Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner (Deadtown #3)

Bloodstone by Nancy HolznerAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Penguin

My Copy: Blog Tour

Reviewer: Nikki

Boston’s diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice. The killer—dubbed the South End Reaper—uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there’s no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining the already-tense relations between Boston’s human and inhuman residents.

As the bodies pile up, Vicky, her formidable aunt Mab, and her werewolf boyfriend Kane investigate, only to find that the creature behind the carnage is after something much more than blood…

 

Bloodstone is a urban fantasy that has a bit of everything within it’s pages. Lots of action, a bit of romance and a world that included damn near everything you can think of. I had not read the previous two books and I think that hampered my experience a bit. This is definitely one series that I would say it’s best to start from the beginning. I felt lost for most of the book and had a hard time connecting with the characters or story line. Had I read the last two I think I would have felt more invested in what was going on and would have had different reactions to this one.

I will say one thing, Nancy Holzner knows how to write an action sequence! There was so many things happening in this book that these were definitely in high demand. I thought that Vicky was completely kick ass and held her own against all the creatures that seemed to constantly be lurking around. I liked the unquie way she went about vanquishing ghosts and demons as a day job. Being barred to Deadtown might have held her back in some ways, but it gave her the edge in others. She was in high demand in her field work. I loved Kane her werewolf boyfriend and I found that I bought into their relationship, even though the romantic in me wanted more on that side…but since this is more UF I understood that there wasn’t.

There is one thing though, and maybe it’s because I’ve been reading a lot of UF and paranormal romance. I get tired of the scenario where all paranormals are segregated from the “normal” humans. I think I like the story lines where the paranormals are more in hiding. I guess I like to think humans would be better…when in all reality segregation is probably would what happen. So sue me, I like to be positive. 🙂 But I think I just find that a lot of story lines are blurring together, this is just one example of that. I do love Nancy’s guest post today though explaining the background of Deadtown and after reading that I have a new found appreciation for what I found between the pages of Bloodstone. It gave me something to focus on.

Bloodstone is a dark and gritty addition into the urban fantasy genre and fans of the Deadtown series won’t be disappointed! Nancy Holzner gives her readers a tale of survival and cunning with a twist of magic and excitement. Vicky is a heroine not to be messed with and to do so is only inviting pain and retribution!

I give Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner 3 stars!

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