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    Good Book

    Characters Serena is an interesting girl who has clearly had to grow up too quickly in order to survive. Her experiences as a prisoner changed her and she is torn between her responsibilities and learning more about Daniel. Daniel seems to be the typical sort of guy who wants to help everyone even if it is dangerous. He has a secret though, which makes his character feel quite elusive. There are a lot of characters in this book and they are mentioned right from the start. I found it difficult to keep up with everyone and what they could do. I feel as though this also hindered my ability to form connections with the main characters. I would have liked a little more depth with them. Plot The set up of this story kept me interested and I was eager to see what was going to happen. It is a slow paced story and not a lot happens, but I enjoyed the trickle of information. I was taken by surprise when the book just ended though. It is only book 1 in a series, and I expected there to be unanswered questions, but it seemed like an odd place to finish. World I liked the idea of the world and all the different abilities. I was keen to learn what each character could do and they seem to have flaws in their abilities as well, which makes them more realistic. I found the harsh reality for the Bad Bloods quite devastating when I really thought about it. The government were sentencing children to death and parents were quick to abandon their own children. Writing This is another well written book by Shannon A. Thompson, and it was an easy read. I do not recall coming across any typos and the descriptions were easy to understand. Overall I struggled to come up with a rating for this book because I feel as though I have only read half of it. It does have a lot of potential though, and I definitely want to know what happens next. There was a note at the end that mentioned that Bad Bloods had originally been published as one novel and then taken off the market shortly after. I am curious as to why this happened. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy easy to read YA books.
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    I think you should pick up this series

    I was given an audio book to review. The reader had a nice even voice that kept a nice pace through out the book. I also liked the accent. :) As for the story, the premise was interesting. Children born with "bad blood" that are sentenced to death because they are deemed less than human. Sounds great, right. I could have used more back story, but because I was coming in at the end of a series, if I had read the other books I might have gotten this. There was also a need for more world building, but that could have also been fixed in the previous books. All in all, this was a good read. I think you should all pick up this series.
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    A very promising first book in the series!

    I bought a print copy of this book from the author at a convention, and decided to leave a review. I loved this book! It's an unlikely combination of gritty and clean that is executed beautifully. The action starts at the beginning of the book, and the plot moves forward quickly as readers discover what's going on from Serena's and Daniel's points of view. I liked how Thompson managed to establish what was going on without detracting from the plot's quick pace. The dystopian world is immersive and complex with political intrigue outside of, and within, the bad bloods' ranks. The characters are interesting; many are children who possess wisdom beyond their years because many of them were thrown out of their homes, and lived on the streets before they were taken in by factions called "flocks." I think that the characters are fairly well-developed, and I get the feeling that Thompson will reveal more about Serena and Daniel as the series progresses. What is not revealed is the origin of the bad bloods; are the abilities a natural evolutionary step, like the X-Men, or is the mutation caused by an event in the past that exposed people to a mutagen? I was a bit disappointed that this wasn't revealed; however, even the characters seem to be unsure of how bad bloods came to be, but Thompson does hint that more of the bad bloods' origin story will be revealed as the series develops. November Rain is a promising first book of the Bad Bloods series; it provides readers with enough information to get hooked while offering hints at what's to come. A fantastic dystopian, young adult novel for fans of the genre!

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