Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Review: How to Catch and Keep a Vampire by Diana Laurence

Discover the Secret of the Red Satin Ribbon . . .In How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful, author Diana Laurence explores the romantic fascination we mortals have for the undead. Why do perfectly normal people fall for such sinister beings? And more importantly, what should we do about it when we do? Diana Laurence knows. With loads of personal experience to draw upon, Laurence does everything from explaining the attraction to blood-drinkers, to sharing what red satin signifies to them. In this book, she has created a road map to show readers how a vampire relationship can be achieved and conducted in harmony with everyday existence.

This isn't normally the type of book that I review on this site, but when I was given the opportunity to read it, I couldn't say no. I wasn't disappointed! Thanks to Andy, for giving me an opportunity to read this.

I had a lot of fun reading this book! While I enjoy the occasional vampire story/TV show (i.e True Blood), I've always been curious about the vampire-obsessed. What makes the vampire so appealing, aside from the characters being played by attractive actors? This book answered that, and more. Plus, it had me laughing aloud (which probably frightened a lot of other people at my library).

In my opinion, the book would definitely be categorized humor. If you look closely, however, there are some genuine dating tips throughout the book. Each chapter had various different sections, like "FAQ's about the Undead", Case Studies, and plenty of other tips on how to catch yourself a vampire. For example, did you know that wearing a red satin ribbon (tied in a bow) on your wrist shows your interest in those who are undead?

Laurence also takes time to point out the difference between an evil vampire, and a "bad" vampire (think murderer vs the bad boy). She uses her personal experience with a vampire, named Dr. Stephen Grey, to emphasize why evil vampires shouldn't be sought out. In short, they want to drain you of your blood and/or convert you against your will.

Laurence is a seasoned author, including the vampire story Bloodchained. After reading this book, I might have to pick that one up as well.

How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful
By Diana Laurence
Published by Sellers Publishing
160 Pages
Rating: B

I'll leave you with a vampire pick-up line featured in the book:
3. The romantic: "They say a diamond is forever-I can promise you an eternity"


Andrea said...

It sounds really fun and funny! Great review.

Justine said...

Totally going on my TBR :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

This sounds like such fun. Thanks for the review :)

Diana Laurence said...

Lizzy, thanks so much for the fantastic review! I'm always especially thrilled when someone not-necessarily-vampire-obsessed enjoys my book. I sure appreciate the shoutout to Bloodchained as well. The sequel will be out in a couple of weeks, too! Anyway--Conner, Mordred, Colin and the gang pass on their gratitude. :-)

Krista said...

I really want to try this one! great review:)

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