I know, I know. Where are the food and recipes, right? Well, in addition to cooking and writing, I also have a passion for reading (call it the “English major” in me). I’ve been involved in several different book clubs, the most recent of which is From Left to Write, which gives a unique, modern, blogger-ish spin to the traditional book club (like with this post, about why I don’t diet).
I’ve also started being offered book review opportunities through other networks (which is where this one came from), and I’m loving the variety!
I’m HOPING that at least some of my foodie readers are also book readers/lovers themselves (you are, right??), so I shared my love of books here and included a link to my “Books Worth Reading” Pinterest board.
So, let’s get started!
Book Review: Vampire Vacation
I’ve read good and bad fantasy novels (there are plenty of horrible ones…that perhaps I never finished). It’s fun being swept away to Hogwarts, Middle Earth and all kinds of make-believe settings. And whether the characters are human, witches, wizards, dwarfs or elves, I’m game.
In the case of Vampire Vacation, we’re taken to a remote setting in the Arctic Circle, and (if the title hasn’t already given it away) introduced to lots and lots of vampires and other supernatural characters.
But, it’s not like other recent vampires you may have fallen for, those that…sparkle in the light. Ellisson’s vampires don’t sparkle. And, there’s sex. LOTS OF IT. Vampire Vacation, my friends, is no PG playground. So don’t, I repeat, DON’T share this one with your teen in hopes of enjoying a vampire drama together.
Okay, enough of the disclaimers.
5 Answered Questions About Vampire Vacation
1. How was the writing?
I’m not afraid to admit that I was skeptical heading into the first chapter, having read so many other vampire-ish books that were poorly written. But this one? The writing is good! Seriously!
2. Did it keep my attention?
When I wasn’t reading Vampire Vacation, I was thinking about reading it. Meaning, it kept my attention so well that I wanted more…to keep turning pages. I was worried that having so much steaminess written into the story would somehow make it boring (sounds weird, I know), but as it turns out there’s a lot more to it than smut.
3. What did I like?
The story flowed with ease, and having a deeper story line beyond just the various interesting people (and creatures) that strolled into the inn was a happy surprise. There was a mystery! And lots of character development!
I wouldn’t say I’m a major prude, but this novel was a little too sex-filled for me. Thank goodness the story was good!
5. Would I recommend it?
YES. In fact, I’m looking forward to reading Book Two: The Hunt.
Title: The V V Inn Book One: Vampire Vacation
Author: C.J. Ellisson
Rated: [R] This book contains adult content (violence, blood, and sex) and is not intended for readers under 18.
Book Description: [From Amazon] Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests. Continue reading….
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