One of the things I love about books with vampires as characters is there's so much lore out there that can be utilized or discarded when it comes to vamps in a particular story. This means authors are free to pick and choose the traits and characteristics that these creatures will have in the world they have created. The vampires in Blood Claim, the first book in the Half-Blood Princess series are no different. Thanks to a general knowledge of the RPG Vampire: The Masquerade, I am familiar with this particular origin story, but I liked the changes that Magen made to it, and thought was unique.
Sophia, as a main character, was one I grew to like the more I learned about her. Of course, she has plenty of secrets that she's keeping from Dante and Tavian, two other vampires in Maldera Springs, Georgia. These secrets include what she is and why she's there. The book did start out a bit slow, but that allowed time to get to know a little bit more about the characters. There were a couple of characters that I wanted to slap, Kara and Irad being the two at the top of the list.
I saw that Blood Claim is the first book in an eight book series thus far, and I'm interested in reading the next book to see how the story continues. This book is one that I'd recommend to those who like paranormal, vampires and a bit of urban fantasy and paranormal romance thrown in. My rating is 4/5 platypires.
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
First off, I found the story very interesting. I liked how the biblical story of Cain and Abel was used, it was my favorite part.
If I had to complain it would be because the relationships seemed to fall into place a little too easily.
The characters are interesting, and I found myself being drawn to Sophia especially. I found her background to be fascinating.
I look forward to being able to read more from this series and seeing how things progress.
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Sophia’s story was truly meant for me at the beginning. Now I love that I chose to share these characters with everyone who’s chosen to read about them. I love these characters. They hold a special part of me and represent the strength and knowledge that comes with never giving up. of course I’m biased.
As for me personally, I’m not one who ever really shared much of my own story, however not long ago I finally shared my story with the fans who followed my Facebook page Magen McMinimy Author Pageso I figure my story is out there for the world to read so I might as well share it here . . .
Like I said I grew up in California, I was born in Santa Rosa, Ca on April 19th 1983, I had a simple and pretty good childhood with a rather great family. I have wonderful parents and a pretty great sister( I didn’t always think so as I was growing up, but now I know the simple pleasures of having a sister as my best friend, she also gave me my nephew Asher who I adore). When I was nine I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, I was fortunate enough that it didn’t affect any of my major organs, but on the flip side of that it was in my eyes.
When I was around the age of twelve, I was given the diagnosis of secondary glaucoma. At thirteen I had my first in a fairly long line of surgeries to help control the pressures and remove the cataracts in my eyes.
When I turned twenty-one I took the first step of a major life change and moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
I left a lot of amazing friends and an amazing extended family. I met my now husband a few months after the move and was married to him in June of 2006. In 2008 I finished college and became a wedding planner. I love a good party and I live to decorate and make things beautiful and amazing for those around me.
In April of 2010 I woke up one morning with no vision in my right eye, I got an appointment with a specialist and found out I had blood vessels growing in the back of my eye that led to nowhere and were steadily bleeding. I underwent treatments and we got the bleeding under control and eventually stopped completely. But not before some major damage had been done. My doctor got me on the road to getting some help and I work each day with a small amount of remaining vision in my left eye.
So why do I tell you all of this? I tell you all because this is who I am, and those of you taking the time to read this have probably read at least one of my books and because of that you’ve helped to make this dream of writing and reaching out to others who love books, and vampires, and shifters and all things gorgeous and sexy . . . come true!
Life is a constant balance of what we want and what we need. It's also a lot like a Battle. A battle that we all have to fight in our own way. I chose to try and love and cherish every minute that I get to chase my crazy dreams and create a world and characters to get lost in.