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 PhD, 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.
©2012 Margo Bond Collins (P)2016 Margo Bond Collins
excellent story with perfect narration makes for easy listening. highly recommended. vampire with a twist.
I liked the idea of the story but the execution was lacking in places. The heroine's reaction to the death of her fiance is unrealistic. There seems to be little regret about what has happened, just a couple of off the cuff paragraphs. I'm not sure if it is back story that is missing but I feel the progress of the story is disjointed. The author seems to be intent on setting the scene for the series so the story suffers. I definitely won't buy the next in the series but I might borrow it from the library to see if the quality of the writing has improved.
"Great Book About Vampire Hunters"
The story line was pretty good but there were several of my questions left unanswered by the end of this book.
Elle is a Grad student that sees her fiancé being killed by vampires. Except that he is not really gone. Greg, her fiancé, has turned into a vampire and is after her.
A group of vampire hunters help her go after a nest of vampires. There are a lot of action,suspense, and mystery. The only thing it was missing was a bit of romance throughout.
There is only a bit at the end. If you can call it that.
Perhaps some of my questions will be answered on the following books on this series. Overall a pretty solid story.
The narrator did an excellent job.
I received this audiobook free in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.
"what a great start to a new series"
this audio book was very entertaining. It made my trips to and from work go by quickly. I was excited when I got stopped by a train is so that I could listen to more of the story. this story had action, intrigue, revenge, and left me wanting more.
great story line, awesome characters, and great description to details. can not wait for the next book in the series
This vampire story almost reads like a legal thriller. It's full of intrigue as the heroine discovers not only vampires but how they are affecting her life. It's not dark or gory, but an interesting mix of light-heartedness and suspense.
I really enjoyed Laurel Schroeder's narration and thought she fit the characters perfectly.
This audio book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
"4.5 stars- such a fun story :)"
One minute you're planning a wedding, living a normal life. The next minute you find out vampires are real, have to kill one, and realize your fiance is now undead as well. I listened to the audiobook version, and it was so much fun! Our main character ended up a bad ass vampire hunter. The best scene in the book was when she busted into the door covered in blood, and holding a vampire head! I really liked that although she was slashing vampire heads and such, that her emotions felt real. When she deals with her ex-boyfriend throughout the story, she still has normal feelings about him. The ending was absolutely perfect. I had that satisfied feeling, but just enough information was given to make me want the next book right now! I really enjoyed this audiobook, and I hope the next one is released soon!
**I was provided with this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"Vampire Huntress Really "Sticks it" to the Vamps!"
I truly loved this story and enjoyed every minute! The plot was great, and the action was really intense at times, I could not stop listening to the story and actually listened the whole story in one siting.....IT WAS THAT GOOD! I highly recommend this story and do not think anyone would be disappointed.
It reminded of more mature adult "Buffy," with other great characters. After Elle's fiancé is turned into a vampire, her life is forever altered. She meets Nick and his team who teach her to hunt, fight and kill vampires who pray on humans and get them addicted to their bite. She joins there team and they do several raids that are really intense. Throughout the story, bad things do happened to good people and there are many different emotions throughout the story. From beginning to end this was an awesome story.
This was my first book by Margo Bond Collins, it won't be my last, and I really hope there will be a book two.
This is my first story I've listened to narrated by Laural Schroeder and I really enjoyed her performance. I'm already looking into other books narrated by her.
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"Vampires Are Real?!"
I loved the snarky attitude of the heroine and the way she refused to back down ever. Instead of being shocked or frozen she was all about action :)
It was really different from most vampire books and that made it seem almost realistic! It was an engrossing story that sucks you in and makes you think maybe Vampires could exist :)
I LOVED the way Laurel Schroeder performed all the characters but I have to say Elle was my favorite by far! She was indomitable and unique and refused to take anything from anyone. I could hear the determination in her voice... Not to be misled or marginalized... To learn to true reality of her world and face what needed to be faced. It was inspiring and kept me rooting for her until the end! I hope she continues on with this series as I can't imagine anyone else voicing these characters near as well!
Yes! I was always sad when I had to take a break... But sleeping and eating are not optional! It kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I can't wait to listen to the next one! This was an amazing listen :)
This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to listen to Crazy, Stupid, Undead!
