written by Caroline Healy
published by Bloomsbury Spark
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: It was fun.
I started reading during nap time and finished up right around dinner (yeah, we had delivery). There were some pretty intense formatting issues — font changes mid-sentence and the like — but I’m going to blame that on my copy of the e-file and move on.
There wasn’t anything earth-shattering going on . . . The characters were just what you’d expect for a YA fantasy — mean popular girl, secretly talented unpopular girl, hot guy with a kind heart and a not-so-nice set of secrets . . . the usual suspects. Healy’s twist on the vampire vibe was well executed, but I’ll be honest: I wish there’d have been a bit more sexual tension between Kara and Jack.
Overall, it was a decent way to spend an afternoon, and I’d love to read the sequel when it comes out.
Would I recommend it: Sure! It’s a low-intensity read and a great way to spend a few hours.
About the book – from Goodreads: In the aftermath of a blood transfusion that saved her life, Kara feels different. Her senses are stronger … she can hear whispered comments not meant for her ears … she can hear the person following her.
When Jack, her stalker, reveals himself and insists that Kara has something that belongs to him, she does her best to avoid him. But he’s determined to talk to her, convinced that they’re linked through the blood she received during her transfusion.
Jack is struggling against a dark and dangerous demon. His body is host to the evil power that wants Kara’s blood and will stop at nothing to get it, but when Jack himself is able to regain control he tries to warn her away. Can Kara save Jack without risking her own life?
About the author: Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.She published her first, award winning collection of short stories, entitled A Stitch in Time in August 2012. Her work has been featured in publications such as Wordlegs, The Bohemyth, Prole and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice.She writes literary fiction and young adult fiction, with her Y.A. book Blood Entwines released with Bloomsbury Publishing in August 2014.Caroline loves drinking tea from mis-matched china, doing yoga, as well as reading, writing, talking and thinking about all things bookish. She also has a penchant for cake and dark chocolate.