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Over the past six months, Rachel Forsythe's perfect life has descended from the ideal to the tragic. The younger of her two daughters is dying of cancer. Despite her standing as the wife of a respected Mormon bishop, neither God nor medical science has blessed her with a cure. Or has He? Milada Daranyi, chief investment officer at Daranyi Enterprises International, has comOver the past six months, Rachel Forsythe's perfect life has descended from the ideal to the tragic. The younger of her two daughters is dying of cancer. Despite her standing as the wife of a respected Mormon bishop, neither God nor medical science has blessed her with a cure. Or has He? Milada Daranyi, chief investment officer at Daranyi Enterprises International, has come to Utah to finalize the takeover of a Salt Lake City-based medical technology company. Bored with her downtown hotel accommodations, she rents a house in the Salt Lake City suburbs. And then the welcome wagon shows up. Her neighbors perceive her to be a beautiful, intelligent, and daunting young woman. But Rachel senses something about Milada that leads her in a completely different-and very dangerous-direction. Rachel's suspicions are right: Milada is homo lamia. A vampire. Fallen. And possibly the only person in the world who can save Rachel's daughter. Uncovering Milada's secrets, Rachel becomes convinced that, as Milton writes, "all this good of evil shall produce." As the two women push against every moral boundary in order to protect their families, the price of redemption will prove higher than either of them could have possibly imagined....

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Angel Falling Softly Reviews

  • Candace Salima
    2019-05-24 19:14

    I have to admit, I was excited to read Angel Falling Softly by Eugene Woodbury, a return missionary and BYU graduate, because the premise of the story was startling, yet mildly intriguing. Enough so, that I agreed to review the book when asked.So let me share with you the backliner and see if you are intrigued as well, then I will offer my review:"Over the past six months, Rachel Forsythe's perfect life has descended from the ideal to the tragic. The younger of her two daughters is dying of cancer. Despite her standing as the wife of a respected Mormon bishop, neither God nor medical science has blessed her with a cure. Or has He?"Milada Daranyi, chief investment officer at Daranyi Enterprises International, has come to Utah to finalize the takeover of a Salt Lake City-based medical technology company. Bored with her downtown hotel accommodations, she rents a house in the Sandy suburbs."And the welcome wagon shows up. Her neighbors perceive her to be a beautiful, intelligent and daunting young woman. But Rachel senses something about Milada that leads her in a completely different--and very dangerous--direction."Rachel's suspicions are right: Milada is homo lamia. A vampire. Fallen. And possibly the only person in the world who can save Rachel's daughter. Uncovering Milada's secrets, Rachel becomes convinced that, as Milton writes, "all this good of evil shall produce.""As the two women push against every moral boundary in order to protect their families, the price of redemption will prove higher than either of them could have possibly imagined."Okay, here are my thoughts. When I first read this I was taken aback that the author would take the wife of a Mormon bishop, the young daughter of the same, and place them in a scenario directly mocking God and the plan of salvation. So, one might say, this is a work of fiction. And yes, it is that.But, in reading the author's bio, we find "return missionary and graduate of BYU." One assumes there is a protection which comes from that, or why would they put that in their bio? Writing LDS Fiction comes with a responsibility to our readers. We tacitly promise them we will keep the fiction clean, adhering to the standards of Jesus Christ. Why then does Zarahemla bill itself as an LDS press when clearly, it's pushing the envelope so far it's nowhere near the envelope. Why don't they just shed the LDS element, do whatever they want and we could just chalk them up to another national publisher, albeit a small one, who publishes "that kind of stuff." I think it's false advertising in a HUGE way.As to the author, why write stuff like this and have the Mormon element included. There was a sex scene, far too detailed, between the bishop and his wife. I was stunned. Had he alluded to it I would have been fine, but no, he felt the need to actually write it. And he has the bishop's wife instigating it because the vampire tells the wife she can't bite her unless she's sexually aroused. What? Are you kidding me?With Eugene Woodbury's bio I could assume: * that the book would be free of lesbian and heterosexual sex. I was wrong. * there would be no twisting of scripture and the plan of salvation. I was wrong. * the swearing, if there, would be minimal. I was wrong. * that the author would not play with the plight of Job, speaking of an unhearing, uncaring God and turning to the devil and his angels to save a life. I was wrong once again.Jennifer, the younger daughter, has leukemia and has been in a coma in the children's hospital for six months. All hope is lost and the family has come to terms with her eventual death, except for her mother, Rachel. She is willing to deal with the devil in order to save her child's life. In this case, the devil has a name . . . Milada. This way lay madness, even for fiction.Milada, a vampire, moves next door and Rachel tosses God, the gospel and her child's salvation out the window and cuts a deal with the vampire. You can imagine the natural conclusion of this story. When the child awakens from her coma, now a vampire, she sweetly offers, "God honors these pacts." Plainly stating that God approves of her becoming a vampire. Sheesh, what kind of mother has the author created?I can suspend quite a bit of disbelief. I like the paranormal element in my fiction, even quite enjoy the way authors come up with a new twist on an old story. I can handle, for fiction's sake, literary license of the gospel. What I cannot handle is the insertion of Mormons into the equation willing to sell their souls to damn the souls of their children. Rachel Forsythe forsook all she believed, all she knew to be true to save the life of her children. She betrayed her husband, her family and most off, she betrayed her dying daughter. Instead of finding a small measure of peace that her daughter would be with loved ones and with God once again, she desperately seeks for other solutions, any solutions. In this case, she somehow decides it's cool that her daughter be a vampire because she'd be alive, sort of.One thing I did find interesting was Woodbury's explanation of the creation of vampires . . . it was fascinating. Sadly, it was a thread in the story never full established or explored. It could have been incredible, instead it fell flat.While Woodbury's writing is very good, the story was robbed of its promise by the unnecessary insertion of the above. Would I be interested in this book if I were not LDS? Maybe, but I would have thrown it in the garbage upon finishing it because the premise was destroyed. What could have been a wonderful story, filled with unique twists and turns, was instead filled with gratuitous "I do not write LDS fiction" scenes which contributed in no way to the story.It is not a story of the redemption of a fallen soul, which could have been very cool, considering all the twists and turns that could have been taken, but rather the destruction of innocence in order to save a life, thereby condemning her to a life of darkness and drinking blood to stay alive. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this book to anyone. It gets a definite two thumbs down. Purchase here, if you must.

