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The Shake by Mel Nicolai

Review: “The Shake” reminded me of some of Anne Rice’s vampire series in that the author chose to include long passages describing the intimate details of becoming and learning to “live” as a vampire, their individual tastes, etc. but considering this has been done so many times before, this wasn’t very compelling for me and I was hoping for someone out of the ordinary. For lovers of any and all things vampire, that may be a plus, but in the case of historical events or facts, sometimes they seemed like events the author simply wished to include, but I didn’t really see exactly how they added to the whole of the story. Overall, I found “The Shake” to be another author’s take on the explanation of vampires, how they came to be, and how they can overcome their inherent drawbacks. Rather like the minute details included of Sacramento and California, like street names, etc….nice, but truly necessary?  Entirely the reader’s choice.

A twist of mystery, a vampire “cause”, a number of players introduced and expounded upon from the main character’s view, Shake, who I found far less compelling or interesting than most of the secondaries like Mio and Karla. Even ordinary people can have something unique about them, something that makes you want to learn more about them. That’s how we’re seduced, make associations for friend, lovers, or ourselves, how we become attached. I searched for that with Shake, yet it eluded me. From the tone and direction of the tale’s end, there may be forthcoming titles, perhaps in a series, from this author about “Shake” and his fellow undead and human friends and followers.


Description: Accidentally turned a century ago, the vampire who calls himself
“Shake” lives a life of inconspicuous suburban anonymity. His driver, Karla (ex-bartender, ex-part-time hooker), is the only human with whom he has regular contact. The only other vampire whose company he tolerates is that of the immensely wealthy and mysteriously powerful Mio Nagaishi. Cautious and prudent, he is, as Mio describes him, “like a wild animal sitting quietly in a room, patiently waiting for an excuse to leap out the window.” That excuse comes when he discovers an envelope in the closet of his latest blood donor.

The envelope contains news clippings and documents related to her husband’s unsolved murder. In itself, nothing that would normally interest a vampire. But among the documents is a photo of a man Shake has had an interest in for some time. On the back of the photo, the woman has written the word “BLOODSUCKER.” The coincidence is like a window, and Shake leaps though it. And thus begins a journey that will lead him to a unexpected confrontation with his own past. A quest for meaning washed in blood and violence, THE SHAKE is unlike any vampire novel you’ve ever read.


Published: October 2, 2010

Publisher:  Amazon Kindle by author

Available at Amazon, eletronically and in print.

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The Vampire from Hell: The Beginning by Ally Thomas

Review: “The Vampire from Hell” is a great idea, one I thought unique from my perspective. I don’t generally choose vampire fiction as a genre to read personally, but Amy Larkin’s idea drew me in though often I wanted a more detailed picture of “Hell” so I could visualize it’s denizens and their activities. More background information would have been greatly appreciated, but one supposes this will be expounded upon in the next installments.

One of the things about stories told in first person is that observations are all from the main character’s source. There were times when another character’s emotions or thoughts were given yet lacked explanation of how the main character knew them. It’s a tricky medium because you really have to balance how much you are telling or speaking in the character’s voice and then merely letting a scene unfold on its own and just describe it.  The writing style would do well to evolve into a more flowing experience for reader by doing more showing than telling.

So many vampire fiction characters are somehow all-knowing, powerful and engaged in epic struggles while still leaping from bed to bed, but this is a personal story where the character Rayea shows both defiant determination to be an individual with their own motivations and thoughts and a vulnerability that is understandable under the circumstances. The circumstances being her father is Satan and when he doesn’t like something she might have done, torture and humiliation are his methods of letting her know. There are many possibilities for this series, and I feel Amy Larkin has much enthusiasm for her stories. I look forward to how “The Vampire from Hell” progresses.

Ebook Short Description: According to Rayea, the oldest daughter of Satan, the origin of vampires started in Hell, and it started with her. Here’s her story about how it all began.

Extended Description: Rayea isn’t daddy’s little girl, even if he is the most powerful fallen angel around. He wants her to take an active role in the family business. But she’s not interested in his schemes for world domination. Instead she wants to spend her time shopping on the Internet, rescuing humans from a horrific eternity, and practicing martial arts with her seven foot hellhound. Then one day everything changes.

Publication Date: January 9, 2011

Publisher/Buy Link: Smashwords

Source: Author

Parental Rating: This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

Note: The file supplied by the author shows “The Vampire from Hell” written by and copyright to Amy Larkin. As seen in the cover art image, the author’s name has been changed to Ally Thomas.  Please see the author’s clarification provided in the comments area.

Author Bio:

“I write fantasies and paranormal romances. I like writing about vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, and any fuzzy monsters who go bump in the night. In my stories, I try to imagine new origins for these traditional creatures and see where it takes me. 

In another life, I’m rather sure I was a vampire or a cat, and yes you’ll find either or both in my stories. By chance, if you notice a tall, blonde, handsome guy show up in one of my stories and you think of Eric Northman from True Blood, then yes, I’ll admit. I’m a fan of Alexander Skarsgard, the actor who plays that character. But just keep that observation between you and me, okay?”

Where to find Ally Thomas online:

Website: http://allythomas.com
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Blog: http://thevampirefromhell.com


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