Friday, July 15, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - VAMPIRE SHIFT by TIM O'ROURKE

By : Tim O'Rourke
Published By : Tim O'Rourke
Released :Available Now
Details : Kindle Edition

RATING : 5 ORIGINAL STARS!!!

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

When twenty-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations and missing persons, with her unique ability of 'seeing', Kiera soon realises her life is in danger.  In a race against time to unearth the truth, Kiera must discover the identity of who or what is behind the gruesome deaths on the 'Vampire Shift'.

Book one in the Kiera Hudson Trilogy.

BOOK REVIEW:


I was originally drawn to the stunning cover of Vampire Shift , it really caught my eye. Kiera just stares right through you. 

I loved Tim’s odd group of coppers stuck out at The Ragged Cove trying to solve the mysteries of the ever increasing grizzly murders. Murphy the slipper wearing , pipe smoking Sergeant, despite the sign stating , “It’s against the law to smoke on these premises”. Potter the, crime scene contaminating , resident wise crack and forensic specialist and then there is the handsome , 22yr old Constable Luke Bishop, who can disappear on Kiera when she needs him most..... is he friend or foe?
20 yr old police officer, Constable Kiera Hudson upon completion of her initial training is posted at The Ragged Cove . I must admit when I started reading I youtubed ‘On The Floor’ by Jennifer Lopez and listened to it whilst reading the opening chapter as that’s what Kiera was listening to on her car radio, thought I would get into the mood of the book...lol!! But then... her radio failed her...she had entered The Ragged Cove district and I too had to shut off my song, I was really ‘feeling’ this book.. lol!!

Kiera has a gift , she can really ‘see’ her surroundings and sum up a crime scene within minutes, even with Potter carelessly contaminating them. Kiera just goes about her business, nothing really perturbs her. She has a Sherlock Holmes type personality.

I must admit by the end of ‘Vampire Shift’ , I was really liking Potter. He really grew on me, especially when he started saying 'easy tiger' to Kiera...me thinks he is crushing on her..... or not. I am hoping for more Potter in the sequel , ‘Vampire Wake’.

There were scene stealing action / fighting scenes that I could really 'see' as I was reading. Tim writes visually very well. You can see his characters and goings on very clearly.

There are twists and turns all through ‘Vampire Shift’. The couple things I figured out were outweighed by the rather surprising turn of events that Tim threw at the reader. He quite masterfully threw curve balls. I was suitably impressed as I am a reader who reads looking for clues and hints at possible outcomes of a story. I don’t just read. He surprised me several times.

I loved the quirky old lady who owned the Crescent Moon Inn with her crucifixes and bottles of holy water and her not so appealing grotty son, Roland.... the inn chef...eeep!!

Tim’s book has such originality, you truly believe that you are walking around The Ragged Cove and being part of the goings on. He has given a very original take on the Vampire genre which I found very refreshing, mix it with some quirky characters and you have a great page turner.

I could really see this book as a British movie with its odd characters of The Ragged Cove.



FAVE QUOTE:

“You make sure you do pretty lady, cos that Sergeant of yours couldn’t find his own arse with both hands and a flashlight.”


MY LITTLE POEM I WROTE FOR
ONCE UPON A READ-A-THON CHALLENGE

This is a different take on Vampires, original, me thinks,
An odd assortment of Coppers and their clink,
A girl named Kiera, with jet black hair,
A lad named Luke who acts like he doesn't care,
A town named The Ragged Cove,
Where people are left with big gaping holes in their throats.


A mystery to solve,
Kiera is a bright one who is in the know,
For Kiera has a gift,
She can 'see' through the shit,
A crime scene she can sum up in minutes,
As long as Potter stops smoking his cigarettes.


There are twists and turns,
Tim O'Rourke tells a great yarn,
Do not go out alone at night,
I can guarantee you won't be able to fight,
Who really should Kiera fear,
Is it ? or........oh dear.





TIM'S PAGE HERE 

YOU CAN FIND HIS BOOK COVER DESIGNER THERE TOO

CARLES BARRIOS

ENJOY!!

Michelle










2 comments:

  1. A British movie you say... :)

    I haven't heard of this one before but it does sound interesting. I've been avoiding Vampire stories for a while because I started to get a bit fed up of the sub-genre.

    Great review.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Jules ,

    It's not long released. I really had a great time reading it. Tim is lovely to chat to. I think you willbe surprised at the spin Tim has put on the Vampire genre, I was. I really liked his take. Refreshing:D

    Michelle

    ReplyDelete

We love hearing from you, your comments mean a lot to us.