When Life Gives You Vampires

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Slaying It, Bk. 1). Oct. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781728257440. pap. $15.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
DEBUT Lily Baines wakes up alone in her apartment one day with a newly acquired craving for blood and without a reflection. Becoming a vampire overnight and without her consent was not part of her plan, but she quickly embraces her new reality. Lily’s maker, Tristan Newberry, is willing to do everything in his power to ease her transition into vampire life and keep her safe from his old enemies, who are not happy that the rules were not followed when Lily became a vampire. Immortality means that Lily is trapped in her plus-sized body for eternity, and while she no longer wants to diet, she has a lot of internal hurdles to overcome before she can begin to truly enjoy eternity. Tristan’s appreciation for Lily begins to affect how Lily sees herself and her future as they spend more time together. But maybe the traditional rules of vampirism need to change, and Lily and Tristan might be the ones to lead this evolution.
VERDICT The book’s near-constant preoccupation with weight may be triggering to some, but readers of paranormal romance who enjoy more character growth than violence might enjoy this debut novel.
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