Contrary to popular opinion, vampires are not sexy, romantic, or powerful. In case you hadn’t noticed, vampires are dead.
Nina Harrison, age 15 (on the outside) and age 50ish (on the inside) is a vampire. But, unfortunately, vampires in real life are far from Hollywood’s vision.
The plain fact is, I can’t do anything much. That’s part of the problem. Vampires are meant to be so glamorous…”
Nina lives with her (human) mother, who took to Nina’s vampiric infection surprisingly well – which was a blessing.
Because being a vampire is a lot like living with a chronic illness – one that leaves you tired, weak and perpetually cranky.
“I’m not sick, Mum. I’m fine.”
“That’s what you always say, and you never are.”
Nina’s spare time is spent on writing vampire fiction – starring Zadia Bloodstone, a vampire who really is glamorous, strong and cunning – and at her support group.
If being a vampire were easy, there wouldn’t have to be a Reformed Vampire Support Group.
Nina attends the weekly meetings with all the other vampires in the neighborhood.
And so the years went, with all the vampries complaining about their various aches, pains and nausea.
But then, the unthinkable happens.
One of her Support Group members fails to show up, and when Nina, Dave (a fellow vampire) and Father Ramon (a human priest who heads the Support Group) investigate – they discover that one of their own has been staked.
It’s up to Nina, Dave and Father Ramon to investigate, but the further they look, the less they wish to find.
I really enjoyed this one!
I can see where everyone is going with their negative reviews but honestly, Nina’s personality didn’t bother me.
I found Nina to be a fresh and surprisingly relatable heroine. She did have a touch of whine in her voice but honestly, that would so totally be me (if I was in her situation).
The plot was fast-paced and completely unexpected. I could never predict where it was going and I loved that.
I remember checking my audiobook and being absolutely shocked that I was halfway through the book – I thought for sure that the book was winding towards a conclusion. But, much to my pleasure, there was much more “book” left!
I also am in love with the Jinks’s concept of vampirism (being the equivalent of a chronic illness). I really hadn’t thought of it like that before and that twist on vampires really made the book stand out.
It also made Nina and Dave’s struggle all the more real as they pushed themselves past their limits to do what was right.
And, as the cherry-on-top, I just realized there’s a book two! WOOHOO! I cannot wait to pick it up.
I. loved. this. audio. The reader (Caroline Lee) really got into this book and provided excellent characterization and consistent personalities throughout. She really brought the words to life and I was completely drawn into this novel. Fabulous choice on readers!