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Seventeen-year-old Serena isn't human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods' rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona's vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

©2016 Clean Teen Publishing (P)2017 Shannon A. Thompson

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Something was missing.

This was the kind of book that I could take it or leave it because I really felt like something was missing. It's very much a character driven story, which I like, but I also like a bit of world building too. I felt like this was missing a big bit of the world building. We know there is political turmoil going on but we don't know why. We know that there is only two "flocks" of bad bloods left but we don't know why. We also don't know why the two flocks are separate and why they don't really talk. There was too much missing for me to get fully invested in the story,

Character wise, while there are two main ones, Serena or Daniel, we also get to see some of the flocks they belong to. Each chapter of this is told from either Daniel or Serenas POV, which I liked. I also liked thee concept of the story, I just wish there was more depth to it!!

I don't know what else to say about this, because even though I liked it, I just have a lot of negative thoughts about it!! I'm on the fence with regards reading the next in the series because I'd need to make sure the world building is better and we get some answers first!!

The narrator was ok. I did find that he didn't differentiate the characters enough and it was only the fact that the chapters said who was talking that I could follow along. Other than that, he read it ok.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Fabulous Dystopian with an X-Men Twist

Once upon a time, people simply told stories instead of reading them. I think that is part of the allure for me. I have previously read through Thompson's Bad Bloods November Rain and going through a second time in audible format ties in a lot I may have overlooked. A brilliant story starting out paired along with a hypnotic voice to narrate the tale.

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A Hidden Gem!

4.25★ Audiobook⎮ At first glance, Bad Bloods probably looks familiar. A dystopian world that shuns youth with supernatural abilities sounds like it could be any number of other YA tales, some from big-name publishers. I was a bit cynical going into this one because of it. But what separates Bad Bloods from those super hyped books is Shannon A. Thompson’s magnificent character development and overall writing ability. That’s why I’m calling Bad Bloods a Hidden Gem.

Bad Bloods was only a little over 5 hours long, but I would have sat through much more of it than that. I actually wish it would have been a couple of hours longer and not just because of the cliffhanger ending. Getting to know Thompson’s characters was like slowly lowering into a hot bath. Intense, but at the same time oh-so-enjoyable.

The story was fast-paced, but not action-packed. This installment was driven more by character development than plot. Thompson introduced the world through her characters. There’s political turmoil going on, but we only hear of it as it affects the characters. It’s clearly something that will come more into focus in future installments.

Daniel and Serena were equally compelling protagonists. Both with heartbreaking backstories, there’s still so much about them to be revealed. Even the secondary characters were intriguing and dynamic in their own rights.

Bad Bloods is a series that I look forward to following. This installment was obviously only the tip of the iceberg and I’m practically salivating for more. Published by Clean Teen Publishing, it’s perfect for fans of all ages. It’s particularly well suited for those who’ve enjoyed work by Marie Lu, Victoria Schwab, Lauren Oliver, and Veronica Roth. I only wish it had been a bit longer or had provided a little more closure at the end. Still, I hope Thompson plans on expanding the series on audiobook soon!

Narration review: Jonathan Johns has a very distinct tone to his voice. It’s somehow simultaneously soothing and intense. He handled the characters’ wide range of emotions beautifully, showing just how dynamic his voice can be. I was particularly impressed with his interpretations of the secondary characters.

However, I do wish there had been a more significant distinction between the two primary characters’ voices, especially when reading prose. The story frequently switched POVs between Daniel and Serena. My only real struggle with the story came from my inability to consistently grasp which of them was speaking. This made listening somewhat frustrating at times, but I still completely recommend this audiobook. The production quality was fantastic and it made for an overall enjoyable listening experience. ♣︎

➜This audiobook was graciously gifted to me by its narrator, Jonathan Johns, in exchange for a review containing my honest thoughts and opinions. Thanks, Jonathan!

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Great story

Very interesting. Love the characters, the storyline has an X-men feel to it but is still it’s own uniques story. I was intrigued from the beginning . There are so many characters each with their own unique gift. It does end on a cliff hanger so I can’t wait for the next book. Jonathon Jones did a great job with the narration

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What a great book, hooked from the start.

Wow, this book started off crazy and good. Serena is one of two main characters. When we meet her she is about to die, because all bad bloods must die. In a city where humans and bad bloods divide them, humans seeing anyone different as not worthy.
But someone helps Serena escape this death sentence and Serena is not sure why? But after a moment of wondering she leaves.

That's when she is almost caught and runs into Daniel or rather he finds her.
He helps her in the alleyway. Daniel is another of the main characters. This book is told from two points of view. And I love that about this book.
From there things only get better and better.

When Daniel gets Serena to a safe zone he tells her it's okay no one will hurt her there. She doesn't believe him at first. Because why would any one want to help a bad blood out? Daniel explains he is a bad blood as well.
Although every bad blood has unique powers that they can use, Serena absorbs others powers.

Now with Serena back on her side with her make shift family all she can think about his Daniel and how kind he was to her. But the leader of her little family warns her to stay away from him.
Now a lot happens in this book that I don't want to give away spoilers.
But I do want to say this is such a great read for anyone who roots for the under dogs and likes a little bit of love in a book. I think it has a little bit of everything for everyone.

So what are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy of this book today.

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Interesting start to a series

The story was a pretty good except the ending which is a huge cliffhanger like it ended in the middle of a sentence type cliffhanger. The world building was good but I wanted a bit more and thought maybe we would get to that in the coming books but I’ll be honest if I had any clue on that ending I would have waited till this series is done before reading.

