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Uprising

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Uprising by Scott G. Mariani, book reviewUprising by Scott G. Mariani is the first novel in what promises to be a series called Vampire Federation. I came across it on Amazon whilst browsing for free titles for my new Kindle – Uprising was free at the time although it is not any longer. As a fan of vampire fiction I thought this would be worth a go – after all, if it turned out to be rubbish it wouldn’t really matter given that it was free.

The vampires of Uprising are not “out” to humans, but they are reasonably organised. They have a Federation which sets rules and monitors the vampire population. It produces drugs which enable vampires to go out in sunlight, memory blocker for the victims, and a poison which kills vampires if they have the slightest contact with it. They do not, however, have any care for humans – vampires live among humans, but humans are merely a food source to them.

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My Love Lies Bleeding

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My Love Lies Bleeding (Drake Chronicles) By Alyxandra Harvey, book reviewMy Love Lies Bleeding is the first novel in the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Published in 2010, it’s one of the newer offerings in the recent slew of teenage vampire novels.

The main characters are Solange and Lucy. Solange is the only female vampire ever born, not created, so she’s quite a hot commodity – everyone wants to either kill her or kidnap her, to have her genes in their family. Lucy is her best friend, a human. The vampires in Solange’s family are born, but go through the “bloodchange” to become a vampire around their sixteenth birthday; a date which is fast approaching for Solange. But will she survive it in the midst of all the danger which surrounds them?

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Oh, Oh, Oh, It’s Magic!

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A Discovery of Witches By Deborah E. Harkness, book review“The leather-bound volume was nothing remarkable. To an ordinary historian, it would have looked no different from hundreds of other manuscripts is Oxford’s Bodleian library, ancient and worn. But I knew there was something odd about it from the moment I collected it.”

In Diana’s Bishop’s life, there is something odd about a lot of things. Hers is a world that appears to be the same as our own, but it which something unusual hides just out of sight of most humans. Creatures, to be precise. Some are vampires, some are witches, and some are daemons, unstable beings who sit on the divide between great genius and madness. The creatures generally manage to continue their lives unnoticed by the human majority

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The Historian

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The Historian By Elizabeth Kostova, book reviewThe Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is a vampire novel, but not in the same way as all the other vampire novels we see these days. The Historian is about several people who have researched and followed the myth of Vlad Dracul, otherwise known as Dracula, throughout the twentieth century.

The overriding narrator is the teenage girl, who remains nameless. She is a very clever girl, well versed in history and languages. She lives with her American father, Paul, in Amsterdam; her mother is no longer with them. Much of the story is told by her father as he tells it to her, and there are also portions from an old university colleague of his, Professor Rossi

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The Radleys

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The Radleys By Matt HaigSpeaking as someone who cannot find much interest or enthusiasm for the currently popular Twilight/Vampire phenonomen, it seems strange that I found myself reading this new novel about a family of vampires by Matt Haig and perhaps stranger still was the fact that I actually enjoyed reading it!

Meet The Radleys

Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Rowan and Clara, live in an English town. They are an everyday family. Averagely dysfunctional and averagely content. But as Rowan and Clara have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret…

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