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Mona reviews Thomas Galvin’s Sire

Submitted by on December 14, 2011 – 9:00 am6 Comments

Book: Sire
Author: Thomas Galvin
Series:The Vampires of St. Troy Book 1
Released: October 31, 2011
Purchase: – Barnes & Noble
Caitlin’s first night in St. Troy. Her first night at college. Her first night away from home.

There are two great girls in her suite, and two cute guys across the hall.

And two vampires fighting over her.

Now she’s all alone, locked up in an empty room in a monster’s mansion. And there are screams coming from outside the door …

Founded by a very old, very gorgeous vampire named Angelica, the University of St. Troy is dedicated to bringing the brightest and most beautiful humans together in one place. Her way of adding only the best to the vampire ranks. The town is also hers, which makes it easier to cover up an occasional murder.

Her lover, Michael, was enthralled by her, so much so, that he allowed her to turn him into a vampire. Now, a year later, he resents the changes in his life and the fact that he’s at her beck and call. The more he tries to pull away from her the tighter she clings to him, and due to their exchange of blood, he’s unable to ignore her commands.

When Michael meets and falls in love with a human coed named Caitlin, Angelica says she isn’t jealous. That seems to be true until Michael and Caitlin become intimate and Angelica shares the experience through Michael’s eyes and emotions.

Meanwhile, Liam, another of Angelica’s creations, is cutting a bloody swath through the university population. She doesn’t really mind except the unwanted attention could have a detrimental effect on enrollment. Now Liam wants Caitlin—and not in a good way. Does Angelica allow it so she can have Michael all to herself again or does she opt to keep Michael happy?

I’m trying to keep from giving away the whole story of Caitlin and Michael, ‘cause I know if I start telling you about them, I’ll end up spilling the beans about all the good stuff that goes on. Her friends figure prominently in the story, also, which makes it even harder not to spill my guts. The book has vampires, beautiful humans, werewolves, murder, jealousy, and sex. What more could a girl ask for?

Galvin has given us a fresh new world of vampires and werewolves in a university setting. Most of the characters are well developed, although there are a few who could use a bit more fleshing out. The pacing is spot on and the interaction between the characters is quite good. Of them all, I think I like Michael the most. His tortured soul is appealing and his self-control is admirable for a young vampire. He stands up to Liam even though he takes a beating every time he does.

Since students are accepted to the university based on their beauty and intelligence, there’s admittedly a lot of ego on the loose. At times, it can be a bit much, but it’s totally in keeping with the emotional development of the characters.

There are a few editing errors, but not enough to detract from the story. For readers who hate cliffhangers, you may want to wait for the next book before starting this one since we’re left wondering about Caitlin’s fate. If that type of ending doesn’t bother you then grab your favorite beverage and settle in. I think you’ll be pleasantly entertained. I liked the story from beginning to end, which, lately, has become something of a rarity for me. Although the author furnished a copy of the book, I was sufficiently intrigued by the cover blurb to buy my own from B&N.

~ Mona Leigh

Mona's first grade teacher, Mrs. Stanford, gifted her with the love of reading. For that, she'll always live in her heart. But reading took over Mona's life, eclipsing everything but playing sports, and has continued to be a huge part of her life. Although she has always written poetry and stories for her self, last year she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. She is currently editing her first urban fantasy and hopes to have it ready for the agent by summer's end. Besides reading, Mona loves speed in the form of fast cars. The faster, the better! In her next life, she plans to drive race cars (or whatever happens to be their replacement in the future) all while reading and writing. She has also taken up rune reading, and find it to be disturbingly accurate and exciting.
Doll Mona Leigh


  • Doll Noa says:

    Awesome review Mona! Cannot wait to read this series!

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  • Doll Suz says:

    Thanks for the head’s up, Mona. I had this on my TBR list, and it sounds like it might be a good story, but I’ve moved it to my tabled4cliffhanger list and will wait until the series is complete before starting it.

    I really appreciate the head’s up!

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  • Rebecca says:

    A good review. (: I haven’t actually read the book yet, but I read Thomas Galvin’s blog all the time, and he’s proven to be very clever and interesting. It should be a fantastic series.

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