Blood Tithe by Glenn Soucy

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    Even if you’re not a fan of vampires specifically or the supernatural in general this story is so much more than that. It is an adventure, a mystery, a love story both romantic and familial, and it’s about a boy growing up in extraordinary circumstances.

    In the damp, dark forest of northern Maine, a secret that was buried for decades becomes exposed. Jeremy was five years old and playing in the thick forest, when he fell into a forgotten tunnel. The old passage was left over from WWII; when the USA was trying to create the Master Race with DNA alterations. The chemicals were still there, mixing with flood waters, and only becoming stronger.

    Jeremy is rescued from the tunnel, and spends the summer in the hospital recovering. But soon realizes that he can sense heartbeats from a distance, feel sap moving in trees. Best of all, he can gather energy from every living thing, which gives him unnatural and sometime uncontrollable powers.

    His mother and sister are frightened by this as he struggles for their affection. Soon the CIA hears of the news and starts asking questions, as do mysterious people who are still alive from the original experiments. Jeremy doesn’t know who to trust.

    Review by Eric Serlin:

    Glenn Soucy
    Glenn Soucy

    Glenn Soucy has written a fast paced, nail biting novel with a cast of characters that are true to form. Jeremy Davis will rock your world, and then he’ll take you through a cyclone of the ride of your life!!

    If you like to read at night, be prepared to stay up late because this is the ultimate in page turning!!! If there were 6 stars I would have rated this one 6

    Review by Jill Marie Merillo:

    The story opens with a look at our tragic hero, Jeremy, in present time, atop a building contemplating how he’d gotten to this point in his life. We know he isn’t quite human, but not even he can explain what he is. Through a series of flashbacks we discover the accident that led to his strange transformation, and how he lost everything he ever cared about in his life.

    Between the struggle to be normal and the fight to control his new powers Jeremy tries to protect those around him, even those that find him frightening. A simple task for a boy with extraordinary powers, but not when your worst enemy has the same powers and knows how to use them, not when faced with an evil you never expected in the form of a greedy and jealous bully.

    Blood Tithe is a fast-paced and ever exciting introduction to this supernatural series. I have seen it described as a new kind of vampire story and that is very much what it is. Jeremy’s unfortunate fall into a toxic sewer changes him, gives him powers…powers which must be fed, but not with blood. He has to draw on energy from living things in order to use his powers.

    I loved the idea of a young child growing up with these unique powers, learning to use and conceal them, learning to turn inward in loneliness, learning to reach out for some kind of human connection. It’s hard enough being a kid and trying to find where you belong in the world; imagine if you weren’t quite human; imagine if you did things that you just couldn’t explain. My heart ached for Jeremy as he dealt with more and more isolation, and I found his relationship with his mother to be almost unbearable. As a mother I could never imagine turning away from my children in fear and disgust, but it just made me feel more for Jeremy.

    Even if you’re not a fan of vampires specifically or the supernatural in general this story is so much more than that. It is an adventure, a mystery, a love story both romantic and familial, and it’s about a boy growing up in extraordinary circumstances. I’m curious to see where Jeremy will go from here; if he will ever find the answers he seeks, and who are the mysterious group that he meets at the end and what part do they play in everything that has happened?