Drawing Bloodlines (The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 1) by Deborah Garland – Review by Sarah Oakes

Drawing BloodlinesDrawing Bloodlines by Deborah Garland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about love. Elizabeth goes to the doctor, Alex Manning for an appointment but gets more than she bargained for when she sees him drinking her blood. She puts it out of her mind and carries on with her life. But she soon meets up with the doctor and attraction blossoms between them. As they follow this up into dating, events from his past threaten his future. Can Alex pursue this relationship and keep his true nature from coming out?
A great read. Well developed plot. Well developed characters like Alex torn between love and duty or Elizabeth trying to raise her child by herself.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the doctors with its white walls and bright lights full of people. Or the city itself with its traffic and busy roads full of life and people and noise for a sense of vibrant life contrasting with Alex’s empty house full of silence and books perfectly written.
The mix of realism with the school bus and the fantasy of vampires combined well to make a captivating read. A good addition to the vampire genre with the powers and venom and bloodlust, in these fantasy creatures with their own rules and politics and societies and laws coexisting with those of humanity.
The switch between perspectives worked well to display bot sides of the narrative, but was sometimes unclear who held the narrative with only pronouns to go on. By adding names in chapter titles, this would make it clearer to the reader. There were also long sentences that were hard to read which could be reduced by a variety of sentence lengths.to engage the reader. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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