Friday, April 1, 2011

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hopkins
My YouTube Review: Vlog Review
Release Date: March 17th, 2010
Publisher: Lulu
Goodreads: 3.89 stars out of 5.0
Pages: 261
Buy It: Amazon

Teenager Alice Bonham's life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he's unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood

Despite my YouTube rant, this book isn't that bad. The biggest problem that I have with it is that it is so much like Twilight in the way that the vampire are super rich, super powerful, incredibly hot and irresistible and that the female role played by Alice is spot on with Bella Swan. It also doesn't help that I am uber tired of vampire stories, but that is no fault to the author or the book. The basic concept is not unique, but that doesn't mean that it's not entertaining. I have no quarrels with the writing and think that it is a decent read. With that being said, let's talk about some characters as they are what got me through the book to begin with.

Alice, our main female character, is a girl living in the shadows of her best friend Jane. She's not good at school or rather she doesn't care about it. She doesn't have a good relationship with her mother, but she is close to her brother Milo. She so easily would give up her life to live with the vampire family along side of Jack and Peter. Not unlike many teen Twilighters. 

Jack is the boy next door vampire, if there was such a thing. He plays video games and likes all the cool music. He is easy to talk to despite his big secret and that makes Alice very comfortable. He is basically awesome.

Peter is an asshole. That is all.

Mae and Ezra are the mom and pops and the reminder throughout the story that the whole lot of them need to stay grounded, despite the situation. 

If you can't tell, I'm 100% Team Jack. He is right for Alice, in my opinion. If you like mushy vampire stories or Twilight, then definitely check this book out and see which side you are on. This book is first in the series of at least 4 books, but there may be more. I am going to lay off the vampire stories for a while, however.

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