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10 thoughts on “Bloodline

  1. says:

    4 Stars:
    This is truly a horrifying, yet intriguingly fantastic book by weaving her tale full of historical possibilities, drawing upon the truth for her fiction, which adds an intriguing dimension to the story. I was gripped, could not wait for the story to unfold and I had to keep reading. I think I will read book 2 just to see where the story goes

    Among some of my favorites. Outstanding literary work. The characters are well developed, interesting. The liked characters are likable and the hated are unlikable. The writing is captivating enough to keep you interested until the end and leave you wanting more. It has a fairly original or uniquely well-developed plot. The pretense and romance was well balanced and done with properly distributed amounts of hints, behaviors and chemistry. Not so much predictable if at all. Overall, loved it, I recommend reading!!



  2. says:

    Initially I was excited to read BLOODLINE but once I got into it it felt like little more than a fanfiction-like Dracula retelling. And that disappointed me.

    I’m really confused as to who Mina’s husband is supposed to be. Dracula was killed in the original. And it’s insinuated here that the man Mina married is Dracula’s son. Who then had a son, Jonathan Harker. But that’s supposed to be the son of Dracula because Mina cuckolded the original Jonathan? From the original? Really confused on that one.

    The story itself progresses in nearly the same way Dracula does and at that point I was bored with it all. I mean if it’s just going to be the same story rehashed, what’s the point?

    And then it got real fanfiction-y toward the end with who John’s father was and his upbringing and blah blah blah. Again, pretty disappointed. It’s kind of hard to review a book that’s basically a copy of something else. It’s a good copy, I guess. Didn’t bring much else to the table in terms of originality. At this point I might as well just re-read Dracula.

    I feel like I may be being overly harsh on BLOODLINE, but if I wanted to read Dracula, I’d just read Dracula. This is the same story with characters by different names. Ugh.

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  3. says:

    My 13 year old daughter brought this home from the library. She is a Twilight addict and probably wanted to see what other vampire books are like. I try to steal a book from her library pile every once in a while just to see what she's reading so I chose this one. I don't think I've read a book where the author did such a poor job with character development. I don't want to give anything away so that's all I'll say. Unless you enjoy superficial literature, don't waste your time.


  4. says:

    Quick TL;DR:

    *Great book, fun, compelling plot, engrossing characters, not a lofty read, but a fun one, and well-written for it.
    *NOT your typical vampire YA novel--this is meant as a "sequel" to the original Dracula, and touches on some of the same themes, although not in as literary a way
    *It's a trilogy, but the third book isn't out yet, and you'll be dying for more when you finish each one--be warned!!;-)



    When I first saw this book, I was a page at my local library in high school. Shelving books is a good way to discover new ones to read, and I picked this one up to read the back cover. My first thought was that this was another of those books getting in on the vampire trend in YA, and that turned me off. But reading the back cover, I discovered it actually was a "sequel" to the original Dracula by Bram Stoker; all of the main characters are the descendents of the original gang in the Victorian novel, and it's set during World War I. I had read Dracula for fun the summer before, and loved it, so...maybe this wouldn't be too bad? My interest was piqued. Hesitantly, I decided to read it during my lunch breaks.

    I'm so glad I gave this book a chance! It's not high literature, and if you're expecting it to hold up to the original classic, you're expecting too much, but this IS NOT another one of the typical vampire novels that are flooding the YA market right now in the wake of Twilight. The story was compelling, the characters were engrossing, and Cary manages a feat only one other author has been consistently able to pull off in successfully misdirecting me and doing it in a fun way (the other was J K Rowling, so I think that says something).

    I couldn't wait for the next one,and when we got a copy of the sequel, I devoured--pardon the pun--that too. The frustrating thing that still gets me about these books is that they're meant to be a trilogy, but Kate Cary is a ghostwriter for the Warriors books. Those are more lucrative, so guess which she spends most of her time on? I don't blame her, she has to make a living, but I've been waiting years for a third installment, and it's one of those books that, when you first finish it, you want to immediately start the next one, so even waiting for the library to get it from another branch is frustrating. If you start these books, beware of that:you'll be begging for more and won't get it fast enough! I follow Kate Cary on Facebook, and she says she's not working on the third installment right now, despite there being several very passionate of us fans begging her for another. Maybe the muse just hasn't struck her right--er, bitten?;-)

    Corny vamire puns aside, here's my actual review. The plot is paced very well, and the characters, as I said, are very engrossing...and unlike some other YA books, they get to have character arcs! Mary starts off very idealistic, but her opinions change by the end of the second book. She's a pretty cool heroine; it's hard to write a novel set in Victorian times and have the character be appealing to modern audiences without pandering to modern-day tastes about how women should act, which would compromise realism. Mary's no wilting violet, and she's far more empowered than Bella Swann, but she's still a little prudish and idealistic, which is treated as part of her character, and a flaw at that. She's not a Mary Sue; all of the characters are well-defined. I found myself developing crushes on some of the male characters--heh heh!^__^;--which rarely happens for me. When I go developing crushes on fictional characters, it's because I find them compelling. The book switches between several of the characters as narrators in each chapter, which works effectively in this story to give the reader a more complete view of what's going on and a more complex development of each character--characters can disagree with each other or trick each other,and while we know who we want to root for, it makes the book a lot more fun.

