Though I am not a squeamish reader, I did not enjoy reading this book. The plot was neither interesting nor challenging. Its only purpose seemed to be...moreThough I am not a squeamish reader, I did not enjoy reading this book. The plot was neither interesting nor challenging. Its only purpose seemed to be to give the author plenty of room to let off steam writing violent sex scenes and other 'shocking' elements. I could never sympathise with any of the characters but either loathed them or pitied their dumbness. Though a likeable character is not a prerequisite for a good book, it can be a further let down if the rest of the book is disappointing.
I really wanted to like this book, as it has the right premise depicting vampires as cruel and brutal creatures and not shying away from showing all the nasty details. Nevertheless, the book did not work for me.(less)
This sequel to 'The Cowboy and the Vampire', which I honestly did not expect to be written ever after such a long time, was truly worth waiting for. A...moreThis sequel to 'The Cowboy and the Vampire', which I honestly did not expect to be written ever after such a long time, was truly worth waiting for. Am I glad I was wrong!
The story continues just where C&V ends. Lizzie Vaughan is still the most wanted person in the vampire world, though she has yet to prove her supposed ability to turn humans. While she still struggles to come to terms with her new existence as vampire and the necessity of draining humans, at the same time she has to negotiate the vampiric future with the not too friendly clan leaders. On top of that, Tucker makes a shocking discovery about the origin of the newly available packaged blood. So instead of spending cozy hours in their new trailer and being excited about Lizzie's pregnancy, she and Tucker again have to face some very evil bloodsuckers.
B&W perfectly continues the story of Lizzie and Tucker with interesting character developments and more fascinating details about the vampire history, further expanding the unique vampire world built by this series. At the same time, it maintains the well-composed mixture of some-but-not-too-much romance, blood-spilling action and unmistakable humor.
After devouring Blood and Whiskey my only concern is how long we will have to be patient for another return of the cowboy and the vampire. I can't wait!
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)(less)
Der zweite Teil der Mister Vam Reihe schliesst nahtlos an Teil 1 an - und macht leider auch genauso weiter. Noch immer wird Mister Vam von schrecklich...moreDer zweite Teil der Mister Vam Reihe schliesst nahtlos an Teil 1 an - und macht leider auch genauso weiter. Noch immer wird Mister Vam von schrecklichem Blutdurst gequaelt, aber viele neue turbulente Zwischenfaelle halten ihn davon ab, endlich in Ruhe ein paar Blutkonserven zu leeren. Ursache des Ungluecks ist wie gehabt Paul Pinsky, der nach wie vor darauf aus ist, einen erfolgreichen Vampirfilm mit Mister Vam in der Hauptrolle zu drehen.
Die Geschichte liest sich diesmal etwas fluessiger, vielleicht weil man sich inzwischen an die Figuren gewoehnt hat. Wem der erste Teil gefallen hat, dem duerfte auch diese Fortsetzung kurzweiliges Lesevergnuegen bereiten. Ich persoenlich war froh dass das Buch so kurz war.
Zudem hat mich die Selbstverstaendlichkeit gestoert, mit der Paul Pinsky sogar kriminelle Mittel einsetzt, um an sein Ziel zu gelangen. Klar sollen auch Kinder lernen was richtig oder falsch ist, aber fuer meinen Geschmack wurden die Dinge hier auf eine zu leichte Schulter genommen.(less)
I was lucky to win this book as a GR giveaway. To be honest, this book covered the whole range: I hated it, I loved it, and everything in between...
Af...moreI was lucky to win this book as a GR giveaway. To be honest, this book covered the whole range: I hated it, I loved it, and everything in between...
After reading the first few pages I was irritated and annoyed - the story did not (yet?) make sense to me, I was confused by a possibly chronological error, and reading felt completely awkward thanks to the author's preference for using dots. Almost every dialogue contains more "..." than sentences, which like a series of dams slowed down any fluent reading. Using said dots a lot myself, I understand the author's intention to convey hesitation, breaks in speech, etc., but less would definitely have been more in this case...
But, never judging a book before its final page, I continued reading, hoping to understand the story better and getting attuned to the writing style. This time my patience was rewarded and I am glad I did not give up early - even a blind hen...
The middle part felt too long, as I could have done with one less description of a training fight - why does he sheath and unsheathe his sword all the time during fights, which imo seems completely inefficient?! Never mind: the story gradually became better, and my motives for reaching the end of the book changed drastically - from a grudging "get it over with asap" to a page-turning "what will happen next?".
I loved how each deception and intrigue was revealed step by step, how the characters discovered they were used as mere tools, manipulated into doing things they deeply regret afterwards. I also relished the role reversal between demons and angels, finding good and bad guys on both - and unexpected - sides.
The last 100 pages or so were a real treat. Somehow a switch had been moved: reading was no longer a stuttering effort, but a smooth affair. Also, the at first abstruse complexity of the story suddenly made sense as all puzzle pieces fell into place.
Not bad at all for a first book, Spiral of Deception shows a lot of raw potential that has to be honed carefully.
Kinder duerften die aufregende Geschichte des Mister Vam sehr unterhaltsam finden.
Nachdem der Vampir 250 Jahre verschlafen hat, ist ihm die moderne We...moreKinder duerften die aufregende Geschichte des Mister Vam sehr unterhaltsam finden.
Nachdem der Vampir 250 Jahre verschlafen hat, ist ihm die moderne Welt mit ihren technischen Neuerungen voellig fremd. Zu allem Uebel wird er auch noch von dem nervigen Kater Paul Pinsky verfolgt, der ihn zum Star seines neuen Films machen will. Dabei moechte Mister Vam nur eines: schnellstens seinen riesigen Hunger, aeh Durst, stillen.
Die Geschichte ist sehr temporeich erzaehlt und Paul Pinsky bildet mit seiner hektischen Art und modernen Redeweise einen harten Gegensatz zum eher gemaechlichen und altmodischen Mister Vam.
Mir persoenlich behagt diese gewollt flapsige "bin ich cool oder was" Haltung nicht besonders. Kindern duerfte dieses turbulente Abenteuer aber durchaus Vergnuegen bereiten.
Fazit: fuer eine junge Leserschaft sicherlich unterhaltsam, fuer Erwachsene wohl eher nervig.(less)