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He stole a kiss from the wrong girl...Left without a soul, 17-year-old Dariana Sanders waited to die. There was nothing left to live for, nothing to feel besides the aching cold that never stopped. Her parent's marriage was in shambles, and her brother, the only one who understood, the only one who knew how to make the cold go away, was gone forever. The only thing DarianaHe stole a kiss from the wrong girl...Left without a soul, 17-year-old Dariana Sanders waited to die. There was nothing left to live for, nothing to feel besides the aching cold that never stopped. Her parent's marriage was in shambles, and her brother, the only one who understood, the only one who knew how to make the cold go away, was gone forever. The only thing Dariana knew with absolute certainty was that nothing could possibly be right again. Enter Lewis Axel Nialls. Luckily for her, impossible is right up his alley. He can save her from the forces that wish to destroy her. Of course who's going to save him, from her?...

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Number of Pages : 205 Pages
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hotblood Reviews

  • Megs ♥
    2019-02-04 19:07

    Good book, but I don't think I would continue this series. At first when I started reading it I honestly thought it as a bit confusing. It took a while for the author to explain the Houses, and before that I didn't find the book to be too engaging. Another confusing thing was the POV changes. They just weren't clear, and it's not like I was was wanting each POV change to shout the characters name every time, but a quick sentence in the beginning of each that clearly shows who's POV it was would have been helpful. This was only something that slightly irked me in the beginning, but after a while I was able to just figure it out faster and it helped the book flow so much better.The best thing about this book was that the story was truly unique. I don't have anything else really to even compare it to, so that's always great. The humor was spot on. The dialog always fresh and interesting, and the characters were very well written. My favorite character by far was Satan!The end wrapped up the story nicely, answering a lot of questions I had along the way. The book was fast paced, and I think it was a good start to a series that has potential. I just felt like this book lacked suspense and that alone made the story hard to get into for me. I was able to finish it, but it's a book I don't think will be very memorable.

  • Nicole
    2019-02-03 16:09

    Hotblood was a very different Paranormal or maybe Fantasy novel? Not sure where to classify it...First we have 17 year old Dariana who is a hybrid Wild/Cool we meet her at her twin brothers funeral, she is a shell of a girl who is living without her soul. Then we have Lewis who is a Hotblood. I wont even start to try to explain the races here, while it is a bit confusing to begin with because the author just jumps into the story like we already know this world it did not take me that long to catch up. My only constructive opinion on that part would be that the author needs a prologue to better explain the "Houses" and different species even some kind of chart to kind of explain the races and attributes.  Alright so now we have Lewis who is instantly drawn to this strange girl who has lived well past what she should have without having a soul. He follows her one evening and ends up stealing a kiss that leaves him changed. The other thing I would suggest is a more clear cut way to decipher whose perspective we are seeing. It switches up a little and it sometimes took me a few paragraphs to distinguish. We follow Dariana in her journey in getting her life back, finding out what happened to her, and possibly finding her soul mate. Her family is quirky and highly entertaining.Hotblood is a unique world that I enjoyed thoroughly. Ms Whicker has an incredible imagination and I can't wait to find out more about the House of slide. I would have loved to see more of her Uncles Satan and Grim were truly some great characters.I loved the cover for this one, it really caught my eye! I am guessing that is Uncle Satan on the cover.You can find Juliann Whicker on Goodreads!  Now I know you are all wondering what I think our lead characters look like if this were ever made into a movie! So here we go!I think Dariana would be played by Mila Kunis...And the oh so yummy Lewis would be ... David Boreanaz... Rating 4 stars!Recommended for teens & AdultsLeave me a comment and let me know who you think our leads would be played by!Follow my blog here... 1/5/12 Update...You know what I forgot to ask? For those of you who read this (view spoiler)[ What is the deal with the humans in this world? Do they know about the supernatural creatures? I couldn't a sense of the relationship between the supers and humans, anyone have some insight?(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
    2019-02-02 13:58

    Unfortunately, while this book holds a lot of potential and is a fairly decent first book in a series, it is extremely difficult to get into. The problem is not that it is slow, the problem is that it is too fast. You’re pulled into a new imaginative world and terms such as Hotblood, Wild, Cool and Hollow are thrown at you without any full explanation of what it all means. Not to mention, the prologue just sort of throws you in the middle of a funeral without any explanation as to why Lewis is there. It is all just a little bit too much, a little bit too soon. Luckily, things do get explained better as the story goes along, but there are still some things that I’m lost on and just feel a bit more of background information could help wonders.The story behind this novel is extremely interesting and the style of writing is definitely inventive but it is also confusing. Which is disappointing as it could have been a brilliant novel. Of course, that’s not to say that others won’t view it that way! But for me, it just was too hard to get to grips with at the beginning. There was a lot of changing POV’s and while, at the start, it was easily identifiable, as it went on, it got more confusing and I was just left feeling a little lost and alone. However, I continued to plough through the book, just hoping that somewhere an explanation would be given. And thus, it all got tied up at the end, for the most part, and it looks like the next book in the series will definitely be an interesting read and one I would definitely attempt to try, at any rate.Character wise, this book was full of some really interesting and innovative characters that were lovely to read and get to know. I really like Lewis and everything that he had to offer and really liked that there was more to him then what really met the eye. I adored Dari’s father and her relationship with him and how, even though they’d barely spoken in the last ten years, their relationship just flowed so nicely on the page. Smoke and Snowy were also likable, in their own unique ways. But I think my favourite characters was probably Grim and Satan and it was a little disappointing that Grim didn’t have as much of a central role but hopefully this will change in the upcoming novels!The romance in the book was good. It wasn’t too much and while it did slightly seem a little forward at points, it was actually really nice to read. She didn’t want to think about him, she didn’t want to search out for him but for some reason she just felt safer around him and it caused her an unexplainable grief when he wasn’t near her. It was different and not too over-powering throughout the novel when it definitely could have been so that was definitely refreshing! Not to mention, the sideline romance between Smoke and Snowy was just adorable. I will not let anyone persuade me otherwise on this!All in all, this was a decent book. It may have taken a while to get into and was confusing to begin with but as the story developed and turned, it actually grew into an interesting and imaginative story that I would be happy to continue reading about. I was given the chance to read and review this book due to the group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy’s Read 2 Review and I am glad that I got the opportunity as it was definitely an interesting read. But don’t take my word on it, why not pick up your own copy and get reading!

