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Boston’s diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice. The killer—dubbed the South End Reaper—uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there’s no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining theBoston’s diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice. The killer—dubbed the South End Reaper—uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there’s no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining the already-tense relations between Boston’s human and inhuman residents.As the bodies pile up, Vicky, her formidable aunt Mab, and her werewolf boyfriend Kane investigate, only to find that the creature behind the carnage is after something much more than blood…Publishers Weekly says, “Fans of Holzner’s other Deadtown novels will enjoy this solid yarn.”...

Title : Bloodstone
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ISBN : 9780441021000
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Number of Pages : 323 Pages
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Bloodstone Reviews

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-02-07 14:41

    The third book in the Deadtown series doesn't disappoint. While it doesn't wow me as much as the first, it's a little stronger than the second, and keeps me anxious to continue the series.Vicky's back home and getting involved with her roommate Juliette's disappearance, facing creatures that are as eerie as some of the demons she's used to battling. It ties in with the second stories arch, bringing in returning villains and introducing new ones. I do hope Pryce's storyline gets resolved soon, though, as he's not my favorite as a potential big-bad. We do finally get to say goodbye to another villain's story that just felt done.On a personal note, there is no longer a weak love triangle, it's full force back to the man I figured she fit with better anyway. Mab returns as an assistant to her niece's struggles, and she was better than in the second novel, where she just said "child" too much for my tastes. Her bonding with the barkeep and Juliette was awesome as well. She's a powerful ally who has a lot of secrets waiting to be uncovered.As for the sister, Gwen, I just can't hop on the ship of liking her much yet. She kind of irritates me, but the ending shows promise of redemption for her character. Vicky is an excellent heroine protagonist - she's tough but not obnoxious. She doesn't have a chip on her shoulder, she has a sense of humor, but she still takes her job, friends, and life seriously.In this world, society knows the monsters exist and they are fighting them through political struggles. The non-hidden but still secluded world is interesting as it's filled with different sorts of shapeshifters, cold vampires, zombies that have been created by a virus but retained their previous personality, and all sorts of demons and monsters that infect dreams. Vicky's powers are clever and original - I like the limitation of three time monthly change.Overall the subplot could have been a little more interesting this time, but I'm happy with some of the conclusions and continuing with the series. The world is well written and complex, making an exciting and dark Urban Fantasy.

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-02-13 11:29

    My start with Nancy Holzner's Deadtown series was a bit rocky. I loved the world, I loved the main character, I loved her love life... but I couldn't stand her ever present sidekick, Tina. After Abigail's review of HELLFORGED (which mentioned that it was light on my favorite part of the series, Deadtown itself), I skipped straight to book three. BLOODSTONE was worth wait, with all of the elements I enjoyed in book one and much less Tina fatigue. While someone could plausibly start the series BLOODSTONE, they would miss out on those first awesome introductions to life in Deadtown. I am fascinated with the world Holzner has created, where victims of the zombie virus and other “more than human” beings live under check points and restrictions that ordinary Americans couldn't imagine. Out of sight, out of mind, and outside of Deadtown ordinary citizens span the spectrum from ignorance and bigotry to fascination with their otherworldly neighbors. Despite having little of zombie poster-girl Tina in the picture, I felt like BLOODSTONE did the best job yet portraying the realities of living in this world. Simple moments with zombie neighbors, the realities of life with checkpoints, and once again, parents contemplating forced relocation to Deadtown or losing their preternatural child all had me imagining my life within these strictures, or worse yet, to wonder if I would be living outside the walls, oblivious. Exploring the realities of Deadtown definitely stole the show for me in this book. The serial killer and demi-demon plot wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t interesting enough to compete with the world in general. While I have no urge to go back to book two and fill in the blanks, and no particular urge to read future books just to resolve the rest of the plot, I will be keeping my eyes open for more books by Holzner. She has an eye for daily details that add wonderful depth to her world, and preternatural elements aside, I can’t resist the scarily plausible political realities of Deadtown. Sexual Content: Kissing, references to sex and attempted rape.

  • Suz
    2019-02-13 09:27

    This is really good and consistent series. The world is engaging even if the zombies are a bit fluffy and funny. I'm still pleased that the triangle trope that was developing in the early books was resolved in the last book and remained so into this book, with the romantic relationship continuing to blossom and strengthen without it being too much of a focus of the story.In the last book I said that the long arc was resolved with the destruction of a nemesis and a new bad guy was set up. I was wrong. This long arc was a continuation of the previous arc although the focus of the arc shifted a bit. Props to the author for making the shift seamless and natural.There were several places in this book that I thought people explaining things to each other was a bit too reliant on the "tell instead of show" but what was conveyed in those spots was a significant amount of information that could have feasibly taken an entire book to "show" so although it did stick out a bit I have to say that over all it was a pretty good way to fill in what could have been huge gaps in story, and in the process it opened up some history that was interesting and fattened up some recurring characters, too.The ending was perfect. The story line has plenty of long arc room left to continue on, but the book arc closed in a tidy and satisfying way. I have no complaints with the ending at all. This was a good entry in the series.

