"I'd had postapocalyptic nightmares like this, dreams of walking into the library and finding it ravaged, abandoned to scavengers, and, possibly, zombies. Apparently abandoning the library to Mrs. Stubblefield and her neice was not much better."
This first book of the series is adorable. Jane is a recently fired librarian who, down on her luck, meets a stunning guy in a bar. They talk for a few hours, but her bad luck starts again when she's leaving the bar. Mistaken for a deer, she's shot and left for dead on the road. She's turned into a vampire to give her a second chance - although these aren't the evil, nappy vampires of modern lore and legend.
Jane is quirky and fun - not only does she love books and has a passion for libraries, but she's a good person with a sense of humor. Seriously, I fall in love with characters like this who love books that much. Gabriel is a heart-throb by description and I'm curious where that will go. Jane's family leaves a lot to be desired - Jerry! Jerry! anyone? The sister is her own brand of evil.
Besides suiting to new changes with her new nighttime lifestyle, there's other characters introduced - like Dick, who is amusing. The situation with her old library is one of the best parts, but I loved the new bookstore she finds. I was a little surprised on who the villain was at the end, although in the back of my mind I had it figured out. It was a pretty epic showdown fight, but the council got on my nerves - is there a rule every vampire council has to be obnoxious and smug? Ew.
“The love of a good woman can save a man" I remember Gabriel saying. "Or it can drive him to fits of unspeakable madness.”
“Note to self: Try to stop reacting to surprises like a cartoon character.”