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Joy Randall's Top 5 Tips for Vampire Hunters:

Location, location, location. Vampires won't be caught dead (ha!) in places like discos, ten-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire. No matter how tempting it might be, do not "accidentally" acquire a paper cut on your finger and suggest your vampire kiss it to make it better. Play it cool. Don't offer to accompany your prince of the night on the talk-show circuit, and whatever you do, don't offer him your heart! Most of all, remember: being a vampire is nothing to laugh about.

Topics: Vampires, Supernatural Powers, Vampire Hunters, Suspenseful, and Funny

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780062013408
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This is not your daughter's vampire book. No sparkling going on here!

Joy and her vampire-obsessed best friend Roxy head to the Czech Republic for a holiday because Roxy's favorite author of a vampire book series is hosting a Goth Fair at his mansion and Roxy wants to meet a real live vampire.


This is a wacky, humorous, romance wrapped up in a murder mystery which just happens to include vampires. I understand this is the first in a series and it sure did leave me wanting to read on. Great humorous chic lit.more
This book reminded me a lot of backpacking through Europe. Random encounters, focusing on the other people you meet and kind of ignoring the sights, feeling thrilled by things that would bore you at home, looking for adventure in all the wrong places, not having enough changes of clothes.

However, the book ended up being kinda cheesy.

It opens with this Goddess summoning ceremony where a witch is helping Joy and Roxanne find true love. Roxanne is obsessed with a series of vampire novels and she is constantly making an ass of herself about them - first going to Hungary to hunt down the so-called "Dark Ones" and mooning over their tormented, romantic natures, and trying to explain the books and how true they are to everyone she meets...

She is also the reason why they end up spending the better part of their vacation in Hungary at a Goth Fair. This involves fighting off the attentions of a hammy faux-vampire and a whitefaced shrew, night after night.

At the beginning, during the summoning, Joy is warned that she'll have to pick between two men - one will lead her to happiness, the other to damnation. As long as I was curious about who that would be, I was glued to the book. When I figured it out, the book lost most of its thrills - at that point, it's just a matter of cleaning house, all the cards are on the table and there's still a third of the book left to go. I kind of had to trudge through the last bit.

This is not a very dark book. The vampires don't seem to do much other than search for their "Beloved" and there is a prescribed order in which the relationship between a vampire and his Beloved must progress. The thing is, what is the difference between a vampire who is totally absorbed in the search for his Beloved and a moony, generic romantic hero who is desperately longing for true love? Not much. Which may be fine - but if you are in the mood for vampire fiction, this may be a little unsatisfying.

I wavered on Joy too. Sometimes I liked that she was spunky and sarcastic. Other times I wondered if she knew how to have sex without talking about cheerleaders in her pants, and thought that she took her Informal American Charm a little too far, and slid into Ugly American territory - brash, a little thoughtless, pushy.

This is my second Kate Macalister book - the first was You Slay Me, the first Aisling Grey novel, and it was wonderful. Which is to say - a whole lot better.more
a lighthearted, breezy romp, typical of KM - her heroines aren't typically angsty or serious, they're ditzy & silly. if that's your cup o' tea (in other words, you're going to laugh at your trashy romance novels anyway, might as well do it on purpose), you'll like this one.

a spoof on the formulaic, broody, alpha-male finds his One True Luv (tm) vamp romance typical of c.feehan, a pair of ditzy & silly chicks heads off to eastern europe for work and vacation. they're obsessed with the aforementioned dark & angsty vamp romance novels, so when they meet up with a handful of dark & angsty alpha-males, they have to figure out which one really is a vampire. hilarity & shenanigans ensue, along with a mystery you saw coming from a mile away.

