Publisher: World Weaver Press on May 27, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Source: Review Request
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A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as only a scorned bride can.
Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.
But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire sucking the blood from her fiancé, Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs—not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener.
As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire’s heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into the apartment. Turning to face them, Elle realizes Greg’s body is gone—and her perfect life falls apart.
At A Glance
A good but typical urban fantasy.
What it comes down to is that I enjoyed myself while reading Legally Undead. The characters were interesting and unique. The plot was interesting and the story flowed well. The dialogue felt real and I was never bored. Definitely some good action.
Elle was interesting. I liked that she was just an average girl, with a normal life. Even after the vampire business wouldn’t leave her alone, she stuck with getting her Doctorate. She didn’t make rash decisions, she didn’t go out looking for trouble. Finally, a non-dumb heroine. It was nice. Elle’s not perfect, but I loved her because she was an every-girl just trying to live in this new vamp-filled world.
The other characters were cool. Nick (who helped Elle with the vamp world) felt like a real friend. I loved how Malcolm (Elle’s rescuer and friend from school) was a bit odd. How curious he was and a little delusional. He learned about the vamp world super fast though. Poor guy. Greg (the old fiancé and now vamp) was straight up yuck! Vampirisim is not all hunky and sparkly. Vampires are vicious and scary in this book.
I was hoping for a little something special, something to set this book apart from other urban fantasies, but nope.
Normal girl gets attacked by vamp and she kills him by pure adrenaline. She wants nothing to do with the vampire world, but is forced into it. Then guess what? She becomes a kickass vamp killer in like a day. Seriously! She is better than the guys who have been training for years. I call BS.
The ending is a little cliffhanger-y. I didn’t like what happened because it made me so sad. I hate ending a book on a bad note.
The romance was thin, which was fine. Elle is interested in Malcolm but they have an odd relationship. Not sure where it’s going. Some sex, but nothing too detailed.
While I was reading this book, I liked it 4 to 3.5 stars worth. But as a few days went by after finishing it, I liked it 3 stars worth. Since I am conflicted, I will stick with 3.5 stars. But honestly, I am still not sure what I think of this book. Recommended.
“It’s never easy to see an ex for the first time after you’ve broken up. Seeing an ex for the first time after he’s been turned into a bloodthirsty evil creature of the night is possibly even less easy.”
“Have I mentioned how much it sucks (no pun intended) to be hunted by a vampire? Ruins your whole day.
And your whole life, if you’re not careful.
I’d already lost one boyfriend to the vampires, I wasn’t going to lose another, even if he wasn’t actually my boyfriend.
So only one question remained: how do you break up with an un-boyfriend?”