That being said I am curious, I do plan to read the next book I need to know how this story ends up. I am curious to see what other powers everyone has and if the flocks can be friends instead of enemies and of course will the outcome of the election change the way the Bad Bloods have to live. This has a bit of an X-men feel a little Miss Peregrine and of course they are hunted by the government for their Bad Blood hence the name. I found the different groups interesting and really, really want to know what the deal is with Daniel and Robert and more back story on everyone.

The story was told from 2 different perspectives and they were hard to tell apart, if this story is going to continue being told from Daniel and Serena’s perspective I would suggest adding a female narrator for her chapters. I did like Jonathan Johns narration for the most part I just didn’t feel there was enough difference between the two perspectives.

I do look forward to the next book in this series.

I received this book from the narrator for a fair and honest review.

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Bad Bloods: November Rain

I found Bad Bloods to be an enjoyable listen. The characters development was quite good and the storyline kept me interested. I look forward to seeing where the story goes.

I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Meh

I wish I didn’t buy this. Slow with no conclusion at ALL! When I saw it was over I was like wtf...

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Awesome characters

November Rain is passed in 2089 in a world where some persons aren’t entirely human. They are called bad bloods and in the city of Vendona, they are executed. Our main character Serena is a bad blood who got caught and almost killed. She was helped by a prison guard to escape. Followed by Daniel – our other main character – who is also a bad blood, who helped to save her life on the streets of Vendona.

I really liked this world, it was extremely gripping, realistic and just fantastic. It’s really creative and full of interesting elements. We have persons with different abilities, we have the tense political aspects, a city full of danger and a lot of mysteries. With the additional romance, which I’m excited to see evolve!

The characters are really awesome. I loved to follow both of the main characters, to see the differences in their life, to see them trying to survive and their interactions throughout the novel. They were full of life and personality and I am completely addicted to them. But we also have a lot more characters than those two and they are as special as these ones! They are all very young, with different abilities, personalities and overall stories.

I love how they all merged together. All they have in common being bad bloods, but I felt that it was even more than that. It really felt like family, the way they treated each other, and some of the characters were just a joy to be introduced to.

I loved this story, the only problem I had was that the narrator was quite difficult to enter into - the actual voice. There’s a lot going on, and to understand all the characters and different plots, it’s not easy sometimes, in an audiobook. And this one was definitely not easy for me to grab at first. But after some time I kinda got the hang of it. The voice might not be the best for the story.

Good dystopian, with awesome characters that will enter your heart, and some fantastic elements!

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A good setup for a superhero story

The Bad Bloods are like underground superheroes that haven’t been accepted by society yet. Each Bad Blood has one or more powers and as a group have been deemed undesirable by government and society. There are camps where Bad Bloods are sent to and eventually executed. This made the book feel like a near future scifi tale and also like a war time history story at the same time.

It’s a decent start to a series. Serena, Daniel, Calhoun, and Robert all get solid set ups for their characters. I was left with plenty of questions about the world building though. Serena doesn’t talk about her time in the Bad Bloods camp where she spent approximately 1 year. So I wonder quite a bit about what goes on behind those fences and walls and also why she was kept alive that long if all Bad Bloods are to be executed. The big bad nemesis of the story remains pretty far removed from the action and faceless. At first this intrigued me but then I was just frustrated at the lack of info as the book neared it’s end.

Then there’s these Flocks, which are basically Bad Bloods living and hiding together as large adopted families trying to pass as regular citizens. This was also a bit vague. I get that the kids have to keep their noise to a minimum and that most Bad Bloods can’t find legal work unless they obtained some fake IDs. Still, there were all sorts of questions about how so many living together keep the neighbors from asking questions and such.

Calhoun was the most interesting character for me. He’s a surrogate father for Daniel and he doesn’t have any superpowers himself. Yet he assists these Bad Bloods, putting his own life on the line. He has a history that’s hinted at and I really hope we get to know more about him in the next book in the series.

Serena and Daniel and Robert – a triangle. It might turn into a love triangle and it might not. I don’t really care for love triangles myself but I know it can up the drama for a book. So there’s this big election coming up and the outcome will have significant effect on the Bad Blood community. Somehow Serena is key in this election. Once again, it’s all just penciled in; there’s no details as to how or why. So, once again, this initially intrigued me but then just left me frustrated by the end of the book as we get nothing more.

Also, since Serena has this nebulous uber power, both Robert and Daniel are wanting her to side with one of them and not the other. I didn’t really care for this aspect as it turned Serena into an object to be won or taken instead of keeping her a character with personal motives. I hope the second book is more about Serena and what she wants. Also, as she’s the only main female character, I need her to be a whole character to stay interested in her. There’s plenty of minor female characters, but so far Serena is the only plot-relevant female in a cast of male characters getting important stuff done.

The book does end on a big fat cliff hanger with nothing resolved and just a jumble of questions. I am intrigued but also frustrated because Book 2 is not in audiobook format yet. There’s lots of potential here for this tale to be an awesome story and I really hope Book 2 does that for me. As a side note, I want Daniel’s aspartame addiction (which gives him speedy healing and needed nutrition – awesome!) 3.5/5 stars.

Narration: Jonathan Johns made a really good Daniel and an excellent Calhoun. I adored his performance of Calhoun. He also does little kid voices really well. However, his female character voices need some femininity. The ladies sounded like soft spoken males and that sometimes made it difficult to keep track of whose head I was in with the switching POV. Also, there were a few repeated sentences here and there. On the other hand, he really carried off the character emotions quite well and there were a variety of emotions, both subtle and stark, in this story. 4/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Clean Teen Publishing. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.