  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    2019-02-14 11:57

    I received this book as a part of Read to Review.The book was like an engaging, intriguing, yet challenging like 500 pieces puzzle in a good way. This book is unlike any book I’ve ever read. This is always a good thing. But with all the world building and no prior knowledge about this world, it was sometimes a little disconcerting not understanding at once. But for me the author did a great job of answers most of my question on her own terms in the story. And I enjoy a good puzzle immensely.Dariana as well as all the characters in the book were well developed and I found myself attached to Alex, Grim, and Satan. I really enjoyed this book so much. There were only a few times when I felt the story ended a little too abruptly moving onto a new part of the story leaving me wondering if I missed something. Also, there were a few conversations that I didn’t quite following. But neither happened often or took away my enjoyment of the book. I was surprised I was left with a few questions.(view spoiler)[• Dariana and her father Alex didn’t have much of a relationship. So when she stayed with him over the summer and they developed a true kinship, I was left wondering why there was no contact between them once she went back to stay with her mother for school.• Ok, so I really connected with Grim’s character in the beginning. Then after his brief appearance in the beginning of the book, he was neither seen nor heard from until the end of the book with no real reason why. This may just be my personal preference.• My biggest question was if in this world no one was really human. I only ask because when Smoke and other’s mentioned Hotbloods, Dariana didn’t seem concerned of their knowledge of such a group. Maybe I missed something there, but if Dariana didn’t know what she was at first, it would seem odd that she didn’t but everyone else in the town did. Even if she didn’t have a soul, I never got the impression she was stupid. (hide spoiler)]Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was believable at least as much as any paranormal story can be, lol. Everything moved at a realistic pace. Great job and I truly look forward to book two in this series.I would recommend to everyone. Nothing in this story needs to be censored.

  • M.L. John
    2019-02-14 17:09

    Four houses, all alike in dignity, in the town of Sanders where we lay our scene…Just kidding. You guys thought I was going to get all iambic pentameter for a minute there, didn’t you? How much work do you think that would be, to write a book review in iambic pentameter? And the Bard did whole plays! Sheesh. The Elizabethan era sounds like a lot of effort. But to the point. I just finished reading Hotblood: A House of Slide novel, by Juliann Whicker. It is a YA paranormal romance set in a world run by four very different breeds of magic users: The Wilds, theCools, the Hotbloods, and the extinct Hollows. These houses normally don’t interbreed, but about twenty years ago a Wild named Helen and a Cool named Alex fell in love and had two hybrid children named Devlin and Dariana. Hotblood opens on Devlin’s funeral. He’s been murdered, and to solve the mystery of why Helen’ s brothers have been sent to help their banished sister. What they find in Helen’s colorless home is Dariana, a teenage girl with no soul who isn’t long for the world.Hotblood is Dariana’s story, how she came to lose her soul and how she survives it. Juliann Whicker tells the beginning in an almost dreamlike way that puts the reader into the mind of a girl barely surviving. I was hooked from page 1 and read the whole thing through as quickly as I could. I’m normally not that into Paranormal romance because, frankly, I’ve had enough warring vampire/werewolf clans and their senseless love for vapid teenage girls. The strange world built in Hotblood was different because it is so unique I had to figure out how it ran. The main character was remarkably well drawn and very believable as we watch her find her first love.I give this book a big thumbs-up, and from me definitely a recommended read for anybody who likes a good YA romance with some supernatural flavor. To take a closer look, here’s a link:

