Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1) By Amanda Hocking

Description: "Teenager Alice Bonham's life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he's unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood."

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I feel compelled to point out though, before I go any further with my review, that I am a huge fan of "vampire books" in general to start with. The circumstances and nature involving the vampires in this book are unique to any other story I've read. Obviously, the one rule that applies to all vampires applies to the ones in this story, and that is that they drink blood. But other than that and maybe a few other little details, this is a new and refreshing take on them.
This books starts off with Alice, a Junior in high school, who meets a guy named Jack one night who just so happens to be there to save her life when she gets into some trouble. They pretty much hit it off instantly, but she notices there is something unusual about him that she just can't quite put her finger on. He's charming and seems to have an odd and mesmerizing effect on everyone he comes into contact with, except for maybe Alice. Although, they share a different sort of connection. Alice repeatedly questions him about what the deal is with him, alluding to the fact that she knows that he can't quite be 100% human. She is left with even more questions after she meets Peter, Jack's brother, who she seems to be intensely drawn to. Jack dodges her questions for a while but eventually he tells her the truth about him and his family of vampires.
I knew that his secret was going to be that he was a vampire, because the description of the book alone tells us that, but it was very clear that there was more to it than that. It about drove me crazy trying to figure out what exactly the "twist" was going to be, and all through the start of Alice and Jack's friendship I tried to pick up on any clue I could find that would give it away. But surprisingly, I remained stumped until Jack and his family let Alice in on the whole scenario.
I was extremely amused and excited by all of the new developments in this book! I also would like to add that I found all of the characters to be likable in their own way. Especially Jack, with his boyish playfulness and caring for Alice.
The end of the book leaves Alice feeling conflicted about her fate involving Jack, Peter and their family. She knows that she will be connected with them all, no matter what. But I'm anxious to see what kinds of conflicts and results her actions with bring. Who will she ultimately end up with- Jack or Peter? I can't wait to find out!


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