  • Cathy
    2019-01-28 08:46

    Another very good story by Holtzner. What I liked best about this one was the mix of personal emotional issues with the action plot. There was a lot going in with Vicky's sister Gwen and her adorable niece, Maria, as Maria developed her shapeshifter abilities. There was also a lot with Vicky and Gwen's aunt Mab, both as part of the action and part of the family dynamics. Mab is just a fun and fascinating character, it was great to have her as a bigger part of the book and to learn new about her finally as well.I did think that the big story was a bit jumbled. Mixing up the evil Old Ones vampire Druids with the already existing villain half-demon Pryce, and his wizard half-demon father, who turned out to be yet another ridiculously famous historical figure, was a bit messy. Having Juliet (yes, THE Juliet) mixed up in it was even messier. Having Mab turn out to be who she is made sense considering the rest of all this, and was pretty much as I expected given the hints from previous books and during this one. But it's bothered me from the beginning that the author puts so many famous people in the books. Many authors try to live the fantasy of populating their books with historical figures, but it always feels awkward and unrealistic to me. What are the chances that so many famous people ended up in Boston dealing with Vicky? Maybe the villains considering her now-revealed family history, but Juliet as a roommate? It's silly. And it was kind if weird that Vicky only changed shape once in the book. She used her abilities in other ways, such as the "dream phone" but she didn't shapeshift until the end, and then only very briefly. I think the limitation of making her not able to use her human memory in animal form limits the use of the shapeshift ability as a storytelling technique. If she could remember who she was and use the animal form to her advantage it would be more useful. Anyway, none of that was critical, the story was exciting and fun. There was a lot of action, some good humor, and I even liked Kane better this time around. Tina wasn't in it much, and when she was she was not annoying - Mab set her straight, very fun! As I said, there were some great emotional dynamics, both with the family situations and even with one of the sort-of villains. The exploration of Deadtown and the issues that the paranormal community faces continues to be richly portrayed and parallels many of the issues any minority community faces, obviously taken to extremes here, but really saying things about prejudice and tolerance that are important and relevant. So, it's a fun and thoughtful book that urban fantasy fans should enjoy.

  • Jeff
    2019-01-18 11:27

    What can I say about Bloodstone, the third book in the Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner, except to say that its the best so far. Nancy Holzner is one of the best authors at creating characters that you love to read about and want to know more about. And not just the maincharacter herself, but her friends and and supporting family and others are all just as carefully thought out by Holzners knack for bringing her characters to life.If you have read her past two novels in the Deadtown series, from page one of Bloodstone, you feel like your visiting old friends again, and your happy to see them. The story continues on with a very small time frame inbetween book 2 and the lastest one. The continuity is spot on, making it seemless from book to book.Even though I enjoy a good amount of authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal genre, There are only a handful of them that can make their characters and storylines come to life in a way that makes you wish you were part of that story. Holzner is one of the best and right now at the top of her game. I hope to read more of Vicky and her friends.If you havent read the first "Deadtown" novel, do yourself a favor and put it at the top of your list. Its alot of fun.-Jeff GrenierDeadtownHellforged

  • Ami
    2019-02-12 06:42

    It's six weeks after the event in book #2. Vicky's vampire roommate Juliet Capulet (yes, THE Juliet Capulet) suddenly calls from The Goons' Squad HQ, saying that she has voluntarily looking for protective custody. She has been running from the Old Ones. It seems that Old Ones are gaining help from centuries old insanely evil wizard, Myrddin Wyllt, as they are trying to gain immortal life. But Myrddin has a side plan, he wants to revive his son, Pryce (who wants Vicky to bear his child in book #2) and he is determined to use Vicky's life force to do so.In book #3, I think I have become more familiar with Vicky Vaughn and other characters in Deadtown. I get into it very quick. I enjoy the development of the characters ... including the secondary ones, like Maria, Vicky's niece who seems to start developing her own shapeshifters powers, despite her mother's (Gwen) concerns. I love reading the "past" stories of Vicky's aunt, Mab, and what drives Mab and Gwen apart. In almost the whole book, Kane (Vicky's werewolf lawyer lover) stays in wolf form, after being forced into it by Myrddin's magic ... but I don't mind. It's actually kinda cute thinking a huge wolf watching TV :p.It's fast-pace action with still giving room for the story to expand. In the end, Pryce is on the loose, and I definitely will wait for the next book in the series.

  • Stacy
    2019-01-20 13:37

    reviewed by http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blo...Once again Vicky takes on the task of stopping a killer before she ends up dying herself.There is a lot of new things resolved, revealed and started. I love reading more about Deadtown the people in it and the things that they have to go through. Vicky and Kane's relationship has grown quite a bit. I was kind of sad with the ending of her "maybe" relationship with Daniel but seeing how much Kane and Vicky have grown together and the situations they go through together in BLOODSTONE I have definitely changed my mind. I actually kind of started to really dislike Daniel, he kinda turned into a jerk. LOVE Aunt Mab, I loved learning more about her and seeing her again. I cant wait to see what else she brings to future books. There wasn't as much action in BLOODSTONE as previous books but the situations were still pretty intense and heart pounding. I'm also interested to see how much more of a role Vicky's sister and her daughter will play in future books after everything that has changed in their lives. If you have not started the Deadtown series yet I would recommend starting at book one and if you have enjoyed the previous books you have to read BLOODSTONE.

  • Anna
    2019-01-19 06:44

    I reviewed the entire series for Bite Club and the review will be live on 10/11/11. Here's what I had to say about book 3:Bloodstone, the latest and in my opinion the greatest Deadtown novel, was turned loose in bookstores everywhere on September 27th. If you haven't started this series then you are missing out on one of the most original urban fantasy settings to date. Book 3 brings us more Mab, more with Gwen and Maria (Vicky's ex-shifting sister that hates Mab and her soon to be shifting niece), and more Kane (in wolf form too). And I haven't even mentioned The Old Ones, Myrddin, and Pryce! There is so much going on in this one and you really get a chance to see what kind of person Vicky has become in such a short amount of time. The action is fast paced and suspenseful, never a dull moment in Deadtown, but it was the mixing of professional and personal that made this book a step above the rest. I'd recommend this series for anyone that enjoys Jaye Wells, Devon Monk, Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison, all authors that excel at urban fantasy writing.

