A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones Series #1)

A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones Series #1)

by Katie MacAlister
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A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones Series #1) by Katie MacAlister

“With its superb characterization and writing that manages to be both sexy and humorous, this contemporary paranormal love story is an absolute delight.
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A Girl’s Guide to Vampires is the first book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katie MacAlister’s wonderfully winning Dark Ones series—a perfect blend of sexy and fun that every devoted fan of Lynsay Sand’s popular Argeneau vampire books will want to sink their teeth into. The story of a desperate ghost hunter who stumbles across a dashing bloodsucker who’s looking for eternal love, A Girl’s Guide to Vampires is funny, steamy, sensuous, and surprising—everything anyone could want from a paranormal romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062019301
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Series: Dark Ones Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 422,864
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Despite her love for novels, Katie MacAlister didn’t think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. MacAlister resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes. More than thirty books later, her novels have been translated into numerous languages, recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell.

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Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 248 reviews.
romance_connoisseur More than 1 year ago
This is the first in the Dark Ones Series for MacAlister, and after this book I plan on reading them all! Hilarious banter and steamy interludes make this a MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katie MacAlister is one of my favorite paranormal romance authors ever! Her Dark Ones series is fantastic! Great story, great characters, etc. It is well written and contains a fair amount of humor.
scovel More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, entertaining and quick read. A girls guide to dating vampires is about two best friends who go on a trip to find a famous vampire novelist and hopefully a vampire of their own. While on their adventure they fall in love, meet vampires and have to solve a murder. Joy is forced to decide between a vampire and a mortal. While her best friend Roxy keeps watch on her back and tries to keep them out of trouble. This is fantastically entertaining and read well in nook form! This was the first e-book for the nook that I have read and it downloaded easy and was formatted perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning was a bit like remembering high school... they fought like teenagers, amusing but not really cool for a paranormal romance. Nonetheless, as they went on to their trip I found it growing on me. I didn't laugh out loud but the mystery of the 'who dun it' really had me turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading a few reviews I decided to give this series a try. And I'm glad to say I would recomment this to anyone. I positively couldn't put it down and in less then 24 hours I'm starting in on #2 of the series, and looking forward to this fun and fast paced series. Katie has a new fan! Loved the characters, and it's a good "who done it" with plenty of little twists and turns. Just a wonderfully fun read!
BookAddicted More than 1 year ago
Really good plot, loved the emotions and twists and turns, but couldn't stand the main character Joy. She was a bit annoying and no man or human in real life would put up with that honestly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author has a great sense of humor, but it ended up seeming light and fluffy. The book would have been better if she'd contrasted her humor with some emotional depth - she certainly had plenty of opportunities to do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok, but I hate when "intelligent" characters do really stupid stuff. Don't make sure the incapasitated villian has no gun, don't flee from the bad guys on the boat because you get seasick. Hmmm seasick, death, seasick, death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Main character was annoying, her friend had same 'voice' and the vampire wasn't a huge part of the story. Disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I have absolutely loved evey thing I have read by this author. Not so much this one. It was a great story and a good plot, but it seemed exesively teenager-ish. Like high school. She also needs a better proof-reader. At one point it is broad daylight and in the same paragraph it is night. I hate writing reviews that are not stellar because there is no way I could ever write, and this seams a complaint on a lot of hard work and the authors time... but, I just could not get past the whole high school field trip feel.
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Funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And will automatic pass this was pure pulp erotic gush for the vampire sub genre the romance vampire
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for a good vampire book? Looking for a strong female lead that's not full of teenage angst? Then turn away now. This book is not for you. This is for idiots who think that the stupidity of high school makes for good vampire fiction. In other words, morons who like the Twilight whatever the hell you call Twilight. (I personally call both crap.) I really had to struggle through the asinine writing and I nearly put it down several times. And the end? The end? Surrender? Wow. What a great leader.. In the words of the Goblin King: "Turn back before it's too late."
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What the H..K! This book was awful the only great thing about his book was the sidekick.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars:  Overall 5   Narration 5 Story 5 I should preface this review by saying that I have been a fan of Katie MacAlister (and her alter-ego for YA/Teen Reads) Katie Maxwell for a long while now: my daughter and I would pass her books back and forth repeatedly and read them regularly.  So it was particularly wonderful to have won this AudioBook copy.   Significant parts of the story are told in the heroine, Joy’s, voice: smart, self-deprecating, funny and charmingly inept in relationships Joy and her best friend Roxy are off to the Frankfurt Book Fair, with a side trip to the Czech Republic to bask in and hunt down their favorite author, the reclusive CJ Dante, author of the Dark Ones series: full of alpha male vampires and the heroines who love them.  From one moment to the next, this story is full of gentle teasing and outright laughs: Joy is marvellously snarky and Roxy is a bit of a Chihuahua: tiny, mouthy and full of energy.  Roxy also completely and utterly believes in the existence of vampires, and feels, from her obsession with Dante’s books, to know all about them.  Her list of “how to tell if someone is a vampire” is quite amusing, and completely understandable as a reader who wants to be transported by every story.   Several interesting characters come under the scrutiny of Joy and Roxy: while Joy’s belief and patience for the poseur vampire Dominic is waning, her own beliefs are being tested as she is having visions and feeling ‘invaded’ by a distinctly vampiric male.  There is also a traveling Goth Faire in town: and here Joy meets the man of her dreams in the form of Raphael: tall, dark, handsome and protective: he is the head of the security detail for the tour.   So we have Roxy determined to find a vampire and meet the author, Joy curious about and enamored with Raphael, a ringmaster/magician with fake fangs and a slimy bent insisting on calling joy ‘mon ange’ as well as several different nationalities and skills from the workers of the faire, the story is loaded with plenty of side stories and moments of interest.  When a particularly distasteful and nasty ‘witch’ from the fair is found dead, exsanguinated and with her throat torn apart the search for the killer is all encompassing.   Narration is provided by Karen White who manages to slip in and out of voices and accents with near seamless precision: adding in a tone and breathing that emphasizes moments of exasperation, insecurity, tension, anger and even sexual frustration and satisfaction.  The French accents are spot on, with a solidly Slavic intonation in the voices of Christophe and the police captain, and the smooth yet often frustrated and flummoxed British accent affixed to Raphael managed to convey him with panache.  Never overreaching for male or female voices, all of the characters were clearly delineated and crisply delivered  and added to the character visualizations.  Yes, there is a romance, but it is done in a uniquely ‘MacAlister” way: euphemisms are heavily used to allude to actions and parts, to great effect, as the humor with which Joy (and the author) see the world and their place in it is quite apparent.  There isn’t  a great load of drama or tension or even a load of angsty heroes and heroines in this series: it’s fun: it pokes fun at the genre, the readers and the characters as it presents a new series with a wonderful story and plenty of characters to learn more about.  MacAlister’s books are light and fun reads: perfect diversions after a long day or to while away a weekend.  I received this AudioBook copy as a blog tour win. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the review and purchased this book anyway, very disappointed. The writing is very juvenile and better suited for a younger reader, expect for the sex. The characters were just to silly to be believed. I don't think I will read any more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the others in the series.
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Gina04 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is one of my fav vamp series. Katie knows how to mix funny and sexy very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really well written book but there was a...eh...fair amount of sexual activity in it. It had pretty good humor and was great but it would be perfect if it didn't have sex in it.