Best Book Bit:
I was at school. The moon shone through the windows in the hallway, casting creepy shadows on the lockers and the walls. It was nighttime. Why am I not in bed? I looked down at what I was wearing. I was still in my pajamas.
“What is going on?” I whispered to no one in particular. In response, I heard a deafening scream. I ran in the direction it came from: Principal Woodburn’s office. I ducked down below the secretary’s window in hopes that I wouldn’t be spotted. I crawled over to the door of his office, it was slightly ajar. Peeking through the crack I saw two dark figures. I eventually made out Principal Woodburn but the other remained a mystery.
The principal looked quite upset. “I don’t know which student you are referring to!” Greeted by silence, he added with a concerned look, “You need to leave the school grounds immediately, or I’m calling the police.”
The dark man gestured and Principal Woodburn lifted out of his seat into the air. “What? What are you doing to me?” The dark man snapped his fingers and Woodburn’s right forearm cracked and bent backwards at a ninety degree angle as he let out a scream of pain. “Please stop, please,” he pleaded. A slight smile shone on the dark man’s face as he made another gesture toward the principal.
All of Woodburn’s limbs snapped as his face exploded in pain. The dark man put his hand up, tilted it slightly, and the principal’s neck cracked as his lifeless body slammed back into the chair, and then slumped down beneath the desk.
I threw my hands over my mouth and slowly backed away from the door, trying to suppress my screams. As I was crawling backwards, my foot hit something. I turned around, bracing myself. To my complete and utter horror, it was Carter. I let out a loud and piercing scream. The dark man didn’t seem to notice. That, or he didn’t care.
Carter was lying on the ground, unmoving. His face was contorted in pain and his mouth was open, as if he was trying to tell me something. There was a line of blood dripping down his cheek, pooling on the ground. His blue eyes were wide, but there was no life in them. He was sprawled out on the floor as if all of his bones had been broken. His legs and arms were bent in unnatural ways. His arms were pointing in the direction of the water fountain where we spoke this morning. Written on his forearm were the bloody words THIS WAY. Trying to stay in control of my emotions, I went in that general direction.
Outside, the wind was howling. There were scratching sounds, similar to those heard when someone rakes their nails down a chalkboard. I was about twenty feet away from the water fountain when I saw her.
“Gena!” I screamed, not caring about being heard anymore. Gena was hanging from one of the deactivated security cameras above the water fountain. She had a blindfold over her eyes and a noose made of loose wires around her neck. The noose was slack, though, and she appeared to be floating in midair.
“Celeste, what are you doing here?” she spat. Her body started to shake and her head rolled back, exposing her neck. I noticed that she had bruises just above the noose, right under her chin like a necklace.
“Gena, I’m here to help! What happened?” Her head came back around like she heard something that piqued her interest. She cocked her head to the side and said in a voice that was not her own, “He’s coming.” A smile grew on her face. I turned around, but there was no one there. Then I saw them, coming around the corner of the hallway: Carter and Principal Woodburn. They were crawling on the ground, limbs moving like spiders. Their eyes were red and glassy. They were making hissing noises, closing in on us.
“Gena, Gena!” I pleaded, but there were only more hissing noises. I turned back around to face Gena, when I heard her say, “Bye, Cee. You’re really going to like him.” Gena seemed to jump off the imaginary ledge that was holding her in the air. Her neck snapped with the rest of the bones in her body. Gena was hanging there, limp and lifeless.
Something black seeped out of her body forming a mist in the air. It morphed into what looked like a huge blob. Carter and Principal Woodburn were next to me, mesmerized by the sight. Their hissing stopped. The blob started coming toward me, surrounding me, engulfing me. I started to scream.
But Celeste starts to have very odd vision like dreams. A new boy starts the school and is attracted to Celeste, a new girl starts and hates Celeste for no apparent reason. Overall this is a good book, it is aimed at YA readers. The characters are well presented, though I did feel that at times they were very stereotyped. The plot was very good, easy to keep up with, with a few good twists included.
I would recommend this to YA readers aged around the 14-16 ages. Though as an adult, I did enjoy it. My initial thoughts were that it had a Twilight feel to it, I by the way enjoyed those books a lot. The book kept me engrossed right the way through and had a very satisfactory ending.
At the beginning, it seemed a bit confusing, especially the dreams part, but little by little I understood and everything was okay. The heroine is very interesting and her shy personality makes her so real and normal, well as normal as someone like her can be.
The love triangle in the book is my favourite part. She doesn't know who to choose, her old crush or the new guy in school. Sean and Carter are the two love interests of Celeste. I’m not sure who to choose, not even now. Both have their own qualities and both want to protect Cee.
Another aspect that attracted me was the strong friendship between the heroine and her best friend, Gena. They talk about everything, or at least they try that, they respect each other, protect each other.
