Saturday, April 20, 2013

REVIEW: Slayer for Hire by PE Cunningham


Nineteen-year-old Billie Eshleman loves the TV show Slayer for Hire, and has a major fangirl crush on its hunky star, Dylan Garber. When the show comes to her home town to film a movie version, it’s her greatest dream come true. Unfortunately, she’s not the only fan trying to crash the set. A real vampire has fixated on the fictitious “slayer,” and is determined to make Dylan her mate—like, for the rest of eternity. With help from Dylan’s co-star, Matt—an actor with vampire-related secrets of his own—it’s up to Billie to keep her idol from joining the ranks of the undead long enough to finish the movie. And, incidentally, keep herself alive in the process.

Title:  Slayer For Hire
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  PE Cunningham
Approximate Book Length:  205 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  13+
Sexual Content:  Mild


It took me a while to get into this book, because the beginning is painfully awkward and embarrassing. Billie is a hardcore fangirl and it made her have moments of “too-stupid-to-live” behavior as well as be occasionally a little delusional regarding her fantasies of her TV idol. Frankly it took me a little bit before I even liked her, but Matt made it worth it. He was sweet and patient and just all kinds of awesome.

I really enjoyed that both main characters’ family situations were unconventional. It’s always nice to see something out of the norm. Other than that, it wasn’t until the last few chapters that I was particularly attached to the characters, and even surprised myself with how sad I was over two deaths in particular. The final conflict wasn’t long and drawn out, but didn’t feel rushed either, so that too is a big plus.

The plot was fairly predictable, but it was the writing that sometimes got to me. There’s a lot of exposition, in fact at least one chapter is nothing but, and there was a saying (“Jeez ‘n crackers”) that was cute at first before getting really old as it felt more and more unrealistic. The world building in terms of the vampires was a little lacking. I was left confused with many unanswered questions. That being said, the ending pretty much wraps everything up with a sweet little bow.

In Conclusion:

This book has romance, action, mystery, and humor making for a fun read. Don’t miss out!



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