An Ember in the Ashes meets Red Queen in this action-packed dystopian fantasy series that has readers calling it “addictive” like The Hunger Games and Divergent.
When Daniel and Serena unite, their accidental relationship becomes the catalyst for the twelve-year war in Vendona to continue. Exposing the twisted past of the corrupt city, Daniel, Serena, and everyone they know will come together to fight.
When Serena is forced against her will to join the other side, she must find a way to work from within to save the people she loves.
To survive apart from Serena, Daniel has to separate his love from his hatred and join forces with his worst enemy.
Every Bad Blood will fight, but very few of them will survive to see the last day.
Bad blood or human, a city will burn, snow will fall, and all will be united by catastrophic secrets and irrevocable tragedy.
About the Author
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side. Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are times when I read a sequel and I find it a tad predictable; however, this sequel has some incredible and unpredictable twists and turns. For instance, after reading the first book in the series, November Rain, I thought that the antipathy between Robert and Daniel was caused by an ethical disagreement or some sort of Alpha male dynamic. I was wrong. Thompson reveals what happened between the two flock leaders in the past, and it is mind-blowing! I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review. Thompson's timing in this book is impeccable. I was at the point where I felt like I knew most of the characters and was drawn to a few of them, then the war takes a turn for the worst and some of those characters were killed. Heart-wrenching for sure, but it takes quite a bit of talent to create characters that readers are drawn to and then to time the loss of the characters in such a way that compels readers to continue reading to see what the outcome is. I found the political intrigue captivating, but not overly complex. It's a fine line to walk because an author must keep the target audience in mind while writing it. If it's too simple, it can come across as the author talking down to the target audience; too complex, and the book ends up boring the target audience. I thought Thompson did a fantastic job of keeping her target audience in mind. The political intrigue is complex, but it is explained in simple enough terms that her audience can relate to it. You'd think with a war being waged that there would be a lot of gore, but Thompson manages to convey the sheer number of lives lost and the gravity of the situation while omitting the gore. Don't get me wrong... It's a clean book, but Thompson demonstrates how "clean" doesn't always equate to rainbows, cute puppies, and happily-ever-afters by creating an urban novel that doesn't contain the explicit language and violence that the genre is known for. November Snow is a must-have for a clean teen/YA library. If you enjoyed books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Mortal Instruments, I think you'll enjoy November Snow and the Bad Bloods series.
November Snow is the thrilling sequel to November Rain. Picking up where November Rain left off, November Snow left me in tears at the end. Filled with suspense, action, and unexpected twists, Bad Bloods is one of my favorite duologues this year. I enjoyed how actioned packed the second book was. I understood more of Vendona and the evils that has occupied the city for so long. Fear is really felt by the characters in the second book. The underlying secrets nearly tears everyone apart. Even though there are a lot of characters involved in this duology, I was able to understand each character with ease. I could relate to each character, Serena the most. She sacrifices everything in order to save the ones she loves, her family. Her character development from beginning to end was amazing. I think this is my favorite book written by the author. My heart broke in the end but I loved every minute of this book. I loved the duo perspective between Serena and Daniel. I love books written in multiple perspectives. I strongly recommend this book to anyone. Each character is relatable. The emotions are strong felt. And you would want the same freedom as much as the characters do. If you want to know more about each character in the Bad Bloods duology, Shannon A. Thompson has written a prequel on Wattpad that I strongly suggest you guys check out!
Action packed.Fast Paced.Heartbreaking November Snow takes off from where the first part – November Rain – has ended. And what an end that was ! A total cliffhanger, of course, because I wouldn’t call a book, a book unless it had something to “hang you” on ! This second part is extremely fast paced and it doesn’t give you time to adjust to something cause it already jumps into the heart of it grabbing you and holding on the very edge of your seat. It is pretty merciless with you and your poor heart. In this one, we find out more and more secrets, and things are taking a 180 degrees turn. With every page you get a taste of everything that left you with questions in the first part. Take note of the fact that it contains some horrifying images that won’t go away that easily or that fast ! ( And there is something pretty awesome awaiting you after the first half of the book – just saying. So get yourself ready for it ! ) We are also shown how much the characters have grown – even stronger than before – since the first book and it revolves around what matters the most in our everyday lives : unity, love and peace. This is the second book of miss Thompson that breaks me into a million pieces, crushes my soul like it’s some kind of bug and makes my heart skip a lot of beats ! But all in all it is a great read and I LOVED IT !!!! The ending had brought me to tears and made my heart melt ! Congratulations Shannon A. Thompson for writing such amazing books !!!