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Sunday, September 7, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW & CONTEST: Helen Harper's BLOODFIRE (Blood Destiny Bk 1)

Series: Blood Destiny (Bk1)
Author: Helen Harper
Narrartor: Saskia Maarleveld
Price: $29.99
Length:  9 hour 6 minutes
Format: MP3-CD
Release Date: 5-30-14
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Purchase from Tantor or Audible

My Ratings

Plot:  4/5 
Setting:  4.5/5 
Writing:  4/5 
Originality of Plot:  5/5 
Character Development:  3/5 
Ending:  4/5

Narration:  5/5
Cover Art:  4/5 
Likelihood to Recommend:  4/5 

Overall:  37.5/45 =  83%


Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

With a terrible temper to match her fiery red hair, Mack is extraordinarily useful in a fight, and when her pack alpha is brutally and abruptly murdered, she swears vengeance. Unfortunately, his murder also draws in the Brethren - the leaders of the shapeshifter world - who will slaughter everyone in Mack's small rural pack if they discover her true identity. Unfortunately Corrigan, the green-eyed muscle-bound Lord Alpha of the Brethren, doesn't let much slip by him.


Mackenzie Smith, a human child, was left by her mother with a pack of shifters in Cornwall for safe keeping.  Her alpha, and surrogate father, had shown to favor.  He made the pack pledge not to tell anyone that she is human.  When he is mysteriously murdered, the entire pack is thrown into chaos.  Mack vows to seek revenge against his killer.  The Brethren, the leaders of the shapeshifter world, decide this is the perfect time to stop in for a visit, and help pick the next alpha.  This is bad for the pack, because if they find a human living in a amongst them everyone's life is in danger. Mack jumps through all kinds of hoops to hide her true nature from the Brethren.  She doesn't do inconspicuous very well, at all!  Unfortunately, the Lord Alpha of the Brethren, Corrigan, has taken a personal interest in Mack. Will Brethren help solve her alpha's murder, or will they be the end of Mack and the Cornwall Pack?   

I always enjoy a heroine like Mack.  She's physically and mentally strong.  She's loyal to her friends and alpha.  She has a temper, that gets her in more then enough trouble.  She is snarky.  But most of all, she's willing to put herself on the line to protect her pack.  I loved the pack, as a whole.  However, I wish that I could connect more with many of them. The story glosses over most of them.  I did absolutely love the swoon-worthy, sexy Lord Alpha Corrigan.  He's the perfect balance for Mack's snarky, rebel nature.  He really knew how to get under her skin.

This book has a great, fresh storyline. I love the mixing of all of the different types of shifters and mythical creatures.  The mystery of Mack's mother and her the genetic history was a very fascinating development in the story, as well.  I did wish that the author had developed the romantic storyline between Mack and Corrigan.  We were only given a tease.  And though this book starts off a bit slow, it has lots of power towards it end.

I picked up this audiobook strictly, because I was intrigued by Saskia Maarleveld's narration.  I first listened to the sample at Audible.com.  Her voice seemed perfect for this type of setting, and I am so happy I did.  She just happens to be my favorite part of this audiobook!  Her accent is spot on for the geographical placement of this storyline.  This book has a very large and culturally diverse cast of characters.  Saskia created a specific and unique voice each.  She is what pulls this book all together! 

This was a very much like nothing that I have read before. It was a great story idea, but maybe not executed to it's fullest extent.  While I loved Mack, Cornwall, and it's pack, I wasn't able to really connect with many of the other characters.  That being all said, my enjoyment of the story overall, the amazing narration, and it's ending left me craving more.  I'm pretty sure I'll be picking up BLOOD MAGIC in the very near future.  I can't wait for Mack's next adventure, and maybe a  little more with the sexy Lord Alpha.

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