Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Audiobook Review: November Rain (Bad Bloods, #1) By Shannon A. Thompson

November Rain (Bad Bloods, #1) By Shannon A. Thompson Narrated by Johnathan Johns
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: September, 12th, 2017
Format: AudiobookSource: Audiobook review copy provided by the narrator
My Rating: ★★

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Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.
I have to admit that I wasn't entirely sure about this novel. At first glance it is similar to a lot of the other dystopia YA novels that are out there.  Then once I got into seeing what the Bad Bloods are, that's when I really starting to get interested in it. I love characters with powers, so I was so for all the characters and learning about all their different powers. I think it might seem a little derivative of X-Men, but I love X-Men so I wasn't bothered by this.

I was offered the audiobook in exchange for an honest review from the narrator Johnathan Johns, so I feel like I would be doing him a disservice if I didn't talk about what I thought of his narration. I really liked Johns' narration, and I think he did a good job with the different voices. I especially loved his voices for all the little kids in Daniel's flock. His dialogue voices were really good, but I have admit sometimes it was hard for me when it switched between the two perspectives. If I hadn't been listening for the audio for awhile, sometimes I had to remember which character was actually talking. I don't think that was Johns' fault though, I genuinely think this audio would have been better if there was a female narrator to do the voice of Serena.

I think what really made me like this book more was the characters. Serena and Daniel are such interesting characters. I liked to see how these two kids who had to figure life for themselves find each other, and I'm interested to see how their stories are going to come together.

I did enjoy this book, but I feel like there were a few things missing from this story. Like, what exactly is a Bad Blood and why do people want to execute them? What about the politics of this world made this sort of thing happen? I know that this is a series so maybe these questions will be answered later on?

I haven't completely decided if I want to continue this series, but I am definitely intrigued.

Have you read this book? What do you think? Should I try reading the next book in the series?

Happy Reads Everyone!
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