Thursday 2 April 2015

Review: Vampire Seeker - Tim O'Rourke

Samantha Carter believes a vampire is responsible for the brutal deaths of four women in London. Desperate to prove the killer's identity, she chases him onto a late night tube train. But Samantha doesn't reach the next station - instead she's pulled into a very different journey, back in time to the Wild West - where friendship, desire and even love all come hand in hand with deadly danger.

To stay alive she'll have to work out who to trust - and when to resist temptation. For Sammy's nightmares are about to come true - vampires are real and more lethal than she ever imagined . . .

Samantha Carter Series:
Vampire Seeker
Vampire Flappers (Novella)
Vampire Watchmen

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Samantha Carter is convinced that the recent Jack the Ripper copycat murders in London are actually being committed by a vampire. Determined to prove her suspicion she follows her suspect onto the underground but the last thing she expects is to find herself pulled back in time and suddenly in the middle of the American Wild West. Lost and confused Samantha must decide who she can trust as she tries to figure out a way home, it's not going to be easy though - especially when she realises that the killer has come with her.

Vampire Seeker is the first book in Tim O'Rourke's Samantha Carter series and it definitely caught my attention. I loved the time travel aspect to the story and to see Samantha transported from modern day London to the Wild West was brilliant. The atmosphere of the story is great and I really enjoyed the description of Samantha's surroundings and watching her confusion as she tried to figure out what the heck was going on. She is quickly rescued by the Preacher and his group but she isn't sure whether they are completely trustworthy and she has good reason to believe that everything is not what it appears. I really liked Preacher and felt that, alongside Samantha, he was the most well developed character. He isn't your usual priest but I liked him more because of that and it was interesting to see the dynamics between him and his group.

The others are just as interesting but I think we need more time to get to know them all better. I'm definitely very curious about the mysterious Harry but I have to say as a love interest so far he leaves me a bit cold. He's a bit too secretive and I don't like the way he can be so dismissive towards Samantha, one particular scene between them really bothered me but I can't say too much about why without giving spoilers so I'll leave you to decide for yourselves what you think of him. What I will say is that I don't out and out hate him so although he hasn't convinced me yet I do think he might grow on me as the series continues.

I think my main complaint with the story was the lack of explanations about anything that happened, we never find out how Samantha ends up in the past and I was confused about the consequences some of her actions had. Time travel can be confusing at the best of times and I needed clearer reasoning for things. I was also left with a lot of questions about the vampire/werewolf mythology the author has created. I don't think being left with questions is a bad thing, it's definitely got me interested enough to want to carry on with reading the series, but I would have liked a few more answers than we actually got.

Overall I'd say this is a series that has a lot of potential, the time travel aspect leads it open to endless possibilities for future adventures - as long as we can find out how it all works in the first place. I'll get bored very quickly if she just magically appears at random places in every book. Although I have a few complaints I still found Vampire Seeker a very fast and fun read and I'll definitely be picking up more from Tim O'Rourke in the future.

Source: Received from Piatkus in exchange for an honest review

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  1. Thanks for putting this one on my radar. I will have to check it out!

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs



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