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Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release: May 3, 2011
Source: Received an ARC from the author to read and review
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.
Leader of an Otherborn clan, half-breed vampire Knox Devereaux would do anything to find a cure for the anti-vamp vaccine slowly starving his people into extinction. When the FBI contacts him about leading a team of hand-selected Others on a mission to reclaim the stolen antidote, Knox accepts. His new assignment places him in direct contact with Special Agent Felicia Locke, the beautiful human he’s craved since their very first meeting.
This is the review for the latest book that I have read by Virna DePaul and I was honored to get an ARC to review. There is something mysterious about the ubiquitous plain orange cover of an early ARC. I’m quite a visual personal and I like looking at covers and forming a mental picture of what I’m about to read. I felt like I was heading into the unknown!! The cover that is above is recent and not on the cover of the book that I read!
As you can tell from the blurb, Chosen by Blood is a paranormal romance. It is the first book in the “Para-Ops Series”. Knox Devereaux is the head of his Vampire clan as his mother, the queen, is too sick to perform her duties any longer. This story starts at the end of the second civil war and is set in the United States. It seems that all humans have been given an anti-vamp vaccine which was supposed to protect humans from vampires. What it has done is poisoned the vampire’s food supply and they are slowly starving to death. Knox is desperate to protect his clan. When he is approached by Kyle Mahone, the director of the FBI’s special ops tactical team to form a team of “Otherborn” individuals dedicated to keeping the peace, he reluctantly accepts. It seems that there has been an antidote developed to the anti-vamp vaccine and he needs to help for the survival of his clan.
The Para-Ops team is formed of a motley collection of mixture of “Otherborn” creatures and humans. There is a werebeast with a big attitude, Wraith who is a ghost, Special Agent Felicia Locke, a human with a history with Knox, anther human with special powers and a mage. From this list you can well imagine that nothing is as it seems. Many of the characters have surprise powers and hidden histories that create problems.
I must admit right off, that I tend to skim frequently when I read. I don’t even realize that I’m doing it. That certainly got me into trouble with this book! Chosen by Blood is highly detail oriented. It is filled with characters that are exceedingly well formed and interconnected in many different ways. I frequently found myself coming to a screeching halt at points because I realize that I had no clue what was going on. I would go back a few pages and actually read, not skim, and figure out what I’d missed. The details are what make this book so interesting! Frequently the author tosses out details that may seem insignificant at the time, but several pages, or chapters later the reader finds themselves taking that detail and adding it to a building story. I know that I really had to concentrate to get the most from this story.
This story is most certainly a romance with a wonderful happily ever after, but is skillfully woven into a series. Although it is a complete story in and of itself, there are matters left hanging at the end, and various little teasers are present making the reader want to continue on with the next book. Chosen by Fate is the next book in the series and there was an excerpt at the end of the ARC that I read that has me counting the days until it’s release in the fall of this year.
I recommend this book and it can be found at Barnes & Noble and Amazon