Category Archives: Amanda Hocking
Posted by StephB
❝Teenager Alice Bonham’s life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he’s unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him. Falling for two 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 ❞
Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 17th 2010 by Lulu
My Blood Approves is the first in Amanda Hocking’s series by the same name. One thing it does well, proves that if you want to write a book, do it! You don’t need to fret over publishers and the like, at least not initially. Get your book(s) out there, gather some momentum, as this series (and others of Amanda’s) has and then go for the gold. Since it’s a self-published book, there are some errors that a good editor would’ve been able to catch pre-release, but not so many that it’s unreadable. In fact, I was surprised my OCDemon didn’t fret more over the ones I spotted.
Another negative, already addressed I’ve no doubt, is the fact that this story has a multitude of Twilight similarities.
~ Names are very similar. You have Alice, who’s the main vs. sister; Mae, the mom vs. Esme; one of the love interests Jack vs. Jacob
~ Ezra, the long lived dad with medical skills
~ YA staple, a love triangle. But, this time the tri is Human Girl + Baby Vamp Bro + Vampier Bro.
~ Basic gist of human girl who is average in appearance is unusually different from what the vamp fam has come to expect and therefore makes her infinitely more desirable to them. “Yeah,” Jack said sheepishly. “Everyone kind of … reacts to me a certain way. And you don’t. It’s refreshing. So that’s what I’m doing here. With you.”
There were, however, differences that helped create enough “what’s going to happen next” to keep me reading. I very much liked the addition of Alice’s younger brother by two years, Milo. And, I say addition because to me, this reads like well done fan fiction, which isn’t a bad thing, just not what Amanda was shooting for, I’d imagine.
In addition to Milo, Amanda has a nice take on why her vamps are not stark white (thankfully they do not sparkle). “We don’t change from when we were turned, and I skateboarded a lot so I was out in the sun. When I turned, my was full of melanin, and now it always will be.”
There were enough differences to keep me entertained. The book was a quick read, so it’s like many hours/days wasted, if you’d like to give it a go. I will be reading #2, mainly because of Amanda’s inclusion of a snippet at the end of this book.