“My Blood Approves” Makes Vampires Cool Again

by Heather Wood

This chapter is a free excerpt from Quicklet on My Blood Approves.

When I first picked up My Blood Approves, I was pretty much over the vampire craze. I’ve read Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and watched True Blood. I thought, how could this book be any different from anything else out there? I heard buzz about the book because it became a bestseller despite being self-published and sold exclusively as an e-book.

Although the first few chapters were slow-going and the vampire reveal got teased out too long, the book is one of my personal favorites. I got sucked in (literally) to the love triangle of Jack, Peter and Alice. The idea of a soul mate who doesn’t want to be with you, but doesn’t want you with anyone else made the book stand out. Characters were three-dimensional, and one can easily relate to Alice. The teens in the book dressed and talked like everyday teenagers. The vampires weren’t Edward Cullen clones and the romance between the characters wasn’t portrayed in a melodramatic way.


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When I first picked up My Blood Approves, I was pretty much over the vampire craze. I’ve read Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and watched True Blood. I thought, how could this book be any different from anything else out there? I heard buzz about the book because it became a bestseller despite being self-published and sold exclusively as an e-book.

Although the first few chapters were slow-going and the vampire reveal got teased out too long, the book is one of my personal favorites. I got sucked in (literally) to the love triangle of Jack, Peter and Alice. The idea of a soul mate who doesn’t want to be with you, but doesn’t want you with anyone else made the book stand out. Characters were three-dimensional, and one can easily relate to Alice. The teens in the book dressed and talked like everyday teenagers. The vampires weren’t Edward Cullen clones and the romance between the characters wasn’t portrayed in a melodramatic way.

Alice faces real problems that would arise when dating a vampire. How do you adjust to his nocturnal schedule? What about school? How do you explain his oddities to your friends and family? Although she’s in love with a vampire, she doesn’t pretend everything else in her life no longer matters.    

I’m looking forward to what else the series has to offer. My Blood Approves is the first offering and the ending left things unresolved between the characters. It’s inspiring to read a fresh take on the vampire plot.    

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