Friday, April 20, 2012

(ARC) Better Off Dead By Danielle Blanchard Benson

Better off Dead (The Vamp Saga #2)

*Submitted for review by Author*

Genre: Urban Fantasy


Welcome to Western Europe in 2020.

The International Vampire Council are in the middle of intense negotiations with the Global Six when a mysterious plot is revealed to end Manon's life and thinly veiled lies Mikkel has told his wife will be exposed once and for all.

Manon is sent into hiding with Emmerik as her protector while a deal can be negotiated to spare her life.

As the clock ticks toward a catastrophic outbreak of new virus which seeks to destroy not only the Lycan population but millions of humans along with it, two ancient vampires return prematurely from their time in the ground, and their mood is less than receptive.

What will happen? Who will live? Who will face betrayal? Who will die? Sometimes, the most devastating secrets are better off dead and buried.

This novel is not YA friendly, contains plenty of snark, supernatural creatures included, but not limited to, vampires and Lycans, not to mention a few choice scenes of sex and death. It is not for the faint of heart.


Much like the first in the series, Better off Dead is packed full of action and details. It started off a little slow at the start but once you hit the middle everything started to pick up and get really intriguing. Manon’s mother, I hated her guts! She is just horrible, couldn’t stand her and Mikkel, he never did deserve Manon, and that becomes ever so apparent in this. He is such a manipulative jerk and I hope there comes a time where Manon kicks his butt! There are so many twists and turns in this book that are unpredictable; just when you think you know what is going to happen next, the whole story gets turned on its head and it goes in a totally different direction, which I liked, there is nothing worse than reading a book that is predictable.

Manon seems to have lost total control of her life and everyone around her is plotting her life on her behalf and making her decisions behind her back for her, I just hope that in future Manon finds her strength and shows them all that she is not to be messed with. I do have to say I enjoyed this one much more than I did the first, however it was just as gritty and information dense in some parts as the first. A great second installment to the series. 

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