Review: November Rain (Spoiler Free)

        ★★ ½


Title: November Rain

Series: Bad Bloods Duology

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Genre: Dystopian

Date:  15th July 2016

Format: eBook

Source: eBook provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

My Thoughts:

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Originally, the Bad Bloods duology was published as a single book, but this time it has been divided into two parts. I had to give this first part, November Rain, 2.5 stars because  I really didn’t get chance to enjoy it. Just as I was starting to get into the story, it cut off abruptly and I wasn’t entirely sure I’d read the second part.

It is a character driven book, which is very clear in November Rain, as there is very little plot to speak of. Most of this book is set-up and world-building for the second half, and I felt that it really let it down. Personally, I couldn’t get attached to the characters in this book, and was often confused between the dual perspective that we see; I had to constantly stop and figure out who was talking.

The premise of the novel, the Bad Bloods, is really interesting, and I loved seeing the powers that each character had (think X-Men style awesomeness). The world-building was good, but I did feel that there wasn’t much action or character-development in this first part.

However, the writing is fantastic, and the first chapter definitely intrigued me. From page one I could feel the potential that this story held, and although I didn’t love the first part of this book, the duology as a whole was brilliant.

November Snow Spoiler Free Review: coming soon


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