Vampire Bytes by Jane Greenhill
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (91 pages)
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid
Bored with crunching numbers, Heath Clifford, accountant by day spends his nights with the on-line role playing game Vampillion. The game is controlling his life, but how does this vampire in training tell his soul mate he loves her and wants to suck her neck.
Does reaching a certain level of the computer game make fantasy become reality? Has Heath become a vampire? If he truly had become one of the "fanged ones" did it have to be now when he's met the girl of his dreams?
Greta is fascinated by Heath. At first she has an ulterior motive to getting to know him, but soon she likes him for himself. The deeper her feelings become, the more she knows the only way to save him is to stop seeing him.
Poor Heath. Put together Greta's brother's Goth Be Damned Nightclub; a weird bookshop owner who sells him ten books on vampires; a sister who seems to know more than he does about the dark world of vampires and Goth — and Heath is faced with the problem of discovering who are the real vampire. And is he one of them?
I enjoyed this book. It's not the type of thing I usually read, but the title seemed to lure me to review it. Greta and Heath are fun characters who bring humor and romance into an otherwise impossible situation. Neither wishes to put the other in danger, but they also don't want to part.
At first Greta and Heath didn't seem compatible. Greta is into the dark and deadly; Heath is a bit of a computer geek who's got hooked on role playing games. Their feelings for each other at first wash away any differences, then force them to reassess their own situations and how it affects the other.
In the first few chapters I thought the story was merely a lighthearted look at vampires. Although this is partly true there is also a hidden depth of feelings and how two people react to save the one they love.
I would recommend this book not only to lovers of vampire stories but also to those who aren't quite sure if it's the type of story they really want to read. Vampire Bytes has me interested enough to consider reading more books about vampires.