Serafina and the Silent Vampire by Marie Treanor
Series: Serafina Series Book #1
Author: Marie Treanor
Silence has never been so sinful…Welcome to Edinburgh’s unique psychic investigation agency, Serafina’s. Serafina MacBride is psychic – but not strictly honest. While staging a hilarious vampire attack at a client’s party, Sera is stunned to encounter a real vampire – annoying, gorgeous and inaudible to everyone but her. When her client’s son is found dead with puncture wounds in his neck, she tracks the silent vampire to his lair. But the amoral and seductive Blair is also on a mission – to find and kill a nest of young vampires who’ve invaded his territory. Soon Sera is drawn into the bizarre world of the undead, where danger lurks in the shadows along with forbidden sensual delights – and a murderous conspiracy to flood the world with financially astute vampires who talk. Supported and hindered by Blair’s eccentric, undead friends, and by her own motley crew from Serafina’s, Sera and Blair uncover surprising truths about each other and about the mysterious Founder from whom all vampires are descended. In the end, Sera draws on powers she never knew she had in a frantic fight to defeat the forces of evil and preserve the strange, complicated being she’s trying so hard not to love.
Review: This book was not quite what I was expecting. It’s one of those that had me going back and re-reading the blurb, wondering if I misread something! I was almost immediately turned off to the story by Serafina herself. To say that she was ‘not strictly honest’ is a bit of an understatement. She spends the majority of her time as a charlatan, conning people out of their money. Not only does she con them, but her and her ’employees’ stage events in order to do so. The way the story was told regarding that left you with no sympathy for her or her friends whatsoever.
Loving books on vampires, I thought for sure this one would be great – however, even the vampire aspect of it didn’t really mesh with me. I didn’t really think that the ‘inaudible’ part would actually mean that he talks without ever moving his lips! I assumed that he would be invisible to everyone but Serafina, and that she would be the only one who could hear him. That it would be somewhat of a twist on vampire lore and he would be somewhat like a ghost (rather it be a permanent thing or simply temporary). Instead, he’s visible to everyone, no one else notices anything weird about it, and to Serafina he doesn’t move his lips. The idea of this in my head just weirded me out on the whole storyline, and it just didn’t get any better for me after that.
Perhaps it’s just me, but I just didn’t connect with this book at all. It started off on the wrong foot with me, and it just never clicked into place. I usually like something a little different from the standard, particularly when the author can pull it off and make me believe that it could be possible. But I just didn’t feel that with this book. So much so that I had a hard time reading it.
Apparently, I am in the minority though….after writing this review I checked it out on Amazon. At the time it had 31 reviews – 12 of them were 5 star ratings, and 13 of them were 4 stars, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking about picking it up.