  • Teri
    2019-05-07 20:15

    I had read two chapters ofEugene's Pathway of Dreams two years ago and couldn't get through the rest for all the graphic sex, so was still willing to give this new slant on the vampire tale a chance and was very disappointed. The blurb on the back of the book tells of a female vampire falling, but it leads you to believe she is seeking a new life by redeeming herself in an LDS Community. This is so far from what we're thought to believe. An LDS bishop's wife has lost her faith and is willing to sell her soul to save her young daughter, who's in a coma in Deseret Children's Hospital with Leukemia. There are several sexual encounters that Milada goes into in order to get blood. One of these encounters is a lesbian encounter, which left me nauseous. The publisher and others are saying this is NOT LDS Fiction, but everyone I talk to say otherwise. If this is NOT LDS Fiction, then why do we see and hear about "Fast offerings", Relief Society, Scouting in a Sandy suburb where my hubby and I used to live? I feel our faith and God were mocked and shown disrespect. I would've liked to have seen Milada change her ways and life and gotten forgiveness and embraced the Gospel and a different miracle occur than having the young daughter leading a condemned life, living forever as a vampire.We have felt deceived by what has been portrayed in this novel, also that Some people seem to be misinformed that vampires and sex go hand in hand. Mary Shelly, who created Dracula, did not portray Dracula as a sexual character. I was an absolutely avid fan of Dark Shadows and there was not an ounce of sex in that show.I feel Eugene is a great writer, but he needs to write for a mainstram audience and not list on his bio that he served a Mission for The Church. Also, I have read many LDS novels that have had far less mention of LDS in them than Angel Falling Softly. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

