Flux Books (US, Jan 2013)
Ebook, 288 pages
Paranormal, Young Adult
Can a fanged fashionista take out a deadly Salem spirit? Being on the run from the Feds and the vampire council with no money is not as glamorous as it sounds, especially when I, Gina Covello, fashion queen of the undead, am forced to abandon my wardrobe. Salem, Massachusetts, seems like a great place to hide our supernatural gang. But who knew the city would be crawling with ghosts? The nasty spirit of George Corwin, infamous sheriff from the witch trial days, is on a killing spree. It’s up to us to take down the breath-stealing phantom-without blowing our cover. (Goodreads)
**Possible spoilers from previous books**
I love the title FANGTABULOUS, and vampires are my paranormal creatures of choice, so this book seemed right up my street, my only hesitation came from reading book 4 in a series, when I haven’t read any of the previous books. Admittedly it did take me a while to figure out the characters and what had happened in the previous books and I wasn’t able to connect to the main protagonist Gina until I clued in to what had happened in the past.
Gina is a vampire who was turned by her vampire boyfriend Bobby in book 1, Vamped, and FANGTABULOUS is from her point of view. Gina is a fun and feisty kind of girl, who speaks her mind and loves a good mystery to solve, especially one with a paranormal influence.
FANGTABULOUS opens up with a road trip with the main protagonists Gina, Bobby, Marcy, Eric, Nelson and Brent all on the run from the Feds. Unable to use their bank accounts and having a very little amount of cash left, they need to start a fresh new life from scratch and Salem, Massachusetts seems to be the place to start.
Salem is known for its history in witches and hopefully it would be a place, where a supernatural gang could blend in without too many questions.
Modern day Salem? One of the most haunted places in America and somewhere, we hoped, where a few vampires, a mad scientist and a reformed Fed with a touch of magical mojo could blend in without drawing too much attention. As it turns out, we were wrong. But it wasn’t out fault. Really…
Salem seems to have a ghost strangler on the loose, which is targeting young women, when the ghost sets its sights on Gina and is unsuccessful at choking the life out of her, well luckily for Gina, vampires don’t need to breathe, Gina takes it personally to find out who the strangler is.
The murders seem to happen more frequently and with a spook buster video star Ty at the scene it becomes very important to stay under the radar. If Ty realizes that Gina is a vampire not only will the country share in her secret the Feds will find her too, and that could end in their termination.
With each murder, the ghost is becoming more powerful and is now showing an ability to possess a host, realising this ghost is the old Sheriff George Corwin from the witch trial days and he seems to be tied to the powerful, old relics appearing all over Salem, Gina and the gangs investigation needs to discover who is responsible before it becomes too late.
With one of the gang showing signs of not being themselves, the mystery becomes even more dangerous and the need for a solution of greater importance, Gina looks to the good witches of Salem for extra help and support in destroying and putting to rest the dangerous ghost.
This is a fun light-hearted read with a few twists that entertain, I did want the line “and I would have got away with it, if it weren’t for you pesky kids” at some point towards the end as the whole mystery gang reminded me somewhat of Scooby-Doo.
Overall I enjoyed FANGTABULOUS, it took me a little while to become familiar with the characters due to not having read the previous books in the series, but once I did I liked their banter and crime busting techniques. The team reminded me of the Scooby Doo gang and it was a light-hearted, fun, easy read. I think FANGTABULOUS would have been better if I had followed the series through from the start but it was just the ticket to get back into reading after a little bit of a slump.
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