  • Sheri
    2019-02-11 14:08

    Hotblood is the story of seventeen-year-old Dariana. Dariana's brother, Devlin, had stolen her soul from her 10 years earlier. She had no idea of what had happened, of course, and thought he was the greatest brother for being so caring towards her, although the truth was he was barely keeping her alive. Dariana had gone through much of her life an empty shell. The story opens up on Devlin's funeral, and with him now gone, Dariana's existence was also going to be coming to an end. Lewis, a Hotblood, watches Devlin's funeral from afar, for reasons unknown to him, and is inexplicably drawn to Dariana. He continues to watch her after the funeral, and they have an unexpected run-in in the woods. Neither of them knew this moment would change their lives forever. The beginning of the story was filled with so much information and not enough explanation, although things eventually become clearer later on in the story. At first I was not sure what to think about this, but the more I thought about it, I realized we were seeing the world the way Dariana would see it. She had been living as a soulless shell of a person, almost unaware of her surroundings, and all of the sudden things were clear. She was confused, scared, and trying to make sense of things. The characters in this book were fabulous! They were all very well developed. Dariana's life before was void of any emotion, and now it was fun to watch and get to know her as she was experiencing everything new. I really liked Lewis. He was such a complex character, and there was more to him than we initially thought. I loved Grim and Satan! Maybe we will get to see them more in a later book?The author did a great job building the complex world in Hotblood. It was unique from anything I have ever read, which is very refreshing, and it was very entertaining.

  • Candis
    2019-02-02 17:14

    I received this book as an R2R - as always, thanks to the hard working folks that allow us to read these books.This story follows Dariana, a girl with a very sad past, and even more perplexing future. She awakens one day trying to learn how to live again. Sent to her Father for one summer, then back to her mother Dari must learn to adapt and control her fury. If she doesn't...someone could get hurt, or worse. Now enter Lewis, the boy she's been dreaming about she's came back from virtual death. How does he figure in to this? And can he really help her, or is he just more trouble and hurt waiting to happen.Pros:I loved watching Dari come into her own in this book. She started off confused, easily flustered or lost. While she's not perfect by the end of the book, she's gained a strength of character that is truly inspired. I also like how the book itself is following Dari, while the prologue and epilogue follow Lewis. It gives the story a very circular feel. Cons: I had a hard time figure out exactly what type of supernatural to classify these groups - even with the specialized names you can typically lean them towards one or another, its not a big concern though. My next concern was figuring out who was in the know about the bloods, and who wasn't - or if they were even secret at all? If I read to fast and missed it, maybe I will catch it on a second read through.I seriously loved this story. What a great way to start out the New Year! I am eagerly awaiting book two of this series! I could not stop reading book one I was so entranced into it. I can't help wanting my own Axel painting now!

  • Jade
    2019-02-02 15:25

    Reading this felt like being a kid eavesdropping a really cool conversation but only catching bribes of the discussion. I felt like I was thrown in the middle of a complex, compelling world and nobody would explain things to me. It was quite frustrating because I just felt like I missed a lot. It's still a great story and the worlbuilding is original, the characters compelling. If the book was less confusing I'd rate it 4 or 5 stars because there are really cool stuffs in it. It has a lot of potential. I'm definitely interested in reading more from this author. She's really promising.

  • Ning
    2019-02-02 19:11

    Wow! Just Wow. I am surprised by how much I liked this book! The beginning was really confusing, because I was trying to keep up with who was who and what race was what and what house was what, but I really shouldn’t have tried so hard. It becomes so much clearer after the prologue. Dari hasn’t had a soul for ten years. Normally, the soulless dies after a few weeks, but Devlin, her brother, the one who took her soul, kept her alive. Through a chance kiss with a stranger, she stole his soul without knowing. Suddenly, Dari felt alive again. Yet, she has to learn to control her new powers.I like Dari a lot! She was a confused girl just trying to get used to her new life after being soulless for long. Her life before had lacked vitality and color and everything, but now she can experience everything again, though she just wants to be normal and fit in, like any average teenager at that time. Even when things don’t go her way, she’s got a sarcastic side that I fully appreciate. Although I wish we got to see her POV before she got a soul to better compare the before and after. I love the other character as well, especially Satan with his violent tendencies. Then there’s Lewis with his “warm eyes” that fooled everyone. God was I surprised with Lewis. I knew the entire time something wasn’t right. The prologue was written in Lewis’ POV, but for the rest of the book in Dari’s POV I just felt Lewis wasn’t the same Lewis I got to know at the beginning of the book, but I found out why in the end. Speaking of POVs, the POV changes are confusing at times. After a bit I knew what was happening, but at first it was hard to adjust because the changes weren’t clear. Also, sometimes I felt things moved a bit too fast, like dinners and car rides and stuff that’s supposed to take longer, but is over really soon, after like a five minute conversation. Lastly, some things are never explained, like leaning! I figured out what it was basically, but it’d be nice to have all the new stuff explained, especially since this is a paranormal book. Oh, also I never got to find out why Devlin took her soul in the first place, maybe it will be revealed later?Other than that, the book was great. I love the humor. The conversations were never dull. The world with its different races and tendencies were extremely interesting. The explanations were spread out very nicely so I never felt like I’m just overloaded with data. Add that with all the lovely characters makes a hard to put down book! I can’t wait for the next one!Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  • Marina
    2019-01-23 16:00

