Wednesday 1 October 2014

{Blog Tour + Giveaway} Legally Undead (Vampirarchy #1) by Margo Bond Collins

18366353Posted by Melanie 
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Finished Date: August 27 2014
Publishers: World Weaver Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: For Review
Format: eBook
Pages: 278
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, she screams and runs—not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener.

As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire’s heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into the apartment. Turning to face them, Elle realizes Greg’s body is gone—and her perfect life falls apart.

The Review: Legally Undead is the first book in the ‘Vampirarchy’ series and it was a great introduction into the world of Elle Dupree as she becomes a vampire hunter by circumstance.
Elle is quite happy in her life, studying for her Ph.D. and planning her wedding to her fiancé Greg who is an up and coming lawyer…. Until she arrives home one evening and finds her fiancé in the clutches of a vampire who is currently sucking the life from him, instead of running from the apartment screaming, something clicks in Elle and she runs at the vampire with her trusty wooden letter opener and stakes the sucker! However, just as she does this, the door to her apartment is kicked in and a team of men with information of the attack burst in – they say they’re the clean-up crew but how on earth did they know when & where to turn up? Two things are for sure; 1. Greg’s body has vanished and 2. Elle’s life will never be the same again.
I really enjoyed Legally Undead and found it very easy to read and get into. Elle was a great character to read, you could tell that she was a natural to the life she was thrust into and whilst it did have an impact on her, she seemed to take it all in her stride. I liked her voice throughout the book, she has so many natural reactions that it would be easy to put yourself in her shoes and she injected some humour into the book for some ‘lol’ moments. I liked the team she met and I am curious about all of their stories, we touch a little on some of it but not enough for me and I would like to get to know them all better – Nick was a stand out for me and I liked the way he was there for Elle and how she was brought into the fold. I wasn’t too sold on Malcolm being the love interest, they didn’t seem to gel well enough for me and their intimate scenes didn’t hold a spark, I felt her connection to Nick a lot more and truly thought that he was the more obvious choice for a suitor.
I enjoyed the storyline a lot and even though the book had humour from Elle with her wit, it was actually quite a serious, violent book. The author gives us a slightly different take on vampires and these are by no means a friendly bunch –hence all of the staking- but this is just an introduction, through this you will discover that there are plans on both the vampire & human sides that give you an inkling of a series thread and what the series will be about. We are informed that at some point there was an alliance between the two and it went sour leaving bad blood between the opposing sides. Elle will be the one to investigate all of this in an effort to find out about what her former fiancé was up to but what she uncovers does not leave a good feeling and she questions all she previously knew about Greg, the firm he works for, Vampires, herself….. you name it and she will have to deal with it. What does become clear is that she has a knack for killing vampires, she is ruthless and instinctive and she ends up fitting in well with Nick’s team whose ultimate goal seems to be to bring down the ‘Vampirarchy’. So, if you like a fast paced UF that is exciting, humorous & violent, where the vampires really are a threat, then give this a go, it was great read! 

Thank you to Paranormal Cravings & Margo Bond Collins for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Margo Bond CollinsAUTHOR BIO
Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.

1 comment:

Margo Bond Collins said...

Thanks for the great review! :)

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