Why did I read it: I loved the cover. And I really liked the idea of a post-apocalyptic cowboy fantasy-type setting with vampires.
How I would rate it: DNF – I did not finish this book.
The New Badlands -a desolate area in the West forged by the terrible events that altered the entire country, where a few frightened citizens retreated underground to shelter from the brutal weather… and from a society gone deadly dangerous.
The the vampire arrived– and they started calling it the Bloodlands.
Not because Gabriel, the so-called monster running from his true self, was searching for his lover’s murderer. Nor was it because Mariah, the woman who reluctantly took him in, was willing to anything to survive in the changed world.
No, the Badlands officially became the Bloodlands the moment a gun-for-hire who’s decided to slay every monster left in the country came for Gabriel…
Thoughts: This weekend I actually started and abandoned a lot of books, but I did so in such rapid succession that I saw no point in even mentioning them. But after countless horrible Conan graphic novels and several lack-lustre Science Fiction books, I was hoping to move on to something that was more my sort of thing. Bloodlands was infinitely superior to my previous reading attempts, of course, but it still ended up being yet another book that I picked up only to put it down again fairly quickly.
Ultimately, a vampire cowboy, an Intel Dog whose barks meant words or full sentences, a post-apocalyptic setting, and switching from first to third person point of views in various chapters, did nothing to distract me from the fact that the first 100 or so pages of this book were primarily about two people in a shelter having feelings for one another for no apparent reason so that they can be a couple a few books down the road. Had this book been just about the vampire and his canine sidekick, I would have continued, but I was not loving the female main character and I am not a fan of romantic tensions and lust based solely on proximity.
Truth be told, the odds were probably not in Bloodlands‘ favor anyway. I have a sizably large To Be Read pile with books about other supernatural cowboys, circuses, goblins, guys with guns, dysfunctional detectives, and precog soldiers to attend to. And an allergic reaction to women and girls behaving irrationally because a vampire, faery, demon or angel showed up. Matters were then made infinitely worse when a copy of A Dance with Dragons showed up on my doorstep this morning, but I digress. After making one last ditch effort this morning, skimming ahead, and also reading other reviews… Well, as a Magic 8 Ball would say, the outlook was not good so I gave up.
In conclusion, no mas. If you are a fan of paranormal romance or vampires in general, you might appreciate this book more than I did… However, I would strongly suggest reading some other reviews first.