Review: Blood Tide


BloodTide

3 stars

Read from October 15 to 18, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: Paloma Perez and Willow Mothershead are sisters and shadow warriors. Like their famous father, they hunt monsters who threaten humans in a world forever changed since dozens of gateways opened to bizarre and dangerous worlds. From vampires to strange unnamed creepy crawlies, the sisters face every danger without much thought to research or strategy. Yeah, they’re just that good.

In Blood Tide, Willow and Paloma begin their journey by tracking a few rogue vampires in the hopes of making enough cash for a decent vacation. They are soon tangled in a conspiracy involving a Dracula wannabe, an abducted elf princess, and an array of assassins who are all working to create a new supernatural order called a blood tide.

The sisters also stumble into first time romances. While Paloma gets sexed up by a seductive vampire mercenary, Willow sticks to first base action with a hunky foreign shadow warrior. Even as horniness and hilarity ensues, Willow and Paloma battle against the rising blood tide.

As long as they have each other, the sisters will save the day, but they’ll make one hell of a mess first.

Bookish Things: 162 pages. There is now an alternate cover that aligns more closely with the genre.

Where to buy: I got this from Amazon on kindle, but it appears to have been removed and is no longer available.

My Review: 

If you like paranormal reading, anything in the realm of paranormal, then this book is for you. Paloma and Willow are shadow warriors (which is basically a very hard to kill human-esque type of character that protects humans and kills paranormal beings who intend to cause humans harm). Paloma and Willow are smoulderingly hot women. Paloma and Willow are confident and tough-as-nails when it comes to breaking the baddy’s ass across their knees.

That is where my positive description for Paloma and Willow ends.

Paloma and Willow are also pretty rough around the edges, they rarely brush their hair, openly talk about sex and other personal matters in public, they also happen to have pretty foul mouths… and that isn’t just limited to their language either. One of the sisters belches like Barney our of The Simpsons and each time this was mentioned (and it was frequently mentioned) I kept visualising this:

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I understood that these characters were meant to buck the fantasy/paranormal ‘female protagonists are perfect princess’s’ trend, but really?! Did we need to go this far? Paloma and Willow read like they belonged in a white shift on some redneck yokel’s property with a baby on the hip, fifteen others running rampant and another in the oven. Something like this:

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My distaste for the almost comical regression of Paloma and Willow’s manners and basic human courtesies aside, I actually quite liked the story. I thought the concept and ideas that were explored were refreshing, and despite the somewhat annoying insta-love, I felt that the different levels of romance and heartache that both girls experienced was unique.

The writing was a bit rough in places, while nothing was explicitly wrong, there were times that things could have been written in a much more concise and clearer manner. It was fairly minor things, like use of adverbs and some of the other word choices.

I really liked how much the two girls cherished their family and the relationship dynamics of a large brood of siblings. I was slightly miffed by the way the girls called their dad ‘daddy’ but I know that happens in real life. Note: I’m pretty sure I picked up the same thing in Angela’s other book I read: The Bite. I’m starting to see a theme here Angela and I’m not liking it!

I think I’ll give Angela one more chance to wow me with her books. If that doesn’t happen, I think that’ll be it for me and reading Angela Horn’s work.

An alright book if you can look past the rough-as-guts female protagonists, their potty mouths and the glaring insta-love and see the unique ideas and concepts behind them.

A few things I noticed:

One point before, and at 58% – Capitalized author/beta notes are in the text: ‘is a foreshadowing alert really necessary here?’

92% – Even feeling like crap, Paloma keep (delete keep, insert kept)…

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