Proving a guy is a vampire for the glory it will bring seemed like a good idea to Marissa Lakeland. At the time. Until Dominic Vorchowski needs Marissa Lakeland's help to fight the vampire who made him the way he is. No problem. She's a witch. Witches can handle it. But vampires don't exist, and there's nothing in a witch's training that deals with a creature that doesn't exist. So using her wits, she'll manage, right? If the creature of the night doesn't get her first. As a centuries-old vamp, Lynetta doesn't lose ever, and she doesn't intend to now.
Yet, Marissa can't let the vamp have her way, not when Dominic's life depends on it. And so does her own.
©2007, 2014 Terry Spear (P)2014 Terry Spear
THE VAMPIRE ... IN MY DREAMS by Terry Spear is a bewitching, action-packed vamps tale targeted to a YA audience, but easily enjoyed by all ages. This is a story of young love vs. evil. Terry's books are always treasures. In this book, Terry has blended young witches, a sexy love-struck vampire and some evil bloodsuckers in a delightfully unique urban fantasy. If you crave a sweet, fun, well-paced paranormal tale, you can't go wrong with this audible!
The story is told in the hero's and heroine's alternating point of views and that helped me connect to both of them quickly. Attending Witchcraft High School with both of them brought back fond memories of Hogwarts :-) Yes, that wasn't a typo; Dominic attended the school too - you'll have to read the book to find out how and why. Marissa's and Dominic's bantering and dialogue were completely endearing, captivating and oftentimes humorous . Watching them both try out and learn how to use their magical powers together and with Marissa's friend enforced the truism that we're stronger together - so there was a moral to this story too.
I have never listened to Elizabeth's Phillips' other performances. In this audible, she did a great job bringing the characters to life. It was easy to tell the characters apart from her voice. Her pauses and voice inflections utilized at the perfect times enhanced this delightful tale. I would not hesitate to listen to her again.
One of my favorite scenes was when Marissa first came to Dominic's defense using a whirligig stake pulled from her mother's pansy garden. I alternated between gasping and laughing out loud at her antics. Here's an excerpt from that scene:
Lynetta bared her wickedly sharp pointed canines and hissed. Her long black hair hung wildly to her hips, tangled and teased by the breeze. She was petite like me but as strong as a male body builder. Her grip on Dominic remained iron tight. Her soul-less black eyes, vacant and without a care, really ate away at my heart. I surveyed the yard for any kind of weapon I could use against the vampire. My heart surged when I spied a colorful whirligig attached to a wooden stake embedded in my mother's pampered pansy garden nearby. Without a second's hesitation, I dashed for it and yanked it out. Running at the vampire, I screamed at the top of my lungs, "Death to the blood sucky vampire!" which gave me some courage. It wasn't every day I had to beat one vampire off of another when they didn't even really exist!
This book is the first installment in Terry's new Vampire Chronicles series. Intriguing secondary characters- including Kate, Marissa's best friend, and James, Dominic's brother - need their stories told too now! Since this book is described as Book 1, I hope that means that there will be a sequel!
I'm thrilled that Terry is back to writing about vamps as I initially became hooked on audios with her darling YA KISS OF THE VAMPIRE, which featured smokin' hot vampires, a cute and friendly witch, and a cruise ship of partying teens on spring break. I highly recommend it. THE VAMPIRE... IN MY DREAMS is another entertaining read of the same ilk.
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