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My Blood Approves: My Blood Approves, Book 1 | [Amanda Hocking]

My Blood Approves: My Blood Approves, Book 1

Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met. Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood....
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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met. Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood....

©2010 Amanda Hocking (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Oli 08-20-12
    Oli 08-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't waste your money"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is by far the worst book I ever listened to. I don't think anything would make this book
    Worth listening


    Has My Blood Approves turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narator was too slow


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from My Blood Approves?

    Oh god, every one


    Any additional comments?

    I usually don't write bad comments but this time I had to. If you value your credits or your money stay away from this one. Honestly, bad writing, ridiculous dialogue, immortal people who act dumber than teenagers and most of all the stupidest main character.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-23-12
    Janna Lansdale, PA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "okay once it gets going"

    This book ends up being okay, but the character and story-line development takes a good half of the book, leaving only the last third of the book to actually be good. The book takes place in only a couple of weeks, but a lot and yet very little occur in that time frame. The main female character is not a strong character, and it takes very little to get her attention. You end up understanding that her strong attraction to the male character is something entirely different than you initially think, but it doesn't improve her weakness. The narrator is pretty horrible, very choppy and slow, but oddly enough she has a rhythm that you can eventually get in with and not annoy so much. And thankfully, my MP3 player has a fast playback feature for audiobooks. So overall, this is an okay listen, just okay enough that I will give the second book a try.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 01-15-12
    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 01-15-12 Member Since 2008

    I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

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    "Twilight - all is forgiven"

    This book has a Twilight-esque storyline, in as much there is a schoolgirl with little sense, self preservation wise or otherwise, who becomes involved with a vampire 'family'.

    Unlike Bella, Sally is a self centered person who appears to care little to nothing for her single parent mother who works hard to keep her and her brother in a relatively good and safe home environment.

    Sally appears to care a bit more for her younger bother when it suits her. This care however does not stop her from leaving him home alone and even leaving home for no other reason that her mother chastised her for coming home just as the sun was rising on a school day.

    There is little to like about Sally as a person in this book in my opinion.

    There is a few nice twists to vampire lore in this story and some of the vampire families back stories are nicely detailed.

    The narrator does a passable job.

    So if you are into Twilight-esque novels this may appeal. Be warned however the books ending leaves a lot to be desired as it resolve very little. One hopes the next book in the series with at least do that.

    Sadly in my opinion it's claim to fame is that it makes Twilight look good in comparison

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Near Well House, Barbados 12-21-11
    Kindle Customer Near Well House, Barbados 12-21-11 Member Since 2011

    I am a voracious reader who enjoys the YA, Paranormal, Romance, Business and Personal Development genres. Look out for my reviews!

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    "A Worthy Effort In This Trendy Genre"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Blood Approves to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version of this book, but I have read the print version of the most popular series in this genre, The Twilight Saga. At 9 hours plus, the length of this audio book is good value for my membership credit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I liked the more varied and intimate interactions with the vampires, in fact between all the characters, throughout the story, partially allowed by the protagonist, Alice's few positive human relationships and because the author seemed genuinely interested in exploring the humanity of her vampire characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Hannah Friedman’s performances?

    I believe I will read the entire series, as the story seems incomplete after this first book in the series. The narration was not the best.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was particularly moved by the antagonist, blood-lust filled Peter's attack on Alice in the kitchen. This is when Jack's feelings for her become clear, not just to her, but to all the characters present as he defends her against the stronger, more vicious Peter's cruel actions.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the read! Recommended.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Calhoun, KY, United States 10-13-12
    Rebecca Calhoun, KY, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a PhD theatre student who loves not proofreading my reviews (sorry) because I have to do enough of that in school. :)

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    "My Blood Approves - But my Brain does not"

    I feel like a few brain cells died, flinging themselves over a cliff just to escape this horrid nonsense. I'd give it all 1 star if it weren't YA but even then I feel like teenagers are being cheated. Simply put, this is Twilight watered down.

    No plot, no endgame (at least where I'm at just before the start of Part 2), Alice is a shallow, self-absorbed, 17-year-old idiot who has clearly never heard the word vampire despite throwing up werewolf as an excuse for Jack's strange behavior. Her only friend is a slut (no really, the girl does nothing but go out, get drunk, and have one-night stands), she hardly gives a thought to her mother who's apparently working 70 hours a week, and her brother is a shadow of a character. She gets saved from being attacked and immediately gets in the car with a complete stranger who is 25 who focuses all his attention on her because "there's just something about her that's different from other girls." He does all these weird things and she just keeps going with the flow while having midless drivel float through her brain for us readers to see how truely clueless she is. Ugh.

    The narration is fair at best and mediocre most of the time, but then, it fits the story just perfect.

    I bought this during a sale and boy do I feel stupid for going ahead and getting the next few novels just to save a little. Part of me thinks I want to finish it just to get my money out of it but the other part of me thinks I want to save the remaining brain cells. Save yourself the credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 05-08-12
    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 05-08-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "GOOD BOOK"

    I JUST FINISHED THE AVAILIBLE BOOKS IN THS SERIES AND I HAVE TO SAY I WAS A BIT ANNOYED WITH I STARTED LISTENING TO THIS BOOK. I NEVER REALLY EXPECT THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES TO BE THE BEST BUT I WAS ALMOST REALLY DISAPOINTED BECAUSE I JUST REMINDED ME OF THE TWILIGHT BOOK. IT WAS PROBABLY THE AUTHORS BIGGEST INFLUENCE AND IT REALLY SHOWS. BUT... THE STORY IS REALLY GOOD AND THE AUTHORS DID DO A GREAT JOB ON THE SERIES SO IT IS WORTH LISTENING TO AND GETTING T NEXT BOOK.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 01-02-12
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    I really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to download the second in the series..I could relate to the characters as if they were friends of mine. I hope the second book is just as good as the first.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JR PA, United States 03-09-12
    JR PA, United States 03-09-12
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    What disappointed you about My Blood Approves?

    The storyline was disappointing. I guess if you want a combination of The Vampire Diaries and Twilight but not done well, this book is it!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Divergent


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

    No, but she did well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    just the performer


    Any additional comments?

    Pass it by.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jenniaddy 06-18-14
    jenniaddy 06-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible, no character development, boring plot"
    Would you try another book from Amanda Hocking and/or Hannah Friedman?

    i don't think so


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Terrible, no character development, boring plot, too predictable, painful to listen too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bri-al United States 05-19-14
    Bri-al United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "frustrating"
    Would you try another book from Amanda Hocking and/or Hannah Friedman?

    Book was ok. Narrator does not match emotions of characters. Audio book has TONS of differences from written book which makes it extremely frustrating to use Whispersync.


    What didn’t you like about Hannah Friedman’s performance?

    Her emotions don't match that of the chAracters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Catherine
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    7/10/12
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    "familiar territory"

    I great book to listen to: I actually had to run my ipod OFF so i could sleep instead of keeping myself awake just to hear the next part. however, if you're looking for something unique, this isn't it. Its so reminiscent of Twilight that i can't believe its not copyright infringement and if i heard the word "complicated" one more time i was going to shred my earphones. BUT it's fun to listen to and slightly more satisfying because its set for a older audience (albeit only by a smidgen). I'd have given it a 5 if it hadn't already all been said and done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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