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Zen and the Art of Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel (Dark Ones #6)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,623 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
Is it possible to love two vampires at the same time? Pushing forty and alone, Pia Thomason heads to Europe on a singles tour, hoping to find romance. What she finds are two very handsome, very mysterious, and very undead men. And she learns that where vampires are concerned, love isn't the only thing at stake.
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Signet Book
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Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This was a humorous and lighthearted PNR tale. Pia Thompson is on a singles trip around Europe when she becomes caught up in the battle between the Dark Ones (vampires) and the Brotherhood (a crazed cult). A case of mistaken identity finds her being mistaken as the new Zorya of the Brotherhood. Pia's new position gives her powers to see ghosts but also the responsibility to help them cross to Heaven. What ensues is a fun fast paced tale full of humor, action, mystery, and a tad of romance.

I lov
Julie (jjmachshev)
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Humpf! I've been a reader of Katie MacAlister's 'Dark Ones' series--a lighthearted take on vampires--since it began. These are some very sexy vamps, but they don't have most of the supernatural powers other writers have given to their vamps. They are pretty much a group of people like others, although extremely long-lived to be sure. Those without a soul are looking for their Beloved, the one woman who can return their soul to them...but most believe a Beloved is a lot like the tooth fairy or Sa ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zen And The Art of Vampires is a fantastic paranormal cozy mystery with a dash of romance to enhance the flavor. Yumm!! Katie is at her best here again and can't wait for the next book.

Pia Thompson is on a man hunting vacation. She is taking a singles' tour through Europe in hopes for finding someone who will spark her fires. She not's the usual skinny pretty woman that any man would drool over but instead she is a plain jane and has some meat on her bones. At least there is enough of her for a
Dec 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Katie MacAlister, MaryJanice Davidson
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
First read and reread: 2012
Second reread: June 2014

This proves to be an all time time favourite. When I read this book for the first time, I thought it was the best PNR romance of all times. Since then I've read a good number of PNR romances but Pia and Kristoff are still one of my all time favourite couples. The story is light-hearted and fun and the outcome of the romance, though a bit predictable is quite sweet and touching.

Even though the story has its flaws and some of the happenings are p
Lori Whitwam
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire, chick-lit
The latest in the series of the Dark Ones, and the women destined to be their Beloveds, the ones who can redeem their souls.
Pia is nearing 40, and on a singles tour of Europe. She is mistaken for the reaper (who can usher souls to the afterlife) of a strange religious group, then the real one is found dead in her bathroom, sending her on the run and straight into the arms of TWO Dark Ones, who are mortal enemies of this religious group.
She's the Beloved of one, but which?
Who can she trust?
And w
I stayed awake all last night reading this book. Katie's books are always the perfect escape for me. I was supposed to be studying for a philosophy test, but, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....boring! So I opted for this instead. (btw, I aced the test anyway!)

As always, I was not disappointed. BUT, do you know what that little Katie went and did? She didn't wrap things up all nice and tidy at the end. She left me (and our heroine) wanting! There's a sequel that won't be out until May!!!!! How ever will
Oct 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all her books, they're funny, romantic, serious, mysterious, and sometimes suspenseful. This is a very quick read and has some good twists and turns. I have to say I wasn't all that impressed with the new plot themes, that of the Brotherhood, and the Ilargi, but overall it was definitely worth it.
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2008
I liked this book a lot, but the cliff hanger at the end is what prevented a 5-star rating. I was so frustrated at the end of this book . . . I can hardly wait for the next book to come out.
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was awesome! Funny, sexy and interesting. Great read! I cannot wait to see what happens with Pia next!!
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. I don't have any idea what the title had to do with the content of the book, other than "vampires."
Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. I hated the female MC. She was a freaking idiot. I mean seriously TSTL. And I HATE that for some reason this was split up into 2 books. Wtf? I hate that I have to read another book with Pia(sp?) as the narrator. GAH!!!!
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Zen and the Art of Vampires: 4.5 stars
Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Stacey Agdern

In a climate where authorial desire for innovation and reader expectations have clashed in very notable ways, Katie MacAlister’s latest ‘Dark Ones’ novels stand out as examples of how best to deal with both concepts and come out with a home run.

No matter how many times people try to deny it, both authorial desire for innovation and reader expectations, are necessary and important parts of the au
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: november-2010
Liked this a lot. Might have enjoyed it more if had read any of the books before it in series. It's #7. contrary to some readers I find it refreshing and awesome that Katie MacAlister's heroines obsess about their figures. It adds character, diversity and a bit of much needed reality to the paranormal romance genre. It is incredibly important that romance and fantasy authors utilise diverse men and women in their books in order for people to feel good about themselves.

