Review: Blood of the Revenant by N. R. Allen

on Sep 10, 2012
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Dark Fantasy

Blurb: Something strange is happening in Returning City, something dangerous. 

Gabriel has never questioned things before. He knows that because he is a revenant like everyone else, he has to fight the not-family and hurt them to keep his own family safe. He has never questioned that the sky is always dark or that hungry things watch him from the forest.

But in Returning City, everyone has secrets.

Gabriel grew up believing that he was the same as everyone else. But now, things are changing. He begins to see strange, monstrous creatures instead of the people he has always known. Struggling to protect his family, Gabriel must turn to a mysterious stranger, but is she only helping him for her own dark purposes?

In order to survive, Gabriel has to become more than he has ever been, and he 
will have to go against all he has ever known. Soon Gabriel will realize that something dangerous waits for him—his past—and that past holds a secret deadlier than anything he could ever imagine.

Review: Gabriel lives in a world where family made of five and each member has a role, Gabriel is the fighter. But Gabriel soon discovers that his world is not what he thought.

Everything was very well described and easy to picture. The fantasy element of a completely different world was done very well. There were a lot of surprises and you're never really sure who to trust, much like Gabriel feels. Gabriel was a good main character, in that he was fairly innocent and had good intentions. He often wished things could just go back to the way they were, a reluctant hero.

Gabriel often second guessed himself, questioning what he was doing almost all through the book. It became very tedious that he couldn't seem to make a decision without pages of debate with himself. We are, to the best of my recollection, never told Gabriel's age. Now this is a young adult novel so I'm assuming he could be anywhere from 13 to 18 years old. But it was hard to tell because on one page he would seem very childish and easily led, then on the next page he was making out with a girl that he hardly knew. That leads me to the two girls. Gabriel has known Ryvall for a while, she taunts him and even physically hits him for seemingly no good reason and then suddenly claims that she is on his side. The two even end up being intimate together. I felt that there should have been more explanation if there was supposed to be a romance there. The other girl is Lamia, Gabriel meets her one day when he creates and opens a door in an alley. She claims that Ryvall is bad (which at the time we kind of think she is because she has her friends beat up Gabriel) and that she wants to help him. He sort of believes her, but not really, then in like the next chapter he lets her kiss him, a woman he met about a day before. I just couldn't wrap my head around that.

There was a lot of detail and I think at times it made it hard to follow. I also didn't get that they were supposed to be vampires, until I read I read a review by another reader. I did really enjoy this book, but Gabriel's actions were hard to follow and I was confused and had a lot of questions at the end. 

About the Author:
N.R. Allen grew up in Dooms, VA, and currently lives in Blacksburg, VA, with her husband and family. While this is her first full-length novel, she has written and published poems, short stories, and flash fiction, including "Teddy Bear Heads," "That House at the End of Carver Street," and "A Song for Miss Cline".

About the Reviewer: 
 M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at She spends her time reading, gaming, drinking tea, writing, and learning about C. S. Lewis. M lives in Upstate New York and works at a library surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and insatgram @theprincessmab


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