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Vampire in Denial (Family Blood Ties #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,088 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn't hard enough, Tessa's throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can't get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the...blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle—high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir someth
Nook, 125 pages
Published August 11th 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published August 1st 2011)
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Aug 23, 2011 NightlyReading rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Mayer had sent me an email asking if I would like to review her work. I took a look at it and thought what the heck, what do I have to lose? As soon as I received the ecopy, I started reading. I have a bad habit of reading the first chapter of books to see if I get hooked or not. Of course, this one hooked me and I had to keep reading til the end.

I love vampire stories! I can never get tired of them and yes! (call me a dork!) I LOVE Twilight! So, as soon as I start reading anything with a va
I got this book as a free kindle download from Amazon. I liked the premise as I am a pretty avid reader of urban fantasy/paranormal romance and various other subgenres of that sort. Basically, if there is a vampire or a werewolf involved I'm generally down to read it (witches aren't really my thing though, strangely enough), but I digress.

The elements I enjoyed in the story: (1)the characters: the outcast out to prove herself and save her friends, the charming and helpful yet occasionally condes
Feb 23, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was petty strong. I read t as part of a bundle and have to admit that I wasn't really excited about this one after reading the blurb. However, I got into it right away and finished it pretty quickly. I liked Tessa's character overall, as a teenager who is kind of an outcast (especially in her own mind) she is pretty relatable. My biggest issue was with the second half of the book. I thought that things moved a little too quickly and it was kind of hard to follow where everyon ...more
Aine Massie
Aug 19, 2012 Aine Massie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Vampire in Denial by Dale Mayer is a fresh take on a beloved classic – the vampire. Her vampire heroine, Tessa, is actually half-human thanks to some genetic fluke that only happens every so many generations. She’s also a teen. . . Can you not already see the potential for not fitting in? She’s not really a vampire, per se, and so the vamps shun her. She’s not really a human either.

Sadly, or not depending on how you see it, one of Tessa’s human friends is kidnapped. She, of course, wants to resc
Jun 18, 2013 Cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-freebie
I liked the idea behind this book - a child born to vampire parents, with human genes. Huh.

Understandably, she's caught between the two groups and doesn't really feel like "part" of either. What confuses me though, is that even after almost 17 years, she hasn't voiced any of her feelings or concerns to her family - not even the brother she's closest to. Then she acts all surprised when they finally find out she feels different from them. I guess that's typical teenaged behavior, or even girl beh
Lisa Lap
This book clocks in a 125 pages in PDF format, and I was really looking forward to the premise of this story. The main plot twist, while a bit of a déjà vu idea, had enough intrigue to be interesting. Vampire and humans are living side by side in a somewhat harmonious existence finding a way to all get along and respect each other. Or so it appears on the surface. Tessa, our main character, experiences a more sinister side to the vampire civilization while she’s on a group date with her human fr ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written paranormal book - a great intro to the series, with a fabulous cliffhanger ending!
I enjoyed the fact that it was a vampire book without all the sexual stuff that is often in a lot of vampire books. I may have to check out the rest of the series to see if they are as good as this one.
I flew through this one fairly quickly, and found myself unsure of what would happen next, as it was written very well.
Apr 18, 2016 cherub911angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dale, this is such a terrific read. Im reading the books so quick cos how addictive they are n I just cant put them down for long. I read this first one few years ago but now Im def gonna finish the whole series once agn.

