Review - Bloodline by Tara Ellis
Interesting Twists and Turns
Star Rating: 3.5 Stars
I enjoyed reading Bloodlines. The novel is a creative take on the usual Sci Fi invasion story. It was full of interesting twists and turns, and the plot moved quickly. It didn’t take me long to be drawn in, and I read it quite quickly. Ellis uses the tension of mystery to keep the reader engaged. Be prepared for a few surprises!
The characters were well drawn, and the strong sense of family established a solid foundation. Alex and her brother Jacob were well-developed and likeable. Unfortunately, I found many of the other characters a little flat and simplistic. This wasn’t really a problem, except for the character of Chris. It would have been nice to see him develop more. At times, he felt more like a handy plot device than a character. Hopefully this will be addressed in the next installment.
I like Ellis’s writing style. ‘Bloodline’ is an enjoyable example of a first person narrative that allows the reader insight into the feelings and thoughts of the main protagonist. I’m not usually a fan of authors who write their stories in present tense. But, in this case, it was well controlled and helped to build excitement by creating a sense of immediacy.
My only real complaint: the constant, frequent misuse of apostrophes! If, like me, you are something of a grammar nerd, be warned! I’m afraid there were moments when I wanted to get my red pen out and put a few big circles on the page.