November 14, 2012

Review: Life and Death of Lily Drake

Life and Death of Lily Drake by T. Michelle Nelson
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 2012
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Book Description:

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 emerged 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?

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The Life and Death of Lily Drake by T. Michelle Nelson was awesome in a completely unexpected way. I’m a fan of vampire book in general so when I first picked up this book I was super excited. It turns out that this wasn’t anything like what I thought it would be like and yet it was still really awesome!

The Life and Death of Lily Drake is about a single Mom named Lily who goes about her days working and taking care of her 12-year-old son, Keaton. Her best and only true friend, Angie sets her up on a blind date and instead of going out with blind date guy; she ends up accidentally going out with Mathis, sexy vampire extraordinaire.

I thought it was so amusing when he showed up at Lily’s house and she thought he was her blind date and he just went along with it. I totally snickered. He wound up taking her out to dinner instead of back to his place right away like he was supposed to. When Mathis excused himself to the bathroom and called his cousin Val, I laughed. Their conversation was amusing.

That’s another thing about this book that Nelson hit on the head. She has a great mixture of emotions going on in this story. It’s very realistic despite the vampires and her characters are strong. I love how the vampire we meet, Mathis, Val, Rose and the rest aren’t anything link vampires I’ve read about before.

The story they tell her about her family, the curse that’s on them, she wants nothing to do with at first. She doesn’t want to chase down Rouge vampires all she wants to do is live her life and be a Mom. But something happens, as it always seems to, and Lily has to make a choice that winds up changing everything.

I don’t want to give too much away, because this is one of those stories you need to read to appreciate how great it is, but Lily as a main character is so awesome. She’s courageous, stubborn, smart and she totally kicks ass. If you like vampire of a different kind, strong female heroines, and good snark The Life and Death of Lily Drake is for you.

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Author Bio:

When T. Michelle Nelson was a little girl she told people she was going to be a skeleton when she grew up. Most people assumed she confused the question with "What do you want to be for Halloween?" She doesn't remember, but thinks it's debatable either way. With her love of all things monster and horror, it's possible she actually did want to grow up to be a skeleton. Years later, little has changed. T. Michelle still loves her monsters, but now she writes about them.

Originally from Western Kentucky, T. Michelle is a graduate of Murray State University. She now resides in picturesque Mount Vernon, Ohio, which is also the setting of her novel, The Life and Death of Lily Drake. When she isn't vicariously living through her characters, T. Michelle Nelson is a not-so-mild-mannered mother, semi-decent baker and lousy volleyball player.

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