    Once upon a time there was a beautiful brilliant woman who gained the love of an immortal Nether. They had four children who are the parents of all the breeds in the world. Cools, Hotbloods, Wilds and Hollows.Cools can manipulate the emotions and desires of those around them.Wilds are obsessive planners and have power over physical world.Hollows can manipulate souls, take one and absorb its energy.Hotbloods are physical and emotional.There is only one rule. Breeds do not mix.Until one day one of the Cools married one of the Wilds. Helen was daughter of House-of-Slide and Alex was Cool. They had two children: Devlin and Dariana.The book starts with Devlin’s funeral. Devlin, son of Helen and Alex Sanders. He is dead but before he died he took his sister’s soul. Dariana is now soulless but she doesn’t know that. Her body is in a search for new soul. Otherwise she is dead.Lewis comes to visit his uncle Peter. Old Peter takes him to Devlin’s funeral. There Lewis meets Dariana. Lewis is Hotblood.Dariana takes his soul.Neither of them doesn’t remember that.It all started with a kiss.This is nice and interesting story. Fans of Twilight will like this one too. I needed more time to figure out who is who in this story. So I started this review explaining that. Sometimes the narrator is Dariana, sometimes is Lewis. So you can see their point of view. You can feel their emotions, you can feel their fears. It’s a strong story.My opinion: 3,9 / 5

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-09 12:08

    Hotblood (House of Slide #1) is about Dariana and Lewis. Dariana is a young girl whose soul was stolen from her by her twin brother Devlin 10 years ago. She is the daughter of the House of Slide who is one of the 4 houses (Wilds, cools, hotbloods, and Hollows) Her brother has died and since he has stolen her soul she doesn't have much time. A few days after her brother's funeral she meets Lewis, who is a hotblood. She goes out for a walk to the place that her and Devlin used to go together and Lewis follows her to watch after her and to make sure she doesn't come to any harm. Once he gets her to start back home she kisses him and takes part of his soul into her. She now has to learn how to control her new Hotblood soul as well as find her place in her family. The beginning of this story was somewhat confusing to me. You kind of get thrown into the middle of Devlin's funeral with Lewis talking to old Peter about the 4 houses and aren't really given an explanation of everything. About the third chapter things start to clear up and the book became more enjoyable for me. I liked the fresh new ideas in the story and I liked the characters also. This was easy to spend a couple hours at a time reading and getting lost in the story. I will definitely be reading any sequels that come out with this series.Thanks for the opportunity to Read and Review!

  • Francisca Darko
    2019-02-10 17:21

    Hotblood by Juliann Whicker was a good change from the usual books I have been reading recently.I thought the idea was very original even though some parts were quite confusing and I found myself having to read over a couple of pages.The beginning of the story was really interesting and all the secrets and the new world that was being created intrigued me especially the idea of Devlin stealing Dariana's soul.I loved the characters! My favorite character was probably satan and Grim and I have to admit that I was disappointed Grim only made brief appearances through the story.The houses were very imaginative and the pace of the story was really good.My only critique would be how sometimes I couldn't quite follow the conversations some of the characters were having.Also, I found the romance between Dariana and Lewis compelling.I didn't get as lost in the story as I would have liked but I thought the plot itself was very creative and if some little things could be tweaked, I would have got into it a little more.

  • Shy The WidowMaker
    2019-01-30 17:18

    I loved this book once I got into it. The beginning was a little slow for me until we got to know more about Dari. I loved learning about all the different people with the Wilds,Cools,Hotbloods and even liked the Nether creature. I have to say I didnt really start caring about Dari until she further into the book. I loved the dynamics of her and Lewis and it was a nice twist to his backstory. I even loved the character of Satan because under all that gruffiness he really was a softy when it came to Dari. I didnt like that outside of the summer visit with her dad we didn't get anymore interaction from him. It would have been nice to have more storytime with them since she was apart from him for so long.I really need book two soon to see how this ends. Overall this was a great book and the start of another new series for me.Thanks ladies at PNR &Fantasty Fanatics and Juliann Whicker for giving me the chance to review this.

  • Lovey Dovey Books
    2019-01-28 19:10

    Hotblood is a very original story. At some points throughout the story it was hard to keep up with the different Houses, but it came together in the last few chapters.The story seemed to not have a concrete point: Were they looking for Devlin's killer, did the Nether want something, are the Houses secret or does everyone know about them? Most of the questions are basically answered in the same event in the story. The characters kept the story rolling, especially Dari and Lewis. Hotblood didn't make sense (terms like 'fury' or 'leaning') until the last few chapters but it is a fascinating start to The House of Slide Series.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-11 12:15

    I really liked Hotblood.The concept is well executed and different than what is out right now. I like that you begin with lots of questions and slowly throughout the book, the answers are revealed. The characters in this book are excellent, all well developed and intersting. I liked the House of Slide brothers the best:) The book throws you a few surprises here and there and keeps it interesting. I'm excited for the next book.I would definitely recommend.