  • Hawkgrrrl
    2019-05-19 17:33

    I just finished this. It's a decent beach book. On about chapter 8 it occurs to you that the vampires are the normal ones and the Mormons are the oddballs. But the fun-poking is done as an insider and doesn't strike me as mockery. It's hard to get into, but takes off more toward the middle. There are some risque lesbian scenes, but nothing even close to on par with non-LDS fiction. I'm unclear who the target audience for this book is, though. Fringe Mormons? Lesbians attending the U of U? It doesn't add enough to the vampire canon that is unique to qualify as a must-read for vampire-aholics, so I'm not sure.

  • Maralise
    2019-05-25 16:16

    I liked this book, unexpectedly. About every third page there is an acute observation of Mormon culture that is right on, surprising in its humor or insight. So, despite the fact that I don't like action-driven novels, or anything vampire-related, I thought this was a well-written addition to the middle ground of Mormon fiction; neither dogmatic nor antagonistic, always interesting, surprisingly astute.

  • Cherie
    2019-04-25 19:27

    it took me a while to get into this story. I didn't like the ending but it wasnt a bad book. The way it ended left it open for a second story but I'm not sure that I would read it.

  • Moriah
    2019-05-24 16:35

    Perhaps I should admit up front that I consider myself an undemanding reader. I’ll happily go wherever the author wants to take me as long as it’s logical, consistent, and interesting. Let me add that I don’t even particularly care whether a story is plot-driven or character-driven; give me something to chaw on intellectually and I’m good to go. Make me laugh and I’ll forgive almost anything.This is one reason why, when I read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, I was highly annoyed. I like vampires. I’ve studied vampire myths since I fell in love with Vlad the Impaler somewhere in the early ’90s, so her inconsistent worldbuilding, her habit of telling rather than showing, and her mostly flat characterizations grated.By contrast, Eugene Woodbury’s take is haunting. Poignant, even.Rachel Forsythe is an LDS bishop’s wife who is drowning under the weight of the responsibilities tearing at her: a dying daughter and the latent grief of one daughter’s inevitable death, the need to give the other daughter the attention she needs, the burden of carrying on mostly alone while her husband tends to the needs of his congregation, not to mention the regular everyday duties of a mother and wife. Then she gets a new neighbor.Milada is a vampire temporarily out of her element in a very sunny Salt Lake City to explore an investment opportunity. She lands herself in a cookie-cutter suburban neighborhood in a split-level ranch, surrounded by people she views as a bit odd, but nice. When Milada is invited to a barbecue at the bishop’s house and ends up saving a little boy’s life, her secret starts to unravel.Once Rachel realizes and accepts what Milada is and understands the unique properties of her dining habits, she must decide how far she would go to save her daughter’s life.This isn’t a vampire story. It’s a character study of the things we, as Latter-day Saints, might do when pushed into a corner with no apparent way out. It also asks if we have faith in what we say we believe.The theme of the entire book can be summed up in one line. When Rachel presents her idea to Milada, Milada says: “Christians claim to believe in eternal life. So why are you so afraid of death, Rachel?”I don’t know if Mr. Woodbury intended for the reader to believe Rachel’s answer, but I didn’t believe her. It doesn’t make any substantive difference, though; the effect would have been the same. At the end of the day, no matter how much faith we have, we do not know what happens to us when we die.Rachel herself seems somewhat scattered and toward the middle of the book, it seemed I hadn’t heard much more about her dying daughter and I almost forgot she had one. Though that was corrected posthaste, I would have liked to see more distress at her daughter’s situation more consistently, and though I (as a mother) could appreciate that she was probably emotionally numb, I felt the daughter actually didn’t exist for a few chapters. I just don’t feel Rachel’s distress very deeply until she starts connecting Milada’s dots. That said, I do like Rachel and find her sympathetic.With regard to this vampire’s world, I believed it. Mr. Woodbury gave me a different physiological and anatomical (i.e., plausible) reasons to believe that these creatures exist and how. Mr. Woodbury doesn’t shy away from the innate vampire-sex connection. He does not use the act of biting and drinking as a metaphor for sex, accidentally or otherwise; he makes a clear case that sex is necessary for the vampire to get her nutrients.Mr. Woodbury also displays a sly humor that abuts worldly sensibilities to Mormon culture and deftly captures the irony. For instance, when Milada checks out the art her interior decorator chose, she muses: “Considering the milieu, Milada would have recommended O’Keeffe.”I can’t say that the end was a surprise because there were only three logical ways it could have gone and any one of them would have been perfectly workable; two of them would have been relatively comfortable. He took the uncomfortable path. What I’d like now is a sequel to explore the fallout of that ending.Mr. Woodbury does nothing the easy or expected way in this story. There are no Relief Society and Elder’s Quorum platitudes. She doesn’t consult her husband either as priesthood leader of the home or as bishop. Rachel makes a unilateral decision that has no precedent in LDS history or culture or doctrine; she doesn’t know if it’s wrong or right and she clearly doesn’t care, she doesn’t spend a lot of time dithering over the details of what could happen, and she doesn’t even pray about her decision. She acts quickly and on pure instinct, as any vampire ever did. There are a lot of questions in this book and almost no answers—and I liked that.Moral ambiguity amongst faithful Mormons: More, please.ETA 2011-05-23: I’ve had one quibble with this book since I read it and have been wondering whether to say so or not, but I’ve decided to:Effective feeding for these vampires involves sex hormones pumping through the blood. To do this, Milada is shown earlier having sex with another woman in order to feed off her arousal-infused blood.Rachel doesn’t know this when she goes to Milada to save the daughter’s life, and still doesn’t after Milada informs her that her blood will be required. Instead of saying, “I’m going to have to get you all hot’n’bothered so it’ll work,” Milada simply says, “Go home and make love with your husband, Rachel.”Thus, the test Rachel makes on behalf of the daughter is really no test at all, since Milada gives her an out right up front. The true test of Rachel’s willingness/faith/love of her daughter was never required of her.I want to know if Rachel would have been like Meatloaf: “I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that.”

