Saturday, December 4, 2010

Human Blend by Lori Pescatore

Title: Human Blend
Author: Lori Pescatore
Publisher: Self-published
Paperback, 230 pages
Date Published: June 12, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
Marion, Virginia seemed like a nice place to live a normal life, but she is not a normal girl. Laney has special abilities that keep her looking over her shoulder as she makes her escape from the men who had kidnapped her. 

A young doctor's interest is piqued when he witnesses her mysteriously curing a young child's illness. He befriends her due to his growing fascination with uncovering the true nature of her abilities, but not without harboring secrets of his own.

Laney's budding relationship with a local boy puts both of them in danger when the men she was hiding from find her. All of their lives will change forever as ancient secrets become unearthed.
Laney’s been used her entire life, but her escape allows her to live for the first time. In a new town, with a new name, Laney, now Julie Miller finally gets to experience the life she never had before. She finds a job, meets friends, and even finds herself a boyfriend, but all of that could slip through her fingers if her pursuers catch up with her. And let’s face it, pursuers don’t give up that easily.

Lori Pescatore’s self-published novel is a thrilling mystery with a paranormal twist and romance that sizzles off the page. Julie, the main character, is kind and strong, with a personality that lures the reader (and everyone else) in. The mystery about who Julie’s running from is revealed little by little as she acclimates to a new town and a new life. Austin, Julie’s first friend and soon to be boyfriend, is funny and sweet. The young doctor that takes in interest in Julie, Eli Elsworth, is swoon-worthy and, much like Austin, beyond sweet.

Pescatore slowly unravels Julie’s story and her abilities, but keeps the edge on my throwing in plenty of surprises, not to mention the hotness factor goes off the chart at times. The characters are all well-written and unique. I found myself completely engrossed in the story, desperate to find out why Julie has these powers and just what is up with this doctor. The minor characters that appear do wonders for the story. Small, seemingly insignificant scenes/characters are more than they appear and I loved that.

It’s not often I read self-published books, but I am so happy that I read this one. Well-written, unique, and filled with interesting characters, Pescatore’s debut is astoundingly fresh. Though because of some of those steamy scenes, I'd say this one is probably for a slightly older crowd. Nothing is explicitly stated, but there's still some hot and heavy making out. My only complaint is that there are a few issues with tense (past to present) but not too much to really bother me. That, and the romance picks up very quickly, but that's pretty well explained.

Human Blend is a distinctly original paranormal mystery that will make you grip the edge of your seat one minute, laugh out loud the next, then make you fan yourself from all the sexy hot makeout sessions. Pescatore has captured both my attention and my heart with her story and her characters. The cliffhanger ending has me yearning for more of Julie’s story and I only hope that Pescatore is hard at work on it.

Opening line: She vowed to be more careful this time. ~ pg. 1

Favorite line: “Face it, Julie, your life screams ‘damsel in distress’,” Marcus commented back. ~ pg. 224
Well-deserving of a 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 
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9 comments:

Bere said...

Excellent review, Nikki! The cover gives it a scary/creepy factor. I have to admit that I had not heard of this one before now. It definitely sounds quite interesting and I will for sure be on the lookout. Your review has really made me want to read this one right now. Thanks so much, Nikki.=]

~The Book Pixie said...

I had never heard of this one but it sounds like a really great and exciting read. I'm definitely going to have to add this one on to my wishlist. Thanks for the great review! :D

~Briana

Melissa said...

I've never heard of this one, but it sounds super intriguing...loveeee the creepy feel of the cover, too! :) Great review!

Ammy Belle said...

Hm ... I have seen this cover around the blogosphere, and I love your take on it - I think I will have to pick it up.

Thanks!

Kulsuma said...

Your review was really great and I'd love to read the book. I really want to know what the title means and uncover the mystery of the book!

Jules@OneBookShy said...

Your review is the 2nd I've read today that was really positive. I hadn't heard of this book before and now I really want to read it! Thanks for the heads-up about it.

Jules
onebookshy at yahoo dot com

Vivien said...

I hadn't heard of this one until today. Thanks for a great review. I'll have to check this out.

Jenica said...

I recently discovered this book myself. The cover interested me and the summary hooked. Your review has now hyped me up to read this. Really looking forward to this.

Misha1989 said...

I was reading about this book on Goodreads yesterday. Your review makes it sound even more intriguing.

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