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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    First off, I LOVED the whole "Centaur" idea! It is unl

    First off, I LOVED the whole "Centaur" idea! It is unlike many other YA fantasy ideas, and I'm glad Nancy Straight didn't go for the obvious werewolf and vampire scene. Blood Debt is about a girl named Camille, age 22, who is feels very alone in the world after her mother dies of a sudden sickness. Her moms last dying words though, is the name of her long lost father. Camille, finally getting the courage to call him up, gets swept into a world she never knew existed. For awhile she thinks her new found family is full of crazies but she comes to accept who she is.
    I really liked this book! All the characters felt fully developed and I loved all the brothers, they reminded me of my older brother! I love finding a connection between stories and my life.
    Camille and I had some problems though. We didn't connect AT ALL and I honestly thought her love interest was a lying cheat throughout most of the book, which doesn't make me think very highly of Camille of falling for a guy she even SUSPECTS is a lying cheat. Also, when Camille finally talks to the dead person she longs to talks to, she mistakes it as a dream? REALLY? Daniel doesn't have a very big part in this book, and I wish he would have at least talked to Camille after she got out of that awful house, but maybe he is in the next book more. Anyway, I loved Camille's long lost family, and this is a very good read for people who love YA, paranormal fantasy romance. (can I group those all together?) Enjoy!
    I would like to thank the author, Nancy Straight, and the group, YA readers lounge, for this opportunity! I loved participating and would love to do it again!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    ¿ 4.5...... This is such an awesome book. READ. IT. NOW! This i

    ¿ 4.5......

    This is such an awesome book. READ. IT. NOW! This is my first book by Nancy and I can say without hesitation that I am not let down. I've wanted to read her Destiny series for a while now, but haven't gotten around to it.

    We can easily get into the book and set a continuous pace. This book pulls us through effortlessly and we don't realize where the pages have gone. It flies by, and so does the time. The characters, the plot and the world and history are easy to get into.

    We relate to Camille straight away, she is one of my favourite heroines of 2012. We connect with her from beginning to end and try to understand all that she is going through. She is such a 'real' character and fits perfectly into this new world. Everything that she does and believes in make us feel the same way, especially when things occur in the novel, we instantly get the same reaction that Camille does.

    Reading this, even though we don't know too much about her mother, we get to know her throughout the book. She influenced a lot of things on how this all came to be. I really wish that we get a novella in this series about Camille's mother, before she had Camille, and what drove her to make the choices she did. We get to see some of it in her journal, but not enough to satisfy us. Even though we didn't know her, we feel like we do once we finish this novel. We get frustrated when Camille is trying to learn about her powers, and about how she hid everything from her to try and protect her. The same reason as all novels come up here, she would be able to protect herself better if she knew exactly what she was going up against and protecting herself from, and practising on how to protect herself than find it all out when there is basically no time left to do anything. Love makes people strange sometimes, maybe her mother didn't want her to embrace her powers because she thought that she might not like living in seclusion from the herd or from her father's family.

    The rest of the backing characters are also done like this, although they are alive. We find them strange at times and a little weird in their beliefs, because we are unfamiliar with their Centaur ways. Especially with Bianca, we love her to bits, but she is so comfortable with knowing that Drake is in love, and is going to fall in love, with Camille, even going to the lengths to draw them together! Speaking of, how can you not fall in love with Drake? Seriously though? no further explanation on this, it is self explanatory once you read this. Sigh, Drake, Swoon.

    We have a love-hate relationship with the Richardson's, at one point we hate Kyle because he is out to get a blood debt, but then on the other hand, Gage and Kyle try to help when they figure out what Camille's grandmother is doing to her. Like seriously? CRAZY MUCH!?

    We get annoyed with Camille's progress in communicating with her Centauride self. She doesn't seem to quite get the hang of using her 'powers', maybe because she is so desperate to use them to communicate with her mother that she is not getting to her full capacity because she is distracted and in her mind, half still doesn't believe that this is all not real.

    The end is something we don't expect. This is the same with all of the plot throughout the novel, we don't expect much and we get surprised with it all, mainly beacuse we are still taking in this new world. A gripping final to the novel that leaves us hanging for more in this unque series. Everything is starting to unravel and we anxiously wait to see more of it and to figure out what happens. Can't wait to read the second novel, Centaur Legacy. It was just released on the 22nd November 2012 and really want to see what happens to Camille and Drake next with chasing up their legacy and if they end up being together.

