From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new nameson. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won't be easy. Enemies wait around every cornerand so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.
Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.
About the Author
Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson's work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads' Book of the Month. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.
Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.shannonathompson.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A captivating end to a duology that explores Violet, an intriguing and elusive protagonist, and Caleb, a non-Blood who has been cast aside by humanity. I received a free copy of this book with the option of posting a review. Violet has ended up being one of my favorite characters in the Bad Bloods series. She's a bit like Storm from the X-Men; nobody really knows how old she is (but she's definitely one of the oldest), her origin story is unclear, and the extent of her abilities has yet to be discovered. I have really enjoyed watching how Thompson developed Violet's character, but I also felt a little emotionally distant from the plot itself. I think the reason why this emotional disconnect occurred is due to the focus on some of the side characters who didn't really have any backstories. To me, it's a bit like a film director taking the focus away from the main characters to focus on extras who I don't know anything about. Even though I felt emotionally distant from the story, I still loved Thompson's imaginative and realistic writing in this book. The political intrigue and the social commentary that I enjoyed in the previous books were still present, and the twists that Thompson included in the plot made it exciting to read. One especially compelling twist was the ending. While not my favorite in the series, I still enjoyed reading July Lightning. It wouldn't hurt my feelings if Thompson decided to share a more in-depth exploration of Violet's character in the future, and I'd be thrilled if more books were added to the Bad Bloods series.