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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

[Blog Tour] Review and Giveaway - Blood and Snow by Rachelle Workman

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Blood and Snow: The Complete Set by RaShelle Workman
Publication date: 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen Snow White.

Snow isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet.

When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant - not quite human, not quite vampire.

With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she'd rather drink from her Hunter.

Or, a human.

She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there's a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen's twin sister. And Snow's supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.
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RaShelle Workman lives on a mountain with her husband, three children, and three dogs. From her back porch she can see the city lights and imagine... She's the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (Sleeping Roses is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. 

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While poking around on Amazon several months ago, I saw Blood Soaked Promises, episode four of this series. At the time, I thought it sounded interesting, but I am not a big fan of the 'episodic' novels - at least not until the series is complete. When Blood and Snow: The Complete Set  was released, I figured the time to read it had arrived.

RaShelle Workman has taken the Snow White fairy tale and turned it on it's ear. Blood and Snow is full of familiar (and not so familiar) fairy tale characters.

I really enjoyed Blood and Snow. The worldbuilding was well done, and I became fond of most of the characters. I say most because honestly - I would have no trouble smacking Snow's parents upside their heads. They were completely useless in my mind. Snow was much better off without them around.

Professor Pops and his seven sons were fun most of the time, but when the situation called for it, they could be serious and responsible. I was trying to decide if I have a favorite son, but I can't pick. I think it would depend where in the story I was. The cast of characters was rounded out by Snow's best (female) friend Cindy, Snow's Hunter, and Kenmei. Oh - and Abernathy. Dragons seriously rock.

I loved the way the story unfolded. Seal of Gabriel and Telltale Kisses were two of my favorite volumes. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the others, because I most definitely did. Those were ones that helped some things click for me, and RaShelle Workman did a phenomenal job with those two especially.

The bottom line here is that if you're into vampires, or fairy tales, or both, you should read Blood and Snow: The Complete Set.  Personally, I wouldn't read it any other way because the endings of each episode made me super happy I had the whole thing handy! Oh - I have a note in my Kindle that says "I love Snow's inner voice". There were plenty of moments that had me chuckling.

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1 comment:

  1. Wasn't this good, it really surprised me. Snow was just awesome. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever