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The Turning (Blood Ties, Bk 1)
The Turning - Blood Ties, Bk 1
Author: Jennifer Armintrout
The first novel in a three-book vampire series introduces young Dr. Carrie Ames, who after she's attacked by a patient "reanimates" in the morgue. When Carrie realizes she's now a vampire, she must choose between humanity and becoming a monster. Original. — I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780778322986
ISBN-10: 077832298X
Publication Date: 6/1/2006
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 402 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Turning (Blood Ties, Bk 1) on + 93 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
I loved this book! It starts right off with a bang & just keeps going. Dr. Carrie Ames is turned to a vampire by accident one night in the morgue, and ends up w/ a blood tie to a very evil vampire. There is a bit of graphic sex, but it ties into the story instead of just trying to add some sex to the story. What I really liked was it actually had an ending/conclusion. So many books leave you with questions or frustration over a weak ending. I have also read the 2nd book in the series Possession, and it was just as good, if not better. Even left me misty eyed at the end. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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Helpful Score: 8
Let me just say that this book will definitely fool you. It has such a promising beginning... the story of becoming a vampire from a newbie perspective which I really enjoyed. The problem is, about halfway through this book, the writer decided, "Let's not write fiction... let's write about my life and my own personal disappointments and veil them as a sexually charged yet empty vampire story!"

My suggestion is that if you really are into stories of people who just can't seem to fall in love unless it's either with a self loathing man who still loves his wife and specifically tells you he doesn't love you or with a truly evil, yet needy, blood-thirsty killer, this book is sooo for you. If you really want a good, action-packed, supernatural love story, stick with Kelley Armstrong.
reviewed The Turning (Blood Ties, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Are you a doctor who smokes, or a doctor who can't shake off the text book warnings of blood born pathogens? Pick one.

I couldn't get into the heroine, because frankly I don't think she was even into herself. I didn't get the whole creepy attraction to the eyeball-less pedophile, and if that kid is your son why are you letting him peddle his blood out to random vampires?

There's just so much going on here that I don't get. There is no chemistry, plenty of self-loathing, and the sex wasn't even that great.
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Helpful Score: 4
This was a very good book. I really enjoyed it, the story keep you captivated.

I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. but after my life turned into a horrow movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

So now I'm a vampire, and it turns out I have a blood tie to the monster who sired me. The tie works like an invisable leash and I'm bound to him no matter what I do. And of course he's one of the most evil vampires on earth. With my sire hell-bent on turning me into a souless killer and his sworn enemy set to exterminate me, things couldn't get much worse-except I'm attracted to them both.

Drinking blood, living as an immortal demon and being a pawn between two warring vampire factions isn't exactly how I'd imagined my future. But as my father used to say, the only way to conquer fear is to face it. So that's what I'll do. Fangs bared.
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Helpful Score: 4
Ok so I did fall head over hills in love with this book! Carrie finds herself in a crazy love triangle through a blood tie with her sire and a lust for a friend. I really enjoyed how this book was written. I will have to say that this is the first book that I actually felt at times that i liked both of the men. She drags you in so intimately to Nathan and then right when your ready to close the book and say that Carrie will be with Nathan she throws Cyrus(carries sire) into the picture and visa versa... my heart pounded with Carries during these moments.

Very well written novel and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

I will say I hesitated in writting this review, for one...Im kinda left wondering about the end, and I cant really decide if I liked it or not.

Over all I will definitely recommend this book to you!! I also want to add that I read this book in one day...It will, without a doubt, suck you in!
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reviewed The Turning (Blood Ties, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
I liked the book, but would have liked to know about the "family" history of the vampires.
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I thought this book had an interesting twist on the whole sire thing and the whole good vamp vs. bad vamp. I liked the character Ames and I thought her and Nathan made a good couple. Im thinking I might get the second one so I can see what happens next.
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This book is amazing! I had not heard of this author prior to ordering this book, but it was highly recommended by other's book reviews, so I gave it a shot. I was not disappointed, I love Ms. Armintrout's writing voice. She is so creative, pays such close attention to details, and those details create a wonderful, perfectly flowing story. After the main character accidentally crosses the path of a century's old vampire at the hospital where she works as a physician, her life changes in ways she could never have imagined in her wildest nightmares. Following the course of her change is a mesmerizing journey full of violence, sex and lots of soul searching. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal fiction, trust me, it will become one of your favorites! I can hardly wait to start the second in the series, "The Possession."

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