Title: Blood Oath (Book 1 of Gabby Girls Adventure)
Author: T. L. Clarke
Publisher: One Wish Publishing
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Before I discovered that I was born into a secret society called the Eternals, blood-oath Warriors sworn to track and slay the dark and evil creatures that walk the shadows of the earth, the only major thing that I, I mean we–that’s me, Jessica, Rosalinda, and Zora–cared about was starting our freshman year at Vineswell Academy, the prestigious boarding school for girls.
But that was way before the blinders were cruelly ripped from our eyes and cold reality slapped us on the back of our heads with a chain of not-so-nice realities, like the fact that everything we knew about our mothers was all lies, essentially smoke and mirrors designed to hide their very secretive lives as Circles, women Warriors inside the very deadly world of the Eternal Warriors.
Again, I really like Gabi. She was acting like one would expect in a situation where you suddenly find that you are the key to the universe. Even though it was frustrating that she seemed to get mood swings – I’m going to save the world one second and then I’m too scared and ignorant to do anything the next. Still, I’ve never been in that situation, so maybe it’s not just her. Still, I like my heroines consistent, not wishy-washy.
One thing I didn’t like about the writing itself, and this might just be the ebook, was that the point of view kept on switching. It would be Gabi was telling the storyin the first person, and then all of a sudden it would change to third person omniscent point of view and then it would seem like Jessica’s point of view was being told from the third person. It was just annoying trying to figure it out. However, grammar distractions aside, I enjoyed the plot. It was entertaining, shocking, and downright suspenseful. I loved the mentor training with Veda, even though sometimes the dialogue was a little awkward. Still, the weird, mysterious appearance of an elemental was interesting, and I hope we see how that plays out in the next book.
The relationships in the book were a little rocky on the writing part of things, too. It just seemed a little childish, like the author was telling me something instead of showing me. That’s not to say that it was bad, it just was unusual and not what I’m used to reading. It was great to read Gabi’s frustrations, between Chaos and Justice and now Drago, and the whole Akasha thing going on, everything’s really mounting up on top of her, and nobody’s telling her anything. I liked her new friendship with Brooklyn. She makes a great new addition to the Gabby Girls Gang.
Basically, despite it’s flaws, I did enjoy the book. And the way it ended is totally killing me! I can’t wait until the third book comes out!