Wednesday, November 30, 2016
My Blood Approves - Amanda Hocking
Author: Amanda Hocking
Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met.
Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him.
But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood.
Amanda Hocking made a note for herself with her e-book sales of My Blood Approves and its successors, as well as a few other self-published books. After reading My Blood Approves, I can't understand what all the hustle and bustle was about. The book reads like a five year old wrote it, was poorly edited, and had absolutely no plot or character development.
The main character, Alice Bonham, is flighty, arrogant, believes the whole world loves her, and doesn't care about anyone but herself. She never shows any personal growth throughout the entire novel, never shows any sign of caring about others, never thinks of her family and what they might want, and genuinely believes that every guy she meets - like both Jack and Peter - are just totally in love with her.
The novel opens with Alice daydreaming about Jack as she gets ready to go out with him again. Alice spends pretty much the entire novel dreaming about Jack or spending her time with him. She starts skipping school because she spends all night at Jack's house, then sleeps all day. Then Alice has the gall to wonder why her mom is so upset. After all, what mother wouldn't love it when their teenage daughter spends all her time at a boys house while skipping school and neglecting her family?!
Now, also, let's talk about WHY Jack just can't stay away from Alice. And why Peter can't stay away from Alice. And why even their vampire dad is mildly weird about Alice. Apparently these vampires and Alice have blood that is "meant for each other." Like, their blood is attracted to Alice's blood. It's weird, and a little bit twilight like. I'm guessing Hocking is a Twilight fan. All in all, their blood being attracted to another person's blood is not a good reason to go all ga-ga for a person.
Now, as far as the plot, let's talk. Their were no major events really that happened in the story. The only tension was that both Peter and Jack have crushes on Alice, though Peter keeps trying to deny that fact. Their were scant moments of tension throughout the book, and little to nothing by way of anything to move the story along. It started and ended with the same two guys mooning over Alice that had been mooning over her in the beginning with no changes in either one's desire or status with Alice.
If there were a way to give this book zero stars, I would. I'll give it one because of all the hard work I know the author tried to put in, but I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone.