Release Day Review: Blood Drop, by Jacob Z. Flores
Aiden’s adjustment to being the first vampyre fae hasn’t been easy, but his ties to warlock Thad Blackmoor prevent him from becoming a monster. With Thad, Aiden has a new family, a new purpose, and a new reason to live—though he’s technically undead. There’s one problem: Aiden’s control over his vampyre is weakening. He must learn what’s triggering his violent reactions before he surrenders to the creature within. To complicate matters, Aiden discovers his transformation might not be complete, and he fears what he will become.
Aiden’s search for answers thrusts him into a frightening world filled with deception, new dangers, and apocalyptic visions. The part destiny intends Aiden to play could alter his relationship with Thad forever. If Aiden, Thad, and the entire magical community are to survive Icarian’s latest scheme, Aiden must interpret the meaning of the prophetic blood drop before it falls and ushers in the destruction of all creation—and the warlock he loves.
I'm honestly in such a tailspin, after finishing the book that I have no idea where to start.
Aiden is a brilliant character and I loved getting to delve into his head, for the first time. This is another piece of genius by Flores, because although I would have had no problem dipping from one brother's POV to the next and then back again, I love that the boyfriends get their own say. Because each one is just as important to the story and the brothers as the rest. I love that each book has its own journey, despite them all weaving together into one mass plot.
The badassery that I've become so used to seeing from the family really amped up a thousand notches in this book. No one messes with their family, the way that happened here, and when they do, you just know there will be hell to pay. I loved that you got to see how everyone reacted to the situations differently, yet all through the all-seeing eyes of Aiden, who could read their hidden emotions. It made the tough times even tougher and the sad times even more heartbreaking.
I will admit that I'm thrilled that my suspicions over who the Warlock Hag and Icarian really are were right on the money. That's thanks to the clever plotting and the many hints and slips that Flores gave us throughout the series. I also love the repercussions that followed, the logical and emotive responses as the truths were revealed and the way that everything came together. While the small plots hadn't really made a lot of overall sense throughout the books, this one answers all those little niggles that had bothered me about the Why and the Who and the When. There's really only one question left and it was only presented at the end of this novel, so I have high hopes that the next book – Kale's POV? – will answer it and let us know if there are more tales to be told from Havenbridge. I'd certainly like to think so.
Any negatives? Nope. There was a single mislabelling of a character right at the beginning (it said Thad then, a few pages later, said he hadn't arrived yet) but that is nothing in the grand scheme of things. For an advanced copy, ONE single mistake is a miracle. There was not one other thing I noticed wrong with it. There are very few books I can say that about.
“I shouldn’t be here anymore. The family didn’t trust me, and Mr. Blackmoor couldn’t even look at me. I had to leave on my own. If they threw me out, I’d never recover. “I’ll go.”
“I love you enough for the both of us. Just you wait and see.”
“Thad, his brothers, and the protector covens stood a few feet away, outside a field of golden energy Gerald had erected around us.