A Girl’s Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister

11 Jan

Title: A Girl’s Guide to Vampires

Author: Katie MacAlister

Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins) 2003

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Pages: 374

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Fantasy; Support Your Local Library; A to Z Authors: M; 2011: Will Power, What Will Power?; January New Books

I wasn’t looking to start another series (since I have am in the process of reading about 4 series) but this caught my eye at Target last week.  I had a few gift cards left over from Christmas and decided to pick this up along with a new pair of Chucks and the first season of Glee on DVD.  Oh happy day!  Dancing, singing, shoes, and a book!

The book pleasantly surprised me.  I initially thought, “Ok a vampire romance.  Is it going to be completely cheesy or just sex scenes or really bad writing?”  I find that like it.  A nice mix of story, myth, and romance.  I won’t go into the mythology (lots of intricacies; two types of vampires) but it was refreshing to read a mythology different from the Twilight model.

I liked the main female character, Joy, but felt like she was a little too trusting when she jumped into bed with Raphael.  It was very forward and sudden.  What really got me was how she complained that he wasn’t telling her his secrets.  My thought was “well, you’ve only known him for two days; most people do not reveal everything about themselves within two days of meeting.”  Otherwise, I liked Joy’s fearlessness when it came to speaking her mind.  Some days I really wish I could tell people what I really thought, but then I would be the big meany in the room.  Oh well, I will just have to live vicarious through characters in books.

As to the big mystery of the novel, it wasn’t much of a mystery.   But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I didn’t enjoy it.  I did enjoy watching the characters figure out the mystery.  The red herrings were a nice touch.  The ending was a little bit of a cliffhanger and I hope they visit some of the characters in the subsequent novels.  Thankfully it wasn’t too much of a cliffhanger, so I’m okay with the ending.

I went to the library and got the next couple in the Dark Ones series in case I get in the mood for vampires in the next month.  However, I think I need a bit of zombie therapy for the next book selection.

Dark Ones

  1. A Girl’s Guide to Vampires
  2. Sex and the Single Vampire
  3. Sex, Lies, and Vampires
  4. Even Vampires Get the Blues
  5. The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires
  6. “Bring Out Your Dead” in Just One Sip
  7. Zen and the Art of Vampires
  8. Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang
  9. In the Company of Vampires
  10. Much Ado About Vampires
  11. A Tale of Two Vampires


Posted by on January 11, 2011 in Book Reviews


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