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Vampire State of Mind (Otherworlders #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  161 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee. To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who’s now in charge of Otherworld York.

But when a d
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Kindle Edition, TTS Enabled, 304 pages
Published June 29th 2012 by Choc Lit
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Blodeuedd Finland
I do not which genre to put on this, perhaps cos it just feels very British, and then the UF or PNR labels does not work. It's more than just that. It's more gritty, more real, less pretty. If you compare Brit tv vs US tv you know what I am talking about. It's a paranormal book with a bit of action and romance, Brit style.

The heroine Jessica can kick ass (but she is not a katana wielding clone.) She tracks down otherworlders who has moved out of the area they should stay in. She has a crappy lov
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Susan Roebuck
A nice discovery. I was in the mood for a lighter read and this one fit the bill perfectly. It's Victorian times and someone has created an "open door" to the Otherworld. A vampire bites a young man, plants the demon seed and lo and behold another vampire is made. A hundred (or more) years later much has changed - the World has seen a terrible war between the Otherworld and Humans. Now there's a truce with both sides keeping an official eye on each other to make sure that peace is preserved. Jes ...more
Henriette Gyland
This is without a doubt the strangest book I have read, but in a good way. It's a cross between True Blood, The Running Man, and Harry Potter with a bit of Doctor Who thrown in. Utterly page-turning, it alternates between being laugh-out-loud funny, sassy, and adrenaline-pumpingly scary, and although it's a departure from the author's previous contemporary novels, it still comes with her hallmark smart sense of humour. A book with a bite to it.
Catherine
Jane Lovering does it again! Following on from winning 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year for Please Don't Stop the Music, Jane's latest book manages to create quirky characters in a very different version of York to the one we know. This contemporary thriller still has Jane's unique sense of humour shining through and the tense storyline will have you worrying about the characters until the end. A great read.

Zee
Not quite sure how I feel about this book yet.

I was happily enjoying this book. I planned on giving 4 stars. I thought Jessica was a pretty cool chick shes no kickass gun/sword weikding heroine but she has her own quirky strength and I liked it.

Until I got to the Harry Potter Goblet of Fire Part. Her name is pulled to compete in this Otherworldly competition.

At this point Jessica has been through two Life endangering events both involving the other world in some form. While her job isn't exactl
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This was my first taste of Choc Lit and quite frankly, I will be devouring a whole lot more! I loved this book! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!
The best way to describe this book would be to call it a very British paranormal, urban fantasy wrapped in a chick lit coating of humour and romance. The romantic nature of this book is the central essence of the story as you watch circumstances bring together two unlikely matches; at the same time
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Carly
Vampire State of Mind is a great kick-start to what I expect will be an amazing new series! Jane Lovering has created a wonderful new world here and I was quickly wrapped up in this beautifully imagined and exciting new world. The writing style is great, very engaging and I all too quickly finished the book. What I enjoyed the most was getting to know main character Jess! She is an intriguing character that I instantly liked, she is strong, witty, packs a punch and best of all loads of snark. I ...more
Lucie Wheeler
Another great book from the very talented Jane Lovering.

I read Jane's first book, Please Don't Stop the Music, a while back and absolutely fell in love with her quirky, witty way of writing. She has a wonderful way of putting words together and making a story come to life. And this latest book certainly doesn't disappoint.

Where her other books are more lighthearted, this one has a darker edge and it really works. The story is set in York and is primarily about a council worker, Jessica, and a va
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Yasmeen (Yaz)
Jess is a bureaucratic, a pencil pusher and if she has seen more action in the past week than she has in the entire time she's worked at the York Council tracker programme, it's just a coincidence. So what if she's been in the thick of things lately, there's no danger to her, the hunters do all the really dangerous stuff. Really, no ones trying to kill her, why would they? she's just a civil servant. The only dangerous thing in her life is her feelings for Sil. A vampire and everyone knows there ...more
Debbie Saraceni
Very enjoyable story

