It's a Wonderful Undead Life

It's a Wonderful Undead Life

by R E Mullins

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BN ID: 2940015802757
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 12/06/2012
Series: Christmas Vampire
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 339 KB

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It's a Wonderful Undead Life 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I give this book a 3.5 star rating. This is the first book in the Blautsaugers of Amber Heights series. There is violence and some sex. This is a standalone book but has an open ending for future books in the series. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more about the Blautsauger family. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. I liked that the story started out differently from the typical vampire romance story. There's a lot going on in the storyline from multiple characters. Though ultimately this book is about Gabe and Cailey. She is headstrong and determined to prove that she doesn't need anyone. He is just as headstrong and wants to keep Cailey close, and he unwittingly puts her in harm's way by not giving her enough information about being a vampire. Can they learn to trust each other enough to be honest and succeed in fighting those trying to harm them?
LeeRene67 More than 1 year ago
The vampire genre has been a highly saturated literary category for years. Aficionados of vampire novels have long been on a quest to find the next Interview With a Vampire or The Hunger. Fans of the genre are invariably disappointed by clones of popular novels peppered with purloined characters and shopworn plots. Those who love vampire fiction are always searching for something new. With her first novel, It’s a Wonderful Undead Life, writer R. E. Mullins has taken on the challenge and brought a fresh take to the genre. Mullins has broken through the ranks of shopworn undead novels with generous doses of humor and romance. Author Mullins has written an unlikely heroine for her vampire series. Instead of an angst-filled teen, or a nubile beauty in her twenties, Mullins has woven her tale around a thirties-something protagonist, Cailey Kantor, a divorced woman who lives a quiet existence in a fictional hamlet, Amber Heights, Missouri. Cailey’s world continues to move at an even keel until one disastrous Christmas Eve. The realities of her financial situation rock Cailey’s humdrum life as a phlebotomist to its core. Between tumblers of booze and snippets of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, Cailey realizes she’s worth more dead than alive. Intoxicated and depressed, she decides to end it all by jumping off the local bridge ala James Stewart in the film. It’s just Cailey’s luck to encounter a fanged baddie who proceeds to use her as part of his hellish and vindictive agenda. At that point, the story takes off like a rocket landing Cailey into a complex universe of familial ties, duplicity, and romance with a charming hipster who also happens to be a slightly chauvinistic vampire. Mullins writes a complex story then with her tongue planted squarely in her cheek, uses her own medical experience to inject new blood into the world of the vampire. Despite the length (340 pages), It’s a Wonderful Undead Life is a fresh take on an oversaturated genre and definitely worth the read.
RosalieBelle01 More than 1 year ago
 As a reader, with this genre, you know going into the book that it will obviously be about vampires.  However, the way that Mullins makes this unreality a reality is amazing. Through Mullins words, the reader feels like they can be a part of this fantasy she weaves.     The introduction of Cailey, the main character, leaves the reader with the want for more for this poor woman that has lived a life of misery.  As a phlebotomist who lost her mother to cancer, she doesn’t’ really want to participate in Christmas…the rituals, the people, the food – she doesn’t want any of it.  But watching It’s a Wonderful Life changed her life forever…literally. Getting tangled up with the highly ranking vampire clan of the Blautsaugers proves to give Cailey just the change in life she needed.  The actual changing of Cailey, and how she and others deal with the mystery around this is intriguing.   Finding out how it truly happened, and watching this mystery of a plot unfold was mesmerizing.  Laughing out loud on several occasions, as well as being  “sucked in”, this was a book I didn’t want to put down.  Staying up late into the night (and secretly hoping the gorgeous Gabe would visit during those times) to read this gem just to find out what will happen next was on my nightly to do list.  Being left with little snippets into what the next edition in the series just might hold gives such excitement and want for the reader as to what exactly the Blautsauger family might endure next!!    Credit Review to Guilty Pleasures Reviews by Rosalie Belle
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
I love when I get a book and it’s from a new author that I have never read before. I like to read books by authors that are new to me. I can’t wait to read something different and see how they bring their characters to life. I loved reading about Cailey and Gabriel. The way that she was turned into a vampire isn’t the way I would want. She gets it made up to her though. I just got so into this book and I didn’t want to put it down. I connected with the characters and didn’t want to let them go. The author did a great job with her research. All the technical blood stuff was a little over my head. I could just pretend that I knew what they were saying. That way I would look smarter. Maybe I will memorize some of it and freak some people out with my knowledge. I liked the way that the story was written and I had a easy time keeping up with all the excitement. Even though Cailey and Gabriel bumped heads and didn’t always agree. I had some laughs because it was just funny. That’s the relationship that I have with my husband and I love it when I read a book that makes me think of that. I don’t feel so weird. I really enjoyed the different languages in the book. When you cuss in Russian it really does sound exotic. I enjoyed this book from the first time I picked it up until I had to put it down because I had reached the last page. I am hoping that this will become a series. I want to know more about Gabriel’s siblings and his father. I just want to say that I recommend this book to anyone that loves vampires and loves a great love story with some exotic languages. Reviewed By: Crystal Book Provided By:Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where about to enter the book of the undead
amtrja More than 1 year ago
Heyjenn More than 1 year ago
There are plenty of holiday tributes out there - enough to fill a month of Hunky Days and then some.  More often than not, they are pre-established stories that pull in a holiday story arc.  These are like the Christmas presents you have asked for and know you're going to love. However, every once in a Christmas moon a rare and exciting thing happens - the gift that you didn't expect but is absolutely perfect.  Finding R E Mullins was my unexpected Christmas gift this year! It's a Wonderful Undead Life takes the best concepts and themes of the beloved Frank Capra holiday classic and completely reworks them for a creative and captivating read. Yes Virginia, it is another paranormal vampire series but happily one with truly unique features - it's own mythos and rules and an action packed story that the reader doesn't see coming! The characters are believable, the dialogue fresh and snappy, the story itself full of twists and turns that make for a great page turner. Cailey as the George Bailey archetype wishing for her own Clarence for clarity tugs at the readers' heartstrings without being too painfully maudlin - she makes the best kind of heroine: strong but not invincible, hopeful depite hopeless circumstances and fiercely loyal to those she loves. Even better, the romance between Cailey and Gabe is fun, unfolds at a pace that has that kind of glowing afterburner kick like a Bailey's spiked cocoa - warm and sweet going down with an extra jolt! Mullins writing style is highly readable and It's a Wonderful Undead Life is extremely well edited.  Scenes flow seamlessly and the secondary characters - namely the rest of the Blautsauger clan and her best friend Morgan - each have moments of stealing the spotlight, delivering witty banter and providing the kind of charm that makes a reader want more stories from this delightfully created world. Grab yourself a cup of your favorite holiday cheer, a cozy chair and settle in for a not-too-long winter's read with It's a Wonderful Undead Life!  May it be the surprise gift under your tree this year as well!