**spoiler alert** This book was a cute, fun, mystery-lite read. The prose is kind of springy but also has good descriptions. The novel centers around...more**spoiler alert** This book was a cute, fun, mystery-lite read. The prose is kind of springy but also has good descriptions. The novel centers around Kate, a nice girl with a homemade fashion sense who has stayed away from fashion ever since her mother, Eva, once a rising fashionista herself, became estranged from her family. Kate is planning to go to medical school to become a doctor when her aunt Victoria scores her an internship with the high fashion magazine "Tasty". The beginning parts of the book were really fun and reminded a little of "Ugly Betty" (the TV show), which was a cool reminder as well as ironic how easy it would be to imagine those slaves to fashion bitches as (secretly) vampires.
I was engaged more with the beginning and the middle of the book, while Kate was still innocent of her coworkers' true natures, and there were valid (but still on that mystery-lite scale) strange occurrences and deaths that concerned Kate and seemingly no one else. But after Kate found about the vampires, and confronted them, the plot and the sense started to unravel and fell completely apart by the end.
I'm always up for a retelling on the vampire myth (I'm still not offended that Stephanie Meyer's vampires "sparkle" in the sunlight), but I have to say it was difficult to suspend my disbelief enough to cover the reasons behind how people became vampires in this novel and what vampire bites did to a person. For example, people could only be transformed into vampires if they had "the style gene", and any one the vampires bit were called "blood donors"; apparently, the bite of a vampire makes a person want to shop and go to Fashion Week in Paris, and eventually seek out vampires to bite them. After Kate is bitten by a vampire named Lillian, she has to resist a strong urge to go some designer store and just window-shop. It was kind of off the wall.
I was also disappointed that Kate, who seems to be a fairly intelligent young women with wits about, couldn't figure out who the "fashion murderer" was without being told. Earlier in the book she makes a comment to herself about something that has happened and chides herself for "not reading/knowing" the patient and listening to/seeing the signs (she was an EMT before becoming the "Tasty Girl" intern), so I have to wonder why she couldn't put two and two together herself, about that and about her love interest.
Overall, it was fun and fast but not witty or sharp enough to deserve four stars. (less)
I've decided to stop reading this after 51 pages. The prose is beautiful, the story and characters are compelling, but the plot overall feels stagnant...moreI've decided to stop reading this after 51 pages. The prose is beautiful, the story and characters are compelling, but the plot overall feels stagnant. I never really wanted to read this, despite others telling me how much they loved it and how good it was and that they thought "I would like it". A coworker actually brought this in for me to borrow, because she's read it and loves it and since I read books on my work breaks (all kinds of books), she thought this might fit in to my "likes". (I guess it had the potential to, but the book isn't for me.) (less)