|Title:||Descended by Blood|
Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it.
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Brooke is enjoying her life at her new school. Having been moved around very often by her mom, Brooke is excited to finally be somewhere long enough to make friends. When the boy she likes finally goes out with here, it looks likes things are really going great. A close call with a mountain lion puts Brooke and her friend on edge though. When it becomes obvious that someone is after her, Brooke is soon thrown into a world she had no idea existed. She learns vampires are real, and she has a much closer connection to them than she ever knew. Whether this connection will be enough to save her or not is another question entirely.
I loved this book! Vampire books and romance books (or vampire books with romance) are not exactly at the top of my list of favorites. I was very pleasantly surprised. I think Brooke could have easily become a sort of mopey character, but happily she avoided that. Her strengths and abilities had to be worked on, which is a welcome change from "special" leads magically being awesome at everything. She had an awesome friend, and all the other characters were interesting too. Like many romances, Brooke's was rather fast, but it never felt too rushed. It made sense in the context of the story.
I really liked the vampires in this book. Vampires typically seem very parasitic, drinking blood from their victims by force. This also forces the victims to become vampires. The vampire/non-vampire relationship in this book was much more symbiotic, which makes it much easier to actually like the vampires you're supposed to like. This book had a lot of fun elements. I think it is super enjoyable, and I highly recommend it to everyone!
Book provided by author for review.