Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sweet Savage Blood by Carolina Courtland

Sweet Savage Blood
by Carolina Courtland
Part 1: Reunion
Publication date: March 6, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon 

Dominique is a typical teen in a boring Texas town, where the most exciting thing is the annual turnip green festival. When the charismatic Caden Hanover enrolls in her high school, her life takes a heart-pounding turn. From the moment she sees Caden, she is irresistibly drawn to him. She has no idea that not only is he a vampire, but that he knows she is the reincarnation of his human wife—the wife he hasn't seen in almost two hundred years. He is determined to reestablish their passionate love. He won't stop until he claims Dominique as his own—and eventually makes her his vampire bride. Sweet Savage Blood is a story of undying love sweeping across time from the 19th century to the 21st century.(synopsis from Goodreads)
Sweet Savage Blood by Carolina Courtland is the first of three novels. This is an epic YA romance that spans nearly two hundred years. It is also the story of a vampire hunter, a witch and reincarnation. I quickly consumed this novel in a single evening and look forward to continuing this saga.  

The tale begins as we meet both Dominique and Caden. She is walking across the street and he stopped at the red light. As she crosses, Caden Hanover immediately recognizes her as the reincarnation of his human wife. A wife named Dominique, who died almost two hundred years ago. He follows her and enrolls in her school to reestablish their love. Dominique is irresistibly drawn to Caden. The tale that unfolds is complicated as Dominique’s best friend Madison is a vampire slayer. Filled with suspense, romance, vampires and slayers I quickly became immersed in this world.

The characters in this novel are complex. Dominique lives with her irresponsible mother and pot smoking younger brother. She has to take on the role of mother to accommodate her mother’s long work hours and boyfriend addiction. She begins having dreams about another time and a strange man, who she has mixed feelings for. When she awakes, she finds bite marks on her neck. She quickly hides them and wonders if she is losing it. She is a typical insecure sixteen year old who wants to be asked to the dance. She is instantly drawn to Caden and seeks him out in the crowds. Caden looks like he is in high school but has the experience of a two hundred year old vampire. He has looks that make woman swoon but he only has eyes for Dominique. The story on how and why he became a vampire was bittersweet. Madison was awesome. I really liked her and her vampire killing techniques. While she has supernatural abilities and lives a double life, she is still very much a teenage girl. She fears her own death, is a fashionista and wants romance. Quentin is Caden’s uncle and a vampire. He doesn’t get true love or soul mates but cares for Caden and agrees to help him. He is a real ladies man and when he steps in to distract the vampire slayer he gets more than he bargained for. The romances that developed were sweet, complicated and kept me completely enthralled.

The world-building was interesting as several stories were taking place at once. Told from multiple POV’s Courtland takes us into the minds of each of the characters. There were two separate story-lines, one involving Caden, and the other Madison the vampire slayer. The two intertwine, adding suspense and the fear of discovery. The tale wasn’t without flaws but as a first novel for this author it was exciting to read. None of the issues distracted from the overall story. The tale flowed at an even pace with action-packed scenes, danger and excitement. I became invested in the key players and look forward to continuing the tale. It ended with a cliff-hanger and I am anxious to begin the next book.

I recommend Sweet Savage Blood to fans of paranormal romance. The next books are currently available in eBook format. They are Sweet Savage Blood (Part II:Revelations) and Sweet Savage Blood (Part III: Blood Ties). Sweet Savage Blood (Part 1: Reunion) is currently available in both eBook and paper formats.

I want to thank the author for providing this finished copy in exchange for my unbiased review.

I gave this novel 4 coffee cups out of 5. 
Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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At June 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM , Blogger CrystalReads said...

This book had me at Texas(my home state LOL)

Loved your review :D So glad the second and third books are already out because I don't like too wait. I will be looking into this book!!!

At June 26, 2012 at 2:51 AM , Blogger Celine said...

Wow Kimba! This book sounds AMAZING! I haven't heard of it before but the cover and the summary made me interested in reading the book! I'm a BIG fan of paranormal romance as well and I think this book might just be my cup of tea!

Awesome review, Kimba! <3 Glad you enjoyed it!

At June 26, 2012 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Emily said...

This sounds like an interesting book!

At June 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM , Blogger emaginette said...

Sounds like a great read. :-)

At June 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM , Blogger Nick said...

I love coming on your blog because I always seem to discover new books from your reviews !
This is the first time I've actually seen this book and it sounds very interesting. I like that there are several stories that eventually join together although that also seems a little confusing.
Thanks so much for sharing, Kimberly ! :)
As always, lovely review. :)

At June 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM , Blogger GMR said...

Turnip Green Festival? *-* Now I see why they're bored. LOL. ^_^ Seriously though, the story sounds interesting enough, I'm not really loving the cover....the girl looks emaciated...

At June 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM , Blogger Silverlight said...

I love learning about new books, this one seems like one I would enjoy!
Thanks for the great review, I'll be adding it to my ever growing pile!

At June 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM , Blogger Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I like a big sweeping novel and I enjoy multiple POVs so this should keep me entertained. A vampire and a reincarnated witch that sounds different! glad it was a good one for you, Kimba!

At June 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Anna said...

Love me a good epic romance!

At June 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM , Anonymous Christy @ Love of Books said...

This sounds interesting, especially the time periods, but it kind of sounds like a mash-up of a couple other popular books. It's really short though, so... I'll download it and give it a try.

At June 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM , Blogger Giselle said...

Wow this sounds so cool with a great mix of awesome! Lol. I love multiple POVs and that part of your review is what intrigues me the most. I love books written like that because you can really get into the minds of all the characters, giving us different sides of the story to make it so suspenseful and it looks like she nailed it! Great review, Kimbapoo! :)

At June 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM , Blogger Midnyte Reader said...

Ha! This post caught my eye because the graphic of the woman is the same one that's on my blog! The book sounds really cool and something I would like.

At June 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

It does sound cool :) But at the same time it also sounds like other YA books :/


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