Blood Debt: Touched Series

Blood Debt: Touched Series


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Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother's last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother's transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother's past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires.

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ISBN-13: 9781478111047
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 1,060,539
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Blood Debt: Touched Series 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
rstories More than 1 year ago
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!
Amberlinalou More than 1 year ago
Love this and swooning over Drake!I loved being whisked away into this original and fabulous story. There is something to be said about a book that can pull you in, you don't want to put it down, and you don't want it to ever end. Blood Debt did that to me. Nancy Straight has penned a marvelous story with many swoon worthy moments packed full of action, suspense,a forbidden love, and brings a new twist on mythological Centaurs. This was a total “me” book, and I say this because even though there were a few tiny flat spots, the story itself was just so enticing and fascinating. From the very beginning I was tuned into the story. My attention never wavered due to lack of consistency or pace or cliché material. These characters were awesome ! I loved the protagonist, Camille. She was strong, snarky and a force to reckon with. Camille just lost her mother to cancer, and she never knew who her father was. Before her mother's death, she told Camille where her father was and his name. Camille caught a flight to meet her father and from that point forward, everything changed for her. She learning she had a family which included 5 very gorgeous brothers! Five!! The cast of characters were awesome. Camille wasn't the normal twenty-two year old she thought she was--Camille was in for the ride of her life and a quest to channel her unknown bloodline gifts from the gods. "Right, I know you still have this idea that your're human and can go roll in the hay with any guy who catches your fancy, but that isn't your reality anymore." There's a blood debt to be paid and Camille is tossed in the middle of it. "I owe a blood debt to Kyle Richardson. He isn't going to force me to marry his son, at least not right away, but if his son hasn't been chosen by a Centauride by his twenty-ninth birthday, I have to choose him." *shivers* If you are looking for that "next-hot-guy-to-swoon-over" or "next-hot-couple" this is it!! Let me just tell you about this amazing guy, Drake. Not only is he described beautifully, but he is as swoonworthy as they get. I don't want to give away all the goodies, so you'll just have to trust me on this. The chemistry between Camille and Drake was intoxicating. These characters were awesome. So awesome in fact, that I couldn't get them out of my mind. Bianca was such a great friend to Camille and I just adored her. This was full of many unexpected plot twist and turns. I think my jaw had dropped at least 5 times, I kid you not. I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on the second installment, Centaur Legacy (Touched, #2). This story was packed full of chemistry, mythological characters, and plenty of hot swoonworthy guys. Throw in a sinister, power mad grandmother and a crazy uncle, too. This book was addicting! Trust me, you'll want to read this
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't often come across books that revolve around centaurs. In fact, if I'm being honest, I've only read one book that had a centaur in it. I honestly don't know why more authors don't approach the other mythical beings that are out there as apposed to writing about the holy trinity of supernatural beings... you know what I'm talking about... vampires, werewolves and angels. I loved the take that the author had about centaurs. They are not the mythical creatures that I grew up knowing. They don't have four legs or a horse body. In fact they have a humans body but with super speed, strength and special powers. Camille is (in my opinion) a great protagonist. She is strong willed and very loyal. When she goes to see her father, she is met with five bothers that she didn't know existed. All of them embrace her with open arms and welcome her to the family. In fact the entire family welcomes her, including the wife/mother who was cheated on when Camille's mother and father had the affair. Even though she's immediately accepted into the family, there is still a lot she needs to learn about being a centaur. Sure she has some blunders in the beginning but she is quick to pick up on it. I must say that the love interest in this story was interesting. The whole concept of a female choosing a male and their bond being inseparable unless by death was interesting. Except it posed a huge mystery on how Camille came about. Apparently centaurs are not able to conceive out of wedlock. Not only that but then there is this whole fiance shuffle when Camille is betrothed to a centaur that she doesn't want to marry but the centaur she does like is betrothed to her best friend. It definitely made the story interesting. Either way I need to know what happens next. There is something going on with Camille's best friend, Daniel, from California but no one says what it is. Other than he knows that he can't be with Camille and that she's a centaur but all I can yell is "WHY?!". He is warned away from Camille both by his father and by Camille's family. Not to mention the ending that you are left with makes me want to pick up the next book in the story to figure out what happens next.
What_She_Read More than 1 year ago
¿ 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. *Spoiler-y* 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?
