New Blood by Donna Ansari

Posted March 12, 2012 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Emma Hammond is a normal young woman living in New York City whose life changes forever when one misstep brings her very close to death. Luckily, Alex Thompson, a handsome stranger (who also happens to be a vampire), jumps in to save her, turning Emma into a vampire. She quickly discovers the numerous advantages (no more allergies, glasses, or acne) and slight drawbacks (wanting to eat her boyfriend) of joining the ranks of the creatures of the night. But Emma soon finds out her new undead life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when she gets pulled in to an age-old dispute between two feuding vampire clans.
I love a good vampire book, they are what got me into the genre in the first place. So when I get a vampire book, I get excited in general, they always seem to enhance my love for the genre. I think part of the reason why I enjoyed this is because it is not just a straight up vampire action packed story, it’s one that has more than that, it has a little bit of humor in it, and I love when there is humor in a book. 
I want to start off by saying to book has a great pace to it. From beginning to end I was interested in what was going on within it’s pages. Not only that but I didn’t really find a lot of lag time or places where I felt anything was lacking. I appreciate books that keep me involved and invested in them from beginning to end. I also thought the writing was pretty good as well. It’s hard enough to write a book that fits the parameters of a paranormal book, what with all the world building that has to be explained to the reader. But when an author can do that and add a bit of humor into the story, I find it only enhances the books appeal. 
Emma is someone who I think anyone can relate to. We have all pretty much had those moments in life when things are just so routine, and you are just praying for a little bit of excitement to come your way. Although I’m not sure Emma would have ever wished for the kind of excitement she found, but either way it definitely changed her routine and opened herself up to a world that certainly changed her life. 
Emma is a great character, and I think mainly the reason why she is such a great character is because she is able to grow so much over the course of the book. She starts out one way and then by the end of the book she has grown as a person while still maintaining the fundamentals of who she was to begin with. In some ways she reminds me of one of my friends, with the way she responds to some people, she has a great quick wit, one that I think I would enjoy. 
I thought overall the plot really got super exciting in the last half of the book, and it was from that moment that I literally couldn’t put the book down. I love a book where I can’t see what is going to happen next, and I get so wrapped up in what might happen next, that I can’t help myself but to start guessing. Sometimes I felt like I had things figured out and then I curve ball would come my way and I would find out I was wrong. 
Overall, this was a really fun read for me, from beginning to end. I think the humor really helped “sell” the book for me. I think without it, the book would not have worked nearly as well. If I had to complain about one thing is that I wish that there was more between Emma and Alex. It’s not that there wasn’t an attempt, just something about it didn’t feel as organic as it could have. For that reason the book gets a “good” rating. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little humor in their books, but especially for those of us who are partial to vampire books! 

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