Sunday, March 9, 2008

Lily on Lynsay Sands

Now that Helena has taken the time and pains to introduce herself and the point of this blog, I feel it is necessary to follow suit. I am Lily Ghates, lover of vampires and debauchery alike. Like my friends and blog compatriots, I am a fledgling paranormal romanceaholic and writer. My favorite paranormal romances (PR) are JR Ward's Brotherhood of the Black Dagger series and Lynsay Sands' Argeneau series, both exceptional additions to the PR field. There is some confusion with Sands' series, though, and I plan to address it now.

Lynsay Sands, for whatever reason, decided against writing her books in order. That's correct. Her first published Argeneau book "Single White Vampire" is actually the third book in the series. The fourth book to be published "A Quick Bite," is actually the first book in the series. Confused? Well, I was when first I started reading. To save others this same confusion, I offer up a proper reading list for anyone interested in the wonderful fantasy world Sands presents:

1. A Quick Bite
2. Love Bites
3. Single White Vampire
Tall, Dark, and Hungry

5. A Bite to Remember
6. Bite Me If You Can
7. The Accidental Vampire

8. Vampires are Forever
9. Vampire, Interupted

Why go to the trouble of correcting the book order? Because Sands' books are just damn good. These books have provided me with some of the most valuable reading time I've spent with paranormal romances. Her take on the vampire myth is fascinating, primary because she imbues the myth with a scientific background. Sands uses science to explain the existence of the vampires, called "immortals," in her books. This scientific backing explains all of the strengths and weaknesses that render her characters so delightful. While I don't have the time to go into a proper review of each of Sands' books at the moment, I have read all save the last two (one of which I am over halfway through), and the series most definitely gets my stamp of approval.

Until next time,



Evie Shadow said...

Well damn it to hell. I just finished Dark Lover and I was at Wal mart tonight and in desperate need of some PR and I grabbed the first vampire type book I could find. It was Vampires are forever...blast! Oh well, I'll start over at the beginning I assume.

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