Elle has her whole life planned out ... And it is going to be amazing! She is finishing her PHd and getting married to an amazing man who is already a lawyer at a really good firm. Nothing could possibly derail her life... Until the night she comes home to find a *gasp* Vampire?! Eating her fiance Greg!!! She just gets so angry the only thing she can think is KILL... So she grabs her team letter opener and stabs him right through the heart. How are Vampires real?! Why would one want to eat her fiance? How did he even get mixed up in all of this? Before she really has time to process anything really some guys show up and marvel at the fact she has killed the Vampire. Will her life ever be the same? Why are the guys there? How did they know about the Vampire? Where did Greg's body to? He was dead right? Can she get to the bottom of this Vampire thing? Or should she pretend they don't exist like a normal person?
***This series is suitable for adult readers who enjoy romantic urban paranormal suspense thrillers with a lot of snark and mystery as well as a bit of intrigue and horror to spice up the action& adventure of this fun thrilling romp :)
"Well..not what I expected."
What I like most about the story was it had a strong female protagonist. What I like least was how the strong female protagonist became this strong female protagonist. She just happened to be this kick ass vampire killer.
The narration by Laurel Schroeder was spot on. I think because of her narration it help me finish the book. If I had to read this, I would have stop midway.
It's not a bad story, I just didn't find the action taken by the protagonist believable. I know how crazy this sounds because the story is about vampires. But some of the action taken by the protagonist just didn't make a lot of sense.
I am a big fan of the vampire genre and I was really excited to listen to this story. Especially with all the great review. Maybe because of the hype and my high expectation that I didn't enjoy it as much as other vampire story.*I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.*
"Wow! What a way to use Chop Stix"
Yes. I like vampire stories and this book has alot of new ideas. The author is not just copying the typical contemporary vampire stories. I enjoyed this book and will definately listen to it again in the car. The flash back was done well. I like the way this was written in the first person. It is hard to write in first person without it sounding like a diary or journal. This has a flow. I hope this does become a series - at least a second book. I think this main character will grow into a VERY interesting killer. I also think that Nick will be part of a bigger plan.
Okay...no spoilers. My absolute favorite part is the Head Swinging. I like it when she is caught in the office. I did not expect him to be there. The blood sucking experience being so erotic was a twist that I was not expecting at all.Malcolm at the end of the story was......very steamy. I wasn't expecting this either and it was Hot.The shop boys were fun. I like the way they show up right away in her apartment. It kind of gives the shop boys a Men In Black kind of feel. I kept thinking that she and Malcolm would become vampires, and I was pleased with the outcome.
No, I have never listened to Laurel Schroeder. I like her voice. It is not too sweet, not too sappy; she has a cute sassy way of portraying the characters. Her New Orleans accent is not obnoxious - it is just right. Being from the South, I really hate people butchering a Southern Accent.
Her voice is not irritating. I think I will look for some more of her readings. I gave her a 4 star rating. She was better than average - very good but not excellent. I only leave 5 stars for the OMG that is fantastic reviews.
The writing was done so well that I could actually smell the gore. I liked the head swinging. The vision of her using a small pocket knife then swinging the head. It was so vivid. Then the fits of laughter the Shop boys started. It was a great scene.
I rated the story as a 4 star. I feel like the author is holding back, or maybe her editor is holding back. I think that this book has a lot of potential to become a great series. It felt to me like there was so much the author wanted to include but did not want to write a manual...or maybe the editor wanted to keep the pages limited. This is a story just waiting to bust loose. I expect to leave 5 stars on the sequel.
Many times, a first book in a series may not be strong or outstanding....and then it developes into something really great. This is a good stand alone book, but as the characters might develop into more books....this will be a great story.
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Legally Undead is a standalone paranormal/horror novel.
Elle has everything planned with her life. She's going to graduate and get married to her lawyer fiancé Greg. Everything was perfect until she walks in on a horror scene.
"A little Different From Other Books In this Genre"
I don’t know why, but it seems like whenever I read an urban fantasy novel with a female lead character written by a female author, the lead character will invariably, be a snarky, wise ass that’s always smarter than the room. I’ve read so many books with lead female characters like that, I sometimes feel as if there’s only one female character in urban fantasy and she has a bunch of aliases so that all the authors can borrow her for their novel. Some days, I almost feel like snarky, wise ass quips and witty comebacks while being smarter than the room is a prerequisite, personality trait someone told all urban fantasy authors they must use if they are going to write a story with a strong female lead character. Now that’s not to say there aren’t any male lead characters out there that fall into that same category. It just doesn’t feel like it’s an unwritten rule for the guys. Maybe it’s just my imagination running away with me on this topic, but I really don’t think so. Furthermore, I will readily admit there are many good authors out there who write interesting and entertaining stories with female characters who fit into this formula. So I’m also not saying that I will automatically dislike a book if the female lead is written as snarky or quick witted or wiser than the room. What I am saying is that it was a refreshing surprise when I listened to “Legally Undead: Vampirarchy, Book 1” by Margo Bond Collins and found her female lead lacked those personality traits. That small difference alone made me like this book even though I felt it could have been stronger.
