Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blood Drive Review and Giveaway

* ARC received via Writers of the Round Table Press and Once Upon a Twilight Book Tours for the blog tour of this book.

* Finished copy for giveaway provided by
Writers of the Round Table Press.

Blood Drive by Traci Houston

3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes for this fine look at a world where a lot of magical forces seem to be at work and for having a ton of interesting characters all in one place.

This is a great quick read and has a bunch of characters that are full of surprises.  There's magic, mystery, vampires, and a whole host of complications that play out for all of the characters.  It's also great to have multiple perspectives instead of just one point of view, this lets you invest in all the characters more and is great especially if certain characters are becoming annoying.

There were some awkward misspellings/wrong words in some places in the book.  They didn't hamper my reading experience but they do take you out of the flow of the story a bit.  The overall flow/feel of the book was kind of like one of the early Anita Blake books, Cara kind of reminded me of her because she isn't really sure what the full extent of her power is either.

Cara is a hard character to figure out at first because she doesn't like to let her emotions show.  You'll start to understand why the more you read about her.  She seems to become more sure of herself when she's in danger and protecting others.  

Jonathan doesn't seem all that likable at first either but he definitely grew on me while reading.  He's an interesting take on vampires.  He kind of has the whole Angel attitude, because he's remorseful for everything that he's done and seen.  He is automatically intrigued by Cara and wants to know what exactly she is.  There's a definite chemistry between them that's fun to read and with the ending of the book promises to become even more interesting in the future.

Thomas and Beth are my favorite characters because they are so different yet perfect for each other.  They are anathema to each other at first but their relationship looks to be leading into something more.  There are a lot of secrets between them and I can't wait to find out more about them.

The bad guy is one evil dude.  He has some real delusions of grandeur and will do pretty much anything to attain his goal.  There's loads of violence and he is very fond of killing people not matter who or how important they are.  He of course wants to kill Cara and her friends.

Action, suspense, and trouble abound as these characters go through a heck of a lot of trouble together.  The ending leaves some great questions and possibilities for where all these relationships are headed.  This world is intriguing and Traci Houston absolutely know how to write a story with a great mix of action and mystery.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the blogs on the tour:

Tour Schedule:
10/10: OUaT Kicks-off tour w/ Review + ARC giveaway
10/11: At Random - Interview + giveaway
10/12: Bibliognome - Review + giveaway
10/13: The Nerdy Katie - Review + giveaway
10/14: Me, My Shelf and I - Review + giveaway

10/17: Good Choice Reading - Review + giveaway
10/18: I Heart Reading - Interview + giveaway
10/19: Panda Reads - Review + giveaway
10/20: The Garden of Books - When I'm not writing + giveaway
10/21: The Secret Life of an Avid Reader - Review + giveaway

Blood Drive Giveaway

Rules to enter:
1.) Just leave a comment with your name and email address.  If you don't want to leave your email address leave your Twitter, or Facebook details.  Just make sure I'm able to contact you if you win.
2.) You don't have to follow the blog to win, but feel free to follow if you like what you see and leave any comments on reviews or posts that you find interesting.  :)
3.) Giveaway will end on October 19th at 11:59 PM. (Central Time) 

* Giveaway of Blood Drive is US only
**So as to not leave out my International readers, if you are International let me know in your comment that you want to be entered in a drawing for $10 to The Book Depository and make sure you live in a country that the Book Depository ships to.
*I'll pick the name of the winners out of a hat/box or whatever jar is convenient. 

Winner will be posted sometime October 20th

* I will email the winners and they will have 3 days to respond and then I'll pick a new winner.


  1. "There were some awkward misspellings/wrong words in some places in the book.  They didn't hamper my reading experience but they do take you out of the flow of the story a bit."

    Hi there! I just wanted to make sure that everyone knows you were reading from an advanced and uncorrected proof of the book, so those typos won't be in the printed edition.

    Snce I'm representing the publisher, please don't enter me in the drawing! :)

    Hope everyone enjoys the book!

  2. Hi!
    I'm an international follower so please count me in for The Book Depository prize:)
    Blood Drive sounds good:)

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  3. Sounds like a cool read.

    and another international entry! You are awesome to think of us this way!

  4. Thanks for thinking of us international folks.


  5. What is it with us today.

    I am also International and wanting the Book Depository win.

    Your review leaves me in two minds about the book so maybe I will wait and read a few more reviews before deciding.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  6. @Everybody, thanks for entering the giveaway

    @buddyt Yeah, it's a pretty good read and has short chapters which make the story go by pretty quickly.

  7. Thank you so much for this!

    chelle2006 @

  8. Thanks for participating on the blog tour.

  9. I'm part of the tour so I'm not entering. I just wanted to stop by :)

  10. Looks great!! I would love to win a copy of this book :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  11. I like the summary of the book and it sounds like a good reads. thanks for the giveaway!

    katie_tp AT yahoo DOT com

  12. Hi
    That review got my interest.
    Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international for us international followers.

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  13. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  14. Thank you!

    BellaMarie (at) tampabay . rr . com

  15. I would love to read and review this book too! I love your blog, particularly your header. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  16. My fingers are itching to get hold of Blood Drive. Thank you for participating in this fun tour and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.


  17. Thank you for the chance to win such a great sounding book.

  18. Sounds like a great read, thanks for the giveaway!


  19. Thank you for the giveaway and blog tour post. :)
    Jennifer K Jovus
    kjovus at gmail dot com

  20. When i think of this title, I see cowboy vampires on horses herding people ;-).

  21. I'm a new follower :D cute blog! I'd like to enter this giveaway please :)
    email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

  22. Looks like a good book, thank you for the chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  23. Thanks for the giveaway. Book sounds interesting

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com


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