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Thirty-five years have passed since the death of the Master. But now a new evil walks among the living. . . . When nineteen-year-old John Shaw returns from the trenches of World War I, he is haunted by nightmares—not only of the battlefield, but of the strange, cruel and impossible feats of his regiment's commander, Quincey Harker. Harker's ferocity knows no limits, andThirty-five years have passed since the death of the Master. But now a new evil walks among the living. . . . When nineteen-year-old John Shaw returns from the trenches of World War I, he is haunted by nightmares—not only of the battlefield, but of the strange, cruel and impossible feats of his regiment's commander, Quincey Harker. Harker's ferocity knows no limits, and his strength is superhuman. At first John blames his bloody nightmares on trench fever. But when Harker appears in England and begins wooing John's sister, John must confront the truth—and stop Harker from continuing Dracula's bloodline....

Title : Bloodline
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Bloodline Reviews

  •  Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
    2018-12-12 08:30

    4 Stars: This is truly a horrifying, yet intriguingly fantastic book by weaving her tale full of historical possibilities, drawing upon the truth for her fiction, which adds an intriguing dimension to the story. I was gripped, could not wait for the story to unfold and I had to keep reading. I think I will read book 2 just to see where the story goesAmong some of my favorites. Outstanding literary work. The characters are well developed, interesting. The liked characters are likable and the hated are unlikable. The writing is captivating enough to keep you interested until the end and leave you wanting more. It has a fairly original or uniquely well-developed plot. The pretense and romance was well balanced and done with properly distributed amounts of hints, behaviors and chemistry. Not so much predictable if at all. Overall, loved it, I recommend reading!!

  • Donna
    2018-11-27 11:12

    Initially I was excited to read BLOODLINE but once I got into it it felt like little more than a fanfiction-like Dracula retelling. And that disappointed me.I’m really confused as to who Mina’s husband is supposed to be. Dracula was killed in the original. And it’s insinuated here that the man Mina married is Dracula’s son. Who then had a son, Jonathan Harker. But that’s supposed to be the son of Dracula because Mina cuckolded the original Jonathan? From the original? Really confused on that one.The story itself progresses in nearly the same way Dracula does and at that point I was bored with it all. I mean if it’s just going to be the same story rehashed, what’s the point?And then it got real fanfiction-y toward the end with who John’s father was and his upbringing and blah blah blah. Again, pretty disappointed. It’s kind of hard to review a book that’s basically a copy of something else. It’s a good copy, I guess. Didn’t bring much else to the table in terms of originality. At this point I might as well just re-read Dracula.I feel like I may be being overly harsh on BLOODLINE, but if I wanted to read Dracula, I’d just read Dracula. This is the same story with characters by different names. Ugh.2

  • Polly
    2018-12-06 05:14

    My 13 year old daughter brought this home from the library. She is a Twilight addict and probably wanted to see what other vampire books are like. I try to steal a book from her library pile every once in a while just to see what she's reading so I chose this one. I don't think I've read a book where the author did such a poor job with character development. I don't want to give anything away so that's all I'll say. Unless you enjoy superficial literature, don't waste your time.

