My Blood Runs Blue
Outskirts Press (2011)
Reviewed by Tracey Rock for Reader Views (6/11)
As a police officer, Kristen Greene has always enjoyed working the night shift in the small town of Fawn Hollow. Living alone since the death of her husband two years ago, the quiet nights gave her peace and solace. Although she missed her husband terribly, she seemed to have a deeper longing that she could not quite understand. Julian Hutchinson had only one thing on his mind. Revenge. He wanted to find Damon. Damon was a vengeful vampire that had killed Julian’s mate, Calista, and daughter; Damon was still out there, somewhere, killing others and he wanted to find him. With the help of the VMF and his friend Alex he would make sure Damon would pay for what he did. Humans knew the VMF as an acronym for Virtual Military Force Security, but in the vampire world, it was known as the Vampire Military Force, designed to police vampires from harming humans and other vampires.
Master Alexander (Alex) Armstrong was head of the VMF. He had been in love with Calista before Julian. It seemed that her death was harder on him than it was on Julian. As Kristen begins investigating the death of a local woman who was murdered, she meets Julian and Alex, who come to Fawn Hollow to investigate the same death. As they begin their work in parallel Kristen begins to unravel a whole other world that brings about more questions than answers. She also is starting to feel comfortable with things about herself that she never had could explain before. Only, who is Calista and what does she have to do with her or with anything tied to her investigation? Kristen soon finds herself involved deeper into Julian and Alex’s world than she could have imagined.
First, I have to say that I liked the storyline. It was unique and nice to see for this genre. I liked the way the author put the pieces of the story together in the end. That being said, it was a little confusing in the beginning because the story is being told from the perspective of three different characters. So, if the main character is telling the story and does something in particular in one chapter, then in the next chapter, the secondary character would tell their side of the same incident. So, the book is a little busy. As the story moves along, at some point, as a reader, I wanted to try to connect with the main character of the story, but it did not feel like there was enough information about Kristen to connect with her. Especially since the other two secondary characters were telling the story from their perspective. With little to go on about her current life, it makes it difficult for a reader hard to conceptualize another life she led. The author was able to provide much more insight into this past life she led, but I just felt like I needed to understand Kristen more as she was, after all, the main character. I just didn’t feel like there were very many details as to the sheer nature of how Kristen came to be. It’s just kept light and fun. So, looking past this little tidbit, if you are looking for a light vampire, love triangle story with plenty of mystery, then “My Blood Runs Blue” does hold its own in originality. You will not want to put it down.