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Bloody Little Secrets Paperback – May 26, 2011
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I picked this up on Amazon when it was free, and at the time this review is published it still is. Get it here for kindle for free. *Note, I'm not responsible for price changes, if it's no longer free when you check out the link, I'm sorry, but that's not up to me.*
I had a few minor problems with this. I think that Vicky accepted the fact that she's a vampire a little too easily for it to be convincing. If the blood lust was as bad as it was made out to seem I doubt that she would've been able to think coherently and figure out a plan so fast. I think things fell into line a little too easily for her for most of the book and only towards the end to things get sticky for her, but even so the problems are mostly resolved a little too nicely for my tastes.
I'm also not a huge fan of characters falling in love in a week, or a little over a week. I find it to be highly played out, but the way Vicky and Drake connect so quickly and the way she can control herself is a little odd for me. Again, things fall into place so nicely for her. If she couldn't do the mind compulsion thing then everything would have fallen apart.
Either way, it's a decent read, a little bit cliche, but not too terrible. I don't think I'm going to go on and read book two, but if you do let me know what you think!
Of course maybe I've got it wrong, when 'Monty' one of the main character's friends becomes a vampire towards the end he hilariously grows enormous muscles and a protruding six-pack. There is about 50/50 chance this is intended as some sort of vampire ripoff humor, and yet at the same the characters mewl about like they really are serious about their fictional lives, so frankly I can't tell what this book wants to be.
In the end, with a genre hyper-saturated with teen vampire novels, Bloody secrets stands out only as a funny shortish novel with characters I can barely remember even a few moments after reading it (aside from buff Monty...)
The opening of the story really starts off strong, and I was really giving my Kindle a workout by flipping the pages. I wanted to know what happened next, and I loved following Vicky's story. That said, as I mentioned, I did have some issues.
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT
While I loved the additional characters Vicky found when she moved to the new town for the sake of her family, I did have an issue with the way Drake so willingly accepted that Vicky was a vampire. When the others responded in pretty much the same way, it made me think everyone had been watching Buffy, the Vampire Slayer too much. It almost seemed as though vampires were commonplace.
I also had issues with the plot as some things just didn't make sense to me.
I didn't really understand how Steve made Vicky such a different type of vampire, and it wasn't explained. How did he create a vampire that could withstand the sun? And why do it on Vicky instead of one of the other vampires in his clan?
Also, why wouldn't Steve risk one of his other vampires to test Vicky's blood instead of his own? The story gave the impression that Steve was the lead vampire. So I wondered why he wouldn't demand one of his followers (so to speak) to be the test subject.
I did have a lot of issues with the climatic scene with Steve as it was actually kind of anti-climatic. He was smart enough to create this super vamp but not smart enough to realize she could take them all out? Shouldn't he have figured that out when all his minions kept getting offed by Vicky throughout the book? It just looks like he could have done some better planning.
The ending scene really bothered me in that I was expected more shock and horror from Vicky's parents. They saw her in the coffin, no doubt, so to see her standing in the same room with them just days later should have caused some type of hysteria or fear. My first thought would have been zombies. Instead, Vicky's father hugs her, and the story ends abruptly.
Overall, I would give this book 3 and 3/4 stars because Karly Kirkpatrick is a strong writer. She has a way with characterization and dialogue that really connected with me. I'll definitely read more from her because the questions I had didn't detract from the evidence of a good story-teller.
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Well written. I just completely loved it.