Author: Lauren Stock, Robert Stock
Publisher: Dragon Girl Press
Date of publication: November 10th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Number of pages: 224
POV: First person
Where you can find this book: Amazon
16-year-old Celeste Boyd casts Elemental magic. With the great battle coming, she and her best friend Gena are learning more about their abilities. Even more pressing, though, are the basketball finals and the mysterious new boy in school, Carter Wells. Celeste now has to choose between her crush and Carter, who is showing quite the interest. And then there are the crazy dreams with the huge dragon eye…
Another great book from the authors Lauren and Robert Stock. Also, another book that is going on my “must get B when she turns older” shelf. I seriously have a list of books that I am getting her which includes Lauren and Robert’s Tamzin Clarke series (reviews for that series here and here).
I really liked Celeste. She was your typical teenager (but is there such thing as a typical teenager….lol) with a twist. See, she lives in Salem MA (hey, I grew up the next town over!!) and she can cast Elemental magic, an example is controlling the wind. She also plays basketball (and is pretty good at it) and is crushing on her friend Gena’s older brother, Sean, and the popular boy in school, Luke. Life is good for her.
Then the principal of her high school is murdered (in his office) and she meets Carter, the gorgeous new kid in school. Sparks literally fly between them, which I thought was cute. Later on, that night, while she was lying in bed, her nightmares begin. The next day, at Gena’s pool party, Luke and Sean get into a fight over her, Luke is punched and Celeste faints. While she faints, she has a very weird and gross vision involving blood and Luke.
Fast forward a few days and Gena fills Celeste in on something that her parents had been keeping from her. Every thousand years, there is a war for dominance between Elementals and Spirituals. 10 people from each faction are called to an arena and they fight each other to the death. The last faction standing rules for the next thousand years. Anyone from the ages of 16 on can be chosen. And guess what, the thousand years are about to be done with. Of course, Celeste is pretty upset that her parents never told her (I mean, I would be if I found that out)
From this point on, the book gets pretty interesting. Another character is introduced, Camille….who is a Spiritual and who seems to hate Celeste on sight. Carter and Celeste’s relationship heats up, as does her relationship with Sean. I was really wondering who she was going to choose and wasn’t really surprised by her choice.
There are a couple of twists in the book that took me by surprise and a couple I did see coming but really weren’t prepared for (it was hinted at in the book but still….lol).
The ending of the book was great and everything was wrapped up perfectly. I was left wondering if there will be a book 2.
How many stars will I give Necrobloods? 5
Why: A great fantasy for teenagers. It is a little dark but it has romance and plenty of action in it.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Teen
Why: I would suggest this for older teens or really mature tween/younger teens. No sex, no language but there is some violence and some scenes involving blood, drinking of blood. Also, there are a couple of death scenes towards the end of the book that would scare younger readers.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**