Review: Swear by Amanda Hocking (@Mollykatie112, @amanda_hocking)

Posted November 29, 2016 by Lorna in Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Young Adult / 22 Comments

Review: Swear by Amanda Hocking (@Mollykatie112, @amanda_hocking)
Swear by Amanda Hocking
Series: My Blood Approves #5
Published by Indie
Published on: November 9, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 335
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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In the final book of the My Blood Approves series...

Alice has moved on and is settling into a new country with a new career as a vampire hunter. Finally, she's created a stable, happy life for herself and her family, including her boyfriend Jack. Or at least as stable as her life can be, especially with a dangerous vampire cult resurfacing.

But everything she’s worked for is put in jeopardy when she receives a disturbing message - one that sends her on a quest that delves into a tragic mystery that has haunted Peter for years.


Two years ago I spent less than a week reading the My Blood Approves series by Amanda Hocking. I had to buy the fourth book on Smashwords because that’s the only place I could find it.(It’s on Amazon now) When I was done with that, I realized that she hadn’t really ended the series and these books had been out for several years with no end in sight. I did my research and found that she probably wasn’t going to end it. To be honest, I was a bit mad. So when I saw that she had written the ending finally, I knew I had to jump back in, and I ended up being very glad I did-well, for the most part anyway.

Alice was just a teenager when she met vampire, Jack, and they fell in love. Of course, it’s not that simple. She gets pulled into a supernatural world that she hadn’t even dreamed existed. When she meets his brother Peter, things really ramp up, and that’s because Alice and Peter are seemingly blood mates or blood approved mates-not sure what it was actually called. They are immediately drawn to each other. Peter lost his mate Elise about a hundred years back. He has never gotten over her, so meeting Alice knocked him for a loop, and that’s because there is only one mate for a vampire. So yes, this was a love triangle, not usually my thing, but I couldn’t put these books down. If you plan on trying the series, you might not want to read the next part of my review because there will be spoilers-can’t be helped.

It’s sic years later and Alice and Jack live in Amsterdam. They’ve built a life there and now Alice is a vampire and is also a vampire hunter. She hunts with her best friend Bobby, who is also her brother Milo’s mate. He is human, and Milo isn’t. A vampire hunting vampires kind of shocked me, but it’s more of a policing thing through an agency that keeps the supernatural world in check. When strange things start happening in Alice and Jack’s world, Alice realizes that something sinister is starting to stalk both her and Jack. Has and ancient evil been let loose again on the streets of Amsterdam?

While Jack is handsome and charming, Peter is brooding and dark. Jack is outgoing and endearing and Peter says little and keeps to himself. Complete exact opposites. Of course, me being me, I was drawn to Peter from the beginning, but I also enjoyed Jack as a character as well. Alice has really grown the most over the books. She has made her choice and now just wants Peter to be happy and to that end will do anything to help him. She’s pretty fearless when hunting vampires and pretty much is a kick ass and take names fighter.

This was the last book in the series. And after the ending, I totally see why.I am not that upset that it’s the end and that’s because all the loose ends got wrapped up and after the wait, I was happy to have a conclusion. However, there were times that it felt like the author was throwing in all kinds of things that weren’t that necessary to the plot and it bothered me a bit. It has to be mentioned because while the other books were non-stop reads, this one wasn’t that for me. And while the ending wasn’t my favorite, it did make sense. Enough said.

This started out as YA and really still is, except now there is mentions of sex scenes between the mated pair. Noting explicit at all, the reader just knows what’s about to take place or did take place. There’s also a fair amount of violence as well. I would recommend these books to ages 15-16 plus.

FYI-This book does need another editing. Words out of order, or used wrong, etc.

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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.


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22 responses to “Review: Swear by Amanda Hocking (@Mollykatie112, @amanda_hocking)

  1. I remember absolutely loving this series as well but it’s been so long since I’ve read it, I’ve forgotten quite a bit now it seems. I don’t know if I will bother reading this, more than likely not but I’m glad you did and for the most part liked it.
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  2. Jessica from a GREAT read  

    I was stoked to hear that Amanda had written the final book to this series! I still haven’t picked it up yet, because I KNOW I’m going to need to do a series re-read…which I haven’t done in eons! I plan to do this eventually though…something that gets said a LOT for me! LOL! But glad to hear it got a nice roundabout ending! Am just now recalling how the love triangle was resolved and I am remembering my shock again too! LOL! Can’t wait to re-read this series and then finally, THIS one! Great review!

    • I didn’t do a reread and I really think I would have benefited from one. Especially because now I am not sure what you mean about the resolved love triangle and why it was shocking? And thanks!

  3. I think I read the first 3 books in this series, but never continued beyond that so far. I don’t remember much of the books, but I can remember I found the series quite addictive back then. It does seem a bit weird she only wrote or published the last book by now. But it must be nice to finally have the last things wrapped up. Great review!
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  4. You know, I grabbed quite a few from Hocking when I first got my nook – because they were free, for the most part. But I still haven’t read them. I’m happy that you got your ending even if it wasn’t quite the page turner the other books in the series were. I get what you’re saying about the author throwing all sorts of things in…like she wasn’t sure where to take the story? Oh, and I laughed when you said you were drawn to Peter because you had me in has camp at “broody”. πŸ˜‰
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    • Yes, the first one of these may have been free way back when, not sure. They certainly kept me reading non-stop! Yes, throwing stuff in because there just needed to be more story I guess and she wasn’t sure where to take the story next. I dunno for sure. And Peter was always my favorite but I did like Jack a lot πŸ™‚