Book Review: Blood Kiss

Blood Kiss by Karen Tjebben


Alisha Woods knew she was in trouble. The situation was progressing. The harmless flirtation had long past intriguing and now bordered on terrifying. She had to take action, go on the offensive against her stalker. As she opened the door of Young Guns, she promised herself that she’d be ready when he came for her. She would survive.
Mike Lewis lived each day knowing that life could evaporate in a moment. Ghosts followed him, haunting his soul. He craved redemption, a chance to right the wrongs of his past. And when Alisha walked in, he recognized his chance at redemption. He would save her.
After everything Mike had done to prepare her, she thought she was ready. But as the blood spilled from her lips, Alisha’s mind raced for what she could have done differently…
She should have listened to Mike.


I love a good suspense novel! Blood Kiss starts out with the main character(Alisha) buying a gun. She’s done her homework and knows what she wants. I think starting with this scene helps the reader determine just how much trouble Alisha is in. I really like how the author changes points of views. It gives the reader a level of suspense. The romance between Mike and Alisha is a little cute, a little steamy.  I couldn’t stop turning the page. Overall I would rate this book five stars!



Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her new career in writing. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.

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Genesis Girl Book Review

What is the Genesis Girl? Jennifer Bardsley has created an amazing story about Vestals, Viruses, and living life separated by technology.Genesis Girl Cover

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint has made her extremely valuable and upon graduation Blanca, and those like her, are sold to the highest bidders. Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal’s are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
For me, it can take a few days to a couple months to read a book. It depends on how captivated I am with the story and the characters. Genesis Girl threw me for a loop with the very first sentence. It wasn’t my favorite way to start the book, but I kept reading and boy am I glad I did. This book only took me two days to read. I was floored by the plot, characters, and writing. Jennifer Bardsley is a phenomenal writer.
What was my favorite part of this book? I’d have to say the creation of technology and how Jennifer made it seem so real. These days, people are always on their phones, always blogging, never getting a break from computer screens. In Genesis Girl, there are the Vestals. They are pure, free from technology and innocent from the corruptions of the world. I love the main character, Blanca, and her arc through the entire book.
Would I recommend this book to others? YES! Over and over and over again. I suggest everyone get their copy when it’s released. You will be amazed by Genesis Girl, just like I was. Teens and adults of all ages would have fun reading this spectacular book. I give this book five stars!

5starsJennifer Bardsley is the author of GENESIS GIRL, which debuts September 27, 2016 from Jennifer Bardsley-genesis girlMonth9Books. She also writes the column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily Herald and blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary Agency LLC.


I have reviewed this book for the Chapter-by-Chapter Blog Tour happening June 13-24. You can find the tour schedule here to check out other reviews.


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I hope you have enjoyed my review and you can pre-order Genesis Girl on Amazon.