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A Dark Ones Novel: A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Book 1) Paperback – 13 Dec 2007

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  • 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)
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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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By Potterywhizz VINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
If you can get through the opening of almost forty pages of smart-mouthed girl talk during which nothing happens, you have passd your first hurdle with this book. The second hurdle is that if you're hoping for a vampire hero I'm afraid you are not going to get one. This story doesn't know whether it's playing for slapstick laughs or romance
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Miranda is Witch...um, I mean a Wiccan (the new age Politically Correct term) and she decides to use her power to help her two friends find romance, passion and "something" to set their hearts to racing. Roxy is a 24-year-old virgin saving herself for Mr. Right and believes in the Moravian Dark Ones (obviously a take off on Best Selling Carpathians from author Christian Feehan). She just spent the night fighting off Mr. Eight-hands Octopus so she is ready for an adventure more to her taste. The other, Joyful, is "going steady" with Bradley the bore. They welcome Miranda's aid, even though it is with a nervous twitter. Miranda summons the Goddess to find the perfect mate for her friends in an evening of wine and conjuring a la Witches of Eastwick. And like Eastwick's witches they get more they bargained for...
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?
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Quite possibly the worst book i've ever read. The only reason I finished it was because it was so bad I had to see how it ended!
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.
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This is one of those books that doesn't really know what genre it wants to be. If I was to describe it I would say it's an 'adult-fantasy-romantic-comedy-murder mystery' Which, as you might imagine, is quite a mix of stuff!

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.
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As a self-confessed vampire freak - I sneaked this book to the top of my To Be Read pile as a treat. This is the first of Katie MacAllister's books that I've read and based on this I'd definitely 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.
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