Friday, 23 December 2016

Book Review: Twisted Bloodlines by Linda Jackson

Megan has never had what most would call a normal life. Her childhood and teen years were spent on the run with her family, hiding from a horror so great it defines their world. Friends and homes are traded at a moment’s notice to escape from their worst nightmares.

Years pass, and her mother settles down with her new step-father, a kind man who does his best to protect them. Life lulls into a safe pace, and Megan finally feels as though she has control of her future for the first time in her life. But that peace is shattered with the arrival of a new family member, one that bears a striking resemblance to a savior of her past…

Confused by her deep emotional connection to him, things unravel fast. She learns that the people she lives with, even her own family, are not what they seem. Her only friend who helped her piece her life back together changes overnight, and she is left dealing with the fallout on her own…

As events unfold, Megan finds herself face to face with the horror that has haunted her since childhood. But will she be able to escape from her twisted bloodline?

My Review: 
Megan has been abused and terrorised by her father and her family are running away from him again, helped by some people who know her mother, hoping to finally get some peace. But the past is about to catch up with them.

If you hate an MC who is a whiny, hot boy obsessed, childish idiot, then I'd suggest giving this one a miss. I get that Megan has had a terrible ordeal at the hands of her psycho father but the way she takes it out on everyone who risked themselves to save her drives me crazy. She bitches at her brother all the time purely because he looks like their dad. She whines about how her mother is constantly moving them to new houses (to get away from HIM you idiot) causing her upheaval and never having the chance to settle anywhere. And in the middle of her trauma this first night at her new home, she manages to lust after three different men in about the space of 30 minutes. Oh yes THAT is really likely!!!

She goes into the house for the first time and Peter walks in. SWOONS! Then she instantly gets mad because her mother knows the hot guy and she starts sulking. Instantly, she starts bitching about her mother having terrible taste in men. WTF is wrong with this brat? She goes upstairs to pick a bedroom, looks out the window and sees Trey next door. SWOONS! After Trey leaves she thinks about the guy on the motorbike who escorted them here. SWOONS! Oh come on author, this is instaluv gone crazy! She's supposed to be in trauma!

I hate Trey. He invites himself in, quizzes her, tries to force her to go outside when she doesn't want to, upsets her and is thrown out, but just wanders back in the next day and plants himself half naked in her bedroom as if he owns the place. Is this an American thing? Where I live, you wait until invited and you don't come back in after being thrown out unless you are asked to. This guy is a rude cretin and upsets her a second time in 24 hours. I would ban him from coming near the house.

Her family isn't much better. I understand Megan throwing a tantrum when nobody will answer a straightforward question like 'Who is Peter?' How is she to trust the guy to look after her if she knows nothing about him? Not that is stopped her fancying him until she thought he might be her mother's ex or something.

So, I wasn't greatly caring about what happened next as I think all the characters are dreadful! A few chapters of Megan's angst and tantrums was more than enough for me!
Read November 2016.
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  1. Think I'll be skipping this one. Certainly can't do whiny right now.

    1. Whiny females really are a pet hate of mine!

  2. Oh am sad you didn't enjoy the book. It's never nice to be disappointed by a book...Megan sounds like a very immature character so does her family..sheesh..I wish authors will understand that we want well rounded three dimensional characters!and honestly so many guys in the span of one book and that too done unrealistically..i can understand your pain...

    1. Books with whiny teenagers like this are one of the reasons I've been turned off YA dystopia and paranormal which I used to read a lot of. But it's one more off the tbr so I'm looking on the bright side plus it was free so I haven't lost anything!