  • Questingforaquest
    2018-11-25 09:19

    Quick TL;DR:*Great book, fun, compelling plot, engrossing characters, not a lofty read, but a fun one, and well-written for it.*NOT your typical vampire YA novel--this is meant as a "sequel" to the original Dracula, and touches on some of the same themes, although not in as literary a way*It's a trilogy, but the third book isn't out yet, and you'll be dying for more when you finish each one--be warned!!;-)When I first saw this book, I was a page at my local library in high school. Shelving books is a good way to discover new ones to read, and I picked this one up to read the back cover. My first thought was that this was another of those books getting in on the vampire trend in YA, and that turned me off. But reading the back cover, I discovered it actually was a "sequel" to the original Dracula by Bram Stoker; all of the main characters are the descendents of the original gang in the Victorian novel, and it's set during World War I. I had read Dracula for fun the summer before, and loved it, so...maybe this wouldn't be too bad? My interest was piqued. Hesitantly, I decided to read it during my lunch breaks.I'm so glad I gave this book a chance! It's not high literature, and if you're expecting it to hold up to the original classic, you're expecting too much, but this IS NOT another one of the typical vampire novels that are flooding the YA market right now in the wake of Twilight. The story was compelling, the characters were engrossing, and Cary manages a feat only one other author has been consistently able to pull off in successfully misdirecting me and doing it in a fun way (the other was J K Rowling, so I think that says something).I couldn't wait for the next one,and when we got a copy of the sequel, I devoured--pardon the pun--that too. The frustrating thing that still gets me about these books is that they're meant to be a trilogy, but Kate Cary is a ghostwriter for the Warriors books. Those are more lucrative, so guess which she spends most of her time on? I don't blame her, she has to make a living, but I've been waiting years for a third installment, and it's one of those books that, when you first finish it, you want to immediately start the next one, so even waiting for the library to get it from another branch is frustrating. If you start these books, beware of that:you'll be begging for more and won't get it fast enough! I follow Kate Cary on Facebook, and she says she's not working on the third installment right now, despite there being several very passionate of us fans begging her for another. Maybe the muse just hasn't struck her right--er, bitten?;-)Corny vamire puns aside, here's my actual review. The plot is paced very well, and the characters, as I said, are very engrossing...and unlike some other YA books, they get to have character arcs! Mary starts off very idealistic, but her opinions change by the end of the second book. She's a pretty cool heroine; it's hard to write a novel set in Victorian times and have the character be appealing to modern audiences without pandering to modern-day tastes about how women should act, which would compromise realism. Mary's no wilting violet, and she's far more empowered than Bella Swann, but she's still a little prudish and idealistic, which is treated as part of her character, and a flaw at that. She's not a Mary Sue; all of the characters are well-defined. I found myself developing crushes on some of the male characters--heh heh!^__^;--which rarely happens for me. When I go developing crushes on fictional characters, it's because I find them compelling. The book switches between several of the characters as narrators in each chapter, which works effectively in this story to give the reader a more complete view of what's going on and a more complex development of each character--characters can disagree with each other or trick each other,and while we know who we want to root for, it makes the book a lot more fun.The series touches on sexuality a little, as you have to in a follow up to Dracula, but it's not "teen smut", as some YA books get called. It's done tastefully and briefly, with some of the characters discussing their hesitancy toward sexuality, but also a secret curiosity about it--this is Victorian England, after all, nice young girls of marriageable age don't go thinking abut sex, they think of England!;-)But it's done frankly--we know when a character has been seduced and is living with a man in a sexual relationship outside of marriage, but in case any parents are worried about it, the characters do express feelings that they're not doing the right thing...and usually die, which is kind of odd. But if you're worried about what your 15-year-old daughter will learn from these books, it's exemplary compared to Twilight.I did have one complaint; the novel is set during World War I, or The Great War, as they were then calling it. Mary is a nurse helping at the hospital that is treating wounded soldiers coming back from the trenches, and she speaks with horror of the agony of some of the soldiers who are being treated; they have burns or amputated limbs, and worst of all, some have been subjected to mustard gas, and it's now painful for them to breathe. The soldiers are treated as individuals; Mary transcribes letters to sweethearts for some of them, or bonds with favorites, or watches them grow quiet when asked about their experiences. Cary does an interesting job of portraying the horror of The Great War, which was then a major traumatic event for all parties involved, to the point where people thought there could never be another war after the suffering they'd all inflicted on each other. She talks about soldiers suffering from "shell-shock" (what they called PTSD at the time), people at home losing loved ones overseas, and the darkness of the violence the soldiers encounter in the trenches as represented by the cruelty of Quincy Harker, who tells us that the bloodshed is perfect for complementing and disguising his vampiric tendencies. But Cary doesn't commit to it; it's not graphic in the violence at all like people accuse The Hunger Games of being, but the personalization of the participants and the humanization of victims is done fairly well. But where's the resulting message? Here's all this horror; great, now tell us what you want us to take away from it. You don't get that involved in showing the horror of war and then not give the reader a message about it. What's the lesson? A generic, "war is horrible", something about the darkness of humanity, or the nature of evil, perhaps? Is all this talk of how horrible the war is just there to add to the horror element of the book, or increase the feeling of evil? Then again, this is just meant to be a fun book, a light read; Cary's going for a beach novel type of thing, not a didactic, "I'm going to teach the young generation to make the world they inherit better!" attempt at literature like Rowling and Collins make. If you go into it with too high expectations, you'll set yourself up for the wrong experience and not enjoy the book. As a fun read, it's wonderful, and I hope Cary gets on the third installment!

  • Robin
    2018-11-23 05:14

    I read this because I love 'Dracula' and I was hoping for a sequal with equal kapow to keep me interested. I found about 1/10th of that in Bloodline. For a start, not many original characters are used other than Mary's father. Even Tepes wasn't actually Dracula (I think. That was very vague). I was annoyed that vampires can reproduce. Surely that's biologically impossible, considering how they're essentially animated corpses. Another Dracula spin-off, 'The Historian' by Kostova, is what led me to 'Bloodline'. Whereas 'The Historian' was well-developed, well-researched and unpredictable, 'Bloodline' was only half-developed, not very well researched and highly predictable. The title gave everything away! It was obviously about the continuity of the bloodline of Dracula from page one. Quincey ('Quincey'? Ha!) was obviously a vampire and Mina had turned into a slut, which really disappointed me. Sure, the brides of Dracula were supposed to be hot, but they weren't supposed to seduce the son of their husband by another woman. That was another thing that annoyed me. It was so nearly incest between Lily and Quincey (Rosmary + Mr Shaw --> Lily, Tepes + Mina --> Quincey, Rosemary + Tepes --> John). That's just a little too closely almost-related to be normal. Mary was a little boring. And she was very nosy, reading John's diary. John annoyed me the minute he started interacting with Mary. He was very overprotective. The minute he found out he was half-vampire (like we all had guessed, and HOW?!) he immediately gave into Mina's seductions (eww gross) and became a vampire himself, while being a complete dick to Mary, Quincey and even Mina. Quincey was the only interesting character. He emulated Dracula rather well, and was easy to dislike as an antagonist (even though I was rooting for him because I'm annoying like that) but was obviously going to be either really evil or annoyingly good in the end. He ended up going good, which is boring. Lily couldn't have been flatter if Cary had tried. Mina was a complete whore. Rosemary was boring. Tepes was undeveloped and unnecessary. Dr Seward was underused.Overall, readable.

