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Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite
Wicked Blood by Margot de Klerk, Cynthia just wanted to have summer on her own in Berlin. After many arguments, a compromise is made, and she is staying with a host family of Shifters. Though Cynthia thinks she is more likely to melt from the heat than to come across a Witch or a Vampire, both species are conspicuously absent, and she has not seen any yet, which is just as well. She is looking for her father, and no supernaturals means she can search freely. She did not count on the loner she met at the Kreuzberg Memorial to become a friend; neither did she imagine that she would become part of a search for information about the missing Shifters. As she burns bridges faster than she can build new ones, she must trust Monica and Nathan to have her back when she is kidnapped, twice, to be a sacrifice for a spell that would cure the Vampires but have a devastating effect on her new friend Leon. Will she survive the tumultuous undercurrents of the Supernatural Community in Berlin, or will she become an unwilling sacrifice to seal away an ancient evil?
Wicked Blood is the second book in the fantastic YA series, The Vampires of Oxford, by Margot de Klerk. Although a follow-up book to the first, both can be read as standalone stories as each book focuses on the story of one main character. It is two years after Wicked Magic, and Cynthia has grown up. Now that she is an "adult," she wishes to find her father but also wants to prove that she is a strong person who can function and make sound decisions independently. Cynthia has the characteristics of any 18-year-old who wants to show that they can look after themselves and these authentic feelings and reactions make the story believable. I like that the author does not bring Christianity into account or misuse the Lord's Name. Neither does she use unnecessary profanity, and the one curse word used is acceptable under the circumstances. I would recommend this book to any lover of great fantasy reads.