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-02-12 06:49

    Monsters are real, and the whole world knows. That doesn't mean monsters have equal civil rights, however. A series of gruesome murders put Vicky and the other paranormals of Boston under an enforced curfew, which is bad news, since Vicky is the only one who might be able to catch the killer.There's some development of the relationship between Vicky and her family--her sister gave up her shapeshifting powers in hope of leading a normal life, and is terrified that her daughter may develop the powers. Mab's origins are also revealed. But really, this book didn't have much urgency to it. Vicky continues to win fights using Mab's powers or random good luck. She's still completely out-matched by Pryce and the Morfan. And the fight scenes are actually getting less well written. I might continue with this series, because I like Vicky as a character, but I hope this Pryce storyline gets resolved soon.

  • Aimee
    2019-02-03 11:33

    I regret it took me almost a week to finish this book. I really enjoyed it, but it seemed I only had time to read it a few pages at a time. It was an enjoyable story and one I would have loved to have been able to sit down and read a majority of it in one sitting.I love the relationship between Vicky and Mab. It's evolving and changing, like real relationships do. They care about each other but they strive to learn more about each other than just the demon fighting stuff. They have come to mean more to each other more and more as they develop their relationship.I will admit, I had hoped to see the last of Pyrce in the last book, but no luck. I guess that makes him a good bad guy if I wish him gone. There was some twists in this I didn't see coming and even one death I might actually be a little sad over (you'll know it when you read it). Overall, I'm happy I got time to finish this and hopefully I'll have better luck with finding time to sit down and read the next book.

  • Reggie
    2019-01-17 07:32

    Another great installment of the series. That said, the amount of place and location names (streets, tram lines, etc) was really confusing and distracting for someone like me, who has no clue what Boston's geography is. I get that it was plot relevent, but still.Also trigger warnings for mild torture and suicide.

  • Jennifer(BTH Reviews)
    2019-01-27 13:31

    I read Bloodstone because I have been working my way through the series to get to the newest book, Firestorm.I know this is an old book, but on the off-chance you haven't read it, here's what I thought...The StoryBloodstone is a great addition to the Deadtown series.The PlotIn Bloodstone, Vicky has a lot on her plate again. The book begins with Vicky working again as a demon exterminator. Soon, she gets caught up in another investigation into murders. She also has to deal with the continued absence of her roommate (accused of murder), the Old Ones who want immortality at her expense, a crazy Druid and his son who also want to use Vicky for their purposes, and the emerging powers of her young niece, whose mother wishes she could be a normal human so she won't end up being stuck in Deadtown with the rest of the freaks. Meanwhile, the Humans First group uses the murders as fodder for their anti-paranormal claims, which lead to the Deadtown being locked down, despite no evidence that the murderer is a preternatural.My ThoughtsAlthough there is a ton of stuff going on in the book, I never got confused. Everything fit together well and helped me see different sides of Vicky.The story moved along very quickly. I couldn't put the book down.I suggest starting at the beginning if you haven't read any of the books yet. Nancy Holzner gives enough backstory for readers to jump into the series, but I loved the other books so much that I think they should be read first. The world in these books is very realistic and well-developed. To really know everything to know about Deadtown, the political and social climate of Boston, and Vicky's Cerddorian ancestry and mythology, you need to start at the beginning.The CharactersVickyVicky Vaughn is the star of the series. She's witty, tough, and dedicated to her family. I love her. She's not too snarky. And she can be hurt, which makes her a believable character. I like that her shapeshifting abilities are limited. It makes her more human and less likely to take the easy way out of situations. If she shifts, she can heal, but she runs the risk of getting lost or going feral because she doesn't think like a human when she's in animal form.In Bloodstone, Vicky spends more time communicating with Mab and her niece while she's asleep. At first it seems like all the stuff Vicky does while asleep or when entering other people's dreams isn't very helpful unless she's exterminating demons, but as the story continues these abilities become important.KaneHer boyfriend, Kane, is a lawyer who champions the rights of paranormals. I like him, but I don't really feel any spark between him and Vicky. It almost seems like she is resigned to being with him. I'd like to see more passion between them.MabMab is Vicky's aunt who lives in Wales. Vicky receives training from her. Mab has a lot of secrets that we begin to learn more about in this book.Other CharactersDaniel is a cop who helps Vicky from time to time. He and Vicky used to be romantically interested in one another. Now, their relationship  is somewhat strained, for more than one reason.Another main character who appears in every book is Tina. She's an annoying, teenage zombie. Still, I enjoy her character because she adds another layer of complexity to the story as Vicky tries to figure out how to deal with her. Vicky doesn't have the time or the patience, but doesn't want to be mean to Tina either.Vicky's sister, Gwen, is not very likable, but I understand her desire to be normal. She gave up her shapeshifting abilities to become a mother. Now she worries that her daughter will have to go through the same things she did. Vicky tries to be diplomatic when dealing with her sister and tries not to step on her toes as a mother, but offers her support as an aunt. Mab could be a big help to Gwen's daughter, but Gwen won't hear of it because she hates Mab.Holnzner did a good job of making the villains well-motivated and worrisome. Vicky can't let them get away with what they are trying to do, especially if it hurts her friends or family.The WritingI don't have a lot to say about Holzner's writing. The flow, pace, structure, and word choices are all excellent in this story. I especially enjoy how she blends humor, action, and drama into one book without it being noticeable.Do I Recommend?Absolutely! I loved Bloodstone. It didn't take me long to read this book because the story held my interest from start to finish.If you like books about vampires, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, Druids, and other paranormal beings, you should read the Deadtown series (assuming you haven't already).Even though I'm not feeling the romance in Bloodstone, it doesn't affect my opinion because that's such a small part of the overall story. The main reason I adore the series is Vicky's determination to do whatever she has to do to save people. She's not perfect or indestructible, but she pushes forward anyway.I recommend Bloodstone for the likable, well-developed characters and the entertaining mix of humor and action, tempered by some romance and family drama.My Rating for BLOODSTONE: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

