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All Ion Jacobs ever wanted was to be normal. But when you’re capable of killing with your very thoughts, it’s hard to blend in with the crowd. Running from his past and living in fear of being discovered, Ion knows he will never be an average college student. But when Hawk, the beautiful, mysterious girl next door unearths his darkest secret, Ion’s life is flipped u All Ion Jacobs ever wanted was to be normal. But when you’re capable of killing with your very thoughts, it’s hard to blend in with the crowd. Running from his past and living in fear of being discovered, Ion knows he will never be an average college student. But when Hawk, the beautiful, mysterious girl next door unearths his darkest secret, Ion’s life is flipped upside-down. He’s shocked to discover a whole world of people just like him -- a world in another dimension, where things like levitation, shape-shifting, and immortality are not only possible… they’re normal. Forced to keep more secrets than ever before, Ion struggles to control his powers in the real world while commuting between realms -- until his arch enemy starts a fight he can’t escape. Now he has sealed the fate of the Dimension, severing their connection to the real world, and locking himself inside forever. But a deadly threat hidden in plain sight may cost Ion more than just his freedom -- it may cost him his life. The Blood Race is the first book in K.A. Emmons' riveting new sci-fi/fantasy thriller series. If you like epic urban fantasy, fresh takes on super powers, deep allegories, raw emotions and intricate plots that surprise you at every turn, you'll love the first novel in Emmons' page-turning series. Grab your copy of The Blood Race and delve into a new dimension today! ________________________________ What Early Readers Are Saying: "Unique and brilliant. Everyone needs this book in their lives!" "This novel blew me away." "By the end of the book you will feel like you just been on a great adventure that just got started." "This book is very fast paced and filled to the brim with beautifully written descriptions and great characters. Think X-Men meets Miss Peregrine, but in a fresh and exciting new twist. It reminded me of a modern, sci-fi, teenage Narnia." "If you like thrilling adventure stories with some super powered characters this is for you!!!!" "This is far beyond a good book; this is the best book I’ve ever read!" "THE WRITING STYLE WAS GORGEOUS. I was in awe of the beautiful prose that pulled me into the story and was SO PROFOUND." "Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will be blown away with how K.A. Emmons takes sci-fi/fantasy to the next level!" "It is rare to find YA sci-fi with anything deeper than the surface as far as themes go (at least not good ones) and The Blood Race packed full of meaning and deeper layers while maintaining its integrity as a story." "After that cliff hanger I'm dying for more!"


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All Ion Jacobs ever wanted was to be normal. But when you’re capable of killing with your very thoughts, it’s hard to blend in with the crowd. Running from his past and living in fear of being discovered, Ion knows he will never be an average college student. But when Hawk, the beautiful, mysterious girl next door unearths his darkest secret, Ion’s life is flipped u All Ion Jacobs ever wanted was to be normal. But when you’re capable of killing with your very thoughts, it’s hard to blend in with the crowd. Running from his past and living in fear of being discovered, Ion knows he will never be an average college student. But when Hawk, the beautiful, mysterious girl next door unearths his darkest secret, Ion’s life is flipped upside-down. He’s shocked to discover a whole world of people just like him -- a world in another dimension, where things like levitation, shape-shifting, and immortality are not only possible… they’re normal. Forced to keep more secrets than ever before, Ion struggles to control his powers in the real world while commuting between realms -- until his arch enemy starts a fight he can’t escape. Now he has sealed the fate of the Dimension, severing their connection to the real world, and locking himself inside forever. But a deadly threat hidden in plain sight may cost Ion more than just his freedom -- it may cost him his life. The Blood Race is the first book in K.A. Emmons' riveting new sci-fi/fantasy thriller series. If you like epic urban fantasy, fresh takes on super powers, deep allegories, raw emotions and intricate plots that surprise you at every turn, you'll love the first novel in Emmons' page-turning series. Grab your copy of The Blood Race and delve into a new dimension today! ________________________________ What Early Readers Are Saying: "Unique and brilliant. Everyone needs this book in their lives!" "This novel blew me away." "By the end of the book you will feel like you just been on a great adventure that just got started." "This book is very fast paced and filled to the brim with beautifully written descriptions and great characters. Think X-Men meets Miss Peregrine, but in a fresh and exciting new twist. It reminded me of a modern, sci-fi, teenage Narnia." "If you like thrilling adventure stories with some super powered characters this is for you!!!!" "This is far beyond a good book; this is the best book I’ve ever read!" "THE WRITING STYLE WAS GORGEOUS. I was in awe of the beautiful prose that pulled me into the story and was SO PROFOUND." "Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will be blown away with how K.A. Emmons takes sci-fi/fantasy to the next level!" "It is rare to find YA sci-fi with anything deeper than the surface as far as themes go (at least not good ones) and The Blood Race packed full of meaning and deeper layers while maintaining its integrity as a story." "After that cliff hanger I'm dying for more!"

30 review for The Blood Race

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    EVERYONE needs this book in their lives. I’ve read sci-fi/fantasy thrillers before – and I’m kind of a picky reader, too – but The Blood Race blew me away with how unique it is. This is not your average teenager-with-superpowers book. This story is woven together with such detail and precision. It’s beautiful. You will fall in love with the characters (and want to hug some of them and take them home with you.) Not to mention, the writing is next level – beautifully crafted prose, deep themes, co EVERYONE needs this book in their lives. I’ve read sci-fi/fantasy thrillers before – and I’m kind of a picky reader, too – but The Blood Race blew me away with how unique it is. This is not your average teenager-with-superpowers book. This story is woven together with such detail and precision. It’s beautiful. You will fall in love with the characters (and want to hug some of them and take them home with you.) Not to mention, the writing is next level – beautifully crafted prose, deep themes, complex plot, epic world-building… but above all, this is a wonderfully-told story. The author has a way of making you feel what her characters are going through. An emotional connection that is hard to find in a lot of YA fiction. All I can say is: this book is unlike anything you’ll ever read. The Blood Race will take you for a wild, sweeping, heart-pounding ride – and you won’t be able to put it down.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gray Cox

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Dust

    How is it that every time I read this book, it just gets better?? The first time I read it, I thought it was okay, but not the best book ever. I was really confused by the climax, also. The second time, I understood a lot more about it, and more pieces fit together. And now this time? I want to pound out a thousand words, this book was so GOOD. For some reason, I feel really motivated to write. Maybe it’s because the writing style is so beautiful. I also realized what I was missing about the climax, How is it that every time I read this book, it just gets better?? The first time I read it, I thought it was okay, but not the best book ever. I was really confused by the climax, also. The second time, I understood a lot more about it, and more pieces fit together. And now this time? I want to pound out a thousand words, this book was so GOOD. For some reason, I feel really motivated to write. Maybe it’s because the writing style is so beautiful. I also realized what I was missing about the climax, and everything just fell into place. The plot and characters are spectacular! While this isn’t necessarily a “clean” read, the content that does appear, I feel, is needed, and it’s always presented in a bad light. Highly recommended to teenage readers who love speculative fiction! (Also, I hear there’s a hashtag called #FinNeedsHugs? SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HASHTAG.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    R.F. Gammon