  • Joyce
    2019-05-17 20:27

    Angel Falling Softly was, to put it very, very mildly, a disappointment. The concept of the worlds of vampires colliding with the world of the Mormon faith sounded very intriguing. Sadly, what I discovered was little to no actual Mormon "faith" in this book.(Which is why I've decided to classify it as "mainstream fiction", rather than "LDS fiction"). If you are expecting any spiritual growth in the Mormon mother, Rachel, you will be sadly disillusioned by the end of this book. Rachel to the bitter end (and I do mean "bitter!") demonstrates more faith in the "eternal life of the "living dead (i.e., vampires)", than she does in the eternal life offered by God Himself. There is no discussion of the promise of a literal resurrection and the opportunity of being reunited with one's family with glorified bodies "forever and ever, worlds without end." There is absolutely no faith or trust in the superior Parental love of a Heavenly Father to care for a loved one's spirit after death, a child who was, after all, His daughter before she was Rachel's. To the very end of the book, Rachel, who presumably is meant to represent a "typical" Mormon mother (married to a bishop, presumably in the temple, though that is never addressed, either), appears much more bitter than faithful (i.e., full of faith) a challenge she never overcomes.As for the vampires themselves, I scarcely know what to say. Their origins are so murky and their backstories so disjointed, that it's difficult to judge them one way or the other. One theme the author seemed to take some delight in, was a number of provocative vampire/lesbian themes, though the vampires actually appear to be more bi-sexual than strictly lesbian. And I'm not talking "just talk". I'm talking scenes sufficiently graphic that I would have quit reading the book then and there, had it not been for the alleged "LDS theme". To be honest, if this book had been about any other character than a Mormon one, I would never have bothered to finish it. The only reason I kept reading, was (1) because the main character, Rachel, was LDS, and (2) I kept hoping (against hope, as it turned out), that Rachel would wake up and exert some actual faith in a loving God and the Plan of Salvation He's provided for our eternal happiness. Now that I've finished the book, I feel more manipulated than anything. The LDS "hook" is definitely what will keep LDS readers reading when, under any other circumstances, most would likely abandon this book well before the end. A calculated manipulation of LDS readers on the author's part is my suspicion.I'm giving the book one star for such an "empty, faithless, utterly non-uplifting" story, but a second star because it was, to be honest, competently written. I thought the author made an over-the-top attempt to make the book sound "literary", when it could have been told much more straightforwardly. Example:**Rachel was standing outside the Relief Society room waiting for Sunday School to conclude when Charlene Millington rushed up to her with such enthusiasm that Rachel had to restrain herself from pirouetting out of the way like a rodeo clown dodging a charging bull.**Couldn't Charlene simply "rush up" with her news? Perhaps if the book had had a lighter tone, this line would have fit. But the attempted comedy of it fell flat in such a heavy-themed, and ultimately depressing story.My ultimate recommendation? Don't waste your time on this book! However, if the premise sounds just too intriguing to ignore, then my follow-up recommendation would be not to waste your money on a "new" copy, but either borrow one from someone else (I'd be more than glad to give you mine, though hesitant to inflict it upon you), or buy a used copy for as cheap as you can. Just don't say you haven't been warned.

