Friday, June 8, 2012

Review: Blood and Guitars by Heather Jensen

Published: August 17, 2011
Publisher: self published
Pages: 358
Received: received for honest review
Buy Now: Amazon

When Aurora meets Trey, a famous singer and musician, she’s only hoping to get her fill of human blood for the week. The last thing Aurora expects is for Trey to make her feel alive for the first time since she was, well, alive. It begins with a casual painting lesson at her art studio, The Waking Moon, and quickly turns into a forbidden romance. Aurora is forced to hide her true identity from Trey, while keeping her relationship with the human a secret from other vampires in her Brood. Trey’s band is recording a new album and with Aurora as his muse, Trey is writing songs like never before. After being hired by their record label to paint the cover of the new album, Aurora has a legitimate reason for spending so much time with Trey and his band mates. Aurora can’t deny the unexpected connection she has with Trey, which is fueled by glimpses into his emotions every time they share a kiss. Caught between two worlds, Aurora must attend celebrity award shows and vampire rituals, find time to feed, and protect Trey from the dangers of the night, all while preserving her secrets.

I was living a rock star’s dream and, from the outside looking in, I had everything a guy could wish for. But there was something missing. I had never imagined there was anything better than having thousands of devoted fans scream out my name. That all changed the night I looked into her poison green eyes. - Trey

He shouldn't have been able to make me feel anything, least of all alive. I would be risking everything to be with him. He was human and that was dangerous enough, but for all my moon-given talents, I was powerless against him. - Aurora

I found the idea of a vampire artist falling in love with a human rock star kind of new and engaging. Even though it is another story about humans and vampires falling in love, it's nothing like you've ever read before. 

The story of Aurora and Trey's romance is achingly sweet. Aurora has never felt more alive than when she is with Trey and his bandmates, letting their easy going attitude rub off on her and letting herself get caught up in what the feeling of new love brings. And Trey has taken a long time to get to a point where he can even entertain the idea of a girlfriend, heartbreak had been his only mistress for so long, until he meets Aurora. They have this magnetic attraction that keeps bringing them together.

The one aspect I loved about this book was that it wasn't just a book about vampires, but it also incorporated music and art. Trey and his band have a huge role in this story and I actually learned a lot about music and the industry. AND painting is another main feature in this story. Aurora is an artist who produces mostly paintings that have the moon and the night as their main theme. There are a lot of scenes involving either the music aspect or the painting aspect and thoroughly enjoyed them. I think that is one of the things that makes this vampire book stand out. 

I am looking forward to reading more in this series as I need to find out what happens to Trey and Aurora. The story leaves you hanging in a good way, but I really need to pick up Immortals and Melodies soon.

Author Bio: 
Heather Jensen writes paranormal fantasy for teens and adults. She began writing her first book at the age of 16. She is an avid reader and loves anything vampire-related, but likes all kinds of fantasy. When she’s not writing she enjoys traveling, listening to music, going to concerts, playing guitar and spending time with friends and family. 

She is addicted to Oreos and White Knight drinks from Perks. Her favorite color is green and the uglier the shade the better. 

Heather lives in Southern Utah with her husband and son where she continues to write the Blood And Guitars series. 

The second book in the series, Immortals And Melodies has just been released on Kindle. 


  1. Thank you for letting me stop by the site today, Chrystal and for the amazing review!

    1. Thank you for stopping by today as well. :) Loved your book!

  2. I haven't heard of this series before, but it does sound interesting. I do love a good vampire novel!

    1. It's actually a really great story. :) I'm going to be reading the second book in the series soon too.


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