By Christine Cody
Ace, $7.99, 310 pages

Mariah Lyander is a haunted woman. Forced to accept her status as a were-creature, she has still not come to terms with her true nature. Even worse, the vampire Gabriel, blood-bonded to her in a twist of fate, despises her and hates being linked to her. Determined to rid herself of the curse once and for all, Mariah and Gabriel set off on a journey for the cure hoping to rid themselves of each other for good.

Blood Rules is the second book in the series The Bloodlands by author Christine Cody. It is an interesting twist upon the typical fantasy book as it is set in a post-apocalyptic future where, despite technological advances non-humans, or preters, are still sought out and destroyed by humans. The characters in the book are great, especially the main character, Mariah. Full of loyalty, determination and desire to be normal, she fiercely goes after what she wants.  Gabriel is a nice counterpart to her whirlwind and provides a calming presence in the book. Fans of fantasy will definitely enjoy this book.

Reviewed by Barbara Cothern