Fangdemonium! by Lucienne Diver

I had planned to have my review for Fangdmonium ready for today’s post. Unfortunately, it has been longer than I realized since I first started this series. I’ve gone back and started from the beginning and re-read the series. What I have for you today is a review of the Vamped series up until this point, and then in a few days when I’ve finished the new book, I will post my review of it by itself.


Fangdemonium

By: Lucienne Diver
Genres: urban fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 250
Publisher: Lore Seekers Press
Published on: July 17, 2017
Fangdemonium! by Lucienne Diver

Fanged and fabulous…and hunted.
Gina Covella, fashionista of the fanged, and her entourage are primed to reveal the existence of vampires on the popular Ghouligans television show, when their former federal handlers swoop in to shut them down and imprison the vamps in one of their super secret testing facilities. Or not so secret, as the gang knows all about the horror hospitals and has sworn to take them down.
Their daring escape runs them right into the arms of “the resistance”—a group of humans and vampires who’ve joined together to stop the fighting that’s made Gina and her boy Bobby’s hometown a bloody battlefield. Going home brings them back to old nemeses as well, including the psycho psychic who declared Gina “chaos” and Bobby “the key”. They hope he’ll unlock the secret of stopping the Feds’s freakshow experiments for good, because they’re building up to something big. Huge. And they’re consolidating their power in the Big Easy, aka New Orleans, where what’s cooking is nothing less than the final showdown.

 
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The Vamped series by Lucienne Diver is currently 5 books long. I have 3 finished currently. Overall, so far this is a cute series. It’s not some profound work of amazing literature, but it is sufficient to keep the reader entertained and laughing throughout all 3 of the books I’ve read so far.

 

There is definitely an improvement in Diver’s writing from the first book, Vamped, up through the third, Fangtastic. In the first book, the man character, Gina is incredibly shallow and a bit unrealistic. Not many readers enjoyed her character at all. However, as the series has gone on, luckily Gina has definitely grown as a person and as a character. She is still fairly annoying, but she is a teenager, so that tends to be a trait among them.

 

The series mainly focuses on Gina, but there are several other characters that are interesting as well. Some of them are just plain ridiculous, but I know a lot of teenagers that are, so there’s that.

 

Each story does have its own issues with minor unrealistic situations etc, but overall the story itself is fun to read. Just don’t think too hard about what is going on. These books aren’t meant to change your life or give you a vampire life owner’s manual, just entertain you.

 

Keep in mind, I’ve only read 3 of the 5 and so far I’ve seen improvement with each new story, so if you don’t love the first book, keep trying, they do get much better. I’m greatly enjoying the series and look forward to reading the next 2 books as soon as possible!

 

 

Fangdemonium Excerpt:

I had no idea how much time we had before power was restored. My twisted ankle protested as I sprinted back for the wings, toward the exit there. Toward Bobby and Marcy and freedom. Even with vamp healing and prowess, running in stilettos would only slow me down and probably keep my ankle from healing. I dodged the downed prop cart, then stopped just long enough to toe the stilettos off and leave them behind, running barefoot for the side exit of the stage. Agent Sid, suited and scowling, stood right in my way. He couldn’t see in the dark, but he was smart enough to have planted himself in front of the door, gun out. Wooden bullets? Something else? I had no idea and didn’t want to find out. I went misty and slid right through him and the door. The creepy feeling was only psychological. I couldn’t feel him except as a denseness I passed through.

Once I felt the air lighten, I went solid again to get my bearings and look for Bobby and Marcy. I couldn’t see a thing in mist form, not having eyes and all. I only got impressions of density, currents, temperature, so I had no idea I’d be materializing into chaos.

 

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About Lucienne Diver

Lucienne Diver is the author of Vamped young adult series (think Clueless meets Buffy) and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series from Samhain, which Long and Short Reviews called “a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan”. Her short stories have appeared in the KICKING IT anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (Roc Books), the STRIP-MAULED and FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books) and her essay “Abuse” was published in DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins).
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Infection by Elle Klass


Infection (Zombie Girl Book 2)

By: Elle Klass, TL Katt, Dawn Lewis
Genres: Apocalypse, zombie apocalypse
Pages: 131
Series: Zombie Girl #2
Publisher: Books by Elle, Inc.
Published on: July 10, 2017
Infection by Elle Klass

When Maddie and Bryce touch, she knows her zombie dream wasn’t simply a dream but a premonition. It’s up to her and Bryce to save the world from the doomsday sickness that will kill everyone – in a manner of speaking.
They soon learn the zombies aren’t the only horrors that await them in the new fight-or-die world. They battle by each other’s side as the infection spreads globally.

