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Legally Undead

(Vampirarchy #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  702 ratings  ·  148 reviews
A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as only a scorned bride can.

Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.

But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire sucking the blood from her fiancé, Greg. Horrified,
Paperback, 278 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by World Weaver Press
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Montzalee Wittmann
Legally Undead (Vampirarchy #1) By Margo Bond Collins and Narrator Laurel Schroeder is an audio book I requested and the review is voluntary. This is a fresh and exciting vampire hunter story. It is hard to find a different vampire story, it is so filled with the same stuff. This is different and exciting. A great book that keeps you wanting to read, heart pumping, great suspense, that damn Greg vamp popping up everywhere scaring the hell out of me, lots of great fight scenes, good plot, well de ...more
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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OH…MY…GOSH!!!!! THIS BOOK IS FANFREAKINGTASTIC!!! Ok, I got that out of my system, so let me tell you about this completely awesome book.

Legally Dead is book one in the Vampirarchy series by Margo Bond Collins. I had high hopes after reading the synopsis for this book. And let me tell you, Margo Bond Collins delivered on every level possible.

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Let me introduce you to Elle Dupree. She has her life planned out. She’s working on her PH.D and is engaged to her perfect match, Greg. Greg has j
May 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Why this book?

It seemed like a book for me

What I thought

This book, what can I say about this book? The premise is interesting. I really liked Nick and his group. Elle kinda bored me she was just a one dimensional character. There barely was any romance; one sex scene, but that’s practically all you get. No Sexual Tension no sparks flying; none. I also found Elle becoming a kick ass vampire slayer overnight was a little unrealistic. It wasn’t all bad though it had interesting characters
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are no sparkly vampires here, and thank goodness! I've been dying to read (no pun intended) a vampire novel where the vampires are actually the bad guys and not sexy bad boys.

Elle is just a regular gal, going to college and hanging out with friends, when she walks in to find her fiancé being bitten by a vampire. At that moment she inadvertently becomes a vampire hunter. I like that she has no special powers or skills or a destiny. She even goes so far as to squeak when vampires jump out at
I kept thinking to myself, 'this book is terrible, I should just DNF it', but then I'd look up at all the fake gum and whoopee cushions that still need to be quality checked, and with less than the sound my dreams make as they're being crushed return to the book.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

he description for LEGALLY UNDEAD was what originally drew me in (it certainly wasn’t the cover). I was intrigued by the idea of a plain-jane girl all of a sudden discovering the world of vampires, and not in a romantic way. LEGALLY DEAD is most definitely urban fantasy, and follows a similar track as many other UF novels, but it manages to still be somewhat unique and distinguish itself from the pack.

One of the ways that LEGALLY UNDEAD is different t
Susan Sullivan
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Legally Undead is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show) meets Legally Blonde (the movie)--both favorites of mine. Margo Bond Collins gives a whole new meaning to blood-sucking lawyers in this clever new series about grad student Elle Dupree who becomes a reluctant vampire slayer in New York City when her soon-to-be-husband becomes her ex-vampire-boyfriend. Lots of fun and suspense with references to Dracula (the novel), another all-time favorite of mine. Looking forward to the next book in the seri ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of snarky heroines and vampire slayers!
4.5 Stars

Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side:

In a word...FANGTASTIC!!!

Elle Dupree is on her way to living the perfect life. She’s planning a wedding, working on her Ph.D and her fiancé Greg is working for a prestigious law firm in New York. Things couldn’t be better. The last thing she expected was coming home to a blood thirsty vampire feeding on her soon to be husband and going all Buffy on the vamp, while a team of vampire hunters storm into her apartment to “clean up” the mes
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Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars. This was an easy, enjoyable story of a young woman who aligns with the local vampire hunters after her fiancée is turned. I really liked Nick, Tony, and the rest of the hunter team, as well as Malcolm. And Elle was a pretty capable hunter (almost too capable, but I'll let that pass). And that ending - what a shocker! Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Elle has her life all figured out and her plans are on schedule until one night when she finds a vampire sucking the life out of her fiancé Greg. That night EVERYTHING changed. That night her fiancé became a blood thirsty vampire and she became a vampire hunter - a really kick ass vampire hunter!

“It’s never easy to see an ex for the first time after you’ve broken up. Seeing an ex for the first time after he’s been turned into a bloodthirsty evil creature of the night is possibly even less easy.”
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't a bad book, but I was so thoroughly turned off by the main character within the first few chapters that I just couldn't get into it. I had to force myself to finish it because I hate hate hate not finishing a book.
The book's summary basically all happens in chapter one. It starts out with this girl walking in on her fiance essentially being murdered by a vampire. We find out shortly after that he was probably "turned" and so perhaps is not quite literally dead, but still. For all in
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.
Legally Undead is a standalone paranormal/horror novel.
Elle has everything planned with her life. She's going to graduate and get married to her lawyer fiancé Greg. Everything was perfect until she walks in on a horror scene. Her fiancé is held in the grip of a creature of nightmares, a vampire. Blood is everywhere and instead of being terrified she gets angry and runs at the vampire. Armed with nothing but a
wanda flanagan
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved everything about this book . Elle is my favorite kind of heroine she's not afraid to kick some butt ,she is sarcastic, smart, tough ,funny and sensitive . The story is well written and flows along smoothly it had tons of action and danger kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next . I enjoyed all of the characters in this book both good and evil and hope to see them again in the future . Pick your ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So great! I loved it!! See my full review on my blog http://readingisawayoflife.blogspot.c... ~Happy Reading :) ...more
Sheila Barbee
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legally Undead

