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Review: Blood Ties

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Blood Ties
Author: Mari Mancusi 
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Blood Coven Series #6
ISBN: 978-0425241363
Genre: Young Adult, paranormal
Format(s): Paperback (256 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
 
About the book:
Though now officially back in the arms of her vampire boyfriend Magnus, Sunny finds she still can’t forget the gentle mortal Jayden who once saved her life. And when the darkness threatens to steal his humanity, Sunny finds herself with a choice. Stay true to Magnus and the Blood Coven or defy them in a desperate attempt to save Jayden’s soul. 
Meanwhile, the Blood Coven is gearing up for its toughest fight yet—going head to head with a splinter group of Slayer Inc who’s regrouping in Tokyo, Japan, still determined to take over the world. In dark blood bars and hidden temples, it’ll be Vampires vs. Slayers in a showdown that could cost Sunny not only her heart…but also her very life. 
What B is talking about:
Sunny McDonald has just started attending a new school, has already made a few friends, and is trying her best to lead a “normal” life. There are a few problems with that plan, however, one of which is that she recently found out she’s actually a fairy princess. Her twin sister also happens to be a “vamshee” (a vampire/sidhe) fresh out of vampire rehab, and her boyfriend is a thousand-year-old vampire who’s the leader of the Blood Coven. Toss in her mortal friend (and former crush) Jayden, who’s having a crisis of his own, and her hopes for normalcy are toast.
I have to say that Sunny made me want to pull my hair out for the first part of the novel. She’s unthinking, as constant as a dollar store yo-yo, and selfish, a fact that is pointed out to her more than once as the story progresses. Her boyfriend, Magnus, inspired a similar reaction later on, however, by coddling her and persuading her that she’s right, thereby empowering her to repeat the offense. But, why shouldn’t she be those things when the consequences are borne by everyone else, not her?
And therein lies the fun of Mancusi’s book: its main purpose seems to simply be a good romp. Sunny is young, non-human, has a hot/powerful/vampire boyfriend, and, in the end, she’s the one who saves the day. She makes some tremendous mistakes, but her nearest and dearest turn out okay for the most part.
This is the second of the Blood Coven books I’ve had the opportunity to read, and while I think the novel had some moments of pure, quirky fun, the novel as a whole didn’t pull me in as much as the fifth book in the series, Night School, did. The series does alternate narrators between the twins (generally), and I’m very curious to know if that has any bearing on the difference. Regardless, Blood Ties was still a fun book to read, and I’m sure fans of the series will be happy to see Sunny again in her latest adventure.
Bs Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)
 
 
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