I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Blood and Beasts starts out with the 16th birthday of the main character Persephone Black (affectionately known as Seph by all). The 16th birthday seems to have a common theme of change among YA authors and this was no different. We find out that Seph has suddenly developed a sensitivity to light and a desire for blood. Basically she finds out she is a vampire (cause yes they exist along with other mythical creatures). I found the first few chapters seemed to be very detailed in a superficial way. The author used a lot of adjectives to describe Seph and her foster family without really making me feel like I knew the characters. I did notice that the more I read the more I grew to learn about some of these people though they were only mildly touched upon. I do think the plot moved along nicely and it was a quick read for me, which usually means I am into the book. I did like the approach to the vampire theme, it was similar to the Vampire Academy books in that once the child finds out she/he is magical they are then enrolled into a special school to learn more about themselves, their powers, and how to control them. Once Seph was enrolled in the school she seems to feel like she “fits” in with her peers which was something that she appeared to struggle with in her foster home. I truly did enjoy this book even though it was a little cheesy in the beginning, you could see a growth in the author’s writing as the book progressed and it did leave me wanting to know what was going to happen with Seph, her foster family, and her friends without making me feel like it had a cliff hanger. Overall I found this book to be enjoyable and look forward to reading the next book in the series.