30 August 2012


{Review} Blood Debt by Nancy Straight

Blood Debt

(Touched #1)
By Nancy Straight
Release Date: 07/15/2012
Format: eBook, 304 pages
Purchase: (Amazon)
Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a centaur touched by Zeus. 
As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately wants.

*A review copy was provided by the author for review purposes*

The Cover: Huh.. it looks.. okay. Doesn't look like it has anything to do with a Centaur though.

Opening Lines: I stared at the phone. I had his number. I had his name. Twenty-two years... after twenty-two stinking years of fantasizing about who he was, what he was like, where he was--you'd think I would have dials by now. The thing is--nobody, anywhere, could live up to my expectations. I'd always envisioned this successful, educated, lead-singer, movie-star, rich, kind of father. It was great to think that he was this wonderful, benevolent man, who one day would swoop in and introduce himself, then whisk me away in a limo. Yeah, that never happened.

My Thoughts: 

First of all, I have to get this out. I LOVED THIS BOOK. There, all done. So, why exactly did I love this? It's totally because of the Centaur part of the story. I mean, c'mon, Centaurs? That's pretty original. Instead of writing about, oh I don't know, vampires, werewolves, angels, and faeries, to list a few, I've never read anything that has Centaurs in it. 

So, if you've read the opening lines above, you know that the protagonist, Camille, just found out who her father is after (I quote) twenty-two stinking years. She called her dad and they arranged to meet each other. But the question is, why? Why after all these years? Was her dad really that bad?

Daniel's words continued to echo in my mind, "She must have kept you two apart for a reason." Why would she have kept us apart? Was she ashamed of him? What did he do that made her not want him in her life? -Pg 13, Nancy Straight

I liked this book because it has Centaurs in it (obviously, I mentioned that at least a bajillion times). I liked the main character, Camille. She seems to notice everything. I loved how when she and Drake (the love interest) had that insta-love moment, they tried to stop it. They didn't just go, "To hell with Drake's marriage, let's have babies." Okay, I might've exaggerated a bit, since that never happens in books.

What disappointed me was that we only see the mating aspect of Centaur culture. Besides the mating stuff, we don't really see much. Sure, we see some magic here and there. But besides those, we don't see much. I have lots of questions like: Are they warriors? Do they go to war? Are they skilled archers like Chiron was? So many questions. I think the book focuses too much on the romantic aspect of the story. There wasn't that much action at all. I hope we see my questions answered in the second book :)

If you love paranormal YA and/or Greek Mythology, you should definitely read this!



  1. I haven't ever heard of this book but it looks interesting

  2. Thanks so much for the fabulous review!! As for the cover, good catch, I should have found a way to make it more clear in the story. The constellation over her shoulder is Saggitarius (Chiron). :) Many thanks! Nancy


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