*I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
I think I can summarize my feelings about this book in two sentences:
Number one, it turns out books with medical-based aspects are not for me because the medical stuff and the experiments just disturb me too much, but that’s not the fault of the author, just my personal taste.
And number two, this book had a really good framework, good bones—whatever you want to call the heart of the story—but I had a couple issues with the execution, mostly with the POVs, that weren’t unforgivable but simply made it hard for me to really sink into the story.
But to explain a little more in-depth…
I did have an ARC, so further editing may have been done before the final product was released, but even if the POVs had been separated better, there were still too many jumps. It was all third person, so maybe it was meant to be omniscient, but having a few paragraphs in one character’s mind, then a few in another character’s mind, then back to the first character’s mind only prevents me from being able to get deep into any of the characters’ minds. Sometimes it stayed in one POV for a while, but sometimes it changed mid-scene, and that’s just not something I like because it’s jarring to me.
The other POV issue I had was that some of the POVs seemed unnecessary. I didn’t feel like I got anything from Antoine’s, Anna’s, Jenna’s, or the detective’s POVs that I couldn’t have easily gotten from one of the main characters, and I think the story would have been tighter and more gripping for me without those. Same for some of Tomas’s stories. Again, not a terrible thing, but still something that kept me from being able to really get into the story because it slowed down the pace.
However, as I said, the story itself was good. The backstory and premise were well thought-out, and the plot worked well. Plus there was a supernatural aspect. I also liked the bit of romance, even if a couple parts did feel a little rushed. And if you are into medical/science aspects in books (e.g. people strapped to tables and experimented on), you’ll probably appreciate that too.
And even though I was rooting for Miles and Luke to win, I found Gerald and Calvin, the antagonists, to be really interesting. As messed up and twisted as he was, I actually felt bad for Calvin when I thought about his situation. He wasn’t even 18, so he couldn’t leave, and his father was a highly respected man, so no one would have ever believed him had he tried to get help. And growing up the way he did would screw up anyone. His psychology, the way his situation obviously affected him, and his delusional “love” were fascinating to read about. And a part of me even kind of almost felt bad for Gerald too since he was also affected by his father and the horrible things he experienced—except he was a grown man and could’ve easily chosen to stop, hence the almost.
So overall, even though I had issues with the POVs, I think the story itself was a good one, and anyone who does enjoy a medical/science aspect to their supernatural thrillers will likely enjoy it more!
Supernatural thriller readers who also like a medical/science aspect and a small bit of M/M romance.
Handsome, brilliant, and surrounded by good friends, twenty-three-year-old medical student Miles Fox has a secret—and it’s not that he’s gay. Though he harbors a crush on his straight best friend, Luke. Miles, like his grandmother, Anna, possesses the healing gift, an ability she’s made him swear never to use or divulge, lest horrible things befall those he loves. It happened to her when Nazis butchered her family.
But it all goes to hell when Miles heals a terminally ill man on a New Orleans cancer ward and wakes locked in the psych unit. Worse, news of the healing miracle spreads. For millennia, its carriers have been hunted by those who would steal it. Dr. Gerald Stangl and his teenage son, Calvin, know what Miles possesses. They, like their predecessors, will stop at nothing to take it, including kidnapping, torture, and murder. As the Stangls’ noose tightens, Miles and Luke are trapped in a death match with stakes higher than they could ever imagine.
Book Author: Caleb James
Publisher: DSP Publications
Series: Dark Blood Saga
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Thriller
My Book Rating: 3
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Louisiana, New Orleans, USA