Published: February 5th, 2013
Publisher: Ginny Lurcock
Copy: From author
Summary: From author
High school senior Victoria “Tori” Reeve has it pretty good. She’s rich, she’s smart, and she’s popular. What more could a girl ask for? Sure, she’s a little lonely, what with being single and her best friend going off to college and all, but she’s got her work at the Spaulding Crisis Center to keep her busy. When she gets a new boss in the very easy on the eyes form of Isaac Larsen, suddenly her volunteer work feels a lot less like work. Even if he does seem to cause Tori to break out into spontaneous fits of foot in mouth disease. Somehow in spite of her blunderitis, Isaac still seems to be interested in her in a more-than-employer or even more-than-friends kind of way.
So really she should have known that things would go sideways.
Trouble comes to Spaulding, and that trouble seems to be centered on Tori and the Crisis Center. Is she really the focus? Or does this all have to do with the new mysterious man in her life? In her efforts to find out, Tori stumbles across some secrets. Skeletons that might have been better off left in the closet. As it turns out, Spaulding is a hot spot for bad blood…
Bad Blood struck me as a very tongue-in-cheek homage to Twilight and I loved every minute of it. Tori is basically a very sensible, hard working teenager who is totally in control - that is unless Issac is anywhere in the vicinity. There are definite shades of Edward here, with the slightly old-fashioned manners. It hints that there is something a little strange about him, but nothing concrete.
I did find it a little strange that Tori was willing to forgive Quinn for being a vampire, but was unable, or unwilling to forgive Issac - oops, sorry if that's a spoiler - but I did enjoy the fact that Issac didn't suddenly become this alluring person that she couldn't live without. Following on the Twilight theme there is also another love interest - Drew. Now him, I loved.
This is one of my favourite quotes (p178) - but note, it is from the ARC -
'"ANDREW MICHAEL ANDERSON YOU ARE SO NOT HELPING RIGHT NOW." I pinched the bridge of my nose and prayed for the compusure not to throttle either of the two chuckleheads. "I never thought I'd have to say this, but please stop purposefully antagonizing my vampire ex boyfriend. As for you, creepy-stalker-vampire ex boyfriend. Wait, how the hell ar you outside anyways? Shouldn't you be burning or something?" God, please do not tell me that vampire actually sparkle, that would be more than I could take right now.'
This type of humour runs through the entire story and I was laughing out loud in places. I just adoredthe witty dialogue. There are a couple of places where the action becomes, if not x-rated, certainly a little more than younger teens should handle, but oh my, it was fun. I you get the chance to try Bad Blood, go for it. It's so much fun to read. I can't wait to see where the second one takes us.
About the Author (taken from the back of Bad Blood)
I am so bad at these, that it causes me physical pain. No wait, that was a splinter… Never mind.
Ginny Lurcock lives in New Hampshire with her husband whom she adores, her daughter, whom she also adores, and their cat. Who she likes alright.
Oh, and her father, his two cats, her sister and her sister’s boyfriend.
When not writing she enjoys playing games (of the board and video variety) or reading to the point of obsession (she’s not an addict, she can quit whenever she wants), watching intelligent television, mindless television, sports, movies and listening to music.
Basically, she likes all the things.
And somehow she still manages to find the time to be bored.
She also breaks the seal.
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