  • Shelley
    2019-02-07 10:27

    *Rating* 3.0*Genre* Urban Fantasy*Review*Bloodstone, by Nancy Holzner, is the third novel in the Deadtown series. Vicky Vaughn, our protagonist, is Boston’s only licensed professional demon exterminator. She is also a Cerdorion (after the Goddess Ceridwen) shape shifter and would be heir to her aunt Mab. Vaughn exterminates personal demons, Harpies, and a plethora of other villainous paranorms that she encounters in her day to day life.One of the things that never changes in this series is Vicky’s demon extermination job at the start of each novel. Deadtown is no exception. This time it’s a Peccatum demon that ends up contaminating people’s personal behavior with the 7 deadly sins (Anger, Greed, Pride, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, and Sloth.)In her personal life, Vicky has pretty much settled into her relationship with her boyfriend Kane, who is high profile werewolf as well as a lawyer. They even end up having dinner with her sister Gwen who turned her back on the paranormal community to live life as a human. During dinner, Vaughn discovers that Gwen’s 11 year old daughter Maria is showing signs of continuing the Vaughn legacy as Cerdorion shifter--something her mother isn’t all that thrilled about.On the flip side of the coin, Vaughn’s vampire roommate-- Juliet Copulet (of Romeo and Juliet fame)--is still missing in action after being accused of murdering a Supreme Court Chief Justice. Her disappearance ended up putting Kane in a bad position since he was about to argue for equal rights for paranormals. Juliet is also running away from the Old Ones, the makers of the vampire race, who ended up luring her into their web of deceit in their hopes of finding a way to extend their lives.Back in Boston, there is a killer called the South End Reaper who is preying on humans and causing widespread fear. This gives the racist group called Humans First an opening they need in ridding Massachusetts of any and all para-normals. It also gives the anti-paranormal police commissioner all the ammunition he needs to lock down Deadtown and keeping the zombie population under his thumb.Then Vicky is kidnapped and comes face to face with Pryce Maddox’s father Myrddin Wyllt who not only wants Juliet, but revenge on Aunt Mab. His revenge would be complete, if she kills Vicky and uses her life force to bring Pryce back to life. Thankfully for Vaughn, Mab comes to the rescue as well as the return of Juliet to the picture.This book focuses a lot on Aunt Mab, and there is a whole new side of her that we haven’t seen before now. Readers of the series are finally given an idea of why Gwen hates Mab so much, and why they haven’t spoken to each other for 20 years. It also gives us a glimpse into Maria’s future as a shape shifter with hopes that her mother will be there to fully support her. This story is actually better in many ways than the first two books. The only negative for me, once again, is the zombie Tina, who continues to annoy the bloody hell out of me. I hate to say this for fear of a rebound whammy, but, I really wish that she would just fade away like that never used Nehru jacket you have hanging in your closet. She’s annoying and really hasn’t been much of a help to Vaughn in any shape or form. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening especially with what happens in the end and the fact that Mab likes her.If you haven’t started reading this series yet, I would definitely say that you should start from the beginning so that you can get used to Holzner’s writing style and her world building. This is a world where 2,000 Bostonians ended up victims of a virus that turned them into zombies and tore families apart. It’s a place where vampires, werewolves, trolls, and zombies live side by side.It appears that book number four in the series will be called Darklands. It is scheduled to be released in July 2012.

  • Sara
    2019-01-28 06:52

    Plot: 4.5 StarsI love that each book in this series starts out with a regular demon extermination job for Vicky. It gives us a look into her normal life, between the life-threatening moments, without boring us with their smaller and less mysterious complications. It's also a great way for the author to introduce readers to the different kinds of demons in a fun way. The Reaper put Boston on edge, allowing those in charge that do not sympathize with the paranormals to put Deadtown on lockdown. This posed a pretty big problem for Vicky as she tried to stop Reaper from finishing the ritual, but she found a very interesting way to sneak out. This was another fantastic addition to one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. I can't wait for book four. Pace: 5 StarsI could not put this novel down. After totally and completely loving Deadtown, I found Hellforged to be a bit slower in pacing, so I was so excited that this novel's pace was more consistent with the first book. For a good portion of the novel, Vicky was one step behind the South End Reaper and she tried her best to catch up so that she could stop him. It didn't leave much time for her to slow down, which led to less down time between the craziness. There were even a few plotlines from book two that hadn't been tied up. They could've easily distracted Vicky or just slowed the plot's progression down, but instead they wove together with this book's plot perfectly.Characters: 4.5 StarsVicky is one of my favorite kick-ass Urban Fantasy heroines. This novel forced her to be a bit more vulnerable than previous novels, and it was very interesting to see how she dealt with these circumstances. I wish we could've seen more of her shapshifting in this novel, but I understand that she can't shift all willy-nilly like some paranormal creatures. It was also interesting to see her neice growing up and possibly coming into her powers. Learning the truth about why her sister hates Mab was unexpected. Although Juliet came out of hiding, she was still out of commission for most of the novel. I really hope she has a larger part in the next novel because I miss her sense of humor and odd mannerisms. Kane's part was definitely not what I expected considering he was stuck in the wrong form, and definitely posed a number of problems for Vicky. I was also very glad to see Tina quit acting like quite as much of a diva as she did in book two. Her zombie buddies actually helped Vicky out when she really needed it. Cover: 4.5 StarsIt's great to finally see Vicky's face, and the progression of the cover model turning to the read over the three novels is a nice touch. On the Deadtown cover, Vicky is facing completely away from the reader as she looks out over the city. On the Hellforged cover, Vicky has turned towards the reader a bit, but not enough to get a good look. On this cover, Vicky is facing the reader and she's still holding her flaming sword. I also really enjoyed the deep blues of the cover and how well the flaming sword stoof out against it. And don't get me started on the grim reaper-like image floating in the sky. I totally didn't notice it at first. Then one day while I was in the middle of the novel, I noticed him and it creeped me out a bit. I kinda wanted to warn the cover model to watch her back, because he's totally sneaking up on her. This series has definitely been blessed with fantastic cover from the cover gods. Overall: 4.5 Stars Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel for review from Ace/Roc.

