I did it!!!
I finally got the new book by Lynsay Sands, Runaway Vampire. I’m so excited. I started reading it last night and am already about 150 pages in. I am still going to be reading the other books that I’m planning to review I just…have…to…read…now!
Do you ever get that anxiety when you’re about to read a new book that you’ve waited so long for. It’s like…will it be good, will it be bad? FREAK OUT MODE!!!! I have, especially if I’ve read another book by the same author that I didnt like as much.
I love when the new book sneaks up on me though. I am not really fond of surprises (they embarrass me lol) but when I’m walking through the book store, Walmart or Publx and suddenly there, on the shelf, a new novel awaits. Yes!! As you can tell, finding new books makes me ecstatic and mushy! I wont give anything away but let’s say that I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far.
You might be one to think that I am biased when it comes to this author…and I usually am. I have been reading novels by Lynsay Sands since I was in high school when I first fell in love with A Quick Bite. I took to her writing style almost immediately and couldn’t let go. Her descriptions, character analysis and plot twists really had me transfixed. Every time a new story came out I was immediately taken away. I’d say the hardest thing about being in love with a book series is waiting for the next one to come out. There was a period there when she wrote historical fiction instead of The Argeneau series and I was angry at her. Of course, with her being my favorite author, I read the historicals anyway (and loved them) but that was besides the point. So when the new story came out I was very happy.
I was waiting in line at Wal-Mart and it hit me, I hadn’t even glanced at the book section in a very long time, which if you know me is very unheard of, and I immediately ran over. I didn’t see anything and was thoroughly upset. I went to work that day and who but a coworker with the same novel interests held a new book by Lynsay Sands? I asked her where she got it and she said Wal-Mart! Ugh! I went back at 1am that night and searched every shelf. I just so happened to come across the last one, tucked behind a few other novels (someone was probably hiding it but I grabbed it…gotcha!). I read it in it’s entirety the next day. That is how dedicated I am to this author.
Now that you know how biased I am…on to the review. I must admit, I was very disappointed with this story. I’m not sure if it’s because this is like the…25th book in the series and she just ran out of things to come up with but…it wasn’t very good. I gobbled up the first few pages as the introduction of characters had me hooked, per us. I loved the opening scene. Closer to the middle of the book I had became irritated with the main female’s disposition. She just didn’t sit well with me. The main male definitely was on my good side. It wasn’t an issue of not being able to relate to the story, or that her usual prose was decommissioned. It was just that it seemed a little unrealistic; which is funny regarding a series about ‘good’ vampires searching for their life mates but nevertheless it was true.
By the end of the story I was so fed up with the book that it felt more like I was reading it just to finish. I have a (bad) habit of throwing books that I dislike and had I been at home or in a private place it definitely wouldn’t have been throw worthy. I was dissatisfied, intrigued and confused at the same time.
I saw that the author has another book in the series coming out soon and for the first time I’m a little apprehensive. Lynsay! Please come back to me! Come towards the light! If my writings aren’t good enough to be read you at least have to give me something to hope for the future!
Please…no more like About A Vampire. There, I think I got it out of my system. 🙂
I have read a few books but the last two that I finished that I will be doing reviews on within the next few days are below! I am also rereading the entire His Dark Materials collection by Philip Pullman, I read it when I was in highschool and can’t wait to start it again. It will most likely take a while as there are three larger books, I might break them up and do a review for each novel.
Lynsay Sands: About A Vampire and Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman
I look forward to writing these reviews and I hope you enjoy them!
This book was pretty great. I actually think it was a breath of fresh air from the recent novels. So far we’ve mostly been dealing with humans or vampires that obviously already knew about the fall of Atlantis and everything that it had to do with the nanos. This time we got a really different spin on how it was told. I believe Lynsay Sands is one of the only authors with a paranormal series that tells back story so vividly. Facts have been checked, questions have been answered and it fits so well into the current story.
Yes, I would say that if you were binge reading (which I’ve done a few times) the series then you might sigh when you realize it most be told all over again. Fortunately, Sands doesn’t tell it the exact same way twice! I didn’t feel compelled to skip over that part! (Which is a plus!)
Sherry, the main character, had a sort of historically feel about her. The way she and Basil interacted kind of made me feel like I was reading a historical romance thrown into modern day. Decidedly, I’m sure that was done on purpose. There was sort of a slow cadence to this book that the others didn’t have. I liked it alot. It didn’t make you want to put the book down, at all. The slower crawl of the book also kept you from feeling like you just binge watched an entire season on Netflix and your eyes are drying out. It made me smile, it made me laugh and definitely there was a little frustration in there also!
I hope you enjoy the book! I definitely recommend reading it!
P.S. The Immortal Who Loved Me is the newest installment in a long series about the Argeneau family. I would suggest starting from the beginning with A Quick Bite, the series is definitely superb!
The Immortal Who Loved Me on Amazon