Book Review | The Blood Race | Worlds Beneath Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hello!  Today is my stop for the Worlds Beneath blog tour!  Worlds Beneath is book 2 in The Blood Race series, which was released on July 1st.  To celebrate, I’ll be sharing my review of book #1, The Blood Race, as well giving you the chance to enter to a win a signed, paperback copy of it!

Alright, let’s get this party started!

TheBloodRaceCover.pngTitle: The Blood Race (The Blood Race #1) by K. A. Emmons

Pages: 318

Genres: YA, Fantasy/Sci-fi

Published by: Self-published (July 27th, 2017)


I’ve been running from my past for one hundred years. And I’m still just a teenager.

I was selected by my teacher, Sensei, to train in The Dimension: a secret place of refuge for the ‘anomalies’ of past, present, and future earth. Here I would learn to connect to my ‘warrior within’ as Sensei calls it – to channel energy orbs, commute between realms, and even shape-shift into an alternate form. But never did I guess that my training would include taking on an anomaly student of my own: a loose cannon of a college guy named Ion.

Late one evening, I invite him over to Sensei’s house for a little chat; one that will turn his life upside-down. Shoving him into the broom closet turned portal, I drag Ion into the Dimension, opening his eyes to his true homeland: a realm of anomalies. His kin.

As we train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as our own demons, I begin to realize that there’s more to Ion than I originally thought: a darkness he’s spent his life running from. And beyond that, a looming threat hidden in plain sight – something that could destroy me, him, and the future of Earth.

The Blood Race is K.A. Emmons’ debut novel, and the first book in a riveting and fresh YA sci-fi/fantasy thriller series. Pick up your copy of The Blood Race today!

The Blood Race (The Blood Race, #1)

What I Thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!  A huge thank you to author and Livy Lynn Blog Tours!*

Going into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  When it comes to sci-fi/fantasy novels, I sometimes struggle to connect to the story, and often get confused.  I’ll be honest, I was hesitant to even read this book because of that.  The synopsis just kept drawing me in, though.  I’m so glad I decided to give this book a chance!

One of the things I loved most about The Blood Race was the characters.  There were so many unique and such fierce characters.  I especially loved Icarus, Hawk, and Fin.  They had so much depth!  I loved watching the growth and maturity that happens in this novel, particularly with Icarus.  I also loved the romances that are starting.  I am so looking forward to seeing how much more these characters and their relationships grow and change in Worlds Beneath!

Another thing I loved were the parallels between Christianity and the Dimension.  I don’t want to spoil anything in the story, but I just have to say, the second half of the book really made me think about evangelism, free will vs. predestination, and so much more.

One thing that I do wish, however, that I got to have a little more of in this book, was understanding more about the Dimension.  I wanted to learn more about this other world, what it looked like and how it was to live there.  I’m hopeful that book 2 will feature more descriptions and give a greater understanding!

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel!  The Blood Race is so well-written, with such unique and memorable characters.  Like I said earlier, I’m not always able to get into sci-fi/fantasy novels, but that was not the case for this one.  The plot drew me in, and kept me hooked until the very end.  I cannot wait to read World’s Beneath! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique and adventurous read!

4 stars 2


Click here to buy The Blood Race, and start the adventure.

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Click here to buy Worlds Beneath to find out what happens next!


Click the cover below to enter to win a signed, paperback copy of The Blood Race!


about the author

KateEmmons.jpgWhen she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons’ debut novel The Blood Race is the first book in her YA science fiction/fantasy thriller series. Get connected with Kate on your favorite social platform, and be sure to check out!


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tour schedule

Jameson C. Smith

Author Interview

July 1st


Guest Post by Kate – Top 5 Tips for Aspiring Indie Author’s

July 2nd

Hannah Whatley

Book Review

July 3rd


Plottinger Twist

Book Review & Giveaway

July 4th

Laura A. Grace

Unicorn Quester

Author Interview & Paperback Giveaway

July 5th


Guest Post by Kate & Paperback Giveaway

July 6th


Book Review & Giveaway

July 7th


Guest Post & Giveaway

July 8th


Book Review & Paperback Giveaway

July 9th


Book Review for The Blood Race

July 10th


Author Interview & Book Review

July 11th


Author Interview

July 12th

Author Interview

July 13th

Liv Fisher

Guest post by Kate & Book Giveaway

July 14th

Grace Anne

Book Review & Author Interview

July 15th

Lila Kims

Book Review of The Blood Race

July 16th

Tessa Emily Hall
Guest Post

July 17th


July 18th

Book Review of the Blood Race

July 19th


Guest Post, Book Review & Giveaway

July 20th

Audrey Caylin

Guest Post by Kate & Paperback Giveaway

July 21st


Book Review for the Blood Race

July 22nd

Book Review for World’s Beneath & Paperback Giveaway for The Blood Race

July 23rd


Book Review for The Blood Race & Author Interview

July 24th


Book Review for The Blood Race

July 25th

Guest Post & Book Giveaway

July 25th

Book Review for The Blood Race

July 26th

Allyson Kennedy

Book Review for The Blood Race

July 27th

Book Review for The Blood Race & Paperback Giveaway

July 28th


Book Review for the Blood Race

July 29th

Sarah Addison Fox

July 30th

Savannah Grace

Book Review for the Blood Race
July 30th


Book Review for the Blood Race & Author Interview

July 31st

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2 Comments on “Book Review | The Blood Race | Worlds Beneath Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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