Spoiler Free – The pretty little field of buttercups you can run through
Blood Rose was a quick, easy read that was action packed. It was a crazy roller coaster that left me breathless at times. This book is great for anyone looking for something to read but not feeling overly motivated to read because the story will suck you in quickly and keep you there until you’re finished – it does the motivating for you. I read it in a day and I can’t wait to read the second one! I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 14 with the warning that there are a few, much more mature scenes that not everyone will find suitable for themselves. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars, for sure.
Spoilers – The creepy forest full of monsters just at the edge of the field – enter if you dare
Blood Rose follows a young woman named Avah who is not only a witch by birth but Chosen to receive a special power. This, however, can be a bit confusing at times and I partially consider this is because Avah hasn’t quite figured out what everything will mean for her in the end any more than the reader will.
The book moved rapidly through the story and, while I enjoyed this most of the time, it became exhausting at others. I kept looking for a place to take a break and catch my breath but couldn’t find one. Still, I prefer that to a boring, slow-paced read that I would use for those nights where I couldn’t sleep very well. As I mentioned before, I read the book in a day because it was impossible to put down. There was always something happening. One moment, Avah is in the woods fighting vampires that seem different than the others she claims to have fought (I believe her, though, based on her skills at fighting them), then she is at the Chosen ceremony receiving her powers, then she’s being attacked and dying and asking to be made a vampire, then she’s whisked away to a vampire coven and fighting some crazy, spontaneous war. It was a lot all at once and not once was there a moment of boring prose describing normal events.
I felt like Avah moved a lot faster with Jasik than the average person would – especially given everything that had happened to her in the few days that this novel takes place in (or at least it felt like a few days though I believe there were time skips in there where she was training or doing other tedious tasks.) However, I can’t blame her too much because I love Jasik. I want one for myself and plan on learning how to make book characters come to life so that I can have him to myself.
The most intriguing part was the end vision in which the Hunters end up dead followed by the mysterious appearance of a vampire that seems just like Avah. It left me with a lot of questions – which I loved because it means I will not hesitate to read the second book when it becomes available.
So, if you’re in a reading slump or don’t have a lot of time for reading but still want to, pick this book up. It is worth it.