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Blood Ties Book One: The Turning | [Jennifer Armintrout]

Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.
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Publisher's Summary

I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

So now I'm a vampire, and it turns out I have a blood tie to the monster who sired me. The tie works like an invisible leash, and I'm bound to him no matter what I do. And of course he's one of the most evil vampires on earth. With my sire hell-bent on turning me into a soulless killer and his sworn enemy set to exterminate me, things couldn't get much worse...except I'm attracted to them both.

Drinking blood, living as an immortal demon, and being a pawn between two warring vampire factions isn't exactly how I'd imagined my future. But as my father used to say, the only way to conquer fear is to face it. So that's what I'll do. Fangs bared.

Don't miss the rest of the Blood Ties series, including Book Two, The Possession and Book Three, Ashes to Ashes, and Book Four, All Souls' Night.

©2006 Jennifer Armintrout; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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"This fast, furious novel is a squirm-inducing treat." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Christopher Berg Raleigh, NC USA 04-16-08
    Christopher Berg Raleigh, NC USA 04-16-08 Member Since 2014

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    "tripe"

    As far as vampire stories go, this one isn't very good. For chick porn, I'm sure it's excellent. The story is driven by predictable formulaic plot elements, and offers nothing new to the genre. The most unusual aspect of the story, from my standpoint, is that it was one of the only ones I've ever encountered that was far more interesting at the beginning than at the end - in fact, it's the first I've quit listening to when within 1.5 hours of the end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 03-27-08
    Elizabeth 03-27-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Decent"

    This is the 1st book that I have listened/read by this author. Decent story, not profound but engaging. I agree with others who have commented about the annoying way the narrator voices some of the minor characters. Esp. Ziggy. very annoying. Other voices were not so bad, but that character was especially difficult to listen too. Also, if you listen to the second book, the voice of the "oracle" is hideous. But, it was short lived. I would recommend this series, even though I didn't enjoy the second book as much. Just realize it's not a profound piece, but as I indicated in the beginning of this review, book one of "the turning" was fairly engaging. Enjoy :)

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    Gary Wenatchee, WA, USA 08-25-07
    Gary Wenatchee, WA, USA 08-25-07
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    "compared to anne rice"

    not as detailed as anne rice , but as well done, with a sense of humour.

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    Paula Newnan, GA, USA 08-07-07
    Paula Newnan, GA, USA 08-07-07
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    "Unpredictable"

    Really good and unpredictable. As reviewed by my teenage daughter.

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    Robin Garland, TX, USA 08-03-07
    Robin Garland, TX, USA 08-03-07
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    "Well enough done..."

    the story just didn't grab my attention.

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    Tanya Chicago, IL, USA 04-11-07
    Tanya Chicago, IL, USA 04-11-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Eh"

    I've read the other reviews and most are spot on about the narrator - every ancillary character is frankly cringe-worthy.

    I feel like if I had read this in print it would have been better.

    As for the claims of "porn" this book is pretty tame on that front.

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    Tammy 09-06-08
    Tammy 09-06-08
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    "excellent"

    Loved it, had to get part two right away.

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    Heidikins79 Noblesville, In, United States 01-20-08
    Heidikins79 Noblesville, In, United States 01-20-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Vampire Series"

    I love vampire novel, so I jumped at the chance to purchase this audio book. It started out kind of slow. I actually turned it off after the first couple chapters. Out of lack of having anything else to do, I turned the audio book back on. I'm really happy I did. It got much better. These books are kind of a guilty pleasure for me. It's a decent vampire novel mixed with a crazy (in a good way) erotic scenes. I love the narrator!! She really defines each characters.

    I quickly purchased the over two. I finished all 3 in about a week. I couldn't put them away.

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    Raymond Santa Barbara, CA, USA 06-22-07
    Raymond Santa Barbara, CA, USA 06-22-07
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    "If you like to smoke...."

    If you like listening to graphical almost sexual detail on how much the protagonist likes to smoke this is the book for you.

    But personally other than knowing that a character smokes for character development reasons, I feel that smoking is utterly useless in the telling of a story. I stopped listening to the story during one of these descriptions and never finished it.

    Other than that the story was not bad and if I had been reading it I would have been able to easily skim over those paragraphs and probably would have finished.

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    Debbie Grampietro Shrewsbury, MA USA 12-26-08
    Debbie Grampietro Shrewsbury, MA USA 12-26-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Painful 2"

    I agree with the review by Painful - I stopped listening before the end of the first half even though I wanted to finish so as not to waste money. However, I reached a point where I couldn't listen to another word. I would like to have given it no stars.

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