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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Review: Blood Ties + UK GIVEAWAY

Author: Sophie McKenzie

Release date: 7th July 2008
Genre: Thriller
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Blood Ties is a gripping thriller which is not to be missed. It tells us the story of Rachel and Theo and how the collision of their lives sets a chain reaction in motion.

Rachel is bullied at school. She has a really negative self-image. She thinks her parents are constantly comparing her to her dead sister Rebecca. Rachel sees her photographs all over the house and hates that she is not as pretty or as sporty as her sister. She feels like she will never be as good as them. Rachel’s lack of confidence

Theo is smart boy who wants to know why he has had a bodyguard for as long as he can remember. His mother isn’t well-paid yet he goes to a private school. The inconsistencies won’t leave Theo alone and he is ready to uncover the truth. Finally, Theo manages to convince his mum to tell him more about his father but that only leads to more unanswered questions for Theo and so he decides to take action. Theo never stops to think that maybe he is being protected for a reason.

Rachel and Theo’s two lives have more in common than they could possibly understand when they first meet. A painfully shy girl. A determined boy. Both characters are hugely likable. The novel is told from their alternating viewpoints and as the action unfolds this builds the tension.

Blood Ties embodies everything that a thriller should be. There is action, gun fires, explosions, bluffs and double bluffs. But it also asks huge questions about identity, about the nature of who we are and what the future holds for science and humanity. Apart from being an addictive, full-throttle and pacy read, it would be perfect for citizenship lessons around the nature/ nuture debate.

Blood Ties hooked me from the very first page and kept my adrenalin pumping until the final pages. I just adored the ending and I cannot wait to read more books by Sophie McKenzie.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me the book to review.



Thanks to the lovely people at Simon and Schuster I have one set of Blood Ties and the next book Blood Ransom (which is out 1st October) to giveaway.

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For all of you who are desperate to read Blood Ransom, stop by Chicklish tomorrow for a teaser extract and enjoy!


Caroline said...

Oh! I have this book and I definitely shall read it soon! I feel very thriller-y nowadays :)
I'm feeling the back story will be highly interesting!
Cool review Becky!

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Great review! I love thrillers and it's very interesting when they take place in the world of young adults. I will definitely keep this novel in mind, I like such reads.

Clover said...

This one sounds like it'd be quite fun to read with all the action. But combined with issues of self perception and identity, it sounds fantastic. So thanks for this opportunity to read them.. :)

Lauren said...

Glad to hear you liked this one - I thought it was excellent too. If you haven't read Blood Ransom and Girl, Missing yet, you totally need to!