Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Review and Giveaway: The Blood That Defines Us

Title: The Blood That Defines Us
Author: Majanka Verstraete
Publication date: May 1st 2011
Book Source: Enchanted Book Tours
My rating: 7/10
Buy the book: Smashwords|Publisher
Links: Author Website|Goodrads|Read sample chapters

Every house has its own history and its own secrets. Some secrets are just darker than others. And some are even downright terrifying.
When the Johnsons moved into their new house, they didn’t expect that weird things would start to happen, objects would move on their own, and that the house’s history would come back to haunt them.
But I did.

My thoughts:
There really isn’t much to say in this review other than that this is a really, really good read.
It’s been a long time since I have read something that has creeped me out so much that I can’t stop thinking about it. It was so creepy at times I couldn’t help but shudder which makes a really good horror story.
It was a really fast, enthralling read that definitely keeps you turning pages.
The idea behind the plot was original, terrifying and intriguing all at once. It was something new which is always a good thing and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
The only criticism I have was that at times I was confused when the narration switched between different characters in both the past and the present. It wasn’t difficult to catch up with it but it sort of threw me a little.
Overall though, this is a definitely a must read for anyone who doesn’t mind being creeped out once in a while and is a great introduction for a reader wanting to read some horror stories!

About the author:
Majanka Verstraete is a twenty-year-old law student with a passion for writing and reading. Her favourite genres are fantasy, horror and historical fiction, although she occasionally enjoys other genres as well.
The Blood That Defines Us is her first published novella. She is currently working on an epic fantasy series for young adults. Feel free to visit her website (

Courtesy of the author I’m giving away two ecopies of The Blood That Defines Us.
The giveaway is international and ends on the 14th of June.
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YA Book Queen said...

A creepy read? I'm intrigued! (I love books that can actually manage to scare me) Nice review - I'll definitely have to check this out :)

Susan said...

Oooh, sounds creepy. I don't know if I should read it or not :) I like horror, but sometimes it's a little too scary. Know what I mean?

BrittanyGale said...

Awesome. Count me in. :)


Kaylie Kay said...

Cool! I love scary stories! x3
Thanks for the giveaway!

aloveforbooks said...

Thanks for the review! I haven't really tried reading something creepy or scary such as this so I think it'll be nice to win this book!

aloveforbooks at gmail dot com

Denise Z said...

Thank you for sharing. This book definitely sounds fun! I appreciate the chance to win the giveaway.


katrinao said...

Another great read by the synopsis! Count me in


Vivien said...

Sounds very interesting :)

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Léa said...

Hello :) It looks like an interresting book, you told there are some diffuculties to understand it sometimes because of the narration but anyway, I love horror stories :)The story seems quite well so I hope I could read it ! Arg, I'm sorry if I made grammatical mistakes in my comment but I'm french so I hope you will forgive me :x

Bye :)

Laurie said...

Sounds great! I love a good creepy, scarey tale! By the way I am a new follower.
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