  • Billy Bob
    2019-02-18 11:07

    I is the best book i read this year i rat it 50 tsars

  • Jen
    2019-02-11 14:13

    Be careful who you kiss - they could steal your soul ! BWAHAHAHAHA! I seriously didn't want this book to end - WOW!This book is beyond what I thought it would be - I was so confused in the Prologue - First of all I didn't know who was telling the story - Girls POV or Guys POV - In the beginning – we hear from Lewis - you are being taken to a cemetery with an old man. He won’t tell who died, or anything about it - but Lewis goes anyways. While at the funeral, it starts to rain. He sees someone - a girl maybe - being shielded by some over grown men and a large unbrella. But something draws him to this person that he cannot see and we start to feel his frustration. The rain picks up and the lightning strikes the grave to seal the plot - and everyone begins to run towards their cars. Lewis struggles to see this person shielded by these men - but these men are making it impossible to see her. FINALLY just as they are about to get into the car, she staggers from in-between the men and looks back at the grave. He looks at her with his "sight" and sees she has No Soul... but how is that possible? Without a soul, you die, and yet ... here is this girl, about 17 years old. Underweight, shallow eyes, pale skin, and no soul... He starts to stalk her. This unexplainable pull he has towards her. One night, she sneaks out of her house - just the need to get away. He follows her through the woods. It's dark and there are things lurking in the woods that could harm her. She makes it to the edge of the river and sits down. Casually he strides up next to her and they talk for a few mins. He can hear the storm coming - so they get up to leave. She grabs hold of his hand and doesn't let go – He is warm, and she hasn’t been warm in years. She pulls herself closer to him. He leans over and their lips meet - Well that was some really Soul Shattering Kiss they had, because after that one kiss (her first kiss actually :) Everything changes. Chapter ONE – the rest of the book is told from Dariana (I love her name!) POV - We go through the whole change with Dari - From a cold fragile girl who has had no soul since she was 6 years old, Finally comes back to life. She goes to stay with her dad, who teaches her (and us) the difference between the Hotbloods, Wilds , Cools , and (I FORGOT the name!!!) BUT that one wasn't as important :) We also learn about the Nether - which is a combination of all 4 powers. She learns to hunt to kill her bloodlust – she learns to divert her anger and frustration and emotions into other obstacles so she doesn’t feel the need to kill She goes through her summer vacation pretty fast with her dad. She doesn't ask a lot of questions - and he only tells her what she needs to know... When she goes back to her mother's house, and back to school, the story really picks up. I really love the chase that goes on in the story - It's hard to come into these new feelings, and not know how the other person is feeling. No matter what the signs are. Especially with someone you don't know. That's how Highschool really is - That's how Real life really is, too :) I enjoyed reading this book a lot - it was very emotional at the end. I wasn't happy that Juliann Whicker stopped writing after only 300+ pages :) She could have written another 300 and I would have been ok with that :) BUT I am happy to have read the first chapter of the next book :) It doesn't give anything away - and you're still left wondering "WHAT HAPPENS NOW??" feeling (if not a little more * wink * )But at least I got a few extra pages to read with my new favorite Characters - Dariana , Her best friend Snowy, Osmand, Smoke and Ash, too :) These are some great friends to have :)Great book! I'm glad I got the chance to read it :)

  • Fathima
    2019-01-21 14:15

    Honest confession #1 : This book was sooo not what i thought it would be! Honest confession #2 : I will definitely read the second book in this series because the sneak peak at the end of book one was just amazing !!Wow , wow and i mean wow ! This book is so different from anything i've read before . At a time where we mostly read about vampire's , werewolves and fairies , this one sure came across as an exciting change and a wonderful surprise . Lets take a look at the good points in this book . The cover : Okay another confession , i absoltuely loved this cover . Well the colors to be more precise . I love the hues of purple and black . The tattoo covering the back also look exquisite , but they are of grave importance to those who wear them . You'll know what i'm talking about when you read the book . At fist i was a little confused to what all of it meant and wondered why on earth would pick up something like that for the cover , but now its totally justified !The story line : Honestly , when i started reading this book i was lost like a little puppy would be away from home !! I was like ' woooo ! What is going on in here ?? ' . Everything was super confusing and nothing made sense . But then a few chapters down , and * click * all the pieces of the story started forming the big picture . The concept of this book , like i mentioned earlier is very new . There are 4 groups/clan of people - The wilds , The cools , The hotbloods and The hollows . All these 4 groups dont gel in with each other and are at a brink of war , Enters Dari , the hybrid ( her mom's a wild and her dad's a cool ) girl who has been living without a soul for a very long time . Enters Lewis , the hot headed hotblood who cant take his eyes off Dari ,and feels drawn to her . I know a story is being formed in your head and you must be saying , " aye , cliche stuff , we know whats gonna happen " , but nah uh , thats the wrong answer because hotblood just is'nt your typical Romeo - Juliet stuff . This book is way much more than romance . It talks about these beings who are so different from anything we know . What i really liked about the authors writing style was that she didnt waste too much time on giving away too many details . Even though she talks about a very new subject , she gives you enough details to make you understand the situation in hand . She doesnt go story telling ( thank god ) , she just tells them when they are necessary for you to understand what is going on in the plot at that time . Another point worth mentioning is that the story just does not revolve around Dari and Lewis . There are many other important and lovable characters in the book who seem very real . Uncle Satan , Dari's uncle for example was a very unique and exciting character . I found him to quite the guy who is protective at the same encouraging Dari to do things that she has'nt done before . One more lovable point about this book was " Surprises " .. And the author did manage to throw a lot of them . Especially , those around the ending of the book ! Oh my god , just magnificent . On the whole , i was truly surprised by the goodness of this book . Totally unexpected , i really enjoyed reading .. I cant wait to read the sequel just to find out whats gonna happen to Dari and Lewis , because the ending was like , ' Whaaaaat ' !!!! Totally recommend it those who want to try out something different from the usualness of what we read all the time .

