Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Masquerade Blog Tour & Giveaway: Gifts of the Blood by Vicki Keire

Welcome to my stop on the Masquerade Blog Tour.  This stop is about the first book in Vicki Keire's 'Angel's Edge' trilogy - Gifts of the Blood.


Vicki Keire grew up in a 19th Century haunted house in the Deep South full of books, abandoned coal chutes, and plenty of places to get into trouble with her siblings. She holds degrees in English Literature with specialties in the 18th Century, Romanticism, and Postcolonial Theory. She spent the last decade teaching writing and literature at a large, football obsessed university while slipping paranormal fiction in between the pages of her textbooks. She hates to cook and would rather burn the laundry than fold it. She still lives in the Deep South, but is pretty sure her house isn't haunted. A person can't be so lucky twice.



Released:  1st January 2011
Review Format:  Kindle ebook
Source:  received from the author as part of the blog tour, with thanks!
Series:  Angel's Edge #1
Pages:  approximately 200

Caspia Chastain, art student and barista, is gifted (or plagued, if you ask her) with the ability to draw the future, usually at the worst possible times. Her parents are four years dead; everyday she watches her brother Logan fight his cancer diagnosis. Things get worse for Caspia the day she draws an angry stranger framed by planes of light and violent, bloody images. That exact same stranger walks up to her out of nowhere mere hours later knowing things he shouldn't, like her name, her brother's illness, and her strange ability. That's when Caspia discovers her hometown is a refuge for supernatural beings both Light and Dark, and she and her brother find themselves caught up in a war between the two that predates their very birth. In order to protect herself and her brother, she turns to the one who seems to have started it all: the man who walked out of her sketchbook calling himself Ethan.

But Ethan has his own agenda, Logan's getting sicker fast, and Caspia finds that drawing the future isn't the only strange thing she can do. Meanwhile, someone really wants all of them dead. In a town where Dark doesn't equal Evil and Light isn't always Good, Caspia and Ethan find themselves making strange alliances and even stranger sacrifices in order to protect those they love.
Synopsis from Goodreads.
Gifts of the Blood was an extremely enjoyable YA paranormal romance. It was quite a short read at approximately 200 pages, but packed with action and intrigue.

The female protagonist, Caspia was a great character. She lives in an apartment with her brother, Logan and their cat Abigail. Because her brother is ill with cancer, Caspia has to work long hours in a coffee shop on top of attending classes and looking after Logan. Life is hard enough for Caspia without and her special ‘gift’ of being able to draw the future.  I really enjoyed Caspia.  She was my favourite of all the characters in Gifts of the Blood.  She was great fun to read about and some of her dialogue was hilarious.  At times she did the most stupid of things and I wanted to shake some sense into her.  Fortunately this was done for me by the crazy bad guy, Asheroth.  I can see this anxiety plagued girl turning into a real kick-ass heroine over the course of the Angel's Edge trilogy.

I loved the idea of Caspia’s hometown being a refuge for all things supernatural. We met a few of the other town members and I enjoyed learning about them. Caspia’s boss, the blind owner of the coffee shop was a little creepy, but I enjoyed his part in the story and would have loved to have known more about him and his female witchy ‘friend’ from the herb shop in town.

Whilst I didn’t totally connect with love interest Ethan at the beginning of the book, he did grow on me as the story continued. I think that I just didn’t trust him and I was wary of his intentions to Caspia.  Even after finishing the book, I'm still a little doubtful that he's totally the good guy he's trying to be, but we shall see.

I really enjoyed the characters, the plot and Vicki Kerie’s writing style.  I did find on a couple of occasions that I got a bit lost and had to re-read a page or two and I also noticed a bit of repetitiveness, especially the times when Caspia thought out loud. It definitely didn’t distract me too much though and Gifts of the Blood is a book I would definitely recommend.

A great paranormal read and I’m really looking forward to reading the second in the trilogy, Darkness in the Blood, which is out now and Blood Redemption which is due out shortly.

My rating: 4 stars

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Giveaway #1 - Every single person who leaves a comment on this tour post TODAY ONLY (18th October 2011) will receive a free e-book copy of Gifts of the Blood.  You MUST of course, leave your email address so Vicki can send you the code and download link for the book.

Giveaway #2 - Once you've left a comment here, hop over to Vicki's blog to enter to win a gorgeous gift basket.  The basket contains: 
  • a custom-designed rose quartz necklace (there's one in the book)
  • hand roasted and ground coffee beans
  • a moleskine journal
  • a fuzzy, soft orange scarf (it matches the cat in the book)
  • $20 Amazon gift card
That sounds awesome and I wouldn't mind winning that myself!

Giveaway #3 - On Vicki's blog you will also find more details about the tour and registering for the main prize of a KINDLE!

Good luck everyone!


aobibliophile™ said...

hi! thanks for sharing your thoughts on Gifts of the Blood. my siblings and i are orphans now just like Caspia and Logan though we don't live in a town where all sorts of creepy things happen. i would love to find out more about the two and it would be great to get a copy of the book. thanks again! c",)


Deb said...

