Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sucking in San Francisco by Jessica McBrayer

Sucking in San Francisco by Jessica McBrayer 

Working at a Suicide Prevention Center in San Francisco, Lily Goodwill thinks she’s heard it all—then she gets a call from a man about to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. Something about the caller, maybe his yummy British accent or Lily’s ability to understand his crushing ennui, makes her break all the rules and rush to meet him. After all, she is a vampire and if she can’t talk him down she can glamour him.

But things don’t go according to plan. Her caller glows with blue fire and turns out to be a vampire-hating Djinn. Suddenly, for the first time in centuries he’s found something intriguing. Is Lily really a vampire with a conscience and an obsessive-compulsive disorder, involving Handi-wipes and Lysol, or is she just another bloodsucker?

Add in another vampire, with a history of female lovers stretching over three centuries, who swears he’s reformed and declares his undying love for Lily. Stir in a mean pair of witches and a vicious warlock, who are staking vampires around the city and you have a recipe for riotous adventure of supernatural proportions.

Lily Goodwill is a quick thinking, smart-talking vampire who’s still figuring out how she feels about dining al fresco in the City by the Bay.

Vampire series are not my thing but I am anxiously awaiting my chance to read the next book in this series. Amazing debut novel!!

The core story is a love triangle involving two immortal men, one a seasoned, experienced vampire, the other a djinn, who may have been around since time's beginning. Both men are vying for the eternal love of a much younger female vampire who is not even looking for a happily ever after relationship. I must mention she is a germophobe.

Told in alternating voices adds depth as we experience situations and action from multiple points of view. We feel the emotions, conflict and hurt more deeply. The humorous dialogue keeps the story flowing.
The author educates us about little known vampire facts:
While vamps do sunburn easily, they do not melt, sizzle or burn up with the rising dawn sun. Vampires are great dancers. They don't tire or get sweaty.
They love recognizing birthdays.

Even the secondary characters are well developed and attractive.
Andrew, human, who believes a vampire life sounds appealing, has his twenty fifth birthday and proclaims that life is all down hill from there.
Hannah, who has a preference for "verbally enhanced blood" and lives in Berkeley.

The love triangle has to play within a life and death theme on various levels. Ironically, Lillith works the night shift on a suicide hotline.
Vampire deaths are stacking up when a family of witches moves into the area. Spells and hexes are cast purely for mischief and profit.
Soon Lily's own nest, her family, are targeted. Each of her suitors wishes to be the one to protect her. 

It is all tense, dangerous and exciting. As soon as one conflict seems to be weakening, something worse happens!
Snarky comments, such as calling a witch names or commenting on her knock-off wardrobe kept me laughing until I got nervous again.

I received the book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
I look forward to continuing to read this series.
Fast paced, many twists, enjoyable characters I care about, great dialogue.

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