Book Review: The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith (3/5 Stars)

The Last American Vampire
New York Times bestselling author Seth Grahame-Smith returns with the follow-up to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter--a sweeping, alternate history of 20th Century America as seen through the eyes of vampire Henry Sturges.

In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith ingeniously weaves vampire history through Russia's October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination. Expansive in scope and serious in execution, THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE is sure to appeal to the passionate readers who made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a runaway success.

I'm a huge fan of both the book and movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter so, I was dying to get my hands on the sequel. This will be one of my shortest reviews ever because for the most part, I enjoyed the book. However, towards the middle it really took a nose dive and it took a lot to get it out of that rut.
The ficition and non-fiction plot weaving is really smooth and fun. However, unlike the first book, the writing style is too serious. The first book allowed itself to be the campy B-movie type it was. This book tried to sound like a high class literary acheivement and it makes the book a heavy bore at times.
For this, I have no choice but to give it 3 stars. However, it was a lot of fun with a lot of famous name slinging. The author put so much imagination in to it in order to blend real life events and ficition events so well. I'd recommend it to any fan of the first book so you can make the judgements for yourself. I'll most likely return for anything else that Grahme writes.

3 Stars

Black History Spotlight: Chaos by Constance M. Burris


  Dr. Michael Chauncey is a naval psychiatrist who uses his secret ability as a telepath to help his patients, but when a suspected AWOL and fellow telepath walks into his office he’ll have to go to extraordinary lengths to learn where this woman has been for the past seven years.   Amazon Link Amazon Link


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Black History Spotlight: Sin Eaters Series by Kai Leakes

Check out this great paranormal series!

Sin Eaters: Devotion Book One:
 Khamun Cross was born to do one thing and that was to watch Sanna Steele, a woman so unique and special he would risk his all to have her.  So what, that in his job of watching her, he happens to prowl the streets, hunting the very things that go bump in the night. Even monsters or everyday looking people that steal humans' souls become Khamun's victims, and he brings with him a power, a vampirism, that would send one straight to the dark. ​

Khamun craves the darkness in his victims as if it were his own personal dinner, but not as much as he craves the very woman he has been ordained to watch over as her Guardian Angel. Sanna Steele is just your average twenty-seven year old, with your everyday hopes, dreams and insecurities. She is clueless about the war that is secretly raging around her in the streets of St. Louis. A war she will soon become a part of. But what is so special about Sanna that the very things that go bump in the night, seeks to snatch her from her very existence in life?

Sin Eaters: Devotion Book Two:
 Darkness is swallowing the streets of Chicago, and a key may have been found. Khamun and Sanna’s epic journey together has led them to this, their mission to save Nephilim Society from themselves. Still trying to open the secrets of the first book, Khamun and Sanna’s fight has resulted in a travesty that may change their lives. Now with Khamun at the cusp of a life and death decision, it’s up to his team to close ranks and protect their Oracle. Calvin Freeman is surrounded by death. Not only has his cousin fallen in battle, but he’s now being stalked by ghosts from his past lives and a familiar lethal foe, the Medusa.

 What is deathly has become alluring, and what is toxic has become bittersweet. His dreams are betraying him, and war is coming as society turns a blind eye. It’s up to him and his family to bring their retribution, and it’s up to him to find out why the woman known for bringing nightmares has suddenly knocked at his door.

Take a final walk in the chilling world of Kai Leakes in Sin Eaters 2: Retribution Devotion Book Two.

About the Author: 

 Born in Iowa, but later relocating and raised in Alton, IL and St. Louis, MO, Kai Leakes was a multifaceted Midwestern child, who gained an addiction to books at an early age. The art of imagination was the very start of Kai’s path of writing. Sharing impromptu vibrant romance story tales with her cousins as a teen, writing books didn't seem like something she would pursue until one day in college. Storytelling continues to be a major part of her very DNA, with the goal of sharing tales that entertain and add color to a gray literary world. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dabble in photography, and find ways to jazz up her website with behind the books shorts. Loving to feed her book addiction, romance, fantasy and fiction novels are her world. Reading those particular genres help guide her as she finds the time to write and create new tales for her growing fan base: #Teamsineaters & #Teamcursed. Since emerging as an author, Kai Leakes has released the action-based Pararomance novels about love, dedication, family, friendship, legacy, and survival.

 Sin Eaters: Devotion Book Series, begins with Sin Eaters: Devotion Book One, and ends with the exciting tale with Sin Eaters: Retribution – Devotion Book Two. She’s currently in the process off submitting a new story, which has her stepping into the contemporary romance genre with the novel, ‘Pleasure Principle: A Brother of Kemet Novel’. This steamy tale will hopefully come to bookstores nationwide within 2015 or 2016. When not procrastinating, something fiercely, Kai Leakes continues her love for fantasy with her current work titled, ‘Pulse’ that is a fantasy (Steampunk) romance novel. But, not to leave her paranormal fan base lingering, via their energetic requests, she is currently working on a short novel based on the Sin Eaters world which will feature the Guardians. She is also in the process of outlining, ‘Sin Eaters: Rebirth – Devotion Book Three” which will continue in sharing the adventures of Khamun and Sanna as they fight for humanity and Nephilims.

As is her personal goal with writing, Kai Leakes will continue to work to bring a multi-faceted and diverse world to Fantasy and Romance.

 “The Light Always Prevails.” –Kai Leakes

You can find her at:
Twitter: @kaileakes


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