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Bloodlines by Andrea Speed


Bloodlines by Andrea Speed

Series: Infected, Book 2
Published by:
 Dreamspinner Press on December 16, 2010
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Roan McKichan was born infected–it’s what he’s always known. But in a world where the virus turns people into werecats, the noninfected don’t really care how you got it. An ex-cop, Roan works now as a private investigator with a reputation for taking cases many others might not. Despite being newly married, Roan is not one to slow down, and the case he’s just pulled is one that is going to pull him down to some of the lowest depths of society while rubbing elbows with some of the most well-known elites in the city. With Roan’s line of work, he knows everyone meets their end at some point–even though many of us are often unwilling to face what that means until it’s too late.

I know this series is not “new” per se (hey, it’s new to me), but there’s a freshness to it that I found to resonate with me as a reader. The entire cast of characters really reflect a humanity that I think would appear (and be needed) in a world like this. And there are some strong parallels to some things we have seen throughout our own history reflected back in this story of an alternate future. As much as he would probably refuse to admit it, Roan is also developing as a character, and I am very interested in seeing where he goes next.

Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed

8393603Title: Infected: Prey (Infected, Book 1)
Author: Andrea Speed
Published: June 24, 2010
Pages: 376
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (re-released by DSP Publications)
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Roan McKichan is an ex-cop turned private detective who is infected. Infected with a virus that essentially makes him a werecat. And, of course, society is wary of the infected and they’re actively discriminated against in many circles. But when a series of murders occurs that appears to be a spree committed by the same cat, Roan–and his partner, Paris–find themselves caught up in the investigation. And truth of it is something that will change their view on what it means to be infected completely.

Which then leads into part two of this story in which Roan and Paris investigate a series of murders of infected people that appears to be connected to the Church of the Divine Transportation, a cult that worships the infected.

I really wanted to love this book. I feel like the concept is something with a great deal of potential. The problem I found is that it drags quite a bit, especially in the first half. There are some twists to keep a reader interested, and that keeps it engaging enough to be worth a read.