A Quick Bite review

31 May

Want Vampires but want to shy away from the main stream authors of the genre like Stephenie Meyer and Charlaine Harris, but don’t know where to turn? (And trust me there is a lot of trash out there!) Well fear not because Lynsay Sands has a very good line in Vampire Novels.

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I favour her Argeneau series with lots of gorgeous vampires who are all part of one big family, and live fairly traditionally in the modern day. However, the way they cope with the blood problem is to drink from bagged blood- the stuff you get from blood banks which stops them feeding off living humans unless it is an emergency.

Oh and the other interesting twist on these vampires?  They’re actually from Atlantis, the lost underwater city, who turned out to be very advanced scientists. The ‘vampireness’ comes from little ‘nanos’ that live in the blood cell and continuously repair the host’s body which is why they can’t go out in the sunshine as the nanos use more blood to repair the sun’s damage.

Anyway, it is not as bad as it sounds, in fact it’s quite a quirky and novel twist on the whole vampire thing.

On wards with the story. Lissa Argeneau is a vampire who cannot drink blood from the bags, and is allowed to drink from living people. This little problem prompts her mother into action: she kidnap’s a psychiatrist Dr. Greg Hewitt.

Things do not go smoothly, as you can expect as the psychiatrist wakes up, tied to a bed, in a strange woman’s bedroom. And Lissianna isn’t happy about it either, but soon they start to get along.

Greg tries to start curing Lissianna, by talking her through her problems, but things start to go wrong and Greg becomes a vampire. Not only has he got to help Lissianna through her problem, but he now has to deal with immortality.

In addition, as you might expect, there is another big problem. Someone is on to Lissianna being a vampire and the case really takes a turn when Greg and Lissianna get captured, and forced to stand in the sun all day.

It’s a very well written book, and series for that matter. The characters are a little similar, and the stories get into a pattern. Sands has hit on a good formula with a few twists and turns, and has made it great with such a free flowing natural writing style.

Therefore, if you’re looking for a less mainstream Vampire series to enjoy, this is the one for you. Blood, kidnapping, some fun, some romance, and some fairly high powered sex scenes (so parental advisory on these beauties).

These books, and this one in particular get a very healthy 4 out of 5 for the writing style and imaginative way in the origins of the vampires have been worked out. So enjoy!

About the Writer: Stef is a 22 year old graduate who has a lifelong obsession with books and reading who also loves music and live theatre. You’re most likely to find her in a book shop or out in London standing at a theatre stage door. She can be found on twitter and running The World of Blyton.

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