Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sleepy Willow: The Narcoleptic Vampire

Title: The Narcoleptic Vampire Series
Author: Dicey Grenor
Source: Self purchased
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy (Vampire with "others")

Sleepy Willow's Bonded Soul: The Narcoleptic Vampire Series Book 1
Sleepy Willow's Heartless Soul: The Narcoleptic Vampire Series Book 2
Sleepy Willow's Loosed Soul: The Narcoleptic Vampire Series Book 3
Book #3 Release Date October 2012

Summary: Ever since vampirism became illegal, the undead have been hunted to near-extinction. So Willow has to watch her back to make sure no one finds out what she is. And that’s not easy considering she’s a vampire with narcolepsy. Predator can become prey at any moment, especially with the skillful Vampire Extermination Team (VET) on the job.

Hoping to blend in with the nightlife, Willow takes advantage of being an animated corpse by performing for necrophiliacs at premiere fetish club Hades. Here, she discovers colleagues with other supernatural secrets. She’s also unexpectedly drawn to Remi, her most loyal fan, despite his deviant sexual nature and personality disorder. But succumbing to her lust is not a good idea, especially since her maistre vampire forbids it.

Now Willow has to outsmart VET agents, escape bounty hunters, and find a cure for narcolepsy…or vampirism. And she’s got to break the bond with her maistre, no matter how powerful and unrelenting he is.

Most importantly, can she stay awake long enough to do any of it?

And now we follow the adventures of a vampire who has trouble staying awake on a very unique and fascinating ride. Make no mistake, this is NOT a light hearted reading experience, Willow has serious problems that if not solved will determine if she becomes her own woman or if she is the toy of a Master Vampire that sees her as yet another piece of property.

The Sleepy Willow Series is a passionate paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers bordering on the erotic. This book is not for the easily offended or squeamish. Bad language, explicit scenes, and gore.

Review: Well in a sea of vampire romance left in the wake of Twilight most seem to follow a similar pattern but a few take a trip along a path that has never been tread before. Such is the story of a sleepy vampire called Willow who for all her traits (good and bad) the most disturbing is that she is narcoleptic (means she falls asleep at random times) and trying to rid herself of what she considers a curse was the reason she became a vampire (OK, that is really new).

Prepare yourself for a journey in the life of Willow the Narcoleptic Vampire who among other things is an erotic dancer at a club that panders to the paranormal and those humans who enjoy being among the supernatural crowd.

Among the many things Willow was not prepared for was the demands of her narcissistic maker and the fact that to him she was nothing more than property and so the whole point of her existence is the ultimate goal of being a free vampire. Hope you did not think that was going to be anything close to easy or simple ……

This is one of the most unique takes on vampire romance I have read and then add in the erotic nature of the setting and the characters (a sexual themed nightclub called Hades and employees that cultivate their own following according to sexual preferences) this becomes an interesting break from normal PNR.

I don’t wish to turn this into a spoiler type review so let me just say that the journey so far has taken us from a novice vampire in Book #1 Sleepy Willow's Bonded Soul who hasn’t a clue to a more confidant Willow in Book #2 Sleepy Willow's Heartless Soul who has a plan to achieve her freedom, as long as she can overcome some seemingly unsolvable problems ….. but that is why we read the books.
I enjoyed the first book but you could see that it was a journey for the author also (let me inject here that the editing was exceptional which is the bane of many independent writers) and when I read Sleepy Willow's Heartless Soul it was Willow 2.0 and she was more of a heroine and much less of a victim. I enjoy growth in my characters and hate the TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) women I see many times in PNR/UF.

Let me recommend this series for those who like a good story, unique characters and are not offended by the sexual nature of the books. Since book 2 was a step up from book 1 I expect Sleepy Willow's Loosed Soul: The Narcoleptic Vampire Series Book 3 (due out around October I think) to be even better and tie up things up nicely even though it is not the end of the series. If you have read the Demonica books and enjoyed them then this series will be no problem, take a break from “normal” and give this series a try, you won’t be sorry.

Your Reviewer: Douglas C. Meeks

1 comment:

  1. Thank you to Doug and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for posting this!


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