November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In November Rain, book 1 of the Bad Bloods series, Serena is a bad blood, a person with a unique power–power that has put her and her kind on the hunted list ever since those powers came to be seen as a threat.
And though she thought she would die at the jail in a forced execution, she escapes, putting her back on the streets.
That’s where Daniel finds her, another bad blood whose determination to help Serena is rivaled only by his mysterious and troubled past.
This short story doesn’t go nearly as far as the sales description indicates. Instead, it’s about the slow build of friendship between Serena and Daniel, and maybe something more.
There is plenty of tension, but I found the ending a bit abrupt, and afterwards the plot felt a little hollow.
The characters and writing are excellent, and I’m fairly certain a further look into the series would have me hooked, but this short story fell a bit short for me.
It’s also notable that this book feels very relevant to the current climate in America, though much more desperate and further entrenched in fear moreso than hate.
**This book was clean!