Saturday, June 24

Colleen Nelson - Blood Brothers

Close as brothers, Jakub’s and Lincoln’s lives diverge when Jakub gets a private school scholarship and Lincoln is lured into a gang.

Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar.

When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it’s his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood he calls home.

While Jakub’s future is looking bright, Lincoln’s gets shady as he is lured into his brother’s gang. Jakub watches helplessly as Lincoln gets pulled deeper into the violent world of the Red Bloodz. The Red Bloodz find out Jakub knows more than he should about a murder and want him silenced — for good. Lincoln has to either save his friend, or embrace life as one of the Red Bloodz. 

Many thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Jakub and Lincoln are more than best friends- you could say they were almost brothers. But things get increasingly difficult for them when Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school and Lincoln's brother lures him into a gang, and they are each forced to make tough decisions: School or friendship? The gang or Jakub? 

Blood Brothers follows the story of these two boys as they struggle to deal with whatever life throws at them, even when things get out of hand. There are many characters here who are portrayed in a raw and gritty way, and you'd find yourself rooting for most of them, most of the time. I say "most" because there are a couple of characters you'd wish the worst for, and certain charcters you'd love, but still question their actions- and the author makes sure everyone gets what they deserve. 

The characters are diverse too. Jakub is a Polish immigrant, an obedient Catholic, with a side he works had to keep a secret- he's a graffitti artist too. Lincoln (Link), his best friend, gets lured into a gang- the Red Bloodz- through his brother Henry, who has just come out of jail. We get Jakub's hardworking father, a priest who looks out for the best for Jakub, and many more characters who are portayed in a very real way. They each undergo strong character arcs, but Jakub's was possibly my most favorite. 

The books was perhaps a tab bit predictable- you see where things are heading even from a mile away- but this is hardly the kind of book you'd pick for its suspense factor. This is more a look at the most unique characters and how their actions may at times lead to horrific consequences. 

A coming of age story with a compelling story line and characters you'd root for, Blood Brothers is a book to pick up if you feel anything I've said so far appeals to you. I did feel certain areas could have been explored more, and the book definitely could have been longer, but overall, this was a eye-opener of a story about friendship, choices, and life itself.

The story idea: 5/5
The realization of the story: 3/5
The characters: 4/5
The cover: 3/5
Enjoy factor: 5/5


  1. I'm pretty sure this is based on a play that I've seen that I absolutely loved, so I have got to give this a try! Thanks for the review, Ruzaika!

    1. Oh I'm glad it sparked your interest, Em! I hope you get around to it someday, I'm sure you'd love it!

  2. I find the premise interesting but I'm not sure is a book I'll read. It's a story that has been written, filmed, etc many times and I feel they don't add anything else to what we already know, you know?

    1. I perfectly get what you mean, Noe- it really is a tried and tested template. But the author still did it justice, so I'm thankful for that! :D


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