- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (13 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340951974
- ISBN-13: 978-0340951972
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Dark Ones Novel: A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Book 1) Paperback – 13 Dec 2007
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'With its superb characterization and writing that manages to be both sexy and humorous, this contempary paranormal love story is an absolute delight.' (Booklist starred review for A GIRL'S GUIDE TO VAMPIRES)
'A book rich with humor, loaded with sexual tension, and packed with interesting, if sometimes slightly off-beat, characters.' (Romance Reviews Today on A GIRL'S GUIDE TO VAMPIRES)
'Readers who delight in satiric romances will want to learn the rules of A Girl's Guide to Vampires.' (Midwest Book Review)
'Smart, sexy and funny - Katie delivers!' (Christine Feehan on FIRE ME UP)
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Miranda foretells Roxy will meet her true love before the moon rises and sets again. Joy is ready to giggle until her turn comes. Miranda warns Joy will take a trip. Well duh? This does not impress Joy because Roxy and she are leaving to go to Czech Republic the next day. But when Miranda cautions a child of darkness will cross Joy's path, Joy gets the shivers. Miranda stresses Joy should not be swayed by his dark ways, however, there is another - one who stands in the shadows behind him. He is the one she should fear. Her immortal soul was in the balance, so she must choose wisely.
As the Girl arrive in the Czech Republic, they land smack in the middle of a Goth Festival - nightly till 2 a.m. for a week. Since everyone is dressed as a vampire and vamping around, how is Joy to tell the real Carpathian...um, I mean Moravian Dark Ones for the imitation one? Is it Dominic in his Chris Lee cape, white makeup and the fake fangs? Or it is the sedate and commanding Raphael St. John?Read more ›
Terrible story, badly written, and a serious lack of research on just about every subject she's written about.
I've never read any other books by Katie MacAlister in the past, and because of this shoddy effort, I don't plan to in the future.
Don't waste your time. Really.
Its about a woman called Joy who goes on a trip with her best friend Roxy to the Czech Republic. They go there as tourists to visit an area where their favourite author lives and where his books (about vampires) are set. Roxy believes in vampires and Joy does not. Whilst there Joy stars experiencing visions of a vampire which mirrors the type of thing which happens in Dante's books and she too starts to believe they exist.
There's a traveling goth-fair temporarily staying in the same area and much of the story revolves around Joy and Roxy visiting this goth-fair looking for the vampire responsible for sending these visions to Joy.
And there's a guy that Joy meets at their hotel called Raphael. Of course she falls for him straight away and they begin a very fast and steamy relationship. Raphael works at the fair as head of security and has secrets that Joy wants to find out but there are other mysteries too... such as various murders surrounding the fair itself.
So as you can see, there's a LOT going on in this book. Like I said, I felt like it just couldn't decide what it wanted to be! I enjoyed the relationship between Joy and Raphael, although a little sudden, it was very entertaining and full on. The comedy is non stop. Joy, Roxy and Raphael are all great sources of some hilarious one-liners and come backs. This book had me laughing out loud all the time with the comedy aspect and that's one of the reasons I ended up liking it overall.
The fantasy element was very small.Read more ›
A Girl's Guide to Vampires isn't perfect - but it's very good. To be honest, I found it a really slow starter. But I always persevere with books even if I'm not hooked straight away - and I'm glad because the story hotted up considerably! The tale is told from the point of view of Joy Randall. She and her best friend Roxy go on holiday to the Czech Republic, as Roxy is a complete vampire obsessive and in particular a huge fan of an author called C.J. Dante. Roxy's determined they will meet this famous writer and pump him for information about 'The Dark Ones' he writes about in his novels. Joy herself enjoys the books, but doesn't believe the content is real, unlike her friend.
Needing a change of scenery, Joy is happy to go along. The girls arrive to find the locals friendly, and the country beautiful. Soon, though, the girls are attracting quite a lot of attention, and not always of the good kind...
To make matters worse, Joy is experiencing weird visions which appear to be projected upon her by an unknown vampire; and she is pursued by three sinister suitors, and in making her choice from one of them - things become even more topsy-turvy!
This book is a mad wild-goose chase, with a lovely mix of romance, lust and steaming hot sex. I always enjoy a book containing vampires and bedroom naughtiness - and this is no exception. As I said, it was a real slow starter in my opinion, but give it chance because the rest of the book is worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After the influx of Vampire novels Katie's book is a welcome relief. With an original plot, strong female characterisation and male leads to swoon over, this is a book like no... Read morePublished on 14 April 2014 by Lorraine Craig
A very good read even if the sex scenes were a bit ott. Look forward to reading the next one.Published on 17 July 2013 by Linda deFreyne-Groves
The title and a summary of the Dark Ones put me off buying this book last month - don't let it stop you. Read morePublished on 25 May 2011 by originalname
I flew through this book very quickly, which is a testament to how easy a read it was. I enjoyed the story, even though it had it's own slant on Vampire lore. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2010 by Sockymon
Joy Randall is a little on edge. Her Wiccan friend Miranda has foretold that Joy will meet two men, and that choosing the wrong one will result in her eternal doom. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2010 by Rebecca
I absolutely loved this book - it had me laughter out loud from practically the first page. I'm just glad I wasn't reading it in public or I'd have received no end of strange... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2010 by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
Witty, romanitic and histeical, this is a great read! Especially as I am, like Joy, obsessed with Vampire romance novels, which is why I purchased this book, and I'm so glad I... Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2009 by Jennifer
I thoroughly enjoyed this first book of the Dark One series. The characters were fun and bubbly (the women) and quite hilarious and the guys were dark and brooding. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2007 by Mad for Paranormal Romance