  • Naomi Terpening
    2018-11-24 09:20

    You want a real vampire story? This is definitely it! It's WWII and Captain Harker is in the trenches sucking Nazi blood. He's taken a liking to Lieutenant John Shaw, though... Soon enough, John is injured on a personal night raid with Harker and develops a fever that send him home to England. He ends up in a sanatorium where Mary Seward works as a nurse. She reads his diary and quickly falls in love with John. Of course, John doesn't know this, thanks to the fever. So, Mary tends to him and waits for him to come back to his senses. She also informed John's sister, Lily, that he was there. Lily soon hears of how Captain Harker rescued him when he was injured. She is so grateful of this heroic act that Lily sends him a letter to thank him. Captain Harker responds to her that he will be in England for business and will be sure to visit both Lily and John. He is invited by Lily to stay with her (and John when he returns to the Hall) just before John wakes up. When he does, he has his suspicions of Harker because of vague memories of the war. For the meanwhile, he blames these on the fever and tells himself that Harker is only friends with his sister. John is also involved in his own romance with Mary Seward, so he has a lot on his mind about how to go along with how to tell her of his affection. Captain Harker sends Lieutenant Shaw to work in London, and then he steals off with Lily, intending to "marry" her in his home country of Romania. When John returns to his hometown and informs Mary of this, they ask her father for advice on what to do. John had just proposed to Mary and was upset to have to leave her so soon to rescue his sister from his captain. Mary's father, though, is reminded of who Harker is and tells the lovers that they must go and rescue Lily before it's too late. They take off to go to Romania, but you'll have to read the book to find out whether our beloved characters will be captured by the bloodline of Count Dracula or not.

  • Landon Buchholtz
    2018-12-12 10:27

    Personal Response: I think it´s a good book. It's scary, gory, and an adrenaline rush. The author did a good job with how the story changes between all the other characters in the book. The way she does it´s pretty awesome, because it's all between multiple characters, but they all write in a journal. I have read a lot of books about WWI and this is the best. The detail the author writes in this book is phenomenal to me. It´s creepy, disturbing, and different, but all in all it´s a good book. Plot Summary: The plot is hard to understand at times. The main thing in the book is that Lieutenant Shaw needs to recover from something called trench fever. Shaw gets this fever when Captain Harker asks Lt. Shaw to go on a night raid. A night raid is when Captain takes certain people with him at night onto no man's land and sneak over to the german side of the war and kill them. (Yes Cpt. Harker has a Blood lust.) When in the raid. Lt. Shaw gets severely injured and Cpt Harker carries him a long distance to get him to a hospital.Recommendation: I recommend this to High School teens. If you like violence and big plot twist,this is a good book for you. There´s creepy and very disturbing things in this book, but all in all its good.

  • Lolly's Library
    2018-11-18 06:32

    This is a book which continues in the same vein (get it? Vein, vampires? Hardy har har) as the original Dracula both in its storytelling method (through diary entries and letters) and in many of the characters. However, it falls short of the original in its pacing, which is erratic, and story, which can't seem to make up its mind (is it a romance? Is it horror? Is it a thrilling action-adventure? It could be all of those, if the story were more cohesive). Character development is pretty shallow, and the plot seemed somewhat contrived. It's not a terrible book, but it could've been so much more. However, to be fair, I'm not in the target age range, seeing as I'm an adult (although I use that term loosely). I believe this book and series was written more for a young-adult audience, so perhaps I'm judging it too harshly. I'll put it this way: Even though I have no interest in reading other books in this series, I wouldn't go so far as to say this book is as atrocious as Twilight.

  • William Eng
    2018-12-04 12:22

    During World War 1, 19 year old Lieutenant John Shaw is ill with what is known as trench fever. The horrors of war have overtaken every waking moment. His Commanding Officer,Captain Quincey Harker, is the root of all of John's nightmares. Harker is a vampire that has preyed on the living for many years. It seems now Harker is trying to win over Lily Shaw(John's sister). John has to face Harker in order to get his sister back. John must storm the castle full of monstrous demons and face a familiar . Although things take a turn for the worst.This book is a different take on vampires from the Dracula tales. This supernatural roller coaster takes on the world of vampires as seen by both mortals and immortals. It is a series of diary entries that contain supernatural/paranormal events. This book was full of mysteries and suspense from beginning to end. I highly recommend to all who enjoy Gothic literature.

  • Suhani
    2018-11-20 08:13

    This book was pretty good I enjoyed reading it. There was action, drama, and romance this book was really good. This book's setting is in England in the 1900's and it follows a young man John Shaw who returns from the trenches of World War I and he is haunted by the horrors of battle. Not only that but the things he had witnessed of his commander , Quincey Harker. When Harker is in England he begins wooing John's younger sister , Lily. John finds out that Harker is a vampire but he found out too late Harker and Lily ran away to get married in Harker's castle. If the two get married Count Dracula's bloodline will continue to thrive.

  • Armando Medrano
    2018-11-30 12:26

    Bloodline was an interesting book the fused Dracula and world war 1. The character development was quite interesting as well especially how the main character turns from innocent man trying to save his sister in to violent cold-hearted person. Towards the end the book starts become dramatic characters start to change, some die, The antagonist starts regrets his actions,The protagonist turns in to a antagonist. There is a nice plot twist as well

  • Zuray
    2018-12-12 09:37

    Wow. I found this so blah...that instead of dnf'ing, I just went through it in snooze mode...

  • Rae
    2018-11-25 07:10

    it was AWESOME!!!!!!!

