This had a very interesting concept--I mean, a Reformed Vampire Support Group? What? Haha. However, I found it all to be... underwhelming. The way the vampires are portrayed all sickly-like... I get it, really. Vampirism being more of an illness, I appreciate the different take, but it was just a bit disappointing. Though I admit I might be a bit biased since I’m not exactly the biggest vampire fan. I did, actually, liked Nina’s fiction character (she’s a writer!), the vampire Zadia Bloodstone, so much better! She was pretty badass! But the characters themselves in this particular novel... they were okay, though none really stood out to me. This seems to be the norm for me with standalone novels.
The mystery surrounding who killed their fellow vampire had me very intrigued at first, but this, too, ended up being underwhelming when we found out what was going on. Another thing I was looking forward to was to romance that was implied in the synopsis, which ended up being nonexistent. *sigh* Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the occasional book without any romance--it’s very refreshing! But nothing happened between Nina and Dave--absolutely NOTHING! Well, not until the last 20 pages of the book when they flashed forward one year (which I also did not like, ugh!)
Another thing, I was not the biggest fan of how this book was written. Let me try to explain: These vampires sleep during the day, so when something exciting goes down (i.e. a fight or what have you) our narrator, Nina, obviously doesn’t experience things first hand, so she is told what happened while they were zonked out. But we, the audience, are told before we actually get to the point in the story, so when the vampires wake up and are caught up, we are not surprised like them because we already know! Shock factor is gone and there’s this sort of disconnect. Speaking of narratives and telling instead of showing... there was too much narrative! I feel like they could’ve told this in a different way, say, in real time or through dialogue.
But if I’m being honest, even though it had all these negatives (for me), overall, it was quite enjoyable.It had some very fun moments between the characters. I especially loved the whole situation with the werewolf Reuben. Reformed Vampire Support Group was underwhelming at times, but overall quite fun and interesting with the different take on these popular supernatural creatures.