    After giving myself ample time to process (read: over a month XD) I have finally decided to review this book. And man, it's so complicated, I just can't. I'll admit to being a leeeeetle disappointed by this one, mostly because so many of my blogging friends absolutely LOVE it. That's not to say I didn't like it--it was really, really good! It simply didn't grab me and throw me into it the way my five-star reads have. The characters and the prose were probably the best part. Ion was a definite hi After giving myself ample time to process (read: over a month XD) I have finally decided to review this book. And man, it's so complicated, I just can't. I'll admit to being a leeeeetle disappointed by this one, mostly because so many of my blogging friends absolutely LOVE it. That's not to say I didn't like it--it was really, really good! It simply didn't grab me and throw me into it the way my five-star reads have. The characters and the prose were probably the best part. Ion was a definite highlight--I LOVED his character arc, as well as the unconventional way that Kate tackled writing a random guy chosen for a supernatural task he doesn't understand. It broke the mold in the best possible ways. Then Hawk--she was so harsh and cold, and I'm kind of growing tired of girls like that...but then her backstory broke my heart (poor, poor girl) and I understood her a little better. Fin was an absolute sweetheart and I'm looking forward to seeing him develop more in future installments. I liked Sensei well enough, although I'm still not sure I understand him (intentional, I'm sure). The other characters were all fine, although I didn't fall head over heels for any of them. And then the PROSE. My goodness. I would recommend this book for the gorgeous prose alone. It's so beautiful, and I loved all the description. I felt like I was truly in all the scenes, and the flying parts? AMAZING. <3 The worldbuilding was pretty cool, especially the sort of stepping-between-realms stuff. I always love that kind of plot device. I didn't find myself blown away by the plot (it was well-paced and very character-driven, which I liked...but then it also confused me a couple of times, which I didn't so much like). Probably the biggest negative for me is that I didn't really get the whole "student body government" thing at all? Like it just seemed so...I don't even know. It didn't make sense to my goldfish brain. XD That's probably just me though? Overall I'm giving this 3.5 stars, and I am very eager to read the next one! At some point I'm DEFINITELY going to get my hands on it, because the cliffhanger was NOT OKAY. (And I want to know more about the chaaaaaaaaaaaaarrraaacteeeeeerrrrrrrs) CONTENT ADVISORY -Language: there's a handful of cuss words in this novel, ranging from lighter stuff (h*ll is used a few times) to cut-off f-words. I thought it was dealt with pretty well, though, and was in there for a reason...so I'm not counting off points on that account :P -Sexy stuff: The main characters are largely a group of very secular college students, so there's some kissing and flirting and making out. One character's backstory deals with being raped. -Alcohol: Again, secular college students, so there's quite a bit of drinking at some points :P (Note about the content: I found it really cool how all of this stuff wasn't allowed anymore once Ion had his new calling. An allegory, perhaps? XD) Overall, 3.5 stars, and I'd recommend this one to anybody who doesn't mind a couple of content concerns!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lila Kims

    This book was like no other I have ever read. Something about it felt so unique, so different from your average YA fantasy. (Or sci-fi fantasy. Whatever specific genre it falls into.) I’ve seen several reviewers compare The Blood Race to Narnia, which I initially found unusual and almost impossible. After all, the vibe of the novel is nowhere NEAR a Narnia vibe - that much was clear from the get-go. As the story progressed, however, I picked up on the similarity. Now I would probably comp-title i This book was like no other I have ever read. Something about it felt so unique, so different from your average YA fantasy. (Or sci-fi fantasy. Whatever specific genre it falls into.) I’ve seen several reviewers compare The Blood Race to Narnia, which I initially found unusual and almost impossible. After all, the vibe of the novel is nowhere NEAR a Narnia vibe - that much was clear from the get-go. As the story progressed, however, I picked up on the similarity. Now I would probably comp-title it “Narnia meets Karate Kid,” while at the same time insisting it’s incomparable. xD It's deep. It's full of powerful themes, breathtakingly complex characters, and intense twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. If you want something emotional, gritty, fantastical, fast-paced, and theme-focused, I highly recommend The Blood Race! It's the kind of book that really gets you THINKING. For example, at one point I was sitting on my patio whilst reading it on my Tablet screen, and I got caught up in a certain scene that I remember prompted me to gaze up the sky and imagine what it would be like to fly. (It was a really cool moment! No matter how lame it may sound. xD) What would it be like to be one half of a soul searching for your other half? What would it be like to have a teacher whose every remark oozed great wisdom (sometimes confusing great wisdom, but great wisdom nonetheless)? What would it be like to face the incredibly hard choice of leaving one everything behind… or another everything? Guys. THIS BOOK. It was just so meaningful, heart-rending, and beautiful all tied up in the gorgeous package of Emmons' superb writing style. <3 And as for the characters... - Hawk is suuuuper cool, and I positively devoured her depth. - Ion has enormous depth too, and his character arc… I CAN'T WITH HIM. <3 - Fin is a smol precious bean somehow capable of crushing my heart. - Sensei is just the epitome of wisdom; I loved his character! The story has allegorical elements, though I don't think it's a complete allegory...? Which is totally fine! Though it was very subtle, I took notice of it and ATE IT RIGHT UP. Readers from both Christian and secular audiences will enjoy! (Take note it has some mature content like language [briefly strong, mostly mild] and an undetailed, fade-to-black dream/flashback of a rape.) - MY HEART. IT FELT THINGS. SO MUCH EMOTION. - That ending, tho. O_O I need Worlds Beneath ASAP! ---- OH. OH. OH. THE EMOTIONS. I NEED THE SECOND BOOK!!!!! Review to come, ajcvrntjtughdhsjrgj.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Elis

    This book being as hyped up as it was, my expectations were like SKY HIGH. Yup. And now that I've finished what do I say? Wow. Oh my word. I READ THE BOOK GUYS I ACTUALLY GOT TO READ IT I THOUGHT I'D HAVE TO WAIT AGES BUT I'M SO THRILLED I GOT TO READ IT IT FEELS LIKE FOREVER BEFORE I DID BUT I'M DONE NOW CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!? ... yeah, sorry, I'm done now. The good news, my friends, is that this book did live up to my expectation in almost every way. Almost. But we'll get to that later. Some wh This book being as hyped up as it was, my expectations were like SKY HIGH. Yup. And now that I've finished what do I say? Wow. Oh my word. I READ THE BOOK GUYS I ACTUALLY GOT TO READ IT I THOUGHT I'D HAVE TO WAIT AGES BUT I'M SO THRILLED I GOT TO READ IT IT FEELS LIKE FOREVER BEFORE I DID BUT I'M DONE NOW CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!? ... yeah, sorry, I'm done now. The good news, my friends, is that this book did live up to my expectation in almost every way. Almost. But we'll get to that later. Some where it was described as "The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver while being both secular and Christian at the same time." And that was really something to say. I haven't read A Wrinkle in Time, so I cannot say much about that, buuut I can say that it had elements from the Raven Boys and The Giver (less than I thought but it's expected because it's mashing three) and it was both secular and Christian! I'll explain that later (maybe I'm not supposed to?) But guys, I LOVED THE BOOK AND HOW CREATIVE IT IS! I heard that you will fall in love with the characters - and I did. Not with all of them per se, but many of them. Ion for instance. I'm actually very fond of male mcs? He's just kind of perfect - not "perfect" perfect, but a terrific character - kid with troubled and mysterious past who doesn't know who he is, but guy who is pretty fun and an unintentional troublemaker and pretty sweet and realistic and a tad gullible at times... also pretty conflicted. They all are. Hawk though? I liked Hawk well enough but I think she needs to loosen up. She's kind of what I think we'd all find ourselves like in her position. h I think she was harsh, hard core, unforgiving, and in a sense made others feel "less". I'm not saying I don't like her. Sure she's annoying sometimes. But I think it suits her, suits her position. And what she's struggling with inside ... In all honesty I don't see her how Ion does ... I see her more how she sees herself, or how Sensei sees her. Speaking of Sensei - he's just mysterious and wonderful and I TRUST HIM WITH MY LIFE - sorry with the characters' lives. Whenever anything goes wrong I'm like "JUST GO TO SENSEI RIGHT NOW!!" Fin thought <3 <3 <3 what else is there to say? I LOVE HIM. Also please give us more of West and Rugger??? Please, Kate, more West and Rugger those guys were the best ever!!! And Riley - I really wasn't expecting ... him ... to have a role like that ... I want to see more of him next time too. The characters were good, yes. Different and dynamic and real. With their own personalities and problems and good points. Let me just take a breather here ... and take a moment to appreciate THAT GORGEOUS COVER. And the title. Umm it was intriguing when I first heard it, but did I understand what it meant? Haha #nope. But now I do! And if you read the book the title will make worlds of sense to you! And I also admire the writing. Would I have guessed that this was by a first time indie published author? Nah. Such lovely writing and the words - they just flowed. The pov worked very nicely too. The setting was one of my favorite things. Half real world, half fantasy. Those are some of my favorite kinds of stories. College + student house + the Dimension??? I'm in love and I want to go visit, please? The whole sci-fi/fantasy feel was awesome. And I'm so stoked for what kinds of epic things will happen later + what great darkness will creep up. I absolutely love, absolutely freaking love, the part that the anomalies were taken from the past, present, and future to protect earth. IT'S PURE GENIUS AND I'M IN AWE. It's something I was like thinking of doing. Not in the same way. I was having problems with the idea and Kate just solved them all in here - I love it!!! <3 <3 <3 Then the allegory. The symbolism. The hidden meaning. I'm drawing parallels here guys! This is the reason it can be considered Christian and secular at the same time! I'm so impressed, and it actually reminded me of Ted Dekker there (<< high praise, dude, high praise). Next, the plot. The action. Car races, jumping off cliffs, training and breathing, flying, fighting, getting into worlds of trouble - omw, such a wonderful, exciting, fascinating plot! And I think it's seriously epic that they don't just have one power, but many! The story had good, deep themes. However, I feel that here it came off pretty ... strong? I mean yes these characters gotta learn some lessons and the sooner the better but maybe it could have been a tad more ... uh ... subtle? But not a huge issue, and perhaps it's just me. Moving on. Aaaand ... there's a prophecy. -_- Haha. Okay?? Very good let's take it nice and easy ... nothing wrong with prophecies because they are real and do happen but. it happens quite a bit - okay, A LOT - in books. Just saying? Nothing new in this area, so far nothing unique, and it's not bad in the slightest, just ... predictable maybe? And now the elephant in the room. The prophecy is about two halves of a soul. Hahaha. Uh. HOW IS THIS SUDDENLY HAPPENING TO ME?? I thought I was done with this idea when I finished that one book last month and complained about it in my review. I was like, "okay well the good thing is it's over and I won't see it again". Lol no. In all honesty I am not the biggest fan of this idea - two halves of a soul destined find each other in another life ... just making myself clear that there's nothing really wrong with the idea - it's just me. Me. I personally am not a fan. Just my preference. I suggest unless you have experience with this storyline you ignore my complaint and just check it out for yourself. It might just be your thing, and if it is - GO YOU!!! Then just a couple more points - the climax could have been more ... epic? Just personal taste (lol again) that climatic battles should be long and hard. It seemed a little easy here? The last things I want to say can't be said without spoilers, so we'll have to leave them unsaid. *sigh* But the cliffhanger though. At the end. HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO US, KATE? I NEED THE NEXT BOOK. In the end guys, I give this book 4 1/2 stars and just saying I AM A FAN. Please do yourself a favor and read this amazing book. If you are anything like me you'll not find too much problems with it (<< understatement of my life).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Rose

