Vaempires: Revolution(The Evolutionary War) by Thomas Winship

January 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm (Reviews) (, , )

 Vaempires: Revolution(The Evolutionary War) by  Thomas Winship is a book about the future world. Hundreds of years from now, after the vampires have risen up to try taking control of society, and life on the planet has barely managed to endure through the nuclear wars that resulted, vampires and humans now live in virtual peace.

This may not seem right, but it has become a much cleaner and easier life for everyone largely in part due to the vampires use of synth-blood, the miracle elixir that can be drunk by vampires in place of human blood, makes them immune to sunlight, and allows vampire reproduction in having children like humans, and not killing anyone. It should be a grand new age for everyone on Earth, except for now there is the rise of vaempires.

A vaempire is a vampire who for some unknown reason has transformed into a hot-blooded creature and developed an insatiable appetite for the lifeblood of their cold-blooded vampire former brethren. Humans stand no chance at fighting against these super-vampires. And though scientists have tried, there has been no luck in developing a new type of synth-blood to placate these monsters who claim to have evolved beyond the nature of ordinary vampires. (it is why they insist on using the name vaempire with the “e”)

This tale in itself follows the young man-vampire Daniel in his efforts to save his girlfriend the vampire princess, Cassandra, who was readying for a grand birthday party celebration at the fabulous vampire palace in Central Park when the vaempires stage a worldwide attack that pulls all governments, human and vampire into a virtual standstill. Her former boyfriend Vielyn(a vaempire now, himself) is leading the attack directly against her and her parents.

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Wild Blood- Vampire in the City by Donna Ansari

October 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

 Wild Blood- Vampire in the City by Donna Ansari is the sequel to New Blood that continues the story of Emma the new vampire. In this book, her werewolf roommate David is attempting to help a group of werewolves who want to establish werewolf control of New York by forcing the vampires to leave. David has no problem with Emma herself, it’s just that vampires and werewolves are supposed to hate each other.

As the story goes on, Emma learns of the personal stake her sire’s sire holds in the fight involving the invading pack’s responsibility for his late wife’s demise. In fact, the invading lupines proudly claim responsibility for clearing  the west  cost of all vampires.

Emma befriends one vampire who fled from California, but he (James) is a little weary about meeting up with the vampire leader of New York (Michael). It seems these two have a slight bit of history.

Just like  how all vampires may not get along, there could be some resentment and mistrust held by the wolves for their annoying, third person talking leader.

And, to top it all; if vampires and werewolves aren’t enough, by the end of the book there’s some strong evidence of witchcraft. If you liked the first Vampire in the City, you will probably like this one.

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New Blood- Vampire in the City by Donna Ansari

October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

 New Blood- Vampire in the City by Donna Ansari is the story of a girl who finds that surprisingly little about her life has to change when she becomes a vampire. She is also quick to learn that several of the ‘facts’ that people always claim when sharing superstition about vampires are nothing more than happy disinformation spread by the vampires themselves to stop humans from ever attempting their extermination when learning just how strong these un-dead are.

Emma lives alone and works nights for an advertising agency in New York city. One night (or early morning) as she walks to her home in Queens she manages to stop two delinquents that look to be trying to beat an innocent man with sticks and crosses. Her walking home is never peaceful; the next day she missteps into traffic and is killed by a car!

Except she isn’t quite killed, the man she saved the night before is really a vampire who turns her to prevent her death out of gratitude. From here on we watch as Emma gets pulled into the world of vampire politics, the different actions and laws of the differing clans. For one thing, she must prove herself worthy to stand among the Queens vampires by taking specific actions against their Brooklyn rivals.

As the story goes on, Emma finds her relationships with others (sometimes necessarily) changing. As her whole world is thrown upside down, it is interesting to watch how she intends to keep her life from getting any more out of her control.

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Ties to the Blood Moon by Robin Waldrop

April 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm (Reviews) (, , , , )

Ties to the Blood Moon by Robin Waldrop is the story of the young woman, Genevieve(Gen) after she has come to Alaska to live with her aunt Bev. Gen never knew her father, and when she first came to her aunt’s house it was simply for a visit. That changed of course, by the mishap of her mother sleeping back at home when the house burnt down in the middle of the night, leaving Gen with no parent.

Living among her classmates, she can’t help but hear local legends and be invited to ritualistic story-tellings. Tales that  seem to speak of werewolves and even vampires can’t really be anything more than superstition, right? Except, Gen soon learns that her new best friend’s beliefs may stem from a reason close to heart. And it’s somewhat hard to ignore that in answer to a shaman’s request that the campfire darken in the wolf-princess’s presence, causes the flames to unexpectedly go black.

It just kind of irritated me when the outsider-girl almost seemed to be proclaimed princess of an Inuit tribe. So, perhaps she’s truly related through her seldom-mentioned father’s blood, that could explain some other factors in the story that I hope will come to light within the sequel. Whatever the case, blood is important here; because remember, as legend says, vampires live among us.

As the supposedly mythical becomes less ignore-able as if it were nothing more than fiction, we hear of the horrible monster, Zane. It seems now, in this story, a werewolf can be turned by a vampire. The result? A  hybrid– a horrible creature that is to a vampire or werewolf what a vamp’ or ‘wolf is to a man. And, as the story plays out, Gen is left questioning whether Zane had something to do with the fire that took her mom.

I will say this book is not just a rip-off of Twilight; not any more than all stories about politics set in DC are all rip-offs of each other. It may share several of the same elements, but it has its own story and its own unique characters. Not to say that all Twilight-lovers will hate this or all Twilight-haters will love it; I just say it’s applaud-ably different.

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Willow the Vampire and the Sacred Grove by Maria Thermann

April 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm (Reviews) (, , )

 Willow the Vampire and the Sacred Grove by Maria Thermann is a delightful story about a young girl who was born as a vampire. Now, everyone knows that this is not how most vampires come to be; because of it, Willow has strengths that other vampires violently yearn for. Among other things, Willow isn’t trapped in the darkness as most vampires are. She is seen as a ‘child of the light’ and a virtual miracle by many; it’s just that because of the possible strengths she holds, there is no lack of power-hungry villains out too try and make use of her uniqueness.

Now as the story begins, we see Willow living the life of a normal kid. At least as normal a life as one may have with a set of nocturnal parents (the father even doubles as a musician, for those times when being a vampire isn’t out of the ordinary enough). She goes to school every day. Has her own best friends (not to mention worst enemies), friendly neighbors, and even a happy cat! It’s just that this aura of safety and happiness begins to unravel when she finds secret letters for her vampire mother (who refuses to talk about her past) was trying to hide.

Willow’s maternal relatives include a good many who are willing to do what is horrible so they can ensure their own Greatness. It is known that the strengths of vampires were bestowed by ancient gods; with the powers of Willow, might these gifts not be seen more as a blessing than merely felt as a curse? How long can Willow maintain the pretense of an ordinary existence while those who have lived as villains for centuries decide they can blackmail her for what they consider her secrets?

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