Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Review: Grave Illusions

By Lina Gardiner
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publish Date: February 2007
Personal Rating: 4 stars
Source: Free Kindle Download

New York City is in the grasp of a deadly, unseen enemy. At least unseen by normal society. Lieutenant Jess Vandermire, New York City police officer, is uniquely specialized to recognize and fight this threat. It's her job to forge a black ops team, an assortment of men and women who wouldn't be considered for the job under normal circumstances. But these aren't normal circumstances. The team has to be tough and, if need be, expendable. Jess understands what she's fighting and what's at stake. For her, it's all about retribution until ex-cop John Brittain is recruited to her team. Suddenly, her priorities aren't quite so easily definable. John Brittain has a chip on his shoulder and is as tough as they come. But is he ready for the whole truth? That combating "super" vampires whose primal need for blood and the addictive drug "Sunshine" is only the beginning of their problems? And when Jess tells him the truth about herself, will he stay and fight or will he turn against her and not only threaten their lives but destroy the fragile relationship developing between them?

Quotes from Book:

“How’d you know that guy was there?” “It’s a matter of training. We all have the ability to use our senses more than we do.”

Gardiner, Lina (2007-02-15). Grave Illusions (Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter) (Kindle Locations 466-467). ImaJinn Books, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

“You’ve proven yourself an A-1 vampire hunter and friend.”

Gardiner, Lina (2007-02-15). Grave Illusions (Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter) (Kindle Location 3434). ImaJinn Books, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

My Review:
Jess Vandermire is a vampire and vampire hunter who works for the local police department. She helps to keep the evil vampires at bay. She finds and recruits individuals to help her enforce and protect the city. They have to go through a special nightly training.

John Brittan (Britt) is a former police officer and is one of these recruits. He’s unsure of the whole situation and isn’t sure he wants to be a part of it. During his training, he discovers himself and also proves to be on the team.

Regent is Jess’s brother who is a priest and her protector. He is getting older and worried about who will take care of Jess after her dies. Of course, Jess doesn’t want him thinking this way, but Regent knows vampires don’t die of old age. He continually tries to find someone to help fill his spot.

Prometheus is the evil vampire they hunt to the end. What a story he has.

The author has developed these and other characters in the book. She has done an amazing job of describing them and giving them vigor in the plot. With so many vampire stories out there, I was a little reluctant this would be that great of a read, however, I was wrong. The author has done an excellent job of weaving a plot around typical vampire conditions with mystery, humor, and romance in a way I thoroughly enjoyed. I leave it wanting to compare it to Karen Moning’s Fever series, but of course that one doesn’t do vampires and this one wasn’t as dark. Very enjoyable read.

Verdict: 4.5 star rating! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes vampire books or even urban fantasy readers. It was not heavy at all on the romance.


  1. This reminds me of Heather Grahams special FBI unit that fights paranormal crimes. Your review has me excited to read it, thanks so much!

  2. Vampires and NYC, sounds like a good read!