Book 1 in the Blood Type series
Author K.A. Linde
Narrated by Caitlin Elizabeth
Published by: Tantor Media
Publication date Apr 24, 2018
Running time 11 hrs
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.
In a civilization laid to waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.
Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.
For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.https://tantor.com/blood-type-ka-linde.html
This is a complicated premise for a story. BLOOD TYPE is dystopian, paranormal, with corrupt vampires intent on enslaving humanity. There’s not enough sex to call it steamy; the sexy times are more angst than fulfillment, but there is some. I have a hard time not seeing parallels with a warning between the world Linde has built and today’s political climate. Even if that was not the intent, there is a valiant effort at making social commentary in the book.
The dystopia is a little too harsh and not well-explained. There are romantic elements but the cliffhanger denies it a “romance” label. The cliffhanger made it feel more like a serial, than a series. For me, it felt like a day-time soap opera trying to make it to prime time. With so many components it became melodramatic
The characters are shallowly drawn and built on types. Maybe it was a sacrifice for world-building in the first book in a series. Beckham’s boss comes across like the boss in THE SIMPSONS.
The narration was okay when Reyna is the character, but the voicing of the male characters, particularly Beckham, is stunted.
The dystopia is a little too harsh and not well-explained. There are romantic elements but with a cliffhanger it is not a “romance.” The cliffhanger made it feel more like a serial than a “series.” For me, it felt like a day-time soap opera trying to make it to prime time. With so many components it became melodramatic. This was ambitious in its scope, but I don’t think it achieved its goals.