Now let’s talk about the plot. The story starts with the usual life of a teenager in Salem but everything changes when Cee finds out the truth about her origins and meets her real family. A war is announcing and she is involved in it. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in magic, love, friendship.
Connectivity, Imagination and Relevance: 4/5
Character and Plot Development: 3/5
Suspense, Fantasy and Thriller: 3.5/5
Written by Lauren and Robert Stock, Necroblood is the thrilling tale of a realm where Elemental and Spirituals exist in coherence to the Normals (the human kind) under the watch of Adjudicator. It explores the Genre of Fantasy and Thriller in a lucid and crisp manner. It’s first time the story of Vampires have been presented in such a manner, the story is quite tightly knitted and except a few burst, all the characters in the story seems to have relevance. The book is divided into 36 chapters.
It’s a story of Celeste Boyd (Cee), who lives with her family and friend in Salem. She is not beautiful, but pretty, play basketball and like every other teenager has own little insecurities, crushes and dreams. She was raised by a family of normal and was aware of being an Elemental (because her friends Gena and Sean were both Elemental). We are introduced to the concept of Dominion for a span of 1000 years by either the elemental casters or the spiritual casters, whoever is able to wipe out the other fighters win. Added with a high school melodrama, murders and subsequent happenings, dreams, dragons, dancing, partying and much more, Necroblood seems pretty pacy and unique and deals with a lot of territory in a small span of space. Characters like Camille will make you hate them, Carter Wills will make you love them, Matt will kept the humour intact and definitely it’s very sensual, romantic and full of adrenaline outburst now and then. Since, the stage is set for another battle of Dominion; both the clans are busy preparing for the battle. I just wish, those plot lines were explored a bit more by the writers, because I fell in love with the characters and the story.
Now a little sneak-o-peak from my favourite chapters.
“All Elementals and Spirituals started out as witches. There weren’t specific labels back then. So technically I guess we’re kind of like witches, but we have strayed away from using all of the spells and potions. The core of our magic is actually the same as a Spiritual’s magic. But a long time ago, there were disagreements between the witches that favored using the elements to the ones that preferred the spirits. They got tired of using spells and started to rely on their actual powers, the ones that they got from the portion of magic that called to them. That’s why they fight over dominance. Neither race liked the other and they both thought that they should be in charge. There was a growing vendetta between the two.”
I was flying high, wings flapping with incredible strength. I could feel the muscles tense with each beat. The power flowed through me and it felt amazing. Nothing could stop me.
My dragon eyes were excellent, making my vision crystal clear. I could pick a spot on the ground, focus on it, and it would become clear even at a great distance. When I blinked, a liquid seemed to cover my eyes to protect from the wind. No matter how much I was buffeted, my eyes felt fine.
I tried to shout, say anything, and a resounding roar shook me to the bone. Even though it surprised me, it was fantastic; once again, a massive display of power. A funny feeling in my lungs came upon me and I got the urge to blow air out. Woosh! A blast of fire came forth.
I wanted to try a controlled burst of fire, so I flew down toward the ground. Spying the school in the distance, I figured it wouldn’t hurt since this had to be a dream. I focused on the gym and let out a breath. A huge fireball blasted out of my mouth and incinerated the building!
I flew close to the ground; the rush was exhilarating. The ground flashed by so quickly my brain couldn’t keep up. This was probably how cliff divers felt as they plummeted down and the mountain face was only a few feet away from them. Faster and faster I went. Suddenly there was a tall building in my way, and I couldn’t turn. I slammed into the building, smashing it to pieces. But somehow, I felt fine. I shook off the plaster and wood and shot straight up toward the sun.
As I was gaining altitude, my ears picked up a sound off in the distance. I isolated where it was coming from, and started heading toward it. It was very faint, and increased in volume as I got closer. My heart started to beat faster and I got a funny feeling in my stomach. It was another dragon! I could hear the roar more distinctly…
Looking at this from a teen or young adults perspective it was amazing. This crazy world where magic meets reality and the ensuing chaos. I think the author did a fabulous job of capturing the essence of 15/16 year old kids. (They annoyed the crap out of me as a semi-mature adult haha)
Some of the scenes are incredibly violent for what I'd expect a teen to read, HOWEVER, I spoke to multiple mothers of children ages 13+ who all said their kids would read the novel, and it wouldn't be too much for each of them. So please, do what is comfortable for your family and standards. (I'm not a mother so I can't attest one way or the author what I would allow my kids to do).
I think there are fun twists, and maybe some unforeseen events for readers that could make this book a hit with the intended audience. It was interesting to see a sad event (towards the end of the book) that could have been filled with anger and vengeance handled very differently, and in a more mature manor than I would have handled it.
At the end of the day, I would absolutely recommend this book to teens and young adults who love a good thrill with some mystical magic thrown in, but probably not for an advanced thriller reader.