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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Live To Read

    This novel is a dystopian mixed with wild west mixed with vampire. The main characters, Mariah and Gabriel, meet under very unusual circumstances. Mariah is a drifter who comes to the New Badlands in an attempt to start over and live her life. Gabriel shows up at her door, wounded and dying; thanks to Mariah's mutant dog, who informs her she should let him in, he survives. Gabriel is one of those characters that the reader will have a hard time classifying-good or evil? humane or cold? He is desperately searching for his lost love, Abby, who appears to have taken his humanity with her when she left.

    Stamp, another interesting character, is looking to annihilate the small community in the Badlands. He wants their resources for his own. When his men begin to disappear, Gabriel suspects himself-he is, after all, a vampire with bloodlust who hides his true nature. The novel takes off from this point, growing more and more complicated, but interesting.

    The lines between good and bad characters and situations blur, the reader shouldn't make snap judgement. The events are evenly paced...some parts are faster than others. There will be a second in this series to look forward to as well. This book is recommended to those who reader dystopian novels, adults.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    An Interesting Intro to a New Series.

    Imagine a world ravished by the dark side of humanity, creating the dystopian marriage between sci-fi technology and the wild west. A post apocalyptic landscape scorched by the sun making night the new day. Where creatures of lore are thought to be hunted to extinction. A future where the masses live in technology driven cities and speak the shorthanded speech of text messaging. And people on the fringes of society seek solace in the desolate wastelands outside of the metropolis hubs looking for a fresh start, or to live under the radar.

    Mariah is one of the drifters who came to the New Badlands to create a new life, live beyond the watchful eyes of the city, and find safety. After an attack on her family she knows all too well the horrors of letting a stranger into your home. So she's quite reluctant to help the beaten man who is seeking sanctuary within her walls.

    Gabriel is looking for his lost love, Abby. The woman who carries with her his humanity. When he stumbles upon a small community in the badlands he knows he must protect his vampire nature from his new found friends not only for his sake but theirs as well.

    But they have some secrets of their own, and Gabriel finds they need his help as much as he needs theirs. A bad man named Stamp is looking to take over their resources and eradicate the community. Making matters worse someone or something has been picking off Stamp's men, and with his blackouts Gabe pretty sure he's the cause for the fallen. It's up to him to rile up the locals find out what happened to Abby and maybe find someplace where he belongs as well. But don't count Stamp out, he like everyone who comes to the badlands has a sordid past and it could be the true death for them all.

    Bloodlands was an interesting read. The mix of themes and world building made for an intriguing setting. The characters were well written and the storyline wasn't as straight forward as I thought it was going to be. The twist in the end was a nice surprise. Sometimes the story dragged, and the text message dialogue was strange as actual prose. Most of the evil element was referred to as "bad men" and I thought this was uncreative and because it was the only name used, it became redundant. I also didn't like how some parts of the relationship got a bit corny or campy especially the ending when the hero supposedly goes riding off into the sunset.

    Other than a little corn and camp and maybe some excess filler here and there Bloodlands turn out to be a pretty good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    The Bloodlands is a super first act in what looks a grand series

    America has become an archipelago of isolated islands of human sanctuaries unsafe to leave because roaming most of the sea to shining sea landscape is supernatural beasts. The central government-sort of remains in charge mostly through proxies; Shredders hunt the monsters who own much of the country.

    In the Badlands, Gabriel the vampire arrives at a refuge camp of human desert survivors as Stamp and his vile gang threatens these trapped rats. PTSD sufferer Mariah Lyander trusts no one except her companion Chaplain the Intel Dog. Though it goes against human nature to allow a stranger sanctuary, she reluctantly lets Gabriel dying at her door stay in her shelter to heal. Her kind act irks her raging neighbors who accuse her of violating the First Commandment of thou shall offer no sustenance to strangers. Meanwhile he conceals his vampiric nature and his attraction to his host, but steadfastly protects her from the rats who assault her refuge. He does not know that a fanatical diligent Shredder seeks out vampires in the Badlands.

    The Bloodlands is a super first act as Christine Cody establishes her bleak world in which humans are cramped like prisoners in a small oasis. For instance Mariah rarely leaves her abode using cameras to see what is happening just outside her door; that is how she first saw Gabriel. Readers will understand why agoraphobia is common as the outside is lethal. With a nod the Frankenstein, Ms. Cody will have her fans reconsidering just who the monster is in this dark bloody future.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Intriguing Post-apocalyptic urban fantasy

    The unfolding of the paranormal "rules" was well-paced. It just enough to keep me turning the pages for more. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of setting and characters, all of which I could see clearly. Looking forward to more of Mariah and Gabriel in book 2!

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Too Claustrophobic

    PB/Fantasy, but really Paranormal Romance. The book is written in different points of view, 3rd person: someone being attacked, 3rd person of Gabriel's story, and 1st person in Mariah's voice. The problem is there is a mystery that Mariah is hiding; so at the end of the book when the mystery is revealed there is too, too much explanation. Basically, everything Mariah is narrating is denial veiled in lies that she is telling the reader. So when the mystery is revealed, it is way out there. Gabriel is a vampire who, of course, falls for Mariah. Halfway through the book he has an "Edward Moment" and cannot decide if he needs to kiss her or bite her. It becomes very R-rated Twilightly. Most of the book takes place underground and is claustrophobic, dark, and dull. There is a mind-reading dog and vampire hunter. This is the first book of a trilogy, but can be read by itself since there is no dreaded cliffhanger. It is okay, but I am not going to continue with the other two.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    Unique New Dark Urban Fantasy

    I've never read anything from author under this name or her pseudo name Chris Marie Green, however I am so glad I took a chance on this book. This story was simply brilliant! I loved how dark and almost desolate the story was. My attention was completely captivated through most of it. The story was a melting pot of genres. It pretty much had a little bit of everything, from dark urban fantasy, horror, apocalyptic, mystery and a tinge of romance. My only complaint, towards the end of the story, the pace started to slow a bit and the story wasn't as "gripping". However prior to that, it was one mischievous twist after another until the very end. I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy Blood Rules due out 8/30/2011.

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