Review: Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy
The first in an all new series, I must admit that I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Ivy’s newest book. Filled with action, suspense, wonderful characters, and lots of steamy romance, fans of Ivy’s writing will definitely want to check this series out! =^.^=
Callie is a sweet character, but she’s also got a bit of a sarcastic side, which instantly drew me to her. While her friends call her an innocent, I found her to be more cautious rather than naive. She’s certainly a well-shaped character that most readers will easily relate to. O’Conner on the other paw got under my fur at times, especially when he got into pissing matches with Fane. Seriously, why must some authors make their strong men possessive, testosterone filled idiots where other men are concerned? And don’t get me started on his “you will be mine” mentality toward Callie. Nothing can be more of a turn off for me than a guy who automatically assumes that the girl is his. Whatever happened to the art of courtship? Sigh. However, even if I wasn’t overly thrilled with O’Conner as an individual, there’s no question that the fire between him and Callie is hot! They’re good for each other and, in the end, that makes their relationship satisfying.
While Ivy’s main characters where a great pair, the two characters that stood out the most for me were Fane and Serra. I can’t wait to read their story and see what happens between them. They are definitely an intriguing couple, and from what I saw of Fane in this book, I can definitely say he’s my favorite character so far out of everyone involved. Though Wolfe is rather fascinating as well. He definitely raised my whiskers in curiosity too. Dare I hope that a future book will be devoted to him at some point?
The pacing of the story was perfect, and if I’m to be honest, I found it a quick read because of Ivy’s skills at blending the action with the everyday events. I could have easily read it in one sitting. Suffice it to say, I liked the world that Ivy has built, though I will admit that I was expecting something more Norse mythos related when I saw the word “Valhalla.” Instead, this had more of an X-men feel, which wasn’t bad, just surprising.
My only real complaint about the book was that it was predictable. I figured out how the story was going to end long before I got to the big “reveal of truth” moment. As a result, I’d have been happier with a bit more mystery, rather than having the clue given within the first chapter. I ended up reading the book more for the action and characters rather than the actual plot itself, though I was curious to see how Ivy would pull it all together in the end.
Overall, this is a great start to what promises to be a fun and exciting series. I’m looking forward to reading Blood Assassin (book #2 in the series), as well as checking out Ivy’s other books at some point.