This was a good story of otherworldly creatures living along side humans with a treaty to help keep the peace. Jessica is a liaison that helps monitor and keep track of how many otherworldly creatures are in her area at a given time. Also her job to bring in those who are where they shouldn't be. Her only secret is Sil who happens to be a vampire. Well with a big occasion for the otherworlders happening soon and a new guy looking for Jessica things are about to get very dange
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Rebecca Heap
I normally don't go for these type of books. The genre just seems a little too silly and over-hyped. This is from someone who read "Twilight" and was disappointed. However, what a refreshing surprise this book was! I really enjoyed it. I think the humour in this book really helped. I loved how the characters talked to each other and how they were quite happy to take the mickey out of themselves and their situation. Because of this, despite the fantastical aspects of the book, I really got hooked ...more
Christina
Jane Lovering is an author whose novels I know I’m going to enjoy, even before I pick them up. She has an amazingly unique voice, a quirky sense of humour and great dialogue, all of which feature in this novel. Although Vampire State of Mind is a bit different to her previous books, in that it features vampires and other fantasy creatures, I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down and I was completely drawn into the alternate world the author has created. It ...more
Robyn Koshel
Vampire State of mind is a new and inventive twist on the vampire genre. I really was impressed with this book! A time-slip opens in Wales and it is a door way to other dimensions filled with supernatural beings. They start filtering through to our world and cause havoc. The themes are very Lovecraftian as well as being alternative history at its best.

I can't remember when I highlighted so many paragraphs in a book before. There were so many funny lines, I couldn't help but laugh out loud. There
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Liz Willoughby
Jane Lovering back at her best! This is a truly fun, gripping read not your typical vampire novel. Truly wonderful and funny with some great one liners, real blood and gore (ok not too much) and a sexy sizzling love story. Really good to see a vampire novel from a British author puts those American versions to shame. Truly original not a Twilight similarity anywhere - fabulous! Must be read.
Fenella Miller
I read this last week and thought it was brilliant. I'm not a great fan of vampire books but this was an exception. The plot was complex,the main characters attractive and there was a good balance of humour and excitement. Jane Lovering does a good line in tall, skinny heroes!
John
The whole Interview with a Vampire/Anne Rice thing passed me by for some reason, but, as a York resident, and having read one of Jane Lovering's other books (Hubble Bubble) I thought that this one would make a suitable introduction to the genre.

Good decision!!

Jessica, as the York City Council Liaison Officer for vampires and otherworlders is a sympathetic heroine with a host of secrets. Sil, her eventual lover is the archetypical vampire, with an excess of style and cool.

There are lots of local
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Ruth
c2012: York, tracker, stakes, demon, threatens. This was truly a dire experience. I would like to put the blame wholly on the narrator of the audible version but there are some real problems with the characterisation and the plotting to boot. The narrator had a rather high youthful voice which really did not mesh with the main female character who was supposed to be 30 years old. There was not much variation of accent between the characters and I found it very hard on the ears. Unfortunately, it ...more
The Commuting Bookworm
Vampire State of Mind by Jane Lovering

Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee. To Jess vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil. When a demon turns up and threatens the equilibrium they must work together. The stakes are high, the challenge is great and to top it all
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Lottie Chase
Vampire State of Mind is the new title from Jane Lovering. Jane starts her new romance/action novel by giving us ficitonal historical evidence to act as a convincing backdrop. According to her protagonist Jessie, at the turn of the last century the Earth tilted a small degree on its axis, as this happened a gateway appeared allowing Otherworlders to slide over into the human world.

What I liked about this novel is that unlike other supernatural stories out there, Jane introduces such a broad rang
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Shaz Goodwin
Vampire State of Mind has a rather unique way of beginning … instead of a prologue, the story opens with a ‘Wikipedia’ page detailing the history of the vampires. The ‘Theories’ section is quite profound!

Chapter One we have a brief sojourn into February 1914 as Jonathon Wilberforce is reading the Yorkshire Herald while walking along. Unbelieving of vampires, he’s tricked into a dark alleyway …

Chapter Two finds us in York in 2012. Straight away we’re introduced to Jessie’s job as she’s fighting a
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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I’ve been reluctant to read stories featuring vampires because lately they’ve all sounded the same. However, I’m glad I took a risk because Vampire State of Mind offers a whole new take on this sub-genre.

