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Bad Blood by L. A. Banks

Bad Blood (2008)

by L. A. Banks

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If I ruled the world, authors would be forced to attend Grammar Boot Camp, where they would learn that just because spell-check doesn't flag a word, that doesn't mean it works in that sentence.

Publishers who scant on proofreaders would be shot on sight. ( )
  Jammies | Mar 31, 2013 |
Very complicated world building and plot and I have to say it lost me a few times. Sasha and her pack were infected by rogue werewolves They now take meds to avoid going rogue themselves and continue to work as soldiers for the US army. But were they deliberately infected? Is the army trying to build super soldiers? Are all werewolves rogue? The army has made several connections with other worldly creatures - Shamans and vampires. The Vampires have told them that all werewolves are evil and they've been operating under that premise and then Sasha meets a werewolfe with a different tale to spin. Everyone seems so oddly naive here, believing only their limited world view and astonished to meet someone outside it. Sasha meets 2 wolves - the second one a Shadow Wolf, another breed again. She and the shadow wolf are of the same clan and he wants to mate her. Much sex ensues. I liked the characters that I met, but found the book confusing and the villians, as always, card board cutouts. This was not a wall banger, it's worth reading, but it's not a keeper and I doubt I'll read the next in the series either. ( )
1 vote amf0001 | Nov 3, 2009 |
It wasn't awful, but it was very disappointing.
Also, it absolutely should not be shelved in horror. (A lot of books in horror shouldn't be there, but this is the most egregrious example I've seen.) It's a romance and should be shelved there. My dissatisfaction doesn't stem from the romance, I just have a problem with the rampant mis-categorization going on in horror.
(mild spoilers)
The cover text gave me the impression that the main narrative was going to follow Sasha's search for the rest of her werewolf black ops team, with the likelihood that they would be re-united and continue working as a unit (military or otherwise) to resolve this novel. That possibility was quickly dismissed.
That's the story I would've preferred. I'm a huge fan of such team interaction, whether there's a romance nested somewhere in it or not. Instead the plot shrank to focus on two people against the world, with some non-combatant back-up assistance here and there. (However, this book does suggest that Sasha and Max could have a team with four other wolfs in subsequent novels.)
I don't have a problem with romance and / or sex in my fiction -- in fact, I love it when it's well integrated -- but the whole plot de-railed about halfway through to give Sasha and Max plenty of time to screw. I also don't care for the way the romance is framed as that all-consuming desire and attraction even thought the characters have just met. I know that's a popular trope, but I'm not a fan.
Within that all consuming attraction, I was happy that Sasha made herself stay a step back. Her world just turned upside down, and she's not going to jump into a life-long commitment no matter how much she likes Max.
So the romance completely de-railed the plot about halfway through, but when the plot eventually gets moving again, it never quite gets back on the rails. A lot of worldbuilding details are crammed into the last quarter of the novel -- which you do expect in the first installment of a series. However, the details 1) continue to overturn *everything* that Sasha knew and 2) come too thick, too quickly. The overall effect left me disoriented in this new universe.
I'm not going to continue with the series. I prefer that romance be nested seamlessly within the plot, and I didn't like how isolated from the rest of the narrative that left Sasha and Max.
Ultimately, while the premise of the book isn't bad, it doesn't grab me either. ( )
1 vote scarletts_awry | May 14, 2009 |
This book is categorized as Dark Fantasy, the description on the back
cover makes it sound like an Urban Fantasy. After reading it, I'm
classifying it has a Romance novel with paranormal elements, emphasis
on the romance. I was looking for an urban fantasy with some romantic
elements thrown it, not the other way around.

While this book takes a new spin on werewolf mythology that is
interesting if a little confusing, it is mostly a romance novel (70%
of the book is devoted to romance/sex). The writing was sub par as
well, especially in the first few chapters. I got pretty tired of
reading about someone's 'sexy eyebrow', or 'sexy smile', or 'sexy
grin', or 'sexy glance' etc. Beyond that, the plot could have been
more interesting had it been told in a different manner. As it was
the story took a number of rather pointless "sex breaks" that
detracted from the overall narrative. I'm going to take a pass on the
rest of this series and probably on any other L. A. Banks novels as
well.” ( )
  pollywannabook | Dec 8, 2008 |
Banks produced a intriguingly unique story that combines the government black ops with that of the supernatural world. She entered a whole new world of the unknown, to make a interesting story of the government trying to use the supernatural community to make the ultimate weapon. I enjoyed this story, and find myself willing to read the next book. I was not a fan of other writings from LA Banks, and this story has allowed me to explore LA Banks from another story and appreciate her writing. ( )
  BookWhisperer | Nov 5, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312949111, Mass Market Paperback)

Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She also knows that the world is unaware of the existence of the paranormal—and that the government would like to keep it that way.

As a highly trained Special Ops soldier, Sasha and her team are an elite group of individuals who are survivors of werewolf attacks, now trained to be loyal to only to each other and their government. But when she returns from a solo mission, she finds that her team has mysteriously gone missing. Shocking government conspiracies, double-dealing vampires, and a host of stunning revelations about who—and what—she really is are only just the beginning…

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A member of an elite group of werewolf attack survivors trained as Special Ops soldiers, Sasha Trudeau returns from a solo mission to find her team missing. Sasha soon uncovers government conspiracies, double-dealing vampires, and stunning revelations about her true identity.… (more)

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