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"The writing throughout was clever, witty, and the dialogue sparkled (even though the vampires didn't)." -IndieHeart
"The science and history of the vampires was creative and fascinating, and the ending was totally unpredictable. I loved it!" - T. J. Zalecki, author of Rising Tide (SIRENS, Book 1)
"Rich in texture and characterization, Four was a different kind of read for me. My best description of the story? Sookie Stackhouse meets Stephanie Plum." -Maggie Toussaint aka Rigel Carson for Muddy Rose Reviews
"Four goes beyond quirky characters, romantic escapades and witty dialogue, to establish a fascinating take on the nature of what a vampire actually is, their long history, and their various views on humanity." - Rick Gualtieri, Author of the Bill the Vampire Series
"R. E. Carr takes us through an interesting tale of urban horror and moral ambiguity that may leave you questioning what you yourself would do in that situation." -Tyler J. Dean
From the Author
- ASIN : B00Z77C7XE
- Publisher : Kindle Press (August 4, 2015)
- Publication date : August 4, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2371 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 359 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1515099520
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #378,082 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Thus begins R. E. Carr's vampire mythology novel. In it we learn all about vampires and the various families spread out over the globe. Carr creates her own worldview, and with her own rules governing vampire behavior. It's a place where vampires find themselves allergic to wood and sunshine. Of course every vampire is different. Some sicken after eating vegetables. Some even like garlic. But blood is their mainstay, and not necessarily human blood, although human blood is the tastiest. Geoffrey, it seems, enjoys a fresh rat smoothie.
I really enjoyed the characters, especially Geoffrey, the old, infirm vampire that Georgia agrees to take care of. He's maudling and kind and pathetic, too,and quite a sympathetic character, seeing how he's on the decline. He and Georgia have great chemistry together. Then there's Minerva, the brilliant sexpot. Stephen, the younger vampire with a secret who falls for Georgia. And Ren, the subservient Japanese caretaker (and financial wizard) who has his own skeletons, and whose fate is set in stone.
Carr has rewritten the fictional rules for vampires in an entertaining and ingenuous way. Four challenges the genre and breathes new life into vampire mythology. She references historical facts and blends them seamlessly into modern pop culture. What vampire doesn't like Eighties new wave? I really enjoyed FOUR, having read SIX first. It's a book I highly recommend!!
The author's version of vampires add to the lore in fun, and sometimes gross, ways. *grin*
Not a romance as most define a romance. There are paranormal characters in it, and there are romantic elements to the story, but this is not a paranormal romance. I'd give the reasons why, but I can't without spoilers.
I'm not fond of the way this story was written. The narrative kept bouncing between recent past and the present under the guise of two women talking with one telling the other what happened. It ripped me out of the story each time. It would have been a much better story, more compelling, if the story had been allowed to progress as events happened without the back and forth.
The story is full of point of view change errors - headhopping and switches to omniscient point of view in the middle of a character's point of view. One additional round of proofreading is needed to fix the several pesky proofreading issues. There are also a few continuity issues that need to be fixed.
The story idea is a good one, but the execution fell short. I struggled with this rating because the story did keep me interested in what would happen next, and I like some of the characters, but it was hard to finish because of the way it was written and all the headhopping.
I was provided a copy of this book through the Kindle Scout program.
Four starts as Gail, former health care assistant to the Mob, is interviewed by Georgia to become her replacement as personal assistant to an ancient vampire. Then Georgia tells her what it is like. Is he a sexy vampire? He is a smelly, unhygenic, antisocial, dumpy, poor impulse control manchild grandpa. And quickly warms your heart. But a romantic interest? Eww.... Thankfully Carr avoids that idea. Instead she tackles the idea of what it really would be like to have that job. Carr tackles the tropes of vampire fiction, and gives them fresh spins and justifications for why they are. The book shows it's inspiration from the RPG Vampire, but never feels derivative, and builds a new mythos. The vampires come off as truly alien in their own way, and should never be assumed to truly have "humanity."
I did feel that the story within the story had gone on for WAY too long, and I wanted to see Gail do more than be a character in a bar reacting to the story told, or interactions while Georgia takes a call. Then I had a sneaking suspicion and thought of a movie..... and loved that even though I guessed why the tale told took up so much of the book, it took things up to 11.
I did respect that while there WAS a romance, it didn't really rear it's head until halfway through, and never took over the plot. And as in all GOOD vampire fiction, things never end truly happy, but in this case was bittersweet. The best possible ending.
Top reviews from other countries
First off though. This book does not contain any violence or vampire killing in it. Instead the horror element lies in how much power and influence these creatures have in our world and the threat that they could be. Don't buy the book thinking that it is going to be non-stop action, this is more drama and world building focused. Some sex, some tragedy, and there are a few romance elements.
I think that general audiences will appreciate this book more than myself. It has a bit of everything and it is well-written.
Georgia is telling her replacement what her life was like being a vampire's assistant.
Georgia is the main character of the story. At the start she is calm collected, and it appears as if she isn't against using illegal channels to get what she wants. However, we quickly learn that this is a Georgia that has become desensitised to the evils of the vampire world. A year ago, she was a mess.
Jeffrey Pendragon. This is Georgia's boss. Jeffrey is a pathetic specimen of a vampire and I award the author for not going the traditional beautiful troubled vampire route. Jeffrey is not sexy and is often childish.
Ren: He can be explained as the butler. Born to serve the vampire race, he has learned the hard way to not disappoint his masters. His and Georgia's interactions make up most of the drama in the book. I feel that there is a lot of sexual tension between the two.
Steve: Steve is one of the main characters but I am unable to get into his backstory without spoiling the book. The only thing that I can say is that he is a vampire and his history is pretty tragic.
My thoughts on the book:
I have a very complicated relationship with this book. I find it interesting. The author has given the vampire clans some thought. It's not a traditional romance story and there is some cool lore here.
A number of times I was listening to the audiobook and thinking, “Georgia. Oh, honey. No.”
I do think that most audiences will enjoy it.
Alejandra Reynoso does a fantastic job expressing her characters' emotions and you can feel the frustration and shock in her tone. To me she is Georgia.