Friday, 31 August 2012

Vampire State Of Mind by Jane Lovering

Received for review

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (7 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906931747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906931742
  • Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee. To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who's now in charge of Otherworld York. But when a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together, and when Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world it puts a very different slant on their relationship. The stakes are high. They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn't afraid to use them, even on the vampire that she's rather afraid she s falling in love with...
  • Cover: Not a huge fan of this cover.  I don't hate it, but I don't love it either.
  • Unfortunately this book wasn't for me.  The premise sounded amazing - the idea of an alternate history, in 1910 paranormal creatures came through a portal and that in 2012 are known about, and there's Treaty's and legislation including them and helping to prevent another war with the vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons, etc...
  • It actually sounded like an adult version of Kiersten White's YA book 'Paranormalcy', with the protagonist Jessie being a council tracker, her job being to keep an eye on the otherworlders and make sure they are where they're supposed to be.  
  • I didn't really warm to her as a character, but I did enjoy her working relationship with her colleague Liam.  Their banter and sarcastic comments were fun to read.  However in some places the comedy felt a little forced.
  • The love interest is where this book really fell down for me.  Sil is a vampire and Jess has been in love with him for four years, but thinks it's a waste of time and emotion because she thinks vampires are emotionless and unable to commit, focused instead on feeding their demons blood and hormones.
  • Sil is ruled by the demon that lives inside him.  This means despite his feelings for Jess he is always having sex with other women.
  • Sorry, but that's just not my idea of romantic premise, demon parasite needing to be placated or not.
  • So I couldn't invest in him as a love interest because I resented and disliked him from the get go.
  • Over all I would say give this a try if light, adult, paranormal romances are your thing and you don't mind anything of the things that bugged me.
  • It just wasn't for me.
  • 2/5 stars.

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