Blood Ties Book One: The Turning by Jennifer Armintrout

The things that go bump in the night are often the things that fascinate us the most. There is a sort of unknown taboo feeling about them that seem to draw us in. No matter how dangerous these things can be, we humans find them darkly fascinating.

Dr. Carrie Ames is a new resident at her local ER. When a John Doe comes through the doors and subsequently dies from his injuries, it sets Carrie on a path that changes her life forever. Because she ran from the ER originally, Carrie looks to confront her fears in the Morgue and is brutally attacked and left for dead. Though she survived the attack, Carrie is changed and not for the better.

Looking for answers, Carrie finds Nathan Grant, a fellow vampire and member of the Movement. The Movement seeks to eliminate all vampire in order to save mankind and the vampire who turned Carrie, Cyrus Kerrick is enemy number one. Nathan then gives Carrie a choice – join them or be killed by them.

To add insult to injury, Carrie learns of her ‘blood tie’ with Cyrus. A sort of psychic bond it ties Carrie to Cyrus, allowing him to read her thoughts and even control her emotions towards him. She finds herself attracted to Cyrus but also Nathan. What is a girl to do?

Despite the interesting premise, I was rather disappointed by this book. Though the action was fairly solid, the characters were not. I found them all one-dimensional and not at all interesting. The main protagonist, a vampire who is evil and cruel just because he can be. The potential love interest, another vampire with a checkered past who still has feelings for his long dead wife. The main female character, emotionally stunted with a less than loving childhood. Tropes, all of them, and not in a good way. For me, there was only one interesting character I wanted to know more about and he died!

Dark and gruesome at times, eye-rolling bad at others. Personally, I did not enjoy this book and won’t be seeking out the others in the series.

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