The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez
The bestselling author of the Dead Is… series is back with a snarky, hilarious take on the vampire romance novel.
When my best friend Skyler told me about this party in the Hollywood Hills, I was less than enthused. As it turned out, my feelings were more than justified. That party ruined my life.
Tansy didn’t even want to go to the party. It’s hard enough living in one of your best friend’s shadows and secretly in love with your other best friend.
And now she’s leaving it a vampire.
Now her best friend Skyler is stuck on the road trip from hell, on tour as a groupie with a literal band of vamps. Tansy sets out with Vaughn, her other BFF turned maybe more, to save Skylar’s life and take down the band. But when they find themselves in the middle of a vampire war, will Tansy be able to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends?
Marlene Perez is the author of paranormal and urban fantasy books, including the best-selling DEAD IS series for teens. The first book in the series, DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK, was named an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers as well as an ALA Popular Paperback. The first three books in the series have been optioned by Disney for television. She lives in Orange County, California with her husband and children. www.marleneperez.com.
Expected publication: September 22nd 2020 by Entangled: Teen
This was the fun, quick read I needed.
Tansy, Skyler, and Vaughn were best friends living in Southern California. Things were great except that Skyler was hurt by her ex boyfriend. Also, Tansy liked Vaughn as more than friends, but he had a girlfriend. But they were popular and got to spend time at the beach whenever they wanted. Tansy is a witch. She was raised by her grandma after her mom abandoned her. Granny kept everyone safe and happy.
Skyler wants Tansy to go to a party in LA with her. She met a guy that she really liked and his band was playing at the party. Tansy reluctantly agreed to go. That’s when things got bad. The band members were vampires. Skyler had already been controlled and bled and Tansy had no idea. Tyler, the lead singer and Skyler’s new boyfriend, bit Tansy. She didn’t become a full vampire, but she got fangs. She became a vampire witch hybrid. Tansy wants revenge, but she mostly wants to save Skyler. She would do anything to keep her friend safe. Then she finds out about all the young girls being bitten without their permission. There was no consent. Tansy meets a few girls who say they want to help out. While she doesn’t trust them, she’s willing to accept their help and knowledge. While fighting with vampires, Tansy finds out more about her past and the vampire hierarchy.
The book was a fast read. I enjoyed having something that I could just sit and read and not have to focus on as much. It reminded me how much I loved to use paranormal books as an escape from reality. That’s definitely needed right now in 2020.
I gave this book 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4. Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for my earc.
Warnings for things being done without consent, parental abandonment, and a lot of blood.
Have you read this? Is it on your TBR?