Monday, April 22, 2013

Blood and Snow blog tour: review

Hi and thanks for stopping by. We are one of today's stops on the Blood and Snow Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. We are spotlighting this title and have our review below. To see the complete tour tour schedule, go here.

Blood and Snow: The Complete Set by RaShelle Workman
YA Paranormal*eBook, 518 pages
Publication date: 2013 
Purchase: Amazon

Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen SnowWhite.

Snow isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet. 

When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant - not quite human, not quite vampire. 

With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she'd rather drink from her Hunter. 

Or, a human. 

She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there's a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen's twin sister. And Snow's supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.

About the author:
RaShelle Workman

RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses" is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She's sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog.

Blood and Snow: The Complete Set features all of the novellas in this YA paranormal series by RaShelle Workman. Twelve volumes in one is a good deal and I prefer reading this series like this, easily packaged in one volume so I can read it in its entirety. 
Blood and Snow is a quick and entertaining read. The first four volumes set the foundation for Snow White (yes, that's her name) and the paranormal world she finds herself involved in. She lives next door to Professor Pops, a man who has adopted seven sons and each one is considered her best friend (besides her other best friend, Cindy). 

What an imagination Ms. Workman has! She has included fairy tales, paranormal creatures, and has the story in a contemporary setting with an alternate world. Snow discovers she has become a revenant and was marked by the Vampire Queen at five. Now that her sixteenth birthday is approaching, the Queen is amping up her search for the perfect body to transfer into. Yet there's something different about Snow and a group of dissatisfied vampire followers believe she is the answer to destroying the Queen once and for all.

Blood and Snow is not just about Snow and her seven "brothers" though. As the volumes changed, other supernatural characters had their stories in the forefront, adding a certain amount of charm to the series as a whole. Yes, there is a Prince Charming and he's a vampiric Hunter. Gabe, one of Snow's brothers, has feelings for her and my feelings see sawed back and forth for him throughout. The one brother I really liked (he charmed his way in) was Dorian. I felt Cindy's character was so-so and downright disliked her for what happened with Gabe.

I enjoyed the series which felt like younger YA readers might enjoy it (since Snow is turning sixteen, she comes across younger). I didn't connect with her and couldn't believe her father and stepmother left her to fend for herself so much.

Over all, Blood and Snow: The Complete Set is an intriguing retelling of the classic complete with vampires, an evil Queen, hot guys, and one cool dragon.

Rating: 3.5

Cover comment: 
It's a cool cover, especially the flying dragon.

Book source:
I received a promotional copy in return for my honest review.

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