  • Apzmarshl
    2019-05-11 22:37

    I have been trying to get my mitts on this for a very long time. I kept seeing scathing reviews and knew that if it were that controversial..........well I had to read it.The low down is that Rachel is an LDS bishop's wife. Her young daughter Jennifer is dying of leukemia. A gorgeous young vampire named Milada moves into the ward. Rachel figures out what Milada is. She asks Milada help her save her child's life by infecting her with the virus that makes one a vampire.While there was an awesome story in there... it derailed. Milada's high powered job which entailed buying out companies and shallow relationships between mother/daughter and wife/husband left me desperate for the meatier story that never fleshed out.Now I do appreciate when an LDS author has the courage to write characters that aren't all unattainable, cheesy, do gooders. On the other hand if you are going to write as an LDS author and not just your general population author.....there have to be some things which you just leave out. I can take sex between married people, heck I could even deal with an affair, what I struggled with was the lesbian scenes......for sort of no purpose. There were some snippets of tantalizing writing which would have been great if they were delved into at all. Such as Rachel having to decide if she wanted to destine her daughter to Hell in order to save her life......which is what I think the book may have been about. Rachel kinda seemed not to a have a dying daughter and to be living her religion for the sake of appearance. I'm pretty sure that isn't how she was supposed to be though. The book felt like it wanted to be edgy and then slithered off the cliff by accident. Yet some how, I still liked what there was to like. Vampirism caused by a virus. The vampires could eat and be in the sun (although they sunburn severely when they are unprotected). The virus causes them to be albino like and their body ages only fractionally over a long time. Plus the author had a great grasp of when to put in scriptures and that part actually turned out pretty cool. Meh.....I liked it but I know there was a better story in there that didn't get written.Rating Ugh...probably R.....maaaaaaybe PG 13. Some swearing, lesbian hook up, talk of sex, alluding to sexual assault.

  • Richard
    2019-05-22 17:19

    My first observation was that this book got progressively better. That said, it is a nifty little read that is both entertaining and a tad provocative. The philosophy and religion mix together in a way that made me consider my own convictions and how I viewed life.This is a simple story of a Bishop's wife with a dying daughter and a curious and friendly vampire who moves into the neighborhood. I wish I could paint this as a complex story but its to its core, a Mormon meets Vampire meets Mormons kind of story. Being a church member, moments of the story made me smile and at times it became very personal. I read very few books that affect me this does, though not too deeply.For the Vampire reader, Milada and her vamp family fall somewhere between Twilight and True Blood. This new view of vampires is very refreshing and less limiting as the old Vampires are.For the church readers and the highly religious, the vampire has some interesting insight into our beliefs and ways. There is some sensually strong material in a couple of chapters, so if you need it, beware? You should be able to deal with.I like this book and would read more by Woodbury and I am curious as to when he walked the streets of Tokyo as I once did...

