Matters of the Blood

Matters of the Blood

Book - 2009
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If you thought your family was strange...

Try being Keira Kelly. A member of a powerful paranormal family, Keira elected to stay among humans in the Texas Hill Country when the rest of the clan moved (lock, stock, and grimoire) to Canada. But family duty means still having to keep an eye on cousin Marty -- a genetic aberration who turned out 100% human, poor guy. And recently Keira's been having violent dreams -- or are they visions? -- featuring Marty as the victim of a vicious murder. Something sinister seems to be brewing in little Rio Seco. Can Keira get to the bottom of it all while avoiding entanglement with her former lover, Sheriff Carlton Larson? And what does she plan to do about the irresistible and enigmatic Adam Walker? When this old friend shows up as the new owner of a local ranc and wants to get better acquainted, Keira is more than happy to be welcoming...until she suspects that Adam could be intimately connected to the dangerous doings in Rio Seco.
Publisher: Toronto : Pocket Books, ©2009
Edition: Juno BooksPocket Books pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781439156742
Branch Call Number: APB SF LIM
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 17 cm.

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Oct 31, 2009

You've gotta hate when you read a book and feel like you're missing a chunk of very key information.

When I first picked up this book I was excited. Series make me excited, they generally make for delicious reading with shiny plots. Even with series that wrap up with each book (i.e. Kitty Norville series) the characters are usually a good read an watching them get into various shenanigans are amusing. So when I started this book I was really disappointed.

I know it's the first book of the series, it says so on the front cover and yet I was re-reading trying to figure out what I'd missed and how I'd missed it. That made the beginning hard to get into as I was constantly distracted with trying to figure out what Keira was. It was written like I should know but I didn't. So many facts about her and her heritage were vague and patchy. I never found myself getting pulled into her world. Never grasped the world Lima was trying to create.

The plot about her visions and various murders weren't gripping. Keira as a character fell flat and I never felt like I was beginning to get to know her. I wanted to know her and this backwater town she lived in but I couldn't. I wasn't offered anything meaty to sink my teeth into. Lima did, however, incorporate themes that should've worked, unfortunately they never clicked. It was almost as though they were added simply because this genre usually demands it.

I feel like I should give book two a try because first books aren't always perfectly developed but it'll take some time before I reach for book two.

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