Jul 28, 2015 Dee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You get what you pay for I suppose. I got this book for free and I liked the premise and description but after getting about three chapters in, I wanted nothing more than to hurry up and finish this book, it was just that bad. This book is full of typos, poor grammar, odd phrasing and sentence structure. And worst of all characterization was just nil. Tessa goes from being weak and awkward to "Wonder Woman" in a matter of hours for no clear reason. Her mother frets over her constantly in the mos ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Mackenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Tessa. You may just think she is a regular vampire, but you are wrong Tessa is half human half vampire. And with living with a vampire family she often feels like she doesn't belong. One day she gose to the movies with her friends and one of them gets kidnapped by a vampire. You have to read the book to find out more.
To me this book was one of those stories where your wondering whats going to happen next. For me it was pretty epic. I think Tessa was really deter
Jul 31, 2015 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly unusual book but absolutely love the concept of this story. This book left off on a cliff hanger in a big way so if you don't like cliff hanger you're still gonna love this book. Well worth the read. Highly Recommended Read.
Rebecca Graf
Jan 31, 2016 Rebecca Graf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if you were born into a vampire family but really wasn’t a vampire? Being a teenager on top of it makes it even worse. Tessa feels more at home with human friends, yet one night hanging out with a few of them at a movie has Tessa blending back in with her own kind. She has to in order to save the life of one human friend. It will take all her courage and determination to stand up against the vampire counsel and her family as she discovers long buried secrets within the dark world and within ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Karlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author takes a vampire story to a whole other level. Humans know of Vampires existence and there is a treaty that passed centuries ago that Vampires couldn't feed on Humans. They have day school for the Humans and night school for the Vampires. Vampires also have families which is a new concept I have not read about before. Tessa is the youngest of three, she has two older brothers but she is different from the rest of her family. She isn't a purebred Vampire but rather she is part Human an ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Bookmom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in a world where vampires are born, Tessa, the youngest in her family is odd man (or girl) out. She appears to be some kind of half vampire. Feeling rejected by her family and the vampire community, her friends are human and she’s done her best to fit in with them while keeping her secret.

That is until a boy she’s interested is kidnapped by vampires and wow, look out. Her need to find and rescue her friend has her standing up to her family and shaming vampires into getting involved. And woul
Nov 06, 2014 Ranu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was FANTASTIC!
I had just finished Dale Mayer's "Dangerous Designs", which turned out to be pretty good, but "Vampire in Denial" was even better! I loved the way how the plot jumped straight into action after the very first chapter. With this book, there was no tormenting wait for something to happen. The characters were just fantastic. Tessa's character development was a wonderful thing to watch unfolding, and I love Cody. And the cliff-hanger ending made me want to tear my hair out!
Melissa Marlow
Sep 21, 2014 Melissa Marlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tessa’s doesn’t really fit in the world that her family evolves in. They are all vampires, but her human gene makes her stand out from the family not really fitting in with them, and all the vampy things like blood. Not only her family notices the difference so does the vampire world making her an outcast.

Tessa merges with the humans because there she fits in a little better. She is still different but the humans are more accepting.

If that isn’t enough to deal with she is sixteen and wants a boy
Jun 28, 2014 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not easy to find a new take on the vampire myth yet Dale Mayer has managed to do so with "Vampire in Denial." being a teenager in any species is hard enough but it becomes even more complicated when you are born to vampire parents and you are a weird anomaly making you more human than vamp.

Tessa doesn't feel as though she fits in anywhere. She is not quite human nor is she vampire enough. However, there is one thing normal about her, she has a crush on Jared, a boy from her school. When Tes
Linda Hamonou
Jan 09, 2015 Linda Hamonou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a very different take on vampire than your average vampire story. In this world, there is very few humans and even if they are important, the most part of the action is done by vampires and vampires only.
I find it very refreshing because it just creates a universe where the characters don't have to move around on eggshells because of humans and to adapt everything they do or think to fit in with the humans.
The main character is a strong young woman who actually has a good sense of
Mar 11, 2014 Cherri-Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was absolutely mesmerized from the very beginning! This series is very different from any other vampire series that I have read. And all in a good way! It starts off with Tessa feeling very different than the rest of her family. Her parents and 2 brothers are all "perfect" vampires, whereas Tessa has some human genes & traits and no one knows why. Tessa feels that she doesn't fit in with either world - human or vampire - and goes on an accidental adventure and along with doing a lot of goo ...more
Niki Driscoll
May 04, 2015 Niki Driscoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Not what I was expecting however, I was pleasantly surprised. Ms. Mayer has a wonderful imagination and a gift for storytelling. Its hard enough to be a teenager when your human, but it is almost impossible when you are a teenage vampire who can move between both world. This was a great coming of age story where the trials Tessa encountered made her stronger and made others really look at her for the first time. This was a quick read that flowed smoothly, had great character interactions and som ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vampire in Denial By Dale Mayer
Family Blood Ties Series Book One
Tessa is an oddity, what they called a throwback. She just felt like a sixteen-year-old suspended between two worlds and not fitting in either one. A girl in a family of vampires who had human genes. When the guy she likes is kidnapped by her own kind, Tessa finds what she is really made of.

