Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Book Review: Bloodborn by Karen Kincy

Author: Karen Kincy
Series: Others (Book 2)
Publication: North Star Editions; Original edition (September 8, 2011)

Description: Brock Koeman had always loathed werewolves and Others like them. Then, while tracking a werewolf suspected of murder, he and his brother Chris were bitten and infected with the very disease they despised. Chris is now fighting for his life in the hospital, but Brock faces another kind of battle: stifling the fierce urge to transform into a beast.

When werewolves kidnap him and the girl he loves, Brock discovers what it means to be Other the thrill of unearthly powers, overshadowed by unrelenting danger. Brock begins to see the life that awaits him, but he must accept his new identity . . . before the wolf within kills him.

My Thoughts: BLOODBORN takes a different approach to a werewolf novel. In this world Others are out and not particularly rare. They are protected by law but still face major prejudice. Brock has been raised to hate all the "gicks" and, while hunting and harassing them, he and his brother are bitten. His brother is in the hospital fighting for his life but Brock is home fighting to keep from becoming something that he hates more than anything else.

When he and his ex-girlfriend are kidnapped by the pack, Brock is still determined to get revenge on the werewolf who bit him. Randall is the werewolf who bit him and he has been assigned to bring Brock up to speed about his new reality. Meanwhile, the whole pack is on the run from the local sheriff who has decided that the only good werewolf is a dead werewolf despite what the law says.

It takes Brock quite a bit of time to get used to the idea that he is a werewolf and learn that werewolves are still people. His ex helps him come to that realization. Cyn is an interesting character who remains a bit of a mystery. She's human. She loves being right and being the smartest person in any situation. She is much more tolerant of Others than Brock. She recognizes that he hates himself and tries to help him learn to accept himself.

Fans of werewolf stories will enjoy this one.

Favorite Quote:
When I glance back, another man is holding Cyn: an old guy with a tangled gray beard and long ratty hair beneath a trucker's cap. He looks like he should be sleeping in a cardboard box. No, he looks like Gandalf after Vietnam. The sight of his disgusting hands on her makes me snarl.
I bought this one June 27, 2012. You can buy your copy here.

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