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April 17, 2012

Review: Black Blood by Melissa Pearl - Juhina

Black Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #2)

Title: Black Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy #2)
Author: Melissa Pearl
Publication date: December 11th, 2011
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal/Time Travel)
Source: Author
Pages: 255
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Gemma's parents have put enough rules around her relationship with Harrison that she feels like she's living on parole. But she wins one battle—a summer job working for Harrison's step-father. It is the perfect chance to spend the steamy, hot Florida days with her boyfriend. It's also a great distraction from the cellphone hiding in her underwear drawer—her only contact with Gabe, the mystery man who's stalking her.

When she confronts Gabe, he tells her that her parents are not who she thinks they are, and Harrison has the gall to believe him. Surrounded by conflict, Gemma doesn't know what to believe, and it takes a trip back in time for her to glimpse the sickening truth.

Thanks to her parents, she returns to the present to find the love of her life no longer exists. His family line was broken and now, so is she.

This betrayal forces her to seek out Gabe. Setting aside her fear of the truth, she must trust this man and learn what he can teach her... otherwise, she'll never get her boyfriend back.
As soon as I finished reading Golden Blood, which is the first book in the Time Spirit Trilogy, I HAD to contact the author and let her know how MUCH I loved it! Melissa Pearl was kind enough to give me the second and third book to read and review, and let me tell you, I had my own squealing moment for that. When I finally had the chance to read Black Blood, I just could NOT put it down! I am always scared of sequels not living up to the awesomeness of the first book, but boy, was it as addicting and exciting as Golden Blood. Black Blood gave you some answers while at the same time uncovering more secrets and doubts that keep you reading more and forgetting that you actually have a life outside this fictional world! 
To start off, You get to find out more about the mysterious man at the end of Golden Blood and I was SO happy with that development! I liked that a new character that was introduced basically tipped Gemma's world 180 degrees and basically gave her the push she needed to finally think for herself. You don't get to see a lot of Harrison in this book and while this might have frustrated me, Melissa Pearl was able to keep me excited and addicted even without such an important character in the story. I loved the build up of the story, sometimes books lose sight of what is important in a book and just have many subplots without a major one. 
As for the characters, I really did get frustrated with Gemma at the beginning but only because I'm the reader and we all know that readers are the Know-It-Alls (in fiction, not sure about real life) but I had to keep on reminding myself that if it was my parents I would have been as stubborn, if not worse than her. Harrison was a bit mushy mushy to my taste at the beginning but I guess that's how young love is right? as for Gabe, I have to admit that HE was my favorite character in Black Blood. He takes up some of the comic relief from Gemma's twin siblings Dom and Ruby because they don't appear as much in this book. Overall Black Blood was a great sequel that did not disappoint! I would recommend to any fans of time traveling to seriously pick this up! also for all readers because this has a bit of everything, contemporary lovers, this is a good one!  
4.5 musical stars


  1. Ooh I really liked Golden Blood and I have this book for review too but I've been so busy that I have not had a chance to read it yet. After reading your great review I need to get on that and read Black Blood! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

    1. oh you really should! I also delayed it because i didn't get a chance but as soon as I read black blood I went straightaway and picked up pure blood!!

      - juhina