When I picked up Vampire State of Mind to read I had no idea what I should expect. I must be one of the few people who has not read any of the vampire genre of books that has sprung up in recent years. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised.
Vampire State of Mind is set in York, but not the York we are familiar with today. Vampires, Shadows, Werewolves and other Otherworlders roam the streets. Trapped here when a portal closed they have to coexist peacefully with humans. Jessica Grant runs the York City Council Tracker Program which keeps track of Otherworlders, making sure they are where they should be. She is aided in the task by her assistant Liam.
Jessica is dizzy and funny whilst being good at her job. She is able to spot an Otherworlder really easily and if needed she can dispatch them, always coming off best in a fight. She also has an attraction to Sil, a ex colleague who is also an incredibly handsome attractive vampire. She understands vampires have no emotion and is doing her best to ignore this attraction and get on with the job.
Then strange things start happening. A mysterious stranger turns up whose species can’t be identified. Events start happening where the object appears to be to kill Jessica. She needs to work with Sil and find out what is going on and save the world.
The world where vampires roam was believable and the characters were well rounded. While the storyline moved at a fast pace and was dramatic, there was a light side to the story with moments of humour shining though. I found myself getting caught up in the story as Jessica tries to find out what is going on whilst battling her emotions and tries to keep her friends safe. I really enjoyed Vampire State of Mind and am looking forward to reading more books by the same author.
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