  • ♔ Vee Is A Blind Man Patting An Elephant ♔
    2018-12-06 09:28

    Hmm. I loved the start of this book, with detailed accounts of John's life in the trenches, all the horrors he saw there and the unease he felt towards his CO, Harker. Mary joins in too, as we are reading his account at the same time as her - as John has come back from the trenches feverish and she decides it's a perfectly decent idea to nick his diary and read it. She looks after him oretty well though, I'll give her that.There was just too big a plot hole to ignore during this book however. Everytime I got to a new journal entry I couldn't help but think that it was awfully convienient that the four main characters just happened to keep a detailed journal each and that they all liked to write as if their journal was a fictional book. It lost a lot of believeablity there.The story was rather silly. I'm all for a good Vampire story these days but this one so cheesy in places I couldn't help but giggle a little. It didn't help that my brain misread the first kissing scene's sentence as 'the closeness of his massive face' instead of frame. I mean, YOU try and not giggle at that sentence.The story as a whole though was interesting and there were many twists and turns that I enjoyed. Mary grew on me until I loved her character, which is probably for the best after certain developments. Harker was a complete ba-... rstool at times and at other times I almost felt sorry for him, he was very confusing!Blog | Facebook | Twitter

  • C.H. Knyght
    2018-12-18 07:25

    I don't typically love journal-style storytelling, but the writing flow drew me in enough to finish it. I did not expect the end such as it was, but that might have been because my copy has a duplicate chunk of pages 217-248(that was a lot of pages)and it seemed to have perhaps jumped a scene or two when it picked back up after the fact. I felt like some of the details could have been fleshed out more, with perhaps some subtle foreshadowing, but perhaps my missing scenes would have tied it together, instead of leaving me to wonder where this and that had come from. I finished it, which is more then I can say for some books, but hopefully there are other editions out there with the proper pages in order and everything tied together.

  • Tatyana Klimek
    2018-11-26 12:33

    In Bloodline written by Kate Cary, Mary Seward is a young nurse and Lieutenant John Shaw go through a drastic emotional and physical development throughout the book. Being put through hell and back, it all starts with Captain Quincy Harker. “Blood from last night’s raid has hardly dried on my uniform. Still the familiar craving builds in my belly and I long to wield my sword” (Cary 1). The horrors of being in the trenches of the war being taking their toll on John early on. Mary Seward is on shift when Lieutenant John Shaw is taken to the Purfleet sanatorium in order to recover after a severe fever and a stab wound. Along with John, comes his journal from the trenches. As Mary is preparing him to get looked at by a doctor, she recognizes him from a garden party several years in the past. Curiosity takes over and she slips John’s journal to take home and read. “The shadow’s profile, distorted by the flickering lamp-light, appeared to belong to some stooping, murderous demon illuminated on a church fresco” (Cary 17). Throughout the process of John’s rehealing, Mary continues to read his journal but goes to tell his sister, Lily Shaw, about her brother. When Captain Quincy Harker shows up in Purfleet to check in on John, all is mixed up when Lily invites Harker to stay at the hall with herself. “The figure moved down the ward toward my bed. I realized incredulously that though the light was behind it, the figure cast no shadow before it on the polished ward floor. I wanted to run, but I felt frozen in place- like a frightened deer” (Cary 90) At that moment the visions from the trenches all started to relapse until he saw Harker standing there. Over the time that John is housed in the sanatorium, Mary and him start connecting both hoping for a life with each other after John is released. “His gaze seemed to enter my very soul and stake its claim- as if this had always been my destiny. I ached to be kissed and touched by him, as he had done before Mary interrupted us. I stroked his cheek” (Cary 119). Lily and Quincey become “in love” and plan to get married. Upon John’s arrival home Lily and Quincey decide to get married but also leave to take off to Transylvania leaving Mary and John behind to get married themselves. But after finding a note from Lily, John and Mary find out the secret that Captain Quincey Harker has been hiding and race after them before St. Andrew’s Eve. “I shall furnish you with essential reading for your journey. But you must go immediately- leave tonight or Lily may be lost forever” (Cary 152). On the journey over from England to Romania, Lily and Quincey take a boat to cross the sea. One evening while catching some fresh air Lily finds herself faced by a sailor. “I closed my eyes in terror and heard my gown rip as he roughly tore the bodice apart. The world seemed to swim inside my head and my knees began to buckle beneath me” (Cary 176). Finally arriving at Quincey’s castle, Lily gets to meet the family while John and Mary are shortly behind them and they make it in the nick of time; the day before St. Andrew’s Eve. While at the castle John uncovers a dark family secret that will change him forever. He becomes the same as Quincey...the thing he despised but now is conjoined with. Mary now sees that she has to be stronger and deprive herself of her one true love that is no longer the same man. Finding a way to flee she comes across Lily’s room empty with the window open. Peering down to the sharp rocks below, she sees the outline of her body. Although she wants to breakdown Mary pushes it to the side and continues her plan of escaping with a baby that was brought as a sacrifice to Tepes. John’s vampire mother shows Mary a way to escape, but when Mary is faced with the challenge that she isn’t strong enough to lift the door, Quincey helps her after finding out about Lily. Mary escapes and saves the baby, but is changed in the way she thinks and acts everyday. John takes on his new destiny and is faced with harder concepts. I would recommend this book to any high school student or adult. There is a way about Kate’s writing that beautifully projects the images into your mind. The curiosity that she progresses with throughout the book will leave you turning the pages and not wanting to put it down. I personally read over 100 pages in one day. During the book, you will find yourself questioning the lifestyle you live today and how the challenges they are faced with and the ones you are the same. While reading you can also imagine yourself being in the positions that the characters end up being in and thinking about what you would do. Just like in horror movies how there is also that one character that does something stupid and you hear the audience saying “Don’t go in there!” yet we all know they do, you will be shouting at the book trying to tell the characters what to do. People around you will eventually think that you are going insane; that is alright because of how amazing this book is. Even though this book is about love and vampires, it is nothing like Twilight. By far better than any other vampire book I have ever read which there is a lot of those. I encourage everyone to read this book, even if it doesn’t seem to fit “your style” because maybe you will change your mind after reading this. The best part of all of this is that it is a sequel so right after you read Bloodline you can jump right into Bloodline: The Reckoning. So pick up the book and start reading!

