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.
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!
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 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 http://kaemmons.com/!
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