**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 read to page 148 and have decided to stop reading. The pacing is terribly slow, though the prose is beautiful and realistic, and the mystery itse...moreI've read to page 148 and have decided to stop reading. The pacing is terribly slow, though the prose is beautiful and realistic, and the mystery itself is solid. All of the characters are three-dimensional, flawed and human, but they, as is the plot itself, are kind of boring. I really wanted to give this series of books a shot because I watch the TV show "Longmire", which is as gritty and real as a cable TV show on at 10pm can be, and which I do enjoy watching. I just think this book isn't for me. I don't want to give up on the whole series just yet, so I might try another book in the series at some point.
Overall, I'm disappointed I couldn't get more into this book. I really wanted to like it, and at the beginning, I was excited to find the writing to be so good, and the main character emotionally wounded with a sort of self-depreciating sense of humor. I liked the supporting characters for the most part too, like Vic and Henry, but I just can't see any action happening in any of the near future for the plot. Also, it's a little hard to care about who might have murdered a rapist. (less)
Bought this the other day and immediately tore through it. It's brilliant, love the artist's style of manga, and it hits on all the key plot points fr...moreBought this the other day and immediately tore through it. It's brilliant, love the artist's style of manga, and it hits on all the key plot points from the book, but visuals. Sexy visuals, at times. I actually wished it was longer and even more detailed, but I guess I'll just have to read it again. A welcome addition to my small but awesome manga collection. :)(less)
Loved it! This series gets better and better, the plots more intricate, the characters more open, complex, and three-dimensional, with more revealed a...moreLoved it! This series gets better and better, the plots more intricate, the characters more open, complex, and three-dimensional, with more revealed about their true natures, be it human or supernatural. I'm actually very sad that there is only one more book in this series, as I would honestly read at least twenty more books with these characters. (less)