Saturday 1 August 2009

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Review: The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod

The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeodThe Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod - Genny Taylor is a sidhe fae living in London - a London full of paranormal creatures the humans all know about. Vampires are no longer feared and some even have celebrity status thanks to a successful PR campaign, but Genny knows not to trust them.

She works for, a company run by witches, that sorts out magical problems by finding and 'cracking' spells. But when a well-known vampire is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, his human father comes to Genny for help prooving his innocence, and Genny is forced into checking it out by a previously made magical bargain. Things get stranger when other powerful vampires take an interest in the murder and Genny's findings. With the attention of the vampires, Genny knows things are going to get dangerous.

I loved this book! It was so awesome! I loved the mythology used for all the different paranormals; fae, vampires, goblins, trolls witches, faelings, brownies, etc. But what I loved most was reading an urban fantasy that takes place in my home town. I have wrongly been of the impression that urban fantasy couldn't be set in the UK; Britain is far too British to be a good urban fantasy set here. The Sweet Scent of Blood proved me wrong! It is fantastic to have this exciting plot, and actually being able to picture the places where things are happening because I've been there!

Speaking of the plot, it was awesome! There was suspence and mystery throughout the novel, and you're kept guessing right until the end, not knowing who did what in regards to the dead girl and why, and taken completely by surprise when Genny finds out.

There are various characters in the book that I love; Agatha the brownie is just adorable and I love her accent, Finn the Satyr is so sexy it's hard not to have a literary crush on him, Katie, a human girl, us so excitable and such a teenager, it's funny, and Hugh the troll is just the lovliest person ever! Then there's Malic, a vampire who is hot and scary and mysterious, you're never really sure what to think of him. Genny herself is pretty cool; very strong, brave and smart, with such a cool sense of humour. She bugged me sometimes with her constant "so not what I wanted to hear" thoughts, and similar, but you can forgive her them for how awesome the book is. The possibility of a future love triangle is hinted at, which I just love! Though I think I know who I'd prefer Genny to go for.

I can't recommend this book enough; it's so exciting, suspenceful and just generally wow! I can't wait to get my hands on the second novel in the series, The Cold Kiss of Death. Read this book now!

Published: 2008
Publisher: Gollancz
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