  • Kt
    2019-01-30 07:35

    There's a killer on the loose. You wouldn't think that should be such shocking news considering all the "monsters" out there in Deadtown, and yet there's something different about these kills. The bodies are so far brutalized that they are hard recognizable, so of course the humans in Boston instantly start pointing fingers at the residents of Deadtown. But if there is one thing Vicky knows, it's that humans can be every bit as violent as the worst monster, maybe even worse. As the body count grows higher she scrambles to find out anything she can. But when things start hitting way too close to home, even with help, she knows this time it may just be her final curtain call.While Bloodstone had a slower pace just like the previous installment, it differed in that it didn't feel like things were dragging. The lack of action was easily overlooked as we got to learn so much more about Mab and the past. So many pressing questions were answered that it kept me with the sense of feeling that things were moving, as well as more than keeping my attention. Even the parts of action seemed to be furthering the overall motion of the series rather than only focusing on the task at hand. The reasons and culprits behind the current "mess" were very tied into Mab's mysterious past and as a result made then directly effect Vicky in turn. This pulled me even more into the book, making for a quite enjoyable read.Although the time between Vicky and Kane was really only brief moments in the book, I couldn't help but to notice that their relationship seems so much more substantial and full of depth. In the first installment they were almost casual acquaintances, despite the fact that they had been "dating" for years. Now, it really feels like each one is a very important part of one another's life and I really enjoyed seeing that. I just happen to be one of those people who think a little romance will always make a book better, so I definitely am a happy camper after reading Bloodstone. Of course others may have complaints about this area because as I mentioned, the time spent together is really rather brief. Yet, they are solidifying things and moving forward, which is good news to me and really all I can ask for at this point based on who they are.Bloodstone may very well be my favorite installment of the Deadtown series. Things were centered back in Deadtown after spending so much time outside of it previously, definitely a plus. Also there was the relationship progression and the answers to many lurking questions. Finally, with an ending that shows the beginning of a very promising future, and you have one heck of an entertaining book. I for one will be counting down the days to the release of the fourth installment. I cannot wait to see what Vicky gets herself into next!

  • Melliane
    2019-02-10 12:55

    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI must say that I’m reading this series at an incredible speed. This is the first time I read all the volumes of a series in a row. I do not really know how after the fourth I’ve started, I would be able to wait for the next release. Yes because now I’ll have to follow the rhythm of the publications, too bad, it was nice to have all the books...After a colorful end, we find our dear Vicky who must now face some new challenges. Everything comes together without downtime, leaving our heroine with more problems than she would like. Juliet is back, but goes directly into the hands of the goon squad as she wants them to protect her. But the elders want her at any price and will do everything to take her. But this is only the beginning ... In fact, the father of Pryce is also ready to do anything he can to wake his son and kill Mab and Vicky; many terrible murders are committed in the city; Maria has a lot of questions about what she is becoming; Kane is transformed into a wolf with no way to turn back and everyone is trying to kill her. So nothing new? But it's really not easy to manage all that and each problem takes a lot of time.I did not think we would have the opportunity to see Mab in this volume and it was a pleasure to have her in Deadtown. I love this character and I wanted to learn more about her. This volume has granted my wish though we still have a lot of questions. We also learn why Gwen has this particular antipathy for their aunt. It’s something Vicky didn’t know and she learns it with us. Maria also changes in this novel and it was interesting to see the other side of this character. I'm curious to see how far she will be able to go and what she will become. My feeling has also evolved about Kane. Starting the first book I was a bit mixed with him, but I find myself appreciating him more and more. We realize that Victory really appreciates him and that he would do anything for her. Tina is also back, trying to make her way to make our slayer of demons change her mind. I love Tina, she is completely crazy but we feel that even if she often changes her mind, her work with Vicky means a lot for her and she would love to try to do the same thing.Finally you can see that many things happen in this novel, much more than in the previous one and Vicky is always facing something new, complicating each time her life. It was fascinating to follow our heroine in this story and to understand what was happening. This volume is explosive and fun, I think you will not be disappointed if you enjoyed the first two ones.

