We all know how important reviews are for writers. It boosts our ranks on Amazon, making our books more visible for readers, and hopefully result in more sales which, hopefully one day, makes our writing sustainable.
Leonard Tillerman is one of those wonderful people who writes reviews for pleasure. He buys our books (instead of trying to get a free copy) and writes honest reviews. He really cares about our books! Now, because Leonard writes from the heart, you’re not guaranteed a great review. If your work sucks, he’ll tell you (in a nice way!). Getting a review from Leonard isn’t easy, though. There are so many other writers vying for one. Yet, I worked hard, did my best… and Leonard picked my book!
I must say I’ve been biting my nails while waiting for the verdict. He ramped up the tension as he was really busy at work and had to postpone reading my book. I was relieved and over the moon when he told me he loved my book! Here’s what he wrote:
Have you ever considered what you would do if you saw the world as you know it coming to an end? Your very existence being replaced by the arrival of a new order which has no mercy or place for you. Mere fodder for their impending triumph. Would you attempt to preserve your life by running for the hills and hiding? Perhaps you would choose the opposite approach and make one last desperate stand. Fighting to the bitter end to protect your loved ones and way of life. What would you do? If such a potential scenario intrigues you, then Suckers-Living Like A Vampire by Jacky Dahlhaus, would be an excellent pick for your reading pleasure!
Essentially, the book begins by following a trio of teachers who are forced to flee their town and hide from an ever-increasing horde of vampires who are terrorizing the countryside. A virus has created this vampire menace called suckers who are stronger, faster and superior to the mere humans who they quickly utilize as their food source. In the midst of this bloody terror, our main character, Kate, encounters a handsome and suave sucker by the name of Caleb. Sparks fly and despite everything, our heroine quickly falls in love with the handsome vampire. She is beyond smitten! However, after Caleb disappears, Kate finds herself roaming and searching to find her lost love. Will she ever find the true love she has been missing in the midst of chaos, terror and destruction? Or maybe she will soon discover that it has been there all along?
This novel would certainly fit into the paranormal romance category. However, it is also quite full of non-stop action and plot twists which really make you stop and think. It is a good versus evil theme, but there are plenty of “sub themes” which take place as well. While there is certainly love and romance in this book, there is also fear, suspense, surprise, mystery and foreshadowing of things yet to come. There is warfare, gangs of wandering vampires and plenty of blood and gore. It is truly a book which is hard to put down as it is both engaging and entirely creative!
There are a number of interesting characters in this novel as well. The author’s narration style and quick, snappy chapters make it quite easy to follow the story without getting lost in the plot details or in regards to the various characters. While there may be a number of different characters in the tale, Kate and Charlie are explored and developed in the most detail. Kate makes for a convincing, yet somewhat naïve heroine. Nevertheless, by the end of the story we have seen incredible growth in her and get the sense that big things are yet to come for this brave, young woman. Charlie on the other hand is a very atypical hero who experiences steady growth throughout the book. He is a very easy character to love and relate to. The reader will find themselves cheering for Charlie on more than just one occasion!
Living Like A Vampire has all the elements which are needed for a wonderful story. Descriptive writing which flows, a fascinating plot and some very intriguing characters. The setting also totally matches and supports the storyline and gives a very “dystopian feel” to the time and place. Due to some sexual content and violence, I would recommend this novel to an adult audience. I absolutely look forward to reading more from Jacky Dahlhaus.
5 out of 5 Bloodsucking Stars for this one!
Thanks again, Leonard, for such a wonderful review!