Bloodlines is a series written by Emily Hurricane and it is like nothing I’ve ever read before. The best way I can describe these books is The Walking Dead but no zombies and all the characters are werewolves. It’s an incredibly creative blending of the apocalyptic and the paranormal.
The series takes so many fun and exciting elements from both genres and blends them into something fresh and new. We get all the desolation of a world abandoned: empty convenience stores with hot dogs rotting away in display cases, barren highways, bodies of virus victims rotting away in the homes that Daphne breaks into for supplies. It is all very gruesome and gritty. From the werewolf genre, we get all of the supernatural mystery and intrigue, an exploration of super-human abilities, and a fresh take on pack lore. Combining these two genres was a risky move, but Emily Hurricane pulls it off spectacularly.
I read the first book in the Bloodlines series, The Beginning of the End, last month and I loved it.
I’m now about halfway through book three, A Tale of Two Fathers.
Now, this is a novella series, so each of the books is a little over 100 pages. These are short reads, but for so short a word count, Emily sure packs a lot into these stories. Each book has loads of tension and intrigue.
The Beginning of the End starts right after the end of the world, and Daphne commemorates leaving behind her now completey-dead-except-for-her town by burning her town to the ground. It’s a hell of a way to start a story and really sets the scene and shows us what kind of tale we are in for.
The story continues as Daphne searches for her real father, tests out her super-human abilities, and explores the desolate world around her (complete with motorcycle joy-rides).
I highly recommend the book to anyone who loves werewolf lore, books about deadly viruses and the apocalypse, or creative genre-blending.
If you want to check this book out, but you’re pressed for time, Emily Hurricane just released the first audiobook in the Bloodlines series!
You can listen to The Beginning of the End on Audible.
For any book bloggers or book reviewers who’d like to receive an arc of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review, you can email Emily Hurricane to get an Audible promo code for an audiobook arc. She can be reached at email@example.com
The narrator of the audiobook is Jenna Hanchey, and while I haven’t had a chance to listen to the book myself yet, I hear she did a fantastic job.
And if you end up loving The Beginning of the End, I’ll tell you right now, Southern Ice is even better. Lots of new characters and new situations to navigate.
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About the Author
I hail from rural Nova Scotia, curled up on a tree stump with a bubblegum pink notebook and a steaming mug of french roast coffee. I’m a thirtysomething mom of two humans and a furbaby. My lumbersexual husband doesn’t actually work in lumber anymore, but he still wears the plaid and the beard.
I’m an established self-published author, freelance editor, and ghostwriter. My books range in genre from Romance and Erotica to Horror and Science Fiction, and everything in between.
When I’m not writing and/or momming, I’m sipping espresso, crocheting, and listening to audiobooks.
Have you read any of the Bloodlines books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments! 🙂