I’ve spent less time blogging this year and more time reading, trying to catch up on my reading. Being a YA & NA author I tend to read just that, but lately I’ve really been trying to branch out. Why is why I couldn’t pass up the chance to read a new urban fiction novel called The Blood Talisman from author Kim Culpepper. Here are the deets.
The Blood Talisman
Alex Jacobs gets bitten by a werewolf, and that’s only the beginning of his problems. When his wife is kidnapped and turned into someone he doesn’t recognize anymore, he not only struggles with letting her go but, also with saving her life.
Selene is a powerful witch that not only teaches Alex the ways of the wolf but, also teaches him about restraint and purpose. Her shy innocence quickly attracts him to her and he struggles with being torn between two women. Their feelings for each other are constantly put to the test as a battle for the blood talisman, the key to immortality, is fought for power to some and a way to live forever for others. It is quickly learned that immortality comes at a price to all of humanity.
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Let me start out that urban fantasy isn’t normally my cup of tea and I don’t claim to be an expert on it. With that said, I found The Blood Talisman to be an interesting and enjoyable read. I thought the concepts and the storyline were refreshing and I liked reading the whole vampire / werewolf story with a new twist.
I grew to really like the main character Alex and I really felt for him after everything he was going through. I think that Culpepper did a great job in setting up the readers to like him, making him a military hero and making him a frank and moral person. That said, I think she also did a great job setting Alex up to change immensely as a main character, while he battles internally and externally over things like faith, drive, bravery, love, devotion, etc.
I thought the plot, for the most part was well thought out and I thought the read was fast-paced and enjoyable.
I actually like the writing style of Kim. The unique was she describes and explains things really caught my attention and I found myself enjoying the book more, eager to read more.
With that said, I felt like the only way this book would have read better would have been more editing. It didn’t feel super polished to me. It wasn’t riddled with errors or anything but it felt like it could have been more fine-tuned.
Example: At one point the author writes, “making fun of Amalia’s response” whereas the word “teased” would have been just fine and would have felt more perfected. There are several adverbs that could have been removed to make it stronger. And the age old novice faux-pas like “began to” do something instead of just doing it didn’t escape me. At the end of the day though, I suppose it’s all a matter of writing style and personal preference.
Overall, I recommend The Blood Talisman for an interesting and fun read and I recommend it! Check it out!
About Kim Culpepper
Kim Culpepper is a horror lover! She is the author of The Blood Talisman, several short stories, and also runs Dark Child Create, a company the designs custom book covers. Her work has been published in Sanitarium Magazine, The Opening Line Literary Zine, and more.
Kim is a native of Colombus, Mississippi where she lives with her wonderful husband, two beautiful kids, and two mischievous cats. Most of her writing is based in the south because she enjoys writing characters with accents and the South has plenty of people to inspire that.
Kim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kculpepper1
Kim’s Blog: http://www.kjculpepper.net/
Kim on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7957042.Kim_Culpepper