Saturday, May 7, 2011

Always the Vampire: By Nancy Haddock



Cesca Marinelli has been slacking on her duties as a vampire princess, but she will be the best maid of honor ever for Maggie's Victorian wedding. However, when her mostly-human honey, Saber, falls ill due to a magical construct called the Void, she knows she'll have to go beyond the call of bridesmaid duty...

The Void is affecting every supernatural being in Cesca's afterlife, including her shapeshifter ex, Triton. To counter the Void's reign of terror, Cesca must fully summon her vampire powers-which may lead to her own doom.


When dealing with paranormal romance novels authors have to walk a very fine line. If the author gets to overzealous with the sex and details or they cut to much of the action out then the book becomes a weak interpretation of a romance novel and doesn’t have a spark, if they don’t give enough details then the key demographic they’re trying to engage will walk away unhappy.

Luckily Always the Vampire seems to walk the tightrope just fine.

Haddock does a fantastic job keeping the action going and the details blush worthy. But for me what was most compelling were the characters and the humorous tone they had about them. Cesca is a smart kick-ass heroine who will be sure to engage readers. Her dialog and the storyline are light hearted enough to relax the reader, yet quick paced enough to keep them fully glued to their seats. Besides that Haddock’s other characters, such as Maggie and Saber, bring enough fullness to the story that readers can’t help but fall in love with this book.

Always the Vampire is exciting, zany, and full of fun characters. While not for everyone, fan’s of Cat Adams’ Song series and Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane series will find a great read in the entertaining book. That said I would greatly encourage readers to read the first two books in the series, Last Vampire Standing and La Vida Vampire, before starting Always the Vampire.

8 out of 10


Publisher: Berkley Trade

Published: May 3, 2011

Price: $15.00

1 comment:

  1. Dear Booklover 31,

    Thank you so much for the lovely and finely written review of my new book! I hope you don't mind me reaching you here to tell you how much I appreciate your time. I'm tickled that you enjoyed ALWAYS THE VAMPIRE, and I wish you happy reading always!

    Nancy Haddock