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. This was a great fantasy novel and a refreshing change, from the vampire novels that seem to be trending at the moment. Personally, I'm getting pretty bored with them. There are so many other beings, and Blood Debt certainly has picked a good one. Camille, loses her mom to cancer and she has never known who her father was until her mother tells her his name with her last dying breath. Camille finally meets her father and finds she has five brothers. Camille soon learns her family secret, and why her mother had always said her father was magical. A truly wonderful story based on Centaur mythology, a great read!
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
First I would like to thank Nancy Straight for giving me this book to review! And Second! You need to know I absolutely loved this book! You need to know that because What The Heck! The beginning of this book made me totally fall in love with all the characters. Camille is a very strong, determined female character. Her mom has just passed away, but not before finally telling her the name of her father she has never met. In finding her father, she discovers a whole new life and family she never knew existed. She has 5 brothers whose names all start with B(and I am not going to try and list), and has learned she is a Centaur and is supposed to have special powers. Also, every available guy is now trying to make her choose him as a mate. This was actually very funny. There is the wonderful, adorable, swoon worthy Drake that you will love instantly. And Gage and Bianca will also have you joining in their fight. But some family is not so nice, and is out to get her, and make her choose the path they want her on. This includes her evil Grandma Zandra. She will give you the chills.This is where I am what the heck-ing! Nsncy takes your emotions and puts them through the wringer. My heart seriously went on a roller coaster of emotions. At one point it was so shocking and heartbreaking, I did not want to finish the book! It was unbelievable! But I did finish the book, and my heart was repaired. And it was amazing! The end told of a little of what was to come in the sequel, which doesn't sound like it will be a picnic, but I am super excited for. This is definitely 5 stars for me and I recommend to everyone!!! The characters are all adults, but it stayed clean for teenagers.
raynemarie More than 1 year ago
Love the Centaur idea...  I started reading Blood Debt last night and stayed up til 5a.m. and still didn't finish til 920a.m. and then went to bed.. I would recommend this to anyone who woud be interested.  Sorry to those who like to read the long reviews but those can really be I am keeping it short.
fbm-w More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and unique book. It was nice to find something new and this book was great. I stayed up all night to finish it and immediately bought the second one and finished it the next day! Can't wait for the third!
Rhomy More than 1 year ago
OH GAWD! This book is utterly mind blowing! It deserves 10 friggin' stars! The story is absolutely original. I've never read a book about Centaurs before and I officially adore them now! lol. The way the author pictures them, not only their looks but their habits is amazing. UNIQUE! That's the word for this book. A great twist in mythology themes. I just LOVE IT! The characters are perfectly developed. Camille is great, wow! She may look innocent and fragile but she has some outbursts that made me laugh a lot. She knows what she wants in her life. Drake is a hottie but not only that. He is a gentleman at times and so true to himself, leaving his instincts drive him to get what he really wants. Bianca is so feisty and happy, I like her a lot! She is a true friend and also very witty to come up with a plan like that. Gage, wow! a great actor lol, loved the way he deceived the others. All of them complex characters, from Will, to Gretchen, to Daniel, to Kyle Richardson to all Camille siblings. Together they make the perfect combo for a story full of new ideas and love story lol, an entangled net. So smartly played. The chemistry between Drake and Cami is A-MA-ZING! They are fighting for the title of best couple ever! XD What can I say? I LOVED IT, I LOVED IT, I LOVED IT!!!!!!!! Speechless! The end left some doors open so I can't wait to read Centaur Legacy! TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT!
srfeike More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Nancy Straight ever since I read the first book of her Destiny series. After I finished it, I immediately went to Amazon and purchased the next two books. I would have done that with Blood Debt as well but, sadly, the rest of the series isn't out yet. However, I look forward to the rest of the series with great anticipation. Here's why I love it… First is the story itself. I think the thing I love the most is the uniqueness of it. The mythology woven into the story is creative and original. I really enjoyed the author's new perspective on the centaurs and gods. Second is the characters. Camille is a great lead. She is independent, funny and strong. We are introduced to her and given some background on her, and then her world is turned upsidedown. The story follows her as she learns about who and what she really is and what that means for her. The rest of the characters, from her new family to her new friends to her old friends, are written with dimension, enough that I am looking forward to reading more about them, especially her old friend Daniel. Last is the author's writing style. She has a way with words that makes the story flow smoothly and fun to read. The story is sprinkled with bits of humor, and there is never a dull moment, holding your attention to the very last word. The story is full of action, mystery, romance and heartache. What more could you ask for?
