Legally Undead by Margo Bond Collins

Legally Undead (Vampirarchy) (Volume 1) by Margo Bond CollinsElle Dupree, graduate history student, expects her Monday evening to be just like any other–until she arrives home to find her fiance, Greg, held up off the floor by a tall thin man, who seems to have been, inexplicably, sucking blood from Greg’s neck. When the man, whom Elle presumes to be a vampire, unceremoniously drops Greg and heads in her direction, without thinking clearly and just reacting, Elle runs towards the creature and stabs him repeatedly with the wooden letter opener she had been using with her mail. After realizing she may be wasting effort on a dead vampire, Elle notices two things: a group of men have shown up in her living room, and Greg’s body has mysteriously disappeared.

The men introduce themselves as a “clean-up crew” (contracted by, strangely enough, Greg’s law firm) sent to that address to stop a vampire attack. If that information were not disturbing enough, Nick, the leader, says that Greg has been turned, which explains his disappearance, and to protect herself, Elle needs to leave and go to a location Greg cannot gain access to. Despite her move, the next day Greg finds Elle on campus at Fordham, but she manages to get away from him. With the danger now much more real, Elle wants answers, and enlists the help of a new friend to get them, leading to more questions and greater peril.

Collins does a very nice job of describing Elle’s completely unexpected and somewhat reluctant introduction into the world of vampire hunting, which she takes to so naturally. A very likable protagonist, some of what Elle sees she accepts easily and rather quickly because she does not really have a choice. Some of the vampire characteristics of the author’s world get briefly explored, leaving open the possibility for further examination in subsequent installments.

The first book in the Vampirarchy series, Legally Undead proves an enjoyable read that should appeal to urban fantasy readers. This reviewer looks forward to finding out what happens next for Elle and her colleagues.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: World Weaver Press (May 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692211497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692211496

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Books in the series in the Vampirarchy series order they should be read:
Legally Undead

 

Elle Dupree, graduate history student, expects her Monday evening to be just like any other–until she arrives home to find her fiance, Greg, held up off the floor by a tall thin man, who seems to have been, inexplicably, sucking blood from Greg’s neck. When the man, whom Elle presumes to be a vampire, unceremoniously …

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Summary : Collins does a very nice job of describing Elle’s completely unexpected and somewhat reluctant introduction into the world of vampire hunting, which she takes to so naturally. A very likable protagonist, some of what Elle sees she accepts easily and rather quickly because she does not really have a choice. Some of the vampire characteristics of the author’s world get briefly explored, leaving open the possibility for further examination in subsequent installments.

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A book reviewer and editor at Bitten by Books since 2008, Carol reads extensively in the urban fantasy genre, and also writes the column on genre television, Screen Bites. Serving as the director of the Urban Fantasy track at Dragon Con, Carol also works at Coastal Magic (formerly Olde City, New Blood), and AnachroCon, and for the last three years has been one of the organizers for a small literary festival in the town where she lives. When not reading, writing reviews, or working at conventions, Carol spends as much time as possible with her three amazing grandsons.

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  1. I am going to go check this book out on Amazon.