Wednesday, April 24, 2013

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Blood and Snow: The Complete Set by RaShelle Workman

Release date: 2013
Author info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Format: Egalley
Pages: 518
Source: Provided for review for blog tour
Buy the book: Amazon
Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen Snow White.

Snow isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet.

When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant - not quite human, not quite vampire.

With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she'd rather drink from her Hunter.

Or, a human.

She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there's a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen's twin sister. And Snow's supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.
I was super excited to read Blood and Snow as soon as I read the synopsis. I've always kind of loved Snow White, though I don't know why, so a retelling definitely appealed to me. I enjoyed how Rashelle Workman kept me guessing with the plot's twists and turns and how she was able to weave so many different ideas and mythologies into the story. While reading other paranormal books, I've always kind of wondered about all the other creatures not mentioned, and RaShelle Workman makes a very interesting world for Snow.

I read the complete set for the blog tour, but this series was originally published in novelettes, which I think is such a cool idea. Each ended with a great cliffhanger, and definitely made me want to keep reading. I can't imagine having to wait any period of time to read the next one!

It was fun to see how Workman took on all the characters from Snow White--the seven dwarves, the evil queen, the hunter--and added a few more interesting ones! Snow definitely moves around in love interests a lot, and I thought I was annoyed with this for most of the book, but in the end I found it to be an interesting tactic. We were able to really see how much her true love cared for her and how the others guys really weren't right.

I found the beginning book or two to be slow, but once the action got started there were so many twists and turns to keep me on my seat and very forgiving of failings. At times it felt like certain elements were set up to be important, but never really turned into anything. In the end, though, I found Blood and Snow to be a fun read, filled with lots of interesting ideas and characters. I'll definitely read more from RaShelle Workman!

About RaShelle Workman:
RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses" is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She's sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog:
I also am able to give away a Kindle copy of the series!! This is international, and will end on May 8th. The winner will receive their copy, gifted through Amazon, the week of May 13th. I will contact the winner through email and they will have 48 hours to respond.

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