i prefer my heroines a little more endowed in the brain department, and my heroes to have more going than just their endowments. but it is, after all, a farce on those same tropes of the genre, so it's fun. i laughed out loud at least a few times, and you can't ask for much more than that.more
Story was by turns confusing and shallow/cliche, but on the whole, this book was less annoying than other Katie MacAlister books I've read. Her heroines always seem to be "set to 11" and say embarrassing things, which is supposed to be endearing, I guess, but isn't to me. -cgmore
Sometimes I was enjoying this book and other times I was skimming it. The way the characters talked to each other could be a bit annoying and sometimes it was funny. Humor is a hard thing to right so I give her credit for getting it right most of the time. The romance didn't click for me since the characters never talked about themselves or had any kind of relationship outside of bed. Although they never stopped talking in bed which was also very distracting. If I hadn't already bought the rest of the series, I probably wouldn't go out of my way to read anymore. I hope the reviewers of the next ones are right and they're better.more
Spoiler Alert!A Girl's Guide to Vampires is the first book of Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones series. I was introduced to this series with book 9 (Much Ado About Vampires), which was a very good book; this one not so much.The argumentative banter between the two best friends, Joy and Roxy, were bordering on the edge of very annoying. To be honest, I wasn't really sure if I even liked Joy's (the heroine) love interest in the book, Raphael.Joy is the Beloved of Christian (vampire), but she refuses Christian to be with Raphael (human). My rant I suppose is this is a vampire series, yet the first book in the series the leading female refuses the vampire to be with a human. I believe this was a odd direction to take in the first book of the series. With that said, Joy promises Christian she will find another Beloved for him.I am so glad I read book 9 of this series first. If I had not, I'm not sure I would've even decided to give the rest of the series a try after reading book 1. I will continue with the series because I have faith that the series does get better.more
Joy Randall isn't sure why she went with her friend Roxy's holiday plans to the Czech Republic. Her friend is sure she's going to get over her addiction to the Vampire romance novels by seeing the reality of that world. However Joy ends up finding more than she bargained for and who she chooses is another question. Nothing is ever straighforward.It's not a bad read but really nothing truly memorable.more
Ah! this was such fun to read! MacAlister is superb witty writer who makes her alpha males drop dead gorgeous possesive powerful and just well--- yum! I loved the three main characters and can't blame who she ended up picking. ;)more
I read this book, also because I wanted to read another library ebook on my Nook. I actually liked this book better than MaCalister's dragon book. The vampires were amusing and though the plot was thin in some places, the basic story was interesting enough that I read through it pretty quickly. My same issues from her previous books were there, but it was a bit easier to ignore them and it helped that the other characters (bad and good) were mostly amusing. I probably will read more of her books, if only in ebook form.more
I am sorry, but this book was not good. The plot was weak. The mystery was not hard to solve. The female kept talking about being a strong woman, yet the author did everything she could to make her a simpering, drooling man crazy character. Skip and save your time for something worth while.more
Could not capture my interest. Starts out with Joy and her friends performing some ritual to find their soul mates. Comes off as hokey and rediculous, and not really in a funny way. I couldn't take the dialogue--too much forced comedy.more
One of the first Paranormal Romance books I read... LOVED IT!! Kept me laughing! Very Smart & Sexy!more
A refreshing blend of an ordinary realistic female who mixes up with a too-good-to-be-true mystery guy, a famous author, a closet-vampire, and a masquerading sexy vampire wannabe. This book has charm, sex appeal, plenty of humor that'll keep you rolling over and bursting out in chuckles when you don't expect it (don't read in a public place! ;D ) and biting your fingernails from the climactic finish. It'll keep you guessing from start to finish, whether its wonder in who is real, who is fake, and who is this mysterious man who seduces dreams?There's an undertone of magic that plays between the lines, keeping you hoping that vampires exist, and some parts that just make you wonder if maybe someone is just completely insane.... 5/5!more
Hmm I was undecided about this book. On one hand I loved the two lead male characters BUT hated the female ones. Roxy is the most rude, annoying and I suppose loud person, and if I had been travelling with her, I would have gone home. I just ouldn't stand her at all. Our heronine was a little better but still seemed too stupid for her own good. I nearly gave up on the book early on as I found I was cringing at the antics of these two women.
If you meet any women like this run the other way.
This book has ended my reading slump and for this I am grateful :)
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Not quite what I expected when I started. The narrative dragged a little through the middle of the book. The erotic scenes were very . . uhmm.. erotic. I did not like the fictional vampire novel writer aspect; it made this book seem too much like a parody. But in the end the Dark One's real angst and loneliness rose almost to the level of real tragedy.more
This was a so so novel for me. The idea of a vampire having to find their "beloved" is original but Joy as a character isn't very likable and neither is her friend Roxy. Joy is very one dimentional and seems to always have the perfect line and she nor Roxy doesn't seem wary of the so called vampires.I have enjoyed Macalister's other work better. This one was kind of weak.more
First book in series of related tales. Cute story about Joy Randall and her friend Roxy who go to the Czech republic in search of the not so mythical Dark Ones. Joy meets and falls for the mysterious Raphael and is also pursued by Christian.more
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love it!more
This is not your daughter's vampire book. No sparkling going on here!

