Published Date: August 3rd, 2011
Finished Date: January 11th, 2012
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Format: eBook for Tour
My Rating: 3/5
Natural disasters have ravaged the earth, leaving only the bare neccessities that the remaining human population can live off of. Food and electricity becomes so scarce that if you cannot contribute to society in any way, you are considered a disposable extra mouth to feed.
The only reason why Misty is still alive is because she has always been at the right place at the right time - like how she was born into the land that has its natural, partial protection against the elements. She can't contribute much to society, and she thinks that she's going to be thrown out of her own house soon if she doesn't do something about it. Now that a vampire has shown up and demands nutritions for himself (blood) in exchange for their decimating society's protection, Misty volunteers herself. Just one tiny little bite and suck from the vampire can't be that hard, right?
But what she doesn't know is that the vampire's deal comprised of more than satisfying his hunger for blood, but also his hunger for more. After Ivan, the vampire, drained some blood from her, Misty faints and wakes up tied to a bed...Ivan's bed. She finds him lying beside her, trying to coax her to a willing participant from here on out.
FEEDING THE VAMPIRE was a surprisingly short and enjoyable novella with mild BDSM. There isn't much to go on about this book because when I say short, it is honest-to-god short. FTV comprises of only 3 scenes, or more specifically 2.5 scenes cause the first scene, where the people meet to discuss about their society's future, started at the end of the meeting where Misty volunteers herself. It really was so short that I, being an extremely slow reader, finished it in an hour.
Misty's a timid, sweet girl who has to earn her right to continue living in her city, but she changed to become a brave, outspoken woman after spending the night with Ivan. I found it very unrealistic, actually. Just because she had sex with a vampire doesn't mean her basal characteristics can change overnight. Her drastic change was very unnerving, and as I've said, unrealistic. So character development was something I found lacking.
On the other hand, Ivan, the new vamp in town, wasn't all that hot and sexy like the other vampires I read about in other books. Y'know, vamps are usually mysterious, dangerous, handsome, alpha males, but Ivan didn't give off those vibes. Handsome, yes, but not dangerous and mysterious. Thus he didn't really make an impression on me.
However, considering how short this novel/novella is, I thought that the world building, albeit still have rooms for improvement, was considerably well done. I know what poor condition the world was in, and I know what it's like to live in her city, what the people are like, and details like that were all covered and explained. Which is really amazing.
All that said, I thought that FEEDING THE VAMPIRE was an ok sort of book - writing style was good but typical, dystopian setting and plot was average, characters are not bad, but not impressive. Actually, I think that this book had lots of potential, plot-wise and all. But I attribute the reason why FTV wasn't fantastical to the length of the novel. The synopsis intrigued me, and I think that the story would have been much better if it was longer. Or maybe not, cause then it'll be draggy. But for this, I'd give it an average rating. It wasn't bad, but not a stunner as well.
All in all, FVP is an average vamp novel perfect if you want a quick, light and mildly erotic read.