Monday, 18 February 2013

Review of Blood Will Tell by Samantha Young

Blood Will Tell (Warriors of Ankh, #1)Pages: 273
Publisher: Published by Samantha Young
Released: July 2011

Plot: What would you do if you were born to be a predator? Would you fight your natural instincts or give in to your nature? 
Eden is a soul eater closing in on her awakening. Her family has convinced her that soon she will have to take a life in order to save her own. It’s a decision Eden doesn’t want to deal with even as her hunger for souls grows stronger every day.
To complicate her impossible position, new guy in school Noah Valois’ determination to befriend her puts Eden in touch with a humanity she’s never known. Addicted to his company, his friendship and affection, she becomes more and more terrified that giving into her hunger will mean losing him forever…
… But when she discovers that Noah is not what he seems, his betrayal forces her to face two choices. One will offer her revenge and the destruction of a boy she loved. The other may offer her a life of eternal redemption…

Good Points: I first found this author over a year ago now, just after the time I bought my Kindle. The book was Slumber by Samantha Young, it was about 77p and one of the first self-published books I ever read. Since that day I have been hooked, seriously hooked by her writing and almost read all of her books and not been disappointed by a single one of them.

The warriors of Ankh series does not fail to break this fold. Man, I loved this book. I think it has just about everything you could want in a YA book. It has mystery, a great bunch of characters that you feel a range of emotions for and an original plot that not only is filled with adventure, a splash of potential romance and action but also the possibility that you will never be able to put this book down.

As I have already said I really liked the main character Eden, although I wasn't overly enthusiastic about her name I liked how she wasn't like most YA protagonists where she was this unknowing participant pulled into a world she knew nothing about. Eden knows about Soul eaters and she knows about some of the history of how they came to be. Her family is horrible and when I mean horrible I don't just mean 'oh they don't talk to her and treat her bad' they are literally the worst parents ever- keeping prisoners in the basement to torture and rape them? Oh yeah this book has it and it gets a lot worse as the story unravels.
One of the major things that I loved about Blood Will Tell was that the characters aren't all easily distinguished into the good and bad categories and you see Eden go through this challenge of categorising herself within the book.

Small things within the book really helped build the story as well like Eden's brothers nickname for her 'paradise' which as cheesy as that name is helped build and identify their close relationship immediately to the reader.

 Also Noah, Oh Noah... (yes, I know another biblical name- what's with that?) but honestly he clicked immediately with me and not just because of his uber great sense of music but because of his overall character. Definitely looking forward to what will happen in the future concerning him :)

Bad Points: There was one point in the book where Eden is being told about the history of the warriors which got me a little confused just because of how much information was put into that chapter and how quick it was given out.

To Sum Up... Loved this book and I would seriously recommend you go out and read it. Although Slumber will always (probably :P) be my favourite Samantha Young novel I have to admit this has trumped Tales of Lunamorte so far and replaced it as firm second. Go read it!

Thanks for reading and please feel free to comment :)


  1. LOVED this book! This is what started me on my Samantha Young lovefest. Really need to read Slumber, have had it on my Kindle for forever.

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