Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Review: Blood Claim by Magen McMinimy

Sophia Daletsky has for the last eight months been on the run from her past. She was sick of her half-brother trying to control her, her (now ex)boyfriend, wanting to mold her into something she wasn’t, and when she finally starts listening and stand on her own two feet, that’s a problem as well.

Sophia has been moving from place to place, never staying too long, because she KNOWS her brother is hot on her heels, wanting her back.

While looking for somewhere safe to stay, she runs straight into the arms of the very charming brothers Tavian and Dante Baikov and the secret they’re guarding. Now, what’s a girl to do? Protecting herself from her family, falling for Dante (despite she never wanted to fall in love again) and protecting the biggest secret still alive. The choice gets harder when ancient friends appear from nowhere….

I read Blood Claim in one sitting. That is actually rare for me since most of my days is filled with so much more than just books (gasps – yes, I did say that!). Blood Claim is a shorter read, but I still couldn’t put it down. I even stayed up at my daughter room, AFTER she fell asleep, just to read the rest.

I really enjoyed getting to know Sophia, Dante, Tavian and Sarah. Then there are other side characters that sort of comes jumping in; Enoch, one of Sophia’s half-brothers, Sage, an old friend of Sophia, Adelaide,a witch/voodoo Queen, just to mention a few.

 For me Blood Claim was an appetizer to what will come, somehow I think I have only scraped the surface of what there will come in the rest of the books. But Blood-claim gave me exactly what I wanted; a bit of the back story (which was intriguing), learning what made the main character “tick”, conflict between them, interesting side characters (I hope to see more of them in the next books),and generally a story that caught my attention, plain and simple. Can’t wait to read the sequel; Resurrection Stone.
About Magen McMinimy:
I kind of like to think of myself as a normal lady living a semi normal life. I’m not sure that’s all that accurate; I have a sweet husband and two dogs-my girls- that I think of as my children. I grew up in Sonoma County, California and I never pictured myself moving. Funny because now I live in North Idaho and I love it here, I love the summers; camping, bar-b-ques with friends, and the farmers markets. I find the winter magical and love the snow. I started writing as a hobby. I’ve been one of those people who has been obsessed with the world of the paranormal for as long as I can remember. I self published my first book in August of 2011 at my husbands’ urging.

Sophia’s story was truly meant for me at the beginning. Now I love that I chose to share these characters with everyone who’s chosen to read about them. I love these characters. They hold a special part of me and represent the strength and knowledge that comes with never giving up. of course I’m biased.

As for me personally, I’m not one who ever really shared much of my own story, however not long ago I finally shared my story with the fans who followed my Facebook page Magen McMinimy Author Page so I figure my story is out there for the world to read so I might as well share it here . . .

Like I said I grew up in California, I was born in Santa Rosa, Ca on April 19th 1983, I had a simple and pretty good childhood with a rather great family. I have wonderful parents and a pretty great sister( I didn’t always think so as I was growing up, but now I know the simple pleasures of having a sister as my best friend, she also gave me my nephew Asher who I adore). When I was nine I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, I was fortunate enough that it didn’t affect any of my major organs, but on the flip side of that it was in my eyes.

When I was around the age of twelve, I was given the diagnosis of secondary glaucoma. At thirteen I had my first in a fairly long line of surgeries to help control the pressures and remove the cataracts in my eyes.

When I turned twenty-one I took the first step of a major life change and moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
I left a lot of amazing friends and an amazing extended family. I met my now husband a few months after the move and was married to him in June of 2006. In 2008 I finished college and became a wedding planner. I love a good party and I live to decorate and make things beautiful and amazing for those around me.

In April of 2010 I woke up one morning with no vision in my right eye, I got an appointment with a specialist and found out I had blood vessels growing in the back of my eye that led to nowhere and were steadily bleeding. I underwent treatments and we got the bleeding under control and eventually stopped completely. But not before some major damage had been done. My doctor got me on the road to getting some help and I work each day with a small amount of remaining vision in my left eye.

So why do I tell you all of this? I tell you all because this is who I am, and those of you taking the time to read this have probably read at least one of my books and because of that you’ve helped to make this dream of writing and reaching out to others who love books, and vampires, and shifters and all things gorgeous and sexy . . . come true!

Life is a constant balance of what we want and what we need. It's also a lot like a Battle. A battle that we all have to fight in our own way. I chose to try and love and cherish every minute that I get to chase my crazy dreams and create a world and characters to get lost in.
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