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May 27, 2014

A Shot of YA: Blood Rule by Heather Hildenbrand

Series: Dirty Blood 4
Format: Mobi
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Source: Author
Recommended By: Amber I. (Awesomesauce)
Genre: YA | Urban Fantasy
Forty-six.
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.

Sixteen.
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.

Zero.
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.
3.5 cauldrons
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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32 comments:

  1. I need to check up book 1 again

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    1. The first 3 are winners, no question about it. I think series goes thru "filler" phases in anticipation of a bigger plot twist.

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  2. Sounds pretty good, though ofc I didn't read any of the books in the series, lol. A definite maybe :D

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    1. Check it out, this series is definitely one of the better indie published YA-werewolf series out.

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  3. I remember when the first book was making the rounds. I snagged it up but never got around to reading it. :( Obviously I should.

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    1. Give it a try, I think you'll still find it appealing even after a lot of YA werewolf stories has come up since then

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  4. Cliff hangers make my eye twitch

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    1. LOL I'm imagining you now, eye twitching and all, funny!

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  5. I read the first one, but oddly Tara rubbed me wrong at the time so I haven't picked up book two yet. It's been long enough where I could probably take up the series to try again.

    Glad you love it and it sounds like things are getting pretty intense.

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    1. I can see why she can annoy you, sometimes Tara annoys me too!

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  6. I really enjoyed this series, but I guess I didn't realize it was going to be 4+ books. And I don't remember the cliffie at the end of three. Maybe I'm getting old or have read too many books since. I'm glad you liked Blood Rule overall. Thanks for the review!

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  7. I'm glad the book was pleasurable despite its filler-ish feel, Braine. I have the first one in this series and I really need to read it. Funny thing...I didn't realize it was YA when I one-clicked it! *ha*

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    1. Yeah it is but it quickly progressed to mature YA territory

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  8. It's interesting, I remember reviews about book 1 but I haven't any of them. It's nice to see you had a good time with this one but I understand you when you say you want something in the story.

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    1. Book 1 is sporadically put on Freebie, you should see it it's free right now & get it

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  9. Thanks for your honest intake on this, love! Sounds like an interesting series, and something I surprisingly didn't hear about before. It's such a shame that if feels like a filler volume. I hate it when a book drags on and on and on but feels pointless in the end. You still gave it 4 stars in the end, though, so that's something!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

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    1. You're welcome... this is one of the better indie ya series out there. Definitely worth checking out!

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  10. It's a shame this book in the series didn't have as much as you hoped. The series does sound like a good one and I hope the next book lifts for you. Great review.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  11. Hmm... this is new to me series, and it sounds like this book was not up to par with previous books - I hate when this happens, but agree sometimes series tend to go through the "filler" phase. Great review!

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    1. Thanks, Victoria. Even the best series has a filler volume or filler stuff one way or the other.

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  12. While this one was mostly filler, I am glad you enjoyed aspects. I have book one on my wishlist. It happens though, even my fav authors have books that just felt like they moved the plot where it needed to go and nothing much else.

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    1. I hope you grabbed book 1 when it went for FREE

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  13. The series sounds interesting for sure but a hate filler books. Happy you enjoyed it anyway.

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    1. I guess I'm spoiled that way, I want things to always feel brilliant and the plot moving.

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  14. Dirty Blood has been on my eReader for ages! I won a copy way back when, and never got around to reading it. And, it's got werewolves too. Shame on ME!

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    1. Yup, shame on you! LOL I won the first two from Amber I, loved it and became a fan of Heather.

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  15. This sounds like a good series and one I would really enjoy. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  16. Oh! I never heard of this series, I think I need to check it out. I'm going to read your review for the first book now.
    Thank you Braine.

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    1. Thanks in advance for checking it out, Loupe!

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