April 7, 2012

Review: Vampire Wake by Tim O'Rourke

Series: Kiera Hudson I 2
Format: Digital
Excerpt here
Release Date: September 16, 2011
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Since escaping from the Ragged Cove and finding herself suspended from the Force, Kiera Hudson is hired by the mysterious Lady Hunt to protect her sixteen-year-old daughter Kayla, from the stranger who lurks on the moors. But little does Kiera know that it is she who is really in need of protection. 

Arriving at Hallowed Manor on the desolate Welsh moors, Kiera soon realises that the vampires that she has been ‘seeing’ are not the stuff of her nightmares, but are very real and closing in. 

If Kiera is to escape the vampires that hunt her, she will have to discover the true identity of the bandaged man, the secret of the children’s graveyard hidden beneath the weeping willows and who or what is hiding in the ‘forbidden’ wing at Hallowed Manor.

WARNING: This book is not a bedtime read

Because VAMPIRE WAKE will totally mess up your sleeping pattern and will probably keep you up until you're done with the story. Once again I made a bad judgment call and started reading this last night at 10pm... and slept at 1am, Vampire Shift deja vu! Tim O'Rourke kept throwing mysteries and revelations that made me put off sleeping til the end. 

The story starts a couple of weeks/months after Vampire Shift. Kiera is suspended from her constable duties due to her fantastic vampire tales which made her seem she's mentally unhinged. For the meantime she lent her talents and skills to do some private investigating. Lady Elizabeth Hunt then approached her on what seemed to be a fool's errand, baby sitting her 16yo daughter Kayla. But it turns out that Kiera will be even more messed up than she originally was post Ragged Cove.

Horrific. Terrifying. Grotesque. Waking nightmares.

These are Tim's words that are apt to describe this book if not the series. The editing is superb, hats off to Carolyn M. Pinard for that, plus Mr. O'Rourke's writing is masterful. It's how the words flow, it's not dumb nor is it overly smart, it the way everything was put together that makes it easy on the eyes and my brain to process. The last book I've breezed through without [almost] blinking was Silence and Chronicles of Nick and this beat those records. I can't rave enough.

Knowing what you're like, the slightest sign of a discarded cigarette butt and you would've been crawling around on your hands and knees trying to figure out how tall the smoker was, how old he was, what zodiac sign he was, whether he'd taken a crap that morning, and Christ knows what else. [Potter on Kiera]

I love Potter, no wonder Michelle from Novels on the Run, who was incidentally part of Tim's people to thank (Acknowledgement page baby! Boo-yeah!), is so obsessed with the guy. He's a jerk, that's true, but he's a softie too. His sarcasm is his defense mechanism so he won't be vulnerably close to anybody. Kiera is slowly getting drawn to his charms but is still in denial. I feel bad for Luke because he has been Kiera's hero in Vampire Shift and I know that the hatchet will drop on these two soon in favor of Potter. 
It wasn't so bad for Potter - he didn't really have anyone. If you hadn't already noticed, he doesn't seem to make friends that easily.
Tim O'Rourke, you sir are a genius! I love how you wrote yourself into the story as the [mad] scientist Dr. Ravenwood. If my brain isn't addled due to lack of sleep, no thanks to you, I would've tried to make this review as remarkable as your novel. But I think I'll start reading early so I can catch some Z's and have enough brain cells for my Vampire Hunt review scheduled for tomorrow.
Ok, Madonna, I think we get the picture. Now zip your coat up before you catch a cold.


  1. Yay, love your review!!! Interesting how you thought of Tim as Dr Ravenwood, now you have my brain clicking over.

    Tim's reading is hard to put down as when he has's hard to stop in an area . Oh , I am sooo excited for your thoughts on Vampire Hunt!!! Like bouncy and giddy excited.

    I. Must. Keep. My. Mouth. Shut.....hehe!!

    Boo-yeah!! bahahaha!! Yes, I get a little mention, with some other bloggers...but * whispers* check out Vampire Breed...under dedications...

    How fun are Tim's books? You are gonna love Vampire Hunt!! It is crazy! I LOVE POTTER!! He is just not your average character. I call him cranky pants , but you can't help loving him, this onion has layers. Nah, Potter appears a jerk, but I always thought, cranky:D

    Yes, Michelle raves about this series, it's just a whole lot of fun, gore, twists, and crazy times. Tim , is a master of deceit....keep reading hun, you have only cracked the nutshell:D

    Tim loves hearing from readers so drop him a line with your review links. I have been letting him know, but you do it. He is a very sweet guy.


    1. Well that's just an assumption because of the name Ravenwood.

      Mr. O'Rourke dropped by our facebook page and left a comment. He RT'd the giveaway too. I'll bug him once i'm done with the books so i won't be spamming his inbox lol.

      I have 10 chapters left on Hunt, i started early so i won't have to stay up late lol.

      I hope your Easteregg hunt was a success.

    2. Oh, yes, kids are all happy with their bowls of goodies. Jesse is a tad old and Liam but they did it for Willow. I just wasn't allowed to film Jesse, ha!! But I did..mwah..ha..ha!!

      Have fun reading:D


  2. oh and p.s. how hard is it writing a review where you can't give anything!



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