Book Review: Real Vampires Do It in the Dark (Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Book 2) by Amy Fecteau

When Matheus and Quin get into an argument and Quin leaves, Matheus finds himself alone, homeless, and broke in the middle of a dangerous feud among the remaining vampire leaders. Despite their distaste for each other, Matheus and Alistair come together to figure out what to do about Apollonia's reign and how to find and get back Quin.

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Title: Real Vampires Do It in the Dark
Book Number: Book 2 of TBA
Pages: 342
My Book Rating: 4 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon

I’m having a difficult time figuring out where to start this review, so I’m going to start by talking about the main difference between this book and the first one—there was a lot less Quin and a lot more Alistair. I always find it an odd choice to temporarily remove the love interest in the second book in a series, especially since I absolutely adored the relationship between Quin and Matheus in the first book and wanted to see how it would progress.

“It’s full of dead people.” Matheus flapped a hand at the cemetery.

“You’re a dead people,” said Quin.

See? Quin was funny. But somehow removing him from the majority of the story still managed to work.

Matheus was his quippy, sarcastic, klutzy self, which made this book pretty much just as hilarious as the first. Just being in his head period was great.

Farther up the street, a man in a pizza costume handed out fliers. Most ended up in the trash can three feet up the sidewalk, if the passersby even deigned to notice the pizza-man’s outstretched offering at all. Poor bastard. The pizza-man’s face had been welded into a desperate, manic smile. Matheus saw madness lurking there, in the tight corners of the man’s eyes, the way the fliers shook in his hand.

Also, two words: spirit animal. Sometimes I swear Matheus is me. Here are just some of the many ways in which we are the same:

– He hates nature.
– He hates the crunching sound of bugs when you kill them so much that he has to leave the room.
– As much as he hates bugs, he still felt bad when Quin killed a moth in Book 1 because he doesn’t mind moths as long as they stay far enough away from him.
– He covers his eyes when there are needles in movies.
– He hates being around people but still cares about people and wants to be helpful to them.
– I actually could continue, believe it or not, but I think you might get bored, and that’s probably enough to prove my point.

But Alistair also turned out to be an entertaining character. He was definitely clingy and a bit of a damsel-in-distress (flaws that he doesn’t even deny having), but his perversion and flirtiness was oh-so-fun, and his people skills were actually admirable and impressive. So the two of them together made a fun duo to read about, just in a different way than Matheus and Quin, and I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow and change. There also was still some romance, but, again, it was different (though I won’t say any more for the sake of keeping this as spoiler-free as possible).

And of course I should probably mention the plot, which was also great and had me hooked, not wanting to put the book down.

So overall, despite the fact that I missed Quin, this was a great second in series that had me cracking up just as much as the first!

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Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.

Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.

But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.

A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!

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  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m happy you had just as much fun with this one despite Quin’s absence, Kristen. And I loved the list of similarities between you and Alistair…you hate nature?!? I’m with you (and Alistair) on needles. Luckily I’m okay with the bug killing thing…seeing as I have 2 daughters who are mortified of them and always come to me for ‘help’ in getting rid of them. ;) Okay, I really have to figure out where I can squeeze in Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle. :D

    1. Kristen Burns

      You should definitely read this since it’s so fun! It has pretty big cliffhanger ending though, so you might want to wait until closer to the final book is out if you don’t like those. It’s actually Matheus, the MC, who is my spirit animal, but yes! I am NOT a nature person. I can recall one day in my entire life when I voluntarily went and did something nature-y and actually enjoyed it, haha. Sitting outside to read sometimes is about as outdoorsy as I get :-P But gah, bugs! You should see me trying to pick up a dead roach even. Last time I did it I used like 27 paper towels and a plastic bag lol.

    1. Kristen Burns

      The one nature-y thing I voluntarily did was visit this state park that had woodsy areas and a gorgeous natural spring to swim in, but, for the most part, no woods for me, thank you. I much prefer the beach if I’m going to be outdoors! I guess every place has their own nasty creepy crawlies though, unfortunately -_-

  2. Lola

    This image got cut up nicely on your blog home page lol. And yes I’ve seen a few series that do that remove the love interest totally or partially in the second book. It’s fun to encounter a character in a book that so similar to you! I can relate to the not liking to be around people, but still want to help them. Sounds like a great sequel even though you missed Quinn. Great review!

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Haha, right? It’s like my blog has started developing a mind of its own, and it turns out it’s rather bossy and a little inappropriate :-P

      It’s surprising to me how many series I’ve read in which the love interest disappears for the second book. I always think it’s odd, every time. But yes, it’s definitely fun when you find a character you have so much in common with, especially such random, obscure things lol. Thanks!