Wednesday, January 30, 2013

REVIEW: Beholden to Nancy Straight for Writing BLOOD DEBT

Blood Debt (Touched, #1)
by Nancy Straight

Published July 15, 2012 by CreateSpace
Buy at Amazon (E-book is just 99¢ US)


Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately wants.


What a fantastic take on centaur and Greek mythology. It has been a long time since I've read something that unique and original. Blood Debt was like a warm fragrant breath of fresh air. Who knew centaurs could be that cool? I sat down to read the book and was captivated from start to finish. There are a couple tiny items that I felt could be improved upon but it was so fascinating and unexpected that those flaws are almost imperceptible. A feeling of sadness washed over me when I read the last line... I did not want it to end!

All the guys in here are awesome.. absolute swoon worthy in every way. Gorgeous, polite, strong and funny. I agreed with Cami that it felt too good to be true that every guy there could be that perfect... but I'll take it! May I introduce to you to one of the best fictional male characters of all time? Drum roll...... Drake Nash. Oh yes my friends, he is intoxicating, inviting and completely worthy of droll. The chemistry between Cami and Drake was on the level of a nuclear explosion. My eyes kept popping out of my head while reading scenes between the two. Their relationship was credible and mesmerizing. The tremendous ensemble cast made this an easy read. Cami was snide yet soft, temperamental yet collected. 

As we follow Cami on her journey to find her new found father, we get the most pleasant discovery of her five, yes five FABULOUS brothers. I want in that family! She really did hit the lottery with her family and it makes what happens later even more heartbreaking. Sorry, can't tell you more without being a major spoiler!

My few nit picks: the opening sentence structure is repetitive in spots. Seeing sentences start over and over with the same word (such as I, I, I or her, her, her) is distracting to me. Fortunately those spots are scattered and not numerous. The other is lack of information on Daniel, Cami's best friend from California. I felt that we did not get to know him at all. However, I think she may be saving him for a big story plot in book two so I'll call that a draw. There was a moment where I was yelling at Cami crying out that she was blind.. especially the gotcha scene. My last complaint is how defeated she is during the last half of the book. She is an in-you-face, don't-back-down personality. That she lets a locked door and a couple big dudes stop her was a bit of a let down. For some reason I thought she would be more resourceful. 

The last couple of scenes made me stop in search of my tissue box. Honestly, you'd think I'd learn to keep some next to me while reading by now. Anyway, I digress. Straight was masterful at focusing my attention on the story line, the scenes' tension and the character's emotions. She wrote some awesome one liners too. 

Bianca was such a tremendously gracious friend and a little spitfire. I hope to see more of her in book two. Will and Gretchen were interesting and engaging characters. Blood Debt had twists, turns, jaw droppers, snort inducing laughs, tear jerking scenes and sizzling hot moments. With an evil, power hungry grandmother, a slew of hot guys, mythological intrigue and crazy family drama you have the perfect mix to an amazing series. 

The next installment in the series, Centaur Legacy (Touched, #2) can NOT come get in my hot little hands fast enough! Seriously, you really NEED to read this!

PS- though rated YA, with the main characters all in their early twenties I would rate this NA (New Adult). But its still appropriate for 15 and up.