on Nov. 06, 2015 :
Firstly there is only about 7 pages to this book so don't expect an in depth novella(or an in depth review!). It is hard to get people interested in reading your novel with such a short introduction-but I feel that the author does this very nicely. It gives the impression of a good urban fantasy which kickass characters, action and humour which is exactly what I'm looking for.
We get introduced to our heroine Nina and her vampire partner Frankie as they pursue vampires through the streets. We are introduced to their cheeky banter and the fact that they trust each other a lot. It is an all action battle with the vampires who in this world, are very difficult to kill, which I liked. The good guys indicate that even staking them through the heart isn't enough, that they need to cut off the head and destroy the heart. We also have the humourous character of the kickass Mayor who I instantly liked and I really hope that all three feature in the series.
I'm definitely keen to read the first book Hell's Belle. I had bought it before I read this short story but now I am really intrigued to see what the series has to offer.
NB: Since writing the review I've also discovered that this was just the prologue to Hell's Belle, which is kinda cheating. And this prologue was WAY better than the book.
(review of free book)
on May 27, 2015 :
My original review from July 2013:
This story is a lot of fun! The action is well-written and tense. Nina, Frankie, and the mayor (a fictionalized version of real life Mayor Cory Booker!) are likeable, bad-ass good-guy vampires and/or vampire hunters and are introduced here with aplomb. Definitely whet my appetite for a full length novel.
Jan 2015, edited to add:
I bought the full length novel, "Hell's Belle", and discovered that "Bloody Boulevard" is not so much a prequel, as stated, but a reprint of the novel's Prologue. As far as I can tell, it is identical. The short is free, so no harm no foul, but it's weird that this isn't mentioned anywhere. Also, it actually works better as a standalone short, because as a prologue it's got *nothing* to do with the rest of the book, and is actually somewhat *better* than the rest of the book. So... huh?
(review of free book)