review ~ hotblood (house of slide #1) by juliann whicker

Hotblood (House of Slide, #1)Title: Hotblood: A House of Slide Novel
Author: Juliann Whicker
# of Pages: 298
Published May 10, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
My Copy: Kindle edition
Average Rating: 3.94 / 5.00
My Rating: 4.00 / 5.00

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Goodreads Synopsis

He stole a kiss from the wrong girl…
Left without a soul, 17-year-old Dariana Sanders waited to die. There was nothing left to live for, nothing to feel besides the aching cold that never stopped. Her parent’s marriage was in shambles, and her brother, the only one who understood, the only one who knew how to make the cold go away, was gone forever. The only thing Dariana knew with absolute certainty was that nothing could possibly be right again. Enter Lewis Axel Nialls. Luckily for her, impossible is right up his alley. He can save her from the forces that wish to destroy her. Of course who’s going to save him, from her?

My Thoughts

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through a read and review group on Goodreads.

From the very start, I knew this was going to end up being one of those books I absolutely adore. The premise was different, and I couldn't wait to begin reading it! Right away, I was drawn right into the story. Darianna is a character with whom I immediately connected. She has an interesting family, to say the least, and is facing not only realistic everyday problems but supernatural ones as well. I loved how Darianna became kick ass, going out to hunt and discovering a dark side of herself.

I didn't like Darianna's uncle, Satan, at first, but he grew on me and ended up becoming one of my favorite characters. He was in a foul mood quite a bit in the beginning and is completely reckless, but he's hilarious! It became obvious to me how much he loves and cares about his niece. The dialogue he had with Darianna and other characters was a riot--completely hysterical!

I was ambivalent towards Darianna's mother--I don't understand how she can be okay with what Darianna's brother did to her. She didn't know how to deal with her daughter and came across as cold and unfeeling. Darianna's father seemed to be an absentee dad who didn't care about his daughter, but then you find out why he wasn't able to stay. I didn't agree with his decision to leave, but I understood why he did it. I only wish he had been in the book more.

I don't know what to think of Lewis--was he a good guy? Was he a bad guy? There was so much action with twists and turns around every corner. I absolutely cannot express enough how much I loved this book! I'm excited to find out more about him in the next installment of this series. With the way the book ended, I have no idea what to expect for the next one, and I'm dying to find out what happens next!

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Juliann WhickerFrom Smashwords:

Juliann Whicker was raised with chickens, goats, and a cow named Mrs. Mooley who everyone (neighbors included) chased down the street in a small college town. She now lives in Southeastern Ohio with her four children, husband, and all the ticks and poison ivy a soul could crave.

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