Thursday, April 30, 2009

Review – “You’re So Vein” by Christine Warren

Ava Markham is beautiful, savvy, chic, and more at home with Kate Spade than with the idea of fangs and fur. She can’t get quite used to the fact that some of closest friends have crossed over to the Other side. Then one night she is attacked by a rogue vampire, and her deepest fears are realized when her body begins a dangerous transformation from human to immortal—a change she cannot survive without the help of an alluring stranger who comes to her rescue…

Vladimir Rurikovich, an elite member of the European Council of Vampires, is on the prowl for a murderous vampire fugitive on the night he saves Ava from the clutches of death. It takes just one look for Dima to know he cannot live another eight centuries without the stunning and seductive Ava—until he discovers a secret about her bloodline that could change everything…
You’re So Vein is the latest installment in the Others series of paranormal romances. Set in New York City this is Ava’s story. She is the last single woman from her original clique of women friends. The series began with mutual dares to go out and experience their deepest sexual/romantic fantasy and as life would have it, book by book each got their wish and more.

Ava is the last and she harbours some fairly deep resentment towards the supernatural Others that have squired her friends away and she believes also subverted their humanity. To say that Ava is a prickly character would be understating the situation. Here is her reaction moments before her demise -
Thousand-dollar European-made Gina boots, and now they were going to look like crap when her body was found, That pissed her off.
But she is one of those difficult characters that grow on you not unlike Katherina in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew whose tamer is played here by the understanding and patient Vladimir (Dima).

You’re So Vein finds Ava being turned into a vampire without consent. I always find this theme fascinating – seeing the character reactions, the choices they make and how it changes their lives. This of course is exacerbated here because Ava is not favourably pre-disposed towards Others and now she becomes one of them!

Some plotlines from earlier stories are resolved in this book and the political intrigue and mystery keep things moving well. Knowing the background of the characters and world-building for this series is nice to have but I find they stand pretty well on their own. Not sure where the series goes from here with all of the women spoken for, but I can only hope there are more to come.

AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASE Official Christine Warren Website

St. Martin's Press
Published: March 2009
ISBN #: 9780312947927
Format: Paperback
Pages: 327

The Others Series:

Reading sequence does not necessarily coincide with publication date.

  1. One Bite With a Stranger (2008) – my review
    (expanded version of Fantasy Fix)
  2. The Demon You Know (2007)
  3. She’s No Faerie Princess (2006)
  4. Wolf at the Door (2006)
  5. Howl at the Moon (2007)
  6. Walk on the Wild Side (2008)
  7. You’re So Vein (2009)


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