Sunday, September 08, 2013

Review: Sacred Bloodlines

Sacred Blooslines (The Guardians 1)
by Wendy Owens

Print Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Four Bean Publishing; 5 edition (August 23, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

For as long as Gabe can remember, his life had been plagued by haunting images and tragic events. It seemed like everyone he knew or loved was doomed for a life of misery or death. He was starting to come to the same conclusion everyone else had--he must be cursed. Until one day, in a subway tunnel, everything suddenly changed. A horrific disaster led him to a strange new person named Uri.
Uri introduced Gabe to an exciting new world filled with angels, demons, magic, and best of all, a beautiful girl named Sophie. This chance at a new life had everything Gabe always longed for: a family, friends, and possibly even love. He soon discovered, though, that this life came at a steep price. One he feared might cost him his life.

My review: Readable.

Gabe is a sixteen years boy, who thinks his life is cursed, since everyone who cares about him dies. Been an orphan, he is used to move from home to home and as a self-defense mechanism, Gabe tries to isolate himself from other people. Mysteriously, awful accidents always occurs near this boy, and worse, he knows when they will happen. After one of those accidents, Uri appears and vows to have the answer for this strange phenom, and he says that if Gabe want to know the truth, he have to go with him. During their travel, Gabe meets Sophie, who claims to be the same as he and Uri. She is beautiful and gain Gabe's attention right away. After this Gabe dives in a world full of demons and people with angel bloodlines, good and evil and one prophecy.

What I liked: The plot. It is good and have all things needed on a promising series: Action, romance, treachery, and friendship. Uri - The character is funny, brave and yet, sometimes vulnerable.

What I didn't like: The main character Gabe. For someone who is used to survive the foster system, he is quite fragile. All his life he had seen horrible things, yet, he acts as if he had lived a secluded life where bad and strange things never happened. He discovers incredible powers that he never remembers to use (except for the last part of the story, but even then, he doesn't remember, so how good is having them?) I know, the main characters usually grows during the plot, but Gabe seems to be an exception to this rule and sincerely, it made this book a little tiresome. Other thing, the author seems to have forgotten that teenagers have hormones, and the passion Gabe feels for Sophie is more like a girly crush. I'm not sexist, but there is a difference between the way boys and girls think.
Well, considering everything, this is a good read. I hope the main character will evolve during the next book, and I will keep an eye on it.