Socially, it has been prov
Eli Easton
I love Molly Harper, so when I saw this rec'd on facebook as being similar, I got the audiobook. I liked the story and writing overall, though the narrator was a bit whiny and grating. I particularly got into the storyline in the last 3rd of the book. The reason I'm giving it 3 stars instead of higher is because after 10 hours and 20 minutes of listening to the audiobook, I didn't get a resolution. This book ends without an HEA or even an HFN, with the H and h apart. There is a sequel for this c ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story arc continues into 'Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang' which is due out in May. The hero and heroine are mated but not together at the end of this book, which I find annoying. If I had realized, I would have simply waited for the next book and read them together - I don't deal with 'serialized' stuff well.

As for the portion of the story you do get - I happen to be reading some of Viehl's Darkyn books at the same time, so the parallels of frothing fanatics wanting to torture, maim and dest
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked the Dark Ones Novels. Katie puts in a lot of humor and there are often what I would refer to as a Lucy Situations (I have those occasionally and I relate to characters that do to.) But the books had all had a formulaic feel. (Heroine meets tall, gorgeous stranger, girl doesn't like or trust stranger, but is still deeply attracted, girl and stranger are plunged into peril and bond, fool around, discover girl is the Beloved who gives stranger his soul, couple lives happily ever ...more
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and think I found a new series to catch up on. It's apparently a part of the Dark Ones series and the next one is due out in May. I can't wait as you are sort of left at a cliff hanger at the end of the book and I really want to know what happens. I kind of wonder if Magda is really who she says she is? Seems like she was too good to be true but you never know. Pia cracks me up and I can totally related to being the "big" girl and I am glad she actually ends up with several guy ...more
Heather T
2.5 ish.
I think most of this series just gets boring after a while since it seems to be rather repetative so I stopped reading it for a while. When I finally picked it up again it was because I needed a book that started with the letter Z for a challenge. This one is not great, but it stood out for me because it was different in some ways. Apparently the main character will be in the next story. I appreciate that the book ended the way it did because it took away a lot of the predictability fac
Dec 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No deep soul-searching here, just good ol' fashioned fun :) Well, with vampires... and ghosts... and crazy religious cults. Don't forget the super hot vampire sex! Read this on a plane trip and it was perfect. Being an fan of steamy bodice rippers in my youth, I recognized the formula for a good girl meets bad boy romance but hey, I don't want rocket science here, I want something to keep me occupied while I'm hurling through the sky in a tin can. I was not disappointed :) You won't be either if ...more
I can't say I liked this book much. I like Katie Mac and all, but I'm a little tired of her heroines obsessing about a few extra pounds for the ENTIRE book. Pia just came off as whiny and I didn't care much for her at all.
I didnt like that the book didnt finish. It sucks when you have to wait for the conclusion of the first book. I also wasn't a fan of her having to decide between two men instead of having a like for the man she was suppose to love.
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i can't say how annoyed i was to reach the end of this book and find out that the story wasn't over. be warned, it's at least a two parter
Dec 12, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormals
I've enjoyed Katie's books, but the ditzy heroine who stumbles her way around is getting old. I skipped to the back and was annoyed to find that it continues into the next book.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I am glad I took my friends advice and read it.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
I forgot how much fun it can be to listen to or read a Katie MacAlister book. Funny, romance that's not too over the top [I am an 'action on the streets, not between the sheets' kinda chickie], fab characters I like and intriguing story.
I think I prefer her Dark One stories over her dragon tales. Both are nifty, but the Dark Ones play the lighthearted human with the broody vampire and it's a good contrast.
I look forward to more with Kristoff and Pia. I could identify with Pia. She is a fluffy,
Unlike most books of this series, this one can not be read as a stand-alone book, Zen and the Art of Vampires and Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang belong together.

Pia is a normal woman with a nice job, but being nearly 40 years old she decides to take part in a tour for singles. Through a series of coincidences during their stay in Iceland she gets hold of a special stone, gets involved with a religious cult called the Brotherhood of the Blessed Light, meets some ghosts seeking her help and gets k
 Spanxmcb (Yovanka)
This was a fun, light, humourous PNR! And this is my problem.

It struck me as a standalone - although part of a series - but Pia's story didn't finish in this novel, so now I have to read the next one! And it's the 6th in the series, so I'll likely have to go back and read the prior 5 books too! This is why I don't generally leap into a series partway through. Even if they say it can be read as a standalone, you kind of miss out - or at least I think you do. So now I'm being sucked into yet anoth
Zel Polev
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Bianka Barova
Considering the over-saturated with vampires media, and therefore my natural aversion of yet another vampire-themed novel/movie/tv series, I actually enjoyed this book.
The portrayal of the Dark Ones as soulless immortal beings, without all the Hollywood crap about their super-powers, was rather refreshing and sat well with me.
The main protagonist - Pia, is an overall nice person, if a little gullible and, at moments, a bit irritating with her perpetual self-deprecation and insecurities. What I
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