If you missed the review for Bad Bloods #1 November Rain, you should check it out HERE.
November Snow is the continuation of November Rain and should be read together. A huge thanks to Shannon for sending me the book in exchange for an honest review. November Snow was launched end of July and is now available.
No more rambling, let’s jump right into it!
November Snow (Bad Bloods #2)
by: Shannon A. Thompson
When Daniel and Serena unite, their accidental relationship becomes the catalyst for a twelve-year war to continue. Exposing the twisted past of a corrupt city, Daniel, Serena, and everyone they know will come together to fight. But Serena has another battle. After a political rumor threatens their lives, Serena must leave her family and join the political front against her will. To survive apart, Daniel has to separate his love from his hatred and join forces with his worst memory to secure Vendona’s war. But very few of them will survive to see the last day. Bad blood or human, a city will burn, snow will fall, and all will be united by catastrophic secrets and irrevocable tragedy. – Goodreads
If its one thing we can count on when we read one of this author’s books, its that the writing is very good. She has the distinct style of taking on alternating voices. In this case, Daniel and Serena are the two voices. Just like the first book, I love how she approaches it. It definitely is the standout style that works well with this particular story, especially when they are talking about opposing sides who need to reunite to create a stronger force.
November Snow has a lot of great ideas. The premise itself is really intriguing to read, from the politics to the dynamic to the friendships/relationships built there within the flocks and just emphasizing the desperate and dangerous situation that approaches them nearer day after day. However, no details as to not spoil it. But, November Snow has pacing issues. A good part of the first part drags on. It is trying to build up for the finale and approach various issues going on. While I can appreciate the set up for the finale, at a certain point, November Snow had too many romantic parts. Daniel and Serena’s relationship didn’t feel worth it to read in the spectrum of the situation they were in. In fact, there were moments of frustration and desires to just skim through the romantic parts so that the main plot of the politics or the outcome of what would happen could be exposed sooner. In fact the way the politics was handled in November Snow was done very well. The success of November Snow lies in the second half because everyone in the two flocks come into play and more. There is action and significant events happening. The conversation and discussion between the characters are more thoughtful and carries much more meaning to the situation at hand.
Overall, November Snow is a fine continuation of November Rain. While there are some pacing issues in the first half, the second half takes a good and intriguing turn. It puts emphasis on the general situation on hand and answers some of the mysteries.