Bloodfire by Helen Harper | Book Review

May 14, 2014 Reviews 8

Bloodfire by Helen Harper | Book ReviewBloodfire by Helen Harper
Series: Blood Destiny #1
Published by Independent on December 27, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 246
Format: eBook

Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

With a terrible temper to match her fiery red hair, Mack is extraordinarily useful in a fight, and when her pack alpha is brutally and abruptly murdered, she swears vengeance. Unfortunately, his murder also draws in the Brethren - the leaders of the shapeshifter world - who will slaughter everyone in Mack's small rural pack if they discover her true identity. Unfortunately Corrigan, the green-eyed muscle-bound Lord Alpha of the Brethren, doesn't let much slip by him...

My Initial Reaction…

I am very happy that Jessica @ Rabid Reads stumbled upon this little gem and that I let her review convince be to pick up Bloodfire (BTW – are you noticing a trend? So far, Jessica has not steered me wrong!). I love the characters and I’m really excited to see where the series will go.

The Characters…

Mack is exactly the kind of female heroine I like – strong, snarky with a healthy temper that lands her bunches of trouble. Mack was raised by a pack of shifters (of all kinds from werewolves to were gerbils – a point I most definitely laughed at BTW), though she isn’t one. Which is breaking a cardinal rule for shifters — humans are not to know of their existence at risk of death. Her family of shifters are under a geis not to tell, but even without it they would almost all keep her secret, because she’s part of the family – human or not. And she’s part of the family, in part, because she does her part to keep them safe. She’s tough and a stronger fighter than a good number of them. And when her temper gets going her blood literally boils, giving her added strength. Oh and they alpha can talk to her psychically, just like the rest the pack. Are you thinking that doesn’t quite sound human? Yeah – so was I. But not Mack and not any of her pack. Thankfully I was prepared for this bit of ridiculousness from Jessica’s review, so I’ll just tell you that while I wholeheartedly join her in that eye-roll, it doesn’t take away from my love of this book much.

I also loved most of the pack – though I seriously wish I’d gotten to know some of them better. Their genuine love of Mack – up to a willingness to risk their lives for her – quickly endeared me to them. But, while they are memorable as a collective, the individuals didn’t really stand out to me much. Her best friend – Tom – is the only one that really truly stands out to me and even he lacked serious development. And that’s because Mack and Corrigan, Lord Alpha of the Brethren (the group that rules the shifters and will kill all of them for keeping Mack secret), really dominated the story for me.

Corrigan was also exactly what I love in a love interest. First of all, this was most definitely not insta-love. It was pure, beautiful, antagonistic sexual tension of the best kind. He’s powerful and smart and really paying too much attention to Mack – who’s trying to hide in plainsight – and, therefore, putting the pack in increasing danger. He knows how to push every one of her buttons. You want to dislike him because he’s head of this awful organization (at least they seem awful, because they would kill Mack’s pack for hiding her) – and yet I couldn’t because he seemed to not only take his responsibility seriously, but to care for the pack. But he’s a problem for Mack, so instead of passion it’s the best kind of sexual tension. You could cut it with a knife 😀

The Story…

The story for Bloodfire all kicks off after the pack’s alpha is mysteriously and brutally murdered. This is devastating for the pack, obviously, but particularly for Mack who’s looked to him as a father figure. She’s determined to find the murderer and make him/her pay. But the snafu is that the Brethren is coming to oversee the change of Alpha and to investigate the murder. Which means a greater chance that they could discover Mack’s identity. The plan is for Mack to masquerade as an extremely weak member of the pack and keep a low profile. Now does that really sound like it would work, based on how I described Mack? Yeah, exactly – that’s so not the kind of person Mack is.

She really does try, though. I was actually surprised by how committed she was to keeping a low profile. Problem is, Corrigan suspects too much and bit by bit her true colors are starting to show. And some members of the pack don’t want her around and are using this moment of interference to attack her weaknesses. So will she manage to solve the mystery and avenge her alpha’s death, while also protecting her pack by keeping her true identity a secret? That question kept me on the edge until I plowed through Bloodfire in just two sittings.

Concluding Sentiments…

The world is well written, the action keeps coming, and there were only a few eye rolling moments. A definite for fans of Urban Fantasy!

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About Helen Harper

Helen Harper is an English teacher currently living abroad in Malaysia. As a long time reader of urban fantasy, she finally bit the bullet and began to develop her own series of novels.

Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland. “I always loved the escapism provided by those genres,” states Helen. “No matter how bad life gets, you can always find a route out, even if only temporarily, in the pages of a good book.”

The growth of urban fantasy fascinated her – the mix of reality and fantasy along with strong heroic female characters appealed from the very beginning, and inspired her to write her own.


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8 Responses to “Bloodfire by Helen Harper | Book Review”

  1. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    “It was pure, beautiful, antagonistic sexual tension of the best kind.”<—–YES.

    I'm SO glad you liked this, Berls! It was exactly what I needed when I stumbled across it, and IMO the series only got better. You remember how Mack got trapped in that fairy circle? Book 2 = hello, sexy fae 😉 Wonderful review!
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