    This book surprised me, confused me, and I'm still not sure what is going on in the character's minds but since book two is coming soon I'm kind of okay with that. :) Emmons does a fantastic job with imagery. It almost feels like poetry. To be honest, I wasn't superbly fond of the main guy character for about half the book. He was lazy, undetermined, and annoying. The main girl character was little better, but her voice seemed stronger through the writing and I felt like I understood her a littl This book surprised me, confused me, and I'm still not sure what is going on in the character's minds but since book two is coming soon I'm kind of okay with that. :) Emmons does a fantastic job with imagery. It almost feels like poetry. To be honest, I wasn't superbly fond of the main guy character for about half the book. He was lazy, undetermined, and annoying. The main girl character was little better, but her voice seemed stronger through the writing and I felt like I understood her a little more. One thing I absolutely loved about this book is because of the alternating 1st person POV's, we get to see what both of our main characters think of each other's actions. And usually, their interpretation of each other was grossly inaccurate. (Life lesson: you can't read everyone's minds.) Some things I didn't like so much was (1) the beginning was quite confusing. I wasn't sure what was happening, who's head I was in (I didn't expect a first person book to be from two POV's), or what Ion was all about. (2) More of a DISCLAIMER and not something that I thought was horrible: there were a spattering of blocked-out cuss words (first letter then a line). Though I never like to read that in a book, it wasn't uncalled for. The characters all had reasons for using such words and while I'm not saying it's right, it wasn't as if they were cussing out both sides of their heads all the time. (3) THE ENDING!!!! *dies* Kate, HOW COULD YOU?!?!?! Talk about cliffhanger. Literally. Now I'm super excited for the second book. :) I would definitely recommend this book to those who love Si-Fi, fantasy, or other things along those lines. It's an amazingly strong debut novel and I cannot wait to see what Kate does in coming years!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Totally Graced

    The Blood Race is a fantastic YA sci-fi novel by the one and only K.A. Emmons. It tells the story of Ion and Hawk, and a world with "anomalies", different dimensions, shapeshifting, and a prophecy that will alter the world as we know it. It's an intense, gripping read that will leave you clamoring to know what's going to happen next. I'm going to admit right off the bat that I'm not always a fan of sci-fi. It's just not a genre that I tend to connect with quite as easily. But I absolutely adored The Blood Race is a fantastic YA sci-fi novel by the one and only K.A. Emmons. It tells the story of Ion and Hawk, and a world with "anomalies", different dimensions, shapeshifting, and a prophecy that will alter the world as we know it. It's an intense, gripping read that will leave you clamoring to know what's going to happen next. I'm going to admit right off the bat that I'm not always a fan of sci-fi. It's just not a genre that I tend to connect with quite as easily. But I absolutely adored this book, and here's why- the characters were incredible. They were so complex and multi-faceted and flawed. You could see parts of yourself in each one of them. They weren't perfect, but that was what made you love them. They were real. You could feel Ion's confusion, and relate to Hawk's brokenness. Fin made you want to hug him and cry all at the same time, and Mel kept you guessing around every turn. They were characters that felt like they were standing right in front of you, like they're people in your own life. I loved them. The plot had so many twists and turns that you never knew what was coming. At first I was a bit confused, trying to wrap my brain around what exactly was happening, but once it clicked, I was absolutely hooked. At several points in the story, I literally had to minimize my screen to the smallest space that I could, just to keep my eyes from accidentally skipping ahead, wanting to know what was going to happen next. The world building was really interesting, and I just loved learning the ins and outs of the dimension. The amount of time that I know Kate had to have spent weaving this world together is mind-blowing. So, so cool. You hear people talk all the time about how much authors really pour themselves into their work. I could honestly see so much of Kate in The Blood Race, and it was beautiful. She is such a passionate human being, and that passion just shone through her writing. Gah, I loved it so much. I could ramble about this book for ages, telling you about all of my favorite parts, my favorite lines, and my questions going into the next book. (KATE YOUR CLIFFHANGERS ARE EVIL) But if I went into all that, we'd be here all day, and I would definitely be delving into spoiler land, so I'll just say this- READ THIS BOOK. You won't regret it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nate Philbrick

    I'm going to have to mark this as DNF. The writing was fantastic, the dialog was crisp and felt more genuine than a lot of other indie books I've read, and for what it's worth, I absolutely loved the cover art the moment I saw it. The premise was intriguing, even if it wasn't entirely my cup of tea, and Ion was beginning to grow on me. I was, however, disappointed by the swearing and frequent sensual content and allusions. I was really hoping for a clean read, given what little I knew about the I'm going to have to mark this as DNF. The writing was fantastic, the dialog was crisp and felt more genuine than a lot of other indie books I've read, and for what it's worth, I absolutely loved the cover art the moment I saw it. The premise was intriguing, even if it wasn't entirely my cup of tea, and Ion was beginning to grow on me. I was, however, disappointed by the swearing and frequent sensual content and allusions. I was really hoping for a clean read, given what little I knew about the author through social media. My grievances with The Blood Race are strictly subjective. Props to Emmons for a polished product with an evident amount of work behind it. If academy-for-gifted-youth stories are your thing and the aforementioned issues don't bother you, you should give The Blood Race a go! Unfortunately, this is one train ride I won't be continuing on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    LOVED it so much!! The only problem was the language....but other than that, ahhhhhh--so good. And that cliffhanger! I need book 2 now.. :))

