Jul 042013
Review: Vampire in DenialVampire in Denial (Family Blood Ties #1) by Dale Mayer
Published by Self published on Aug 11, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA
Format: eBook from Author
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Rating: four-stars

Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle—high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.

Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Let me start off by screaming: AAAHHHH! Cliffhanger!

Now that I have that done, on with the review. I really liked the story, although the cliffhanger ending is killer. Extreme action suspense. So just be warned, you will want the second book right away.

This story has a unique twist on vampires. Tessa is only half-vampire, with a lot of her human genes being very apparent, making her stand out from her vampire family. Due to this, she really feels like an outsider with everyone. She’s very unsure of herself and her self-confidence is not great since she can never fully be herself with either humans or vampires.

I liked that as the story progressed, Tessa grew into herself. It was a very positive thing to see, and let me tell you, she may not be a full vampire, but she has some wicked awesome abilities.

The story also has a subtle love triangle in development. It’s very subtle, taking the backseat to the action. It’s clean and sweet, and a nice addition to the story. I’m just saying that because I adore Cody, and want to see a lot more of him in the next book.

Overall, this was a quick read. It featured a unique twist on vampires, and while there isn’t a lot of background to explain how things got to where they are now, it wasn’t really needed. The story is focused on the present day and current events, and is very enjoyable. Except the cliffhanger, which made me upset because I need to know what happened.

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