I'm hooked already! Vicky and I grew up in the South and I know that gothic influence well. Remember my grannie's coal cellar in the "old house" along with the place we called the "booger hole" where anything could get you if you went in there! I'd love to read her books in this series! Thanks for this great review. :] I'm off to her blog now...

Deb said...

Oops...my email address is:

My Life With Books - Jennifer K Jovus said...

wowza, ya all know how to host a contest! I really want to read Gifts of the Blood now, thank you for introducing me to it. I had not heard of it yet.
Jennifer K Jovus
kjovus at gmail dot com

author Scott Nicholson said...

Vicki's cool, thanks for sharing this, Karen!

Elizabeth said...

Gifts of the Blood is sounding better all the time, and I'm looking forward to reading it. Oh, my favorite Halloween candy is a Mounds bar.

Kah_cherub said...

this sounds fantastic! I love funny heroines. :) Thanks for the opportunity! I'll make sure to keep my eyes open for the rest of the trilogy.

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

katsrus said...

Love the cover. looking forward to this series. My favorite Halloween candy is Peanut Butter Kisses and lots and lots of candy bars! LOL.
Sue B

jls521 said...

Great review
Fav candy reese cups


Pinky said...


Here for the Blog Tour, I have two favorite Halloween candies, reese's peanut butter cups and midnight milky way bars!

Thanks for the fun!


PS-What do you mean by "Award Free Zone"?

Book Passion for Life said...

Wow! This book looks awesome. Thank you so much for sharing.


Donna :)

Book Passion for Life said...

P.S my favourite candy is M&M!!!! :)


Michelle said...

Great review, this book sounds really good and thank you to Vicki for giving us the chance to get a copy


nat said...

Looks awesome! Thanks so much :) My favorite halloween candy is a candy apple.

Sam said...

Wow, this is an amazing giveaway! Thank you so much. The book looks like my type of thing. :)


I'll be sure to put a review up on Goodreads once I'm done.

Thanks again!

Sam said...

Oh, I forgot to mention, my favorite halloween candy is a pack of Gummi worms. :)

Diana said...

I loved your review! It sounds great. My favorite halloween candy are Twix and M&M!
Thank you!
artgiote at gmail dot com

Raimy-rawr said...

great review! it sounds like a pretty awesome book!
My email is raimyrawr[@]gmail[.]com
Im gunna go try and win the other giveaway now! :D

Alicia said...

Wow, thank you so much!

Martha said...

Great review and I love the name of your blog and the little bookworm!! Favorite halloween candy is toosie rolls...yum!


kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

It does sound like an enjoyable plot! Please enter me in ;)
impy80 at hotmail dot com

Zoe Crook said...

Great review, this book sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway. The gift basket sounds amazing, I will go to Vicki's blog now ;)


shiderly77 said...


I'm here from the blog tour! Great review of Gifts of Blood. Makes me ready to read it even more... :)

My fav halloween candy is pixy sticks! I can't find them any other time of year.


Paige said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! It sounds really awesome!!

Paige said...

Whoops forgot my email!


Krysykat said...

Great review! My favorite Halloween candy is anything Reese's peanut butter.


BlackWolf said...

thanks for the giveaway and the awesome review! My favorite halloween candy are M&M


Vicki Keire said...

Hello everyone! Thank you all for making this so much fun, and for all the candy suggestions. I'm going to slip out and stockpile some while I email everyone with their goodies!
Thanks to Karen for being such a lovely hostess, too. There are truly some fabulous books (and their authors, hi Scott!) here at The Slowest Bookworm.

Louisa said...

Great review! Sounds like a great book! lpcoolgirl@gmail.com (it's still tuesday for me, seven pm)

KainsHottie said...

Here from the blog tour. I like your review. I hope I like Ethan right away though. I like it when the love interests are interesting to me right from the start.

My "NEW" favorite halloween candy are the White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms that came out this year. Fantastic stuff!


cardinole said...

I love these tours!!

Hmm.. my favorite Halloween candy is peanut butter cups!

Thanks can't wait to read the books!


cardinole said...

Just saw that it says Wednesday but I left my post at 9:58pm central time on Tuesday October 18th. Not sure why its saying Wednesday already???

Denise Z said...

Thank you for sharing your awesome review today. I am having loads of fun with the masquerade and am looking forward to reading Gifts of the Blood. Now I will be heading on out to have my favorite Halloween candy - baby Snickers and candy corn - YUM!


Vicki Keire said...

Thanks everyone for making my part of this blog tour soooo much fun! I really enjoyed all your comments and can't wait to send you copies of my books. Thanks most of all to Karen, for being such a great hostess and reviewer!

msmjb65 said...

I'm bummed that I didn't get to post this yesterday and I'm hoping Vicki feels for my having to work lateand not being able to comment til today woes (*violin music*)
However - my favorite Halloween candy is by far candy corn!
msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

kkellijo said...

This book sounds great, thanks for reviewing it :)

my fave halloween candy is reese's pb cups


joannie said...

Hi i just came from Vicki site. Thank you for hosting this part of it for her. Tell Vicki my favorite Halloween candy is choclate any kind but i also love candy corn and you only get it this time of year. Thanks Joannie jscddmj[at]aol[dot]com