Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Witch's Handbook to Hunting Vampires

The Witch's Handbook to Hunting Vampires

by Amy Boyles

4 out of 5

All Andie Taylor wants is a quiet life.

Andie Taylor is your average single mom. She's got a beautiful toddler, a great job at the local preschool, a neurotic best friend and one huge secret—she used to hunt vampires. Now retired, Andie would much rather be wiping kid snot off her clothes than stalking the undead.

But after a meteor rips through her small town, strange things start happening—like the school janitor is found dead with fang marks in his neck.

Andie's retired, it's not her problem.

Until vampires attack Andie on her front lawn. Now she has to figure out who the head bloodsucker is and stop him from taking any more victims—all while juggling single motherhood, a crazy great aunt and Andie's own lust for a fallen angel. Can she solve the mystery before the vampires claim someone else? Or will she become the next target of the bloodsuckers?

Don't miss this first book in a brand new series by the author of the Bless Your Witch series.

Andie has clamped down on all things paranormal, and is trying to live a normal life. Until a meteor crash kicks up the crazy, and she is dragged back into the world of vampire-hunting.

I received a free copy in an exchange for an honest review.

So Andie used to be a witch, and used to hunt vampires. But after the death of her husband, and having a young child depending on her, she turned her back on it all.
She's moved to a little town, where nobody knows her past. She's just an average single mum, who works at the local school, and never does anything exciting.

The story really starts when a meteor crashes nearby, and the body of a young man is found in school grounds.
Even Andie, who is keen to stick her head in the ground and ignore everything paranormal, realises something is happening. Something big.
Luckily, she has new friend Stone to help her out. And provide some delicious man-candy to stare at, even if he is off-limits.

This book was fun. It was light, and a proper cosy, paranormal mystery. It never took itself seriously, and was entertaining.

That said, I initially struggled to get into it. This is very much midway through the drama that is Andie's life, and the way the book was written, it felt like it was alluding to a previous story. I kept having to double-check this wasn't a sequel.
The whole story, plot and romance were nice. It ticks every box, and there are no surprises.

Overall, this was a 3.5 for me. I wasn't particularly gripped, but I would be interested in reading the rest of the series, to see where it goes.


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