Hi folks! Today I’m reviewing the first book of the Vampirarchy series by Margo Bond Collins for Fabulosity Reads.
- Series: Vampirarchy
- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: World Weaver Press (May 14, 2014)
A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as only a scorned bride can.
Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.
But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire sucking the blood from her fiancé, Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs—not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener.
As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire’s heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into the apartment. Turning to face them, Elle realizes Greg’s body is gone—and her perfect life falls apart.
Elle — a vampire fighter for the rest of us! ~L. Jagi Lamplighter, urban fantasy author
Elle Dupree instantly joins the ranks of the great vampire hunters in a story where the blood sucking fiends are dire and the consequences grim. ~Jenn Lyon, author of Blood Chimera
Finally, a vampire story with bite! Elle is a smart, witty vampire hunter, and I can’t wait to find out what happens to her next. ~Rebecca Roland, author of Shards of History
This book has it all: humor, romance, suspense and vampires…what more can you ask for? ~Ella Marie at Reading is a Way of Life book blog.
Hopefully, you read the blurb and you know the premise, so I won’t bother restating it here.
Poor Elle is left to gather her torn life into one bloody pile of something, after her fiance is attacked by a vampire. While juggling lying to her friends and academic staff (because no one is going to believe her fiance was killed then kidnapped by vampires), with leaning about the slithering monsters called vampires, the newest of which is her bloodthirsty ex-fiance, Greg.
Vampires in this series are nothing like the usual drop dead, become drop-dead gorgeous, types we’ve grown used to. Here, they lose their life, and their humanity along with it. Their eyes turn black, indeed their thirst and creepiness are uppermost in mind when they pop onto the page. This, although the classic version, feels new. And so, refreshing. I also enjoyed the hierarchy of the vampires and that their bite became addictive at some point too.
Greg (now a vampire himself) attacks Elle soon after his disappearance, and although she’s been somewhat prepared for it by the ‘clean-up’ crew who swept up her apartment after the attack on Greg, this is the first time Elle sees her ex since his attack, and the fist time she actually sees him as a slithering vile vampire.
Scary shit! I can’t imagine how devastated I’d feel if this happened to the love of my life.
Personally, I’d have liked to have seen some kind of conflict or crisis here, yet Elle dealt with this the same way she dealt with every other tragedy (and there were a few) – with a kind of shrug of the shoulders. Then, even weirder to me, she checks out the unsuspecting guy whose presence ends Greg’s attack. I’m all for strong women, and perhaps it’s just me, but I think a little psychological wobble was called for at the least, especially under those circumstances.
But then, who knows what we’d do in this situation?
I liked that Elle’s vampire killing life (which is what she semi-commits to post-attack) doesn’t completely overshadow her former normal life, and that any romance, although suggested, only took up around 10% of the plot as a whole (though nothing happened).
Overall, there were some great battle scenes, I loved the classical look at vampires, and the story was a quick fun read. Love traditional vampires, a no-nonsense heroine (with smarts), then you will enjoy this beginning to the series. Personally, I’m hoping to find out more about the vampires in the next in the series, and to discovering a deeper side to Elle.
Have you read this book? What did you think?
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