My rating: <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/380406963">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
<a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13578425-bloodstorm" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Bloodstorm (Heart of a Vampire, Book 1)" border="0" src="http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1333574234m/13578425.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13578425-bloodstorm">Bloodstorm</a> by <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4584263.Amber_Kallyn">Amber Kallyn</a><br/>
enjoyed Bloodstorm. You can read the synopsis on everyone's review so I will share a few of things/characters that I really enjoyed. <br /><br />I wasn't sure what to expect from the opening with the witch and dark setting. I'm not crazy about books with witches and didn't know how much magic would be in the novel, I like to stay open minded and creepiness only lasted the prologue. I just glanced over the opening again because I forgot it (that's how into the rest of the story I got)<br /><br />I really like Niki, you know from the start that she's looking for Thomas and that something horrible had happened to her family, what I learned (quickly) was that she was a caring vampire. She carried her own "food source" (so, we know that she isn't a 'monster'. She finds a young vamp that hasn't been shown direction or instruction and protects him and provides for him in way. We watch her meet Shane, grow very close to him and fight her feelings (pretty much what you'd expect in any love story). It's the struggles and watching Niki fight to vindicate the ghosts of her family and see all the obstacles/supernatural fighting that are between her and Thomas that build the story. I wonder was it just age that made her so strong? Was it her will to complete her mission? Or is she powerful by a gift.<br /><br />Shane is a sheriff and a Keeper. I had never read about a keeper before but it would make sense that there be a supernatural police force to keep peace between vamps/weres and whatever else might be out there. He answers to a Council. The book calls on his Apache heritage, he's a Shaman. There's family turmoil because he apparently ran away to the city (prior to Bloodstorm). He's older brother has big issues with him because the elder brother was passed over as Keeper. Shane has family issues with Glory (the baby sister) because she has a relationship with a Were. Morning Dove, his mystical grandmother is a real pip!<br />You want to know who I didn't like? I didn't like the alpha wolf. I suppose unless he gets his own story, someone to be the bad guy. He seems like a real jerk. Thomas, of course, was to be hated from before we "see" him. Other than being pure evil, I don't see his motivation for torturing Niki. <br /><br />If you like supernatural tales or just like romance but are the adventurous type and want to read a good book, give this one a try. If you do read this, come back and we can talk about it.
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