This. Book is exciting and the characters most interesting. When I started reading I just couldn't put it down. I'm wondering if Elle will be able to find Greg....and what's up with Nick? I'm moving on to the next in the series to find out.
Badass Lioness
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now that I have read Legally Undead, I have found another very good book by this author. This has a fresh twist on vampire hunters/killers. Elle is a fun, feisty, kick-ass female who, after losing her fiancé to a vampire, kills one and discovers a terrible secret about her fiancé. That secret leads to an adventure of vampire killing training, meeting Nick and his team, learning the 'truth' about vampires, and discovering that she is more than capable of rescuing her friend, Malcolm. In doing so, ...more
Victorius Promos
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review


LEGALLY UNDEAD is not like most UF it is a mixture of fantasy and reality. Even with all the vampires Elle’s story was very real. Elle is sassy and sexy but with a smart mind but so much changed for her when she saw the vampire sucking every life out of his body. She lived a normal life with school and friends even though she hunted for vampires. Elle is poised for the adventure yet she does not rush towards danger. Elle is sassy and sexy but with a smart mind but so much changed for her

Pam Nelson
I am a vampire nut, I admit it, truly. What I love about this book is Elle is like a modern day Buffy. She has to deal with vamps because her fiance Greg was attacked and turned in to a vamp.
Although thinking back I don’t really think she loved Greg the way you should if you’re going to marry someone.
So she kind of gets thrust in to this life of vampire hunting with the help of some new friends.
Nick and his team are out to protect the humans and hunt the vampires. They take Elle under their wi
Suleika Santana -All About Books
I'm going to give it like 10 stars or I wish I could anyway. It was so good!!! Vampires are my favorite and the vampires in the story were just how I like them to be... Strong, creepy, blood sucking fiends that will kill humans. We still don't know everything there is to know about them so I am curious to know more.
What an incredibly good story! This one had it all, romance, action, fights, parts that had me laughing and even a sad part that made me cry.
I read the whole book in one sitting, I c
Nicholas Rossis
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Margo Bond Collin is a great writer, with the wonderful ability to make any story believable; even a vampire urban fantasy. From the very first pages, when her heroine, Elle, steps into her apartment to find a blood-sucking fiend, the story picks up speed to twist and turn repeatedly until the explosive conclusion leaves the reader gasping, just as they were about to let out a sigh of relief. The characters are beautifully fleshed out, the pacing is exquisite, with the tension building up page a ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was quite different from the other's I have read by Margo. I am not sure that's a good thing. Her other books Waking Up Dead and Fairy, Texas were witty, funny and I could not put them down. While Legally Undead was not a badly written book, it was just different from the writing style I had come to expect and looked forward to from Margo.

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Nichole ~Bookaholic~
Narration on this is 5 stars, story is 3 stars.....

This book was provided by the narrator via audiobook blast dot com for an honest review.

The narration on this is great, I enjoyed the voices given to the characters, she made the story enjoyable to listen to...even when the main character completely irritated me and made me want to stop.

The story though.....I have mixed feelings. It started out great and Elle is a great character....strong, adapts to the changes extremely well....and then there
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!
One minute you're planning a wedding, living a normal life. The next minute you find out vampires are real, have to kill one, and realize your fiance is now undead as well. I listened to the audiobook version, and it was so much fun! Our main character ended up a bad ass vampire hunter. The best scene in the book was when she busted into the door covered in blood, and holding a vampire head! I really liked that although she was slashing vampire heads and such, that her emotions felt re
Cj Mackenzie
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have received this book in exchange of an honest review.
I’m not always a fan of books about vampires but I did enjoy this one. Vampires in this book are not the good guys. They are and do exactly what we were used to.
What I liked the most in this story was Elle. She’s one kickass heroine. She’s wity, strong, capable and determined. Most people in her position would curl up in a corner but she doesn’t. She decides to fight.
Legally undead is a fun, well-written and easy to read. I’m curious to s
Stacy Spoonster
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legally undead

This is a fantastic start to a new series. The characters are interesting and the storyline is great. I look forward to the next installment in this series and more from Margo Bond Collins. The more I read by her the more I enjoy her writing style. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Meredyth Winter
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read, I have to say that this book is really good, no sparkling vampires is a great thing. this book is well written with great characters and a well written plot. I haven't enjoyed a slayer book since LKH. give it a try I think you will enjoy it.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Mary Roya
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The story caught my interest by page one. I was so enthralled by the story I still up way too late and was a zombie at work. But it was worth it.

Just when you think the good guys are winning, boom the bad guys strike a win. Really looking forward to the next story.
carol ann dokulil-lemley
Held my interest all the way through!

This book is not your conventional vampire story. It has humor and drama and you could almost believe it could be true. I enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the next in the series.
Mina Khan
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Fun, fast, fantastic read! It hooked me from page one and kept me reading to the end. Love the intelligent, sassy, funny, kick-ass heroine, sort of Buffy the Vampire Slayer mixed with Stephanie Plum. Definitely want more stories!
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USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between "hanged" and "hung," turned to writing romance novels instead. She now writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction romance. Sometimes her heroines kiss aliens, sometimes they kill monsters. But they always a ...more

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