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Posted January 23, 2014
Thrilling and chilling at the same time. When I read Human No L
Thrilling and chilling at the same time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When I read Human No Longer, I knew I’d be reading more of Kathryn’s books. When she told me there was another book that was a prequel written before it, I had to read it.
They say nothing ever happens in a small town.
Jenny and her brother Joey are going to wish that were true.
A family of vampires are on the run after one of them made a mess of things. The leader, Michelson, decides it’s time to return to Summer Haven, Florida.
Michelson struggles to control the younger vampires, but it’s hopeless. They feed on anything and anyone and the heck with the consequences. The old town theatre seems like a good place to maintain their cover, but with the indiscriminate killings, trouble has followed them.
The poor town is losing citizens at an alarming rate and the murders are vicious and bloody. Soon Jenny and Joey will be drawn into the horrific events, caught between the feuding vampires.
No one is safe and the bodies keep piling up.
The author really had me squirming. I know I shouldn’t have cared about the vampires, but their leader almost had me on his side. I got where he was coming from. He had a family to feed and protect.
Michelson had a good idea when he bought the old theatre and started getting it ready to reopen. He could make a living and the hours would be convenient. Too bad the brat, Irene, couldn’t keep her fangs to herself. A small town probably wasn’t the best choice when you’re trying to survive and stay undiscovered.
Jenny is my favorite character. She’s a horror writer and just moved back home after a bad divorce. She’s having to start over and find herself again. Imagine her surprise when the creatures she wrote in her fiction books turn out to be real.
Joey, her younger brother, owns the local diner. With his personality and his amazing cooking, the diner becomes the town hub and gossip central. In a small town there are no secrets. I live in one and someone is always coming up to me and asking, did you hear about or guess what so and so did.
Together, these two siblings make a lethal combination. They both have people they care about, and the vampires chose the wrong town.
I couldn’t believe I was feeling sorry for some of the vampires. For the most part they’re cruel and toy with us like a cat with a mouse. We being the mice.
I’ve read several of Kathryn’s books and one thing she’s consistent with is her ability to spin an in-depth plot. Another is her abundance of characters, each with their own voice, easy to tell apart.
The beginning is bloody, then there’s the calm before the storm. Once the action starts it’s hang onto your butt until you reach the end.
I received this book for my honest and unviased review.
Posted November 8, 2013
Vampire Writer Finds Out The True Story Michelson thought he ha
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Michelson thought he had found a home.
But Irene had been a bad vampire, leaving six mutilated victims to be found.
Now they were running again.
They were going back to Summer Haven.
Vampire Blood starts with mutilated bodies and ends with a...........Bite.
I had read Human No Longer and loved the book and Jenny. Kathryn Meyer Griffith told me she had written a prequel to Human No Longer and I was curious to see how and why Jenny came to be Jenny.
Vampire Blood tells the story of the theater and how it changed Jenny and Joey's lives forever.
Rumors and mystery had surrounded the theater. The townspeople always thought it was haunted. Oh no, it was much worse than that.
Jenny is the main character and I loved her. She had courage, with a capital C. Courage means that you face your fears, you do what must be done no matter how terrified you are.
This was the first time Jenny had ever lived alone. She felt it was time to find herself. She was afraid of the dark. Sounds funny, because she wrote horror novels, Vampire novels to be specific. Just because she wrote about Vampires, didn't mean she believed they were real. It was fiction.
Until the mutilated bodies were found.
Who would have thought it was all true?
I felt so sad for Joey and that surprised me. I did not feel that way when I read Human No Longer, but when I found out about his story, it may me want to wrap my arms around him and tell him it will be okay.
Vampires and shapeshifters. Some are so cruel and blood thirsty. They like playing with their food. Made me think of Orcas playing with seals. How terrifying can that be?
Others, like Michelson, just wanted to live and let live. Can a vampire have a heart?
A small town with lots of dead and mutilated bodies? My thought was - why weren't they doing something sooner? I would have called in "Criminal Minds".
