Tuesday, September 17, 2013

{Heather #Review} Paranormal Romance: Vampires Need Not...Apply? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Genre: Paranormal
Series: Accidentally Yours #4
Format: ebook via Netgalley
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Forever (September 3, 2013)

Meet Dr. Antonio Acero. Heir to Spain's wealthiest family, world-renowned physicist, and dedicated bachelor. While on vacation in southern Mexico, Antonio discovers an ancient Mayan tablet. Local legends say it contains magical properties, properties that could put his stalling research on the map.

But is this really his lucky break?

When Antonio attempts to put the tablet to use, he'll discover that Fate has other plans. Her name is Ixtab, and she's quite possibly the deadliest deity who ever lived.

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REVIEW:

First and most importantly, note that this is book FOUR of a series. If you haven’t read books 1-3, you’re going to be confused by all these people and sub-stories going on. If you have read them, continue on!

Vampires Need Not … Apply? is part of a unique and different paranormal series. Yes, there are vampires, but there are also a host of ancient Mayan gods who have found their way to the modern world. In this way the book reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Each of these characters has quirks and over the top personalities, all of which made me laugh to read. This book follows Ixtab, the Goddess of Suicide. Ixtab’s powers are like two sides of a coin: on one side, she can remove suicidal thoughts from good people, thus saving their lives; but on the other side, that dark energy must be released into other people (who then immediately kill themselves). Ixtab tries to release that energy into bad people, but sometimes someone bumps into her accidentally and this causes their untimely demise. Such a thing happens to the hero’s housecat which is awful, but also somehow funny. The whole book is like that – equal parts horror and hilarity.

Our hero in this book begins as anything but. Antonio Acero is simultaneously a brilliant scientist and man whore. He is working all hours to discover the secret to an ancient Mayan tablet, taking time only to eat and bed any number of beautiful women. Ick. It’s okay, though, because Ixtab doesn’t start out as a traditional heroine. Not only is she an untouchable goddess of suicide, but as punishment for killing a long-ago love, she dresses in all black and covers her face with a black veil. Not the sort of thing one looks for in a potential mate.

As this book is part of a series, it should be noted that there are several plot lines happening. The large, overarching story; loose ends from previous novels (including a heck of a cliffhanger from the last book); Ixtab and Antonio’s story. The author does a fantastic job guiding the reader through each of these plots and changes directions gracefully between them. There is no major cliffhanger at the end of this book, and I was left wondering who the next book will be about (please let it be Maax – an invisible god has fun written all OVER it).

I really enjoyed reading this book. The sexual tension and missteps Ixtab and Antonio make are steamy and gut wrenching, and I couldn’t help but root for them both through the entire story. The plot is never predictable. I thought I had them figured out and then something would throw a monkey wrench in the whole thing and I’d be forced to rethink. It was wonderful. I recommend the entire series, even if paranormal romance isn’t your thing. At no point in this book did I feel like the hero/heroine’s otherworldliness was the point – it merely served to highlight the problems they must overcome. All in all, it was a very rewarding read.

Favorite Quote:
Well, she wouldn’t accept his offer. She was too good to take a peace-offering sex handout from an icky vampire. She was a goddess. An ancient, immortal soul of divine origin. That’s right. She was like royalty of the Universe.
Who really, really, wants to be liked for being herself.
You idiot! You sound like some mortal teenager pining for the captain of the football team.
She gave herself a mental flogging. It didn’t do the trick; she still wanted him. And wanted him to want her back.
Oh boy, I’m in trouble…
Which meant so was he. Everyone knew Ixtab was bad news.







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