    We still don't know who Daniel really is, we get the feeling that he is something more, even if he doesn't know it yet, but we know that his father does. My suspicion is that he is a half breed. Anyone else agree?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    3.5 Right off I have to comment on this cover because how can I

    3.5 Right off I have to comment on this cover because how can I not? It
    is absolutely beautiful. I'm drawn to the cover model and her universal
    look. Not sure how to explain it other than that I feel she could
    represent a multitude of nationalities/ethnicities. In a book world
    that lacks POC's on covers it's nice to imagine the possibilities. The
    synopsis given is pretty much on point so I won’t rehash it here.
    What I liked: *I really enjoyed the premise of the book. Camille,
    believed to be an only child and her mother’s only surviving relative,
    reaches out to her father after her mother dies of cancer. Not only
    does she have a father but a ready-made family waiting for her in South
    Carolina. It’s not only a discovery of a family she never knew she had
    but a discovery of her very mystical heritage. *The Centaur lore is
    one I’ve never really read about before and I don’t really have anything
    to compare it to. All I know is that I liked how it was told in this
    story along with all of the Greek mythology that was woven intricately
    into this lore. It was intriguing and the way the Centaur history was
    told in the book made it very believable. It was strong and very well
    written. *The romantic scenes were definitely written well. You felt
    the connection, the tension, the desire and the pull. What was so-so:
    *This story took off from page one. You don’t really have a moment to
    catch a breath until about a little after midway through. I mean there
    is something happening all the time. This is a plus and a negative. Let
    me explain. Camille is introduced to a boatload of people once she
    visits South Carolina. Because of the fast pace and so much info
    included or needed for the story it didn’t allow for the reader to
    really get to know some of these key characters (like family). It’s
    almost as if you had to trust some of the words on these pages on faith.
    *This leads me to the romance. Yes the scenes had all the fire needed
    but again we don’t really get to know Drake, the guy who falls for
    Camille. All we know is that he can’t stop thinking of her. Yes, he
    seems nice enough but the time they spent with one another was not
    enough to justify love or the kind of love we were reading on these
    pages. There was something else but it might be too spoiler-ish for
    some. Let’s just say a declaration was made and I just thought it was
    kind of abrupt and kind of reaching regardless of the circumstances.
    One other thing I felt was so-so was some of the transitions. They were
    kind of wonky. Something in the plot needed to be revealed so that it
    could thicken said plot but the way it was introduced did not flow at
    all. It needed to be fleshed out a bit. It kind of felt as it had to be
    said and introduced, didn’t fit anywhere and so it got stuck just so,
    right there. It only happened twice but it was significant. Did not
    like: *Camille is 22/23 years old. Yes, some 22/23 year olds can be
    immature but some of the stuff she pulled really bugged me. She liked to
    argue just for the sake of arguing when in reality she felt the same way
    the other person felt. She would say as much but argued just to be
    defiant. It was weird. With that said I still enjoyed reading Blood
    Debt. Upon finishing I immediately felt as if the real journey had yet
    to begin and I was excited to find out what happened next. Its
    uniqueness won me over and I’m hoping the second book is a bit more
    fleshed out. ARC was provided by author via the Making Connections
    Goodreads Group.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    I'm often hesitant to pick up books by self published authors, h

    I'm often hesitant to pick up books by self published authors, having
    had some bad experience with great stories being ruined due to bad
    editing and research. But I know Nancy is good friends with one of my
    favourite indie authors, Shannon Dermott, so when I seen it on R2R, I
    grabbed a copy. This is my first time reading one of Nancy's books and,
    I'm impressed. The editing was exemplary, the characters were well
    defined, it was well paced and imaginative. I look forward to reading
    more books from Nancy. Camille has never met her dad because her mom
    would never tell her who he was, until she was on her death bed. When
    Camille calls him, she is surprised to be welcomed into his family
    completely by his wife and five sons. She thinks she has landed in a
    dream world until she learns that her life is in danger. She is a
    centaur, and has been kept hidden by magic for the last twenty two
    years, but the magic died with her mother, so she is now on the radar of
    her enemies. Her mother never told her about her heritage so she has to
    try to learn the centaur way of life and how to use the magic she has
    been gifted with. She owes a blood debt to the man her mother refused to
    marry by running away and she is wanted by the lost herd. This was
    refreshingly different. Centaurs are something completely new to me, and
    I loved the world that Nancy built around them. Camille is a very
    likable character and there's a great bunch of secondary characters
    which really add to this story. This has something for the romantics
    too, though I don't think Camille's choice would have been mine. There's
    no love triangle or insta love. The next installment is this book is
    based in Dublin, Ireland, so I couldn't not pick it up. There are some
    loose ends in this book too that I'm really looking forward to tying up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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