Publisher: Creative Space
Publication Date: October 11, 2015
So one of my favorite tv shows of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which always had the right mix of scare, humor, story, and action. Say you’ve a story about a vampire slayer and I’m probably all over that story. Which is why I’m reviewing Vampire Island, a story, strangely enough, about a vampire slayer.
Zoe Tempest’s parents have been murdered and so 17-year old Zoe is sent to live with her Uncle Julian whom she’s never met. He lives on an island in the Bahamas that shuts down when evening comes. Zoe has come to Vampire Island where her Uncle Julian, a vampire slayer, is trying to destroy the vampire, Dere, who has killed him twice before. Now, skilled in defense, Zoe is slated to become a vampire slayer as well.
Vampire Island is a fast-paced, plot-driven story, with a kickass heroine who just happens to adore nail polish and matching shoes more than any kickass heroine I’ve ever encountered. Under her Uncle’s tutelage she becomes fit and strong and hopes to avenge the murders of her parents.
Sandra Cox offers a new layer to traditional vampire stories, which I will leave for you to discover and of which I wholly approve. I’m kind of glad that we’re getting back to stories where vampires are scary and not all shimmery and sweet. Also, there’s the addition of Oz the ocelot, again I wholly approve, whose evolutional mutation for living on Vampire Island is that of silver claws.
While Cox provides new and welcome twists on the vampire subgenre, I would have liked a bit more character development, but seeing as how this is the first in a series perhaps there are more surprises to come.
I was provided with an copy of Vampire Island by Reading Addiction Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
rating: (3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies)
The Paranormal Bar & Grille – Virtual Book Tour
October starts out warm and sunny, but this is the month when everything changes. Mornings grow frosty, leaves change colors, and the breeze takes on a bite.
It’s a time for harvest celebrations. A boy loans a girl his coat. She snuggles a little closer and takes his hand. A riot of autumn splendor accompanies the farmer’s market where they stroll.
But the vibrancy of daylight doesn’t compare to the darkness of night. Is that chill on your neck the breeze or something else?
You walk a tad faster and look over your shoulder. The trees creak when the wind whips through their branches—at least, you hope that noise came from the undulating bows.
You check under the bed and inside the closet before climbing under the covers. Sleep doesn’t come easy. The old house groans its complaints, and the night magnifies every innocuous noise until terror paralyzes you—because you know nefarious things go bump in the night.
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Publication Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: Ballantine Books
I am late to the game, but just in time for the third book in The Passage trilogy, well, after I begin and finish the second one, The Twelve, that is, and at this rate I should be reading or listening to The City of Mirrors, oh, about sometime next year.
I began this audiobook at the beginning of May and for every commute since, I listened to it until I finished it this afternoon. Thirty-six plus hours of listening. And, for not a single one of them was I bored. In fact, I have to tell you that listening to this book when you’re driving may not be the best idea ever. It’s intense and engrossing and sometimes frightening enough that if someone walks by your car, you may jump in your seat. I did.
The book blurb would lead you to believe that this is a book about Amy, a little girl born to an unwed mother and when the mother realizes she can no longer take care of Amy, leaves her at a convent in the care of Sister Lacey. But while Amy is at the core of this epic novel, there is so much going on that, for a while, you almost forget about Amy.
Also, the blurb might tell you it’s about vampires. These aren’t the type of vampires that have filled so much fiction in the past ten years. These are monsters and they have pretty much decided the fate of the world.
If you decide to undertake this novel, pay attention to everything because Cronin has really structured The Passage so that almost every seemingly insignificant detail matters, which I think is quite an achievement in a novel that consists of 766 pages. He never just throws in filler or prose that goes nowhere. There is nothing flowery just to be flowery. I found it impressive.
Another incredible fact about The Passage is that not much of it is predictable. Imagine a story of 766 pages in which the author has evaded predictability. Even the last paragraph of the novel will throw you.
As for the audio version of the book, it was narrated by Scott Brick and I thought he did a great job. He injected just the right amount of drama to make it an excellent listen. If you listen to many audiobooks, you’ve probably heard him before.
If you like apocalyptic, supernatural novels, you would enjoy The Passage.
From Amazon: The Passage
rating: (5 out of 5 butterflies)