Willow’s Review of Serafina and the Silent Vampire by Marie Treanor
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Date of Publication: August 28, 2012
Silence has never been so sinful…
Welcome to Edinburgh’s unique psychic investigation agency, Serafina’s.
Serafina MacBride is psychic – but not strictly honest. While staging a hilarious vampire attack at a client’s party, Sera is stunned to encounter a real vampire – annoying, gorgeous and inaudible to everyone but her. When her client’s son is found dead with puncture wounds in his neck, she tracks the silent vampire to his lair.
But the amoral and seductive Blair is also on a mission – to find and kill a nest of young vampires who’ve invaded his territory. Soon Sera is drawn into the bizarre world of the undead, where danger lurks in the shadows along with forbidden sensual delights – and a murderous conspiracy to flood the world with financially astute vampires who talk.
Supported and hindered by Blair’s eccentric, undead friends, and by her own motley crew from Serafina’s, Sera and Blair uncover surprising truths about each other and about the mysterious Founder from whom all vampires are descended.
In the end, Sera draws on powers she never knew she had in a frantic fight to defeat the forces of evil and preserve the strange, complicated being she’s trying so hard not to love.
Let me first start off by saying that this was a fun read! I enjoyed Treanor’s characters and found the plot to be both humorous and intriguing.
There’s no question that I love Serafina. She’s definitely a live by your wits type of girl who grew up in the school of hard knocks. While she tends to use her psychic gifts to help others, I will admit that I found humor in those moments where she went out of her way to pull the wool over the eyes of those who deserved it. She’s real, and I must say it was great to see her grow as the story progressed. Blair, on the other paw, was a challenging character to get into. There were moments where I loved him and other moments where I wanted to claw him to death because he struck me as being overbearingly smug. This sadden me a bit because he’s rather hot all things considered. By far my favorite characters were Jilly, Jack, and Phil. These three sidekicks provided several moments of comedic relief which left me giggling every time they appeared. I’d love to see Treanor write a book entirely about these three.
As far as the plot goes, it was enjoyable. I liked how both characters danced around their feelings for each other rather than just jumping into bed right from the start. They each had real baggage issues to work through, and that made their relationship feel more real to me. I also really liked the scenes involving Serafina and her business. In particular I loved the scene involving her and a seance she does for two brothers. I won’t say any more as I wouldn’t want to spoiler things, but it definitely made me laugh.
Overall, I’m curious to see what Treanor has in store next for these characters and I must say that this is a great start to what promises to be an exciting series.