  • Daryoung
    2019-05-08 23:36

    I think Woodbury is getting better and better as a writer! In this vampire-meets-Mormon-culture novel, Woodbury explores faith and what happens when it bumps into the unexplainable, especially in the light of aching need. It's a fascinating set-up: a woman with a dying daughter meets the one person who might have the power to save her, but this person, in her very existence, flies in the face of the mother's worldview and faith. What kind of bargains can she make--with the vampire, with her faith, with her God? I love reading stories that address faith and believers without condescension, using the faith as one of the elements of the plot. Woodbury has written an interesting exploration without sacrificing story. I especially enjoyed the sub-plot of the business takeover. There are a few aspects of the plot (scientific explanations, allusions to philosophy) that could have been explained more clearly. (OK, some were just over my head. But I'm a relatively well-educated person, so I imagine I'm not the only one who missed some things.) But, all-in-all, the book worked and was an enjoyable read.

  • Lady Steed
    2019-05-02 22:17

    I am not well read in the vampire genre, but I found the intersection of vampires and a Utah Mormon family rather interesting. The beginning was very rough, could have benefited from more editing, but once I was about 80 pages in, the writing got better. What probably annoyed me the most was how the main Mormon character, Rachel, was the Bishop's wife. This seemed like too easy of a way for the author to create this character. I found a lot of the book confusing: long sections about corporate takeover, other long sections on gene mutations and viruses. I am not a business person, nor am I a doctor, each of these areas have special jargon that I am just not familiar with--reading these parts of the book just left me confused. I did however find Milada to be a very interesting character. I enjoyed her observations on Mormons and enjoyed the slow reveal of her past and the melting of her cold facade.Entertaining, light reading. Started Sep 1 finished Sep 6.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-04 23:10

    A vampire book? And mormon literature? I couldn't resist. More after I'm done.This book was interesting. Not exemplary writing, but some interesting ideas and themes. I really liked the portrayal of Rachel, the mormon mother with a sick daughter. I was brought to tears a couple of times, reading about Rachel and her heartbreaks. And I enjoyed reading a story set in my state, set in mormon culture that I know well. As a vampire book, it was somewhat lacking. I wanted more explanation of how Milada and her sisters found their current lifestyle and how it works for them. Warning: there are some sex scenes. The book was published by a local publisher, who says their niche is something like "too edgy for mormons, too mormon for non-mormons." I think this is true of this book--non-mormons would probably be lost. I liked it, but it wasn't stupendous.

  • Joy
    2019-05-17 19:09

    I'm not one to read LDS fiction, but when Zarahemla Press slashed their book prices earlier this year to raise cash, I couldn't help but buy a few books to keep an independent publisher afloat. I bought this one even though I made fun of it on my blog a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised to actually be able to finish it. Especially since I'm not much of a fan of fantasy or sci-fi genres.Woodbury was a decent writer, and I was able to read this story quickly. I'm not one for sci-fi or fantasy, but he told a decent story about a Salt Lake woman whose daughter is dying of cancer and a vampire whose paths cross. The plot serves as a tool for the author to talk about mormonism, vampires with Salt Lake as a background. Although there were flaws, by and large I enjoyed it.

