Book Review: The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ray Rhamey. We received a copy of The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles in exchange for our honest review, but this did not influence our opinions at all. We only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Ray Rhamey is not responsible for the content of this post.
I don’t know about you, but from time to time, I Google my blog to see where it falls in the Google search results. From the very first Kitty Cat Chronicle Google search I ever did, the book The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles came up right alongside my blog. My interest being piqued one too many times, I recently decided to contact the author, Ray Rhamey, about doing a book review. He graciously accepted my invitation and sent me a copy to read and review. Without further ado, we would like to share with you our book review!
The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles turns vampire mythology on its head when Patch, a calico tomcat, is turned into breakfast–and a vampire kitty-cat–by a starving vampire. Narrated by Patch in a deliciously snarky cat take on the world, Patch struggles to find a new life, as it were. In the process, he’s almost skewered with a stake by a mob with blazing torches, tried for murder, nearly crunched by a seven-foot undead guy, just about shotgunned into undead pieces, comes inches from having his tail cut off and seconds from being fried by the sun, and kidnapped twice. Oh, yeah, and turned into a (shudder) politician. On the other paw, he does hook up with that sweet Siamese, and it looks like he’s on the way to winning that election . . .
—Book Summary from amazon.com
Our Review of The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles
I don’t admit this to very many people (and here I am admitting it for the world to see), but I am vampire-story fan. Books and TV shows both. I have read Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, and even those silly Twilight (cringe) books. I watch True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. Vampire stories are my guilty pleasure. My point in saying all of this is that I have heard several different takes on the whole vampire thing. While each vampire story usually has some aspect of vampirism that makes it unique, most of them are all pretty similar – vampires are immortal, they have magic healing powers, they can’t be exposed to sunlight, they usually have some type of superpower, etc. One of the things I liked most about The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles is that it presents a fresh perspective on vampirism, one that I had never heard before.
One of the most unique aspects of the book’s perspective? It’s from a cat’s point of view. A vampire cat’s, to be specific.
Rhamey wastes no time in getting to “the good stuff” – no long introduction or history lesson here. The book jumps right into the action from the get-go, which I appreciated. The story starts with Patch, the cat narrator, being turned into a vampire, who then goes on to share all the adventures and troubles he runs into as he tries to adjust to his new lifestyle. He makes several friends (and enemies) throughout his journey, including his new “associate” Amy, a freshly turned “vee” who has an ambitious streak. The other cast of characters include a seven-foot tall vampire with a flair for the dramatic, a pair of opportunistic vampire lawyer twins, an extremely wealthy and corrupt human mob-boss, an extremist preacher turned vampire, and a weasely journalist who is out to catch the newest “it” story. These characters will have you laughing, groaning, and rolling your eyes for sure. They keep you on your toes too!
The story-line is quickly-paced, moving from one crazy adventure to the next. As you read in the above book summary, Patch finds himself in an array of sticky situations. Poor Patch, he can’t ever seem to catch a break! It is all rather amusing though. I couldn’t help but laugh and cheer Patch on throughout the story. Obviously, with a novel like this, you have to suspend reality in your mind, which is something I enjoy. I love a story that takes me out of my world and throws me into a fictional, anything-goes kind of world. And that is exactly the kind of world Patch the cat lives in! One of my other favorite parts about the book was how Patch uses his kitty-cat charm to get out of trouble. Even in vampire stories, kitties are irresistible!
Overall, I thought The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles was a light, entertaining, and fun read. So fun, in fact, that I want to share it with a lucky reader! Ray, the author, has so kindly agreed to let me give away one eBook copy of his book for either a Kindle or Nook. However, if you can’t wait and want to get started right away, you can go ahead and purchase your very own copy!
But wait, there’s more… The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles is going to have a sequel! There isn’t a release date yet, but the author shared with me that he hopes to have it written within the next year. Good thing, because this first one left me hanging!