It’s the weekend blitz for Blood Bank, today I’m bringing you my thoughts but before we get to them here is what the book is about.
Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line…
Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?
And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life. In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…
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I almost didn’t read this book because I wasn’t sure that I would be able to finish it in time. Luckily it is a novella which I didn’t realise, so that helped, but also I’m so glad I did because I really enjoyed this book, more than I expected to.
The pacing is brilliant, it was so easy to get sucked into this book and I could have read it in one sitting. The storyline itself is also really refreshing, it’s about vampires but not some lovey dovey story where guy meets girl and turns from a ferocious creature into a puddle of butter. Its vampires that are sadistic and manipulative, and that don’t just feed off human blood but their desperation and weakness. Which made for a super interesting plot.
The way Lucy, Zach and Ben’s stories all piece together was brilliant, each was both a likeable and unlikeable character with really good motivations that pushed the story forward. I feel like I would like to know loads more about them all but there was definitely enough there to pique your interest.
The only thing that disappointed me with this book was that it got to a really good bit with loads of tension and unanswered questions and stopped. Now I’ll have to wait to find out what happens next! I can be a bit too impatient for that kind of cliffhanger.
This book really surprised me, it was a well paced read that I found difficult to put down. I can’t wait for the follow up!
Zoe Markham is a mild-mannered editor by day, puppet-master of broken souls by night.
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