Saturday, 23 January 2016

Jane the Hippie Vampire, Volume 1, 2 &3!! (and bonus)

This is a review for the four-part collection, with bonus content of Jane the Hippie Vampire series. I have put individual links below each review underneath just in case! 

But with such great books in one place at such great value - why bother, other than for the awesome covers!

Love Beads:
Jane is the strangest vampire I have come across in a long while.

One sunny afternoon she meets Randy and his weird dogs, strange job and horrific food sense.

LL treated me to a brilliant piece of mystery thriller writing with a super natural element, with just enough grossness to add a horror element.

She hints this will be a series and I do hope so.

Some fabulous in depth and textured descriptions allow you to become immersed in the story I was totally engrossed in this novella and was sad when it ended.

Jane is an intriguing character and I so wasn’t to know more about how she became what she is and what her forward plan is.

Jane is ironically a vegan vampire with a knack for getting into trouble.

Needing to head to warmer climes she heads South into Bible Belt country, the weather maybe warmer but the hospitality is not; at least for an outwardly appearing teenage vagrant.

When a purple dog runs past her during a routine police stop you are already drawn back into Jane’s strange world and you can feel the magic carpet ride coming.

Whilst she knows that she must feed and she often disgusts herself with the berserker like frenzy when this occurs she knows it was not her that started to rip the Officers to pieces in the woods, even though she does not turn down an easy meal.

LML has a wonderful skill of explaining the pain that Jane feels during these feeds giving you a sense of the gnawing hunger vs the need to preserve all life.

As she hides in the forest she is found by the local Ranger, Bobby, and he kindly takes her home for dinner, although he does have his own agenda and what is actually on the menu?
His family are a strange mix of rednecks and homely parents, then LML introduces  the local fruitloop who professes to be seeing lake monsters, werewolves and vampires and you know things are about to go squiffy for poor Jane!

When said fruitloop decides to rid the world of a “stinking leech” he sets in motion a terrible chain of events, killing sprees, hidden bodies and family secret revelations.

Whilst all this is going on LML manages to throw in some horrific flashbacks of Jane’s previous life and her “change”.

Overall another wonderful installment in the undead life of Jane. I am more intrigued by this vampire now; LML is expertly giving little hints of the true horror in Jane’s life whilst telling these little chapters in her life. 

My only complaint is having to wait for the next episode.

Dazed & Confused:
Jane a Hippie Vampire who has strong morals and beautiful ethics. However, but when the thirst takes over even she must resort to a little rampage and murder, although its all very polite and she does her best to only pick “bad” people.

Turned as a teenager, pretty Jane must contend with being hit on, cops and do-gooders trying to harass or save her.

On this little chapter of her life she comes across Officer Flores and a…… zombie?!  (had to love the nod at Bob The Zombie; a fab series of books by Jaime Johnesse).

Escorted by Officer Flores to the local one horse town to provide a witness statement Jane is soon embroiled in some strange goings on as people get munched on, power outages and nasty waitresses!

As bad goes to worse and the little town is over run what is really going? Best to read and find out, for giggles, gore and brilliant writing.