Review: The Anti-Vampire Tale / Lewis Aleman

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Simon is a vampire, prowling through the dark New Orleans streets that pulse with wild adventure and fangs gleaming in the shadows. He’s spent the last few decades as a recluse, aching over a lost love. Now, he’s put it behind him, thirsting to fulfill the raging inner need he’s deprived himself for so long.

Ruby feels isolated and out of place—lonely, shy, but too strong-minded to go along with the crowd. All that changes when she is dragged out for her birthday and ends up dancing with Simon—mysterious, blue-eyed, and gorgeous. Her body tingles watching his muscled form move—so fast, so smooth, so powerful. His smile is otherworldly, and his kiss charges her with electric energy. All seems to be going well until three other vampires appear in the crowd, turning the dance floor into a horror show.

The other vampires, led by the vicious Roderick, are after a new fix—the new breed. It’s a mix of blood and something secret that’s driven them to a desperate addiction, making them reckless and willing to tear anyone apart to get to it, and Ruby’s best friend, Ambrosia, has something they need to make it. When Ambrosia flees New Orleans for her life, they relentlessly hunt the one person who knows where she is: Ruby.

Stalked by ravenous vampires at every turn, Ruby’s only hope for survival is her handsome new love. Through crowded dance floors, wild forests, high-speed car races, and even into Roderick’s horrific dwelling filled with hostile vampires, Simon risks his life trying to keep her safe while being outnumbered at every turn and mesmerized by her every second—even while facing death, danger, and darkness.

The Anti-Vampire Tale is a fast-paced, thrilling vampire story of action, danger, and passion with teeth.


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My Take

2 Stars


I really don't like to write bad reviews or to bash a book--normally. Urg, I don't even know where to start with this one. Well, just take a look at the synopsis. Does it really have to be that long to get you to read the book? Honestly, the synopsis tells the whole story, so why even bother?


The characters are not interesting by any means. They seem very one-dimensional to me. The only character I found interesting was the crazy, cat-lady vampire. I don't feel the chemistry between the two main characters, Simon and Ruby, at all.  


Another thing that bugged me about this story is that its written in the present tense. It's just my opinion, but I think a story flows better when written in the past tense. 


A weak plot + uninteresting characters = me bored out of my mind. The only thing that I can give this story credit for is not having tons of mindless editing errors. It was formatted for the kindle well and I liked the graphics at the beginning of the chapters.


There is no doubt some people MIGHT enjoy this book, but it just wasn't for me by any means. If you still want to take a crack at reading this story, be my guest, but don't say I didn't warn ya!
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