lilyevely More than 1 year ago
22 year old Camille has a normal simple life in California, she goes to school, works as a cashier and has a best friend named Daniel. She lived a happy peaceful life but was always missing something. She had always wanted to know who her father was. Before her mother's death she told Camille her father's name. After a few days she decided to contact him. She would have never guessed that the moment she got on the plane that would take her to meet her father would be the day her whole life would change. She will soon discover why her mother Angela never wanted to tell her who her father was and why Angela would always say her father was "magical" Camille will discover a whole new world. She would discover that some things she was taught in school were real and the dangers that her mother was trying to keep away from her. She did not know that she would be forced to pay her mother's blood dept until it was too late to escape. I was soooo excited to read this book I usually read it around 12 a.m to like 3 a.m. It was painful to put it down because i was just soo engrossed with the story and did not want to stop reading. I've got to admit that "Blood Debt" was one of the few books that have made me cry. I was about to die while reading some parts. I was basically freaking out when I read page 365. The plot was amazing, centaurs are one of my favorite mystical creatures. It made me wish I was a centaur lol I would be able to say "let's see I want that handsome, strong guy, with those pretty big green blue eyes." ¿ but I wouldn't like to be in Camille's place. Her grandmother is a witch, what a horrible vile women she is. It was hard to imagine her being a loving sweet women to anyone. But she did act like she loved her son, probably because they were both monsters. The story of Camille's family was wonderful. They were too good to be true. Beu, Brent, Daniel and Drake are definitely my favorite male characters. Bianca (she made me laugh so so much) and Camille were my favorite female characters. I just loved how fun they were specially Camille's brothers they never got tired, they had so much energy, were sweet and perfect gentlemen. I was sad the book ended because I really wanted to know what Angela meant with what she said to Camille on page 412 about Drake. I hope it isn't something bad. I hope I get to read soon because I was left a little empty inside and full of questions. I can't wait for the next book. Fantastic work with this amazing story Nancy Straight. Oh and I bet there will be more from Daniel unless I'm wrong with who I am speculating he is. This is a book you've got to read it'll make you laugh, cry (if you are like me) you will definitely enjoy it.
Rumor_Has_It More than 1 year ago
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.
paranormalbookfan More than 1 year ago
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.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Blood Debt is ,for me, an amazingly refreshing and original paranormal romance novel, heavy on the Greek mythology. I have not read a lot about Centaurs, but I am blown away by how much I ended up loving this story by the time I was done. It kept getting better and better and by the end, I was so involved with the characters, that I was screaming for more. The shifting point of view was confusing at first, but it didn’t take me long to adjust and the story flowed better, unfolding so rapidly in front of me that I forgot about it. Camille had wondered who her father was, but never would have chose to lose her mom to find out. On her death bed, Camille’s mother did tell her who her father was and after some phone conversations and a background check (thank goodness for the internet, lol), she is flying to meet him. It struck me as odd, that anyone, especially a female, would go so quickly and alone on top of it. But, this is fiction and I am happy to overlook that and cut right to the chase. centaurs photo: ~Centaurs in Love~ centaur.jpg Camille’s heritage traces back to the first Centaur touched by Zeus, but she is totally unaware of it. She does not know she is a Centaur, let alone know about their traditions and customs. In a Centaur relationship, think the Stepford Wives in reverse. I love it. I couldn’t help but laugh. At first I thought it was creepy and funny, the woman is “queen” and the men give them no flak for it, but then I thought, someone has to be the boss. LOL The men worship the ground the women walk on and would do nothing to cross the traditional barriers, until….Cami How far will you go for love? Cami is going to show us the way…and I am shocked by what’s happening on the page…..oops, sorry, it’s a secret. You will need to read her story for yourself. I NEVER saw anything like this coming and I am stunned by Nancy Straight’s ability to take the story to such a creative level. It just keeps getting better and better. I guess I need to explain that a bit and you will see what I mean. Blood Debt started out as an easy 3 star novel. If it would have stayed that way, I would not have been disappointed. But, it didn’t take long and I knew I had to bump the rating. So, I thought 3 is out, it’s gotta be a 4, and that was a nice surprise. I would have been happy with that. But, it didn’t stop there. Well, I think you know where this is going. I have a love/hate relationship with the characters. The torment and sacrifice they go through to follow the demands of their race, customs and traditions had me wondering how this could have a happy ending. At one point, my heart fell and I was devastated, but I did recover, in a very surprising fashion. The more I read, the faster I went. A fantastic buildup to an ending that left me screaming for more, but, thankfully, I don’t have to wait for Centaur Legacy, Book II. Laura, my sister, had a spare, signed, first edition paperback of Blood Debt by Nancy Straight and gave me the book. Thanks so very much Laura. Now, I need the rest of the books. This is definitely one series I want to finish. “Normal isn’t an option when you’re extraordinary.” “Your bravery is measured by how hard you try, not by whether you actually succeed.” I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Blood Debt by Nancy Straight
Dardar53 More than 1 year ago
After reading Blood Debt I was hooked, I flew through the first book read Centaur Legacy in 2 days and have already purchased Centaur Rivalry and Centaur Redemption, I love this author, there is intrigue, suspense, surprises, an excellent book.  I intend on reading everything Nancy writes. Love it, now I need to start Centaur Rivalry.
