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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Stakes & Stilettos .... A Review

Here's a Vampire Book to sink your teeth into!

There was a wonderful surprise in my mailbox this week! A special thank you to Anna from Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy of Stakes & Stilettos by Michelle Rowan! I put down what I was reading to scan through a few pages and couldn't put it down! I devoured it page by page! Here's the scoop...

Sarah Dearly has really bad luck! 10 weeks ago she was bitten and turned into a vampire by her blind date. (Don't blind dates suck!?) She is a newly made vamp who just wants her normal life back. "She tries to get a nice regular job and gets staked at the interview"... she goes to her high school reunion where a witch seeking revenge curses her "making her a bloodthirsty, sun-allergic nightwalker (the worst kind of vampire there is)" and to top it off, she's in love with a gorgeous 600 year old master vampire, Thierry, who's stuck in a centuries old "marriage of convenience" and can't seem to get out of it. And did I tell you about the mysterious scarfed vampire that pops up at the most convenient times to 'save' Sarah, but may have sinister ulterior motives?!

So starts another adventure for our heroine Sarah as she gets use to life as a vampire, in a world where vampires are still hunted and she has been mistakenly been labeled 'The Slayer of Slayers' due to an unfortunate encounter with a couple of guys who wanted to kill her (literally put a stake thru her heart!) but didn't quite make it.

This is the 4th book in the Immortality Bites series by Michelle Rowan. But don't let that discourage you from picking this book up - there's a prologue that tells us how Sarah and Thierry meet and in the first few chapters we meet most of the key players and feel right at home. Sarah is a great character - she's sarcastic, funny and gets herself in some tough situations because of her belief that most 'people' are basically good. And it's this innocence that gives her charm. There is plenty of chemistry between Sarah & Thierry, but no x-rated scenes here, there are strong friendships that exist between the characters, and the writing is good. The story did not let me down. It's a fun read! If you'd like to start from the beginning Bitten & Smitten is the first book in the series. And that's my next stop! August of this year the 5th and final book in the series Tall, Dark & Fangsome, is due to be published. I can't wait because the end of Stakes & Stilettos leaves us hanging!


Mari - Escape In A Book said...

Sounds like a fun vamp series!

I noticed that The Kite Runner & The Time Traveler's Wife was some of your favorite books, I loved both of those books! I'll have to check out the other two books on your favorite list(I've read some great reviews of Gargoyle).

By the way, is the contest of May 23 open to international readers?

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Ladybug! Yes, you've got to try those other books on my favorites list - especially Pillars of the Earth! The Gargoyle was a bit bizarre, but loved those "stories' within the story.

Yes, please enter the Take A Bite out of This Book Giveaway! I am personally sending out the book so as long as I can use the U.S. post office to mail it to you- you are more than welcome to join in!

Mari - Escape In A Book said...

That's great =D

Mari - Escape In A Book said...

It's me, again... :)
I have an award waiting for you.

Darlene said...

I keep thinking that I should start this series. lol-Just what I need is another series to get involved in but it just sounds too good.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Ladybug! Thank you for the award! I'm going right over to check it out!

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