  • BryceWe
    2018-11-20 07:20

    This book is about a 19 year old boy named John Shaw who comes back from his terrible times in World War 1 and has repetitive nightmares about it every night when he goes to sleep. However he can't seem to find out why he keeps having these awful nightmares but then he goes to England and he finds out that he has to stop his commander, Quincey Harker from continuing this bad bloodline.

  • Diane
    2018-12-14 08:31

    Very interesting story and loved the characters. Would recommend this book.

  • Iris Nevers
    2018-12-19 08:17

    A nice, quick read. The ending definitely permits a sequel. I can't wait to see how this story ends!

  • Amelia
    2018-12-14 10:14

    Bloodline: A Decent Sequel to Dracula That Only Took 117 Years To ArriveA Review By: AmeliaInterested in more book reviews? Check out my blog Bookworms Unite!( one thinks of a true gothic novel, what comes to mind? What about the best vampire to ever stalk the streets in search of blood? What about the most bad-ass vampire hunter to wield a stake and mallet? The answer to all these questions is, of course, the novel Dracula. With so much in Bram Stoker’s masterpiece to love, why did he never write more in the Dracula mythos? I do believe Kate Cary thought the same thing and, to rectify the situation, she sat down and penned the fabulous Bloodline, the unofficial sequel to Dracula.Bloodline is a continuation of the Dracula mythology with the story of Quincy Harker: a charming, rogue British army officer who has been leading a secret life because he’s a vampire. He seduces an innocent girl by the name of Lily and, when he takes her back to his family’s castle in Transylvania, he lures her older brother to save her. This, in turn, is all part of a much bigger plot involving the cursed bloodline of Dracula.The author of Bloodline (and its sequel Bloodline Reckoning) is Kate Cary who has also written for the series Warriors under the pen name of Erin Hunter. She’s a fairly unknown author but it hardly matters: she has an elegant and intelligent style that hard to put down once you start: especially with the Bloodline series.Bloodline has some very interesting characters: some new and some homage to the original Dracula story. Until the last part of the novel though, there are only four characters that you need concern yourself with. John Shaw is the kind-hearted, older brother of Lily Shaw, who is the innocent and naïve soul that Quincy Harker, the charming vampire, has seduced to become his vampire bride. Along for the ride is Mary Seward, a nurse that fell in love with John and wishes to help him save his sister from a grisly undeath. Of these four characters though, Quincy and Mary are the most fleshed out. No disrespect to John and Lily Shaw, but John spends the first half of the book raving mad from his experiences in the First World War, and Lily is just such a weak human being her character is washed out by the more commanding Quincy, who she spends most of the book with.Bloodline has some great locations within its three hundred and fifty pages. It begins with one of my favourite locations: the trenches of war torn France. The picture of war is painted beautifully with the mud, the vermin, the violence, and gore of the First World War. Moving from the trenches of France is a war hospital in England that used to be an asylum and a gloomy old manor where Lily lives. When Quincy meets her at this gloomy manor, they make their way across Europe before arriving at the imposing and dark castle that Quincy calls his childhood home. They’re great locations that, without over imposing, showcase the characters wonderfully.Bloodline is a great book written around what could have been a really lacklustre topic. I mean a sequel to Dracula? Who needs that? As it turns out, I needed a sequel to Dracula no matter how non-sequitur it may seem! The characters are genuine, the writing is poignant and on tone, and the locations paint a grim and gothic façade that really bring this unofficial sequel of Dracula to life.My final thoughts on Bloodline are that this is a great take on the Dracula mythology. It gives us characters that are human, even when they’re vampires and the writing is vivid and powerful as first person diary entries are a great homage to the original Dracula novel. Plus there’s some steamy lesbian vampire sex! Plus being set in World War One is always a big draw for drama, violence, and good ol’ fashioned vampire gore–none of that Twilight ‘I only eat animals’ garbage! All added up and Bloodline gets high marks from me!Interested in more book reviews? Check out my blog Bookworms Unite!(

  • Rachel
    2018-11-21 08:37

    This Dracula fan fiction book begins as a mildly pathetic and uncreative pastiche of the original novel, and eventually take a turn for the truly bizzarre as far as characterization goes. Amusing, for a Dracula fan, but not satisfying either as a novel or a Dracula continuation.The premise: It is World War I. Fighting for England is Quincey Harker, the son of Jonathan and Mina who we hear about in the epilogue of Dracula. But this novel takes the not uncommon perspective that he is actually the son of Dracula and Mina - no, wait, I musn't forget one of the more inexplicable plot points of this book. Apparently, the villainous vampire who had an affair with Mina after the original novel's end, and who took her to Transylvania after Jonathan's unexpected death, was not Count Dracula at all, but rather Count Dracula's son, Tepes.Even leaving aside the oddity of that naming scheme, did author Kate Carey ever stop to think how distinctly odd it would be for Mina, whatever one presumes her relationship with the elder Count was, to have an affair with an eventually marry his son? And what real purpose did it serve to add this new character? Author's and filmakers for decades have found ways of getting around the Count's rather unconvincing death at the end of the original novel; surely Kate Carey could do it.But back to the plot. Quincey Harker is a vampire and belongs to the Dracula family, though the father on his birth certificate is the deceased Jonathan Harker. Serving under him is John Shaw (get it? John like Jonathan? Oh, this book), for whom the battlefield serves as a substitute for Dracula's Castle, eventually sending him back to England and, of course, Jack Seward's asylum, now converted into a war hospital, where he is treated through his illness and delirium by Mary Seward, Jack Seward's daughter. After some Renfield references, John regains his sanity and - surprise of all surprises - falls in love with and becomes engaged to Mary.Soon we meet Lily (get this one too? Lily like Lucy?), John's naive and slightly irritating sister, who promptly falls madly in love with Quincey, and elopes with him back to Transylvania.After that, the action progresses with overwhelming speed, complete with revelations about paternity that either leave no one surprised or come out of nowhere, characters switching loyalties at the drop of a hat, and plans made absurdly far in advance. The highlight of course, when one reads this book with the perverse delight of reading bad fan fiction, comes with Mina's appearence, as she persistently acts like a badly written Evil Queen from a fairy tale. Which doesn't fit her archetype in the least, can we all agree that?One might wonder what version of Stoker's novel Cary found herself reading.

