This is the first of my reviews of books by Smashwords authors. Why just Smashwords? Because I like the site, admire the concept behind it (allowing anyone to publish an ebook), want to bring good books to the attention of readers, and support the hard-working authors.
The Vampire from Hell: The Beginning (Part 1)
Author: Ally Thomas
Category: Paranormal fantasy
Word count: 6,155
Free download, multiple formats
For 18 and over
According to Rayea, the oldest daughter of Satan, the origin of vampires started in Hell, and it started with her. Here’s the first part of her story about how it all began.
Rayea isn’t daddy’s little girl, even if he is the most powerful fallen angel around. He wants her to take an active role in the family business. But she’s not interested in his schemes for world domination. Instead she wants to spend her time shopping on the Internet, rescuing humans from a horrific eternity, and practicing martial arts with her seven foot hellhound. Then one day everything changes.
I regained my composure while Blick wiped away my tears and patted me on the head like I was his little pet, instead of his being mine. Having a seven foot hellhound fussing over me – literally – was wonderful. I was lucky to have him on my side.
When Blick had been a young pup, he had followed me home from the river one day. I kept him hidden from everyone until he started walking upright and grew too big to hide. When Father found out I had him, reluctantly he had agreed that I could keep the “mutt” as long as I kept him out of his way.
“Will you be careful?” Blick touched his cold, wet nose to mine.
I nodded, giving him a little return bump.
“Promise me if anything happens, you’ll text me, okay? I may not be a demon, but I’m pretty scrappy for a hellhound. I’ll take on your father any day of the week!” Looking down at me, he growled. His shiny white canine teeth sparkled. He retrieved the iPhone from my satchel and shoved it in my jeans pocket.
Rayea is a young, sassy, very contemporary vampire with the normal concerns of any young woman: clothes, friends, actors. But one of her interests really pisses off her father, who prefers to be addressed as Your Highness. She wants to save humanity from him, and it isn’t going to be an easy job.
It’s an interesting idea with a heroine who isn’t exactly the typical vampire. The story suffers from some sloppy grammar and editing, but not so much that it would be distracting for most vampire fans. It has all the signs of being the first novel of a young writer, with enough imagination and humor to make the reader anticipate the next installment.
Rating: 3 out of 5