October 15th, 2012

Blog Tour Review | Of Blood and Bone (The Minaldi Legacy, #1) by Courtney Cole

Of Blood and Bone (The Minaldi Legacy) by Courtney Cole

Lakehouse Press | September 14, 2012 | 226 pages

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My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 3

Characters: 4

Romance: 4

Overall: 23/30 76%

Title/Cover Bonus: 3

Overall

A predictable romantic mystery. Left me disappointed because I adored her amazing YA series.

Summary (Goodreads)

Luca Minaldi is powerful, rich and mesmerizing. But he is also a reclusive enigma. He lives in Malta, a fairytale-like place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets. And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best kept of them all.

Eva Talbot is spending the summer in Malta to finish up her doctoral dissertation. When she meets Luca, a mysterious and handsome shipping magnate, there is an instant attraction. He has a disturbing and beautiful energy that she has never felt before. But she senses the darkness that lives within him.

Eva is hired to care for his mother, a woman who suffers from dementia, but it is Luca who Eva will eventually risk everything to save. She desperately wants to reach inside of him and fix what is broken, while at the same time, she knows that she is falling for him. Her life becomes a swirling chaos of darkness and romance, of secrets and mystery. And the question that emerges will become the most important answer of all.

Can she save Luca from the darkness that plagues him without losing herself?

The answer is a matter of life or death.

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First Line

As I step from the ferry onto the pier, the first thing I notice about Malta is the smell in the air.

Most Memorable Scene

The night Luca stayed at Eva’s.

Plot

I found the plot of this to be totally and completely predictable. There was a moment or two in the beginning where I had no idea of what was going on but that was quickly replaced with  complete understanding to the point that I knew exactly what was happening and had a good idea of what was to come.

Setting

Malta was a pretty depressing place. Even though Eva kept saying how amazing it was I never really felt it was a beautiful place. It felt ugly, dangerous and completely uninviting. The best it had to offer was the beautiful place that Luca lived. However, Courtney did a good job at trying to make the place seem more than it was but it just didn’t work.

Writing

I am pretty sure Courtney wanted this to read like a mystery with romantic elements. While it did have those aspects, the mystery, to me anyway, was weird at first and then turned predictable.

Originality

To be completely honest I thought this was going to be an adult attempt at Twilight. There are quite a few similarities that I was totally expecting Luca to be a vampire. Or at least something paranormal. It reads like a paranormal and I can say I was slightly disappointed it wasn’t and yet refreshing too that it didn’t have that paranormal aspect.

The narration does switch point of view from Eva to Luca and The Beast at times too. I liked that.

Characters

Oh boy. I am not sure what to say about the characters. I think I liked Eva okay and I feel like I barely got to know Luca. I loved the secondary characters Marianne and Adrian. Luca’s mother was pretty cool too.

Romance

Okay, so I said this reminded me a lot of Twilight and I will probably say that about any book that has a male character who says you shouldn’t be near me because I am oh so dangerous! Luca does this several times almost exactly how Edward had tried to deter Bella off. While I found the similarities to Twilight funny and only slightly annoying, I liked the attraction between Luca and Bella.

Title/Cover Bonus

I didn’t love the title until after I read the book. The cover is a whole other beast! If I am correct the above cover is the third cover to be released. I can say it is much better than the second but I really liked the first cover.

 

Ending

Ugh, the ending of this just…wasn’t! I know it’s supposed to be a series so I understand the need to keep the reader guessing and wanting to come back for more but I can say I won’t. While I liked Eva and Luca okay and liked Adrian’s character too, I just didn’t like how everything came together.

Series

This was book one of a series. No information on the next book is available yet. I do not plan to continue this series.

Connect with Courtney Cole

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.
She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds.
Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.


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