Tainted Blood by Nina Hobson – Review by Layna

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Title: Tainted Blood

Author: Nina Hobson

Synopsis:

Jennifer’s young life has never been better. She has it all: family, friends and fun. That is until her terminally ill cousin comes to live with them setting in motion a horrific turn of events unlike anyone in the town of Cleveland has ever seen.

Oh yeah…and did she mention her best friend’s sister has a massive crush on her?

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Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Review:

I love reading short horror stories but I haven’t read many horror books. Tainted Blood was a horror book that I could not put down! It was written in such a way, that you have no choice but to continue reading it. I loved the way it was written, it was such an attention grabber.

Tainted Blood was descriptive enough where I got a good image in my head, but it also left plenty to the imagination. There were times in the story when I felt like I was holding my breath in anticipation. There was one scene I had to hold my hand over my mouth in shock, I couldn’t help but gasping, which normally wouldn’t be a problem if I wasn’t reading while at my day job.

This is the first in a series and I am anxious to see what happens next. I believe the next book in the series takes on a different turn and doesn’t sound like there will be as much horror. Guess I will just have to read to find out! Due to its graphic content, this is for mature readers only. I highly recommend reading Tainted Blood!

 

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~Layna

 

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About the Author:

Ex-homeless mother of four and grandmother of five, (I’d probably have more but it seems my youngest son is dragging his feet), I have been a computer instructor, online book proofreader/editor, pre-k teacher’s assistant and a nursing school project assistant. Currently, I live in Ohio and am a dog person through and through but as yet have no dogs but when I get them it will be four senior shelter ones.

My interests vary and are numerous such as reading cozy mysteries, cooking & baking and watching horror movies (Jason Vorhees is my all time favorite psycho killer). Not to mention, I have a bucket list a mile long, however, I can now scratch being a self published author of of what I call “soft horror” off of it.

Soft horror is what I re Ex-homeless mother of four and grandmother of five, (I’d probably have more but it seems my youngest son is dragging his feet), I have been a computer instructor, online book proofreader/editor, pre-k teacher’s assistant and a nursing school project assistant. Currently, I live in Ohio and am a dog person through and through but as yet have no dogs but when I get them it will be four senior shelter ones.

My interests vary and are numerous such as reading cozy mysteries, cooking & baking and watching horror movies (Jason Vorhees is my all time favorite psycho killer). Not to mention, I have a bucket list a mile long, however, I can now scratch being a self published author of of what I call “soft horror” off of it.

Soft horror is what I refer to as horror’s softer side. It’s not too graphic , scary or intense for I have a deep love of monsters who show compassion…even though they’ll still rip your guts out and feed on them if the occasion calls for it. Classic horror is a satisfying indulgence this is undeniable — I divulge of it occasionally myself — but in my honest opinion, it doesn’t have to always be horrific to be enjoyable. For instance, zombies no longer simply lumber about, they can now flat-out run (Dawn of the Dead (2004)), hold down jobs (iZombie), lead a group of their own (Land of the Dead) and even cooperate with humans to an extent (Z Nation).

I imagine monsters of all sorts hang onto a bit of their humanity – even if they don’t wear it on their sleeves. Monsters that retain some of their human characteristics and fiction that borders on the fringe of societal norms (such as my Dark & Demented Anthology Collection – that may touch on “delicate” matters) may not be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, I dare say we that do enjoy it are on the fringe of the horror society. And that’s okay because I know there are others out there besides myself out that share these views so to those…welcome my sisters and brothers to fiction our way.

At present I have three different series: Tainted Blood, Lord Love a Zombie: Dead Inside: Welcome (LLAZDIW) and The Ghoul Who Loved Me (TGWLM). TGWLM is especially close to my heart because it features all of my grandchildren as minor characters and while writing this novella, I had to keep starting over as new grandkids were born at different times during. I based their characters on how I figured they would be as teenagers. I believe I am spot on but only time will tell.

In addition to the above, I’m also the author of two separate sets of Dark & Demented anthologies. You can check out all my books here and please leave a comment (or a review) on Amazon or any of the other book-selling platforms if you’re feeling particularly generous.

Need more information or just wanna discuss your views on soft horror? Drop me a line by way of my website.

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