Melanie would love to believe in fairy tales. She'd love, in fact, to believe in anything. The twenty-three-year-old college dropout is stuck - stuck in a dead-end waitress job, stuck in her hometown of Ellicott City, Maryland, and stuck with a boyfriend who likes to play dress-up as a vampire. Vampires. Her world and her reality are turned upside down when she encounters the real thing. Along the way, she meets Lucas, the would-be vampire slayer, his father the sheriff, and ultimately the vampire himself. Melanie learns that fairy tales can come true, and evil isn't always where you expect to find it.
My take on this story:
I am a huge fan of good vampire fiction, with Blood and Sunlight I really got more than I anticipated, because it wasn't good it was absolutely excellent!
Melanie comes of as a person used to going along with whatever her boyfriends want. She is a twenty three year old college drop out that often feels much older than she really is. She really doesn't like to be alone, so she is never without a boyfriend and frankly the ones she chooses well, aren't actually the cream of the crop, her current boyfriend Bryan, who likes to be called Lucian, is into vampires,wearing the dark clothes,powdering his skin to make it pale, dying his hair black, and for a while even wearing fake,plastic vampire teeth. To appease Bryan she starts wearing dark clothes, and starts using the endless supply of drugs Bryan's buddy Carl always had. She feels like Bryan treats her very well, and that she hasn't really been fair to him, not wanting to read the books he recommends. Yeah well, I felt like she was to good to him, going along with his crazy antics, I mean heck she doesn't even believe in Vampires but is willing to go along with him, when to me he seemed often acted very juvenile!
One night while they are out hanging out in the tunnels under the ruins of a place called Hell House Carl and Bryan are attacked by what appears to be a young girl, when Melanie runs to get help she encounters man named Keenan who promises to help, she passes out and when she comes to she is inside an old caretakers trailer and she smells smoke. She meets Lucas who turns out to be a vampire slayer. When the police start to arrive he tells her they need to leave, actually the police chief, who covers up alot of what Lucas does. Can she figure out what has happened to her boyfriend Bryan, and Carl? What about Lucas, does he really think there are vampires? One thing for sure things are getting really weird, and Melanie knows she doesn't want to be alone.Is it really possible that there could be vampire on the loose in Ellicott City?
I found the author did a great job with the characters, I did want to shake Melanie a couple of times for going along with her other peoples crazy antics, but honestly that is typical for the person she was. You could easily imagine the characters, especially Keenan and the loneliness that he must have felt, and the struggles he had lived thru, wanting to protect Melanie making it easier for her. The story throws us several twists making this a very fast paced story, and once I hit the ending well, it wasn't what was expected.
All I can say is I certainly hope that the author is working on a sequel because I for one didn't want this story to end, I hope Keenan and Melanie's story has just begun!
On a scale of one to five I would give this book a six its just that good!
Book reviewed for Readers Favorite.