Even though I have read the entertaining and stirring Vampire's Dilemma a few months ago, the stories still hold an impressive memory for me. Each story was a delightful and personal adventure for me, but the one piece that was the most moving for me was Robyn McIntyre's written work: The Face on the Coin. Her story had the prefect blend of vampire ghosts and time travel ( one of my favorite fantasies). Add that with a San Pedro/Los Angeles backdrop-well, I was in make-believe heaven. Her main characters were wonderfully layered, conflicted, and easily loved. They happily lured me into their world and I easily read the story wanting more. Ms McIntyre piece nicely pushed me into her world of ghosts, vampires, and the seedy underworld they dwelled in. I am impatiently waiting for more.
So if you are in the mood for something a little different and delightful, by all means read this novella. You will not be disappointed.
With October just around the corner now is a good time to pick up this collection of Vampire stories and settle in to your comfy chair for an evening's escape. As with any collection there are some stories that appeal more than others, (a matter of personal taste and not necessarily a reflection on the authors' abilities), so I offer this review of my favorites. Four stars for the collection as a whole.
Take My Breath Away, by Rusty Goode
Terminally ill, Julia hopes to continue her career as a rising star in the art world by becoming a vampire. She thinks she understands the cost but soon discovers that what she lost may outweigh what she gained. Aeron should have known better, but he with a soft spot in his non-beating heart for the artist he changes her.
A modern twist on the classic tale, this story is rich in setting, vivid in voice, and paced well right up to a very satisfying ending. I will be looking for more by this author.
Thin White Duke In Sneakers by Laura Wise
Vegetarian turned vampire, Greg, avoids his wife/widow until a mysterious message gives him a reason to contact her. Linda comes to meet him and soon the two are confronted by black magic, prophesy, and a glimmer of hope that they don't dare believe in. I would have liked a longer version of this simply because it was easy to become invested in the characters and their story.
Uncle Dmitri by Roberta Rogow
Is this cab driver really hundreds of years old, or is he just an uncooperative curmudgeon who may have witnessed a homicide? A fascinating window into a world that could exist right under our noses, with vampires and werewolves living in our neighborhoods.
This review was written by Laurel Newberry for The Book Breeze