  • SJH (A Dream of Books)
    2018-12-08 11:18

    'Bloodline' is an inventive sequel to the original Bram Stoker's Dracula. The story takes place many years after the events that led to the downfall of Dracula - events that left, however, his bloodline intact.Quincey Harker is a captain leading a band of men during the war. John Shaw is one of his lieutenants, who witnesses the atrocious nighttime exploits of his captain and who returns to England to convalesce and recover from his injuries, haunted by what he's seen. Mary Seward is the daughter of Dr. Seward (from the original novel) and is in charge of helping John to return to good health. As she nurses him she falls in love but soon comes across his journal where she discovers the full depth of his torment. As Harker's relationship with John's sister Lily deepens, it's up to John and Mary to save her from a great evil.I first read the original Dracula a few years ago but I could still remember enough to piece together the important parts of the story that were woven together with 'Bloodline'. The latter is an imaginative and intriguing take on a classic novel that's influenced a whole genre of books. I don't think it really matters if you haven't read Dracula itself although it's interesting to pick up the thread of the story and follow a new generation of characters. It also meant that I had a real sense of foreboding throughout the book and I was sat there reading and waiting for something terrible to happen! The narrative alternates between the four main protagonists and is told through their thoughts, letters and journals. This gave valuable insight into their thoughts, feelings and emotions and helped to create three dimensional characters that seemed vividly real. It also meant that it was difficult sometimes to know where my sympathies lay because not everything was as black and white as it first seemed. My preconceptions were often turned completely upside down.If I'm nitpicking, the only thing that didn't necessarily gel for me was the conclusion of the story. It seemed (without giving anything away) that it didn't work so well with some of the elements of the original novel. I didn't completely like the direction which it took at the end, although I think it has set things up nicely for the sequel, 'Reckoning' which is published in February 2011. That aside, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and finished it in one sitting as the story drew me in and continually left me on a knife-edge at the end of each chapter. The mystery and suspense was drawn out well, particularly in the latter half of the book, until I was on the edge of my seat and desperate to know how it was all going to end.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-19 05:22

    Mary is working as a nurse in a sanatorium when she recognises one of her patients as a boy she knew as a child. John was injured during the war and has been sent home to recover but he is struggling with nightmares of his time in the trenches. Mary wants to find a way to get through to John so she reads his journal to find out what happened to him, the more she learns about Captain Quincy Harker the more sure she is that something strange was going on. When Harker turns up at the hospital and sets his sights on John's sister Lily it is up to Mary to try and protect her friend and figure out what the captain is really up to.I'll admit now it's been years since I read Dracula by Bram Stoker but I was looking forward to reading Kate Cary's sequel Bloodline. I love reading stories based on old classics and Bloodline wasn't a disappointment. The story is told using journal entries and letters from each of the 4 main characters which was a great way to see the story from different angles and allowed the author to build suspense. I actually found it really hard to put down because I'd keep thinking to myself "just one more journal entry" and then I'll go to bed!I really liked Mary, she was probably the most well rounded out of all of the characters and she was very strong and determined. It soon becomes obvious how much she cares for John and she is worried for his sister Lily. I didn't like Lily much, she was very weak and needed constant reassurance from those around her but I was impressed with her when she finally found her backbone towards the end of the book. John was quite sweet but he really annoyed me with some of his actions (I can't really say more without giving spoilers though). Harker intrigued me and I'm very curious to see what happens with him in the sequel, there is definitely more to him than it first appears.I really enjoyed reading John's accounts of life in the trenches, the writing was descriptive and made it easy to picture the sights, sounds and even smells that the soldiers were surrounded by. This was continued throughout the story and helped me create solid mental pictures as the characters journeyed to Transylvania and arrived at the castle. There was a great twist at the end that I hadn't seen coming but this is where I became more than a bit disappointed with John, perhaps we will see him redeem himself in the sequel Reckoning but I'm not sure if he can! Either way I'm definitely looking forward to picking up the next book to find out what happens next, I'm also very tempted to dig out my copy of Dracula for a reread in the meantime.