  • Suki
    2019-02-02 16:11

    So.... when can I read the next book?I love reading books that draw me in until I realize I have read for a long time. A long time is relative, of course. Prior to having kids, a long time would be hours on end and that was fairly frequent. 30 minutes seems to be a long time nowadays. Life just isn't the same with kids.Back to Hotblood...I won't even begin to give a synopsis of this book. I told my husband that I thought he would like this book and he asked what it was about. I think my mouth opened and closed several times before I came out with a very intelligent sounding "ummmmm...."Since I know the author (we have conversed three times so that counts as knowing, right?) and my sister who actually does know her speaks of her frequently, I read the book in sort of a critiquing kind of mindset. I say sort of because I kept getting caught up in what was happening. That is a good thing. There are a few errors and such but I'm sure they have been taken care of.I always thought I didn't like paranormal stuff. That was when I only equated vampires and werewolves to paranormal. I don't know why... Beauty and the Beast is considered paranormal, isn't it? I like that just fine. When the Twilight books came out, I immediately didn't like them because... vampires and werewolves. Then there was such hype about it that I disliked them more. Then I was forced to read the first two books and I feel justified in hating them.Back to Hotblood...My opinion of paranormal literature has opened up significantly due to some favorite books that fall under that category. Hotblood certainly fits there. It was a good read for sure. In fact, it was such a good read that I already know it goes under the "would read again" category. And that list, my friends, isn't easy to get on.

  • Bryer
    2019-01-25 18:06

    I really enjoyed the concept of this book! The idea was original but not overwhelmingly so. It didn't try too hard to be something it wasn't, which I respect in a book. It was wonderfully crafted and easy to follow, for the most part. I was shocked how easy it was to really put yourself into the character's roles and how flawless it was to identify with them. There was a very real element to the people Whicker created. The plot was exaggerated in a dramatic way that added this edgy and dangerous element that was still subtle and palatable (i.e it still felt real enough to enjoy and get lost in and not hen-peck any unnecessary details, which there weren't too many). The love scenes, Thank God, were not nauseating or overbearing. They were simply stated yet still dramatic and effective. So glad it didn't drone on and on and on about how they felt and still focused on the characters as strong, individual people, not lovesick puppies.The ONLY problem I faced was sometimes it was a bit unclear as to why he/she popped up here, why is he/she saying that, what were the motives. The book did a decent job of explaining the big picture but sometimes I got a little lost and had to refer to other chapters to grasp big concepts and other times I was completely lost and had to just let it go and move on to the next page. Over all it was a fantastic read, I loved the plot and the characters (it was slightly out there and original while still making sure the audience could grasp it quickly and sink into the book). I would definitely read it again and I can't WAIT to read the next one! Hooked for life! :) Thanks for the book Juliann and please keep writing similar books because, ah, your style of writing is so fun and easy to get into!

  • Sara Chatfield
    2019-01-24 16:14

    I had been bashing the helpless whiny heroine in another book not seconds before reading this book so I was in the mood to be overly critical. But although she goes through some pretty challenging discoveries and drastic changes that fundamentally shake what normal people believe makes up their character her approach to her own life is believable and likeable. The other characters in the book aren't half bad either. I can hardly imagine what it would be like to wake up one day and realize that you have been sleepwalking through the past 10 years of your life. I can hardly imagine realizing the impact that one person had over your life and figuring out how to live without them whether they were perfect or not it doesn't matter. I loved this book. I love how it blended life and the supernatural. I especially loved the chapter titles, and I typically glazed over chapter titles and brush them aside as being uninteresting and as a couple of words that are standing between me and the rest of the story. This book leaves many unanswered questions but so does life so how can I complain.

  • Jamio
    2019-01-26 13:56

    This book is available on Amazon and Smashwords as a self-published ebook, and it is well above average. The fantasy elements are original and imaginative, the adventure and suspense is well-paced, and the characters are solidly built. It is a breeze to read and the cliff-hanger ending will leave you with just enough to keep you until the second book in the series comes out.The plot: Dariana Sanders had her soul stolen from her ten years ago by a brother who is now dead. When she wakes to discover she has unwittingly stolen someone else's soul, she must navigate both the intricacies of her family secrets and the pressures of a normal high school life while learning to control her new hotblood soul. Where is her own soul, and will she ever get it back?

  • Kris
    2019-01-25 11:55

    Wow. I am always amazed by writers that can come up with such an elaborate world! It required some concentration through the first 1/3 of the book to really understand the different types of people. But, once I sorta figured it out, it was an interesting read. Not something I would normally gravitate towards but I enjoyed it. It was very "smartly" written which isn't something I can say about too many indie books. ;-)

  • Coyora Dokusho
    2019-02-14 19:18

    Read 2 timesJanuary 3, 2015O.M.G. it was soooooo good. There were some discordant notes, but overall the whole thing was just so great - On to the next one!!!January 25, 2016Continued to be gloriously awesome. Actually ended up being hesitant to read the second book because felt like it couldn't possibly be as good as the first - BUT IT WAS. Noticed a handful of typos this time around. World-building: great. Characters: I love them with unholy love. Plot: Cool.

