Joy Randall's Top 5 Tips for Vampire Hunters
1. Location, location, location. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. They won't be found dead (ha!) in places like discos, ten-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Check the Czech Republic.
2. Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire.
3. No matter how tempting it might be, DO NOT "ACCIDENTALLY" ACQUIRE A PAPER CUT AND SUGGEST YOUR VAMPIRE KISS YOUR FINGER TO MAKE IT BETTER. What you offer as a snack, he might take for a four-course meal.
4. From here on out, play it cool. Don't offer to accompany your prince of the night on the talk show circuit and WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T OFFER HIM YOUR HEART.
5. And most of all, remember - being a vampire is nothing to laugh about.
Title: A Girl's Guide to Vampires
Author: Katie MacAlister
Series: Dark Ones, Book 1
Start & Finished: 3/3/08-3/4/08
Publisher: Love Spell
A Girl's Guide to Vampires is the first in Katie MacAlister’s long running vampire series about Moravian Dark Ones and their Beloveds. Joy Randall and her friend are fans of a series of books about vampires so when they go to the Czech Republic to try to meet the reclusive author, they aren’t too surprised to discover that the books are based on fact.
After reading the short story Cat Got Your Tongue? in the anthology My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon about characters from the Dark Ones series I was intrigued (plus I really like this author’s books anyway) so naturally I decided to read the first book in this series.
MacAlister describes her vampires as “tongue-in-cheek, with a warped senses of humor” and I couldn’t have summed up her Moravian Dark Ones better myself. Actually, all of her characters are like that so it works well in this story where you haven’t got a clue who the actual vampire really is up until the end.
This was a good story and I liked the mystery elements added to it. I haven’t decided whether or not I will continue the series but I will continue to read other books by this author. She has quite a few other series about dragons, Guardians, even young adult fiction but I have to say my favorites by her so far are the contemporaries.
On her “Katie-Cast” for this book, MacAlister gives a lot of behind the scenes information and trivia that I thought was really interesting. There are spoilers though so don’t listen if you haven’t read the book yet.
The Dark Ones Series: A Girl's Guide to Vampires, Sex and the Single Vampire, Sex, Lies, and Vampires, Even Vampires Get the Blues, Just One Sip, The Last of the Red Hot Vampires, Zen and the Art of Vampires (Dec. '08)
Other Posts on Katie MacAlister Books: Blow Me Down, Ain’t Myth-Behaving, Hard Day’s Knight, Cat Got Your Tongue (from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon)