Friday, June 3, 2016

Review: Blood Lust

Author Alexandra Ivy
Format e-ARC
Print Length 352 pages
Publisher Zebra
Published May 31, 2016

Blessed and cursed by their hidden abilities, the Sentinels have no choice but to live, and love, on the edge of humanity…

The Sentinel assassin, Bas, is facing the greatest challenge of his outcast existence. His young daughter, Molly, has been kidnapped. But her disappearance has brought the return of her mother, Myst, whom Bas has never forgotten--or forgiven. 

Haunted by a vision that she's destined to create a weapon that will destroy thousands, Myst was never impulsive--until she met the irresistibly handsome Bas. But with the Brotherhood, the enemy of the high-bloods hunting for her, Myst had to stay on the run, to keep her child, and the world, safe. Now, with the most important thing in both their lives at stake, she and Bas must embark on a treacherous journey to save Molly, to confront the truth of Myst's fate--and to face their fierce desire for one another. 

My Opinion

Thank you to Zebra and Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel. This in no way influenced my review.

Blood Lust is the third book in the enticing Sentinel series. It picks up pretty much were the previous book, Blood Assassins ends.

Bas has his daughter Molly back. The last week has been heaven- taking care of her, holding her, never letting her out of his sight. Then walks in Myst, a woman who he hasn’t seen since the night Molly was conceived. Bas never knew but Molly has been able to connect mentally with Myst since before she was born. Myst left the security of her hiding place to keep a promise she made to Molly when she was kidnapped.

Bas finds out why Myst left Molly with him so soon after her birth. She is being hunted by the Brotherhood (human fanatic group). They believe she can destroy all the high-bloods, this of course includes Molly and him. She refuses to be used as a weapon and so has been in isolation for years. Bas decides that they need to confront the mystery of her foreseen future head on. He calls in the Mave of Valhalla for help, even though he is a wanted man. She agrees to help, as well as protect Molly until the threat is over.

When we first met Bas he was a powerful man, driven to desperate means due to his daughter being kidnapped. He literally would do anything, kill anyone to get his little girl back. It was his unconditional love for his daughter that makes him less of a villain even if his actions put him on Valhalla’s most wanted list. He has spent years looking for Myst, and is shocked to have her literally just walk up to his front door. He doesn’t know what to make of her- why would she leave them all those years ago? What does it mean that she has always talked to Molly mentally? There are so many questions that he wants the answers to. Yet, he is patient with Myst. He tries to be understanding and hold no resentment. It is hard though and at times he does get frustrated at the situation. His protective side, his assassin side comes out in full force. Bas on a normal day is hot, Bas on a day where he is in protective mad assassin mode is HOTT!

Myst was difficult for me to like at first. She did leave her baby on Bas’ bed. It was hard to understand how a person could do that. Then we find out, hello insta-love Myst you rock of awesomeness! She left Molly to protect her. She is tired of running, she is tired of hiding but most of all she is tired of not being with her family.

The chemistry between Bas and Myst are off the charts, always have been. It is the years of hurt that they have to overcome. Can they face the newest threat to their family together? Or will it tear them apart forever?

The best thing about this series is the side characters- Lana, Wolfe, Kaede. Each of them played an important role in the story. They each played an important role in the last book as well. When oh when will they get their own story? This series has the potential to be endless, as so far each new book is about another couple with in the Valhalla realm. 

Blood Lust was a thrilling ride from the first page to the last. I would recommend starting with the first book in the series, and reading the novellas that have been published. It will give you a better foundation for the world that the high-bloods and Sentinels live in. 

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote
“Emotions are the enemy.”

Other People

Lana- Mave
Wolfe- Tagos, in charge of the Sentinels
Molly- Bas and Myst’s daughter
Calder- Master of Gifts
Kaede- Bas’ bestie, bodyguard
Stella- leader of the Brotherhood

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