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Posted August 27, 2012
Words cannot express how much I liked this book. This author does a
remarkable job with a genre that is sometimes overly used. It was not
only the story itself, but the writing that drew me in. Thomas Galvin
has a way with words. The way he describes things and the banter
between characters is both entertaining and unexpected. I would have
read the book for the writing alone, but I loved the story just as much.
He has fun characters and a plot that is well developed. I will not
only read more from Thomas Galvin, but I will certainly recommend him to
my friends as well.
Posted July 7, 2012
As a long time reader of Thomas Galvin's hilarious recaps of The Vampire Diaries, I decided to read his own novel on vampires and was not at all surprised that it was a very clever and entertaining book. Galvin creates a world for his vampires that feels fresh and also familiar. A definite read for those that like a good fantasy story and don't mind a few vampires that would hate to read the Twilight series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2012
Sire sucked me in from the first page. It’s not another vampire love story with weak characters and happy endings. This story has strong characters, evil vampires with claws, blood, and humor. Sire is a story about Caitlyn, a freshman in St. Troy University that never thought her world included vampires. She fights back when she gets kidnapped by an evil vamp, she fights for her friends when they get dragged into her mess, and ends up fighting for the one vampire she comes to have feelings for. For this book being Thomas Galvin’s first, I must say he did an excellent job writing and editing it. I could not put this book down, I read every word, never got lost or confused on the plot and he even left the end a cliffhanger! I hated that but it did leave me wanting more. I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2 of The Vampires of St. Troy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2012
I know Thomas Galvin from his blog featuring hilarious recaps of episodes of vampire shows, including two of my favorite shows, Vampire Diaries and True Blood. His sense of humor is also apparent in this book (and the mini-recaps he has been doing for his online Sire Book Club). It is also a treat to see elements in his vampire novel that he has commented on or made fun of in his past recaps. Overall, I found the book to be entertaining. I like the cold open of the book, I like the characters, I like the premise of a vampire town that collects pretty humans, I like the conflict, I like the derisive remarks about Twilight that pepper the dialogue. One of the only things I didn’t like about the book was what a cliffhanger it ended on. But that just leaves me waiting, rather impatiently, wanting for more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2012
I am a fan of the TV show The Vampire Diaries. It’s something that I have in common with the author of Sire, Thomas Galvin. I discovered his hilarious recaps early in the 2nd season of TVD and have been reading them weekly since. So when I heard that he was writing a book series about vampires, it shot to the top of my must-read list. I loved Sire nearly from start to finish. Since I read his recaps of supernatural/paranormal shows like The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, and Teen Wolf regularly, it was interesting for me to see the best elements of popular portrayals of vampires and the like combined in his debut novel. One thing I especially loved was the fact that while Caitlin is the main character, and the girl that falls for the vampire, her friends are not left out of the knowledge, and are not excluded from the action. She doesn’t sneak off to go see him, leaving her friends none the wiser. When it comes to the “big bad”, her friends are actively involved. Speaking of “big bad”, for me Sire evoked a “Scooby gang” feeling reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I loved. By mentioning all these well-known vampire TV shows, I am in no way saying that Sire is a rip off of all the shows combined, but rather a new and unique story in the same style of team friendships and sarcastic humor yet serious butt-kicking. I cannot wait for the next book in the Vampires of St. Troy series!
This review also posted on Goodreads, and at my blog, Books and Bites.
Posted December 22, 2011
Founded by a very old, very gorgeous vampire named Angelica, the University of St. Troy is dedicated to bringing the brightest and most beautiful humans together in one place. Her way of adding only the best to the vampire ranks. The town is also hers, which makes it easier to cover up an occasional murder.
Her lover, Michael, was enthralled by her, so much so, that he allowed her to turn him into a vampire. Now, a year later, he resents the changes in his life and the fact that he¿s at her beck and call. The more he tries to pull away from her the tighter she clings to him, and due to their exchange of blood, he¿s unable to ignore her commands.
When Michael meets and falls in love with a human coed named Caitlin, Angelica says she isn¿t jealous. That seems to be true until Michael and Caitlin become intimate and Angelica shares the experience through Michael¿s eyes and emotions.
Meanwhile, Liam, another of Angelica¿s creations, is cutting a bloody swath through the university population. She doesn¿t really mind except the unwanted attention could have a detrimental effect on enrollment. Now Liam wants Caitlin¿and not in a good way. Does Angelica allow it so she can have Michael all to herself again or does she opt to keep Michael happy?
I¿m trying to keep from giving away the whole story of Caitlin and Michael, ¿cause I know if I start telling you about them, I¿ll end up spilling the beans about all the good stuff that goes on. Her friends figure prominently in the story, also, which makes it even harder not to spill my guts. The book has vampires, beautiful humans, werewolves, murder, jealousy, and sex. What more could a girl ask for?
Galvin has given us a fresh new world of vampires and werewolves in a university setting. Most of the characters are well developed, although there are a few who could use a bit more fleshing out. The pacing is spot on and the interaction between the characters is quite good. Of them all, I think I like Michael the most. His tortured soul is appealing and his self-control is admirable for a young vampire. He stands up to Liam even though he takes a beating every time he does.
Since students are accepted to the university based on their beauty and intelligence, there¿s admittedly a lot of ego on the loose. At times, it can be a bit much, but it¿s totally in keeping with the emotional development of the characters.
There are a few editing errors, but not enough to detract from the story. For readers who hate cliffhangers, you may want to wait for the next book before starting this one since we¿re left wondering about Caitlin¿s fate. If that type of ending doesn¿t bother you then grab your favorite beverage and settle in. I think you¿ll be pleasantly entertained. I liked the story from beginning to end, which, lately, has become something of a rarity for me.
Posted December 20, 2011
This book is a fabulous introduction to the town of St. Troy and the supernatural elements within. This book has a great balance of action and romance with a few light-hearted moments to get your heart rate back under control. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into the universe of Sire and I can't wait for more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2011
I have to admit that I've grown a bit burned out on vampire books as of late, what with the recent flood of them on the market. But I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Sire. The main female character is smart and non-annoying (YAY FINALLY!). The same goes for the other characters. I found myself rooting for secondary characters as much as the main guys. Galvin brought his wit and humor to the story and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Another thing I really enjoyed were the "bad guys". They were clever and at times comedic in their sinister ways.
I gave 4 stars because this is his first novel and I think he has some room to grow with the next book (which I'm super excited about since I love a good book series.)
If you want a break from ridiculous, helpless female characters and shallow, one dimensional villains but still need your vampy fix... check this one out.
Posted November 29, 2011
First off I would like to say I am usually not a huge fan of YA books.because lets face it I like some smexy in my books.I am however a huge fan of the author's blog and recaps. The beginning had me worried that it was gonna be another one of those teeny bopper vampire books,and it was, but I was pleasantly suprised with great one-liners and loads of sarcastic humor. I found myself laughing out loud a few times. All in all, I think he did a great job on his first book without an editor. Looking forward to the sequel. (less)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2011
I know of Thomas Galvin because of his fantastic recaps on his website. When he posted the first chapter of his novel there, I figured I would check it out. I wanted more of it - and even after reading the whole novel, I still want more of the world, the vampires and humans and other supernatural creatures that we were introduced to.
I loved this novel; I'll definitely read it again while I wait (im)patiently for more! (Don't pull a GRRM on me, Thomas!)
Posted December 21, 2011
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