  11. 4 out of 5

    Galaxy Adventurer

    So, first off, I AM NOT OK AND I NEED BOOK TWO NOW. Now for the rest of the review XD This book starts off full of action(I mean it starts off with a street race, talk about a racing start ;) and the action just continues throughout the whole book. The characters felt real, were relatable, and their character development was nicely done. We get glimpses of what it means to forgive others and ourselves, and to move on from things in our past in these characters. Also, Hawk, Ion, and Fin are such ama So, first off, I AM NOT OK AND I NEED BOOK TWO NOW. Now for the rest of the review XD This book starts off full of action(I mean it starts off with a street race, talk about a racing start ;) and the action just continues throughout the whole book. The characters felt real, were relatable, and their character development was nicely done. We get glimpses of what it means to forgive others and ourselves, and to move on from things in our past in these characters. Also, Hawk, Ion, and Fin are such amazing characters and I want to give them all hugs and protect them and THEY ALL DESERVE HAPPINESS ((view spoiler)[And I'm not sure if I ship Hawk and Fin, or Hawk and Ion, both of the ships are so cute and AHH IDK. I mean I know Hawk said she didn't feel the same way toward Fin...but still... <3 (hide spoiler)] ) I will admit that some things were kind of confusing at the beginning, but really, what book containing fantasy elements isn't? But K.A. Emmons did a fabulous job at explaining things and bringing us into this other dimension. Speaking of the other dimension, you get pulled into a stunning world full of superpower abilities. Overall this was an absolutely wonderful book with beautiful characters<3 ~keep reading & keep exploring galaxies~

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hanne T

    OH. MY. WORD. I haven’t really considered myself a sci-fi or dystopian reader until recently, but I’m so glad I discovered that I liked both before reading The Blood Race! Imagine The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver while being both secular and Christian at the same time. Like, all the good parts of those books together. While that ^ sounds like it gives you a general idea of what The Blood Race is about, (lol not really), it’s SO DIFFERENT. The Blood Race is different from all OH. MY. WORD. I haven’t really considered myself a sci-fi or dystopian reader until recently, but I’m so glad I discovered that I liked both before reading The Blood Race! Imagine The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver while being both secular and Christian at the same time. Like, all the good parts of those books together. While that ^ sounds like it gives you a general idea of what The Blood Race is about, (lol not really), it’s SO DIFFERENT. The Blood Race is different from all the other books, and the characters. OH THE CHARACTERS. They are both so well defined yet complex yet broken. They each had a past story, and they had a story to tell. They each had a power, and that was what drew them together. They were so beautiful and I loved them all so much. Not only the characters, but the world itself was so wonderfully built. The world-building was so detailed and vivid, and while it was tricky to understand what all it entailed (as is the case with many alternate universe books that have world building), it was all so beautifully described and the end result was stunning. The plot had so many loops and swirls that it was impossible to tell what was coming next. There were so many tropes that didn’t show up, unlike so many of other YA fiction books (there. is. no. romance. #WHAT) There were so many hidden meaning behind each of the small things in the book that clearly meant so much. (small disclaimer: there is use of s**t and an instance of when the f word was about to be said, as a part of character development) You may like this book if: You like fantasy/sci-fi/thriller/suspense, or any of the above You like well developed YA fiction You like stories with meaning and motifs behind everything You like great worldbuilding stories and/or beautiful lovable characters A huge thank you to Kate for providing me with a free digital advanced review copy of this book as a member of the advanced review/blog tour team. I was not required to read a positive review. This review first appeared on: https://rockandminerals4him.wordpress...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Grace

    VIDEO REVIEW HERE: https://youtu.be/Gv6lbOKJfYA This was a really interesting read and loved the opening. A street race with some kind of "superpower" interference? Count me in! As a whole, I enjoyed THE BLOOD RACE, even though I totally admit that I felt some things went way above my head. I didn't stay stuck on them because I liked what was happening, and I especially liked Ion. This is the first book I have read that I STRONGLY did not like the female lead. I'm still uncertain how I feel about VIDEO REVIEW HERE: https://youtu.be/Gv6lbOKJfYA This was a really interesting read and loved the opening. A street race with some kind of "superpower" interference? Count me in! As a whole, I enjoyed THE BLOOD RACE, even though I totally admit that I felt some things went way above my head. I didn't stay stuck on them because I liked what was happening, and I especially liked Ion. This is the first book I have read that I STRONGLY did not like the female lead. I'm still uncertain how I feel about her, but I feel she redeemed herself near the end so I'm not quite as agitated toward that same said character. But Ion…seriously, I loved him. He was so real, though I can't put into words why I feel that way (at least without major spoilers). He definitely has struggles, but I admired him on many levels as he learned and grew. He so inspired how I want my future characters to be in my own stories. Though I wouldn't say this is "Christian fiction," there were some powerful allegorical scenes that hit me strongly, especially when it came to the sliders and the Dimension. A certain quote about water has been on replay since I read it. Those two things were by far my favorite part of this story. The author had some powerful messages (trust being one of them) that spoke to me above anything I might have not understood or was fond of. I eagerly look forward to book two because I can imagine I will be touched as profoundly as I did in parts of book one. Plus, I need to know what's going to happen to Ion. *(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review.)*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    The truth was, I had invented my life as an author invents a fairy tale. I was made up. Faux. Nothing about me was real. Wow. That ending though. I had heard glowing reviews of this book from several friends, and when I started I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it. There's quite a lot of language at the beginning, and I wasn't the hugest fan of Ion as a character. But once I got past the first few chapters and into the plot, ooh boy was it hard to put down. The character development, The truth was, I had invented my life as an author invents a fairy tale. I was made up. Faux. Nothing about me was real. Wow. That ending though. I had heard glowing reviews of this book from several friends, and when I started I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it. There's quite a lot of language at the beginning, and I wasn't the hugest fan of Ion as a character. But once I got past the first few chapters and into the plot, ooh boy was it hard to put down. The character development, the fascinating originality of the Dimension, the Christian allegory woven through, it was really good. The only downside was the language. I don't normally have an issue with language in books, and I wouldn't have in this one if I had been warned about it. It caught me off guard, and thus I was annoyed by it, so I'm making you aware so you don't end up like me xD But other than that it was awesome. When I finished, the first thing I said was "whoa". The full blog post in which I reviewed it: https://novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors... **I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review**

