Sunday, 23 August 2015

Review: Blood will Tell (Warriors of Ankh #1) by Samantha Young

Blood Will Tell (Warriors of Ankh, #1)Blood will Tell

Author: Samantha Young
Series: Warriors of Ankh
Pages: 273
Publisher: CreateSpace

Synopsis (Goodreads) What would you do if you were born to be a predator? Would you fight your natural instincts or give in to your nature? 

Eden is a soul eater closing in on her awakening. Her family has convinced her that soon she will have to take a life in order to save her own. It’s a decision Eden doesn’t want to deal with even as her hunger for souls grows stronger every day.

To complicate her impossible position, new guy in school Noah Valois’ determination to befriend her puts Eden in touch with a humanity she’s never known. Addicted to his company, his friendship and affection, she becomes more and more terrified that giving into her hunger will mean losing him forever…

… But when she discovers that Noah is not what he seems, his betrayal forces her to face two choices. One will offer her revenge and the destruction of a boy she loved. The other may offer her a life of eternal redemption…

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

I have been in a reading slump for a little while so I have decided to read a few series that have been on my tbr pile for some time but I have continually put-off to read review titles and it has been the best thing for me.

I have previously read a YA series by Samantha Young and really enjoyed it so when I stumbled across her Warriors of Ankh series on Amazon, I instantly downloaded it and then devoured it!

Book 1 is Blood will Tell and follows seventeen year-old Eden Winslow, a soul-eater or Blessed who is coming closer to her awakening where the hunger will become too much and she will need to feed and give in to her dark impulses but she is different to the other members of her family, she is repulsed by what they do and how far they take things – she was torn by accepting her heritage or holding on to her humanity. Eden was such a great character, snarky but compassionate, I felt sorry for the way she had to live; her only saviour in her household seeming to be her older brother Stellan.

Eden’s only friend at school is newcomer Noah Valois, you can tell from the onset there is something going on with Noah and it was revealed early on in the book thank goodness – he has been tasked with keeping watch over Eden and reporting back on changes, he is from a group born to hunt soul-eaters called the Ankh – Immortal warriors so it was great to see their interactions and watch their friendship develop despite the initial mistrust.

We meet some interesting side characters, Stellan was sweet but I couldn’t quite gather whether or not he could be trusted or not; Teagan was a complete creep! I felt some of the side characters were lacking in development but as it is the first book in the series, I wasn’t completely bothered by this. It helped that they were all interesting and made me want to know them more.

Samantha Young’s writing is wonderfully engaging, the Egyptian mythology was done extremely well and was unique; she has created a world that is dark and brutal – there were quite a few graphic scenes. The plot was action-packed; there was never a dull moment, I am really eager to see how she further develops this intriguing world.

Overall, Blood will Tell has betrayal, redemption, interesting mythology and a cast of fascinating characters; it’s a book that grabs your attention from the first page and holds it; I have already downloaded book 2 in the series and can’t wait to read it.

Samantha YoungAbout the author: Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET and Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-eight countries.

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  1. I love Samantha Young's adult contemporary books so I'm curious about her YA books as well. This one sounds like it was wonderful, Sharon. I like that it has Egyptian mythology and the characters all seem to be great.
    I'll have to check it out!
    Great review, Sharon!

  2. I love this author, but have never tried her very different from her other series. I love the mythology aspects!

  3. I really loved this trilogy!! I actually prefer her ya paranormal. Great review!

  4. I was just reading about this series in Samantha Young's newsletter and was wondering how it was. I am so glad to read your review. I will definitely be checking this out.


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