Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Confessions of a Vampire's Girlfriend

Confessions of a Vampire's GirlfriendConfessions of a Vampire's Girlfriend by Katie MacAlister

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is two short YA stories written by Katie MacAlister writing as Katie Maxwell.

Got Fangs?(Ben and Fran 1): Francesca (Fran) is not having the summer fun she wants to instead of hanging with friends she is hanging with psychics, magicians and people who talk to ghosts. Instead of shopping at the mall she is traveling through Europe with her mom (who is a witch) and a Goth Fair. Then she meets Benedikt the only draw back he is a dark one or vampire. Ben claims that Fran is his Beloved and can save his soul. Fran isn’t so sure she is ready for that at 16 but when Ben's life is in danger Fran risks her own to save him.

Circus of the Darned (Ben and Fran 2): Ben and Fran are having their first date but things get complicated when Fran accidentally summons a clan of Viking Warriors , her horse gets stolen and her mom is putting all sorts of boundaries on her and Ben. Plus Ben is keeping secrets from Fran, she has nothing to wear on her date and the Vikings think Fran is a goddess. To fix everything Fran needs to summon the Viking demi-god Loki but will that really fix anything?

These are two very well written stories by MacAlister. What I like best about her female characters is that they do not wait around for someone else to solve their problems. They are strong independent and more than capable of tackling life head on. The only objection I have to these books is Fran is 16 yrs old and Ben is 300+ yrs old. Although MacAlister does a fine job of only having Ben and Fran kissing and Ben is very gallant in not pressuring Fran and "tying" her to him for all eternity due to her age. And Ben is the one to pull away from kissing because of Fran’s age. It does still irate me.

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