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Vampire State of Mind Paperback – 7 Aug 2012
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Adventurous and witty. --STAR Magazine.
Romance with a twist. --BELLA Magazine
I've been reluctant to read stories featuring vampires because lately they've all sounded the same. However, I'm glad I took a risk because Vampire State of Mind offers a whole new take on this sub-genre. It's part mystery, part paranormal romance with a dash of Sci-Fi. I loved the world Ms. Lovering created for this book. --Long & Short Reviews
About the Author
Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs! She works in a local school and also teaches creative writing. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and has a first class honours degree in creative writing. Jane writes romantic comedies which are often described as 'quirky'. Her debut Please Don't Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists' Association.
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Jessica's job is to make sure that the Otherworlders are where they are supposed to be and to track them down when they stray. She has to work with the local vampire office to do this but she finds her opposite number, Sil, to be arrogant and difficult to be with. It turns out, whoever, that Jessica is not just a bureaucrat with a fine line in sarcasm and a penchant for HobNobs but she is a key player in a supernatural fight which could destroy the world - who'd have thought it ?
I have a weakness for vampire novels but I have never read one like this before. This book is hilarious and touching from the very first page and it doesn't let up all the way through. Jessica is a brilliant heroine, always slightly cruel to those around her which masks her real concern for others. Her romance with Sil is tender and touching in between the humour. Characters are flawed and behave exactly as people do behave in these situations - even the supernatural ones. This is a book which was greatly enhanced for me by reading nearly all of it in one sitting - I really had trouble putting it down.
For all those who like humour and romance with a touch of the supernatural.
Well, it turns out "Vampire State of Mind" is actually better than "Please Don't Stop the Music", and, believe me, I wasn't expecting that. The heroine, Jessica, lives in an alternative York, where a rift has opened and allowed all sorts of otherworldly creatures in, such as werewolves, ghouls, zombies, shadows and, of course, vampires. Jess works for York City Council, and her job is to make sure that the otherworlders keep to the rules. After a terrible war with humans, a peace treaty was drawn up and the humans and otherworlders now live in relative peace, although neither side really trusts the other and there is a lot of prejudice on both sides.
Jess is a great heroine. She has humour, courage and compassion. Her relationship with her sidekick Liam is warm and trusting, with a great deal of gentle mickey-taking on both sides. Jess's one weakness is her feelings for the leader of the city's vampires, Sil, a sexy vampire with an inner demon. No, literally. You see, vampires in Jane Lovering's world, are humans that have been bitten by other vampires and "seeded" so that a demon grows inside them and lives within them. It is that demon that keeps them alive, craves human blood, and drives the vampire to indulge in rather unsavoury pursuits as it needs the adrenaline rush this produces. Luckily, a form of synthetic blood has been developed which can be bought freely and which staves off the need to drain humans, although certain clubs exist where willing humans can "donate" blood to eager vampires. As long as the blood is freely given no crime has been committed, and the vampire is able to withdraw before "seeding" takes place if the human doesn't wish to become a vampire, too. Sil frequents these clubs and is never short of company at them, something which fills Jess with disgust.
As with all ChocLit book we also get to see things from the hero's perspective, and it soon becomes clear that Sil is not the unemotional monster that Jess believes him to be. But Sil is determined to keep his feelings at bay, and Jess can't risk getting involved with a vampire who she believes will never love her, and never be satisfied with her.
When a stranger called Malfaire arrives in York, seeking out Jess, it triggers a series of events which leads to Jess and Sil having to work closely together. Jess, who sees herself as nothing more than a council worker doing her very poorly-paid and rather undervalued job, is shocked to discover her life is in danger. Someone wants her dead, but who? And why? The danger is growing, the uneasy truce is threatened, and both Jess and Sil have to come to terms with who they really are. "The stakes are high and very, very pointy"!
Told with a lot of humour, this book neverthless has a very dark edge to it, and there is some really passionate romance in there, too. The mystery of Malfaire is intriguing, and the mistrust and prejudice displayed by both humans and otherworlders is thought-provoking.
This novel is gripping, exciting, passionate and funny. It's a bit Harry Potter, a bit Buffy, but most of all it reminded me of the first two series of Torchwood. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read Jane's next novel, Hubble Bubble. Hmm, wonder what that could be about?
Jessie is a council official who ends up fighting to save the world. She’s a great character. She’s a strong woman who actually gets on with the business of being strong and kicking butt rather than just talking about it all the time. She also has a healthy respect for confectionery. My kind of heroine.
Sil is a powerful vampire who runs the city of York. He is tall and sexy and deeply conflicted as all good heroes are! At a certain level, he’s also rather sweet (for someone who drinks blood…)
The plot is fast and interesting. I was so gripped, I nearly singed myself trying to read and cook dinner at the same time. All in all, a great book. Loved it.
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