Dollie1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this series. The characters were realistic and the story was amazing. I could not put the book down until I had read the entire series. I cannot wait for the next book tocome out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blood Debt is my first centaur book. I have to say that I was expecting the horse creatures from Harry Potter and I was wondering how much I would enjoy a book about half horse creatures, but Nancy Straight's take on centaurs was so interesting! They weren't horses at all, they were just characterized as such because of how fast the men centaurs can run. I loved the magical world that was created in Blood Debt and I thought Nancy did an awesome job answering any questions we might have while still holding just enough cards in her pocket to make the story seem a bit mysterious.  The story follows Camille, or Cami as she preferred to be called. I really liked her. She was strong and independent but she had a tendency to be kind of rude through her stubbornness. I get that she doesn't like the ways and the customs of the centaurs but I thought she could have at least been a little more understanding. Her family was nothing but nice, warm and welcoming to her, and they never tried to force her into anything that she didn't want. I just thought she could have tried a little harder to be ok with things, or at least to not sound so rude in her refusals. But other than that I didn't have any problems with her. I liked her and I loved Drake. There was just something about him. He seems so pure and good. I had to stop reading for a while because of something that Camille's grandmother did to him in the book because I liked him so much.  I think that I would be an awesome centaur. I love how powerful women are in their society. They are really the ones that call a lot of the shots. They get to pick their husband out of tons of eligible guys and the guys are all tripping over themselves to get picked by a female centaur to continue on their family bloodline. There are way, way more men than their are women in centaur society. Plus the girls get all the cool gifts. I would be a little freaked out by all the mind reading and future seeing going on if I were Cami.  Blood Debt is such an awesome concept. Fans of YA paranormal romances need to check out this series. And the best part is that the second book is coming out pretty soon, I think. So not a ton of wait time inbetween books. Personally, I want the second book right now because I need to see what on earth is going on with Cami's friend Daniel from back home. I feel like there is something big there that we just don't have all the pieces to yet. Plus all of this Lost Herd business. I am dying to find out! Such a great book, it exceeded all of my expectations.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
After Camille’s mother dies she learns who her father is and when she contacts him, she is welcomed into his family. She now has a step-mother and several half-brothers. She also discovers some startling things about who and what she is. Her world is something straight out of myth. Her bloodline traces all the way back to a Centaur graced, or cursed, by Zeus. Where to begin. Once Camille goes to live with her new family, she finds it’s a lot more complicated than the normal world. Centaurs have rigid customs, needed to keep the blood lines strong and pure. There are way more males than females and Camille is born of a very strong bloodline. A blood debt is owed for something her mother did, and a vengeful centaur wants Camille to pay the debt. And Camille’s wicked grandmother would like nothing more than to sweep her away and control her. Camille is not a wall flower. She’s self-confident, straight forward, and strong-willed. It was fun to read how she blundered with the centaur code of living. And, of course, the author didn’t make it easy for her, with Camille literally bumping into a centaur already promised to another. With so few female centaurs I could see why they had such rigid rules, but they weren’t prepared for Camille. She’s worldly and, while willing to learn their rules, she’s not always going to abide by them. She really stirs things up and maybe the stodgy mandates need to be changed. It was also interesting how the author approached centaurs. They weren’t actually part horse, part man. They were likened to such a creature because of their powers and their speed. Aah, the forbidden love rears its ugly head too. Of course, Camille sees it all as nonsense, but the male centaurs take it very seriously. There can be dire consequences for the men if they break a promise to another female or if they are not chosen by one. As Camille navigates the centaur way of life, she’s also dealing with a blood debt that could cost her her life and a grandmother with her own agenda. She’ll have to be quick on her feet and stay sharp as she learns her true past and what it could mean for her and her new family. With so much going on, you’d think it would be confusing. But, I dove into the centaur way of life right beside Camille. Her brothers are yummy and each is so different. But they’d all stand in the line of fire to protect her. Funny thing is all their names start with a B. I was confused at first, just like Camille. Her father, I’m still not too sure about. He has ulterior motives I’m not so okay with, but her step mother is great, loving and graceful and welcoming Camille into the family with open arms. The ending is a cliffhanger, of course, as this is a series. But I don’t mind. Learning about the centaur world is a great beginning and all of the key characters are now firmly in my mind, each voice speaks to me, and I’m now very curious to see where the author takes them next.
