The Blood Race (The Blood Race, #1) by K.A Emmons *Blog Tour

Today I’m participating in the Worlds Beneath blog tour for K.A Emmons, but since I hadn’t read the first book before this blog tour, I am only reviewing The Blood Race.

world's beneath

I’ve been running from my past for one hundred years. And I’m still just a teenager.

I was selected by my teacher, Sensei, to train in The Dimension: a secret place of refuge for the ‘anomalies’ of past, present, and future earth. Here I would learn to connect to my ‘warrior within’ as Sensei calls it – to channel energy orbs, commute between realms, and even shape-shift into an alternate form. But never did I guess that my training would include taking on an anomaly student of my own: a loose cannon of a college guy named Ion.

Late one evening, I invite him over to Sensei’s house for a little chat; one that will turn his life upside-down. Shoving him into the broom closet turned portal, I drag Ion into the Dimension, opening his eyes to his true homeland: a realm of anomalies. His kin.

As we train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as our own demons, I begin to realize that there’s more to Ion than I originally thought: a darkness he’s spent his life running from. And beyond that, a looming threat hidden in plain sight – something that could destroy me, him, and the future of Earth.

The Blood Race is K.A. Emmons’ debut novel, and the first book in a riveting and fresh YA sci-fi/fantasy thriller series. Pick up your copy of The Blood Race today!

Buy The Blood Race on AmazonBuy Worlds Beneath on AmazonAdd on Goodreads

Title: The Blood Race

Series (if applicable): The Blood Race

Author: K.A Emmons

Publisher (if applicable): N./A, indie author

Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult.

Recommended Age: 16+, for some wearing and suggestive scenes.

My Rating: three stars

My Review:

My friends on Goodreads raved about how wonderful this book was, how it was the best thing ever. Honestly, I wasn’t not really sure what to think about this book. It took me a while to really get into it, and although I’m totally one of those people who love the idea of powers, I just found myself not really connecting with the book.

Ion was an interesting character, someone who was one of those I had a love-hate relationship with. I got frustrated he made many stupid mistakes, but no one’s perfect. I got so annoyed with him towards the end, just because his decision for what happened really didn’t make sense to me. Yeah, I get he did something wrong… but you really have to go to drastic measures to right that?

Hawk was probably the one I actually was okay with. I wondered why she was so reluctant to trust anyone at first, but after finishing the book, I have better understanding of that aspect. I really think her shifting power is awesome. Like, her “name” makes sense now. The one thing that bothered me was how fast the romance between Ion and her escalated. I didn’t really see anything romantic happening until it, you know, suddenly happened.

I liked Sensei, and how wise he was. It’s really hard to find a good mentor of sorts in a book nowadays. What I found interesting about him was that his appearance doesn’t look the same as it does for everyone. He appears to be an Asian for Hawk, but appears to be an Irish man to Fin. My understanding is that he’s sort of like the Savior for those who are part of the Dimension, which might sort of explain that part. And I can’t forget Fin! I really felt for him towards the end, like sort of heartbroken… maybe? Plus, the Irish in him is so cute. But I didn’t really care for any of the other characters. Mel was a whiny brat, and Riley was some psycho.

What I really didn’t understand was Ion’s powers. The only thing I really got out of that was that he can heal others and summon some sort of energy? I wonder if I missed something, but that was just the confusing bit for me. Also, I just didn’t get why Ion was so in love with Mel because she is just not the type of person that was so wonderful. It bothered me that she was practically cheating on her boyfriend, insisting she go out with Ion. And I had a harder time relating with the characters, probably one of the reasons why I couldn’t connect with the book. However, the writing was done wonderfully. Like, poetically. I can never figure out how people like K.A Emmons can describe scenes perfectly. It really makes me jealous, to be honest, and she’ll be one of those that are an inspiration to me.

Some content that would bother readers would be the use of swear words towards the beginning. I was aware going into The Blood Race that there would be some, but I did not realize how many were present (some of which I would consider “common” such as h*ll whilst one word that is worse that was used only a few times. There were a few blocked-out cuss words as well). There were also suggestive scenes that might be something others would not want to read. Another thing to know is that one character was raped at one point. I will admit some of this content bothered me, but not enough to just make me put this book down.

If you like books with powers and Sci-fi, totally disregard this review then. This could totally be the next perfect thing for you to read because it is a good read overall. I might look into reading the next book in the series, but that’ll probably be something I’ll get later on.


When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons’ debut novel The Blood Race is the first book in her YA science fiction/fantasy thriller series. Get connected with Kate on your favorite social platform, and be sure to check out!

Twitter: @emmonswrites
Instagram: @emmonswrites

Blog Tour Coordinated By:


Follow the rest of the blog tour:

Jameson C. Smith
Author Interview
July 1st
Guest Post by Kate – Top 5 Tips for Aspiring Indie Author’s
July 2nd
Hannah Whatley
Book Review
July 3rd
Book Review & Giveaway
July 4th
Laura A. Grace
Author Interview & Paperback Giveaway
July 5th
Guest Post by Kate & Paperback Giveaway
July 6th
Book Review & Giveaway
July 7th
Guest Post & Giveaway
July 8th
Book Review & Paperback Giveaway
July 9th
Book Review for The Blood Race
July 10th
Author Interview & Book Review
July 11th (you are here)
Author Interview
July 12th
July 13th
Liv Fisher
Guest post by Kate & Book Giveaway
July 14th
Grace Anne
Book Review & Author Interview
July 15th
Lila Kims
Book Review of The Blood Race
July 16th

Tessa Emily Hall
Guest Post
July 17th
July 18th
Book Review of the Blood Race
July 19th
Guest Post, Book Review & Giveaway
July 20th
Audrey Caylin
Guest Post by Kate & Paperback Giveaway
July 21st
Book Review for the Blood Race
July 22nd

Book Review for World’s Beneath & Paperback Giveaway for The Blood Race
July 23rd
Book Review for The Blood Race & Author Interview
July 24th
Book Review for The Blood Race
July 25th
Guest Post & Book Giveaway
July 25th

Book Review for The Blood Race
July 26th
Allyson Kennedy
Book Review for The Blood Race
July 27th

Book Review for The Blood Race & Paperback Giveaway
July 28th
Book Review for the Blood Race
July 29th
July 30th
Book Review for the Blood Race
July 30th
Book Review for the Blood Race & Author Interview
July 31st

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Check out my Amazon Afflilate Link and Reviewer Disclaimer pages.


4 thoughts on “The Blood Race (The Blood Race, #1) by K.A Emmons *Blog Tour

  1. Great review! I loved how honest you were (because, as much as I love The Blood Race series, I do realize the points that people point out), but YES TO KATE’S WRITING. Her writing is AMAZING and I LOVE it!!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s