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  • I never leave reviews, but..

    This was so much better than Charlaine Harris, and would be a fantastic movie.

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  • Overall Enjoyed

    I overall enjoyed this book. I was worried after reading some negative reviews, but th characters were written well and fit their time period. I will say that if you are planning to read this novel, you should look into trigger warnings as there was some heavy contentthroughout the novel which may be hard for some to read. Definitely recommend reading this novel.

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  • Tried to have it both ways; didn’t sell either

    I tried to like this book, but the racism was just way too much. This book wanted its white women characters to be trapped in their unhappy (mostly abusive) marriages by their husbands’ subtle social/societal controls of their behavior, and at the same time wanted these women to be the Black community’s only hope of defeating the vampire preying on their children. To me, that made the entire story not hang together. Why did Mrs. Greene and the Black community look to these women to help them? Because the plot demanded it. I want to read the book centered on Mrs. Greene and HER community, but not by this author.

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  • No, just no.

    Be prepared for a spicy opinion on this one. I hated this book. There were moments that I did enjoy, but they weren’t enough to change my overall lack of love for this novel. However, as with any book, there are always going to be differing opinions. What I love others may hate. And conversely, while I hated this doesn’t mean you will. But hated it I did. In my opinion, this book was over-the-top with the misongyny and the racism. Yes, those two things were a part of the point, but the way they were treated seemed lazy and undeveloped. Almost gratuitous rather than adding anything to the story. So many thought Hendrix did a wonderful job of portraying female characters, and I’m honestly unsure of how anyone could feel that way. Let’s talk about the issue of racism… To be fair, the book is set in the Deep South, in the 1980s through the 1990s. The issue of racism within that setting is entirely appropriate. And I’ve heard the argument that their portrayal was historically accurate. To some extent, that’s true. But there is also a vampire, so I think we can safely assume this book isn’t entirely based on reality. There’s something very wrong when the idea of a vampire is more believable about a vampire, than a Black middle-class family in that same time frame. Besides, the reality of racism was used lazily, like a flimsy excuse to not have to have any Black characters of value. Most of the Black characters were both nameless and voiceless, and all of them relegated into roles of servitude. They all lived in a poor area where the white female characters were petrified to be, in a place where the white male characters saw as unimportant. And the sole purpose of the black characters, for most of the novel, was to be killed. Mrs. Greene was the only Black character to have any voice whatsoever. And even then, it was taken away more often than not. The White Savior narrative took anything she did away, away from a Black woman to give credit to white women. And the misogyny.. oh, my. Honestly, I felt this was used lazily, too. These are smart women, some of them well educated, yet no one of them seemed to have the ability to pick a husband that wasn’t in some way reprehensible. Their husbands often did horrible things, yet none of them did anything but make excuses for them and accept it all. At times, I felt like I was reading fiction from a much more bygone era. For God’s sake, the husband of the main female character, a shrink, medicated his wife when she didn’t act as he thought she should. It was bananas in such an over-the-top way. The presentation of the female characters as having little value beyond the toys and property of their spouses is almost dangerous. And the nonstop Nazi content… The main female character’s son is obsessed with Nazis. There’s absolutely no commentary on why, or for the parents’ attempt to curtail that. And that was incredibly off-putting, in my opinion. Yes, I’ve read the reviews who thoroughly disagree with me, the ones that would say I’ve missed the point. The ones that would say that I’m taking this book too seriously. The ones that say my critical thinking skills need improving. To these same people I say… you have your opinions, and I have mine. That’s the joy of reading. We each experience a book through our own lens, developed by our own thoughts and life experiences, and then we develop our own opinions. So there you have it. The publishing industry needs to do better. This book reminded me why I don’t generally get book FOMO when everyone around me is reading The Next Big Thing.

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  • Unique horror comedy

    Couldn’t put it down ! Truly the scariest vampire since Dracula ! Steel magnolias meet Dracula

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