Verdict: BLOOD TO BLOOD is fascinating enough for the reader to want to know how things turn out, but he or she may not care on an emotional level.
Angel Brown is not your typical teenager. She’s mature for her age and solely focused on her promising music care – so much so that she’s willing to face her mother’s wrath and drop out of high school in order to pursue it full time. She has the voice of an angel that can harm or heal. She’s also on the verge of a major transition, one that will change her from human teen to child Shimshana, putting those around her at the mercy of her thirst for blood. Hers is a story of choices, change and growth, and proving one’s worth; one that, should she fail, would mean death.
Ifè Oshun’s BLOOD TO BLOOD is an interesting and imaginative tale. Drawing from a number of different folklore mythologies, Oshun has created a world all its own; one that is intricate, compelling, and woven together seamlessly. She handles what could be unbelievable situations with a steady hand, flawlessly blending them into the story. Her characters are well-crafted and authentic, never falling into the abyss of stereotypical teenagers or clueless adults. There are no insipid backstabbing, cliché teen cliques with their standard fighting for top of the heap. In short, there is nothing that seems out of place or far-fetched as sometimes happens with fantastical novels. BLOOD TO BLOOD is a serious piece of work. Therein lays the problem. The seriousness overwhelms any sense of wonder that typically accompanies YA Fantasy novels. Everything is put forth as matter-of-fact making the story feel dry and emotionally disconnected. Instead of being drawn into the fantastical, well-thought-out and created world, the reader is left standing on the outside looking in, far removed from the emotional complications such a story should inspire.
BLOOD TO BLOOD is fascinating enough for the reader to want to know how things turn out, but he or she may not care on an emotional level.
Reviewed by K.J. Pierce for Indie Reader