Fantasy, Mystery

Bloodmark by JP McLean, a Review

Karen’s Magic Review

I have been looking forward to reading this book, having loved The Gift Legacy Series.

This is a brand new series from JP McLean, and a great start with an imaginative tale.

What surprised me is how the author managed to change her writing style. Not once did I think I was reading a previous book as sometimes happens when you read a story by the same author.

Although I didn’t find it an easy read at times, I still enjoyed it. Some parts, I just couldn’t picture from the description, which I found stalled the story a little

I loved the concept and can see this is going to be an excellent series, as I can only imagine how the next book will go. Now that we have been introduced to the character and her unusual talent, to see how she will make use of it in the next book will be interesting.pr

For the first time, I’m trying something different and making use of the ‘notes’ elements on my Kindle which can be made visible, along with my review on Goodreads.

If you’ve read Blood Mark too, it’s a great way to chat about it. So I’ve commented as I’ve gone along, and you can join the conversation by clicking on the Goodreads link below.


What if your lifelong curse is the only thing keeping you alive? Abandoned at birth, life has always been a battle for Jane Walker. She and her best friend, Sadie, spent years fighting to survive Vancouver’s cutthroat underbelly. That would have been tough enough without Jane’s mysterious afflictions: an intricate pattern of blood-red birthmarks that snake around her body and vivid, heart-wrenching nightmares that feel so real she wakes up screaming.

After she meets the first man who isn’t repulsed by her birthmarks, Jane thinks she might finally have a chance at happiness. Her belief seems confirmed as the birthmarks she’s spent her life so ashamed of magically begin to disappear. Yet, the quicker her scarlet marks vanish, the more lucid and disturbing Jane’s nightmares become—until it’s impossible to discern her dreams from reality, and Jane comes to a horrifying realization:

The nightmares that have plagued her since childhood are actually visions of real people being stalked by a deadly killer. And all this time, her birthmarks have been the only things protecting her from becoming his next victim.

Blood Mark is the first in a brand-new paranormal thriller series by JP McLean, author of The Gift Legacy series and whose writing has been described as “. . . deftly crafted, impressively original, and inherently compelling from first page to last.”

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