  • Miki
    2019-01-31 09:52

    This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une AventureMy opinion: What I really enjoyed this time is that even if it has been ages since I read the precedent book I fell immediately back in the universe Nancy Holzner created. There were enough info to put us back on track especially since the events in Bloodstone are deeply linked to those in Hellforged, some are related to events from book 1 because we see again Vicky’s family and her niece Maria but even those are detailed enough so a newcomer to the series wouldn’t feel completely at loss starting here ( though I don’t recommend missing the first 2books)This story focus on demons yes plural because Pryce is still around but he isn’t the only one sadly and we discover how deeply rooted in the celtic legends both his and Vicky’s family are. We knew she is Cerddorion and that’s what makes her a shapeshifter but we didn’t know a lot apart that…since this book involve all her family we learn a lot more and while some were predictable it still surprised me quite a lot. Maria is starting to show sign of the awakening of her powers and that frighten her mother Gwen more than anything so she ask Vicky help.. then Mab the elder of the family and master at demon hunting come to the rescue (or intented to^^) and we discover a complete new side of the family and it helped me to understand Gwen a little more…if the past had been different she would perhaps not have chosen the same path ( or not so quickly)We also learn quite a lot about the Old Ones, the special vampires (though I won’t tell more because it’s complicated and I must keep the surprise twist^^). It was deeply interesting and I really thought the series reached another level.I loved that we saw a lot of precedent characters like Daniel, Tina, Norden, Gwen, Juliet etc and for those who follow the series we finally discover what species Axel the bar owner is^^…;it was the funny part I guess.The investigation does come to a conclusion, there is no cliffhanger but you feel the series isn’t finished far from it and it was really well done. You can take a break after this book or continue the series immediately by jumping in the next book one way or another you won’t feel bad in my opinion.Now this book is also darker than the precedent ones, I had to shed a little tear here and then too but the rhythm is really well paced, not rushed. All is linked and fall into place. So I can only recommend this book if you love zombie, vampires, shapeshifter, magic because this book has a lot of it^^, action and dark ambiance^^.Score: 3,5/5

  • Nikki Brandyberry
    2019-01-31 13:55

    Bloodstone is a urban fantasy that has a bit of everything within it’s pages. Lots of action, a bit of romance and a world that included damn near everything you can think of. I had not read the previous two books and I think that hampered my experience a bit. This is definitely one series that I would say it’s best to start from the beginning. I felt lost for most of the book and had a hard time connecting with the characters or story line. Had I read the last two I think I would have felt more invested in what was going on and would have had different reactions to this one.I will say one thing, Nancy Holzner knows how to write an action sequence! There was so many things happening in this book that these were definitely in high demand. I thought that Vicky was completely kick ass and held her own against all the creatures that seemed to constantly be lurking around. I liked the unquie way she went about vanquishing ghosts and demons as a day job. Being barred to Deadtown might have held her back in some ways, but it gave her the edge in others. She was in high demand in her field work. I loved Kane her werewolf boyfriend and I found that I bought into their relationship, even though the romantic in me wanted more on that side…but since this is more UF I understood that there wasn’t.There is one thing though, and maybe it’s because I’ve been reading a lot of UF and paranormal romance. I get tired of the scenario where all paranormals are segregated from the “normal” humans. I think I like the story lines where the paranormals are more in hiding. I guess I like to think humans would be better…when in all reality segregation is probably would what happen. So sue me, I like to be positive. :) But I think I just find that a lot of story lines are blurring together, this is just one example of that. I do love Nancy’s guest post today though explaining the background of Deadtown and after reading that I have a new found appreciation for what I found between the pages of Bloodstone. It gave me something to focus on.Bloodstone is a dark and gritty addition into the urban fantasy genre and fans of the Deadtown series won’t be disappointed! Nancy Holzner gives her readers a tale of survival and cunning with a twist of magic and excitement. Vicky is a heroine not to be messed with and to do so is only inviting pain and retribution!I give Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner 3 stars!

  • Stephen
    2019-01-17 14:38

    I just read my review of Hellforged, book 2. Curiously, it was exactly a year ago. That's how long it's been since I picked up Vicky. And in that review, I had some complaints that I don't really remember, because it's been a year, but also because they don't seem to echo my impressions of Bloodstone.The one thing I will concede about Bloodstone is that it never really stops moving. There is a subplot about Vicky's niece starting to come into her Cerddorion powers, but mostly we just get on the main plot train and keep on chugging throughout. Bloodstone's not a masterpiece, since I can basically mark the signposts along the way by Vicky alternately getting captured by the villains or rescuing a friend from them. There's a ton of subtext about how humans don't treat the non-humans fairly, but I feel like it's sort of just old hat and the author doesn't feel like addressing it directly. However, if I had to point to the things that bother me most, they would be:* Kane has gone from important background character (book 1) to romantic lead (book 2) to werewolf asskicker. And quite honestly, it doesn't seem like it's in-character for him.* Holzner loves to fix plot problems using contrived solutions that make zero sense at the time, and have to be explained in detail later. Not that some of her resolutions aren't *interesting*, but they make me want to throw my popcorn at the pages.* Zero shifting. Like, Vicky's supposedly big thing is that she can turn into any animal she wants, three times per month, right? So why does it never actually happen? I realize there is a moment in the plot where she tries, but is thwarted. Still, it seemed like this work was an exercise in developing the rest of Vicky's character and to hell with turning into a harpy like she did in book 1.* Magical healing. It comes in out of nowhere, owing nothing to do with having creatures capable of accelerated recovery.* The Old Ones are kinda pathetic, both in terms of fighting capability and their storyline.Since all I know how to do in my reviews is complain, those are my peeves. Otherwise, the book is solid. Unlike last time, I do plan on finding the next book in the series right away.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-13 09:45

