Friday, April 29, 2011
Review of Bloody Little Secrets by Karly Kirkpatrick
17-year-old Vicky Hernandez has a big problem. She's dead. Or not quite. After discovering she's been turned into a vampire, she tries to settle into a quiet suburb of Chicago and return to a normal life. If only she could stop wanting to bite her boyfriend. Not to mention she is dying to find out who turned her, and why. She doesn't have to wait long before they come to her. ~From GoodReads
Bloody Little Secrets is a soon-to-be released book written by Karly Kirkpatrick. I was lucky enough to recently receive an ARC from the author.
Bloody Little Secrets gets off to an intriguing start: "I never feared the dark until I became part of it." The main character, Vicky, awakens in a coffin. She must quickly discover what has happened to her, and why. Karly Kirkpatrick has given a refreshing spin on what could have been "just another teen vampire book". This book is definitely more than that. How does a new, young vampire start over on her own? A lot of the books in this genre brush over the aspect of leaving the past behind. But Bloody Little Secrets does a good job of dealing with the pain of Vicky's former life. Vicky mourns the loss of her family, her old life throughout the book. One particular moment that struck me: "The skin was smooth, even smoother than when I had been alive, or pre-vampire. It's like my history had been wiped away."
Karly Kirkpatrick did an excellent job of creating an endearing and exciting teen protagonist. In the wrong hands, Vicky could have become whiny and annoying. Instead, she created a strong, take-charge heroine. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if she were the vampire and not a vampire slayer! Vicky is surrounded by a wonderful pack of friends, starting with the boyfriend, Drake. They all feel important to the story, not an after-thought. The dialogue amongst Vicky, Drake and their friends is realistic, funny, and slightly biting (no pun intended, I promise!). There were parts towards the end where I was sitting in the corner, laughing out loud, hoping I didn't look crazy to my family.
At times, I feel like I've read every possible type of vampire book. But, I found Bloody Little Secrets to be a refreshingly well-developed, engaging book. The ending definitely left room for a sequel, or series. I loved Vicky and the gang and look forward to reading more of their adventures.