Joy and her vampire-obsessed best friend Roxy head to the Czech Republic for a holiday because Roxy's favorite author of a vampire book series is hosting a Goth Fair at his mansion and Roxy wants to meet a real live vampire.


This is a wacky, humorous, romance wrapped up in a murder mystery which just happens to include vampires. I understand this is the first in a series and it sure did leave me wanting to read on. Great humorous chic lit.more
This book reminded me a lot of backpacking through Europe. Random encounters, focusing on the other people you meet and kind of ignoring the sights, feeling thrilled by things that would bore you at home, looking for adventure in all the wrong places, not having enough changes of clothes.

However, the book ended up being kinda cheesy.

It opens with this Goddess summoning ceremony where a witch is helping Joy and Roxanne find true love. Roxanne is obsessed with a series of vampire novels and she is constantly making an ass of herself about them - first going to Hungary to hunt down the so-called "Dark Ones" and mooning over their tormented, romantic natures, and trying to explain the books and how true they are to everyone she meets...

She is also the reason why they end up spending the better part of their vacation in Hungary at a Goth Fair. This involves fighting off the attentions of a hammy faux-vampire and a whitefaced shrew, night after night.

At the beginning, during the summoning, Joy is warned that she'll have to pick between two men - one will lead her to happiness, the other to damnation. As long as I was curious about who that would be, I was glued to the book. When I figured it out, the book lost most of its thrills - at that point, it's just a matter of cleaning house, all the cards are on the table and there's still a third of the book left to go. I kind of had to trudge through the last bit.

This is not a very dark book. The vampires don't seem to do much other than search for their "Beloved" and there is a prescribed order in which the relationship between a vampire and his Beloved must progress. The thing is, what is the difference between a vampire who is totally absorbed in the search for his Beloved and a moony, generic romantic hero who is desperately longing for true love? Not much. Which may be fine - but if you are in the mood for vampire fiction, this may be a little unsatisfying.

I wavered on Joy too. Sometimes I liked that she was spunky and sarcastic. Other times I wondered if she knew how to have sex without talking about cheerleaders in her pants, and thought that she took her Informal American Charm a little too far, and slid into Ugly American territory - brash, a little thoughtless, pushy.

This is my second Kate Macalister book - the first was You Slay Me, the first Aisling Grey novel, and it was wonderful. Which is to say - a whole lot better.more
a lighthearted, breezy romp, typical of KM - her heroines aren't typically angsty or serious, they're ditzy & silly. if that's your cup o' tea (in other words, you're going to laugh at your trashy romance novels anyway, might as well do it on purpose), you'll like this one.

a spoof on the formulaic, broody, alpha-male finds his One True Luv (tm) vamp romance typical of c.feehan, a pair of ditzy & silly chicks heads off to eastern europe for work and vacation. they're obsessed with the aforementioned dark & angsty vamp romance novels, so when they meet up with a handful of dark & angsty alpha-males, they have to figure out which one really is a vampire. hilarity & shenanigans ensue, along with a mystery you saw coming from a mile away.

