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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review: Cold in California (The Twice-Baked Vampire Series) by Deborah Riley-Magnus

4 Stars
Series: The Twice-Baked Vampire Series
Pages: 227
In this debut novel of Deborah Riley-Magnus's The Twice-Baked Vampire Series we meet Gabriel Strickland. A vampire who has just 'bit the dust' --so to speak-- and finds there is a lot more to death than what most think for a vampire or any supernatural.

Most people think that when vampires die they just go. . . .'poof'. Well, when all goes wrong Gabriel finds that is not the case and that he is in an in-between life with a chance to earn redemption and eventually be determined if he will go to Heaven or Hell.

This was a very interesting and unique take on not only vampires but the supernatural in general and the author pulls it off amazingly good. It is really unlike any paranormal novel I have ever read.

Now any book would not be set without a good love-interest and we get one with the name, Dori Gallagher. Dori works at an employment agency and meets Gabriel when he comes to find a job. It is love/lust at first sight.

And of course as with a good love-interest and solid hero our book would not be complete without the 'bad guy'. Our author gives him to us in the form of Nathan Cook, a warlock. There are lost of other characters in the book who contribute to the antagonist of this book though.

The book goes through a couple points of view--Gabriel's, Dori's, the bad guy(s)-- and again this was something I really liked about this book: It almost felt like a movie, you know how a movie goes from character to character getting all of the plot in but really smooth and interesting through the changes? That was how this felt to me.

It also let it open the same leaving us that last scene (chapter) that gives us a little insight and hints of might come in the next novel.

With any first novel though you do have those little glitches--which was mostly at the very starting of this book--that almost all first novels in a series have, which is why I could only give this book 4 stars.

I would highly, HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for something unique and different and loves a good paranormal book.

*I received an Ebook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher.


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