4.5 Drops Review: WOMBSTONE by Jessica Roscoe

Title: Wombstone
Author: Jessica Roscoe
Series: A Vampireland Novel, #1 
Genre: Paranormal (Warning Mature Readers)
Publisher: Indiana Ink Publishing
Release Date: March 1st 2013
Source: Author in exchange for honest review
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Mia Blake wasn’t the first girl that was taken by the vampires.

She had heard all about the girls who were missing, and even though they were only “missing”, she knew in her heart that those girls were dead.

She felt sad for them, sure. But more than that, she felt glad that they had been strangers – not someone she knew, and certainly not her. Things like that didn’t happen to girls like her.

They always happened to someone else, and that’s why she barely blinked as she made her way across an empty football field, through a deserted parking lot, to meet a fate she had arrogantly assumed was reserved for other people.

She was a stupid girl.

She paid for it.

Wombstone is a fast paced, dark vampire story that is both engaging and unique. I was caught up in the story and characters right away and the at times disturbing story kept my interest (and pages turning) until the last word.

This is the story of Mia, a strong willed girl who is first kidnapped by a sadistic vampire, Caleb, then ‘rescued’ by a slightly touched in the head vampire, Ryan (gotta love a vamp with mood swings, lol), who turns her. . . something she is not happy about. She wants her old life back, but with the unpredictable comes then intriguing and Wombstone is that! Though, I’m eagerly awaiting to see how the series progresses, considering the um. . . unconventional ending to the book.

If you want a great / twisted read with a bite, then Wombstone is the perfect choice.

Sam stood in the doorway that led from the bedroom to the bathroom, but I could tell he didn’t want to come any closer. I had the distinct feeling it was because I was a girl, and that made me wonder. Ryan didn’t care about my personal space. I was surprised he cared for me at all, after the things he’d said and done back in Mexico.

“You’re a doctor,” I said, turning to him. “How did I lose a massive vampire bite?”

Sam frowned. “How long since you Turned?”

“Since I was Turned,” I corrected him. “You’re implying that I did this to myself. Quite the opposite. I expressly asked that this not be done.” As I heard myself talking, I realized that I sounded like an entitled little bitch, but I was beyond caring.

Sam blinked. “Right. How long since you were Turned?”

“I don’t know,” I answered quietly. “A few days? Less than a week. I don’t remember a lot of it.”

“Well, the good news is you’re not going insane,” Sam said, obviously trying to lighten the mood. “Vampirit
y is caused by a virus. It attaches itself to your DNA, makes its way into every cell in your body, and takes over. Vampires can heal from a wound in a matter of minutes. Have you attacked anyone yet?”

“What?” I looked at him incredulously. “No. Ew! Why?”

He shook his head, seemingly pleased. “It’s just … you seem remarkably lucid for a newly infected vampire.”

“Remarkably lucid?” I echoed. “All I’ve done for the past few days is throw up, cry and bleed.”

“Thank God for that,” Sam replied. “Usually, vampires spend their first few weeks – or months – attacking everyone and everything they can.”

I cast a sidelong glance at the broken lamp and overturned bedside table in the corner and tried to appear calm and generally non–violent. “Is that what you did when you were Turned?”

He paled. He looked like an injured puppy dog.

“Sorry,” I apologised. “It’s none of my business.”

He just searched my face, as if looking for the answer to a question I didn’t know.

This is awkward.

“That’s what all vampires do,” he said quietly. “The bloodlust, it’s quite horrific.”

“Bloodlust?” I echoed. “Like being hungry?”

He stared at me like I was a freak. I shifted uncomfortably under the weight of his eyes.

“Like being a homicidal maniac,” he said, “with zero impulse control.”

“Oh,” was all I could think to say.

Jessica Roscoe is the author of Wombstone, a Young Adult paranormal novel. From a young age, she delighted in the written word and would often scare her poor parents with outlandish stories filled with the supernatural and macabre.

Jessica studied film and screenwriting at university before deciding that novels were her calling. The setting for Wombstone was inspired by a six-month stint in the U.S. where she worked as a lifeguard at a summer camp in Mt Freedom, New Jersey. She is currently working on the next book in the Vampireland series. Her other loves in life include good quality tea, delicious wine, reading and hanging out with her husband and baby girl.

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