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Bloodfire: Blood Destiny, Book 1 | [Helen Harper]

Bloodfire: Blood Destiny, Book 1

Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.
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Publisher's Summary

Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur. With a terrible temper to match her fiery red hair, Mack is extraordinarily useful in a fight, and when her pack alpha is brutally and abruptly murdered, she swears vengeance. Unfortunately, his murder also draws in the Brethren - the leaders of the shapeshifter world - who will slaughter everyone in Mack's small rural pack if they discover her true identity. Unfortunately Corrigan, the green-eyed muscle-bound Lord Alpha of the Brethren, doesn't let much slip by him.

©2013 Helen Harper (P)2014 Tantor

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    Marianne 06-01-14
    Marianne 06-01-14
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    "Urban Fantasy at Its Best"

    A kick-butt heroine
    A smorgasbord of supernatural creatures including many I've never read about before
    A slow-building and entirely believable attraction between the heroine and the Brethren's Alpha
    An ending that simultaneously satisfied and left me eager for the next book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Canberra, Australia 07-25-14
    Andy Canberra, Australia 07-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Much better than I was expecting"

    The book summary really didn't do this book justice. I found it an excellent read with a lot more complexity than I was expecting..

    It follows the well-trodden path of a magical world separate to the "muggle" world with rules about not letting the non-magical people find out about the reality of magic. However it establishes a good universe through which the story unwinds. The characters are all rich and have a depth to them, and the author doesn't separate them into distinct good/bad groups.

    After reading this book I immediately downloaded the next in the series. I rarely do that.

    To top it all off, the narrator is brilliant. Her performance significantly enhances the experience and adds an additional dimension to the main character.

    She is so good that I would pay to hear her read a telephone directory.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S-j Oakland, CA, United States 07-27-14
    S-j Oakland, CA, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2010

    Book-loving Brit living in US - trying to give critique more than be a critic - but please bear with me.... ;o)

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    "Celtic is not pronounced with an 'S'!"

    Great starting story - though a bit heavy-handed with the love interest. The narrator has a nice english accent - either by inheritance or talent but the pronuncication of far too many of the words is inauthentic enough to be thoroughly distracting. Timbre great, but it seems that no effort was put into researching place names, slang, intonation of insults of many infractions. That said, the story and otherwise pleasant voices and characterizations worked fine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Lithonia, GA, United States 07-07-14
    Lisa Lithonia, GA, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow!"

    Took a chance on this series and I don't regret a second! All the elements that I enjoy - great story, kick-a** strong female lead, alpha guy, action and great narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Nashville, TN, United States 07-31-14
    Steven Nashville, TN, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally a real heroine"
    If you could sum up Bloodfire in three words, what would they be?

    It seems that half of the books I read with a female super power lead have them as either self abusive women, or caught in excessive bad boy mode. Mack is neither of these and refreshing, the other characters and story are also refreshing.


    What other book might you compare Bloodfire to and why?

    The Mercy Thompson series or Kitty Norville series are other great female lead series. While I generally loved those as well, this story had its own sense of flare and unexpected results and subtle sub stories.


    Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

    The lead Mack, she was not weak, not into bad boys, she had great depth and convictions right along with her flaws. The internal struggles were great and not over powering the story and she resulted in a very believable character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, and then some.


    Any additional comments?

    So far I like the world she created for her story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    blackluster usa 07-11-14
    blackluster usa 07-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "worth the credit"
    What made the experience of listening to Bloodfire the most enjoyable?

    a new other world book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bloodfire?

    dragons wolf and other


    Have you listened to any of Saskia Maarleveld’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    she is rely good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    once u start u cant stop


    Any additional comments?

    its a great book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    krop Taylordville, KY, United States 07-11-14
    krop Taylordville, KY, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Greeat new Mix of Otherworld Beings"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloodfire to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the printed versions but I can see the movie playing in my head.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mac, and the gargoyle.


    What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has the ability to change her voice to bring out the other Characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I like the book Titles as is, but maybe something simple like (Human-Dragons the other paranormal


    Any additional comments?

    The stories are coming to few and far between. I need More PLease.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Dreuitt philadelphia 08-18-14
    D. Dreuitt philadelphia 08-18-14 Member Since 2013

    qeendee

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    "just okay"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The book was a little boring at time. Her voice never changed i didnt see her mode change or felt sad when her alpha died. I had no feeling as the book went thought the motions.


    Could you see Bloodfire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine 07-08-14
    Kristine 07-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good start"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bloodfire to be better than the print version?

    This was a good starting point. I will be getting the next book. I still do not filly understand how or in what way she stopped deaths in the pack.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vamparilla Atlanta, GA, United States 06-28-14
    Vamparilla Atlanta, GA, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome British series!"
    Where does Bloodfire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was really good!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I hadn't realised it was set in the UK!


    What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent accents!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was lol at times!


    Any additional comments?

    Mac is awesome as snarky and kickass as they come!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Light sort of romanticy chiclit with fighting?"
    What made the experience of listening to Bloodfire the most enjoyable?

    The narration was really good. The characters were fun, the action scenes were thought out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bloodfire?

    The bickering.


    What about Saskia Maarleveld’s performance did you like?

    Good all round.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Cornwall you never knew existed.


    Any additional comments?

    The heroine got a little bit whiny from time to time but it was nice to see her try her best and not need rescuing all the time like so many other heroines in this genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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