  • Ashley
    2018-12-14 07:12

    2.5 starsI am usually not drawn to vampire novels but my friend recommended this one to me. It was actually decent but definitely did not live up to the justice of what vampires are capable of.The writing was quite peculiar to me. Although it is set during World War I, the way the journal is written seems more like a narration of a story rather than a recording of events. In my opinion, it would have been better if the novel was not told as a diary but I enjoyed it overall.My favorite journal entries were John Shaw's. Particularly during the beginning when he was recovering in the sanatorium. From his entries, Quincey Harker was portrayed as such an awesome protagonist! I found it a bit odd how obsessive Mary was over John because she read his journal but obviously it was her job to help her patients on the road to recovery. For now, your obsession for John is understandable but do not go all crazy, love sick lady on me again.Overall, I would say the plot was very interesting! It was literally like a movie playing through my head. It was a bit too fast paced for my liking though. I would have preferred more detail and explanations rather than a lightning round of information hurled at my face to digest. As well, the relationships were just not realistic to me. Really, after a few days in each other's company Lily and Quincey are in "love?" Uh huh, right..Lily was such an annoying character to me. She was just so oblivious to everything and did not even consider her own family but rather chose to act upon her whim of her love for Quincey! Ugh, come on now! We are strong, independent women and we need no man! *SPOILER* When Mary and John went to save Lily from the castle I cannot even believe she jumped over a cliff instead of choosing to be on the "bad side" with the vampies. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! John and Mary just risked their lives coming to save you and you just abandon them?! You did not even attempt to escape or help the two escape the castle!!! SELFISH, SELFISH SELFISH. I am cruel but I am glad Lily jumped. I would not be able to put up with her childish and naïve behaviour for much longer. Good riddance.**Anyways, that ending though. I am slightly enticed to read the next book. Although I do not adore the writing, the plot is truly captivating! I cannot believe all that has happened in such a short amount of time! Argh I really want to learn more about what happens to Mary but the way the author writes causes me to imagine the characters weirdly, if that makes sense. I do not know, the way the book is written just makes me interpret the characters as insincere, naïve people. Meh, we will see if I continue on with the series!

  • Jazmine
    2018-11-28 08:20

    Written in Journal entries from the characters of Mary, John, and Quincey, Bloodline takes place during World War I; however, war isn’t the only issue for Mary and John, vampires are threatening to ruin their lives forever. John heads off to fight in the war where he meets Captain Quincey Harker who is able to defeat many alone in supernatural ways. When John returns ill with trench fever he blames it for his strange memories of Quincey’s abnormal fighting techniques. Mary Stewart takes care of him, and due to special interest takes a peak at his journal to be awed by his accounts including his suspicions of Quincey. When John awakens from his coma, he and Mary develop a strong relationship to the point where they become engaged. All the while, Quincey returns and takes to his sister Lily. John and Mary grow suspicious of the two and by the time they run off to be married they are sure, due to evidence, Quincey is a vampire set to change Lily into his vampiress continuing Dracula’s bloodline. They set off to follow them to Romania and find themselves in a castle filled with vampires including John’s so called dead mother. It turns out Quincey was arranged to be wed to Lily many years ago, and John is also a vampire already. He refuses to let himself fall for temptation, but soon he drinks blood and accepts his true nature. Mary however is set on escaping with Lily to save her; yet, Lily takes things into her own hands and commits suicide leaving Quincey heart broken, John lost to them all as he has changed so completely to the point where he has killed many of the other vampires including his own mother and Father, and Mary (who escapes anyways) without her love and left to live in fear now that she is aware of the existence of vampires. I really liked how she had journal entries written from three different character’s point of view. I felt as though I got to see all the different perspectives giving me a better understanding of the tale and the characters themselves. In my opinion, that developed them more so than it would have had it been written from only the main character’s perspective in narrative form. I also liked the historical spin on it as well as it took place during the First World War. It was both educational and entertaining, and I look forward to reading the sequel.

  • Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
    2018-12-18 06:17

    What is the book about?It's the end of 1916, and John Shaw has returned from the trenches of the first World War with the fever that is causing him pain, delirium and horrible nightmares. Mary Seward is immediately drawn to him and takes a special interest in John. When John is brought into the sanatorium he is clutching a red leather journal, that Mary brings home for safe keeping. Curiosity kills her, and she reads of the things that he has witnessed in the war. It's no wonder is he is ranting and raving from the fever. John's Commanding Officer, Captain Quincey Harker, is a ruthless and determined leader who has been known to do solitary missions at night to attack and kill the enemy. John has suspicions that there is more to Harker, but hasn't put his finger on it quite yet. When John wakes up, he remembers how well he was taken care of by Mary, and they spend time together outside of the sanatorium when he is discharged from care. Mary and John find out that John's sister Lily has fallen in love with Harker and run off with him to elope in Transylvania. When Mary and John discover who Quincey Harker is, they follow after them, in hopes to stop the inevitable. What did I think of the book?Bloodline is written in journal format, showing you the journal entries from each of the characters; Mary, John, Lily, and Captain Harker. It bounces back and forth keeping up with time to show everyone's perspective, which I thought is brilliantly written. Cary's first novel to the Bloodline series, has a great twist to the vampire stories of Van Helsing and Dracula. There's blood, love, romance, and death all wrapped up in a great novel. I thought Kate Cary did a great job at the dialogue between the characters, since it takes place during World War I, the speech differs from current times, and it seemed realistic while also entertaining and easy to understand. I cannot wait to start the next book in the series, I don't have it yet, but I'm hoping I can take a trip to my favorite used book store, and pick up a copy today!

