Blood War ✓
[Original version - rewritten version on my profile]
Baubesti, a species of vampire-like creatures, live by blood, die by blood, and love by blood. But for Nika in particular, blood is what makes her a disgrace.
To the Baubesti community, Nika is what's known as a halfblood, a Baubesti whose lineage can be traced back to more than one race. And that isn't all. She's also the illegitimate daughter of a stately Baubesti politician. For these reasons combined, she is often the center of gossip.
But things begin to change when Nika is suddenly thrown into a violent feud between two Baubesti races. Her boarding school is attacked by the vengeful - and supposedly extinct - Volkari, a race that humans might confuse as werewolves. After this fatal attack, she finds herself caught between the forgotten Volkari and the pretentious Ingeri, and the world she's always considered safe and familiar begins to crumble in the face of war.
With the help of her friends and her terrifying bodyguard, Nika uncovers a plot that's been unraveling for years. With this knowledge, she holds the fate of the Baubesti world in her hands, and she has no idea what to do. But if she doesn't pick a side quickly, it will be a bloodbath.
In this fragile, hidden community, one thing is certain: our blood might be different, but we all bleed red.
[Book 1 of The Halfblood Chronicles]
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This story once ranked as high as #41 in Paranormal, if that matters to you. But then again, it also hasn't been ranked, so maybe you shouldn't read it at all.
Lovely cover made by @amazewrites.