My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I seem to be going through a phase of catching up with all the series and sequels of books I’ve previously read at the moment. The Book of Life is one such book, the last in the All Souls trilogy. I remember loving the first book and being a bit dubious about the second and with the third I had trouble remembering the who’s and the what’s and the where’s at first, then I had to delve past all the sickly sweet love scenes. BUT it was worth it, the All Souls trilogy, the story of a vampire and a witch falling in love, is certainly not high literature but it’s not pretending to be, it’s good escapist fun and it certainly made me feel a little wistful, wishing that such creatures really did exist in this world (well maybe not some of the vampires) and about how wonderful it must be to have such large families, even if the bickering can get physically violent sometimes.
There were more than a few plot holes, in particularly some of the characters responses to the bad guy character, who put it this way didn’t have to put much work in with chasing after the family. But sigh, grand houses, castles and apartments across the world, blood sucking seems to have some obvious escapist benefits! The story has completed but there were some hints that more problems may befall my favourite vampire-witch family, so I really hope more books come from this world.