  15. 5 out of 5

    abby franklin

    OVERALL OHMYGOODNESS WHAT A STELLAR BOOK. perfect prose, incredibly relatable characters, and an engaging magical world just waiting to be explored. worlds beneath (book 2/3) is now a must-have on my tbr list. quick content warning: plenty of blood & gore, mentions of sex and rape, mild language loves - HAWK? WAS? INCREDIBLE?? hawk is the strong female character(TM), but, for once, she actually has emotions and real issues???? WHERE HAS SHE BEEN ALL MY LIFE??? oh my goodness, hawk is just the epidem OVERALL OHMYGOODNESS WHAT A STELLAR BOOK. perfect prose, incredibly relatable characters, and an engaging magical world just waiting to be explored. worlds beneath (book 2/3) is now a must-have on my tbr list. quick content warning: plenty of blood & gore, mentions of sex and rape, mild language loves - HAWK? WAS? INCREDIBLE?? hawk is the strong female character(TM), but, for once, she actually has emotions and real issues???? WHERE HAS SHE BEEN ALL MY LIFE??? oh my goodness, hawk is just the epidemic of great characterization. she has plenty of flaws and issues that she struggles with on a daily basis like self-worth, trust, and 1000 other things. i'm inspired by how she fights against evil while also fighting her own demons. i think i've found a new favorite character <3 - emmons' prose was 100% absolutely out of this world. from the first page, i was drawn into her universe and unable to leave. i couldn't get enough of her wonderful writing. - i am not a fan of si-fi. i'd typically put any down a book labled sience fiction. but this book? hahahah I STAYED UP ALL NIGHT AND READ LIKE THERE WAS NO TOMORROW. so, updated preferences: i hate si-fi unless it's k.a. emmons si-fi. - the pacing of the plot was incredible, no one can change my mind. admittedly it did take a few chapters to fully fall in love with the book, but after i did fall, there was no turning back. - side character love omg. sensei had me nodding reverently with his words of wisdom (i imagined sensei wu in my mind sorry not sorry). fin had me squealing frantically and bashing my face into pillows, he was just that sweet. - not sure how exactly i feel about riley (view spoiler)[ but i don't believe he's dead. if ya didn't see it, it didn't happen!! (hide spoiler)] - THAT. CLIFFHANGER. *sobs* letdowns - certain parts of the writing of this book were, well, less than awesome. there were a lot of overused words (i noticed kiss, blood, and literally very often). i could sometimes tell when the same techniques were used multiple times - it was a little predictable in the middle. (view spoiler)[i could tell from the beginning that ion was the sunset, it was pretty obvious considering he's one of two main characters lol. also who didn't know riley was going to betray everyone?? (hide spoiler)] - ion was... i donno. average? it's not that i didn't like him, but, next to hawk, ion looked like just another 'chosen-one' stereotype. - the timeline is a little confusing. i was very confused when ion said he'd been in the dimension for a whole year. it seems like it only took a month or so. - side characters like west, mel, and ruger were kind of dull. i didn't particularly care for them... at all. as for mel, she was basically the damsel in destress, the popular perfect princess. sort of annoying. MY RATING i would give this book a 4-star rating. it absolutely blew me away, but those tiny nitpicky details were just a little too irritating to ignore. still, the good 1000% outweighs the bad. the blood race is a well-written, well-loved story i won't be forgetting anytime soon. k. a. emmons has my stamp of approval :) now, for the sequal!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I freaking LOVED this book. It was the first book in months to keep me up till the wee hours reading and on the edge of the chair, my tired eyes kept open in suspense. And while it was fast paced and action packed, it was not at all lacking in character development, plot, or inspiring themes. I want to talk about all of these points so, make yourself comfortable, we'll be here for a while. Characters, where should I start?! First off, all of the characters were three dimensional, flawed, beautifu I freaking LOVED this book. It was the first book in months to keep me up till the wee hours reading and on the edge of the chair, my tired eyes kept open in suspense. And while it was fast paced and action packed, it was not at all lacking in character development, plot, or inspiring themes. I want to talk about all of these points so, make yourself comfortable, we'll be here for a while. Characters, where should I start?! First off, all of the characters were three dimensional, flawed, beautiful characters with heart-wrenching back stories, mysterious pasts, and lovable traits. I seriously wanted to hug Fin and wrap him up in a blanket burrito or marry him or something, and Hawk was just absolutely fabulous and vulnerable despite her calm, tough exterior. I totally wanted her as a mentor. As for Ion... That crazy boy had me wanting to tear my hair out at points, he was so frustrating, (LIKE, HOW CAN HE BE THIS BAD AT KEEPING SECRETS AND FOLLOWING RULES?!) but he is super relatable, and his search for meaning and understanding are spot on. (ALSO I WANT TO PROTECT THIS BABY CINNAMON ROLL AND KEEP HIM SAFE FROM ALL WRITERS EVERYWHERE ALWAYS BUT COUGHCOUGHSPOILERSCOUGH) Okayyyyy, now let's talk about plot and story world... Kate Emmons has a real skill with making a story world come alive without shoving it in your face, and any preliminary confusion about story world and its rules are immediately cleared up. The plot was fast paced from the start (this is a joke because it starts with a car race. Anyone...? Okay, fine, I'll stop trying to be funny) And I wasn't bored at any point. Even the parts where a detailed explanation was needed were interesting and always forward moving. It is clearly the first book of a series because the plot does not come full circle (e.g. the cliffhanger ending... END ME NOW OR GIVE ME THE NEXT BOOK!!!) but there were plenty of plot twists and enough suspense to keep it interesting. #yasss Themes: Themes, themes, everywhere! Okay, you know how allegorical, moral, thematic books can be just downright preachy, pretentious, or cheesy? This is not the case with The Blood Race. Kate Emmons introduces themes of Doubt, Faith, Sacrifice, etc... without detracting from the interest and value of the story. In fact, it enhances it. It also didn't shy away from difficult topics and themes. It is rare to find YA sci-fi with anything deeper than the surface as far as themes go (at least not good ones) and The Blood Race packed full of meaning and deeper layers while maintaining its integrity as a story. I think it was very well done, and I hope to find more books like this in the future because PEOPLE NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. Basically, in summary, I loved this book, and I may be biased because I think Kate is awesome, but I'm a pretty harsh critic so I don't think so. JUST GO READ THE BOOK IT'S AWESOME YOU WILL LOVE IT I WILL LOVE YOU IF YOU LOVE IT. You can't go wrong (;

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Riley

    May 2020 Review This book is one that I go on about time and time again. And the reason is every time I read it, it's different. And yet, it's the same comforting home I've made it to be. Reading it this time around was slightly more painful. There were ways in which Hawk behaved that hit me differently than it usually does. There were things she did that surfaced wounds in my own heart. But, in this book, I feel like there is healing, too. Again, this book... this SERIES... has impacted me so de May 2020 Review This book is one that I go on about time and time again. And the reason is every time I read it, it's different. And yet, it's the same comforting home I've made it to be. Reading it this time around was slightly more painful. There were ways in which Hawk behaved that hit me differently than it usually does. There were things she did that surfaced wounds in my own heart. But, in this book, I feel like there is healing, too. Again, this book... this SERIES... has impacted me so deeply that it will forever remain at the top. Here and there I may call other books my favorite book. But the reality is nothing will beat the feeling of home I have her. And Fin lives here, so ya know.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Evangeline

    REREAD: THIS BOOK, YO. After rereading it, I can see some flaws, but overall, SO GOOD. AND THE CLIFFHANGER WAS JUST CRUEL. The Blood Race was so unique! It was very different than what I was expecting, and I am glad it was. I loved how every single aspect of the more fantastical side seemed realistic and plausible. I'm so glad that I bought it. REREAD: THIS BOOK, YO. After rereading it, I can see some flaws, but overall, SO GOOD. AND THE CLIFFHANGER WAS JUST CRUEL. The Blood Race was so unique! It was very different than what I was expecting, and I am glad it was. I loved how every single aspect of the more fantastical side seemed realistic and plausible. I'm so glad that I bought it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    kiwi kili