    The series touches on sexuality a little, as you have to in a follow up to Dracula, but it's not "teen smut", as some YA books get called. It's done tastefully and briefly, with some of the characters discussing their hesitancy toward sexuality, but also a secret curiosity about it--this is Victorian England, after all, nice young girls of marriageable age don't go thinking abut sex, they think of England!;-)

    But it's done frankly--we know when a character has been seduced and is living with a man in a sexual relationship outside of marriage, but in case any parents are worried about it, the characters do express feelings that they're not doing the right thing...and usually die, which is kind of odd. But if you're worried about what your 15-year-old daughter will learn from these books, it's exemplary compared to Twilight.

    I did have one complaint; the novel is set during World War I, or The Great War, as they were then calling it. Mary is a nurse helping at the hospital that is treating wounded soldiers coming back from the trenches, and she speaks with horror of the agony of some of the soldiers who are being treated; they have burns or amputated limbs, and worst of all, some have been subjected to mustard gas, and it's now painful for them to breathe. The soldiers are treated as individuals; Mary transcribes letters to sweethearts for some of them, or bonds with favorites, or watches them grow quiet when asked about their experiences. Cary does an interesting job of portraying the horror of The Great War, which was then a major traumatic event for all parties involved, to the point where people thought there could never be another war after the suffering they'd all inflicted on each other. She talks about soldiers suffering from "shell-shock" (what they called PTSD at the time), people at home losing loved ones overseas, and the darkness of the violence the soldiers encounter in the trenches as represented by the cruelty of Quincy Harker, who tells us that the bloodshed is perfect for complementing and disguising his vampiric tendencies. But Cary doesn't commit to it; it's not graphic in the violence at all like people accuse The Hunger Games of being, but the personalization of the participants and the humanization of victims is done fairly well. But where's the resulting message? Here's all this horror; great, now tell us what you want us to take away from it. You don't get that involved in showing the horror of war and then not give the reader a message about it. What's the lesson? A generic, "war is horrible", something about the darkness of humanity, or the nature of evil, perhaps? Is all this talk of how horrible the war is just there to add to the horror element of the book, or increase the feeling of evil? Then again, this is just meant to be a fun book, a light read; Cary's going for a beach novel type of thing, not a didactic, "I'm going to teach the young generation to make the world they inherit better!" attempt at literature like Rowling and Collins make. If you go into it with too high expectations, you'll set yourself up for the wrong experience and not enjoy the book. As a fun read, it's wonderful, and I hope Cary gets on the third installment!


  5. says:

    Name: Sebastin Lewis

    Book title: Bloodline

    Personal Response
    I think that John was a boring character and I wish there was more action in the book. I like how Quincey turned good at the end of the book.

    Plot Summary
    John was sent out to war as a translator. He admired his captain and wanted to be as fearless as him. He constantly wrote notes to his sister Lily at home. When his captain took him on a night mission to destroy some of the enemies defenses he got badly injured and his captain carried him back to safety. John woke up in a hospital and the girl who was taking care of him was named Mary. Lily wrote a note to Johns captain saying thanks for saving her brothers life. Johns captain visited Lily and they grew close and planned to get married. They go to the captain's house in Transylvania and John found out that captain Harker was a vampire. John and Mary decide to go save Lily from being hurt. When they get there John finds out he is Harkers half brother. His sister Lily decided to kill herself instead of marrying Harker. John became a powerful vampire and Harker saw the good in life and wanted to change. Harker left Transylvania and Mary had to leave John so she was not killed or hurt. John is the new ruler of the vampires and Mary made it back home safely.

    Characterization
    John was not a strong person and he did what he was told to do. As he was in the war he learned he could not take a life of killing. He was tired of being weak and wanted people to respect and fear him so he willingly became a vampire. In the end, John was more powerful than he could ever imagine and everyone feared him and did not question what he did.
    Recommendations
    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes blood and gore. I think that people from the ages of twelve and up should read this book. Younger readers might find the book to bloody to enjoy it. I recommend reading the rest of the series to the book because it shows the story from other people's perspectives.


  6. says:

    I love this variation of Dracula!!! It was very interesting and with a nice twist in the sequel!!