  • Cheri
    2019-04-24 22:26

    Having been raised on mainstream fiction/fantasy and recently falling for LDS fiction, I thought "edgy" LDS fiction would be worth a try. Not.The writer has talent. Why he chooses to waste it on this tripe is beyond me. There's too much unnecessary sex, nudity, innuendo and girl on girl action. It's a very good thing I won this book at an author convention; I'd have been very perturbed to have wasted money on it. I will not be picking up anything from this author or this publisher in the near future.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-20 18:32

    This book has stirred quite a controversy in LDS reading circles. It seems that people either rave about it or hate it. Personally, I really enjoyed it and found nothing offensive about it. I would, however, recommend it as adult fiction because of the subject matter and the depth of the story. There is some sexual content, but it is not explicite and is essential to the story. This is a many-layered story, typical of literary fiction, which is how I would classify it. It's good to see this depth of story telling in LDS fiction. It is long overdue.

  • Mark
    2019-05-02 21:36

    What a fun book for a Mormon to read! This story of a Bishop's wife and her interchange with the erstwhile vampiress is really better than TWILIGHT or it's sequels, plus it has lots of LDS insights, many are humorous that I enjoyed. If you have lived in Utah and are willing to laugh at yourself and your neighbors a little, this is great. The book takes the supernatural idea of vampires and changes it to biochemical science fiction. Really enjoyed it! Thanks, Zarahemla Press.

  • Teresa Stone
    2019-05-24 21:07

    This read feeds on a parent's emotions when it comes to caring for a sickly child. A religious mother questions her faith, her knowledge of what is and what is not. As the realization that her child will not survive and science offers no cure, will she dare venture to risk her child's soul for the chance to offer her life anew? Will the gamble be worth its price and can she live with the choices?

  • Jessie
    2019-05-01 22:08

    I can't believe that I read another vampire book, and by a Mormon author too. The premise is pretty funny since the bishop and his wife invite over this new neighbor for a backyard barbeque. It just seems funny to place a vampire in a suburb of Mormonia. It was entertaining. He makes them seem like normal people, who even have a heart. Warning-- it does have explicit sex scenes -- I would say a little more graphic than the Twilight series.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-19 18:17

    Interesting book. I've definitely never read a Mormon vampire novel before. I'm still not sure I really liked it, but it was intriguing enough that I had to finish it. It kind of left you hanging with the whole family situation. And the entire book was very technical - the business and medical storylines. So, definitely didn't love it, but didn't hate it either.

  • Debra
    2019-05-23 19:09

    Ever since Dark Shadows was canseled I have been done with vampires. Barnabas forever holds my heart! This book however is a surprisingly good read with believable characters who are human, or not, and you like or not. LDS religion is a major part of the book, but it isn't treated with kid gloves, and maybe that is what I like best about it.

  • Tina Dalton
    2019-05-13 19:34

    This book is about a Mormon bishop's wife who seeks the help of her vampire neighbor in order to save the life of her dying child. It was interesting, but vampire books have never really been my thing. I certainly can't really recommend it as "church" literature, but if you're looking for a different twist on the vampire myth it might be something you'd enjoy.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-14 17:15

    The problem with a Mormon vampire book is that the two things -- Mormons and vampires -- are not usually compatible. Even so, it was an interesting idea to put a vampire in Sandy, Utah, to see how the Mormons would react. And Woodbury had some interesting interpretation on the whole vampire thing. But that's all this book was: an interesting idea. The rest, pardon the pun, sucked.

  • Kerri Allen
    2019-05-08 19:13

    This book wasn't bad however it wasn't as captivating as I hoped it would be. Still I found it an interesting take on the vampire genre, especially when vampires appear to be the normal ones. If you can stick with the story it seems to get progressively better the deeper you delve into it.

  • Linda
    2019-05-04 15:32

    I'm always up for a good vampire book. Maybe I should say a different slant on vampires. This one combined vampires and Mormon life style. I liked how they joined the two cultures and made it be about families.

  • April Inman
    2019-05-03 18:24

    It was interesting...

  • Laura Craner
    2019-05-16 17:30

    still not sure how I feel about this one. Interesting but dark. Haunted me for awhile after I finished it.

  • Sue
    2019-05-10 17:17

    I only got about 10 pages into this book and that was even a struggle! I didn't like it at all.