Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Recommended By: Amber I. (Awesomesauce)
Genre: YA | Urban Fantasy
That’s how many hybrids survived the Hunter attack in the woods after I revived them with an injection of my blood. That’s how many followed me home to Frederick Falls. And that’s how many were now mentally linked to me through a blood bond.
Two days. Three valium. Fourteen hours of sleep.
That’s what it took to realize I wasn’t losing my mind as a result of the noise in my own head.
That’s how many days have passed since I almost killed Alex. That’s how many days I’ve sat by his bedside, waiting for him to wake up. To ease the guilt, to understand his betrayal, to remember the exact shade of brown in his eyes.
That’s my chances of skating by with Gordon Steppe and the Hunter Council. They want me for questioning. I’m afraid what’ll happen if I give them answers.
It's been a while since I read the last Dirty Blood book so I have to skim Blood Bond before I started BLOOD RULE. Blood Bond ended in a cliffhanger and a dilemma for Tara and as a heroine, she's grown into her role as pack Alpha immensely in book 3. Her relationship with Wes is at its strongest and things are slowly falling into place, with or without this war with the Hunters and then the hybrids. So it's with great excitement that I started BLOOD RULE thinking that finally we'll get our hands dirty and the confrontations will start. I sort of got that but not towards the end and overall, BLOOD RULE has a filler-ish feel to it.
--you think that loving someone means chaining them up. All that does is handicap them, make them unprepared for when danger finally finds them.
Story-wise, I guess things are STILL in the process of falling into place. Some key plyaers are out of commission for one reason or another and Tara's really on her own here. Her support system is busy with their own troubles and all the major decisions and what-not are solely her own now. I felt Tara's apprehension in all these, she's still a teen after all and this responsibility and whatever prophesy she's supposed to fulfill have been forcefully thrust to her so I get why she's lacking confidence on some parts. I liked how she's sort of the reluctant heroine in BLOOD RULE and would just plow through things via sheer courage and determination. The romantic element is a tad lukewarm on this volume, not that I minded, but HHildenbrand focused more on the overall series conflict and the politics between the protagonists and antagonists.
And it's because of all these talks and endless strategizing that made BLOOD RULE feel like a filler volume to me. Although I understood the virtue of what HHildenbrand did here for the series, part of me also feels that this part of the overarching plot doesn't necessarily have to be one whole book. That and my ulterior motive being I want the villain, Gordon Steppe, to finally be defeated and for Tara to finally become the big bad wolf everyone's been waiting for. And as always, BLOOD RULE ended in a cliffhanger and I'm anxious to see if we'll get more action in the next book or it'll still be this long game of chess between Tara Godfrey and Gordon Steppe.
It's for my loved ones that I race into the fire so they don't have to.
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