Dissension (Book Review)

Dissension (Book Review)
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Title: Dissension (The Blood Inheritance Trilogy #1)
Author: Adrienne Monsoon
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Published Date: 23rd February 2013
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*
Synopsis: Fists are
pumping, bodies gyrating, sweat dripping—booming music drowns out all other
noise in the dark club. Leisha, dressed in skimpy, revealing clothes, eyes her
victim. As soon as he sets eyes on her, she knows he’s hers. He becomes excited
as despicable thoughts of murder run through his mind, all readable by Leisha’s
abnormal senses. After a bit of small talk, they are soon both out the door,
Leisha pushed against the wall. The man pulls out a knife, ready to cut up this
beautiful woman. Leisha smiles as she deflects the knife and bites into his
neck, sucking every ounce of life from this abominable man.

It wasn’t always this way.

Leisha was once a loving mother with an ideal
family. Though this was over two thousand years ago, Leisha still holds that
time dear to her heart. But for now, she must focus on trying to escape the
eternal and bloody war between her kind—the Vampires—and the Immortals, an
undying race sworn to destroy her people. Soon, Leisha finds herself captured
by the government only to be saved by a young and mysterious human girl. What
entails is the beginning of a long and torturous journey as Leisha and her
newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can
end it all—the prophecy child.

Review: Dissension
by Adrienne Monsoon was a break I needed. I have been reading a lot of YA
lately, and a lot of contemporary kind of books. Although I have had a lot of
fantasy as well, it was high time for me to get back to some good old
paranormal books. This one fulfilled my want for that perfectly. This novel is
packed with vampires – a familiar concept, and also something called Immortals
which was new and unique. I liked the mix of what I was comfortable with and
also something new to toy with too.
While this novel is the first one in a trilogy and does
set up some storyline plots for future books, it also has its own plot arc for
this book which leads to a conclusion as well. Many first books in a series
just seem to miss out on that little essential thing to make the first book
splendid. But this one gave us answers, an exciting climax AND also a few
questions left open for book two!

The main characters in this book were Leisha, a vampire,
and Samantha who is a normal teenage girl. Well, as normal as you can get when
you’re having visions. I love reading from their points of view until they met,
and their fast friendship was so easy to understand. I loved Leisha’s
personality especially. She is a vampire but she doesn’t like killing people
for their blood unless they are necessarily bad people. As usual when it comes
to being an unwilling vampire, I liked the internal conflict it brought to her.
Samantha as well was just a teenage human girl, but she knew she had
importance. She was smart beyond her years and tried to be the best person she
could be in all her decisions. She was way too sweet for me to ever dislike!

I also really approved of the storyline too. There are
hints of a war between the Immortals and Vampires seeing as they are natural
enemies. However, a prophecy and a promise child also come into play. There was
a lot of torture too – it never gets too graphic but I think it just shows how serious
both sides were when it comes to hating themselves. And as well as these two
paranormal parties there are also the humans who are trying to capture
paranormal creatures and experiment on them to understand. They put an
interesting little twist on everything.

While I did like the characters and did care for them, I
still felt a little bit distant. There wasn’t as deep of a connection as I
would ideally want. What I did like about what Monson did was that these
characters all had history between them already. As the story goes on we get
more parts to the story and hints as to what their backgrounds are. I liked
that there was suspense and a slow unraveling of the situation.
Overall, I loved this story. The fast pace and the action
kept me on my toes. There are all these characters ploying and fighting to be
leader. I cannot wait to know what happens in book two (which I already have!)

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Olivia-Savannah x

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