Bloodfire

Blood Destiny, Book 1
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Series: Blood Destiny, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,943 ratings)

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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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Lovely narrator. Downer of a story.

I liked the way the story developed. But what a downer! I kept waiting for some reprieve - and it never came. Not only that, but the lowest point is at the end. The unsatisfying ending May eventually motivate me to read the next book. But I really wish this one had a self contained arc that is satisfying on some level. The highlight of the book is the narrator. Loved her voice!

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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.

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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.

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weak

What disappointed you about Bloodfire?

The storyline was weak and didn't really hold up. The "heroine" has to be saved. It might make an ok pre-teen book if the swearing was left out. It might be one of those books that works better as a read rather than a listen too. There is a lot of repetition......we get it, if the brethren find out she is human it's a problem.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

All of the main character's emotions are more or less in the same slightly breathy tone.

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

It was shorter than some

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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.

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The Ending Absolutely Sucked

I can't believe the ending. Spoiler. Instead of the heroine winning, in the end she lost everything. What a disappointment.

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Ok story, poorly edited

Harper desperately needs a strong editor. Her action scenes seem to be central to the plot but are an exceedingly poor effort, having laughable vagueness when trying to be specific. The story had potential, the writer's lack of skill is a let down.

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Ugh! 8 hours and 45 min in and I'm not sure why!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't think of anyone over the age of 8 who would find it entertaining, and the language rules the 7 and under crowd out.

Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Harper again?

Probably not. The lead characters seemed so clueless as to be stupid. The plot was slow and "all over the place". No surprises anywhere to be found.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Saskia Maarleveld?

Almost ANYONE. Her pace was slow to the point of laziness...all characters seemed to be stoned or barely awake other than the one that sounded like Ringo Starr ... he was beyond annoying!

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

It was not overly offensive....just not entertaining. I kept thinking it was just a slow beginning, until I realized the book had only 12 minutes left.

Any additional comments?

Save your money/credit. I spent an entire evening waiting for the book to get better. The characters were boring, the action was watered down, the ending was ... too long in coming.

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Narrator Failure

The story itself was a little slow and lacked "punch" . However, I feel that if a different narrator read the story it could have been more powerful. I felt she was monotone in several areas of the story.

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would not bother with next book in series

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

different reader / more character development / faster story

Any additional comments?

Would not buy the next book in the series. the writer had a soothing British accent that did nothing for an already slow book, The characters seemed a little surface and not really invested in the action.

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  • Frances
  • 09-03-14

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.

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  • Annie A
  • 10-09-18

Disappointed.......

I tried really hard to like this book and I had thought I had found a replacement for the Kate Daniels series but lord the book missed the mark big time. The story line read as if it would be really good but I have to say the Heroine was just beyond annoying - talk about crappy attitude - there was nothing to like about her. She was bloody miserable all the time with her friends, with her pack and her woe is me and my human life living with the pack attitude was just idiotic!! I unfortunately downloaded the second book thinking it would be really good series but I actually can’t bring myself to listen to it. What a complete waste! Seriously don’t bother

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  • Sara M.
  • 08-17-18

Fantastic serie! better than the lazy witch

Action packed, slow burn romance, funny.
I found the lazy witch series to bland. This one is much better.
Great serie similar to Darkfever by Karen Moning.

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  • Drax17
  • 12-23-17

Great start to fiery series

Mack was a great character. Loved her fiery temperament & loyalty to her pack. Loved the pace of the story & great narration from Saskia Maarleveld. Can't wait to continue on with the series.

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  • stacey
  • 04-07-17

Absolutely amazing!

This was absolutely flipping amazing! I had no expectations for it and it really did surprise me. I loved every bit of the story and the narrator is great!

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  • Imee_Benz
  • 08-19-16

Thrilling

Mack is a very strong kick ass heroine but too hot headed and stubborn for her own good, still its a fast paced story with lots of action and a hint of romance (future) chemistry is there just that Mack is too pig headed because she is an alpha female in her own right, can't wait for the next book. It would have been nice if she has more power though. Saskia Maarleveld is awesome as the narrator, she very convincing in her narrative that invokes emotions into you. X

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