Saturday, November 6, 2010

Review-Blood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire Story by Jamie Wasserman

Book description: Melanie would love to believe in fairytales. She'd love, in fact, to believe in anything. The twenty-three year old college dropout is stuck- stuck in a dead-end waitress job, stuck in her hometown of Ellicott City, Maryland, and stuck with a boyfriend who likes to play dress-up as a vampire.

Vampires. Her world and her reality are turned upside down when she encounters the real thing. Along the way, she meets Lucas, the would-be vampire slayer, his father the sheriff, and ultimately the vampire himself. Melanie learns that fairytales can come true, and evil isn't always where you expect to find it.

Review: Blood and Sunlight had a great opening chapter and for me, felt a bit like an old horror movie. You remember the kind that Elvira would host, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing and I was curious to know more about these mysterious vampires. You don't actually get any real answers until about halfway through the book, but Keenan was worth the wait.

The book centers around Melanie and Lucas, both extremely flawed characters that have serious issues with life. They seem almost disconnected from reality, with no real concept of consequences, and are very caught up in themselves. Melanie wishes her life was anything other than what it is and Lucas is obsessed with hunting vampires. Neither communicates very well and both have low self esteem. You'd think that reading about such obviously miserable people would be boring but I found them to be compelling, awkward and very real.

We finally meet Keenan, the vampire, about midway through the book and I was instantly attracted to this very handsome and intelligent guy. He's not as messed up as Melanie or Lucas but he does have insecurities all his own. He's lonely too, so it's easy to see why he gets involved with them at all. Keenan also has an interesting mythology because he does not drink from humans anymore, saying the risk of addiction is too strong. I won't spoil anything but he methods were fascinating.

The big lesson here was to enjoy the little things, stop searching for some unreachable perfection, and focus on what is often right in front of you. Keenan teaches these things to Melanie and the story has its own sort of happily ever after- vampire style.

Just because we live in darkness doesn't mean we have to live in gloom. Martha Stewart would say the same thing if she ever joined the ranks of the undead. God help me, Melanie thought, I'm becoming domestic.- pg 230

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*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty for VampChix.
*This book was given by the author for review.


jamie said...

Thank you kindly for the wonderful review!

Anonymous said...

I'm seeing this book around the net....mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

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