Monday, 31 October 2011

Review: Vampires Rule - K.C.Blake

Series:  The Rule 1
Genre: YA UF
Pages: 247, ebook
Published: 2011
Review by Lis


They don't call him Jackpot for nothing. 

Jack has always beat the odds... at least until now. When he was attacked by a werewolf, vampires saved him. When he got tired of living the vampire life, another werewolf attack freed him, making him human again. Now Jack just wants to live a normal life, but what's normal about a hunter girlfriend, a brother who wants to stake him to be on the safe side, and a head werewolf building an army to rule the world


Judging from the many vampire books out there, we all know Vampires rule in some way or another. I recently had a discussion with a friend and it came to my attention that I know waaaaaaay too much about modern vampires than is probably good for me. So, I agree, Vampires Rule. 

However, that is not what this book is about. It’s about Jack Creed, a boy who was human, but turned into a vampire when his parents were killed about a werewolf and turned into something more than human when he’s attacked by a werewolf while trying to save a beautiful girl. Confusing yet? Nah, it’s not really, but it did have my head shaking back and forth. On top of that there is Jack’s not so little brother Billy who’s now a hunter out for revenge, who isn’t quite convinced that his brother’s not an animal blood sucking vampire anymore. 

While reading this book I was turn between liking it and condemning it, and I’m afraid I’m still somewhere stuck in between. It’s not a bad book to read – in fact it’s quite entertaining – but it also doesn’t have me sitting on the edge of my seat. 

Both Jack and Silver – the girl he rescues and with whom he has a great big destiny awaiting him – are likable characters. As are the brother and big evil baddy teacher sprouting poetry: Jersey Clifford. Jack is all about being the tortured vampire, much alike to Stephen from the Vampire Diaries. All he wants to be is normal and human. His character is fleshed out. Silver, I found, while likable was a little over the top. Sweet, tough and guiding, she and Jack do fit together. 

Lucky for us, the story is mostly angst free. Very unlike Twilight, for which I was happy. Though at points I found it a little too emotionally detached. However, that could just be me. 

So why didn’t I like it as much? Well, one of my major hang-ups with this book was the problem with most self-published books: lack of editor and spell and grammar checking. There were a lot and the book would have benefitted from a good check. 

My second problem was with the plot itself. It’s riddled with prophecy and destiny, which makes this much like the great fantasy novels: the great big evil which needs to be defeated. I found it was a bit too big for this book and the story would have benefitted from an easier start, because now there were all this holes which make the story unnecessarily complicated. 

Overall, this book wasn’t too bad and while it was not my werewolf on a full moon night, it might just be your bloodsucker in a crypt. So, while I didn’t like it as much, you just might.  


- Self-published. Bit problematic



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19 comments:

  1. IMHO, you can never know too much about vampires. :[

    But yes, this one does sound a bit too confusing for me. Even with all that happens, good to know it's still easy to follow along.

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  2. Okay, not a book meant for me, I would convert it to Word, correct all the typo's and send it back to the author ...

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  3. I do love vampires, but this one just doesn't grab my fancy. I think it's probably the boy turned into a vampire turned into something else that turns me off.

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  4. Sadly, I have to agree with your comments about self-published books! I have read several that really needed a good proof reader. Sorry this novel didn't work for you.

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  5. Sounds like the author should've hired an editor!

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  6. Vampys are good (or evil.. but you know what I mean). Well, it does sound like it has promise, but just needs a good editor. Too bad those things aren't free. I think I could use a good editor too (just for my comments! LOL)

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  7. The more you know about vampire, the better you can survive them!

    TO be honest even the summary was a little confusing for me - not sure I'll look it up - especially with grammar and spelling issues. :)

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  8. I was confused myself reading about his parents and the werewolf. Not sure I would like a book which made you alternate between liking and condemnation. And it sounds like it needs more work than just copy edits.

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  9. I was a bit confused!!!LOL...great review.

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  10. Probably not for me either though I have seen this one around a couple of time before.

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  11. uuuugh I loath books that have not been run under spell check or grammar check. OKAY, I may not spell that well and sometimes my grammar falls short, but I try and I use spell check (at least!). *sighs* I'll avoid this book. Great review. =D

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  12. Overall, this book wasn’t too bad and while it was not my werewolf on a full moon night, it might just be your bloodsucker in a crypt.

    I loved that conclusion! I am not a big fan of vampire stories apart from some series I've started earlier and I want to finish but I always love your reviews Lis! Great to see you around!

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  13. Hummm, I'd say this one is a pass for me. I will say there are a lot of self pub'ed books that are great reads and then some not so much BUT I've seen the same with big house Publishing...and wonder how that author got pubbed...when so many good authors aren't yet.

    great post sweetie
    Hugs
    Hawk

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  14. I agree with your self published comments. I also had an issue with professionalism when dealing with self published authors and I haven't wanted to review a self published novel since.

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  15. I agree with Missie, it's fun to be an endless fount of knowledge about vampires, so you can never know too many fun tidbits:) Too bad this one didn't quite capture you the way you wanted, but it sounds like the story has potential outside of the grammar and spelling errors:)

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  16. I agree, sometimes books need a publisher for a reason!

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  17. Missie
    Yes at least that is good, gotta be able to follow what happens

    Aurian
    Lol ;)


    Carol
    Lots of turnings there

    DC
    Aye, it happens a lot

    Chris
    I think so

    Melissa
    Lol, I second that. I write too fast and I know I make mistakes but I am also too lazy to correct them ;)

    Mel
    I can't comment since I have not read it but yes, I do see your point

    Steph
    It does sound messy

    Staci
    You are not alone ;)


    Jenny
    First time for me

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  18. This does sound interesting, but lack of proper editing always annoys me.
    Off to check out that guest review ;)

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