Consider that Maybe a Vampire Is Not Dead
Not dead? Vampire movies scared me because vampires killed living people by biting them in the neck making them, vampires, too. At least I thought they were dead. So I avoided them and shunned anything vampire. That is until I got a Kindle. My first one came as a hand-me-down complete with “Mind Candy,” as my friend called them. Included in her collection were some vampire romances.
Mind Candy described vampire books perfectly. I gobbled them all, never told a soul, threw away the wrappers, then never read another. I mean really, think about this – one young woman having sex with multiple dead people and animals that turned into men? Yikes!
But read on. I’ve heard a rumor that maybe the dead are not dead. So maybe vampires are not vampires? That’s news.
Enter another friend, Terri Webster Schrandt and her friend, Tina Frisco.Last night I started reading. I don’t know whether the heroine will have sex with multiple dead people(oops, not dead people) or animals, but I’m going to trust Terri and Tina and find out. Reading through Terri’s review and Tina’s introduction I sense that there may be some history involved. Terri hooked me after I read this review. Let me know by the end of this review if it did its magic on you, too. 🙂
Book Review by Terri Webster Schrandt Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire.
Now that I am a self-published indie author, I very much appreciate book reviews! In the world of blogging, I am honored to know a growing number of indie authors who are self-publishing books. My goal on this blog is to review at least one book per month. You will find the reviews on my page, For the Love of Reading.
Today, I introduce Author Tina Frisco’s newest book Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire.
From the Author
I always have been fascinated by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science, how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease.
One day during my morning walk, the word Valkyrie came to mind. As many of you know, a valkyrie is one of a host of female helping spirits of the god Odin in Norse mythology. Depicted as both loving and bloodthirsty, valkyries decide who lives and who dies in battle. They also assist Odin in transporting his favorites among the slain to Valhalla, the hall where he houses the dead whom he deems worthy of dwelling with him. In my novel, Valkyrie becomes Vampyrie and Valhalla becomes the Haven.
What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? VAMPYRIE brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility.
Normally, I am not a fan of vampire or other “monster” genre stories, but when I read the book’s description, along with Frisco’s idea for the book, I was intrigued. Plus, I am fascinated with the Viking myths. As I read this, it reminded me loosely of an old 70s movie, Frankenstein: The True Story, which told the classic monster story from a psychological and scientific point of view.
Author Tina Frisco offers a compelling and realistic view of the origin of vampires. The characters in Vampyrie are believable, although their penchant for keeping secrets delivers the story slowly, like the peeling of an onion, but with good results. The inexorable development of the heroine, Phoebe, is satisfying to see as she comes to grips with her past and her true identity.
Vampyrie is not your average horror-genre vampire story, complete with bloody fangs, but a scientific, what-if story that is guaranteed to draw the reader into its paranormal plot with a sci-fi twist. Frisco’s writing is on-point, snappy and consistent. It is a page-turner that will hold a reader’s interest for hours! What the Twilight series did for paranormal romance in the world of vampires, Vampyrie does with a realistic, medical explanation for the origin of the vampire.
You can find more of Tina’s books on her wonderful blog!
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