Title: The Vampire’s Heart
Author: Mark A. Roeder and Bryant Sullivan (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 17th 2015
Genre(s): M/M YA Paranormal
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: N/A
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Ever wonder what it would be like to be 15 years old forever? Ever wonder how it would feel to find out your best friend is not what he seems? Graham Granger is intrigued by the new boy in school. Graham’s heart aches for a friend, and maybe a boyfriend, but is Josiah the answer to his dreams? Why is Bry Hartnett, the school hunk, taking an interest in Graham?
When strange happenings begin to occur at Griswold Jr./Sr. High, Graham’s once boring life becomes more exciting than he can handle. Mystery, intrigue, and danger await Graham as he sets out on an adventure he never dreamed possible.
This is a Young Adult story that reads very young. Graham is thirteen, just figuring out he’s gay, has no friends, is super small and “puny”, and exceedingly lonely. After deciding to take his life one day he’s stopped when he sees a wolf in the forest where he hangs out by his lonesome.
After he goes home and realizes what a huge mistake he almost just made, Graham decides to turn things around and try harder to make a friend and maybe get a boyfriend.
When he goes back to school there’s a new student, Josiah, who immediately captures his interest and attention. Graham begins a subtle campaign to win over the taciturn boy, and after many weeks, finally succeeds.
Their friendship isn’t the only new one Graham makes, he also gets a job as a kind of helper to an old man running errands and doing yard work, etc. He loves his job, and the old man, Mr. Basil Diggory. Turns out Basil is the son of his new 15 year old friend, Josiah. And his new friend is actually a hundreds of years old vampire.
Though the narration was very good, the story itself lags in places. Then it inexplicably sped up, practically galloping, toward a very rushed ending, which, while fine and has a HEA, wasn’t very satisfying.
Like I said before – this is a Young Adult story that reads very young. While I would have no problem with my thirteen year old (or my eight year old for that matter) nephew reading this, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for the over eighteen crowd.
I suppose I can chalk that up to liking my YA to be a little more “adult”. Plus it sort of creeped me out when
- Josiah has to turn Graham in order to save him, knowing the two were in “love” but Graham is a small thirteen – and would remain so forever.