Review: Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson

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bloodbrothersClose 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.

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
My rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Thank you to Netgalley and Dundurn for providing this copy in exchange for a honest review.

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This review contains no spoilers

Jakub and Lincoln are very close friends, as close as brothers, but everything changes when Jakub gets into an elite private school. Because Jakub isn’t around as much anymore as he used to be Lincoln gets lured into his big brother’s gang.

The beginning of this book is a bit slow in my opinion and I didn’t really know if I was going to end up liking the book or not, but when Lincoln gets pulled deeper into his brother’s gang the book becomes more fast-paced and after that the story will become a rollercoaster of emotions. You will read the story in Jakub’s and Lincoln’s point of view. Both of the characters are very strong and you will start rooting for them.

This story will show you that every decision you make will have consequences. Even small decisions that you will make can end up in something really bad.


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