BLOOD TIES BOOK ONE: THE TURNING
Author: Jennifer Armintrout ISBN: 077832298X 6/2006 PARANORMAL Publisher: MIRA
RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:
Jennifer Armintrout's debut novel, BLOOD TIES BOOK ONE: THE TURNING, was definitely an interesting read. I never knew there was so much to learn about vampires!
Our heroine, Carrie Ames, is very realistic. She is human and not, loving and not, tolerant and not. She has all of these conflicting emotions that make her one of the most realistic heroines I have ever read about. Wanting to hate Cyrus and yet feeling drawn to the monster that has turned her—I felt her agony. She has no idea how strong the blood tie with Cyrus will be and does everything in her power to quench her yearning for him. The only man in this world who is capable of even beginning to help Carrie is Nathan Grant.
Nathan has been a vampire for a century, so he knows the ins and outs of what Carrie is going through. He tries his hardest to help her understand what is happening. Carrie is unwittingly helping him to deal with some of his painful memories of the past, as well. Nathan is tortured and angry, and yet he is sensitive, caring and giving all at the same time. He has been a rock for Carrie and he literally becomes her saving grace; she, in turn, does the same for him a time or two.
BLOOD TIES is a good book—a little on the gory side, at times— but good nonetheless. Jennifer Armintrout knows her stuff about vampires and her love for this genre shows through in her writing.