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November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) by Shannon A. Thompson

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
November Snow, Bad Bloods, Shannon A. Thompson, YA, Dystopian, Clean, book review
When Daniel and Serena unite, their accidental relationship becomes the catalyst for a twelve-year war to continue. Exposing the twisted past of a corrupt city, Daniel, Serena, and everyone they know will come together to fight. But Serena has another battle.

After a political rumor threatens their lives, Serena must leave her family and join the political front against her will. To survive apart, Daniel has to separate his love from his hatred and join forces with his worst memory to secure Vendona’s war. But very few of them will survive to see the last day. Bad blood or human, a city will burn, snow will fall, and all will be united by catastrophic secrets and irrevocable tragedy.
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Series: Bad Bloods

Review

The fate of all Bad Bloods in Vendona rests on the results of the upcoming election. In order for the Bad Bloods to survive the worse case scenario, the leaders of the flocks, Robert and Daniel, discover that they must fight a political war and unite while Serena plays her part by joining a family in the Highlands.

As the secret behind Robert's and Daniel's past is revealed to the flocks and the public, history threatens to repeat itself as a plot to eliminate the majority of Bad Bloods is carried out. This act will either fan the flames of hatred between Bad Bloods and "normal" humans, or it will unite them in the cause to allow Bad Bloods to live amongst humans again. Blood will be spilled and people will fall. The question is, who will live and who will survive to see a new day?

The plot thickens in this suspenseful and compelling installment of the Bad Bloods series as Serena and Daniel join the war on the political front. Will history repeat itself, or can the flocks unite under one banner to ensure their survival?

Prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster ride filled with political intrigue, heart-wrenching sacrifices, and shocking revelations about Daniel's and Robert's pasts!

There are times when I read a sequel and I find it a tad predictable; however, this sequel has some incredible and unpredictable twists and turns. For instance, after reading the first book in the series, November Rain, I thought that the antipathy between Robert and Daniel was caused by an ethical disagreement or some sort of Alpha male dynamic. I was wrong. Thompson reveals what happened between the two flock leaders in the past, and it is mind-blowing!

Thompson's timing in this book is impeccable. I was at the point where I felt like I knew most of the characters and was drawn to a few of them, then the war takes a turn for the worst and some of those characters were killed. Heart-wrenching for sure, but it takes quite a bit of talent to create characters that readers are drawn to and then to time the loss of the characters in such a way that compels readers to continue reading to see what the outcome is.

I found the political intrigue captivating, but not overly complex. It's a fine line to walk because an author must keep the target audience in mind while writing it. If it's too simple, it can come across as the author talking down to the target audience; too complex, and the book ends up boring the target audience. I thought Thompson did a fantastic job of keeping her target audience in mind. The political intrigue is complex, but it is explained in simple enough terms that her audience can relate to it.

You'd think with a war being waged that there would be a lot of gore, but Thompson manages to convey the sheer number of lives lost and the gravity of the situation while omitting the gore. Don't get me wrong... It's a clean book, but  Thompson demonstrates how "clean" doesn't always equate to rainbows, cute puppies, and happily-ever-afters by creating an urban novel that doesn't contain the explicit language and violence that the genre is known for.

November Snow is a must-have for a clean teen/YA library. If you enjoyed books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Mortal Instruments, I think you'll enjoy November Snow and the Bad Blood series.

About Shannon A. Thompson

Shannon Thompson, author
Shannon A. Thompson, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.

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November Rain on Smashwords  November Snow on Smashwords  July Thunder on Smashwords  July Lightning on Smashwords