Lian and Figg series book #2
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Lian and Figg are still recovering from events that almost destroyed their lives, but when a good friend comes to them with a serious problem, they can't turn him away. Soon, Lian and Figg are neck-deep in local vampire politics and framed for a massacre they had little to do with. On top of that, the local werewolf pack is sniffing around, looking for favors.
You know what is the worst feeling in the world to those of us who are accepting books from authors to read and share what we think with others? The worst thing is when you get to read the first book in a series, you love it and then you wait for a long time for book two, you get the second book from the author but your time is already scheduled to use to read other books so you have to put it aside until finished with those requested reviews. That is what happened with Vampire Blues, the author Stephany Simmons sent me an ecopy of the book end of December 2011 and did not get a chance to read it until almost the end of January 2012!
I say all that to tell you this, you open up this book and you will finish it before putting it down the same day! Lian and Figg, Carl, Skip, John and the rest of the characters are going to grab your attention and keep it all the way through their crazy mixed up adventures.
I have yet to find a better combination of the serious and the outright outrageous as the author has managed to capture with this series. There are scenes where you sit and shake your head just waiting for the worst to happen and yet somehow even after it has happened you still find yourself smiling because you cannot help it! Figg is the best character for me in the books, she is snarky, smart and sassy, a walking talking bundle of mayhem to those around her that you just can't help but like. Lian is a little harder to warm up to but once you do his character is very endearing. Carl is always going to be flamboyant, even though he no longer dresses as a drag queen he still is very much larger than life when it is his turn to be in the spotlight. John is a little harder to pin down, his character is more reserved and guarded but in the scenes he does appear his presence is hard to ignore.
Last but not least dear lovable nerdy Skip, a research scientist who is now a vampire. First time for everything and to find a vamp who is not elegant and refined but instead overweight and in need of wearing coke bottle thick glasses is refreshing, especially since Skip is just like Lian, Figg, Carl and John in the respect that he sticks out like a sore thumb amongst his peers.
There are so many things going on at once that it is amazing in this short story but you never get lost. The pacing of the story is steady and the intertwined plot points are easy to keep up with. The added bonus of watching once again the relationship between Lian and Figg heat up was the icing on the cake. Hopefully the next book that comes out in this series will be soon because upon finishing you immediately experience withdrawal symptoms of wanting more adventures with these characters as they are just so much fun to spend time with.
[ECopy of book provided by author in exchange for an honest review. ]