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Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Review: The Page Turners: Blood by Kevin T. Johns

The Page Turners: Blood
by Kevin T. Johns
Publisher: Cat and Bean Publishing, Ottawa, Canada.
YA Paranormal Horror
November 2013

From author Kevin T. Johns comes the novel critics are describing as "a crimson-stained love letter to genre fiction" and the first book in a "must read" series.

Nate Bourdain and his friends are thrilled to discover an ancient book of magic spells hidden in their school library--they now have the means to stand up to the villains who make high-school life such a battle. But, when the book's dark magic releases a fictional killer into the real world, the teens must prove they have what it takes to be heroes, or fall as bloody victims in their own horror story turned real.

The Page Turners: Blood is the first book in the Page Turners trilogy: a genre-spanning series sure to please young adult fans of paranormal horror, science-fiction, and fantasy.

Each of the teens seem realistic to me, as a mother who remembers my son and his friends as teenagers. Nate seems to have issues that are unresolved, and refuses to talk about them or his mother’s death when one counselor broaches the subject. I suspect that whoever left the book of dark magic in the library knew of his unresolved anger and knew that he would be the prime subject to speak the spell to awaken the darkness within. Surprisingly to me, it is not Nate’s book, or frightened Spencer’s that is the first book, but Danny’s vampire character, Valande, from the Dark Wedding series. This is a vampire that can never be destroyed, but lives on book after book to plague men and their brides. And Valande does just that in the female classmate Danny becomes interested in and who lives near him.

The author brings to life a small town, its various inhabitants, the high school and the three main characters. He also shows, just as in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that monsters aren’t always just the fictional ones, and sometimes adults are not monsters either, but have their own issues and problems. I am hoping Nate and his friends will learn this by the last book. The cover is super. And I admit, the author has me waiting for the next book in the series.

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About the Author:
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As we release the first two novels in the trilogy in the coming months, this website will be your source for news, interviews, press, and behind the scenes peeks at the creative process.

I’m eager to hear from YOU, the readers of the trilogy, and there are a lot of way you can get in touch with me. You can follow me on Twitter at @kevin_t_johns, find me on Facebook, or use the contact form below to email me directly.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have about The Page Turners Trilogy, the writing process, or my experiences with independent publishing.

I hold degrees in film studies and English literature, and I love a wide variety of narratives in a multitude of genre and formats. I’m also interested in hockey, weightlifting and fitness, as well as nutrition, particularly low-carb and Paleo eating. I live in Ottawa, Canada.

I look forward to hearing from you!


  1. Oh you gotta love this cover art. Thank you for sharing with us today :)

    1. he has a guest post coming up about working with the artist to make the cover an interior map.

  2. I am glad you like the cover, Denise! As Sharon mentioned, I have a guest post coming up shortly where I write about what a pleasure it was working with the cover artist, Kit Foster. Check out the book and let me know if my writing lives up to the cover art!