i prefer my heroines a little more endowed in the brain department, and my heroes to have more going than just their endowments. but it is, after all, a farce on those same tropes of the genre, so it's fun. i laughed out loud at least a few times, and you can't ask for much more than that.more
Story was by turns confusing and shallow/cliche, but on the whole, this book was less annoying than other Katie MacAlister books I've read. Her heroines always seem to be "set to 11" and say embarrassing things, which is supposed to be endearing, I guess, but isn't to me. -cgmore
Sometimes I was enjoying this book and other times I was skimming it. The way the characters talked to each other could be a bit annoying and sometimes it was funny. Humor is a hard thing to right so I give her credit for getting it right most of the time. The romance didn't click for me since the characters never talked about themselves or had any kind of relationship outside of bed. Although they never stopped talking in bed which was also very distracting. If I hadn't already bought the rest of the series, I probably wouldn't go out of my way to read anymore. I hope the reviewers of the next ones are right and they're better.more
Spoiler Alert!A Girl's Guide to Vampires is the first book of Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones series. I was introduced to this series with book 9 (Much Ado About Vampires), which was a very good book; this one not so much.The argumentative banter between the two best friends, Joy and Roxy, were bordering on the edge of very annoying. To be honest, I wasn't really sure if I even liked Joy's (the heroine) love interest in the book, Raphael.Joy is the Beloved of Christian (vampire), but she refuses Christian to be with Raphael (human). My rant I suppose is this is a vampire series, yet the first book in the series the leading female refuses the vampire to be with a human. I believe this was a odd direction to take in the first book of the series. With that said, Joy promises Christian she will find another Beloved for him.I am so glad I read book 9 of this series first. If I had not, I'm not sure I would've even decided to give the rest of the series a try after reading book 1. I will continue with the series because I have faith that the series does get better.more
Joy Randall isn't sure why she went with her friend Roxy's holiday plans to the Czech Republic. Her friend is sure she's going to get over her addiction to the Vampire romance novels by seeing the reality of that world. However Joy ends up finding more than she bargained for and who she chooses is another question. Nothing is ever straighforward.It's not a bad read but really nothing truly memorable.more
Ah! this was such fun to read! MacAlister is superb witty writer who makes her alpha males drop dead gorgeous possesive powerful and just well--- yum! I loved the three main characters and can't blame who she ended up picking. ;)more
I read this book, also because I wanted to read another library ebook on my Nook. I actually liked this book better than MaCalister's dragon book. The vampires were amusing and though the plot was thin in some places, the basic story was interesting enough that I read through it pretty quickly. My same issues from her previous books were there, but it was a bit easier to ignore them and it helped that the other characters (bad and good) were mostly amusing. I probably will read more of her books, if only in ebook form.more
I am sorry, but this book was not good. The plot was weak. The mystery was not hard to solve. The female kept talking about being a strong woman, yet the author did everything she could to make her a simpering, drooling man crazy character. Skip and save your time for something worth while.more
Could not capture my interest. Starts out with Joy and her friends performing some ritual to find their soul mates. Comes off as hokey and rediculous, and not really in a funny way. I couldn't take the dialogue--too much forced comedy.more
One of the first Paranormal Romance books I read... LOVED IT!! Kept me laughing! Very Smart & Sexy!more
A refreshing blend of an ordinary realistic female who mixes up with a too-good-to-be-true mystery guy, a famous author, a closet-vampire, and a masquerading sexy vampire wannabe. This book has charm, sex appeal, plenty of humor that'll keep you rolling over and bursting out in chuckles when you don't expect it (don't read in a public place! ;D ) and biting your fingernails from the climactic finish. It'll keep you guessing from start to finish, whether its wonder in who is real, who is fake, and who is this mysterious man who seduces dreams?There's an undertone of magic that plays between the lines, keeping you hoping that vampires exist, and some parts that just make you wonder if maybe someone is just completely insane.... 5/5!more
Hmm I was undecided about this book. On one hand I loved the two lead male characters BUT hated the female ones. Roxy is the most rude, annoying and I suppose loud person, and if I had been travelling with her, I would have gone home. I just ouldn't stand her at all. Our heronine was a little better but still seemed too stupid for her own good. I nearly gave up on the book early on as I found I was cringing at the antics of these two women.
If you meet any women like this run the other way.
This book has ended my reading slump and for this I am grateful :)
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Not quite what I expected when I started. The narrative dragged a little through the middle of the book. The erotic scenes were very . . uhmm.. erotic. I did not like the fictional vampire novel writer aspect; it made this book seem too much like a parody. But in the end the Dark One's real angst and loneliness rose almost to the level of real tragedy.more
This was a so so novel for me. The idea of a vampire having to find their "beloved" is original but Joy as a character isn't very likable and neither is her friend Roxy. Joy is very one dimentional and seems to always have the perfect line and she nor Roxy doesn't seem wary of the so called vampires.I have enjoyed Macalister's other work better. This one was kind of weak.more
First book in series of related tales. Cute story about Joy Randall and her friend Roxy who go to the Czech republic in search of the not so mythical Dark Ones. Joy meets and falls for the mysterious Raphael and is also pursued by Christian.more
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