  • Shay
    2019-02-14 18:07

    I could not get into this book. I was so confused right from the start and it got worse as I kept reading. I would have a hard time recommending this book. My Daughter is a media specialist and I have been reading YA for many years. There are so many good series out there but this is definitely not one of them.

  • Vanya D.
    2019-02-13 17:23

    Here's my review http://yastorytellerreviews.blogspot....

  • Mindy
    2019-01-23 16:19

    Book Review of HotbloodSponsored by Bewitching Book ToursBook Synopsis:HotbloodA House of Slide NovelBy Juliann WhickerGenre: Paranormal Upper YAHe stole a kiss from the wrong girl…Left without a soul, 17-year-old Dariana Sanders waited to die. There was nothing left to live for, nothing to feel besides the aching cold that never stopped. Her parent’s marriage was in shambles, and her brother, the only one who understood, the only one who knew how to make the cold go away, was gone forever. The only thing Dariana knew with absolute certainty was that nothing could possibly be right again. Enter Lewis Axel Nialls. Luckily for her, impossible is right up his alley. He can save her from the forces that wish to destroy her. Of course who’s going to save him, from her?Smashwords Amazon Book Trailer Excerpt:This excerpt from my book, House of Slide, Hotblood is a scene after Dariana has stolen the Hotblood soul and is coming to terms with the life she had after her brother took everything from her along with her soul.That night I dreamed I sat at the piano, my feet swinging unable to touch the pedals as I carefully plunked out notes. Devlin’s laugh distracted me from the complicated chords and I looked up to frown at him but he had his cello. With a flick of his fingers he sent me off on a goose chase, trying to keep up with him. I was laughing so hard I couldn’t play the right notes but it didn’t matter since he followed me when I stumbled and made every mistake beautiful. The dream shifted until I played in the moonlight of the darkened music room, the notes perfect and dead. I watched my fingers move effortlessly across the keys, the sound distant, hollow. I let my fingers stop but the music continued, a piano playing the heartbroken chords of moonlight sonata. I blinked awake in my bed but the song continued, distant, but definitely Beethoven. I jerked my blankets back and threw open my door. I didn’t think; I moved following the ghost of song, a melody that played out the ache inside of my chest. I ran down the stairs and through the hall and stopped at the door across from the room with jars. When I stepped through the door, I could make out the contours of a piano in the corner. It was beautiful— the black reflecting the light from the moon shining through the window, the white keys punctuated with sharps and flats. I was still for a moment feeling the cold that had wrapped around my heart for so long. Devlin had taken away music. I stepped forward and knocked the bench over with my knees. The rattle as it hit the floor startled me and I reached for a leg to pick it up. Instead the leg came off in my hand, like pulling the leg off of a spider, I thought as I gripped the carved leg in my hand. Devlin had taken away dancing. My hand seemed to rise on its own volition, the leg above my head. I closed my eyes and for a second felt a flicker of the stillness and control I’d caught the first day of knitting, but the thought of Devlin taking away the beauty of music shattered the calm. There was a crack as I brought the bench leg down on the keyboard. Devlin had taken away color. There was an anguished screech, a sharp crack as the keyboard buckled in the middle. Devlin had taken away my mother, crash, my father, smash, and myself. I kept hitting the piano, the splintered wood flying all around me. I felt the sting as slivers found my skin, my cheek, arm, but I kept smashing, until the leg I’d used was a splintered mess. I grabbed what I could of the former beauty and shoved it with all my strength. The crunch and tinkling as it struck the wall wasn’t enough. I stood panting needing something else to destroy, grabbing fistfuls of my hair, wanting something to hurt, but I already hurt. The pain inside of me was more than any pain I could ever inflict on anyone or anything. I crumpled to the floor feeling like I’d been beaten up. In the end Devlin hadn’t just taken apart my life, he’d taken himself too. He’d taken the brother I loved and turned him into a monster. Thinking of Devlin as a monster was more than I could bear. I buried my head in my arms and cried until I thought my body was going to shake apart.Thanks again for having me!Author Information: Juliann C. Whicker was raised with chickens, goats, and a cow named Mrs. Mooley who everyone (neighbors included) chased down the street in a small college town. She now lives in Southeastern Ohio with her four children, husband, and all the ticks and poison ivy a soul could crave.www.juliacrow.blogspot.comtwitter!/JuliannWhicker Book Review: This is the most unique paranormal book I have read in a long time. This was totally unusual. I loved the concept of two people being soul mates, and it’s even better when one is missing a soul… or loses a soul. You simply have to read to understand because if I say anything more I will give the plot away. Then there is the baby sister with bigger brothers who are totally overprotective, a distant mother, an absent father, societal unacceptability, fighting, and love… pure, first love. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this one. Definitely sigh worthy. I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds.This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.

