"Fans of Charlaine Harris and TRUE BLOOD will find much to enjoy in Michelle Nelson's cracking, sanguine debut. Dark, funny, audacious and written with a confidence that belies this as her first effort, LIFE AND DEATH OF LILY DRAKE dispenses with the idea that vampires are pasty, maudlin, emo-types and restores them to all their brutal bloodthirsty glory. And in terms of heroines to root for, I daresay Lily Drake gives poor 'ol Sookie a run for her money."
- Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of THE TURTLE BOY and KIN.
For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy...
Dating them is the hard part.
Lily Drake is your everyday hard-working single mom…until a gorgeous vampire shows up on her front door who she mistakenly assumes is her blind date for the evening. As one crazy scenario after another unfolds, Lily finds herself falling in love with two vampires, slaying the evil ones, and being prophesied as the savior of the entire undead race.
Deciding between pizza and Chinese take-out will no longer be one of the hard decisions facing Lily Drake once she is immersed into vampire society. Humanity or immortality? That doesn't hold a candle against this question - which of the two handsome vampire cousins?
The Life and Death of Lily Drake is not your typical vampire love story. It’s a tale about the humorous mistakes a woman makes simply trying to survive not only life, but the dating scene. How will Lily manage working full-time, taking care of her young son and fighting the undead at every turn?
Lily will have to figure it out, but who better to save the world than a mom?
I fell in love with Lily, from almost the first page. I found her a relataable character, as we are the same age and hail from the same state. I may not have a 12 year-old son, but I am fiercely protective of my students and friends' kids. I appreciate her drive and desire to only do what is right for her son. I guess the biggest differences between us are that I am not destined to be a vampire hunter and I don't have two hottie vampire cousins fighting over me. (At least not to my knowledge!)
I love how Lily is already a strong character, even before she finds out about her destiny. The truth about her past and her future simply amplifies what is already a part of her. She finds a way to embrace it all on her own terms. The hard part seems to be figuring out where her true loyalties lie in her heart. She has two amazing vampires who are madly in love with her and who seek to care for her. You won't really know for sure whom she chooses until the very end.
The whole book is action-packed and keeps you guessing through its twists and turns. It has plenty of romance that implies sex scenes, instead of steamy play-by-play descriptions that can turn off some readers. The focus is on the story, and it's a good one.
I hope Lily has some more adventures, because she is definitely one of my new favorite heroines.
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