Cody is from one of the oldest pureblood families and Tessa’s family is like his own, she’s always been like a little sister. The night she goes
Julianne Redmon
Apr 29, 2015 Julianne Redmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stealing an expression from one of my kids' favorite movies "HOLY RABIES!" I had so much fun reading this book I didn't want it to end.

You genuinely want to like the characters in the story. Tessa is easy to relate to with her teenage emotions/angst and desire to fit in; we've all been there. Jared and Cody are both strong in their own ways and bring a more complete picture, showing both the human and vampire side of the story. Tessa's family and the vampires that join them on their mission cre
Feb 12, 2015 Teon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical vampire story.

I am burned out on vampire stories which I mentioned on Dale Mayer's FB page. She asked me to give hers a try as her vampire stories are not your typical vamp. She said the first book was free and suggested I give it a try. Well, I am a voracious reader and I really like authors who are personally interested in their readers. I gave it a try. She is right. Definitely unique stuff. I think I liked it.

Tessa lives in a world where humans and vamps co-exist at peace. T
An interesting take on the vampire world. But these tame vampires who scrunched up their noses at the mention of human blood and acted more like upper class socialites held little appeal to me. The book also required a good bit of editing and some solid proof reading which was a constant annoyance.
This book was recommended to me and it was free on my nook so I thought why not? And this book was pretty okay as well. I do not regret reading it.

The plot:
This plot is a combination of Twilight and Moon Spell (Tale of Lunarmorte series). Twilight I love and Tale of Lunarmorte is okay so this was okay as well. Although the whole book is the climax. The action literally starts at page 20. I liked that.

The characters:
Tessa: a combination of Bella and Caia with even some qualities of Edward. Shes
Jul 07, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another vampire book that was different but, different in a good way. A book that doesn't have anyone rushing to get into a relationship. She notices to guy and you can tell that there will be a relationship somewhere down the line but, she has a mission to complete and she's going to get it done and she wasn't afraid to stand up for herself.

It keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and turning pages to see how the mystery is solved but, it only gets deeper at the end.

A few misplaced names
Jennifer Erwin
This was about a 3.5 star book. I was going to give it 4 stars as I did enjoy this immensely, but then I read the synopsis for book 2...then book 3...then book 4...then book 5...then book 6...I think I got up to book 8 and I am not 100% sure, but it seemed like all these books take place over a short span of time. It got me thinking, that with everything that happened to them in this book, they don't have time to deal with anything else, just this little slice of drama/action. While awesome for ...more
Sue Davis
May 04, 2015 Sue Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I was given this book for an honest review so this is my honest opinion
This is a GREAT STORY AND I WILL WANT TO READ THE REST OF THIS SERIES.I was really enjoyable, and I read it straight through.I am ready for the next book, now. You have a young vampire girl(who thinks she has no vampire skills) who hangs out with humans. They are attacked at the movies, and after she tries to get help to find her friend and ca
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Where to begin....this was kind of a surprise for me. Not sure what I was expecting but this wasn't it. It wasn't a bad surprise, just different. I have always loved Dale Mayer and will continue reading her work.

This is a series book and must be read in order. This does end in a cliff hanger.

I won't tell you what is in the story, that is what the synopsis is for, but I will tell you, it was a good read that I really enjoyed and I look forward to more of the story.

Loved Tessa and feel sorry for
Mar 01, 2014 Kenzee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this one, so I'm giving it an extra star it probably doesn't deserve. There was a lot of potential in terms of concept, but the rushed story telling and ridiculous character development really killed it.

I wish the author had taken more time to set up the world and the relationships between the characters before jumping right to the main conflict a few pages in. Also, the story relied far too heavily on coincidences ("oh look, I kicked the door and it magically opened) an
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Family Blood Ties (9 books)
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