Monday, March 26, 2012

Yes, yet another Vampire Plot

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between
Book #1

A decent book that really got my attention more towards the end. I think I'm about done with reading any new vampire plots. They all seem to be relatively similar, with little that ever surprises me anymore. Another thing that stays true to the UF paradigm is the ever smart-mouthed & kick-assed persona of the UF female protagonists. I actually don't mind this protagonist or her smart mouth that much, because she is somewhat likable and sometimes vulnerable.

As per usual, the vampires are seductive cool beasts, and we again have a protagonist that falls for the HBIC (Head Bitch In Charge, for those that don't know). The only difference is that with her particular useful talent, to detect the twice dead, lands her in the middle of some unsavory characters and situations. There are some interesting back stories told, mysteries solved, and hot scenes to delve into, so it was definitely an enjoyable read, even if it was still somewhat predictable or common. The climax and ending is what really pushed this one into the definitely not bad territory. I would have been perturbed if the 2nd book wasn't already available. Yes, we are walking a semi-cliffhanger line here. Looking forward to more soon to quell my addled mind.

In summary, with only a couple of nit-pick mistakes and inconsistencies, I have a hard time not recommending this book, even with the over used vamp sub-plot. This book may have been published at the height of the vamp/UF fad for all I know, so I'll excuse the over used subplot, especially with the few fresh spins it does end up offering readers.

Just a side warning. If you decide to read this book, make sure you have the 2nd book handy.

Warning: Sexual Content & gruesome Voodoo-like Mayhem

One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.  No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.

She's left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance, she's managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her--until now.

The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he's not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no. But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it's only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn't their first stroll around the undead block.

-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-


  1. Wow, that looks like a really cool book. I love reading about witches, werewolves and vampires. I literally flew through the Rachel Morgan "The Hollows" series by Kim Harrison.

    You mentioned "voodoo mayhem" in your description of this book, heh heh... that reminds me of something I just finished. Have you read Darkfall by Dean Koontz? It's an old one, released in 1984, but it's a pretty good ride, and oh yeah the book is FULL of voodoo mayhem. Check it out!

  2. No I haven't read anything by Koontz, but I do like Dark UF, bordering on horror. Thanks for the recommendation.