Vampire Morsels: Book Review

Vampire Morsels: Short Story Collection
By Joleene Naylor
Available on Amazon and Smashwords

Seventeen short stories from the world of Amaranthine; a universe of blood and darkness where vampires don’t sparkle and night is eternal. Includes:

Kateesha - When Kateesha and her partner are sent to apprehend a rogue coven, things go awry and carry terrible consequences.

Michael - Michael isn't interested in finding a job, so his mother finds one for him. If only she'd known she was sending him to work for vampires.

Troy - Claudius is having a get together, and leaves Troy in charge of greeting the guests. But what happens when he finds himself stuck babysitting a pretty boy vampire?

Jesslynn - When Jesslynn's baby gets sick, she sees only way to save him; by discovering whatever dark ritual keeps their neighbor, Jorick, healthy and eternally young. She gets more than she bargained for.

Also includes: Velnya, Sarah, Nirel, Kariss, Herrick, Elsa, Claudius, Bethina, Benjamin, Ashton, Arowenia, Alexander and Adam

Note: I won a copy of this book in a contest. This is my honest review.

My Review: Vampire Morsels is a collection of short stories based on the Amaranthine series. When I began reading, I honestly didn't think I'd finish the book. I figured I'd need to read at least the first novel in the series before I could relate to the various characters in the short story collection. Needless to say, I was wrong. From the very first page, I was immediately drawn in to Joleene Naylor's world. The characters were engaging, and each story tied into another in some way. We meet vengeful killers, philosophical vamps, young brides yearning for love, children, mothers, and innocent victims who can scarcely remember how they became vampires.

And the writing? Holy cow. This author can write. I'm a fan of Stephen King and Anne Rice. It takes a lot for a horror author to impress me. The reason I'm comparing this author with King and Rice is because she is every bit as good a writer as these two masters of the genre. Naylor's vampires aren't the lovestruck sparkly vamps that haunt high school hallways--these are complex characters with multifaceted personalities. Some are cruel and vicious, others are only doing what they need to do to survive.

I would highly recommend this book to vampire and horror lovers. I'm definitely sold on the Amaranthine world and can't wait to take a bite out of Shades of Gray (Book one in the series).

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


  1. So glad you enjoyed these (I know, I am late on commenting!) I think I actually enjoy writing these more than the series itself, LOL!

  2. These short stories are what got me hooked on the main series. I'm very impressed because usually short stories based off a series are difficult for new readers to get into. Each story was unique and entertaining in itself.


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