The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn
(Vampire Psychologist #1)
Quercus (Sept 2011)
Paperback, 400 Pages
Paranormal Romance

The Vampire Shrink got off to a really good start for me. With Kismet the psychologist who specialises in treating people who believe in vampires, who most certainly does not believe in vampires herself. With the trend for goths and fake fangs, Kismet believes this new specialism might be the key to her career.

When Kismet begins helping a young girl who frequents vampire clubs, she becomes introduced to 800 year old vampire Deveraux and sucked into a whole new world she never believed existed. As well a serious amount of trouble, trouble that also leads FBI Agent Alan Stevens to her door.

I really enjoyed Kismet’s role as a Psychologist in this book, it was amusing to watch her try and navigate through her patients conditions and reading her internal dialogue as she did so. It added a different slant to the story.

I ran a little hot and cold with Kismet, I started to really buy into the blossoming love story with her and one character and then something happens and she virtually jumps into bed with another. The explanation behind why this was ok, was that she was a modern women and she hadn’t committed to anyone. Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned, but it left me feeling a little disenchanted, rather than buying into a potential love triangle. In general I came away thinking that the love story part of this story was quite muddled.

I think the setting of the novel and the rules around the paranormal world needed further definition, at times it left me somewhat confused. There are a couple of strange scenes in this book, a particular one with a protection ceremony springs to mind. That seemed a little weird and also left me wondering what on earth had exactly happened. I felt like the author needed to have spent a little more time building and defining this.

VERDICT:

Overall I really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to seeing where the series goes now that Kismet believes in vampires. I think the psychologist angle could make it both amusing and different from other books in this genre.

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. The Vampire Shrink
  2. Blood Therapy
  3. Dark Harvest

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15 Comments


Gemma May 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm

You know, I got half way through this then put it down to read the first Fallen Angel book by J. R. Ward. Never picked it back up. I think it was something to do with the character Kismet. I really need to re-read it.

Great review

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Laura May 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thank you. Yes, Kismet is a hard character to get used to, I can see why you put it down. But I did enjoy the story.

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Angie May 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Great review! This has been on my to-read forever, even though I didn’t know much about it. It sounds like a good read though. :)

Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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Laura May 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

It was a fun read and thanks :-) Kismet is a bit of tough character to endear to at times, but I did enjoy the story & like the psychologist twist.

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Rebecca May 17, 2012 at 8:03 am

I really like the sounds of the plotline for this book, I love anything related to psychology! Would you say it helped you get into the mind of the characters better, or was there little psychological evaluation going on? :)

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Laura May 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

Good question! I think it perhaps have more insight into Kismet as there was a lot of her internal dialogue on what she thought of the characters, especially when she thought vampires weren’t real. So maybe a new slant on the main character’s narrative voice rather than insight into the other characters.

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Carolyn May 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

Mmm, not sure if I would like this one. Have to connect with the characters and Kismet sounds as though she might annoy me. The psychology part sounds as though it could be interesting though.

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Laura May 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

I have to confess at times she is quite annoying! But I liked the psychologist slant. The story did go a bit haywire at times, but overall i’m interested to see where they’re going to take it. I’d like to see her counselling vampires next I think it would make a good story.

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mandee wyrick May 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Great review! I look and this book every time I walk by it but I just haven’t had the oomph to give it a try yet. Maybe it’s the cover? The cover you posted is MUCH better than ours lol. But the story seems pretty good so now I’ll probably give it a try. Thanks!

Mandee @ compelledbywords.blogspot

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Laura May 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I agree the UK cover is much better than the US one. So glad you liked the review, I hope you enjoy the book :)

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Dalene May 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I love the title and the cover. So after reading your review what did I do? I definitely added it to my TBR list. I think even with the quirks you described I could definitely enjoy the book. Thanks for a great review :)

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Laura May 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Oh did you you buy it? I hope you enjoy it now if you did! :)

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Ashley Prince May 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Great review! I love vampires and I love psychology. I think I will definitely give this book a go.

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Laura May 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I liked the combination it made the story a bit different. So glad you enjoyed the review :)

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Nina Ruble June 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I loved your review! Im considering reading it, but I’m more into teen romance. I put it down on my ‘To Read’ list. Thank you for the review!

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