This book has haunted my shelf for a good ten years. My mom went through this Avon Vampire Book kick around then and tried to get me to read them. Although I didn’t fully enjoy them then, there are some series that aren’t all too mushy and ridiculous like other predecessors. Author Katie MacAlister is either a Hit or a Miss, with her vampire books. She also writes about dragons in her more popular series like The Aisling Grey Series, Silver Dragons, Light Dragons, and Dragon Falls.
“A Girl’s Guide To Vampires”, is the first book in her Dark Ones series which spans over ten books, a few straggling side books, and three novellas. Sounds like a bit of work, huh? Well, after inheriting these books from my mom’s shelf, I thought I’d take a gander at what these were all about.
The first book is about these two young women, Joy and Roxy, who are tired of the same-old and travel overseas to the Czech Republic in order to explore the mysterious sights explained in their favorite Dark Secret series. It’s basically stories, much like this one, that is all about vampires called “Dark Ones” who find their love mate, go through a ritual, and they live happily ever after. Roxy insists Joy will find her own “Dark One” after a psychic friend of theirs predicted Joy’s future mate would be around the area.
Roxy is one of those characters who needs to learn when to keep her mouth shut, learn how to be a true friend and not sell out your friend, and stop pushing said friend when they want to relax and enjoy the scenery. And don’t get me started on Joyful, yes her full name is Joyful. She has the personalities, at times the brains, but she needs to stop describing her “lady parts” as inner cheerleaders…..exactly what I thought.
Now the author is fickle with her language, especially in this one. She doesn’t use any course language and instead replaces them with awkward words and phrases. One example is her over-usage for the replacement word “poop”. Not going sugar coat it, it annoyed me at times because the main characters are supposed to be around twenty-five. I’m twenty-three and although I don’t use course language, I would not say what these women said. because it was utterly ridiculous. Also, Joy reminded me a little of Stephanie Meyer in her use of huge vocabulary words when they aren’t necessary. They transformed what could have been short, hilarious moments into dragging, “roll-your-eyes” scenes.
This book has it’s ups and downs and I finished it in two days. I mean the story holds up, but it needed to be filtered (aka cheerleaders and poop). This is one of those guilty pleasure books you read when you’re tired of jumping from book to book and in need of a story you can breeze through with no problems. If you are in a need for one of those, you can click here to receive your own copy for only $1.99!
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7 out of 10 Book Charms!