Audiobook Review – Vampire Blues by Stephany Simmons
Lian and Figg are still recovering from events that almost destroyed their lives, but when a good friend comes to them with a serious problem, they can’t turn him away. Soon, Lian and Figg are neck-deep in local vampire politics and framed for a massacre they had little to do with. On top of that, the local werewolf pack is sniffing around, looking for favors.
This is book two in the series, I had hoped it would be a bit longer. The story is really great, but it is all squished together in a rush. So many things happening and not enough time to really get into them. The story seems to hop from event to event. It would have been nice to have a bit more build and detail as things progressed, this is why I would have liked this to be a full book instead of novella length.
The narrative is split between the two leads, which helps keep the reader engaged and on the inside of the story. The transitions are easy to follow, as each section is labeled with whose POV you are hearing. I would guess a longer book would help these thoughts feel less rushed and expositional.
The story progresses from a time shortly after the first book ended. There are issues with Werewolves, Vamps, helping Carl the necromancer, a murder frame up, colossal vamp battle for power of the city and some hanky panky for Lian and Fig. See all that in a 3 hour audiobook, feels cramped! The story was entertaining, but it could have been so much more.
Julie Hoverson does a terrific job with all the voices she is given, keeping the distinct throughout. I really enjoy her accent for Lian, it makes my ears very happy. Her energy helps move the read along swiftly, while at the same time engaging the listener. She is a fantastic choice for this series. I have heard a few of her reads and am never disappointed.
I am eager for the next book, because there are loads of things left slightly open. I can see potential for an excellent read, if only we could spend a bit more time with the story instead of rushing from one thing to the next.