Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Blood Spells by Jessica Andersen

Title:  Blood Spells
Author: Jessica Andersen
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: NightKeepers #5
Main Characters: Patience & Brandt
Release Date: November 2010
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $6.39
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Mayan lore and modern science warn that 12/21/2012 will bring a global cataclysm. Dark forces stand poised to crush mankind. The only hope rests with a secret group of modern magic-wielders called the Nightkeepers. But as Patience White-Eagle and her husband, Brandt, team up as a mated warrior pair, they will face a deadly threat that will test their powers-and their love...

My Review:
Patience and Brandt...out of all the NightKeepers, their happily-ever-after should have been the easiest. They actually found each other and married long before the magic barrier came down. They were "meant to be" since they knew each other as lifemates before either one of them ever knew that the other was a NightKeeper. That's the logical assumptions, but ever since they discovered their joint NightKeeper heritage, their marriage has begun a slow but steady downhill slide.

This book starts out with all the heartbreak and angst that comes from a marriage that's falling apart and I truly thought that I was going to end up hating this book.  But then Patience started to grow and develop into her own independent person instead of being the down-trodden victim. Also, the reasons for the downfall of their marriage start to become apparent. Suddenly, I was loving this book and especially Patience for the woman that she is stepping up and becoming.

Patience & Brandt have twin boys that have had to go into hiding. It's been 2 years since either of them have had contact with the boys and that is causing huge amounts of stress especially for Patience. Brandt has dealt with it by being a guy- focusing on the reason that the boys are gone, not the emotional impact of that absence like Patience has.

Overall, this book is really about Patience (notice that this is the only NightKeepers far...with a female on it) and her growth into becoming her own person and being able to stand on her own two feet. At the end there is more about the romance between Patience and Brandt and, when it came, it was astounding in it's beauty. Really emotional- I got teary-eyed several times at the end of this book. I like that at the core of all these books is the philosophy that all of these people are strong, but they are so much stronger with the love of their mate to support them. It's a huge team, but within it are the mini-teams of each of the mated couples which makes ALL of them that much better. Such an amazing theme for a romantic series.

The series:
1. NightKeepers- reviewed HERE (A rating)
2. DawnKeepers- reviewed HERE (B rating)
3. SkyKeepers- reviewed HERE (A- rating)
4. DemonKeepers- reviewed HERE (A- rating)
5. Blood Spells- this review (A- rating)
6. Storm Kissed- reviewed HERE (A rating)
7. ??? January, 2012 (Sven's book)
8. ??? September, 2012 (Anna's book)
9. ??? October, 2012 (Rabbit's book)


Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Ok need to stop liking so many damn books. LMAO. You're so much like me with liking almost every book you pick up. This series is on my TBR list...thanks again for that. :-P ;-) BTW I also love the covers and I can't wait to check out what your hype is all about. I also love that it's a mix of girls and guys.

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Oh wait a second...I placed this on my TBR list after you had read book #6 and talked about how amazing it was and how you had to go back and read it from book one. LOL.