Friday, May 4, 2018

Gypsy Blood by Jeff Gunhus - Book Tour & Review + Giveway

Gypsy Blood
Jeff Gunhus
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Horror
When Corbin Stewart, a down-on-his-luck writer living in Paris, witnesses the brutal attack of an old gypsy, he rushes to help. He chases off the attackers, three albinos wearing porcelain tragedy masks, but not before they stab the old man repeatedly. While Corbin tries to keep the man alive until help arrives, blood gets on his skin, in his eyes, into his mouth. The old man dies, but Corbin soon discovers that death isn’t the end for the powerful gypsy, and that the blood in his body carries part of the man’s tortured soul with it.

My Review
Gypsy Blood is one of those stories that you think you know what's coming, but you really have no idea. Trust me, it's insane. Completely and utterly off the wall. But in a good way. 

We have our main character, Corbin, who is a writer suffering from serious writer's block. He's in Paris, avoiding his publishers and hoping for some inspiration. He meets a woman, chats her up, then discovers she was sent to check in with him. While annoyed at first, he brushes it off and decides to wander off to a bar with her. 
Along the way, he sees an old gypsy man who gets attacked by three albinos. Corbin intervenes, but it's too late. Unfortunately, while trying to save the gypsy, Corbin gets some of the man's blood on him, and that sets the rest of the story.

Gypsy Blood is definitely an interesting story. I really enjoy horror, and I don't see too many stories involving gypsies. The most famous one, of course, would be Thinner, and I felt like Gypsy Blood had the same sort of vibe, but held its own. It was definitely a wild ride.

I have to say, in terms of characters, I really liked Corbin. He seemed like a good and decent person who was just trying to do the right thing, but ended up in a horrifying nightmare. Poor guy. 

I didn't like most of the other characters, though. They all seemed a bit too secretive and selfish, caring more about their own wants and needs than anything else. Although, I suppose the cop, whose name slips my mind right now, wasn't a completely terrible person. He was just trying to keep his family safe, is all.

The story itself was fleshed out (ha!) really well, and the pacing wasn't too rushed, nor did it drag. It sort of started out simple enough, then BAM! You get smacked in the face with some seriously crazy things.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Gypsy Blood, although that ending was a bit...strange. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't that. I still liked it, though.

I'd rate Gypsy Blood 4.5 stars. Definitely check it out if you're a fan of horror stories.


Author Bio:
Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

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  2. Enjoyed your review Jazzy. Sounds like a great book.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the book if you get the chance to read it. :)

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  3. I just love your cover and I would love to read your book.

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