Book Review: Blood In The Paint by Jordanna East

At the end of last week I received an Advanced Review Copy of Blood In The Paint by Jordanna East.

The story centres around three characters, Dr. Gillian Atford, who is a successful psychologist who has had a few issues in her past. Lyla Kyle, an artist who moonlights as a punisher of men who cheat on their wives and Jason Brighthouse, a police officer who is desperate to become a detective just like his late father.

All three of them have traumatic pasts and all three of them find that their lives spiral together by their actions.

 

I’ve been waiting for this novel since I read it’s prequel, Blood In The Past (https://petergermany.com/2013/07/24/book-review-blood-in-the-past-by-jordanna-east/)

Now you don’t have to read the prequel novella before reading Blood In The Paint but I would recommend it, As I read Blood In The Paint I did have some moments when I said ‘Oh Sh*T!’ because I recognised something from the prequel.

Blood In The Paint is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I knocked this novel out in five days or so, I would have read it quicker but I’m a slow reader and I needed sleep. As I read through the pages I was getting more and more sucked into it, each page demanded that I turn it and when I got to the end of a chapter I couldn’t scroll the screen down quick enough to continue with the story.

The characters have a strong depth to them which is clear from the start of the novel but as you progress through it that depth is revelled and fleshed out even more. Jordanna East is not afraid to push her characters and she was able to pull me into it to the point where, despite my manliness (LMAO!), I got chocked up near the end of the novel. It takes a lot to get that sort of reaction out of me when I’m reading a book so that did impress me.

The whole book did that though, impress me. The  characters were good, as I’ve said. the storyline was very interesting and fascinated me the more that I read of it. The detail that was included did not feel like it was being rammed down my throat or was out of my ability to comprehend it. It was written in a way that made it very easy to understand.

I liked the fact there’s no fat in it at all. Sometimes a novel will have a lot of fluff to pad them out but this one didn’t, I can’t recall any parts where I was bored by or found the content useless.

In full disclosure I will say that I’ve gotten to know Jordanna a little through blogging and social media, but I don’t want anyone thinking that I’m not giving an honest review here. I’m not someone who will just say its great for the sake of it, because if it isn’t then I look stupid. So when I say that this is an incredible good novel, it is, in my opinion, an incredible good novel. In my review for Blood In The Past I said that it was better written then some bestsellers that I have read, and I found Blood In The Paint to match the quality of it prequel novella. Jordanna East is a very talented writer and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

 

Blood In The Paint is available from Monday the 31st of March 2014 and despite having already read it, I will be buying myself a copy come Monday.

Her prequel novella, Blood In The Past, is already available for purchase, here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Past-Prelude-Novella-Series/dp/0989581012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395867990&sr=8-1&keywords=jordanna+east

And Jordanna’s website is: http://jordannaeast.com/

Please feel free to pop over and say Hi and please check out her fiction, because it is really good 🙂

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The Reading List

Although I am not setting myself targets or making any grand plans for this year one thing I am aiming a little more attention to is reading. I felt last year I didn’t make enough time to read and this is something that I need to change. one piece of advice that I’ve heard successful writers give is that to write we need to read.

I have just finished Shadows of the Realm by Dionne Lister and I have just started Embedded by Dan Abnett. Shadows of the Realm has been on my Kindle App for a couple of months and I really enjoyed it. I’ll admit that I was not sure how I would do with it as I’m not a huge fan of fantasy but if I’m honest I’ve never really tried to read a fantasy novel. I’m glad I did read Shadows of the Realm as it is not only very well written but it is also one of those stories that gets more and ore addictive as you read it. After I finished it I went straight over to Amazon and downloaded the second book in the series. I’m holding off reading it though until the third is out and I’ll read them back-to-back when the time comes.

Tracie got me Embedded for Christmas but it’s been one that I’ve wanted to read for some time. I’m only thirty or so pages into it but already I’m at the point of eagerly turning the pages to see what happens.

This year there are a lot of books I want to read. Scott Sigler has Pandemic and The Champion out, as well as a number of novellas and short stories in various anthologies. Christopher Stocking has The Rotten Apple out and Jordanna East has Blood in the Paint out soon as well. Justin Macumber will also hopefully be releasing a couple more novels this year.

Then there are the novels on my iPad and book shelve I want to read this year. Doing a quick count I can see twenty three on my shelf and twenty eight on my Kindle App. Damn that’s a lot of books, and I know I’ll buy more during the year. Of course I’m not expecting to read all of these this year, my Goodreads goal is thirty five books. That is the same as last year but I didn’t hit it… hopefully I will this year.

Here are the website links to the authors I mentioned:

http://danabnett.com/

http://scottsigler.com/

http://jordannaeast.com/

http://dionnelisterwriter.com/

http://mentalsweatshop.wordpress.com/