When I came across this book, I immediately became interested in it because I had previously read a short story by the same author. If you become interested in that one, you can check it out on Audible as well. It’s called “Bound by Blood: Night Shift, Book 2”.
“Legally Undead” opens with our female lead, Elle Dupree, coming home to find her boyfriend being fed upon by a vampire. Instead of panicking or fleeing, Elle thinks fast and reacts by stabbing a wooden letter opener into the vampire’s heart multiple times. My mental image of that scene kind of made think of prison movies when the convict gets stabbed repeatedly with a shiv. From that point in the story, Elle readily accepts a world she never knew existed with little to no incredulity. Although it all happens too quickly and much too easily in my opinion, Elle soon becomes a vampire hunter in a vampire hunter organization.
There are plenty of things to like in this book. There are enough general plot developments as well as intrigue among the vampires to sustain more books in the series. Obviously a good thing, especially since book one is clearly stated in the title. My only big problem with this book is that the vampires are so weak. Every book that features a monster or supernatural creature of some kind gives those creatures strengths and weaknesses and then hopefully, follows whatever rules the author has set up in the story. In the case of vampires, no matter what story and no matter who wrote it, they are always powerful creatures. At the very least, they are always more powerful than a normal human being. In every one else’s books, they are always significantly faster and stronger. In Legally Undead, Margo Bond Collins’ vampires are pathetic. A normal human can go toe to toe with them as long as you have a pointy wooden stick. That kind of disappointed me. If you’re going to have a normal human being going after vampires, I personally want to read/listen to a scary, suspenseful, yet still believable story with difficult situations the human protagonist must overcome to beat the big bad vampire that hopelessly outclasses him or her in physical ability. I know that’s a lot easier for me to request from an author than it is for an author to write, but hey, that’s why they are the professional authors and I’m just the consumer reading their works.
In “Legally Undead,” the vampires just don’t significantly out class the human beings in power. Because of that, I think the potential for a more thrilling book was missed. Maybe in future books in the series Elle will deal with the kind of vampire I’ve grown accustom to from so many other authors. If that happens, I think it will be a much stronger book. In this book, however, the only way the vampires posed a threat was by either surprising or outnumbering the humans. I think that’s the wrong way to go. Creating a sense of danger by surprising or outnumbering humans is what you do in a zombie story, not a vampire story. In my opinion, one vampire should be more than enough to create a sense of danger toward all human beings whether those human beings are vampire hunters or not. One vampire should have sufficient superior supernatural abilities to scare the crap out of a normal human being. I didn’t feel that at any time from the vampires in this book and I really wanted that feeling. I guess I’m a bit spoiled because I’ve read/listened to David Wellington’s vampire novels. Books like “13 Bullets,” “99 Coffins,” “23 Hours,” which also feature a strong female lead who isn’t cut from that cookie cutter, snarky wise ass, personality mode. Those books give me a true sense of fear, dread and suspense because the vampires are super powerful, extremely lethal and incredibly brutal, scary predators while the heroes in Wellington’s books are all just normal human beings doing whatever they can to stop the big bad monsters.
“Legally Undead” is narrated by Laurel Schroeder, who I think did a good job. From a subjective standpoint, I liked her voice and would have no problem listening to it over the course of multiple novels. From a voice acting standpoint, I think Ms. Schroeder is talented. She made an effort to make all of the characters distinguishable from each other. She even does a New York accent for one of the characters. I’m not from New York, so I don’t know how successfully she pulled the accent off, but the fact that she chose to do an accent at all puts her above a lot of narrators in my book. Also, I always appreciate it when a narrator attempts to gives the listener a little something extra in their performance.
All in all, I did like “Legally Undead: Vampirarchy, Book 1,” I just didn’t love it. I do however, like it enough to try the next book in the series, but it won’t be a book that has me chomping at the bit in anticipation of it coming out. I reserve that kind of fan boy anticipation for pretty much anything Jim Butcher. Finally, my audio copy of “Legally Undead” by Margo Bond Collins was provided at no cost by the author, narrator, or publisher through Audiobook Blast in exchange for my honest review.
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