Selena Grey knows three things that are about to change her life forever…
#1 She’s been kidnapped.
#2 Vampires exist.
#3 Varick Cartwright is the most terrifying guy she’s ever met… but he might be the only one who can save her from what is about to happen.
Forced into a televised game with twenty-four other girls, Selena has no choice but to fight for her life.
She’s already a killer, but can she be a survivor too?
The island is ready.
The spectators are watching.
It’s time to play the V Games.
This is a full-length (100,000 words) paranormal romance novel. It’s Upper YA with some cursing, moderate violence and some non-detailed sex scenes/references.
Genre: YA Paranormal & Urban, Horror
Title: V Games
Series: The Vampire Games #1
Author: Caroline Peckham
I’ll hand it to Peckham for creating something I’d totally watch on the big screen. Or Netflix. Let’s go with Netflix for my anti-social ass. The Vampire Games sounds like something really cool to get into. It’s kidnapped girls all running for their life on an island designed to be a sort of betting game. Rich males watch girls in ball gowns running from checkpoint to checkpoint from starved vampires who are more animals than sentient beings. Then you get to the heroine’s story and hear that they had to stop grabbing girls from the streets and instead looked to the girls locked away in prison. Cause let’s be honest: no one cares about criminals.
So this book was published only a few years ago, but already I thought a few things were outdated. There are just some things you can’t do now without the rest of the world going crazy over it, so when I read a few things (like the way I keep from spoiling?), I couldn’t help but wonder how unrealistic it seemed. I won’t harp on it too much because it’s not the book’s fault for being set in a time before everything offended someone, but yeah. Thought some bits were weird.
And the characters themselves were… interesting. I liked Cass, she seemed the most normal and if it weren’t for her being Selena’s best friend in the book, my favorite person would have probably then been Kite, Selena’s bully. The girl was crazy and a real survivor, don’t get me wrong, but I’m pretty sure she won me over in the end.
Pretty much the only people I liked are either dead or shit out of luck. Selena was a decent character but she didn’t feel as fleshed out as I’d have liked. The same went with Varick, the vampire who helps her in the competition but isn’t supposed to because he’s the Helsings’ V pet and apparently the one who gets rewarded with the games’ winner. I really wanted to like them, but there was something wrong with the way everything got delivered.
The writing was alright. Errors were in the book and the writing itself felt a little quick. I thought it was just the tone, and I honestly thought the beginning was only rough because it’s starting, but it stayed that way throughout the entire read. It all got glanced over, it was extremely quick-paced, and there was just one too many things given to me without a better build-up. I wasn’t sold on the romance, or the servitude, or Varick’s attitude as a 300-year-old slave to sadistic vampire hunters. There was just a lot going on and I didn’t think they got the attention they deserved, cause this could’ve totally been a great series. Since the book was alright, I won’t be continuing. I don’t like the writing, and just by looking at the other books, I can already see that it’s a bunch of trilogies for the other girls in the series, and I’m not that invested in it to find out what exactly happens to Varick and Selena. If you do like the genres under this book and like competitions with details on the treks between checkpoints, feel free to try it. I’m just going to assume it’s a magical HEA and move on.