  • Christy
    2019-02-09 16:58

    I was excited to be able to get this book as a read and review a few weeks ago. I couldn't get over the synopsis of the book and how good I thought it was going to be! Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed...however, I wasn't 5 star worthy pleased,either.So, to say I was completely interested in this book from the beginning would be a complete lie. I want quick pace, amazing story line, extreme characters, and excitment the WHOLE way. Hotblood started out exciting, intriguing, and mysterious. I was hooked from the first page. Then something happened and I lost interest. The pace slowed down tremendously, the confusion about who is who and who can do what and who hates who...just gave me a headache! I've finished the book and I'm still a bit confused on who can do what. Dariana goes to her dad's to learn more about herself and what she is capable of as a Hotblood, but once she leaves we don't hear much else about her. I'm still confused on why her mother and father's marriage was so "NO NO". We got a little background on her dad, but not as much as I would like by any means. I also got the impression from the beginning of the book that the story was set some time ago, not in our time (as in 2011 or whenever the book was released). I thought the book was telling a story from like the 1800's or something, but that could have just been how I was misinterpreting somethings. I also thought at one point her father told her that not everyone knows about the different houses so she didn't need to let it be known she was a hotblood...then later in the book everyone knows everything and she's a hotblood and everyone is aware. Wow, a lot of confusion on my part probably!Beyond my confusion for those minor things (may sound like a lot, but they're minor in comparison to the whole book), I absolutely loved this book! I enjoyed the romantical aspect of the book as it wasn't over done and it never wasn't over developed. It left us hanging because a relationship was never fully established. As much as I was confused, I did appreciate some of the explinations that were given. When the book takes a turn to talk about Axel...I'll just say I got confused again, but it was a really good aspect of the book! I didn't see most of the surprises coming and I didn't see the outcome of this book. I really look forward to book 2 (not sure if it's released?!). I suggest this book to anyone that is into paranormal books, especially YA genre. It takes a completely different pace and outlook on the paranormal genre, but it was an amazing book!

  • Shelley
    2019-02-10 18:59

    Why I chose to review this book:I’m shallow at times. I admit it. The cover with the tattoos grabbed my attention and the blurb sealed my fate. I had to read this book.What I liked about this book:1. The world building was very good and original. The Hotblood world is different from anything I’ve read before. I’m fairly new to the Young Adult genre, so it’s possible other readers might have read something similar, but I enjoyed reading about Ms. Whicker’s world.The world is made up of Wilds who can manipulate elements, Hotbloods who are all about passion and can absorb gifts from others under certain circumstances, Colds who are peaceful and wander the fringes of society, and the Hollows who absorb the skills of whichever faction of the society they live with. That’s the bare basics. You’ll learn more about this interesting world when you read Hotblood.2. I liked Dariana Sanders, the main character. She’s intriguing, and she learns about her heritage at the same time as the reader. The story is told mostly from Dariana’s point of view (first person).3. I enjoyed both the action scenes and the love interest with Lewis. The reader and Dariana are never really sure about Lewis. We don’t know if he is good or bad.4. I thought the details at the start of the book about the different sectors was helpful.What I didn’t like about this book:1. The first part of the book felt very different from the second half of the book. It was almost like reading two different books. I actually enjoyed the first part more than the second. I needed to reread a few things in the second half to make sure I understood things properly and didn’t get confused.2. The ending was rather abrupt. I’m starting to realize this is quite common with Young Adult series as a whole and cliffhanger endings abound. The only time I’m really happy about abrupt endings is when I can pick up the next book straight away. Impatient, much? Yes! That’s me.CONCLUSION:On the whole I found Hotblood an enjoyable and interesting story. It was easy to read and I liked the characters. Loved the Uncles! Despite my quibbles above, I’d happily read the next story in this series. If you’re a fan of paranormal/fantasy, you’ll enjoy this one.

  • Becket Morgan
    2019-02-18 19:03

    Seventeen-year-old Dariana Sanders wandered through much of her life an empty shell. Her soul had been stolen from her as a child and now that her beloved brother was gone, it seemed that her cold, colorless existence was finally at its end. When Lewis Axel Nialls was drawn inexplicably to follow her into the woods, neither of them knew this stolen moment would be the start of so much chaos and destruction. Lewis might be perfectly placed to save Dariana from the cold, who will save them from each other?Whicker's debut novel spins a fantastical tale of rival families, forbidden love and the ties that bind us. While overall I found the novel engaging and compelling, I continually wavered back and forth during this story, unsure if it was excellent or merely ok. The characters are appealing and the reader continues to uncover hidden depths throughout the length of the novel. The narrative vacillates between captivating and confusing, though you care enough about the characters to see through the frustrating bits to find out what will happen. I found Whicker's writing at its most compelling when describing the forbidden love and angst-ridden torture of teenage relationships. When we finally reach the climax of the story I was riveted to the text and felt the tugging at my own heartstrings along with the protagonist. The main challenge for this novel is one of review and revision, and I believe a good editor would be able to take this novel from merely good to excellent. There were many places where I had to pause and turn back to review a sentence or paragraph because I was a little perplexed by what was happening. Some small changes would also contribute to a more polished finished product, such as eliminating the often trite chapter titles and streamlining some of the awkwardly worded sentences. In the end, I'm invested in the relationships among the characters in the novel and eager to read more from Whicker in the future.For more of my reviews, visit