- File Size: 3289 KB
- Print Length: 85 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wing and Fang Press (December 4, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DX5DPL0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #1934 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Paranormal > Vampires
- #2181 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Vampires
- #4583 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
The Fool's Embrace (Vampire Bytes Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It's a great new take on the vampire mythos. These vampires are powered by the "Swarm," nano machines that live within them. There's still the traditional aspects that we expect from a vampire story- blood lust, enhanced strength and speed, feuds between bloodlines- along with a few new abilities that go well with the 21st century.
The Fool's Embrace follows Kevin, a slightly awkward, yet lovable programmer who's a recent addition to the vampire fold. Kevin is hilarious and, while timid sometimes, certainly takes charge (often against his will!) in this fast-paced story. The back and forth between he and Io is some of the best dialogue you'll ever read.
The dialogue is just one of many facets of Harker's high quality that I've come to expect. Witty dialogue grouped with likable, well-rounded characters, vivid descriptions, and perfectly placed random details makes her work one of the best buys you'll find.
There's not anything negative I can say about the Fool's Embrace. The pacing was perfect. It was a wild rush that escalated quickly and believably. All I can complain about is the fact that I want more.
Kevin's drunken attempt to pull a hot girl ends up with being attacked by vampires. Lo saves him by turning him and merging herself into his body as they make their escape, trying to dodge the vampires and hellhounds, teaching Kevin how to survive and gain control of some vampire skills, and reach a safe place by morning.
This was a very entertaining novella, the first in a series of adventures. Kevin is your totally normal guy who suddenly finds himself as a vampire and on the run with a demanding female Sire who talks to him inside his head. This leads to some very amusing conversations as Kevin struggles to make sense of things. Both he and Lo are good characters that you are rooting for, which I find really important. I think that the author did a good job of developing these characters which doesn't always happen in a novella. The plot was interesting and fast paced. It was nice to see someone write a different take on vampires. I found the Swarm idea to be very good and it was well explained without big info dumps. The descriptive work and simple storytelling was also excellent and I read this novella in one sitting. It also has a good mixture of action, humour and description in the correct amounts.
There wasn't anything about it that I didn't like. This novella should appeal to anyone with an interest in vampires and will be suitable for both adult and YA alike. There are a few bloody scenes of course, very minor sexual references in joke form and rare use of swearing. None of this bothered me and actually added to the story instead of detracting from it.
Overall I think that this author is a great storyteller and I will definitely be looking for the next part of the story, and would try any other writing that she does in this genre. A fun, entertaining read!
For a novella this tale is packed with everything a vampire loving reader could want. There's a new breed of vampire that commands something called the Swarm, which act as tiny nanomachines to cast illusion, repair cells, and drive the thirst for blood. Kevin, just an average ordinary guy, is suddenly Embraced one night behind a bar and is unceremoniously thrown into a dumpster. The Fool's Embrace marks his first night as a fledgling vampire on the run and is so engrossing it's hard to put down the book. Everything revolves around Kevin's first 8 hours as he undergoes a transformation of body and soul. Because of this span, the pacing in the book is believable, up to the minute, and catches your attention readily as he has encounter after encounter all over the city.
As the description and reviews tell you, Io is Kevin's Sire. When she enters his mind a witty repartee takes place and they banter back and forth throughout the story. Their down-to-earth attitude and frankness is appealing while at the same time paced so that the reader never feels there is anything missing from their dialogue. Kevin is pragmatic, while Io is enigmatic. The combination is a kind of enjoyable mix of snarkiness and comebacks.
Harker's approach to vampirism is unique, but maintains some of the key qualities of traditional roles. For fewer than 100 pages, this tale packs a wallop of exciting adventures, intriguing characters, believable scenarios, and a perfect mix of elements that all add up to a place on your kindle for that relaxing day on the beach or commute on the bus.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have, and will want to read more from J.C. Harker.
What happened to vampires being the monsters that they were? The monsters of incredible sexuality that contrasted with their sheer brutality? It seemed dead for a while. Dead and sparkly. And rage-inducing. And awful...simply awful.
HOWEVER, I'm glad to say that this book was a very refreshing breather. It displays vampires in a fashion closer to their true image.
Vampires are seductive, they're wise, they're deadly, and they're damn interesting.
*vampires don't sparkle
*minor spelling and grammatical errors
4-stars means buy it, people. Give this short read a try and I guarantee you'll love it just as much as I did.
Will definitely read more from this author in the future.