Waking up to discover you’re a vampire then fainting at the sight of your number one food source isn’t healthy.
Billie Joyce’s dream visit to New York City turned into a nightmare. Now not only is she one of the living dead, but she has to contend with a know-it-all vampire who wants to tell her how to talk. Not gonna happen!
Note: I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Having not read the first part of the Dead series, I wasn’t sure if this series of short stories was going to be something I was really going to be interested in. But here it is October so I said to myself, “Sure, let’s give a vampire series a go! You’ve had a long enough rest from the undead supernatural world! Tis the season and all that!” Story one had me from the following line of dialog, allow me to share:
Several minutes later, Billie Joyce’s eyelids fluttered. She lay still, not opening her eyes. Dovey didn’t have all night to wait for her changeling to get with the program. The creator needed a live snack and the sooner the better. Dovey sat down on the edge of the bed and patted the woman’s hand. “What’s going on with the passing-out thing?”
“Blood.” Billie Joyce kept her eyes tightly shut.”I go into a dead faint every time I see blood.”
I literally laughed out loud, as the previous was stated by our poor unsuspecting newly-turned vampire Billie Joyce (whose character I enjoyed immensely!) What ensued from that moment did not disappoint, and what I was afraid was going to be a stodgy introduction into a common world of vacuous undead good-lookers, ended up being an entertaining, touching, at times heartbreaking little love story with characters I ended up liking very much.
As a reader new to the serial, I found it fairly easy to follow along, I wasn’t at all left feeling like I had to read the first story to get a true idea of the series. Leaf did a great job at writing a world that was fantastically easy to follow, without being boring and old hat. The true downside to this story is how short it is! In fact, I’m not sure I can call this a “book” seeing as each instalment is more the length of a single chapter. At a mere 109 pages, one sneezes and then that’s it! I think if it was extended beyond it also wouldn’t feel as rushed. Sadly, as with a lot of authors, this little short felt like perhaps it could have filled more space. But either way, in the end I loved reading it and has left me chomping at the bit to begin the next part of the series.
I give this one 4 stars, this is definitely a quirky read! I swear it’s like a bag of chips, you can’t have just one. The only downside being that it was also small like the snack food as well.
So come back in a day where I toss up my opinion of the next part of the the series, Dead Hunter.