Also by this author: Infection (Zombie Girl 2)

I thought that this story published on the 11th and so I thought that I had time to write my review before the release day.  Well I was wrong and it published on the 10th, so I am a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short.

 

When I went to visit Melanie two weeks ago, I didn’t do a lot, I read almost nothing, watched some really good movies that I had not seen before, and just had a really good time.  Well the two books I read were Elle Klass’s Premonition and Infection. By reading I meant I devoured them, they were that good.  My only complaint is that because of their titles you know what is going to happen.

 

Following up on the first book, Maddie realizes that her dream wasn’t just a dream, and with the help of her friend Bryce, not only do they change their shared premonition, but push what teenagers are capable of.  From the US to Europe, Zombies are everywhere, but so are those that need help.

 

This story is full of surprises, like you think you know what is going to happen and then the author throws in a twist that makes you put down the book, just to let your brain catch up with what you just read.  I mean seriously I had to digest what she did before I could continue reading.  I really enjoyed it, and I know there is going to be another one, at least I hope there is, because while the story could end here, I hope it doesn’t.

 

 

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Happy July Fourth from Fang-Freakin-Tastic Reviews

Melanie and I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe July 4th. If you are going out to partake in the festivities remember to call a cab, uber, or lyft to make sure you and all others get home safe and sound. Also be careful of those vampires out and about. With it being such a short night, they have to get out and get their blood as fast as they can. \/””\/

 

In honor of one of my favorite actors, I bring you Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

 

 

 

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Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn


Within These Walls

By: Ania Ahlborn
Genres: Horror
Pages: 464
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published on: April 21, 2015
Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn

From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.

 
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I have somewhat mixed feelings about Within These Walls. Some things I thought were great and some I didn’t particularly care for. Overall, it’s a decent book and I can imagine others still enjoying the things I didn’t.

 

The first quarter or so of Within These Walls was exceptionally slow for me. I initially had a hard time getting into the story. I was interested in what was going to happen, but it felt like it took forever to get anywhere and I was bored during most of that portion of the book. It did pick up the pace around chapter 13 or so.

 

One thing I liked about Within These Walls was that I felt like I could relate to Lucas in a way that’s different from many other characters I’ve read. I think it’s mainly due to us having some of the same interests from that era of our youth. I got a little nostalgic reading about his boots, and his having played Vampire: the Masquerade. He made his daughter watch the movie “Heathers” just as I did to my own daughter.

 

Within These Walls has a very Manson Family-esq feel to it. In some ways, it was your stereotypical cult with a charismatic male leader and younger followers, and the author does actually refer to the Manson family at one point, so I’m sure she is aware of the similarities lol. It’s not a blatant copy or retelling of the Manson murders, so I don’t mean to imply that, but you can definitely see the resemblance if you know anything about Charles Manson and his followers. Their ultimate purpose was quite different though.

 

There are times throughout Within These Walls where the story is a bit predictable. Not completely, but if you read a lot of horror or true crime types of books, it isn’t as surprising as it could be. I would like to have seen a more exciting ending. The ending was ultimately what I expected to happen, though there is a bit of it that I didn’t expect and really thought was a good idea. I guess you could say that while I didn’t love the ending in bits and pieces, as a whole I did enjoy it.

 

Within These Walls has been sitting on my shelf for quite an embarrassing amount of time now. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get to, but I’m glad I was finally able to read it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a decently sized read that has some twists and enjoys cultish books.

 

 

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About Ania Ahlborn

Born in Ciechanow Poland, Ania has always been drawn to the darker, mysterious, and sometimes morbid sides of life. Her earliest childhood memory is of crawling through a hole in the chain link fence that separated her family home from the large wooded cemetery next door. She’d spend hours among the headstones, breaking up bouquets of silk flowers so that everyone had their equal share.

Author of nine novels, Ania's books have been lauded by the likes of Publisher's Weekly, The New York Daily News, and The New York Times. Some titles have been optioned for film.

Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ania currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Happy Birthday!!!!

Can everyone in our Fang universe please join me in wishing Melanie a very fangtastic birthday. It is hard sometimes when I am here on the West coast and she is all the way on the East coast and I can’t just jump over there on a whim, I mean I probably could, but have you seen our schedules? But I do know that she has a surprise coming to her tomorrow. I will let her post about what it is, it may not be until Thursday.

 

 

I can just imagine this is Melanie’s face right now :D.  But as you can see, I don’t care :p

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