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Friday, August 12, 2011

Bloodlands by Christine Cody

Bloodlands by Christine Cody

Book Stats:
Genre: Dystopian / Paranormal
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release date: July 26 2011

Series: Bloodlands #1

Source: Penguin USA

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

The New Badlands—a desolate area in the West forged by the terrible events that altered the entire country, where a few frightened citizens retreated underground to shelter from the brutal weather... and from a society gone deadly dangerous.
Then the vampire arrived—and they started calling it the Bloodlands.
Not because Gabriel, the so-called monster running from his true self, was searching for his lover’s murderer. Nor because Mariah, the woman who reluctantly took him in, was willing to do anything to survive in the changed world.
No, the Badlands officially became the Bloodlands the moment a gun-for-hire who’d decided to slay every monster left in the country came after Gabriel...

Set in a future where technology and white-collar villains destroyed the planet as we know it now, Mariah and a bunch of secluded folks are hiding in tunnels underneath the New Badlands, trying to escape the madness… That is, until Stamp came along, wanting to claim their territory for his own. Gabriel, as vampire looking for his runaway girlfriend, will also interfere in his quest to find her… and redemption along the way.

Try and imagine a dystopian set-up with bad guys, mutant creatures and talking dogs and add to it a healthy dose of Western atmosphere and you’ll get a good idea of what to expect in Christine Cody’s Bloodlands. I really enjoyed this dry and hostile territory where water is the most valuable resource.  Monsters are roaming the earth, and Vampires aren’t the only ones out for blood. Mystery is also a thick veil over this inhospitable land and the author really keeps us in the dark until the end.

Even though the whole set-up was the star for me in this first novel of the Bloodlands series, the characters were also quite amazing. Mariah is hiding in the tunnels, afraid to go out and trying to run from a terrible, yet very mysterious, past. She was convinced by her Intel Dog (a talking mutant dog) to help Gabriel, a man who showed up at her door, bloody and dying. She has no idea of the trouble she's letting in… Her attraction to him will prove hazardous and I enjoyed their struggle in this very unlikely relationship. Both are figuratively haunted and their personal bogeyman might just catch up to them.

The bad guys are bad, yet when you compare them to the good guys… the lines gets blurry. Not everyone are what they seem in this terrible landscape and your allegiance may deceive you.

The tempo is rather slow even though it’s spiked with bursts of violence and the end is the apogee of this marathon. It will surprise you and completely challenge the perspective you had of the whole plot. Christine tied-up the story very well, no deadly cliff-hanger to speak of, yet I’m very excited for the second installment, Blood Rules, to be released on August 30th.

I would definitely recommend this book to Dystopian and Urban Fantasy fans. It’s a very original tale, not to be missed!

Oh and that cover? Down right amazing.. just sayin’.

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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9 People left their mark' :

  1. I was on a chat last night with Christine Cody as the guest and this book sounds awesome!

  2. This sounds so different and so good.

  3. Oooh I have been wanting to read this! It sounds so good, I love the cover too.

  4. Great review! I decided to give this one a try as well since I loved Christine's Vampire Babylon series!

  5. Sounds like a great read!!! Too bad there isn't action right from the beginning! Thank you for sharing hon!

  6. The slow tempo might put me off a bit..butit really does look good.
    Must read this. Thanks for the review!

  7. I am so behind as have all of the Vampire Babylon books to read, when this one released though and my copy came in the mail read it toot sweet fast and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to book 2 & 3.

  8. Thanks, you all! (And big thanks to Tynga. Hope you like BLOOD RULES.)

  9. Thank you so much for stopping by Christine! I'm really honored *blushes*