"Whisky, Vamps and Thieves" by Selene Charles - a Personal Review

Updated on January 24, 2019
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A captivating story about vampires and werewolves with a bit of mystery and romance tied in.
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A Quick Review

Book Title : Whiskey Vamps and Thieves

Author : Selene Charles

Publisher : Selene Charles Publishing

Publication Date : August 30, 2016

Page Length : 284 pages

Number in Series : First book of four in the Southern Vampire Detective Series

Scaralett Smith was turned into a vampire while she was still in her twenties and was taken in by Mercer as werewolf. She was considered a freed vampire, not being sired or belonging to a house. She joined the SCPD and had quit after a few years due to a problem and letting him go. Years later, it seems an old lover shows up as well as her escaped criminal. Scaralett's heart wanted to be with Mercer, who raised her to be like a sibling. A part of her also wanted to be with James, her old lover who left her. She finds herself facing trouble in so many different areas of her life. However, with secrets being kept from her and with trouble on the loose, she finds her emotions are interrupting everything and causing more problems. Will she catch her bad guy or will she fail again?

Review Time (May Contain Spoilers)

First of all let me just say WOW! This book definitely left lots to wonder about. The characters were all complex and hard to understand at first, which made the book all the better. They were shrouded in mystery and even when you begin to think you knew them and how they were important to each other, there would be a twist and keep you confused. I loved the underlying romance and kept rooting for different people to fall in love and become a couple. However, it never ceased to surprise me with how each character dealt with their own problems. There were lots of conflicts between character which kept it interesting and surprising in some areas. The characters alone kept me turning the pages with their constant dramas and mysteries surrounding them. I have to say to hear their stories and how the wound up together and what not made it very intriguing and kept everything moving toward the end of the book. Though I feel there were more questions created about Mercer and Scarlett than were answered at the end of the book.

I found the mysterious bad guy, Sharp Elbows as he was referred to as, to be a character I needed to know more about and was not exactly disappointed in the end. However, his own tale made things a little messy as the book wrapped up to the end. With Scarlett's mysterious secret that still isn't quiet clear, I had almost forgotten about how much more I wanted to know about him, though I have a feeling he will make an appearance in future books. He wasn't the only thing I wanted to know more about though, which only makes me want to continue reading the series.

I found all the mysteries and secrets in the book to be compelling. Although I would have loved more details in the book on surroundings and what not, I think it overall was extremely wonderful. Although the idea behind the book was completely fictional, I enjoyed how Charles added a few touches that haven't been before explored. Like how Vampires are super emotionally charged. To watch the protagonist struggle through her emotions and how those emotions can affect her in such a way that it created problems in her work and personal life, was exhilarating to read and see. I also enjoyed how that the characters weren't just Werewolves, Vampires or Humans. There were fae as well, which was pleasant when they were described as addictive and how they can cause normal humans that they have intercourse with to become mad and end up losing all their sanity, just because they desired and needed a Fae's touch above all else. It was things like this that kept you wanting to know more.

I felt like I was submerged into a magical world that I needed to know more about. Even after having finished the book, I have to say I feel like I need to read more and I intend to. It ended with so many unanswered questions, it is easy to see why people would be able to get lost in the series and not be able to put the books down. However, I feel a few questions should have been answered completely instead of hinting at the answers.

I would rate Whiskey Vamps and Thieves 4 stars out of 5 stars simply for not answering enough questions. Although, with the cliff hanger you are encouraged to read book two, You Me and A Ghost Named Boo. I think that a few more answers would have allowed the reader to feel better about how the book ended. I can only hope that book 2 will answer some more questions.

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        Gemma Newey 

        9 months ago from United Kingdom

        Great review, thank you for sharing.

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