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Official Review: Blood and Roses by Jordan Petrarca

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Official Review: Blood and Roses by Jordan Petrarca

Post Number:#1 by Emie Cuevas
» 14 Sep 2017, 22:51

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Blood and Roses" by Jordan Petrarca.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Blood and Roses by Jordan Petrarca is a science fiction crime thriller. The story is set on the planet Exodus where the seven most powerful families are blessed. This blessing is provided by seven magical relics (one per family) that are passed down from generation to generation. The blessing also provide those that posses it, with incredible magical powers, though each relic provides the blessed with powers unique to itself.

All of these seven families are gangsters, like from the early 1900’s, complete with suits and fedoras. The Rose family acquired the most powerful relic and so, they are the most powerful family. There is a loose alliance between the families ensuring an uneasy peace. With the magical powers they posses they are untouchable by anyone, even the president and his forces.

The story kicks off with Don Meretto Rose, the head of the Rose family, going to the theatre for his birthday. While enjoying the play, the theatre is attacked by Zasso Cicello. The Cicello family is the second most powerful and Zasso is the heir apparent to the family. This is the opening move by the Cicello family to acquire all seven relics, and thus alter the balance of power irrevocably.

When I first started reading I thought this was going to be a typical gangster story, and in a lot of ways it was. However, the addition of magical relics, giving the family members magical powers, gives a wonderful twist to the story. The use of modern day technology, including flying cars, adds even more to the unexpected quality of the story. I especially love the scenes where they use magic for a variety of attacks and defences.

The plot, which at first, seemed to be very straight forward, was twisted out of shape by the inclusion of not just one, but several different players. This kept me guessing to the very end of the story about what was happening. Even at the end there are questions left unanswered, leading nicely to the next novel in the series, which I’m dying to read.

I found it very difficult to put the book down whilst I was reading it. So, even though there were several instances of the wrong word being used, e.g. “waste” instead of “waist” and the wrong tense being used. I have no hesitation in giving this novel 4 out of 4 stars. I think this novel will be enjoyed by anyone who loves gangster stories, as well as anybody with a love a fantasy stories. I don’t think it is suitable for a younger audience due to the graphic scenes of violence that are described in several parts of the book.

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Re: Official Review: Blood and Roses by Jordan Petrarca

Post Number:#2 by Sabina G
» 17 Sep 2017, 01:18

Nice review! The plot sounds very original, I don't think I have ever read something similar.
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Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 17 Sep 2017, 07:50

I love the blend of typical gangster with magical relics. Sounds interesting. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks.
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Post Number:#4 by Miriam Molina
» 17 Sep 2017, 16:49

Gangster wars with magical weapons are a unique blend. I recall a Filipino hero named Nardong Putik who has amulets to give him protection.

Thanks for the enthusiastic review, Emie Cuevas!
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Post Number:#5 by Kalin Adi
» 17 Sep 2017, 18:56

The plot is not only alluring but also intriguing. I'm curious to know if the Cicello Family acquires all the relics. I really enjoyed reading your review, Emie. Thanks.
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Re: Official Review: Blood and Roses by Jordan Petrarca

Post Number:#6 by Emie Cuevas
» 17 Sep 2017, 19:02

walkingfreckle wrote:Nice review! The plot sounds very original, I don't think I have ever read something similar.

I thought the same thing while I was reading it, I just hope the rest of the series carries on in the same vein.

-- 17 Sep 2017, 19:07 --

Miriam Molina wrote:Gangster wars with magical weapons are a unique blend. I recall a Filipino hero named Nardong Putik who has amulets to give him protection.

Thanks for the enthusiastic review, Emie Cuevas!


I remember Nardong Putik too. He was also a gangster, though also acclaimed as a hero. I don't think the seven families fall into that category.

Why is it that people with extraordinary powers nearly always end up as criminals?

-- 17 Sep 2017, 19:09 --

Kalin Adi wrote:The plot is not only alluring but also intriguing. I'm curious to know if the Cicello Family acquires all the relics. I really enjoyed reading your review, Emie. Thanks.

I personally think that the Cicello family are pawns in a greater plot, though I could be wrong. Either way I want to keep reading to find out if I'm right or not. Loved the book and can't wait to start the next one.

-- 17 Sep 2017, 19:11 --

kandscreeley wrote:I love the blend of typical gangster with magical relics. Sounds interesting. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks.

I loved it too, Especially the way when bullets start flying some of the gangsters would weave a shield and be safe, while the rest get mowed down. Awesome imagery in the way he describes it too.
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Post Number:#7 by Quinto
» 17 Sep 2017, 22:49

Seems like a captivating read with you not being able to put the book down and the rating too. It would be interesting to read on the power games for supremacy. I enjoyed your review, thanks.
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Post Number:#8 by geoffrey ngoima
» 18 Sep 2017, 15:35

I have never seen gangsters mixed with supernaturals, that's quite something. Great review as always.
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Re: Official Review: Blood and Roses by Jordan Petrarca

Post Number:#9 by Emie Cuevas
» 18 Sep 2017, 17:07

Quinto wrote:Seems like a captivating read with you not being able to put the book down and the rating too. It would be interesting to read on the power games for supremacy. I enjoyed your review, thanks.

It is really good. I'm thinking of rereading it. I usually get much more out a book on a second read and tend to read the best ones several times. How about you?

-- 18 Sep 2017, 17:10 --

geoffrey ngoima wrote:I have never seen gangsters mixed with supernaturals, that's quite something. Great review as always.


I can't say that I'm usually a fan of gangster type stories, I only read it because of the magic element. Though I did love the way it all meshed so well. Which do you prefer?
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Post Number:#10 by DeboraSilva
» 19 Sep 2017, 14:40

Oh wow, what a combination it must be! Magical powers and gangsters. It sounds good, I'm curious, I've never read anything like that! Thank you for the great review, I'm glad you enjoyed the book.
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Post Number:#11 by Emie Cuevas
» 19 Sep 2017, 20:23

DeboraSilva wrote:Oh wow, what a combination it must be! Magical powers and gangsters. It sounds good, I'm curious, I've never read anything like that! Thank you for the great review, I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

It was this mix of gangsters and magic that attracted me to the book in the first place. I just hope the rest of the series lives up to wonderful start.
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Post Number:#12 by ReviewerDiksha
» 20 Sep 2017, 08:07

I like reading the books of such genre. I look forward to reading it. Good job with the review.
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Post Number:#13 by Emie Cuevas
» 20 Sep 2017, 22:51

ReviewerDiksha wrote:I like reading the books of such genre. I look forward to reading it. Good job with the review.

I love magic more than gangsters, but I had to see how well they could mesh. I'm glad you likes the review.
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Post Number:#14 by kislany
» 22 Sep 2017, 01:34

I am not much of a gangster book or movie fan (unlike my hubby). However, this book seems to be different. I love sci-fi books, and your review makes it very enticing to pick it up. Great review.
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Post Number:#15 by KeriCraven
» 10 Oct 2017, 19:52

A gangster story with magical elements? This sounds like an intriguing read. I may have to pick this one up for myself. Thank you for your review.
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