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Bad Bloods: November Rain Audiobook

Bad Bloods: November Rain

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Seventeen-year-old Serena isn't human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods' rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona's vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

©2016 Clean Teen Publishing (P)2017 Shannon A. Thompson

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  • Natalie @ BookLoversLife
    11/12/17
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    "Something was missing. "

    This was the kind of book that I could take it or leave it because I really felt like something was missing. It's very much a character driven story, which I like, but I also like a bit of world building too. I felt like this was missing a big bit of the world building. We know there is political turmoil going on but we don't know why. We know that there is only two "flocks" of bad bloods left but we don't know why. We also don't know why the two flocks are separate and why they don't really talk. There was too much missing for me to get fully invested in the story,

    Character wise, while there are two main ones, Serena or Daniel, we also get to see some of the flocks they belong to. Each chapter of this is told from either Daniel or Serenas POV, which I liked. I also liked thee concept of the story, I just wish there was more depth to it!!

    I don't know what else to say about this, because even though I liked it, I just have a lot of negative thoughts about it!! I'm on the fence with regards reading the next in the series because I'd need to make sure the world building is better and we get some answers first!!

    The narrator was ok. I did find that he didn't differentiate the characters enough and it was only the fact that the chapters said who was talking that I could follow along. Other than that, he read it ok.

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Audiobookworm
    26/09/17
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    "A Hidden Gem!"

    4.25★ Audiobook⎮ At first glance, Bad Bloods probably looks familiar. A dystopian world that shuns youth with supernatural abilities sounds like it could be any number of other YA tales, some from big-name publishers. I was a bit cynical going into this one because of it. But what separates Bad Bloods from those super hyped books is Shannon A. Thompson’s magnificent character development and overall writing ability. That’s why I’m calling Bad Bloods a Hidden Gem.

    Bad Bloods was only a little over 5 hours long, but I would have sat through much more of it than that. I actually wish it would have been a couple of hours longer and not just because of the cliffhanger ending. Getting to know Thompson’s characters was like slowly lowering into a hot bath. Intense, but at the same time oh-so-enjoyable.

    The story was fast-paced, but not action-packed. This installment was driven more by character development than plot. Thompson introduced the world through her characters. There’s political turmoil going on, but we only hear of it as it affects the characters. It’s clearly something that will come more into focus in future installments.

    Daniel and Serena were equally compelling protagonists. Both with heartbreaking backstories, there’s still so much about them to be revealed. Even the secondary characters were intriguing and dynamic in their own rights.

    Bad Bloods is a series that I look forward to following. This installment was obviously only the tip of the iceberg and I’m practically salivating for more. Published by Clean Teen Publishing, it’s perfect for fans of all ages. It’s particularly well suited for those who’ve enjoyed work by Marie Lu, Victoria Schwab, Lauren Oliver, and Veronica Roth. I only wish it had been a bit longer or had provided a little more closure at the end. Still, I hope Thompson plans on expanding the series on audiobook soon!

    Narration review: Jonathan Johns has a very distinct tone to his voice. It’s somehow simultaneously soothing and intense. He handled the characters’ wide range of emotions beautifully, showing just how dynamic his voice can be. I was particularly impressed with his interpretations of the secondary characters.

    However, I do wish there had been a more significant distinction between the two primary characters’ voices, especially when reading prose. The story frequently switched POVs between Daniel and Serena. My only real struggle with the story came from my inability to consistently grasp which of them was speaking. This made listening somewhat frustrating at times, but I still completely recommend this audiobook. The production quality was fantastic and it made for an overall enjoyable listening experience. ♣︎

    ➜This audiobook was graciously gifted to me by its narrator, Jonathan Johns, in exchange for a review containing my honest thoughts and opinions. Thanks, Jonathan!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MissSusie66
    13/11/17
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    "Interesting start to a series"

    The story was a pretty good except the ending which is a huge cliffhanger like it ended in the middle of a sentence type cliffhanger. The world building was good but I wanted a bit more and thought maybe we would get to that in the coming books but I’ll be honest if I had any clue on that ending I would have waited till this series is done before reading.