It’s part mystery, part paranormal romance with a dash of Sci-Fi. I loved the world Ms. Lovering created for this book. There’s been a war, a treaty was signed and now it seems like it’s back to normal but as you read further into the
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Sharon Booth
Personally I blame Sarah Tranter. Having managed several decades (never mind how many!) without having the slightest interest in vampires, and having sat through the first two Twilight films, at the insistence of my daughter, with eyes glazed over with boredom, I picked up her novel "No Such Thing As Immortality" and loved it. Totally fell in love with her vampire hero, Nate, so much so that I actually watched Twilight Eclipse the other week and didn't fall asleep - although I still think those ...more
Alison
So I really enjoyed this - it felt like the start of a series, the world building was looking that way and then bish, bash, bosh it's all finished...

In 1910 a magnetic field shift resulted in beings from other worlds crossing to earth - beings such as vampires, werewolves, ghouls etc. In 1927 the Otherworlders and the humans engaged in a global war which only ended with the treaty of Aberystwyth in 1988.

Jessica is a put-upon council employee of York. Her job is to make sure the Otherworlders sta
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Rhoda Baxter
Vampire State of Mind deals with vampires, humans and humanity. It’s dark and, in places, very funny. The world created is detailed and believable; Buffy meets Thursday Next in the best possible way. The Dead Run (a race run by Otherworlders) is just fabulous.

Jessie is a council official who ends up fighting to save the world. She’s a great character. She’s a strong woman who actually gets on with the business of being strong and kicking butt rather than just talking about it all the time. She a
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Gemma Farrow
Vampire State of Mind is an unexpected treat. It also puts a nice twist on how vampires are made. This I really liked especially as it entered a dark element to a story that would have been far too light for me otherwise. As a reader, we enter a world that has undergone a great change; a portal had opened many years before, allowing Otherworlders to enter. These included werecreatures, vampires, ghouls and zombies. Among an assortment of other new creations.
The characters I believed and enjoyed,
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Joanna Gawn
This hugely enjoyable book is a lively blend of vampiric charisma, snappy dialogue, Otherworld strangeness and magic, and love in its many forms ... all delivered with a deft sprinkle of humour.

Wonderful characters and an entertaining story ... one I didn't want to end. More, please?!

A solid 4 stars.
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Iain Pattison
I hadn't read any of Jane's work before, but the blurb for Vampire State Of Mind was so enticing I just had to buy it. And this deliciously quirky romp doesn't disappoint. Part romance, part paranormal thriller, part comedy, it delivers on all fronts and kept me hooked to the end. The humour is slick, heroine Jessica is irresistibly irascible and vampire love interest Sil is well drawn, layered and sympathetic. There are moments of genuine tension and menace interwoven with the one-liners and ba ...more
Sue
I must admit I don’t know a lot about vampires and Otherworlders but this being the second vampirey book I’ve read recently, I’m starting to get the hang of it all.

I really enjoyed Jane Lovering’s style of writing, it’s witty, direct and sometimes ‘smart-mouthed’. It is also fun and fast with lots going on right from the get-go.

The plot gradually unfolds with surprises along the way – I wasn’t ever sure what was going to happen next.

Sil was a great character and I loved the chemistry between him
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Shani Struthers
Vampires are not usually my thing - the love affair with such creatures started and ended with Anne Rice. Neither am I fond of a werewolf, which seem to be lurking on every book shelf in every book store lately. However ... this is good. Our heroine, Jessica, is smart and sassy and Sil is brooding and delicious. There are some priceless comic moments (and, funnily enough, comedy is not usually my thing either!) and its the wit that kept me rolling along. Highly recommended but will I read anymor ...more
Sheri
It's not a bad story overall! I enjoyed this book. It was engaging. However, maybe it was a dialect thing, at times I found myself quirking a brow or re-reading parts. Sometimes I chalked it up to dialect or maybe even an editing issue. Though, it didn't really distract from the storyline. It was a nice change to read a novel versus series to get to get the full story. For that, I give it a huge kudos! Also, the characters were personable, in that I found myself liking the characters and attachi ...more
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Jane Lovering was born in Devon, England but, following extradition procedures, now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats, two dogs and doesn't believe in housework so the bacteria and dust are approaching sentience and now rank among the pets. Incidentally, she doesn’t believe in ironing either, and the children all learned self-defensive cookery at early ages. She works in a local ...more
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