    Bloodstone is the third book in the Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner and an ACE Fantasy.Book Blurb:Boston's diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice. The killer - dubbed the South End Reaper - uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there's no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining the already-tense relations between Boston's human and inhuman residents. As the bodies pile up, Vicky investigates - only to find that the creature behind the carnage is after much more than blood. My thoughts:Vicky Vaughn is going about the business of demon slaying, trying to get back to the usual routine after the show down with her ‘cousin’ Pryce.Things in Deadtown are settling down - sort of.Vicky’s roommate, Juliet, is still AWOL - and Vicky is worried that Juliet may have gotten in over her head with the Old Ones.Outside Deadtown, a killer is preying on humans - and that is making it harder for the inhabitants of Deadtown. Even though there is no proof that these murders are being committed by a Deadtown citizen - mandatory lockdowns are implemented - resulting in rising tempers.When Vicky is kidnaped - her only hope of survival is Aunt Mab - but Aunt Mab is in Wales, a very long way from Boston.Relations between Vicky’s sister Gwen and Aunt Mab are strained - but Vicky’s niece is just coming into her powers as a Cerddorion female - and Aunt Mab can use her assistance to get Vicky the help she needs. But only if she can get there in time...I enjoy the Deadtown series and Bloodstone is the best so far. I loved getting to know more about Aunt Mab.I give Bloodstone 4 out of 5 stars.Product DetailsPaperback: 336 pagesPublisher: Ace (September 27, 2011)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 044102100XISBN-13: 978-0441021000

  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    2019-02-05 08:41

    My Rating: 4 stars: Enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)Full review: again, demon-hunter Victory (Vicky) Vaughn, finds herself involved with the darker side of Boston’s paranormal scene. She has a day job - demon-slayer for hire, but it’s the extra-curricular hunting that’s putting her life - and those she loves - in danger. The story opens with Vicky just “doing her job” of killing off unwanted nuisance demons - this time a “7 deadly sins” demon has created too much sloth and gluttony in a gym. Ms. Holzner’s sense of humor shines here and for the duration the story. Vicky has a snarky side - a dry wit that made me smile several times.After completing her job, Vicky and her werewolf boyfriend, Kane, visit Vicky’s “normal” sister and family in the suburbs. I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this scene, as well as throughout the book. Every interaction Vicky has with her sister Gwen, niece Maria and the mysterious Aunt Mab allows the reader to see more depth in our kick-ass heroine. These parts of the book do not overwhelm the plot, but add just the perfect amount of “emotion” and perspective to create a rich storyline and sincere characters. Of course, life doesn’t remain all sunshine and roses for Vicky. Soon she discovers that her nemesis, “cousin” Pryce, is still in the picture, with his demon father killing off innocents to revive Pryce (who remains in a coma after the events in the last book). Also, Vicky’s missing vampire roommate, Juliet, remains on the run from the mysterious and ultra-evil “Old Ones.” These two storylines merge and create an intricate plot which brings Aunt Mab from Wales to Boston to help Vicky defeat the bad guys. (The phrase “This time it’s personal” is very appropriate.)All-in-all a fantastic book - one that I couldn’t put down. A bit reminiscent of Buffy and Angel, with a voice all its own, the Deadtown series is one to add to your must read list!

  • Deborah Blake
    2019-01-25 07:46

    “They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Mostly humans stay far from its borders—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…”If this blurb sounds intriguing to you, I can guarantee that the book itself more than lives up to it. BLOODSTONE, the third in author Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown series, is a fun and fabulous paranormal romp from the very first page. And the action never stops long enough for you to catch your breath. (As if you’d want to.)Victory (Vicky) Vaughn is one of the most unusual and likable characters I’ve ever come across in an urban fantasy. Although I will confess, I have a major soft spot for her aunt Mab, and her werewolf-lawyer boyfriend. I even like Tina, her former apprentice (the ONLY zombie character I have ever found likable.) Even more, I love the world that Holzner has created; one that looks a lot like ours, until you peer beneath the surface to find various paranormal creatures (including Vicky’s vampire roommate, Juliet—yes THAT Juliet).In this installment of the series, a killer who uses a curved blade—nicknamed the South End Reaper—is not only causing death and mayhem, he is creating even greater strain in an already difficult relationship between Boston’s human and inhuman residents. And it is up to Vicky, her friends, and her aunt Mab to find out who is doing the killing and put a stop to him, her, or…it.If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, I suggest starting at the beginning with DEADTOWN, although any of the books can easily be read on its own. Holzner does a masterful job of building on the previous books while still making each volume a stand-alone novel; not an easy task to do, believe me!Holzner gets better with every book; I loved this one, and I am waiting with baited breath to see what happens next…

  • Joshua Burns
    2019-01-24 12:31

    As seen on primary plot of this book is brimming with mythological and monstrous (paranormal to be politically correct like some characters in the book) beings. But based on the cover and the blurb you will probably have already heard about these genre staples. Where this book shines and where its cover and market may give it too little credit are in the familial interactions that occur- although, of course, as would be expected mediated by some unbelievable event- when a young girl comes of age, exhibiting powers that her mother has gone to great lengths to prevent from not merely showing themselves but also influencing her daughter. As much as one can commend Vicky Vaughn for having a grasp of demons, demi-demons, werewolves, vampires, and Old Ones, the legendary vamps, none of which she has that great of a grasp on anyway, which is where her great-aunt, Mab, comes in, Gwen, this supernatural child-to-be's mother endures the worst torment. It is easy to forget that having one's own life threatened is not the end of the world. It is far harder for a parent or a lover to remember that it is not the end of the world when their other halves are threatened. Beyond this anecdotal sprig of emotion, Bloodstone evinces all the intriguing world-building, political commentary, and imaginative sequences that one would expect from the urban fantasy genre.