    That being said I am curious, I do plan to read the next book I need to know how this story ends up. I am curious to see what other powers everyone has and if the flocks can be friends instead of enemies and of course will the outcome of the election change the way the Bad Bloods have to live. This has a bit of an X-men feel a little Miss Peregrine and of course they are hunted by the government for their Bad Blood hence the name. I found the different groups interesting and really, really want to know what the deal is with Daniel and Robert and more back story on everyone.

    The story was told from 2 different perspectives and they were hard to tell apart, if this story is going to continue being told from Daniel and Serena’s perspective I would suggest adding a female narrator for her chapters. I did like Jonathan Johns narration for the most part I just didn’t feel there was enough difference between the two perspectives.

    I do look forward to the next book in this series.

    I received this book from the narrator for a fair and honest review.

    3 Stars

    “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catrina P
    21/10/17
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    "Bad Bloods: November Rain"

    I found Bad Bloods to be an enjoyable listen. The characters development was quite good and the storyline kept me interested. I look forward to seeing where the story goes.

    I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonas Lee
    Rapid City
    29/09/17
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    "Fabulous Dystopian with an X-Men Twist"

    Once upon a time, people simply told stories instead of reading them. I think that is part of the allure for me. I have previously read through Thompson's Bad Bloods November Rain and going through a second time in audible format ties in a lot I may have overlooked. A brilliant story starting out paired along with a hypnotic voice to narrate the tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Oregon City, OR United States
    03/12/17
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    "You should pick up this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was given an audio book to review. The reader had a nice even voice that kept a nice pace through out the book. I also liked the accent. :) As for the story, the premise was interesting. Children born with "bad blood" that are sentenced to death because they are deemed less than human. Sounds great, right.

    I could have used more back story, but because I was coming in at the end of a series, if I had read the other books I might have gotten this. There was also a need for more world building, but that could have also been fixed in the previous books.

    All in all, this was a good read. I think you should all pick up this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emmyjo
    25/11/17
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    "What a great book, hooked from the start."

    Wow, this book started off crazy and good. Serena is one of two main characters. When we meet her she is about to die, because all bad bloods must die. In a city where humans and bad bloods divide them, humans seeing anyone different as not worthy.
    But someone helps Serena escape this death sentence and Serena is not sure why? But after a moment of wondering she leaves.

    That's when she is almost caught and runs into Daniel or rather he finds her.
    He helps her in the alleyway. Daniel is another of the main characters. This book is told from two points of view. And I love that about this book.
    From there things only get better and better.

    When Daniel gets Serena to a safe zone he tells her it's okay no one will hurt her there. She doesn't believe him at first. Because why would any one want to help a bad blood out? Daniel explains he is a bad blood as well.
    Although every bad blood has unique powers that they can use, Serena absorbs others powers.

    Now with Serena back on her side with her make shift family all she can think about his Daniel and how kind he was to her. But the leader of her little family warns her to stay away from him.
    Now a lot happens in this book that I don't want to give away spoilers.
    But I do want to say this is such a great read for anyone who roots for the under dogs and likes a little bit of love in a book. I think it has a little bit of everything for everyone.

    So what are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy of this book today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lomeraniel
    Spain
    23/11/17
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    "Lack of world building"

    In the year 2089 bad bloods are hunted and killed in the electric chair. They live in groups called flocks, but from the initial four, only two remain: the Northern and the Southern flocks. Serena is one of these bad bloods who, helped by a stranger, gets to escape the electric chair. She will be decisive in the future of all the bad bloods.

    The premises of this book were really interesting. Young people with special powers, chased and outcasted by the society. We have two main characters in this story: Serena and Daniel. Both are strong willed, courageous, and strong. And they put their flocks’ well-being over their own.

    There are quite a great amount of secondary characters, which totally blended into each other for me. We got some brief information about each one, but not enough to make them distinguishable.

    The book is written in first person, with alternating POV. Each chapter is narrated from the point of view of either Serena or Daniel, and it is mentioned which one at the beginning of the chapter, something that helped.

