It’s been a while since I reviewed a vamp book. This one has actually been in my purse for the last month or two, for reading while waiting in doctor’s offices and at the DMV. I probably could have finished this in one sitting if I wasn't forced to put it down constantly.
Anyway…Bloody Good takes place during WWII in England. The Nazi’s have recruited four vampires to parachute into England, pretend to be locals and sabotage munitions plants—basically destroying England from within. The Nazi’s also have a fairy held hostage. Before the vamps left, they all fed off of her, which magically links them with her. She is forced to keep track of the vamps and report to her Nazi captures. (They don’t trust the vamps to actually obey and pull off their mission.)
Alice is the town doctor in a small village in Surrey. When one of the vamps is hurt in a rough landing, she tries to help him, not knowing what he is. He disappears on her, kicking off the first of many strange events in the town. Animals and one human turn up dead and drained of all of their blood, an elderly woman is arrested as a Nazi spy, an old man is able to lift a building to save two young boys and Peter is attacked twice by an evil being.
Peter is a former veterinary student and Conscientious Objector. After being released from prison for refusing to fight, he is assigned by the government to work as Alice’s assistant. At first, she dislikes him—she has brothers on the continent, risking their lives in the war. However, Peter has a very good reason not to fight and eventually wins Alice over. Together, and with the help of Alice’s Pixie grandmother, they set out to uncover the cause of the bazaar occurrences and put an end to them.
This book was a light, fun read. I didn’t get overly sucked in, by either the plot or the characters; however, I thought the idea behind the Nazi’s using vamps to fight the Allied Forces was inventive. I learned a lot about what life in England was like during the air raids and bomb attacks. The story was also entertaining enough. I know there are a couple more books to this series. I’d read them if I came across them somewhere, but I don’t feel a burning need to run out and buy them now.
Overall, I give Bloody Good…
Plot – 3 bookmarks
Character Development – 2 bookmarks
Love Story – 3 bookmarks
Interpretation of Vampire Lore – 2 ½ bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Naomi Watts (Alice), Orlando Bloom (Peter), Sandy Duncan (Gran), Anthony Hopkins (Sergeant Pendragon)