A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones #1)
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All Joy Randall wants is a little old-fashioned romance, but when she participates in a "Goddess evoking" ceremony with her friend, Roxy, Joy finds out her future true love is a man with the potential to put her immortal soul in danger. At first the ever-practical Joy is ready to dismiss her vision as a product of too much gin and too many vampire romances, but while traveling through the Czech Republic with Roxy, Joy begins to have some second thoughts about her mystery lover because she is suddenly plagued by visions of a lethally handsome stranger. Then, when she and Roxy attend a local GothFaire, Joy meets Raphael Griffin St. John, head of security, and she becomes even more bewildered because the dark and dangerous Raphael seems too close to her dreams for comfort. Readers will gladly give in to the wickedly sharp bite of MacAlister's wit in this temptingly toothsome romance. With its superb characterization and writing that manages to be both sexy and humorous, this contemporary paranormal love story is an absolute delight. John Charles
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From back cover
- Joy Randall's Top 5 Tips for Vampire Hunters:
- Location, location, location. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. They won't be found dead (ha!) in places like discos, ten-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Check the Czech Republic.
- Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire.
- No matter how tempting it might be, DO NOT "ACCIDENTALLY" ACQUIRE A PAPER CUT AND SUGGEST YOUR VAMPIRE KISS YOUR FINGER TO MAKE IT BETTER. What you offer as a snack, he might take for a four-course meal.
- From here on out, play it cool. Don't offer to accompany your prince of the night on the talk show circuit and WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T OFFER HIM YOUR HEART.
- And most of all, remember--being a vampire is nothing to laugh about.
I think LizzyBeth mentioned to me that the sequel to this, Sex and the Single Vampire, was better than this one so I'm starting on that now.
I've got a couple people who want to read this next so I'll hold it in Reserve until I decide exactly what I'm going to do with it. Who knows, it might be a good candidate for a bookray too.
UPDATE 07-Mar-2005: I liked the sequel Sex and the Single Vampire better than this one. (Click the link for that book to read my review on it.)
BookRay Participants (last modified 25-Jul-2006)
· pheelya, MD, USA (ship Intl)
· BooksnBeer, VA, USA (ship Intl)
· SueBo, PA, USA (ship Intl)
· sekach00, MI, USA (ship US)
· AsianWaterfall, FL, USA, moving from Japan to US Jul/Aug 2005 (ship Intl)
· innae, CO, USA (ship Intl)
· AtwoJay, BC, Canada (ship Intl)
· amberC, NT, Australia (pref Aussie)
· gypsyrose02, WA, Australia (pref Aussie, Intl OK if needed)
· catsalive, NSW, Australia (ship Intl)
· woosang, NSW, Australia (ship local)
· Fleebo, NSW, Australia (ship Intl)
· Alithia, New Zealand (ship Intl)
· CandyDarling, Finland (ship Intl)
· joasik, Poland (ship Intl)
· Rianonne, Austria (pref Europe)
· Rhenium3, Czech Republic <== book is here <-- END OF RAY
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Kicked off bookring to first participant. Sent to pheelya on 06-Apr-2005 via Media Mail. Stamps.com Delivery Confirmation # 02010521297521268629.
PM'ing BooksnBeer for addy to pass along.
Thank you for sharingthe book!
This book is on it’s way to SueBo – enjoy.
Loved this book. It had me laughing out loud at some points. Excellent read.
Tryed to PM and email Dumbfox for about 2 weeks. Will move on to the next person on the list.
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Sending to sekach00 as part of a bookray
I'll pass the book on, and pick up a copy to read from the library when I have free time again. Sorry for holding up the bookray, everyone. :(
will be sending it off as soon as I get the address!!
posting to gypsyrose02 tomorrow.
Thanks CheriePie. I'll get this off to woosang ASAP. Posted 10/7/6.
If you meet any women like this run the other way.
This book has ended my reading slump and for this I am grateful :)
Thanks for sharing I will probably read the next book as I love to torture myself.
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Posting to Fleebo
Posting to Fleebo
I agree that there are some parts that are cringe worthy, and parts of the friendship that seems rather harsh, but then friends can sometimes be like that. I also agree that the skeptical approach to rune reading is a total contradiction to Joy's ease of use, and understanding of the processes of them. However this is an aside. I enjoyed the book enough to think that I wouldn't mind reading more from Kate MacAlister.
This wasn't my first encounter with the world of Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones, as I've earlier read her book Got Fangs?, which is about a teenage girl, forced to spend the summer travelling with the GothFaire, because her mother works there. Sounds familiar? It is, and it's not. The characters in these two books are totally different, so there must be at least two GothFaires touring Europe, but Got Fangs? is about a vampire who finds his beloved. (If you're interested in trying it out, I've got a bookring running for Got Fangs?, just pm me.)
When I started reading A Girl's Guide to Vampires, I was instantly annoyed by the two main characters. Fortunately I managed to mostly ignore it throughout the book, but I can't say I enjoy reading about two dimwits who constantly bicker with each other. Roxy was even more annoying than the narrator Joy, and I can't understand why Joy put up with her. Maybe that's why they had two hotel rooms... When I travel with my best friend, we always sleep in the same room.
When the girls travel to the Czech Republic, the book gets more interesting. I actually started thinking that I want to travel to Moravia too. The action takes place in the little town of Blansko, where they stay at the hotel Dukla. It's funny to note that Katie MacAlister has probably used the town's homepage for research, as everything she talks about in the book can be found from there...
Unfortunately, after a successful attempt to create an interesting athmosphere, the author manages to forget all about it, as the rest of the book could be taking place anywhere. Fortunately by that time the plot has picked up, and the book qualifies as good entertainment. Like other Katie MacAlister books, A Girl's Guide to Vampires is sometimes funny and sometimes annoying. She has a tendency to write a surprising amount of exasperating characters into her novels, and I wish I knew what Joy and her love interest had in common except lust. Although I must say I loved the cheerleaders.
I haven't yet grown tired of Katie MacAlister's style, and will continue to read her books. I want to know how Christian finds his beloved in the next book, Sex and the Single Vampire! A Girl's Guide to Vampires is now travelling to Joasik in The Netherlands, as Seaflower asked to be skipped. I sent the book on January 9th.
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I didn't enjoy this book that much. It was hard to get into it and to be honest the constant bickering between the heroine and her best friend annoyed me. Won't be following this series.
Sent to the next person in the ring.
I have my actual book and a BookRing ahead of this one ..
I didn't mind the bickering at all ... which makes me wonder now about me and my state of mind ...
If the sequel is even better than I have to grap it from my Mt.TBR very soon ;)