved the prologue I can't wait to read the next book.

  3. I have not begun this series yet. I enjoyed your honest review thank you.

    The prologue was very moving.

  4. Omg, the prologue is so sad, what happen to Alex.... Its so sad, is bad think happened?

    Thank you for the giveaway

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  6. this international ? if yes please count me in ;)

    i like the prolog...make me want to read the book by my self...
    thx 4 the chance of win...

  7. Aww reading that prologue made me tear up while at the same time excited for this book! Hope I win to continue my collection of the series.