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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Book Review: To Catch A Vampire by Jennifer Harlow
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Series: F.R.E.A.K.S Squad Investigation, book 2
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Source: From author for review
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Reviewed by: Beth
After a disappointing trip to see her brother, Beatrice is told by Oliver (the lusty vampire) that they have been assigned a mission together. They are to move into the vampire scene, under cover, in Dallas, and find a group of vampires who have been killing people. She isn’t that happy with Oliver, and assumed it is another way to get her alone and make a pass at her. Meanwhile her werewolf crush, Will, is still on vacation.
This is the second novel in A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series. It is best to start from the first book, Mind Over Monsters. It is based around Beatrice, a school teacher with the ability to move objects with her mind. She joins F.R.E.A.K.S. in the first novel. She is also quickly thrust into a romantic triangle with a vampire, Oliver, and werewolf, Will. So far the first two books have been quick, banter heavy, and fun.
Beatrice isn’t different than a lot of heroines lately. She is sassy, concerned with her weight, and has a problem with self-esteem. I noticed in this novel that she is also closed minded, something I don’t know if I like in her. Anyway, she is sent on a mission with Oliver, the lusty vampire. They go undercover as a couple. Beatrice has issues with it, only because of her attraction for Oliver. What she denies, and her dislike for other women bothers me. I had to wait a couple days to write this up so I could figure out how I felt about it.
One of my favorite things about this series has been, when there is action it turns into a page flipping fiesta. At first finding this group of vampires didn’t feel that important. I was just in it to see Beatrice react to Oliver, but even that grew a little old. Most likely because she put on the, ‘I want him, but I am not going to touch him because he is not the good guy. I really have a true crush on Will, the werewolf. Plus I don’t do things like that.’ Cue my many eye-rolls. Then there is the actual case. It was hard to care about the dead people, and compared to Beatrice, Oliver, for all his claimed determination seemed a little lazy when getting down to business. After that’s all done the real action starts, centering on Oliver. Once it rains it pours. The last half of the book had tons of action that kept me reading. I think I actually read the full novel in two separate sittings. It’s an easy one to pick up and let hours slide by.
In comparison to the first book, I think it’s about the same. If you are thinking, ‘I have heard of/read things that sound similar,’ then you are dead on. The themes and plots are not anything brand new to the genre. In fact it pulls from hundreds of different things, not just the werewolf, vampire romantic triangle. To Catch a Vampire is a fun way to spend a lazy afternoon. The action, and ending felt worth it, despite my hesitation with Beatrice.