Triton3122 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Nancy Straight has started a wonderful new series with Blood Debt, which is book one of the Touched series. Just as with Meeting Destiny, Nancy has created endearing characters, a brand new world of adventure, and once again introduces originality into the paranormal romance genre which is refreshing amidst so many overused plots today. I felt an immediate connection to Cami in the first chapter and grew to love her more as the story progressed. The book is full of interesting characters and adventure. The ending definitely left me wanting to read more! I can't wait for the next story in the series. Bravo Mrs. straight, Bravo!!!
Felicia-Tatum More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down! I was sucked in from the very beginning, absolutely loving that this was about centaurs! Cami is a great female lead and I love the supporting cast. I can't wait to get my hands on book two. I went and bought all of Nancy Straight's books after about half of this one!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! LOVED it! From the very beginning I was glued to this world of Centaurs, forbidden loves, and mythology. The story brought mythological creatures to present day and made them feel very real and believable. Blood Debt by Nancy Straight was provided to me by the Incandescent Enchantments for review. The opinions are my own.
DesertJules More than 1 year ago
If her mother's death weren't traumatic enough, one of their last conversations gives Camille the information she's wanted all of her life: the name and whereabouts of her father. Little does she know, as she finds the courage to contact him, that her life is about to change in ways she could never have imagined. Welcomed with open arms by her father, stepmother, and five half-brothers, Camille learns that her lineage is ancient, distinguished, and ... not human. Raised a free-spirit, by Centauri standards, she balks at the rules and restrictions. And struggles to learn to use her skills, whatever those might be. Just as she's beginning to acclimate and make friends, Camille is kidnapped by the same person from whom her mother had fled, and locked away from her new family. Forced into obedience, will her friends be able to save her before she is married off to satisfy her mother's blood debt? I don't think, in all my travels through literature and modern fiction, I've ever read a story where the main characters were Centaurs. That alone was a great reason, for me, to grab this book. There is a lot to like in Blood Debt. The author obviously did her homework and the stories that Camille is told, of Centaur history and heritage, come straight from Greek mythology. With characters and situations that pull the reader in, it's a delicious blend of mythos and modern day. However, I found the changing point-of-view - from one character to another, and back again - awkward and a bit annoying. The individual 'voices' were not always distinct enough to tell one from the other, which distracted from an otherwise straight-forward story. It should be interesting to see where the subsequent books in this YA paranormal series take readers. With five brothers and Cami's best friend in the wings, there are bound to be many great stories to come. ~*~*~ Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic galley of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have read my reviews then it is pretty obvious by now that I enjoy stories that defy the norm and go one step ahead. Lately, I have had the pleasure to read many that enthralled me completely and Blood Debt is not the exception. Although I never reveal spoilers for the sake of those who have yet to pick up a copy and read it, I will say if you enjoy one of those stories that blow your mind and keep you interested from beginning to end then this is the right book for you. I was intrigued by the title alone at first, but the more I read, the more I realized Blood Debt was definitely different. It held such a mysterious element to it that I just had to keep reading to find out what was behind it all. I’m glad that I kept going because I was not disappointed. The entire plot is interesting, attention-grabbing, and uplifting. The author’s ability to paint such an impressive picture with words is definitely impressive. Thanks to this wonderfully written story I have added Touched series as my ‘must-read-series’ and hope to collect more from this author.
chocolate5 More than 1 year ago
At first it was intriging the fact that there was a mistery to be discovered; then it got interesting the when the main character finds her true love but then it ends in to be continued???ok I get it it needed some kind of a boost. Still I was not that excited it lack of something, I hope the 2nd book is better.