    WARNING WRITTEN IN POST: please, please, please if you love this book, do not read this review. It is going to make you angry It's a one star review for a book you love, of course you're gonna hate it. It also progresses in frustration and explody-valcano-level-kili-anger as it goes so.... Proceed with caution. Also, spoilers. THE REVIEW, IN REAL TIME (for the most part): Erm: thoughts on first 1% - 20% of book: It's not really keeping my interest. I keep wondering either when it's gonna GIT GUD or w WARNING WRITTEN IN POST: please, please, please if you love this book, do not read this review. It is going to make you angry It's a one star review for a book you love, of course you're gonna hate it. It also progresses in frustration and explody-valcano-level-kili-anger as it goes so.... Proceed with caution. Also, spoilers. THE REVIEW, IN REAL TIME (for the most part): Erm: thoughts on first 1% - 20% of book: It's not really keeping my interest. I keep wondering either when it's gonna GIT GUD or when I'm gonna finish it so I can read something else. I guess I was expecting WAY more fantasy elements than what I'm getting. I'm not sure why there's a weird sorta(?) side plot with Ion starting to date Riley's girlfriend. I THINK it's just an excuse to get them to have a fight? But I feel like Ion beating Riley in a car race at the very beginning would have been reason enough for that.  I'm starting a real-time percentage review at the percent I'm at. So. I'll take note of things I like and obviously as always things I don't like.  Because I am a picky bitch 21% I feel like the entire book thus far has just been: Hawk talks with Sensei. Ion talks with Sensei. We go back in time and see Hawk talk with Sensei again. Hawk doesn't like Ion. Hawk arranges for Ion to talk with Sensei. Ion talks with Sensei. Hawk talks with Sensi.  I would say that having the three of them in the same room at the same time must be illegal but we have HAD HAWK IN HAWK FORM IN THE ROOM DURING ONE OF THESE CONVERSATIONS. 22% frickin, frickin, frickin, frickin, fricken. ooh-almost an F-bomb! but of course we gotta cut it in half. Because there's no way I will just think the word "fuck" in my head when I see fu-- anyway. Look, I'm not against books without swearing...Personal codes, personal preferences, whatever. I just think if that's your goal, maybe don't have the characters point-blank mention it? It's...IDK. Annoying? Pointless? These are college-aged, not 15 year olds.  lol still just at 22%  "We're immortal, so we don't need sex" I mean...that didn't stop Bella and Edward.  24% I already don't care about the fact that he has to apparently go back to school.  "You've been gone three days" Two seconds later "You've been gone for a week" Erm...3 isn't even half of 7 there babe 25% This entire chapter, featuring: Ion putting his foot continually directly into his mouth with his almost-sorta (? did that happen? Okay they're saying it did) girlfriend  26% Wow. It really took him all of two seconds to spill all the beans he promised not to spill, there and break alllll the rules because sexy girl is sexy, huh.  31% Look: I get Ion/Icarus breaking the rules was so we could get more of the low-down of what's happening But....why not just make that clear to him in the first place as incentive NOT to break the rules?  GENERAL NOTE: I feel as if a lot of the stuff happening now would mean more if there had been more of a passage of time in the book: Ion breaking the rules, people saying Hawk knows him better than anyone, her feeling as if he broke her trust but also saying many times she doesn't trust him....IDK. It's been like 2 weeks at MOST dude. Also general note: it physically pains me to read it as Fin instead of Finn but I'll get used to it I guess. FUTURE ME NOTE: And then she didn't.  34%  Icarus: No one has ever loved me Me: ...conflicted because like, I feel ya buddy but also...I don't...? i don't care? Am I a horrible person?! 36% if there's a prophecy mate don't skip around it. gimme all the juicy details  Future me note: They then proceeded to not do that for almost the rest of the book.   40% Characters: instantly adapt to their new names Me: Still call them their original names in my head because I DON'T LIKE THE NEW ONES, THERE I SAID IT 41% Fin talking with Hawk: you and Ion/Icarus are super important and also we better hope no one gets your blood Mala/Mel with Ion/Icarus: Riley is a slider too and also I think he wants your blood ... IF THEY SIT ON THIS FOR HALF THE BOOK I SWEAR TO AYISHA-- 44% Lately I've been seeing a lot of memes about "you ever just close the book and scream when a character does something stupid?" And I've been like "Erm...no?" But now Now I know 45% And they continue. To. Do. Stupid. Things.  Hawk would you swallow your GD pride and do something to save Ion's life? Yes? No? Ah, yes. No one must know that you stupidly did something stupid that almost resulted in Ion's death. God forbid your reputation suffer when he's got a punctured lung.  46% AT LEAST SHE APOLOGIZES. Look, yes I'm ragging on her. But she also deserves it. Oh and thank goodness he mentions the blood thing. I woulda lost my mind if that was a running plot thread. (Future me editing the review: spoiler alert. ...They still do nothing about it -__- And yes: yes I DO lose my mind) 47% Book: science lesson? Me: ....No. I want magic.  48% Book, nodding to self: science lesson. Me: NO! MAGIC! 51% Look, I get that they're BoNDiNg, which is good, and that we are being given a useful piece of information about Ion's past but...is now really the time? After it JUST being revealed that Riley is up to no good possibly in the worst way? IDK I just feel like the flow of information in this book is weird.  52% Now given a valuable piece of Hawk's past and it's quite dark. (TW: glossed over rape) And I feel like this should be a bit more of an emotional reveal but it doesn't feel like one because of the circumstances. IDK. Maybe it will be explained later why she told Ion now. But I feel as if it was out of convenience for moving their relationship along and wasn't really naturally developed. Not with this sort of information.  From my perspective at least, Ion has not earned enough of her trust for her to tell him that. That's really sensitive information. It just feels wrong. 53% Okay, to be fair, Hawk is at least questioning why she said anything in the next chapter. So we'll see. But I'm still annoyed that they're just like "Yes, be careful around Riley/Raiden and don't lose control around him".  ???? You just??? Said??? He wants your BLOOD? And that's....BAD????? I feel like in any scenario, outside of even the way they've built it up to be bad in the book, that would be bad??! Why is this important thing they haven't explained fully to me yet more important to me than it is to them, the characters who should know better.  Maybe I am missing something huge because of the information I don't have yet but this feels like a pretty big thing to gloss over. If it bites them in the asses later it is ENTIRELY their own faults.  55% Apparently there's a FIGHT ON CAMPUS BETWEEN ION AND RILEY BECAUSE WHY THE FRICK WOULDN'T THERE BE, YOU ALL ARE MORONS Honest to goodness I don't....I can't. I just can't. They know he's a threat, do nothing about it at ALL, and then have the gall to act surprised when something goes completely south. My dudes....WHY. 57% They are literally like "Hey, don't lose your cool around Riley even when he antagonizes you purposefully or you could DIE" Here's a bright idea Why don't we Remove Riley From The fucking Equation 58% They are trying to excuse this with "friends close, enemies closer" but no. no, fam. that is bullshit to the highest degree.  also if Riley is the big bad for this book i am going to spit acid I think my favorite part is how Mel just continues to call Ion "Icarus" loudly on earth and no one fuckin' blinks I can't do it with these names I honestly can't.  This book doesn't feel fantasy enough to have pull with the fantasy names.  61% so....now that they've all almost killed one another and set the campus on fire, is it safe to assume they're not going back to school? ever? 62% okay the fact Ion is blamed entirely for this is the most bullshit excuse for inner conflict that I have ever read in a book. Ever. YOU ALL. KNEW. RILEY. WAS. A THREAT. And Hawk should know better than ANYONE else about the blood thing.  I feel like all the characters are stupidly lawful good. "You did bad b.c. you broke code" To be honest, most of these comments aren't made in anger, just frustration. (Future me: Oh, don't worry. That will change.) Because I feel like an idiot. It must be something wrong on my end, right? Because there is NO WAY these characters could be THIS STUPID. There are moments where I like these characters and want the story to get good.  And then there are moments like these. Where I just. Don't. Fucking. Understand.  This is the biggest plot hole in the whole book thus far and it's glaring right in my face. Because it's even worse than the "accidentally withheld information" trope. Hawk. KNEW.  SHE AND MEL AND ION ALL KNEW. But out of the three of them, she's the one with the most knowledge and no one thought it would be a good idea to, IDK, see why the frick frack patty whack Riley wants Ion's blood? Why didn't they stop him? Or kick him out? Or contain him? Or interrogate him? Or do LITERALLY ANYTHING except let him do whatever he wants?  63% Hawk: "Sensei, Raiden is trying to kill Icarus. I haven't figured out why yet, and I don't think Icarus has either, but...how do you plan on handling that situation?"Sensei: "Is Raiden not Mitsue's student?" ..... "Then Mitsue will keep him under his supervision, I am certain. And you will keep your own student under yours." BULL. LARKY. BULL. ROAR.BULL. BULL. BULL. 64% Okay so apparently they couldn't do anything about Riley trying to KILL OUR MAIN CHARACTER, but they all got the dress code rules and dressed in black for this meeting. 65% THEY ARE NOW, FINALLY, FINALLY giving me the prophecy thing. And I can't be bothered to think it's cool or care or be intrigued because I am still so annoyed over the preceding.  Please. Someone. Explain to me. I swear I MUST be the biggest idiot on the face of the Earth because I have no idea why they would keep Riley around. I really don't. He is AT this meeting. Hawk is SITTING NEXT TO HIM AND MITSUE. I don't-- I can't.  65% "Listening to the prophecy was like listening to a lover's poem, each verse ripe with details of the beloved, each penned specifically with the receiver in mind" Hawk. Babe. I know you are from 1919 but. I don't think ANYONE thinks of "lover's poems" without just automatically groaning and thinking of all the times they had to dissect them in English classes.  67% So they're closing the portals to Earth or whatever and are all going to just hang out in The Dimension. I'm conflicted. Because what I've seen thus far, the Dimension is just a pocket. A hole. I wanted a whole magical universe and I got a pocket.  I am going to get.....? Or is the entire "danger" part of this story just....Riley.  68% Fin. Honey. If you have to choose between Hawk and your family, choose your family. Please. I am not so stupid as not to see Hawk-Ion as a prophecy-approved end game. You ain't got a chance boy.   70% "Like holy f---do you even get that?" Babe. The rules have been broken already. Y'all are shutting down transporting to earth. Y'all can swear now. I know you won't but. You know. You CAN.  73% The book is breaking rules I barely cared it had.  75% Hawk: "I'm assuming you overheard what Mitsue and I were discussing just now, did you not?" Yes...? Because you said it right in front of him in normal speaking voices and you're in the same fucking room? It's not like he needed to eavesdrop. 76% "[Riley] is not what [he] seem[s]" OH YOU'RE JUST GETTING THAT NOW???? "Icarus is the Sunset in the prophecy" Hawk: "Impossible. No one knows." Babe. Oh my good lordy lord. They are still pretending like the code matters.  "You violated the code" Babe I think there are MUCH MORE PRESSING MATTERS AT THE MOMENT.  77% Hawk: waltzes out of the room.  Me: SCREAMS you know what: all of you deserve this. you really do.  I am just so FRUSTRATED with these characters, I want to STRANGLE them. 81% "Did Fin actually tell me that he loves me? Is that really why he chose to stay here?" Um. Yes? Explicitly?  "In the end, Raiden confessed to his guilt." What is there to CONFESS TO????!!!! WE KNOW EVERYTHING. WE KNOW. EVERYONE FUCKING KNOWS.  ....I feel like I understand all the rage Arin Hanson has as a human being.  I just I get it now.  82% Guess Imma just sit back and wait for the bomb they've been sitting on the entire book to explode. And then I guess I'll give a little...surprised Pikachu face? 84%West and Ruger are Aeros and Runner now I can't I fucking can't I can't.  That's it.  I'm done.  I can't.  ...Also I love how Fin had to painfully leave his entire family behind but Ion/Icarus just yoinks his college roommates on in with him because....IDK, reasons?  "But Kili -- they explained that. Fin's family just didn't 'get' it! And West and Ruger apparently did!" Still bullshit but proceed.   85% apparently Ion LITERALLY kidnapped West and Ruger. Like, they did not want to come. At ALL. So. I guess. He's an asshole? "The empty look in her eyes was my memento mori." You mean the dude y'all have sitting in your basement who has tried to kill you on SEVERAL separate occasions wasn't already doin' that for ya? 87% Oh no! Hawk is mortally wounded! Who could have done this! Who, I ask? Who? How is it possible someone would do it? Also: I FUCKING. CALLED IT. Also also: guess I need to go cultivate my acid reflux now 88% "That last girl you almost killed" ....Just call me Jake Peralta, because I totally forgot about that 90% They held a trial. THEY HELD A TRIAL. SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAMS So let's just sum up, here: basically from day one, we know who the bad guy is. I'd hoped he was just a minor bad guy, but no. That's it. This is our big bad. Okay, cool.  THE CHARACTERS ALSO KNOW THIS. The characters choose to completely ignore this because....reasons. Bad guy does something bad and Hawk almost dies. Ion defends her. Ion kills big bad. Ion gets put on trial for MuhRdUR. It is to laugh. 94% And the council decides: to KILL HIM. I just realized....I think I paid like $6 for this book because all the reviews were high and people said it was good. ... I am so mad right now.  98% Imma say it: Ion and Hawk have ZERO chemistry.  Also, I GET that the book is trying to play some kinda "apparently this SHOULD happen or is meant to happen or whatever because Sensei knew it was gonna happen and let it so it's fine" But that's bullshit. So you may NOT proceed. You may not cross Go, you may not collect $200.  99% Aeros/West: "We're good friends." ARE YOU, THOUGH? 100% And then all the ghostbusters died. And I didn't give a fuck But I AM happy to be done with this mess. Oh my gosh. My goodness gracious gosh. We outie folks. I ain't readin' the next one.  Imma go cry over my lost $6 and the tahini I could have used that money to purchase.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I love stories like this one. Fresh stories about superhumans and different worlds are undoubtably the best, and K.A. Emmons was able to execute it so well in The Blood Race. I got so many X-men/Miss Peregrine vibes while I was reading, but not in a bad way at all. The author was able to take the familiar concepts and make them her own flawlessly. I could tell that great care and detail were put in developing the universe of dimensions and Sliders, but I still found myself confused from time to t I love stories like this one. Fresh stories about superhumans and different worlds are undoubtably the best, and K.A. Emmons was able to execute it so well in The Blood Race. I got so many X-men/Miss Peregrine vibes while I was reading, but not in a bad way at all. The author was able to take the familiar concepts and make them her own flawlessly. I could tell that great care and detail were put in developing the universe of dimensions and Sliders, but I still found myself confused from time to time, trying to keep up with explanations or new, complicated aspects of the world. But that's pretty usual for me when starting a new fantasy series. I was able to catch on to what was going on eventually. I really enjoyed learning about and immersing myself in this new world. This is definitely a first book in a series though, because, while there was a plot, much of the story was spent world-building and explaining how the system works instead of following a lot of action. This book is very fast paced and filled to the brim with beautifully written descriptions and great characters. I really loved Hawk. I don't usually care for the dark and mysterious type of characters, but I found that I was more intrigued with her chapters than Ion's. Ion got extremely frustrating sometimes. I didn't hate him necessarily, I just really wanted to lock him up in a basement somewhere so that he would stop messing things up. The secondary characters were also memorable. I adored Fin so much! And I became interested in Sensei as well. I would love to read a book about his backstory. There are incredible themes of trust and redemption woven throughout the whole story that were amazing! It wasn't until the exciting climax of the book hit that I realized it was an allegory. There were some crazy powerful scenes towards the end --especially between Hawk and Sensei-- that made the reader reflect on their own life without being preachy. It reminded me of a modern, sci-fi, teenage Narnia in a way. I'm so excited to see where the series will go from here and how K.A. Emmons will grow in her writing and story telling. After that cliff hanger I'm dying for more!

