Fangs by Anna Katmore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Vampires
Being a vampire might be the greatest thing in the world… or the worst.
19-year-old (forever) Quentin has been spinning his wheels since the death of his parents led to his subsequent change at the hands of great, great, great (something-or-other) Uncle Vladimir Dracula. That’s right, the infamous Count Dracula.
So when Uncle Vlad finally has enough, he throws Quentin out on his proverbial butt, dropping him off in his old castle in Transylvania. Which has nothing — no electricity, no WiFi, no indoor plumbing.
Quentin’s not sure if she’ll be his downfall or salvation when cookie-scented Abby comes to the castle uninvited. And for some reason, she keeps coming back. She smells so good, and he’d love to take a bite — if he could just figure out how to do it without her sending an angry mob after him.
Because the truth is, he’s stuck, thanks to some old magic guarding the castle and his inability to tap into his supposed vampire powers. If he doesn’t get a bite soon, he’s not sure what will happen to him.
This was a surprisingly sweet romance, wrapped in a dark, angsty, vampire coming of age story. And the official description (below) had me intrigued, it was perhaps a bit misleading. I kinda expected there to be more humor to this, and while it had snark, it wasn’t so much laugh-out-loud funny. Which worked, in the end. Just not quite what I was expecting.
But to be honest, I think it was the romance that really put this one over the edge of “I’m not so sure,” to “Yeah, that was worth it”. I worried that because of the language, the romance would get a little more graphic. But despite having a certain warmth to it, it wasn’t as hot and heavy as I expected. Thankfully, it was perfectly delicious. Like a cookie. 😉
If you like your vampire bad boys snarky and edgy, this book is definitely for you. The characters were believable (even if Abby was a bit of a nervous nelly and didn’t quite smack of the British flavor her background implied), the action kept you guessing (yeah, I might need a little more info on Grandma and her mysterious cellar at some point), and the romance had you rooting for the couple the entire time.
**Fair warning: As far as language goes, there was plenty of swearing, and more than a handful of f-bombs. But the romance was surprisingly sweet, with no onscreen sex.**
Note: If you stopped by during the cover reveal tour for Fangs, you probably saw the below, but if you missed it, here it is again. 😀
Official Description for Fangs:
For nineteen years, I was just an ordinary Californian guy. Until a car crash almost killed me, and Count Dracula suddenly stuck his teeth into my throat. As his great-grandnephew and rightful heir, he ships me off to freaking Transylvania to learn how to be a vampire the hard way: with no staff to eat, no chance to escape, and no Wi-Fi. It’s just the place to go mental. And starve.
But there’s this girl. Abigail… For some reason, she likes to roam the dark and musty castle. She claims to know nothing about vampires, but I swear she tries to kill me every damn time we meet. I would have invited her to be my dinner last night if she hadn’t fled with something very dear to me. My fang.
Now, I’m waiting for sundown to find her and get my tooth back. And then I’ll kill the werewolf that howls in the forest, because that’s actually the one condition under which Uncle Vlad allows me to return home.
But the wolf problem is harder to solve than expected. And Abigail’s cookie-like scent is making me do really stupid things…
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About the Author
Anna Katmore grew up in Vienna – not by free will but because her parents decided to move there when she was only 4 years old. She hated the city, everything about it. So right after graduation, she moved back to the country side where she settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop. (The laptop came first!)
She’s been a storyteller all her life. Already in kindergarten, she came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. Her teacher back then called her a liar. Today, Anna calls it the cornerstone of her writing career.
People always told her: you can’t make a living with being an author. After her first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, she knew she could do anything if only she never stopped dreaming.
That’s also part of what she teaches her students in writing workshops today. Always dream big! If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.