Sunday, April 6, 2014


About the Book:
If Mathias thought being homeless sucked, being a vampire is worse. The vampires who transformed him believe he is the reincarnation of an ancient king. They expect him to quit swearing, use a napkin, and play by their weird, ancient rules. Screw that.

But after the reigning queen assaults Mathias, he has visions of a past life in which he was that king. Turns out the current queen killed him then, and wants to kill him again.
He’d better grow up fast, because if he doesn’t his second life may be shorter than his first.

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This book has a lot of potential to be a series. It has a very Harry Potter-ish feel about at times. But don't think your getting the vampire version of Hogwarts. This fifteen year-old has a darker past and an even darker past life. Reincarnating as a human leaves Mathias in a dangerous lurch.

Mathias Drvar starts out as just a kid on the streets of NYC. His parents died in a car crash. His aunt wasn't just dismissive. She was cruel and allowed her children to behave worse. Mathias was left with the choice of risking his life and having a roof over his head or running away and taking his chances on the streets. He chose the mean streets. Until he meet a dark magician named Nic.

Nic uses Mathias as an errand boy, but the last errand seemed to go wrong. Mathias gets killed in a gang related shooting. Enter Vlad Tepes. He rescues Mathias and turns him into a vampire, taking him to a special vampire school in Siberia.

At school, Mathias learns more than vampire skills. He finds out he is the reincarnation of the ancient vampire king. This revelation certainly doesn't win him points with the reigning vampire queen. Poor Mathias has a lot to learn about being a vampire and even more about vampire politics.

I really liked the flow. There were times when the plot seemed a little predicable, but the events were enjoyable all the same. I particularly liked the snippets that had a parallel to the Potter series. Those bits took on a darker feel and more often than not had a different end result. The twists and turns kept the pace at an even clip. It wasn't a lot of action and then thirty pages of nothing much happening. I think a young adult reader would find this an interesting read. The language is a little rough, and I might think twice before giving it to a younger reader. As always, read it yourself before giving it to the kiddies. I give Tail of the Devil a full 4 stars.

About the Author:

Danielle DeVor spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching "Salem's Lot" way too many times. After living briefly in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she moved back to her hometown to write. When not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino.

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Twitter: @sammyig

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