  7. says:

    I read this when I was a kid, fresh off reading Bram Stoker's Dracula, and I thought this was a really spectacular and faithful sequel at the time - in spirit and continuity. I remember the war scenes being effectively nauseating (which is a reaction I've not often had to books), and I remember the action and drama being just riveting. I don't know if it would hold up on reread, especially since I'm certain there's a lot in Dracula I missed at 12 or 13, but this was definitely a highlight among my teen reading years.


  8. says:

    Personal Response
    I personally liked this book because it's set during the WW1 era. It also gives me a sense of adventure whether it was in the trenches in France or the poor land in Transylvania. Also, the way the story is told by a journal is a really nice touch to the book.

    Plot Summary
    The plot is about a boy who goes to war and is haunted by his destiny, to become a vampire. When he is injured in combat he is taken back to London to be brought back to good health. When he does he finds out his sister is dating the guy that put him into such stress, Captain Harker who is apart of Dracula's bloodline. He soon finds out that she is to marry him by destiny. She will never be able to marry him as when she finds out about his intentions she kills herself by jumping out a window into the jagged and sharp rocks below. Mary escapes with the sacrificial baby into the nearby Romanian village below the hill.

    Recommendation
    I recommend this book to mostly all genders and species. It's mostly a teenage like high school level. I don't know many books like this one but this is the book I choose.


  9. says:

    I read this because I love 'Dracula' and I was hoping for a sequal with equal kapow to keep me interested. I found about 1/10th of that in Bloodline. For a start, not many original characters are used other than Mary's father. Even Tepes wasn't actually Dracula (I think. That was very vague). I was annoyed that vampires can reproduce. Surely that's biologically impossible, considering how they're essentially animated corpses. Another Dracula spin-off, 'The Historian' by Kostova, is what led me to 'Bloodline'. Whereas 'The Historian' was well-developed, well-researched and unpredictable, 'Bloodline' was only half-developed, not very well researched and highly predictable. The title gave everything away! It was obviously about the continuity of the bloodline of Dracula from page one. Quincey ('Quincey'? Ha!) was obviously a vampire and Mina had turned into a slut, which really disappointed me. Sure, the brides of Dracula were supposed to be hot, but they weren't supposed to seduce the son of their husband by another woman. That was another thing that annoyed me. It was so nearly incest between Lily and Quincey (Rosmary + Mr Shaw --> Lily, Tepes + Mina --> Quincey, Rosemary + Tepes --> John). That's just a little too closely almost-related to be normal.

    Mary was a little boring. And she was very nosy, reading John's diary. John annoyed me the minute he started interacting with Mary. He was very overprotective. The minute he found out he was half-vampire (like we all had guessed, and HOW?!) he immediately gave into Mina's seductions (eww gross) and became a vampire himself, while being a complete dick to Mary, Quincey and even Mina. Quincey was the only interesting character. He emulated Dracula rather well, and was easy to dislike as an antagonist (even though I was rooting for him because I'm annoying like that) but was obviously going to be either really evil or annoyingly good in the end. He ended up going good, which is boring. Lily couldn't have been flatter if Cary had tried. Mina was a complete whore. Rosemary was boring. Tepes was undeveloped and unnecessary. Dr Seward was underused.

    Overall, readable.


  10. says:

    You want a real vampire story? This is definitely it!

    It's WWII and Captain Harker is in the trenches sucking Nazi blood. He's taken a liking to Lieutenant John Shaw, though... Soon enough, John is injured on a personal night raid with Harker and develops a fever that send him home to England. He ends up in a sanatorium where Mary Seward works as a nurse. She reads his diary and quickly falls in love with John. Of course, John doesn't know this, thanks to the fever. So, Mary tends to him and waits for him to come back to his senses. She also informed John's sister, Lily, that he was there. Lily soon hears of how Captain Harker rescued him when he was injured. She is so grateful of this heroic act that Lily sends him a letter to thank him. Captain Harker responds to her that he will be in England for business and will be sure to visit both Lily and John. He is invited by Lily to stay with her (and John when he returns to the Hall) just before John wakes up. When he does, he has his suspicions of Harker because of vague memories of the war. For the meanwhile, he blames these on the fever and tells himself that Harker is only friends with his sister. John is also involved in his own romance with Mary Seward, so he has a lot on his mind about how to go along with how to tell her of his affection. Captain Harker sends Lieutenant Shaw to work in London, and then he steals off with Lily, intending to "marry" her in his home country of Romania. When John returns to his hometown and informs Mary of this, they ask her father for advice on what to do. John had just proposed to Mary and was upset to have to leave her so soon to rescue his sister from his captain. Mary's father, though, is reminded of who Harker is and tells the lovers that they must go and rescue Lily before it's too late. They take off to go to Romania, but you'll have to read the book to find out whether our beloved characters will be captured by the bloodline of Count Dracula or not.