New Blood (Vampire in the City #1) by Donna Ansari

New BloodEmma Hammond is a normal young woman living in New York City whose life changes forever when one misstep brings her very close to death. Luckily, Alex Thompson, a handsome stranger (who also happens to be a vampire), jumps in to save her, turning Emma into a vampire. She quickly discovers the numerous advantages (no more allergies, glasses, or acne) and slight drawbacks (wanting to eat her boyfriend) of joining the ranks of the creatures of the night. But Emma soon finds out her new undead life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when she gets pulled in to an age-old dispute between two feuding vampire clans. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Kim Talks TomesTAG

Set in New York City, New Blood is about a stressed out, under-appreciated, overworked girl named Emma who comes upon a man being mugged while walking home from work. She pepper sprays the kids after they tell her that the man is a vampire and chases them away. She notices that the victim, Alex, is very handsome, so she thinks it is a figment of her imagination when she notices him out of the corner of her eye every day. Alex really is a vampire and he saves her life by turning her after she is in an accident and dies. She realizes that not much changes in her life now that she is undead, plus there are a lot of superstitions that she didn’t believe in that are actually true.

While this is a fun, quick, story, that is all that it is. The writing is good as is the actual story-telling. It held my attention for the duration, but didn’t wow me. I really enjoyed the banter between Emma and her best friend – it was realistic for two young women in the city. Overall, I enjoyed it, but not enough to want to continue on with the series.

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