Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Review - Vampire Games (JS)

Vampire Games by JR Rain

Vampire Games

Review by Jacqui Slaney

This series had slipped my mind until I was browsing through the Kindle books available and found this new installment, as I had enjoyed the others I bought it without hesitation, despite a few slightly negative reviews from other readers.

This is the description:

Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Now in VAMPIRE GAMES, Samantha Moon is hired to look into the suspicious death of a popular fighter—and quickly discovers there’s far more to the story than meets the eye. As she uncovers clues into the boxer’s past, she will come face-to-face with something unexpected...and something only whispered about. Additionally, Samantha must confront the growing supernatural powers of those closest to her—and a betrayal that will rock her world.

This is the sixth book in the series, by now with some stories the readers interest would have been lost in the characters, as all aspects of their development would have been dealt with and after all how far could you go with an idea of an woman being bitten by a vampire.

However the author keeps each book short, annoyingly so ( this is the major complaint of most reviewers, these are not novels more novellas) you only get short tastes of Samantha Moon's life, so you cannot get tired or bored with the story just slightly angry that the book has finished so quickly.

For a short story there is a lot going on, the main plot line involves Sam investigating the untimely and unexpected death of a young boxer during a match. Sounds simple on the surface, but once she starts looking into it, Sam soon finds the problem is much more difficult.

There is also a very good sub plot involving her children who have their own secrets and their awareness of how their mother has changed. In this book as well there is a change with Sam’s relationship with her two closest friends Fang and Kingsley. Fang becomes involved with another vampire and events occur with Kingsley that jeopardises their relationship as lovers.

As always the writing is good, fast paced with some humour, the reader grows to like Sam and her family, and though the idea of all these vampires out there working in various jobs and feeding on willing victims maybe a bit far fetched, (though have you actually looked at the people travelling with you on the underground?) well it makes entertaining reading, and I will be definitely reading the next one, and would encourage anyone to give the series a go.

8 out of 10

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