Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.
This week’s question is:
If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?
Parajunkee warned everyone that this question has the potential to be a spoiler fest. Having said that, I’m going to try my best not to ruin this for anyone.
When I first read this week’s question I thought I would just skip it. I have always said that the way a book ends is the author’s prerogative, we’re just along for the ride. Actually, I have a post devoted to just that topic [Matchmaker, Matchmaker] so why on earth would I go back on my own statements and try to change the way an author ended their personal work? What can I say, no one is perfect. 🙂
Anyway, it’s not that I really want the ending to change in this book. I can live with the ending and I do trust the author to bring the characters around in the continuation of his series, but the ending of the first book tore the characters (and this reader) totally apart. Oh yeah, which book am I talking about? The Blood that Bonds by Christopher Buecheler.
About The Blood That Bonds
Two is trapped: hooked on heroin, held as property, forced to sell her body to feed the addiction. Time brings her ever closer to what seems an inevitable death and Two waits, uncaring, longing only for the next fix.That’s when Theroen arrives, beckoning to his Ferrari and grinning his inscrutable grin. He is handsome. Confident. Eager to help lift her out of the life that’s grinding her down.
The only problem? Theroen is a vampire.
His blood can cure her addiction, grant her powers she has never had, change her forever into something greater than she was. But when he sinks his teeth into her neck, Theroen also thrusts Two into a world of danger, violence, madness and despair. The powerful, twisted elder Abraham will use her arrival to shatter the uneasy peace that exists in his mansion, bringing an end to the dark game he has been playing for centuries.
Okay, so you can tell from the description that this books isn’t going to be all “happy, happy, joy, joy” so what did I expect? Two started out about as low as you can get. She finally gets a shot at freedom from everything that has kept her trapped. She even finds some happiness. You follow the story and she ends up in the final chapters almost as low as when the book started. So if I could rewrite the ending, I guess I would have given Two a little less pain – if only because it was too much for me. Somehow though I think Two is strong enough to get past it all. How I’m not sure, but that’s why I try to trust the author. Even though I am a trusting sort when it comes to reading, this ending really did bother me. How much? As anyone who has read any of my posts or reviews has noticed – I am an avid re-reader. When I found out that it was almost time for Blood Hunt’s release I pulled up my copy of The Blood that Bonds so it would be fresh in my mind when I started the next book. Guess what? I stopped before I got to the end. I just couldn’t go through that with Two again.
Now that I’m feeling totally guilty, I want to make it perfectly clear to everyone, including Christopher Buecheler, that I am not bashing The Blood that Bonds. If that were true, I never would have bought Blood Hunt which is my current read. I just wish that Two would have been able to be in a happier place than she ended up in The Blood that Bonds. I, however, didn’t write the book, so I’m at Christopher Buecheler’s mercy right now. Don’t let my opinion of the ending of The Blood that Bonds sway you from reading it. I really did like this book. There’s a link for a free download on the website, so check it out and if you do, let me know how you feel about where Two ends up at the end. Maybe it’s just me. 🙂
Just in case anyone’s curious. I finished Blood Hunt and posted my review on goodreads and amazon. Check it out to see if my trust in Christopher Buecheler was warranted. Let’s just say, sometimes it pays to be patient. 😉