    It is a character driven story, something I usually enjoy, but I missed some world building. We are in the year 2089, but we have no information about the technology available to the regular people or the bad bloods. We also don’t know how the city of Vendona is, whether people live in houses or large buildings. We essentially know nothing apart from the fact that there is political tension due to the bad bloods. Even this ‘war’ between flocks is not even explained. It is clear that it is an important fact in the story, but I have no idea why. Somebody would think that it would be useful to join each other, or at least try not to kill each other.

    Unfortunately all this questions are not answered, because the book is in fact just half of the story. It is not that the book ends on a cliffhanger, it is just that it feels unfinished, like if the book was divided in two.

    Jonathan Johns delivered a wonderful narration, subtle but also loaded with emotion. His characters’ interpretations were masterful, and his tone kept my attention throughout the book. It would have been perfect if the book was not written with changing POV. This book would have benefited from dual narration, since one of the characters is male and the other is female. Somehow it was confusing having both parts narrated by the same person, and I had to pay extra attention to know who was talking. It was good that the chapters started with the character’s name, but if I paused my player in the middle of a chapter, whenever I came back it took me some time to realize who was talking.

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Clean Teen Publishing. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lelia T
    Richmond, VA
    22/11/17
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    "A Twist on Dystopian"

    3.5 stars

    It’s not always easy for an author to come up with a fresh idea for a dystopian story but Ms. Thompson’s concept of Flocks for these unwanted—and, in some cases, criminal—kids is brilliant because it’s so reminiscent of today’s gangs, such as the Crips and the Bloods. In both cases, the organization is intended to provide family and protection for its members while they have deep seated hatred for each other.

    I did find the story a little hard to follow because worldbuilding is weak and there’s just not enough information available to help the reader understand this world and how it came to be that certain children would be so disregarded and feared to the point of executions. While I enjoyed November Rain, I hope things will become clearer in the next book.

    Narrator Jonathan Johns has a very pleasing voice and his individual voices are good but I was happy to have chapter headings identifying the speaker as I didn’t think Mr. Johns differentiated as well as he might have. His enunciation is especially good, though, and that’s a boon for listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hall Ways
    Colleyville, TX, US
    21/11/17
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    "Awesome set-up for next book "

    In Bad Bloods: November Rain, readers jump in with main character Serena at the end of a year she's spent in a Bad Bloods detention camp. Readers get the gist of the horrors there, and I get why we needed to move forward from there, but OH HEY, PREQUEL material right here. I really want to know more about that world. Really, I want to know more about all the world in this book as it was a little foggy around the edges for me. This may be more a result of my reading with my ears than the author's actual world-building and writing.

    Speaking of reading with my ears -- the audio book narrator, Jonathan Johns, has a delightful voice and pacing. He handled well the wide range of ages (from light hearted children to gruffer old men) and did an excellent job voicing the emotions of the characters. My only issue was that the story is told from alternating points of view, and I had some trouble distinguishing between the two main characters. Fortunately, readers are told who's narrating at the start of each chapter, but if you are not a careful listener, you will be confused.

    "Like a flame that already flickered away, put out by the streets and only smoke remained. Daniel was a ghost of a person. I simply hadn't seen it before."

    Author Shannon Thompson has some great sentences in the story, and she makes use of figurative language without overdoing it, so I think there is a lot to enjoy if you read this book in print, too. In her writing, Thompson has some interesting parallels between fictitious Vendona and the real world we live in. Many of the leaders in Serena's world focus on what makes us different from each other instead of what we have in common. The upcoming elections literally mean life and death to some of the citizens, and because of what makes them different, they are targeted by the government.

    The end of this story. . .ARRRGH. It leaves me with more questions than answers. Instead, what readers get is an abrupt, cliffhanger ending. It's actually a short listen at just five hours, so I would have greatly appreciated just one resolution in the mix. But, on a positive note, the ending leaves a whole lot of potential for the next installment in this duology, November Snow, to be incredibly good. The book is out now but I am going to hold off for the audio book (which I hope is in production now).

    Thank you to Audiobookworm Productions and Clean Teen Publishing for providing me a free audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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