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La Vida Vampire (edition 2008)

by Nancy Haddock

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Title:La Vida Vampire
Authors:Nancy Haddock
Info:Berkley Trade (2008), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Your library, Wishlist, To read
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Keeper Shelf, Urban Fantasy, Sent to me by Author, signed

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Cesca is a vampire who has been found after being buried beneath a house for 200 years. It seems to take a lot from the Sookie Stackhouse novels in that vampires are now a protected species and things of that nature. Cesca for a "living" leads ghost tours in St Augustine. During her first tour we meet a vampire hater, a married French couple and assorted other characters. I'll agree with some other reviewers that you have to suspend disbelief but isn't that done with all works of fiction. Over all I did like the book and will look for other novels from this author. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Jan 21, 2014 |
Anita lite. I'm tired of these variations on vampire books, they feel like the author saw an oppurtunity in the market place and wrote to order, rather than had a story grow inside them that needed to be told... ( )
  amf0001 | Oct 16, 2009 |
Nancy Haddock has written a wonderful debut! This book had everything! It was romantic, sexy and full of action!
Cesca Martinelli was trapped underground for 200 years but has now been discovered by her closest friend, Maggie. But now that vampires have been changed to a protected species, she finds that times have changed, plus she has to run around with a tracker chip in her arm. But now someone in town seems to want to see her dead. And it's up to her to figure out who that is before something terrible happens.
Cesca started doing ghost tours for a local company and finds that the same people want to be at her tours, probably because she's a vampire, but then one of them turns up dead. And there is a creepy guy running around trying to scare her, but with the help of an ex-slayer Deke Saber they will soon discover that this murder has a lot more twists and turns than they anticipated!
This book hooked me from the very first page. You have a vampire who is the most human vampire you'll ever meet and she surfs! Who woulda thought! LOL This book certainly is one of finest debuts that I have ever had the pleasure to read!
So what do you gotta say to that? ( )
  RuthiesBookReviews | Oct 14, 2009 |
Ok- when reading a book such as this, the reader is required to suspend belief. This doesn't work if the characters are cardboard, or the world is so badly written that you are always questioning it. In this book its the characters. The book feels like it was fan fiction, and the fan is writing from a script, without the deeper understanding of a characters motivation.

Francesca is a 2 hundred year vampire who was recently unearthed. She likes shopping at Walmart, surfing, and drools over hot men. Unfortunately, Francesca should have a few moral hangovers about modern society, a hard time adjusting to modern conveniences, and have a slightly different vocabulary than my 13 year old cousin.

But, the world is quite interesting - its a world with vampires, ghosts, and the were creatures are now extinct. With a little bit more darkness and characters that fit with their background, it could be a very good series. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Aug 5, 2009 |
Haddock has created a pretty enjoyable bunch of characters here. Francesca is a nice heroine and her love interest, Saber, fills the requisite sexy Alpha-man shoes nicely. Likewise, the secondary characters, such as Cesca's best friend Maggie and vampire-hater Gorman, are interesting enough. The problem is that nothing much in these two novels sticks with you once the book is finished.For what it is though, the novel is decently written. The plots are okay and the progression of the story ARC, is fine. As far as character development and world-building - there's not much to it......To continue reading this review, head over to my blog - Undercover Book Lover. ( )
  Jac8604 | Jun 18, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 042521995X, Paperback)

First in a delightfully irreverent new series-and second to none when it comes to beautiful 227-year-old career women. Being dead isn't all it's cracked up to be. Take it from Francesca Marinelli, trapped underground for over 200 years and rediscovered during the renovation of a Victorian mansion in historic St. Augustine. A tourist attraction herself, she's well suited for a job as an Old Ghost Town Tour guide. Francesca's due for a new lease on afterlife-and with enough sunblock, she can finally live it. Unfortunately, everything she learned about men is a little dated. And when people in her tour group turn up dead, naturally the police suspect her. After all, she is a vampire. Which is why a crazed vampire-hunting vigilante squad is out to get her as well. Between the dead bodies, the stalkers, and a seriously non-existent love life, she's starting to wish she was dead. Or at least buried, where she was safe.

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