Book Review: Bloodfire (Blood Destiny 1) by Helen Harper

Blurb from Goodreads:

Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won’t allow the transformation to occur.

With a terrible temper to match her fiery red hair, Mack is extraordinarily useful in a fight, and when her pack alpha is brutally and abruptly murdered, she swears vengeance. Unfortunately, his murder also draws in the Brethren – the leaders of the shapeshifter world – who will slaughter everyone in Mack’s small rural pack if they discover her true identity. Unfortunately Corrigan, the green-eyed muscle-bound Lord Alpha of the Brethren, doesn’t let much slip by him.

Well, that blurb is a bit more revealing than I would have made it, but whatever.

Let’s just admit that, yet again, I loved a book that there wasn’t really an actual concrete reason to love. Just so we’re all clear with each other. Okay, good.

I have a couple of big problems with this book, and the first one is Mack. Not as a character — she’s your run-of-the-mill, do-something-rash, kick-ass girl — but as a concept. Mack is basically a girl who’s human but has fire in her blood that makes her better at fighting and tracking and stuff than shifters. Now already I have lots of moans to put forward for this problem. One: we never get any proper explanation of the ‘bloodfire’ — the closest we get to understanding it is at the end, where she uses the heat in her blood to strengthen her and keep her warm. Other than that, it is just a thing that is constantly mentioned but never actually makes sense. Two: she’s human, and yet she has fire in her blood. I’m sorry, but that does not fit with the definition of human. Third: she’s stronger than shifters. And nobody has any issue with that at all. It’s just a fact that a human girl is one of the strongest members of a pack of shapeshifters. My brain rebels at this. Anyone who has read any YA books knows that shifters are crazy-strong, so if a so-called human can save them when they can’t save themselves, you know something must be wrong or at least remarked upon.

My second problem with this book is the romance. By which I mean the lack of it. I’m sure from reading the blurb, you would expect there to be a kind of Kate-Daniels-and-the-Beast-Lord thing going on at least, a sort of will-they-won’t-they, but no. There is barely even a longing look or two exchanged.

My third problem is that this book is a neither here nor there in its age class, either. It reads as a Young Adult in my opinion, but, though we never find out Mack’s exact age, we know that she’s over eighteen. That would put the novel into the New Adult genre, but there’s nothing ‘new’ about it — she doesn’t have her first boyfriend or first job, although you could class it as NA because John is her first loss, perhaps. Therefore, it must be an adult book, right? It certainly has a slight feel of adult Urban Fantasy, but like I said, it smacked of a Young Adult. So what is it?

Other than that, like I say, I loved this book. Maybe it’s just a guilty pleasure sort of thing, or its close ties to Urban Fantasy, which has to be my favourite genre, I don’t know. But I genuinely enjoyed reading it and will be begging my mother for the money for the next one (just a warning, there are at least five books in the series, so be careful of getting sucked in if you can’t deal with long serieses). Bloodfire gets…

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