Nightshadow Book 1
by Anna Katmore
YA / Fantasy / Parnormal / Romance
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For nineteen years, I was just an ordinary Californian guy. Until a car crash almost killed me, and Count Dracula suddenly stuck his teeth into my throat. As his great-great-grandnephew and rightful heir, he ships me off to freaking Transylvania to learn how to be a vampire the hard way: with no staff to eat, no chance to escape, and no Wi-Fi. It’s just the place to go mental. And starve.
But there’s this girl. Abigail… For some reason, she likes to roam the dark and musty castle. She claims to know nothing about vampires, but I swear she tries to kill me every damn time we meet. I would have invited her to be my dinner last night if she hadn’t fled with something very dear to me. My fang.
Now, I’m waiting for sundown to find her and get my tooth back. And then I’ll kill the werewolf that howls in the forest, because that’s actually the one condition under which Uncle Vladimir allows me to return home.
But the wolf problem is harder to solve than expected. And Abigail’s cookie-like scent is making me do really stupid things…
Quick Reasons: super entertaining; LOVE the dark, witty humor; somewhat cliche in the “vampires and werewolves lore” aspect; I was hard-put to put this down once I picked it up; so many pop culture references, I could diiiiie!
HUGE thanks to Anna Katmore and YA Bound Book Tours for sending a complimentary galley of this title my direction! This in no way altered my review of or opinions on this book.
I had a LOT of fun with this book, Penguins. Of course, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a LOT of fun with a LOT of vampire books, so this shouldn’t come as any big surprise. While this book was full to the brim with cliches about vampire and werewolf lore, I felt like the witty banter and humor of the POVs (especially Quentin’s) helped keep me entertained and giggling throughout. I especially adored his habit of calling humans–particularly Abigail–food names. Cookie was a favorite–I about died laughing the first time he referred to her as such!
The character growth/arcs in this novel are endearing, though Abigail was a bit of an overdramatic soul throughout the entirety of this novel. The different obstacles these characters faced along the way happened in a pretty short window of time, but were written in such a way that I could still “believe” them. The only thing I guess I really couldn’t wrap my head around, was the fact that EVERYONE ELSE in this town knew about Abigail’s grandma’s connection with the occult…and yet Abigail didn’t have the slightest clue? That seemed a bit too unrealistic to me, though maybe Abigail just wasn’t very observant.
Overall, I had a BLAST reading this novel. The characters’ interactions are witty and full of sarcasm (just how I like them); the growth was believable; and I didn’t have much trouble at all getting lost in this world. Hats off to Anna Katmore for crafting such a delightful, awesome journey! There’s more to this story than coffin and teeth, Penguins…will you discover what lurks in the shadows?