  21. 4 out of 5

    R. J. Sheffler

    First, do not assume that my rating of two stars mean I hate "The Blood Race." I do not hate it. I simply did not find it original or compelling enough for three stars (Three stars being my most common rating. I gave Harry Potter three stars and I love HP). I prefer honesty to surface gushing. I am giving my honest opinion because Ms. Emmons is a first time author and I want to give feedback. So here goes: It's a fun book but I found it 90% predictable. There were two instances that I did not see First, do not assume that my rating of two stars mean I hate "The Blood Race." I do not hate it. I simply did not find it original or compelling enough for three stars (Three stars being my most common rating. I gave Harry Potter three stars and I love HP). I prefer honesty to surface gushing. I am giving my honest opinion because Ms. Emmons is a first time author and I want to give feedback. So here goes: It's a fun book but I found it 90% predictable. There were two instances that I did not see coming. One made me laugh. One made me smile (the ending was a bold and interesting move. I'm curious to see where Ms. Emmons takes the story.) Because this book was predictable (girl with powers and barriers and trust issues; boy with powers and a secret past; other boy to complete the love triangle; the enemy bent on destroying everything—you get the idea) I was able to read through it in a couple of hours. The writing was fair but dramatic and flowery at times. I would not have bought this book or read it but I received it for free. The reason I would not buy it is I already knew what kind of story it would be. I've read dozens like this book. It's not a shining beacon of originality. BUT "The Blood Race" is fun, entertaining, a nice beach read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alea Harper

    This book was good, but it wasn't my favorite. It was a little bit predictable, but still interesting. I know a lot of people really like this book...but I just couldn’t really get into it. I couldn’t really connect with the characters and the plot seemed a bit predictable. That’s not to say that you won’t like the book because a lot of people do. :) *Disclaimer* I received a free copy of this book in a giveaway. This book was good, but it wasn't my favorite. It was a little bit predictable, but still interesting. I know a lot of people really like this book...but I just couldn’t really get into it. I couldn’t really connect with the characters and the plot seemed a bit predictable. That’s not to say that you won’t like the book because a lot of people do. :) *Disclaimer* I received a free copy of this book in a giveaway.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susannah Metzler

    This was an elegantly written book with intriguing characters and world building. Kudos to Ms. Emmons for her beautiful writing style and talent in forming emotions with words. However, the first half of the book moved very slowly for me, and a few plot details were not completely clear. I think this was partly my fault because I wasn’t reading it consistently when I first started it, and perhaps the story would have flowed better and made more sense if I had. There was also a good deal of sweari This was an elegantly written book with intriguing characters and world building. Kudos to Ms. Emmons for her beautiful writing style and talent in forming emotions with words. However, the first half of the book moved very slowly for me, and a few plot details were not completely clear. I think this was partly my fault because I wasn’t reading it consistently when I first started it, and perhaps the story would have flowed better and made more sense if I had. There was also a good deal of swearing and sensuality, aspects in storytelling that I am not a fan of. Other than that, I’m excited for Kate Emmons and her writing endeavors with this series, and I wish her all the luck in future writing and publications!! The first book in this series has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to where it’ll go.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Helena George

    Must say I was not pleased by the language used in this book. And it's not even the language (which I can skim past) but rather the frequent and irreverent use of "God." That being said, I otherwise enjoyed the book. I enjoyed getting to learn about sliders and about Hawk and Icarus and all the other characters. The interactions were fun and amusing, and the descriptions were very well written. I will be reading the next one asap! Must say I was not pleased by the language used in this book. And it's not even the language (which I can skim past) but rather the frequent and irreverent use of "God." That being said, I otherwise enjoyed the book. I enjoyed getting to learn about sliders and about Hawk and Icarus and all the other characters. The interactions were fun and amusing, and the descriptions were very well written. I will be reading the next one asap!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kara Linaburg

    OHH MY HEART. RTC.....

