Blood Song by Cat Adams

Blood Song by Cat Adams
* I received a copy of this book from Tor Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

 Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a Prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.

Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an Abomination–something that should not exist–and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends–a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop–Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation…before it’s too late.

 Blood Song is the first book in a new series by Cathy Clamp and CT Adams.  We are immersed in a world of supernatural that contains “bats,” werewolves, clairvoyants, and telepaths just to name a few.  It’s set in California and is centered around Celia Graves. 

Celia is a bodyguard for the rich and famous.  She has a degree in paranormal studies but she thinks she’s just a plain vanilla human.  She is armed with holy water, bespelled knives, special made clothing, and guns when she heads out to do a job.  Her latest job is to guard Prince Rezza along with a handful of other bodyguards while he is visiting California.  She feels uneasy about the whole job from the beginning and is justified when they are ambushed outside a club.

Celia wakes up in the lab at the University to find out that she was attacked by a vampire and is now an Abomination, part human and part vampire.  Throughout the book she is struggling to learn her limitations, dealing with her mother issues while trying to find out who wants her dead.

There are several attempts on her life and she is determined to live.  With the help of her friends and ex-boyfriend Bruno, she uncovers a political struggle for Rusland.  The King visits Celia and asks for her help to determine which son is involved. 

Celia may be tough with a take charge attitude but she had a rough road to get there.  She has very serious mother issues that she is having trouble getting past.  Her mother was really never there for them when she was a child and she had to depended on herself and her grandmother to take care of her.  She finds out from her grandmother that she is part siren and is shocked to the core.  Now not only is she dealing with being an Abomination but add her siren blood to the mix and she’s even more confused. 

There are a lot of interesting characters introduced that add a lot to the story.  Kevin is her best-friend and he is a werewolf, her ex-boyfriend is a mage and her best friend is a clairvoyant.  The relationships between Celia and her friends are complex and interesting.  They help add depth to the story and make you want to keep reading to see what is going to happen next.

The story itself is very interesting.  It’s a different twist on the normal paranormal world and includes mystery, intrigue and political espionage.  It’s very fast paced but stays on focus even though there are several things going on concurrently.  It is very different from the Sazi series that CT Adams and Cathy Clamp also write but no less enjoyable.

I really liked this Urban Fantasy story and can’t wait to read Siren Song the second book in the series.  I give this book 3 1/2 flaming hearts.   

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