March 26, 2012

Review: Ties to the Blood Moon, by Robin P. Waldrop

Author: Robin P. Waldrop
Title: Ties to the Blood Moon
Series: -Untitled- (#1)
ISBN: 9781466054141
Publisher: Robin P. Waldrop (November 1st 2011)
Disclaimer: Copy received for review purposes.

Buy your copy: Kindle

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Genevieve is a teenage girl who moves in with her aunt in Alaska after the death of her mother. Soon after her arrival she learns the things she was raised to believe only existed in fairytales are in fact a big part of her history. When it gets to be too much she seeks refuge in the arms of her new boyfriend, William, only to find out he's not who she thought he was either.” GoodReads’ blurb

I know there’s going to be a big public out there who will love this title... Unfortunately, I’m not among them.

I’ve to say I was really very excited about reading Ties to the Blood Moon –as you might already know, I have this thing going on with books that address myths and folklore, and that’s exactly what this title promised.

Then, I got started... and instead of finding a unique take on Inuit shamanism and native traditions, I ran straight into Twilight. Complete with love triangle (same choice, by the way) and unexplainable insta-love case.

“Okay,” I thought. “Let’s keep reading. It’ll eventually diverge, and I’ll get to know the characters and such.”

I did read, but I couldn’t connect with the characters. It wasn’t that they were underdeveloped or anything, it was just that their actions bothered and frustrated me. Gen was impulsive and too childish. Her aunt had the worst case ever of skeleton in the closet with no apparent reason. William failed to make me feel much... And, worst, I felt like I’d already read the first part of the book.

The second improved in that it became action-packed, but it boasted the same amounts of common sense and maturity, and I thought it still was predictable.

In my humble opinion, Twilight fans will most likely enjoy this book. It’s just that I’m one of those people who get their hackles raised with that particular series, which hasn’t helped Ties to the Blood Moon case at all. Please, do take that into account if you decide to buy and read the title!  


  1. Gah. A while ago I counted the all books in my iTunes whose titles start with the word Blood. Just start, as I was too lazy to go through them all, and this was easy, alphabetically. There were 20-something! I realize that it's a very effective word, but I'm kind of sick of it.
    Also, the last thing I need is another Twilight rip-off.

    So sorry this didn't work out for you, Ron. Thanks for the heads up, my friend. :)

    1. And when the title doesn't include the word blood, rest assured: some marketing wizard will include it on some translation (The Broken Empire series, by Mark Lawrence, ended up being The Blood trilogy in Spanish... argh!)

      But, yes, the one thing that left me completely cold here was the Twilight thingy.

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Wonderful review as always! I have tried a few time to get through this one...It hasn't happened yet:(

    1. Thanks for the comment, Rebecca! I'm super glad you're having the same issues I did with this one - okay, that didn't come out right. I mean, I'm sorry you don't like it, but I hate disliking books, and I know I have a thing against Twilight, and I worried that it'd color my review in this case... and hearing that you don't enjoy it either reassures me that, no, it's not me, and no, I wasn't unfair :)

      So... yeah. Thanks! (And good luck if you still plan to read through!)