Blood Type is a well-written, interesting story of a world where vampires are in control and most humans are living in poverty unless they're willing to submit to those in power. The story is fast-paced and filled with danger, betrayal, intrigue, and even some steamy moments for our main characters. All of this should have easily made this one a four or even five star read and I did enjoy a lot of those things. However, my problems lay with the characters and their so-called romance. So much about Beckham and Reyna is a bit too close to Twilight - he's the brooding vampire, determined to stay away from the weak human but just can't seem to do that, and she's the stubborn human whose blood smells way too good, and she seems to have an uncanny knack for running headlong into danger with no regard to the consequences, almost in spite of Beckham's determination to keep her safe. The biggest problem is that this pair don't quite pull it off. They lack that special something that would make me want to root for their happy ending. That may be in part to the fact that I never really warmed up to Reyna. She's immature and her back and forth about Beckham grew tedious and frustrating. She's throwing herself at him one minute, even when she thinks he's otherwise attached, and pouting and hating him the next. There are some unpredictable twists and one whopper of a cliffy, but considering my feelings about this couple, I'm still on the fence about whether I'll continue with the series.
This series has been at the top of my “most anticipated” reads since Kyla announced it. I am usually not over the moon into this paranormal type genre mixed with some romance, but Kyla found a way for this first book in the series to consume me and I devoured this in 2 sittings! The first of the series, Blood Type, we are thrust into a world that is very different from our own. Vampires have changed the world and the way humans live in it. In an almost dystopian society of sorts, Reyna seeks out a job at the largest company in the world, Visage. She is placed with the very brooding and mysterious Beckham Anderson. He’s a higher up in Visage and she is placed with him as his blood escort. What she expects her world to look like, is far from what occurs once she steps foot into Becks life. The things she wants from him, he won’t give her. The things she was expecting from him, she doesn’t get. While their chemistry is obvious form the first moment they meet, the distance he places between them is very surprising and unnerving to Reyna. Becks is a character that provides us so much angst and edginess, you are not sure whether to love or hate him (I choose the later). As the story begins to unfold and new characters are placed into the mix, you see what is really going on in this world of humans living amongst the more dominant vampires. As expected, Kyla has added enough twists and turns to keep your head spinning throughout the entire book and not know where or when it will stop. This is the first of a series of 3 books and does end in a cliffhanger. Even if you aren’t a paranormal romance reader, you will be after you read this book. My whole perspective on the literary world was jolted into a tail spin. Kyla has managed lure me into this genre and my new obsession over this series! Blood Match, coming June 26th. My heart, dying slowly everyday til then.
***2 Stars*** When I stumbled upon Blood Type and read the blurb, my interest was peaked and considering how much I’ve enjoyed the authors Wright family, I figured I’d give it a go since I’m always down for a good PNR especially when it’s by an author I already like. Unfortunately, Blood Type just didn’t do it for me ~ or at least the romance side of it didn’t. I loved the whole dystopian world thing with the vampires being the top dogs and a company that will match a human to them based on blood type. And while I would have liked a little more detail on the ‘collapse’ I rolled with it and was definitely interested in seeing where things were going to go with the ‘blood’ storyline. But that’s kind of where things began and ended because I just couldn’t get into Reyna and Beckham and therefore their budding romance just fell flat for me. Reyna just gave me whiplash. I realize she is in a situation so far out of her league that she was going to stumble from time to time until she found her feet, but she never did. She made too many choices, some impetuous, some not, that landed her in situations that she needed saving from that it was simply tiring. Then there is Beckham. Believe me when I say that I LOVE me a tall, dark, handsome broody alpha AF male. I do. I LOVE them, and Beckham had that whole vibe going on, but even he fell short of the mark for me because he was too silent. I know? Is there such a thing? Yes. there is. I just needed more of him and I didn’t get it. So with my very meh feelings towards Reyna and Beckham, it’s no surprise that the romance flopped for me, not that there was a lot going on. They barely spoke and when it they did it was stilted at best. True, Beckham saved her life a few times, but I also kind of blame his silence on why she ended up in some of them. Awkward interactions and the constant push and pull going on just didn’t give me enough to believe that they could have more. It truly does pain me to not have enjoyed this book more. It really does, but it is what it is. You win some, you lose some and this book and I just didn’t work out like I had hoped we would. ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~