Kathryn Meyer Griffith's character and world building are not to be topped. Her writing flows smoothly and draws you deep into her stories.
I received this book from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Posted August 26, 2011
Another Great Book
Terrence and his little vampire family are on the run. The older vampires are trying to live the quiet life, to draw as little attention to themselves as possible. But after the youngest vampire, Irene, begins to act wild - killing a pillar of the community and thus drawing police attention toward them, Terrence decides to take his family and flee to Summer Haven, Florida.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jenny Lacey and her elderly father have been hired to renovate the old Rebel Theater in their little town of Summer Haven. Jenny has returned to her hometown recently, to try to recover from a divorce and to mend her broken heart. Everything seems to be relatively perfect in this quiet town.
People go blithely on with their lives, ignoring the rumors that spring up around the strange new owners of the Rebel Theater. The unearthly screams that are heard at night, the sudden disappearances of people. However, those who are lost are never found alive and people begin to fear the night.
Jenny has never believed in vampires, but as she and her family are drawn closer into a possible vampire war, it is up to her, her brother Joey and her ex-husband, to stop the rising tide of evil before it spins totally out of control.
I enjoyed this story very much. The characters are vividly drawn and even the "evil vampires" are not overdone. You love to love, and love to hate the right characters throughout the story. I have to say that, as I mentioned before, my thoughts kept straying back to a modern retelling of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux - the spooky old movie theater, the gruesome murders committed by a psychotic sociopath (a real, true vampire, of course, instead of a murderous human hiding behind a fanciful tale of a haunted opera house) but it still had me thinking and enjoying the thrills and chills of the story.
Truth be told, I loved this story because I love horror. Especially the paranormal or supernatural type. I give it an A!
A - (90-95%)
Originally posted at Emeraldfire's Bookmark
Posted August 5, 2011
Creepy. Chilling. Both words that could be used to describe this book. Triumph, love and hope could also be used. This is a classic vampire novel of good versus evil. It almost feels like a throwback to a past era, to a time when it was more clear who the bad guys were.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
We immediately get to know the character of Jenny and her family. I felt like they could have been one of several families that I know. Just down to earth, good people struggling to get by and dealing with the realistic daily life that so many people struggle with. Jenny worries about her dad getting older and still needing to work. She loves her brother and is proud of his accomplishments of realizing his dreams. She misses her daughter, who lives far away. She regrets relationships of the past and decisions that she has made. In short, she is just like you, me or any number of people that you may know.
The characters that we get to know through this story are realistic and dynamic. I loved how real they all were and the relationship between Jenny and her parents is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking. The vampire characters are more in the fashion of the old, scary vampires of past generations rather than the sexy, enticing vampires of today's romance novels. The exceptions to that statement would be the two "parent" vampires, Terry and Annie. We do get to know a little of their history, but really just enough to tease. We don't get to know any of the vampire Irene's history at all, other than one brief statement, and given her role in the book it would have been nice to learn more of her background. The stars of this novel are not the vampires though, despite what it would seem from the title, and as a result we don't get to know them nearly as well as the rest of the people in the book.
The love story between Jenny, and her ex-husband Jeff, is somewhat bittersweet. Jeff is a likable guy and, I realize that there are extreme circumstances at work, but I don't know that I would have forgiven him quite so easily. There is romance in the book in the form of other relationships that we get glimpses of, but relationship between Jenny and Jeff is the main romantic storyline - and it is minimal. One thing still holds true to the romance genre though: we do get our happy ending.
It is well written, with a realistic feel to it. If vampires did exist in our world, it is easy to see something like the story portrayed in this novel taking place.
If you like dark tales with classic "monsters" and a story of determination to overcome then you should check out this book. If you are anything like me, it will keep you turning the pages long into the night. I do love a good horror novel once in a while and with some romance thrown and paranormal aspects, this is like the best of all worlds. Reading it around Halloween would be fun!
Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews