Vampires Rule

Rated 3.88/5 based on 32 reviews
Every year Jack returns to his childhood home in secret. Feeling nostalgic, he wallows in the past. But this time is different. After a close call, Jack wakes to find his fangs are gone. He has a second chance to live, a second chance to be normal. It's great, until he finds out a psycho werewolf wants to kill him... and here he is without his immortality. More
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About Kasi Blake

As a child, books were my constant companion. I've always loved to read, but I didn't start writing until I was twelve. I've had two books published with Harlequin under the name Kasi Blake, but YA books are my favorites. I never outgrew them.

I teach kindergarten thru 2nd grade at a private school, and I reside in Missouri with my two cats, Blanca and Gracie Bear.

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Reviews of Vampires Rule by Kasi Blake

Bryna Butler reviewed on May 5, 2013

This story is incredibly original and intriguing. What if a vampire could turn human again? What if he was a young vampire, one with his human family still living? How would his vampire friends react?

I found the interactions of the characters to be well thought out and intriguing. Some parts really tug at your heart, but it wasn't all drama either. This book is action-packed (underlined). The fights and plot twists come fast and furious and keep you guessing.

I also liked the way that Blake pulled in some of her own new takes on the super powers we have come to expect from werewolves. These werewolves have invisible claws, they can control wraiths, very cool twists on the old legends.

Overall, I think that Vampires Rule is a must-read. The cliffhanger at the end has my stomach in knots, craving more. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
(review of free book)
C. M. reviewed on April 15, 2013

Jack a.k.a. Jackpot, a 17 year old teenager is attacked by a werewolf leaving him for dead but is saved by a vampire, by transforming him into one. Ten years later, while visiting his graveyard, vampire Jackpot tries to save a beautiful girl from a werewolf, although he knows that even a scratch from the creature means death. Miracles of miracles, Jack instead of dyeing turns into what he always wanted to be … a human, a 'normal' human that can go to school and have a normal life.

He meets Silver, a strong, beautiful, soul-sucker werewolf hunter, and she tells him that he has a destiny to fulfill. If that wasn’t enough for Jackpot to hear she also tells him that everything paranormal wants him dead. So, a normal life, huh? Not a chance when wraiths, vampires, werewolves, fairies, hunters, protective girlfriend’s parents or single minded brothers want to tear you to pieces.

The characters were wonderful; my favorite character was Jersey Clifford (the teacher). I liked how he was refined and calculating, I wish there was more info about him because he is such an interesting character…maybe in the next book we’ll see more.

What I didn’t like in the book were the warnings like ‘if it’s too dangerous don’t do it’ or ‘ today we’ve done a lot, let’s leave it for tomorrow’, the way some characters were introduced, distance and time related measurements, things seem to be repeated, the plot was a bit too predictable, some grammar and typo errors.

The story line is fresh at least I haven't read a vamp/were book like this. The world is a unique one, has a great background history, I love it when an author questions the stereo types put on the supernatural and makes up their own rules it makes for a more interesting read if you have a whole new set of rules to play by.

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(review of free book)
Allan Krummenacker reviewed on March 15, 2013

His name is Jack, his nickname is "Jackpot" and with good reason. Killed by a werewolf, but changed at the last moment by vampires he is spared from death. Then by a freak chance, he becomes mortal once more after an encounter with another werewolf. Now he's not completely human, vampire or werewolf... he's something more.

K. C. Blake presents us with a unique blend of traditional vampires, werewolves and a bit more thrown in. It's a fast-paced tale of life, death, rebirth. Second chances that may not be all we hoped they would be. Friends and family become enemies and allies, with twists and turns sure to keep the reader on edge.

This is the first in "The Rule" series. The characters can be a little hard to like at times, but when setting the stage for a series this can be forgiven as we watch them grow and find that there is still a lot more to come from this author and these books.

Highly recommended for vampire and werewolf fans.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(review of free book)
jacquelyn smith reviewed on March 2, 2013

What a story !!!!
Jack was on firer, after being a vampire for so many years it was hard to start over, but start over he did with a little help from friends and family his life was never boring.

Meet Silver an ass kicking werewolf hunter that also loves Jack.

What more can I say I loved this story !!!!!
(review of free book)
Sadie S. Forsythe reviewed on Feb. 12, 2013

I'm having a little trouble writing this review. Not because I don't know what I want to say, but because I don't want to write the exact same review 15 other people already have. The truth is, however, that just like a number of previous readers, I found the idea of this story fascinating but the execution lacking. Jack, Silver, and Jersey's destiny was an interesting one, but there were a number of plot holes and a couple just curiosity holes.

I thought that the characters were a little flat and I greatly disliked the way that Silver was constantly treated as a child. She had trained her WHOLE life to be a werewolf hunter. Jack had just been introduced to the art. But everyone was willing to let him take the lead and all of the risks. Why? Was she really so weak? If so, how had she survived so long without him? I mean she's part of the prophecy (or whatever) too. It smacked of paternalistic sexism...have to protect the precious, fragile female at all cost. Oh god, just gag me.

I did really appreciate Jersey Clifford in all of his poetry spewing badness. He felt like he had more depth than all of the other character combined. Cowboy and Lily had a lot of potential too. Similarly the interaction between Jack and his brother was thought provoking. Billy's experience surely had to be the hardest of any other character. He deserves some credit.

It was hard to reconcile the 'we have to save the world' plot line with the 'innocent love' storyline. I suppose if I was 15 and didn't know how much more life had to offer I might be able to relate to the importance of being a couple (holding hands, carrying her books, etc). But as an adult I found the whole thing too...too vanilla. Granted, I am an adult and this is a YA book (and I'd expect it to best appeal to the lower age brackets of the genre). But even if I could get excited about it, I have a hard time believing two people tasked with such a heavy destiny would stop in the middle of it to cuddle and declare their undying love. Not the time people.

My final and extremely inelegant say on the matter is that the book was alright and will likely appeal to Twilight's younger fan base.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
Sheila Deeth reviewed on Feb. 13, 2012

Jack would love nothing more than to be human again, but Jack died ten years ago and now his little brother’s older than him and his girlfriends are fighting over him. A teen novel with vampires who aren’t adorably dreamy and dangers that really might include death and dismemberment, K.C. Blake’s Vampires Rule makes a refreshing change.

Jack gets his wish, but living a normal high-school life in the daylight doesn’t quite live up to expectations. As he worries about whether he’s really “safe” he finds he has no-one to talk to, except a teacher who seems to know entirely too much.

There’s a halting romance between Jack and Silver, romantic tension between Jack and his vampire friend, sibling rivalry between Jack and his brother, and an intriguing mentor-mentee relationship building between Jack and the man who might be his nemesis. Different weights are given to different relationships throughout the tale, and book two, Werewolves Rule might resolve some of the mysteries left open at the end. But Vampires Rule comes to a satisfying conclusion, avoiding both simple endings and out-and-out conflict, leaving a curious sense of mystery with ancient prophesy and modern hope.

Written with a nicely youthful point of view, instilling just enough confidence to make me believe all the coincidences will be explained, this novel reads well on its own and is a worthy beginning to a series.

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy and promised myself I’d write a review in thanks.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Nawnee Savage reviewed on Jan. 22, 2012

I'm not sure what it is about this book that caught my attention but I got to the point where I wanted to know the answers to the mysterious situations cropping up in the book. it is written more about 17yr olds but it didn't do the whiny crap that you can get along with reading a teen book. The story line is fresh at least I haven't read a vamp book quite like this so the authors world is a unique one and not a knock off of someone else's which is nice, I love it when an author questions the stereo types put on the supernatural and makes up there own rules it makes for a more interesting read if you have a whole new set of rules to play by.

I have to say thanks to K.C. Blake for offering this book as a free read I really enjoyed it as you can tell since it took me less than a day to read, Can't wait to read the sequel.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
A.B. Shepherd reviewed on Dec. 30, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I enjoyed the authors take on vampirism/werewolves and destiny. This is a solid YA novel with no sex and only the amount of violence appropriate to a vampire/werewolf novel. My only problem with it is a discrepancy that bothered me. At one point Jack and Silver figure out they can see memories if they touch an object together, but only if they touch it at the same time. Yet at least once Jack somehow managed to see memories when touching an object on his own.

I did like that this appears to be book one of a series and I would look forward to reading the rest of the story of Jack and Silver and their destinies.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Elizabeth Ayala reviewed on Dec. 26, 2011

I highly enjoyed reading this book. The story was very original. I have never read anything like it.
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)
Danie Cutter reviewed on Nov. 28, 2011

A good solid book with a slightly different take on the vampire genre, nice to have characters that are not all fawning over each other and how wonderful vampires/werewolves are!

This is immensely readable, the writing flows and I'd always read far more than I though I had time for. The characters are understandable and identifiable, all in all an enjoyable read. The only negative was that I found the plot a bit predictable, in fact towards the end where it appeared a double cross was to be discovered it wasn't as sizeable as a twist could or should have been.

I would probably read the next, if I'm not being shouted at for other books but will still be hoping for that huge double cross that in my opinion was missing from this one.
(reviewed 71 days after purchase)
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