Blood Oath by Samantha Coville

They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and even though some of the Sirens under Lord Christopher’s rule are just plain mean, a lot of them have good intentions that just go awry.

Christopher’s daughter, Raya, is a Halfling, or half human and half Siren. After no contact for several years, Raya is sent to Siren headquarters on her seventeenth birthday to spend the last year of her childhood with her dad. The problem is, she doesn’t want to go. She isn’t a fan of Sirens, and most Sirens don’t like Halflings. It gets worse for Christopher because he swore a Blood Oath to protect his only daughter, unbeknownst to Raya. Breaking a Blood Oath means fatal consequences, so he must do everything he can to keep her safe. Meanwhile, Raya joins a rebellion plotting to dethrone Christopher because of unjust laws. But it isn’t long before she realizes it isn’t going to be a peaceful rebellion.

For the most part, I liked this book. It kept me engaged almost all of the time, the romance between Raya and Drew was very sweet, and Raya’s friend, Kat, is really. But some parts of the book irritated me. Why would Raya even join the rebellion to begin with? She should have figured out that it wasn’t up to any good by looking at the other people in the group. I mean, she didn’t consider any of them particularly smart or friendly, with the exception of Tiana. She joined supposedly for Halfling’s rights, but did she really think they were going to lift the ban on Halflings in Headquarters when most of the people in the group hated her for being a Halfling? Also, considering the traumatic childhood even caused by Christopher’s carelessness, he should have figured out that his daughter would be less than thrill going to live with him for a year. Not to mention it was sprung on her seventeenth birthday, about fifteen minutes before she had to be in the car and ready to go. And I know he was trying to protect Raya by forbidding everyone from telling her about the Secret of the Halflings, but again with the road to Hell being paved with good intentions. It was asking for trouble. But aside from that, I thought it was a good book. The characters are well-developed and their interactions with each other are realistic and often funny. This would be a good book for just about any teenaged girl, especially those who like vampires and ghost stories.

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