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The Blood Line by Sam J | Bella's Review

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The Blood Line by Sam J.
Published on May 31, 2017 
Standalone or Series: Series
Page length: 421

Reviewer: Bella
Crown rating: Liked It! 4 crowns!
How long did it take to finish? 6 days

“When tragedy hits too close to home, it will take a test of faith and character to rivet each of the Noble sisters back together again. In the midst of a murder investigation, family secrets begin to unravel, infidelities unveil, relationships blossom and betrayal looms in a web of connected ties that will determine the fate of their familial circle forever…”
Sheri is finally in control and calling the shots in her career, family, and love life. Everything has seemingly come full circle, but with much power and success, hate and envy can only be expected…Will Sheri’s shady ways help her to triumph over her rivals or lead to her ultimate demise?

On the surface, Anuhea has the ‘perfect’ life - she’s the bride-to-be of one of the most influential men of the century, a proud mother, and successful in her own right, but it’s nothing more than a deceptive image she has struggled to uphold for years. No one knows the hell she endures behind closed doors and a trip down the aisle is the only thing she thinks she has left to hold on to until a steamy affair enthralls her into an emotional whirlwind and a mysterious phone call changes the course of her life forever.

Always the odd sister out, Shaun's decision to cut off contact with her family is seemingly the best decision she's ever made until a heart-wrenching encounter leads her to investigate whether her worse nightmare has been her reality all along. Troubled by past emotional wounds and a damaged reputation, Shaun remains haunted by the knife in her back - all the while stabbing her enemies in the front.

Cass spent half of her adulthood being the glue that kept her family from falling apart, raising her daughter in a way that would lead her down a different path, and playing the role of the family counsel. But what happens when you’re blind-sided by a string of events that are beyond your control? At the peak of a climactic breaking point, Cass is faced with the most trying decision she’s ever had to make.

All Bebe and Dottie have left now are each other, polar opposites in every way imagined, one promiscuous and the other ambitious with everything to lose. The secrets they vow to take with them to the grave turn out to be only the calm before the storm…

The Blood Line.

What I liked:
First and foremost, I want to congratulate Sam J on her debut novel. It was a very well written novel. She's very descriptive and does a very good job at vividly describing the scenes so you can feel like you're there. At times, I admit, I thought it was a bit much but I must give credit where it is due and as a writer, I found her attention to detail admirable.

I think she did a very good job at character development between the sisters. Each one had their own personality and it could be seen through the pages.

These Noble sisters definitely have their share of secrets and drama and as it started to unfold I was here for it! I definitely went through different emotions as I read the book. I loved how realistic the book and storyline was and how the twists and turns kept me wanting more.

What I did not like:
This book had its good parts and bad parts for me. First of all, there were so many characters and I found it hard for a good amount of time recalling who was who and their relationship to who. There are 7 sisters and right now I can only name 6 but I know there are 7! Then on top of those characters we also follow the lives of some of the characters husbands and children and some other side characters such as boyfriends and ‘friends (used loosely)’. So it is A LOT you have to keep up with. The book is told in third person and in each chapter you can enter into the heads of many of them so for me it was a lot of head hopping which I didn’t like.

Another issue for me was that it started off slow. The first few days of reading this book was a struggle as I began to get a bit bored. I found myself just skimming the paragraphs at one point because I just wanted to finish it. I think had I not been doing a review, I may have stopped reading around the 25% mark because I just wasn't feeling the book. But then it happened. Somewhere along the 50% mark I got pulled in and I was like FINALLY.

I also didn't like that there were so many flashbacks that I felt may have been unnecessary at times.

Also I had mixed feelings about the mentioning of the will reading so early in the book because most of the book I was like 'so when is this happening?!'. It was mentioned so early on that originally I thought it was going to be like the catalyst that gets the plot going. *mini spoiler alert* Basically I thought the sisters were going to all come together much earlier in the book and was waiting for that moment.  But it wasn't a huge issue - just thought I'd mention it.

Would I recommend this? Read it again? Read the next book in the series? 

Yes, I would recommend this book to those looking for a family drama book however it may not be the first thing that comes to mind or wouldn’t be something I recommend right away. That being said, because things are now getting extra juicy, I definitely plan to read the next book in hopes that it keeps the momentum that has been built going.


4 (Maybbeeeee 4.5) crowns. 3 stars. I actually had a tough time with this. Before the 50% mark, in my head, I had gone down to possibly a 2 crown rating. As I mentioned before, I was a little bored in the first half of the book. But after the 50% mark things began to pick up for me and I became interested again.


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