  • Megan
    2018-12-14 04:19

    I gave this book 3/5 stars on my blog http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.comBloodline is a unique take on the vampire as it's set during the First World War, during a time of blood, death and carnage and to add a vampire into the mix was in my opinion genius. Especially a vampire descended from the original vampire, Dracula! At first I couldn't get into the book but I didn't want to give up on it so I continued and am glad I did as I really got into it and grow to really enjoy it.The story is narrated though various people's journal's starting with Captain Quincy Harker, the mysterious, handsome "creature of the night." When I first read of Quincy Harker I didn't know what to make of him, however as I read on I grow to dislike him a lot. Through Lieutenant John Shaw we see for ourselves the tragedy and bloodiness of war mixed with the evil creature that is Quincy Harker. Through other people's journals such as Lily Shaw and Mary Seward the story unfolds.In short Quincy Harker is a descendant of Dracula and the meeting of him and John Shaw on the battlefield is not a pot luck but has been manipulated by Quincy Harker himself, which raises the question of why? Quincy falls for John's sister Lily and together they leave England and go to Transylvania to wed. I do believe that Quincy does really love Lily you can see he does want to protect her, but you ask yourself is turning her into what he is love, an evil monster that craves one thing the most. When John and his fiance Mary realise what Quincy really is they set of after them with secrets being revealed along the way that had me gripped to the book and secrets that I didn't see coming!In the end my opinion of the two male characters, John and Quincy, changed from liking John Shaw to hating him and from hating Quincy Harker to some what liking him a little. To find out why my opinion had a complete flip go and grab a copy of Bloodline and see for yourself, you will be gripped by Kate Cary's world.

  • Kristi
    2018-12-04 10:31

    John Shaw is sent to the front lines of World War One. He can’t help but awe at his Captain, Quincy Harker, but there is also something strange about him as well. When John is injured, he is sent back to England to recover. A nurse, Mary Seward, recognizes John and she nurses him back to health as well as befriends his sister who lives nearby, Lily. John suffers from a fever that causes delusions. Mary hoping to help calm his fears reads his diary to learn about what John has faced.John describes his fearless leader Captain Harker and his strange ways of war, but of also his rescuing John. Mary tells Lily of Harker’s heroic act and when Harker comes to England he stays at the Shaw’s mansion. In turn winning the love of John’s sister Lily.While John is away on business, he returns home to find Lily and Harker gone and a note that they are traveling to Transylvania where they are to be wed. John on learning the news, also learns the true identity of Captain Harker, he is a descendant of Dracula and a vampire himself. Fearing for his sister’s safety, John and Mary vow to rescue her from the clutches of Harker!This is supposed to be a continuation of sorts of Dracula. Although I’ve never read Dracula, I most likely will someday. If you know anything about Dracula, you know that is a horror story. So don’t expect these vampires to be vegetarians like the Cullen/Hale clan or a soy-based blood substitute drinker like Morning McCobb. These vamps are the bloodsucking monsters that started it all. Even so, I really liked the story! It is told in diary entries like the original Dracula. It was nice to be able to see which each character was feeling. It made the story much more compelling. It’s obvious that Harker is a vampire, but Cary leaves a big twist for the end, one that I know I didn’t see coming! This was an awesome reinterpretation of a classic! I only wished I’d read it so I could compare. I am really looking forward to the next book Reckoning!

  • Amy Holliday
    2018-12-19 12:15

    Bloodline opens on the battlefields in France during the First World War. John Shaw is to join the regiment of Captain Quincy Harker, another fellow Romanian who is fighting for England. The book is told through a series of letters and diary entries. One soon realizes that Captain Harker was no common officer, but was, in fact, a vampire. John Shaw struggles with the things he witnesses Captain Harker do to the enemy. He details all of this in his journal, but falls ill with delusions and is returned to England, where a young woman named Mary Shaw nurses him back to health. But, she also reads his journal and becomes very suspicious about the Captain and what had happened during the war. Lilly, John’s sister, none the wiser to the ways of Captain Harker, invites him to live with her while John recuperates because she is so grateful that John’s life was spared on the battlefield. Captain Harker and Lilly fall in love, while Mary Shaw and John do likewise. Mary is very nervous about the developing relationship between Lilly, because she believes most certainly that Captain Harker is a vampire. Lilly and Captain Harker decide to travel back to Romania and be wed in Transylvania at his family’s castle, the old castle of Count Dracula. Finally, John realizes that his own and Mary’s suspicions are correct, Captain Harker is a vampire. They set out to save Lilly from her certain death and entry into the world of vampires, and rid the world of vampires. What John and Mary discover is bone-chilling, and these discoveries begin when John realizes he is oddly powerful over the beasts in the wild. The battles that ensue against vampires within the Castle are wildly entertaining and suspenseful. There are many unexpected twists to the plot, and the story ends with no doubt that there will be a sequel., I think that this book is best for older teenagers, 16+.

  • Nina
    2018-11-30 04:30

    Taking a look at this cover, you have a pretty good idea what the book is about. But I had no idea that it would sway me of my feet.Mary Seward is a character I liked from the start. She is a caring, sweet young girl and wants to help others the best she can. I could tell from her writing in her journal that she was deeply in love with John, and I could feel her connection with him. She is also very brave, strong and determined to find a solution.John Shaw is 19 years old and reading his writing about the war, took me right in the battlefields beside him. He was protective of his sister Lily and a little bit insecure about himself.I didn’t like Lily so much. She was a bit to weird for my taste. The way she hung to the captain made me wonder how stabile she was. She wasn’t strong and the ends result of her life speaks for itself.The plot is great. The vampires are monstrous and are not the loving kind as in Twilight. They are evil beings sucking lives out of people. The journey to Transylvania from both of the couples are really suspenseful. It keeps you wondering if Lily is going to find out the secret the Captain has or if she too madly in love to see. I loved the surprise at the end. There where for sure twists and turns in Bloodline.The writing is really beautiful. I loved the setting of the story and I could picture it in my mind. Especially the first pages about the war where vivid. I feel like the author has done a great job describing the locations and also did a find good job researching the war.Bloodline is an excellent novel that is a must read for vampire fans. I am looking forward reading Reckoning, the second book in this series, and finding out if Mary can forget about the evilness that happened in Transylvania.