  • Donna (BLHmistress)
    2019-01-30 13:28

    I have been wanting to read this series for awhile so when this book came up on tour, I had to sign up and nearly squealed when my copy came in the mail. Only thing that concerned me was because I haven't read the other 2 books would I become confused but Nancy does a wonderful job of not doing so.I think I found another series and author that is a must buy for me. The action is packed all the way through and the different kind of demons is fascinating to me , especially the Peccatum which uses the seven deadly sins to grasp its victims. Very very interesting take and it had me pulled into from the get go.The story and characters flowed perfectly together, I absolutely love her Aunt and who couldn't love Kane,werewolf boyfriend(I think werewolves ) are becoming my new favorite paranormal. Gasp I know from the crazily obsessed vampire lover that I am. Lets just say I devoured this book in one day, I just couldn't put it down. Love love when a book can do that. Would I recommend? Yes, Yes Yes run don't walk to Amazon and order it if not enter the contest for a chance to win an autographed set(which I wish could enter :(). Anyway enough rambling I will be ordering the first two books next month. .Rating:If I could rate this book higher I would

  • Kathy
    2019-02-14 09:29

    The Best One Yet!I strongly suggest you read the previous books in the series (Deadtown and Hellforged) prior to reading this installment. Also check out a free prequel- A Very Zombie New Years novella on the authors website.Curiouser and curiouser......this installment was all about dark secrets being revealed. Fans of this series, this is definitely a must read! If I thought the last installment was good, this one blew it out of the water! This fast and fun read was both mysterious and intriguing. In addition to providing exactly what I was looking for, high magical-action, violence and basically all around pure entertainment.This series just keeps getting better and better with each new installment. I can't wait to see what next adventure awaits Vicky and the gang. I especially can't wait to see the next evolution for Mab, Gwen and Maria.I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to reading the next book Darklands due out 7/31/12.Spider's Revenge (Elemental Assassin Books) Kissed by Darkness (Sunwalker Saga) Green-Eyed Demon (Sabina Kane) The Renfield Syndrome (Rhiannon's Law, Book Two) Crimson Wind (Horngate Witches)

  • Shanshad Whelan
    2019-02-13 09:34

    A decent third in this series. I can't say I'm as taken with it as some books, but the author has done some nice world building and story crafting here. It's nice to see some different sorts of paranormal critters, good and bad. One of my two main complaints are that Holzner's sheer number of different characters can make it hard for me to keep track of everyone at any given time. There were a couple of incidents where I suddenly stopped and did a mental "wait . . . what? who?" before figuring out the specifics. The other has more to do with my current reading than an actual complaint on the author. A few years ago, every book I read seemed to have a red haired heroine with fire magic. Right now, a good portion of the books I pick up in urban fantasy refer to a Mab. Mab as villain, Queen Mab etc. It's not a bad name or anything, but everybody has kind of picked up on it and now it's overused . . . and after a while the various characters leak into my mind a bit.But this is decent, action packed urban fantasy set in Boston and those prior complaints are not enough to turn me away from the series. I'm curious to see where things go in the future.

  • Ana
    2019-02-16 07:57

    Better...oh so much better. I'm finally starting to connect with these characters! Alas! Miracles do happen! I understood Vicky better this time around. It was also nice seeing so much of Kane even if he spent most of that time in wolf form. His presence comforts me and makes Vicky more human. I also love Mab! She was such a strong presence even when she was dying! The action scenes still don't do much for me. Vicky almost always annoys me at those. I can't really put my finger on it but there's just something missing when she fights...Maybe, like her, I seem to think her wins are mostly just dumb luck. For someone who spent seven years training...she seems to flail around a lot. I'm pleased to say this one passed most of my criteria for a good book:There's plenty action but it's mingled with sweet family moments.The characters are more relatable and approachable.The bad guys seem to become more and more evil and stronger.The writing style is enjoyableAnyway, overall it's a better book than the other two.

  • Paula Weston
    2019-02-08 12:48

    This is a quality third instalment in Nancy Holzner's series. The first book (Deadtown) set up the paranormal enclave and its politics. The second (Hellforged) introduced more of the mythology surrounding Vicky's family heritage and the demon world she can cross into. Bloodstone brings those two elements together.This book delves deeper than the other two in both areas: we get more information on how the zombie plague came to be, learn more about Vicky's immediate family, and know more about the myths and legends tied to Vicky and her Aunt Mab. Politics also play a strong role, with Boston's relationship with Deadtown starting to veer towards more a more militant style separation.I liked that this story was based almost entirely in Deadtown (and Boston in general) and that we got to learn more about the paranormals who inhabit it.There's also more of Kane, more vampires and a lot more tension than previous books, with all of Vicky's allies weakened and threatened, pretty much at the same time.If you enjoyed the first two books, you'll definitely enjoy this one.

  • Casey
    2019-02-07 08:56

    4 stars(spoilers)I liked this one. I really enjoy Mab and we got to see lots of her. She actually came to Boston. The driving part was funny. Tina is still super obnoxious. The less we see of her the better. I liked Kane in wolf form. It actually seemed to further the relationship between Vicky and Kane and I think he makes a cute 'killer'. I also felt that Vicky realized a bit more just how attached she is to Kane and how far she would go for him. I was sad for Norden's ending. I feel a little weirded out with how much I disliked him in the first book, liked him in the second and felt sorry for him in the third. Its a little mixed if I really ever liked him at all or if I'm just sympathetic with the way he died. Well Pryce is back and he will return to playing the bad guy until the series probably ends. oh joy. I hope he turns up the heat so that things stay interesting.

  • Romancing the Book
    2019-02-14 14:37

    Reviewed by Sarah HBook provided by publisherBloodstone is an excellent addition to the Deadtown series. I think the world the author has created is unique and deeply interesting. I positively enjoy all the paranormal elements created in this series. The writing is action packed, fast paced and easily read. I had a hard time putting this down once I started it and was disappointed when I finished because I wanted it to keep going and going.I love Victory. She’s a take no sass, kick-A, spunky chick. She’s also a strong, capable, independent character. I also adore Kane. He’s definitely the kind of guy I’d want on my side if needed. Their relationship is growing and turning into something more meaningful to the two of them though I’d like to see more romance and hot lovin’.I’m looking forward to the next installment and hopefully finding out what happened to Juliet.