Review: Blood Forever by Mari Mancusi

Posted September 20, 2012 by B. in 3.5 stars, Paranormal YA, Rating B, YA Literature Tags: , , ,

Blood Forever
Author: Mari Mancusi 
Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Blood Coven Vampire #8
ISBN: #978-0425253038
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format(s): Paperback (256 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Sunny and Rayne McDonald have had their lives turned upside down thanks to the Blood Coven. But when the past itself is changed, the sisters will do anything to get back what they’ve lost…
After making a deal with the devil, Rayne and her twin sister Sunny have been given the chance to go back in time—preventing that fateful night when Sunny was bitten by Magnus from ever happening. But while Sunny has been offered a vampire-free existence, she finds she doesn’t want to live without Magnus by her side. And although Rayne puts up a stoic front, she secretly wishes that vampire Jareth was back in her arms. 
To reclaim their lives, Sunny and Rayne team up to figure out a way to change history for the better. Problem is, Jareth and Magnus aren’t that eager to help two unfamiliar girls who somehow know everything about their vampiric organization. Now, if the twins can’t get the boys on their side, history may spiral out of control—destroying not only the Blood Coven, but quite possibly the entire human race… 
What B is talking about:
Once again, Sunny and Rayne McDonald are back, wreaking panic and mayhem on a level that would make the four horsemen of the apocalypse proud. Thanks to a bargain with Hades himself, Rayne has secured her twin another chance to live, and possibly an opportunity to make the world a better place for everyone they love. If they can just manage to stay away from their yummy vampire boyfriends, that is.
This is the final novel in the Blood Coven series, and Ms. Mancusi unleashes the twins on the world she’s created with something akin to unholy delight. Tampering with the past with disastrous consequences? Check. Zombie attacks that threaten all mankind? Oh yes. Being hailed as heroes when everything miraculously turns out all right (along with the groveling and heartfelt apologies of anyone who ever doubted them)? Certainly!
As with the other novels in this series, Blood Forever is best read when any expectations of consequences and life lessons are set aside in favor of watching from a safe distance while Sunny and Rayne try to save the world. After they’ve endangered it in the first place, of course. The twins are flighty and impetuous, but once I remembered that there’s no rulebook that could possibly apply to them, they were also pretty fun.
The main attraction in the Blood Forever is the twins’ relationships with their vampire boyfriends. These pairings don’t make sense if taken too seriously (centuries-old vampires wouldn’t logically be so handily maneuvered by two high school girls), but they work within the Blood Coven stories. Magnus and Jareth once again discover that they have not only underestimated the twins, but that, without the Sunny and Rayne, all of humanity would have been destroyed.
Blood Forever is a fitting close to an entertaining series. While over-the-top in a few places, it’s that very implausibility that makes the story such free spirited, fast-paced fun. Although Rayne and Sunny are hard to keep up with on occasion, they are very much the heroes of the novel, and they own the story from beginning to end. Ms. Mancusi finishes her series with a doozy of a happy ending, and practically ties the whole thing off with a big, shiny bow. The world is safe, and Sunny and Rayne have finally found their places in it, which, I believe, makes for a perfectly fine ending.
Bs Rating:
Liked it – recommend (B+)
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