Blood Heavy, Book #1
By S.L.J. Shortt
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Dawn
It’s all fun and games until someone gets eaten.
Seventeen year old Daniel ‘Jerry’ Jericho’s life is thrown into a blender made of claws and fangs when he’s dragged into the middle of the supernatural world he never knew existed.
After it’s discovered that his blood has the ability to remove the age old weaknesses from which vampires have always suffered, he becomes the most valuable human on the planet. Drinking his blood makes them immune to silver, stakes and even sunlight. But the door swings both ways and locked inside his veins might be the key to creating a permanent cure that would completely eradicate the species.
Now he’s being hunted by a group of sadistic bloodsuckers, studied by witches, psychics and professors while being protected by a pair of vampire sisters who are constantly on the verge of killing each other. On top of all that he has to deal with teenage hormones and loyal but worried friends as he tries desperately hard to find out what makes his blood so special.
However, the supernatural world might be in for a shock because this kid isn’t going to be a vampire’s happy meal without putting up one hell of a fight. From here on out it’s hunt or be hunted and Daniel Jericho is armed, grinning and ready for some monster killing. But going up against an undead army led by a souped-up ubervamp isn’t exactly a two for one special at the Playboy mansion.
It’s going to get bloody, but that’s okay because Jerry is blood heavy.
Daniel Jericho aka Jerry is a teenager one day and a hot commodity the next. His blood is like an addictive drug to vampires; addictive but also dangerous. Black Forrest, Vampire Al Qaeda, will do anything to find Jerry. Jerry and his group are exposed to a new world filled with many supernatural creatures and dangers.
Jerry has lost both his parents; he currently lives with Uncle Joe. Joe is a human lie detector as well as a veteran and a very practical man. I enjoyed the maybe budding romance between he and Claire (a vamp).
Jerry’s best friend Goose is like the dumb blonde (not in a bad way) of the group. He is pretty damn funny. Each character has a distinctive personality that helps you keep them straight.
The snark, the snark, I cannot say enough about the snarky humor throughout the book. The book is peppered with it, clever conversations, witty comebacks. (The Fangs and the Furious LOL!!!). Farting, chest hair, vampire Viagra, Blood Heavy is heavy on the banter. The insults exchanged kept me fully entertained throughout the book. I never grew out of the “bodily functions are hysterical” phase, so this book is right up my alley. I especially liked the Dick Cheney insult. Shortt also made fun of Twilight *smile* The humor jumped out at me until I was laughing so hard I cried. Example: “We‟re traveling incognito.” reply “We‟re traveling incrapnito!”
From beginning to end, I was dying to know who Jerry is and where he came from. How did he end up with special blood? The mystery leaves tantalizing clues along the way. Despite it not being revealed by the end of the book, I did not feel cheated nor did it drag on. In fact, I feel quite the opposite – I want more!!! I *think* I may have figured it out, but I will have to read more to know for sure.
Some friends were lost in the final battle in the book. I mourned their loss because I feel like I knew them. Their loss devastating to Jerry because he tried so hard to protect them. He turned into a bad-ass after his 2nd hospital stay. He was willing to do anything to protect his loved ones.
The first 40 pages or so are a bit bogged down with too much information. That was my only issue with Blood Heavy.
Between the action, character development and brilliant dialogue, Blood Heavy is a good book. I recommend it to men/boys and tomboys lol.