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tara Callahan

    I love this book! It is a keeper! Everyone should read it! It is awe-SOME!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Detroitangel

    This just didn't work for me. 2.5 Stars.This book is edited well. Has characters that just didn't make me want to listen or learn. My favorite character is Finn. He has humor, life, purpose, truth and loss. This just didn't work for me. 2.5 Stars.This book is edited well. Has characters that just didn't make me want to listen or learn. My favorite character is Finn. He has humor, life, purpose, truth and loss.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mukta A

    Incredible is all I can say.

  29. 4 out of 5

    gabi

    Wow. I’m impressed. Very impressed. I can safely say that this was a book unlike anything that I have ever read. It was something totally different and unique. I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. THAT ENDING THOUGH. That must be one of the more traumatic endings that I’ve read. I needed the next book like yesterday. Ion is not the typical college student that he tries to be. He has abilities that he doesn’t understand and can’t control. Abilities that are deadly for those who come into co Wow. I’m impressed. Very impressed. I can safely say that this was a book unlike anything that I have ever read. It was something totally different and unique. I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. THAT ENDING THOUGH. That must be one of the more traumatic endings that I’ve read. I needed the next book like yesterday. Ion is not the typical college student that he tries to be. He has abilities that he doesn’t understand and can’t control. Abilities that are deadly for those who come into contact with them. An accident brings him into contact with a mysterious girl who leads him to this otherworldly place known only as the Dimension. There, he begins to learn about his abilities and what they mean, but he is also plagued by more questions. But there is a darkness coming, one that is wrought with betrayal and deception. Who can be trusted? Who can be counted upon? Will they survive what’s coming? These characters I connected with so well. They were so dynamic. There’s Ion who tries so hard to be normal. He tries and fails. Over and over again. He’s running from his past. He’s running from who he is. He just wants a normal life, but he’s finding harder and harder to get. When he finally begins to learn the truth, his life is forever changed. He is thrilled, excited even, to begin this new journey, but he finds himself making so many mistakes. Then there’s Hawk. I have to say that there are not many female main characters that I like in books. I always find myself liking the male main characters better. But Hawk was one of those female characters that I love. She’s searching for herself. She wants to know who she really is, but her past haunts her. She feels empty inside. Something of herself is missing. She’s broken. Her life is anything but normal, but it becomes even less so when Ion enters her life. She tries to be a teacher, a mentor, but finds herself failing in every respect. Fin. He must be one of my favorite side characters ever. I want to learn more about him. He’s kind and caring. He’s always ready to help in any capacity. He’ll be supportive, but he’ll also tell the truth that no one wants to hear. He’s not afraid to do what he can to help those he cares about. He’s wiling to make sacrifices that most people can’t make. Sensei is another character that I just have to learn more about. He’s a mentor in every respect. He isn’t surprised by anything, or at least he doesn’t show it. When asked a question, he never gives a straight and direct answer. He may give part of an answer or none at all. More likely, he will give you an answer that will half to be figured out, like pieces of a puzzle. He appears differently in everyone’s eyes, literally. He seems to have a plan that only he knows the entirety of. No one knows who he really is. I believe that there is more to him than meets the eye. The writing style was rich in that it pulled you in from the start by just telling you a great story. There was nothing special or exotic about it, but there didn’t need to be. I found that everything felt so real written just the way it was. It was fantastic! The world building was spectacular! Ack! This was one of the best things about this book. It was so different from the normal stories about people with abilities. It was like a breath of fresh air. The Dimension. The normal world. People with unique abilities. People without. The Prophesy and what is means. It’s all rather confusing and mysterious, but I think that is it partly supposed to be that way. The plot was interesting. I found it a little hard to follow. It wasn’t very direct. I never knew what was going to happen next or where the whole of the book was leading to. It at times frustrated me and at other times it thrilled me. In my opinion, the plot wasn’t really fast paced (except for at some intense and crazy scenes), but it definitely wasn’t slow paced. It was a good in between. There was a really good mix of action and character development. It was blended so well together. The action parts were so exciting. The other parts were just as great what with how intriguing all the characters were. And I just don’t think that I can get over that cliffhanger ending. I can’t believe it. I just can’t. How could any person end it like that? As for content, there is some violence, but it was pretty mild. There is a mentioning about rape, but it doesn’t go further than that. And there is some language, including some instances where the f word was about to be spoken but it was cut off. In conclusion, I’d recommend this to older teens and up. It was unique and amazing and I definitely think that you should take the time to read this book. I can not wait for the next one! You can check out this review on my blog too, at: https://aheartredeemed.wordpress.com/... Thanks!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chloe (aka Crystal)

    Previously published on Purely by Faith Reviews. My friends on Goodreads raved about how wonderful this book was, how it was the best thing ever. Honestly, I wasn't not really sure what to think about this book. It took me a while to really get into it, and although I'm totally one of those people who love the idea of powers, I just found myself not really connecting with the book. Ion was an interesting character, someone who was one of those I had a love-hate relationship with. I got frustrated Previously published on Purely by Faith Reviews. My friends on Goodreads raved about how wonderful this book was, how it was the best thing ever. Honestly, I wasn't not really sure what to think about this book. It took me a while to really get into it, and although I'm totally one of those people who love the idea of powers, I just found myself not really connecting with the book. Ion was an interesting character, someone who was one of those I had a love-hate relationship with. I got frustrated he made many stupid mistakes, but no one's perfect. I got so annoyed with him towards the end, just because his decision for what happened really didn't make sense to me. Yeah, I get he did something wrong... but you really have to go to drastic measures to right that? Hawk was probably the one I actually was okay with. I wondered why she was so reluctant to trust anyone at first, but after finishing the book, I have better understanding of that aspect. I really think her shifting power is awesome. Like, her "name" makes sense now. The one thing that bothered me was how fast the romance between Ion and her escalated. I didn't really see anything romantic happening until it, you know, suddenly happened. I liked Sensei, and how wise he was. It's really hard to find a good mentor of sorts in a book nowadays. What I found interesting about him was that his appearance doesn't look the same as it does for everyone. He appears to be an Asian for Hawk, but appears to be an Irish man to Fin. My understanding is that he's sort of like the Savior for those who are part of the Dimension, which might sort of explain that part. And I can't forget Fin! I really felt for him towards the end, like sort of heartbroken... maybe? Plus, the Irish in him is so cute. But I didn't really care for any of the other characters. Mel was a whiny brat, and Riley was some psycho. What I really didn't understand was Ion's powers. The only thing I really got out of that was that he can heal others and summon some sort of energy? I wonder if I missed something, but that was just the confusing bit for me. Also, I just didn't get why Ion was so in love with Mel because she is just not the type of person that was so wonderful. It bothered me that she was practically cheating on her boyfriend, insisting she go out with Ion. And I had a harder time relating with the characters, probably one of the reasons why I couldn't connect with the book. However, the writing was done wonderfully. Like, poetically. I can never figure out how people like K.A Emmons can describe scenes perfectly. It really makes me jealous, to be honest, and she'll be one of those that are an inspiration to me. Some content that would bother readers would be the use of swear words towards the beginning. I was aware going into The Blood Race that there would be some, but I did not realize how many were present (some of which I would consider "common" such as h*ll whilst one word that is worse that was used only a few times. There were a few blocked-out cuss words as well). There were also suggestive scenes that might be something others might not want to read. Another thing to know is that one character was raped at one point. I will admit some of this content bothered me, but not enough to just make me put this book down. If you like books with powers and Sci-fi, totally disregard this review then. This could totally be the next perfect thing for you to read because it is a good read overall. I might look into reading the next book in the series, but that'll probably be something I'll get later on. FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

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