Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blog Tour - By Blood by Tracey E. Banghart

I am excited to be a part of the By Blood/Moon Child blog tour! As part of my stop, you will see my reviews on By Blood and Moon Child. (This tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours).

By Blood by Tracy E. Banghart
Series: By Blood #1
Publication date: February 18th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please.

Throw in an estranged mom, annoying new stepdad, and drooling baby half-brother, and it’s a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can’t fix. Even worse, there’s (hot) live-in research assistant Josh to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than drunk-kissing him hours after they meet? Knowing he’ll be witness to her family’s dysfunction all. summer. long.

But when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, her vacation suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she  anticipated. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom...and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It’s all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners.

Trouble is, intriguing doesn’t often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is.

By Blood is a novel about the ways that blood can bind us to others – or tear us apart.

Purchase: Amazon /// Barnes & Noble

My Review:
I loved this book! This one takes place in England and follows Emma and her summer vacation (which isn't really a vacation since she's stuck with her mom, her new stepdad and her new half-brother). Emma is unique, especially in her choice of fashion! And of course she is caught in a love triangle with two guys, one is the dark and mysterious Simon, and the other is Josh, a research assistant for her stepdad. (FYI: I am Team Josh...) This book is about a group of Druids which I have never read about before and ended up really loving! I really liked Emma's new friend Ash. She is spiritual and into meditation which I enjoy. Simon will keep definitely keep you wondering what is going on with him and this group that he has put together! I was trying to read this book as fast as I could to find out what was going on! This one is my personal favorite out of the two!

Moon Child by Tracy E. Banghart
Series: By Blood #2
Publication date: August 16th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

Before Emma's adventures in Oxford, her best friend Diana came face-to-face with a killer...

Diana Calvert is so over high school. Who cares if Olivia hates her? And David needs to forget about having a crush on her STAT. Even Emma’s crazy fashion choices can’t keep Diana entertained. All she can hope for is a dance scholarship to a college as far away as possible from too-small, too-boring, too-nothing-ever-happens New Freedom, PA.

Then Diana meets Nicholas Woodhaven. He’s pale, angry…yet weirdly charming. The more time they spend together, the more she wonders who – or what – he really is. Because he isn’t anything like the other guys she knows. Not with the whole only-going-out-at-night thing. And living with his creepy aunt. And not going to school.

Just when Diana thinks she’s got Nicholas all figured out, people in her small, nothing-ever-happens town start dying. She has to wonder – can she trust him? And even more alarming – could she be next?

A murder mystery with a paranormal twist, Moon Child is best read under the covers with a flashlight...if you dare!

Purchase: Amazon /// Barnes & Noble

My Review:
This book actually takes place before By Blood and is focused on Emma's best friend Diana. I didn't pay much attention to the summary before I read this one, so I thought I was reading a sequel! My favorite thing about Diana is that she dances. I love that world and wish it had been incorporated even more (even though it wasn't supposed to be the focus)! It's really hard to write a review for this book because I don't want to give anything away! But I will say that the book starts off in a cemetery which is a fun way to start! The location is what pulled me in right away. There were a couple of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I feel like I'm pretty decent at predicting what is going on in certain books but I was completely off on this one. As a reader, you will have fun trying to figure out what is going on and I think anyone who reads this will be surprised!

Overall series rating: 7/10

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the kind reviews and for being on the tour! I'm so glad you enjoyed By Blood and Moon Child! :-D