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by Jeanne C. Stein

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

2013 Urban Fantasy Protagonist Nominee

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Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and with this ninth and final Anna Strong Vampire novel, award-winner Stein finishes up powerfully by delivering both high-stakes drama and truly satisfying closure for fans of this amazing heroine. Characterization is a Stein specialty, and the introduction of a mesmerizing new vampire in this book is Exhibit A. Anna’s journey of self-discovery has been rocky and her relationship history pretty abysmal, but Anna has learned from her mistakes and that growth culminates in this emotionally charged novel.

Following the death of her ex-lover Max, the fragility of life is driven home to Anna for the first time since becoming a vampire. Determined not to make another mistake, Anna and shapeshifter Daniel Frey decide to cement their relationship. But their joy is tempered by the serious sudden illness of Anna’s mother. Anna, Daniel and young John-John fly to France to be with Anna’s mother, only to discover that vampire politics have followed them. Although Anna is the Chosen One, not all accept her status and at least one powerful vampire has dangerous plans that could affect all of humanity. (ACE, Sep., 304 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ACE

Published: September 2013

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Blood Bond

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on September 20, 2013 - 7:42am.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer - Kathy M:
--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

Jeanne C. Stein is a top notch writer of fast paced Urban Fantasy and her creation of the Anna Strong series has been one of my favorites.

The first eight books in this series are what you would expect from a well written Urban Fantasy - a kick ass heroine, fights to the death with evil doers,betrayal, and unexpected twists and turns. Blood Bond is different. And different isn't always a bad thing. Blood Bond slightly steps off the normal Urban Fantasy path and gives the reader a more emotion driven road.

Relationships, both romantic and familial, are front and center in this
final installment. Will Anna finally open up her heart and let Frey in? How will she cope with the impending death of her mother? Etc.

Blood Bond takes us on Anna's emotional journey and when I closed the book after reading the final page, I realized that this was the perfect way to say goodbye to Anna.

Recommended for all ANNA STRONG fans.