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The 14th Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale has begun, running now through July 31! My books will be 50% off for that time so feel free to grab this deal!

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Anne Rice Giveaway!

My first novel in the First Brood series Dreamhunter is part of a massive giveaway honoring Anne Rice. The event starts Sunday, May 1st, and will end Sunday, May 15th, at 12 PM UTC and is open to USA and Canadian residents only.

You can win an autographed copy of Prince Lestat or a bonded leather edition of The Vampire Chronicles! It’s my first time being part of a giveaway like this and I hope it’s successful!

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 8, by Kotoyama

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Ko and Nazuna go to Nazuna’s old school in order to learn more about her forgotten past. When there, they meet Nazuna’s former teacher, Niko. Niko gets Nazuna to remember her old friend, Kyoko, who may have more answers if she can get in touch with her. Meanwhile, a current student; Rila, sets her sights on making Ko her boyfriend.

The bulk of this volume is a flashback to when Nazuna toyed with the idea of attending school like a human girl. Since we spend so much time on this backstory, we don’t get to more forward. I like learning about Nazuna but again, I want to know about the hunter and how she will get involved further. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 7, by Kotoyama

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In order to keep Detective Uguisu from hurting them, Ko and Nazuna search for items important to Nazuna’s past which brings them to Kabura, who has a major piece of the puzzle.

There are some big revelations in this volume that I won’t spoil but it gives this series a unique take on vampires. There’s also some humor here with Midori and her geeky boyfriend looking for her item to keep her safe but I would have liked if we had more about Uguisu and her mission to destroy vampires. I just want to know this character better and I’m sure it will come to light but I’m impatient for it. This series has been pretty lighthearted so far and I can tell this character is going to make it darker. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 2, by Kotoyama

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Ko is still roaming about at night and feeding his vampire friend, Nazuna in hopes of eventually being turned into a vampire himself. When a schoolmate of his, Akira Asai, also happens upon Nazuna, she makes Ko give more thought into his mission to fall in love so he can become a vampire. We also learn how Nazuna makes her money; as a professional cuddler.

For me it makes total sense for Nazuna to be a professional cuddler. She’s a go with the flow type person so it makes sense she would have a job where she can make money on her own terms without set hours and her clients wouldn’t want people to know they see her. And we also get to meet one of her clients; who has much the same feelings about being out at night and just being able to be alone with your thoughts. I like that Nazuna being a vampire isn’t really the main focus; it’s the freedom of being out at night with out the pressures of the day. It’s interesting. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Dracula: Vlad the Impaler” by Roy Thomas & Esteban Maroto

 

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This graphic novel goes through Vlad’s childhood where he acquired his taste for blood and his rise as a brutal warrior.

First off, I can appreciate the aesthetic choice to have this in black and white but I think this would have benefitted from deep, dramatic coloring. This is also heavy in period politics along with the blood and battles and that made my eyes glaze over sometimes. It also feels like it should have been longer but this is a good adaptation of Vlad’s history if you’re interested in Dracula’s story. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Vampire State Building” by Ange, Patrick Renault & Charlie Adlard

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Meeting up before he goes to Afghanistan, Terry, his girlfriend Rachael and his cousin Ashley meet up at the Empire State Building. Unfortunately, a horde of vampires overtake the building, cutting everyone off from the outside and leading to a massacre and Terry has to fight to get them out.

I like the premise and this is an interesting read but I didn’t feel much after it was done. It just kinda happened. This is like 30 Days of Night but instead of a small town it’s schmushed into one building. I think I would have liked this more if it had more time and the story didn’t feel crunched down.

But then again, how long would the vampires really be able to hold the entire building before the authorities clean house? I shouldn’t expect something really drawn out. This isn’t isolated Alaska; it’s a major city post 9/11. They’re gonna eliminate the threat ASAP whether they believe its vampires or not.

Anyway, despite leaving me wanting more, I did find it compelling, well drawn, and really creative. If there’s more, I’d check it out. 3.9 out of 5.

 

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Lenni Reviews: “Killadelphia Vol. 1: Sins of the Father” by Rodney Barnes, Jason Shawn Alexander, Luis Nct

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Detective James Stangster goes back home to bury his father, who had been murdered. While dealing with his hatred for his father, James stumbles upon a nest of vampires hold up in his old neighborhood.

I like the dark and gritty art, I like the idea of who the leader of the vampires was (avoiding spoilers), it feels like it should be really cool and interesting but it all stalled out for me. I found it hard to keep focused on the meat of the plot and felt myself drawn to the character designs and perfect color palate for the dramatic violence. An ok book. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Fangs” by Sarah Andersen

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

This book is the collected strips from the webseries of the same name on Tapas featuring a vampire and a werewolf falling in love.

These who are almost unfairly adorable. As this is a collection of single strips, there is no overarching story other than their general relationship. It’s just Elise and Jimmy being cute and loving in their own twisted and special way. I found it very sweet and I can see reading it multiple times to justify the cover price. 4.7 out of 5.

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