Monday, December 7, 2015

Review: Graveyard Shifts

Title: Graveyard Shifts
Author: Laura Del
Release Date: December 5th, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 232 pages
Rating: 3.5 Cows

Goodreads Description: Sent on an assignment to find the best diner in New York, Pat Wyatt is more than happy to complete it, but not alone. Recruiting her best friend Christina Iglesias to join her, she sets out on her fateful mission, completely oblivious to what lies ahead. When a handsome stranger walks through the doors of the last diner of the day, Pat is not impressed with the striking man, and quickly leaves the restaurant…only to be followed out by the attractive mystery man. Following a whirlwind of marriage proposals and Hamptons’ mansions is the creeping recognition that everyone seems to be afraid of her new husband and that he might not be as perfect as he seems. With everything inside pushing her toward an impossible realization, Pat must decide if she can trust the outlandish instincts she has inside and truly believe her husband, Samuel Satané, is a vampire. Graveyard Shifts: A Pat Wyatt Novel is a captivating piece of fiction that forgoes the traditional love story that is prevalent in so many novels. Pat’s story takes readers on a journey of love that happens after marriage, which adds real-world credibility to an otherwise fantastic scenario. Not to be confused with other novels though, Pat’s story is more about her strength of character than her reliance on any particular man. Written for women and men interested in horror fiction and romance, Graveyard Shifts is a gripping novel that is easy to pick up and hard to put down. With its sarcastic wit and dark tone, the novel keeps a perfect pace that never lulls. A fun, dramatic, and entertaining read from the very beginning, Graveyard Shifts is a wonderful new book that offers a unique take on horror fiction and the ever-popular vampire romance novels everywhere.


            Laura Del, author of Graveyard Shifts, was kind enough to send me a physical copy of her book a few weeks ago.  As many of you already know, I am a lover of paranormal romance ESPECIALLY when there’s vampires involved.  As soon as I read the description for this book, I knew I wanted to give it a go.
            Graveyard Shifts does not start off slow, an aspect of the book that I really appreciated.  From the start, we are introduced to 3 of the main characters and 2 of said characters get married HOURS after meeting each other at a diner! Talk about a whirlwind romance! If coffee shops are the new Las Vegas meet-up for weddings, maybe I need to frequent a few more myself! LOL.
            Although I loved that the book hit the ground running, I will say that I wished the meeting between Pat and Sam wasn’t as rushed, because it ended up feeling a little unrealistic. After leaving the restaurant Pat is confronted by Sam, who basically asks her if a) she’ll sleep with him, to which she replies no, or b) she’ll marry him.  Keep in mind; Sam hasn’t even properly introduced himself yet. For all she knows (and what most of us would assume if we met someone like this) Sam could be a stalker/ax murderer (I’ve seen one too many scary movies, can you tell?).  Yet, Pat agrees to it!
            One of my favorite elements of Graveyard Shifts is that it featured new mythical creatures and a different set of rules that the vampires lived by. It was refreshing to see a new storyline that didn’t feel like a retelling of Twilight (although I love Twilight, I want to see something new for a change). I liked Laura Del’s spin on compulsion (for fans of Vampire Diaries), which essentially meant Sam was able to influence the thoughts of humans, especially that of Pat’s in the book.  What’s interesting is that knowing this kept me guessing whether or not Pat was compelled to marry Sam and if she was, would she have agreed to the marriage if she hadn’t been compelled? Initially Sam is extremely charming and charismatic so I can see why Pat fell for him, but his demeanor grows mean in more than one scene when he doesn’t get his way.
            As I mentioned earlier, this book also introduced a new-to-me mythical creature: golems. I don’t want to spoil anything for readers so I will avoid saying who this creature was/is, but I will say this is the first I am learning about them! It’s actually very fascinating and even if you don’t plan on picking this book up you should google golems at the very least and learn a little bit about them!
            While I do worry that for some readers who read a lot of books in this genre, Graveyard Shifts might come off a bit cheesy or redundant as far as plot is concerned, I think that the book has enough redeeming qualities to make it worth reading.  It is a relatively quick read and as I mentioned earlier, the story takes off right away, which is why I had a hard time putting it down.  I finished almost the entire thing in one sitting. It’s hard not to when SO MUCH happens in each chapter! Laura Del certainly knows how to captivate her audience and keep a reader’s attention.  I never knew what to expect from chapter to chapter and as such, I found myself hooked from the start. Although here on Wholly-Books we don’t typically use 1/2 star ratings, I made an exception to the rule with this review because Graveyard Shifts was actually closer to a 4 than a 3 for me. This is my first book from Laura Del and I look forward to seeing what her writing will produce in the future!



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