Review: Mayan Prophecy Fulfilled

Reviewed by Shelly

I was so excited when I found out that there’s a sequel to Prophecy of the Undead because I thought there was such promise to take that story further. Human Keisha and vampire Yuri were great as a great couple in the first story. Unfortunately I found that I didn’t like them as much in this second story.

This story picks a few years after Prophecy of the Undead left off. Keisha and Yuri are living happily in the bliss that is the undead. The downside is that the bad guys are trying to replicate the results from her discovery of the intelligence hormone and have contracted scientist Neo Ying to do so. Ying’s primary responsibility is Ying and everything else is for the good of Ying – get where I’m going here? Keisha finds out that the bad guys want to use her discovery to create chattel out of humans and calls in some of her and Yuri’s friends to help her get to the bottom of all this.

Unlike the subtlety of the first story, there was so much about this story that I didn’t like. A lot of the story felt very jerky, forced, and pretentious. The introduction of Frank the alien was an interesting choice that in no way made sense to me. Part of the blurb talks about Frank, the ‘furry blue alien’ (“who has spent an eternity encouraging the dominant species on each plant to aim for the stars so they can become a contributing part of the universe”) and “is dismayed to find that one of his favorite species, humans, seem to have lost their desire to venture off the planet.” Just because humans are one of your favorite species why would another planet’s intelligent inhabitants not want to use them to advance their own species? There are quite of few of these situations that I just could wrap my head around. Another is the way that all humans, except for Keisha, are stupid and greedy.

After a couple days of reflection, it’s not that I didn’t like the story, because I still think the premise has great promise. What I didn’t like was pompous condemnation of the human race that the story took on. The entire last quarter of the story I could have done without – I felt like I was being spoken down to which I’m never okay with.

I’m still in-like with the first story in the series, just this one not so much.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: C-

*ARC provided by author for review

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Mayan Prophecy Fulfilled
by Fiona McGier
Release Date: February 1, 2013
Publisher: Eternal Press

Review: Prophecy of the Undead

Reviewed by Shelly

Fiona McGier where have you been all my life?!? This is my first but definitely not my last of her books. I’m actually hoping for a series out of this story (yes, this is a shameless plea).

Prophecy of the Undead starts out with a bang and it doesn’t let up. Neurobiologist Keisha Brown is working for a company with some slightly shady (to say the least) financial backers. Growing up poor and being the first in her family to graduate high school much less going on to college, Keisha is on a mission. Not only does she want to be better that where she came from, she’s determined to solve the mystery behind  intelligence. Yuri Kazakov, hottie Russian vampire, has his own agenda. He’s been reading up on Keisha’s research to see if she can help him find out the biological (or non-biological) reason that vampires came into being.

McGier writes a fun and interesting take that pleasantly strays from the formulaic vampire tale. There’s no mistake that these people are even remotely alive, and I think it’s with this rationale that we’re able to see them do things that are clearly not for the living and sometimes just plain old silly. I couldn’t agree more with the social commentaries, so thanks for saying it (‘cause it’s true). But I’m drifting – back on task.

After Yuri’s rescue of Keisha from some straight-up-vicious foul-mouthed thugs, the rubber meets the road and Keisha has to choose if she wants to live.  She makes the right choice. Then finding out the repercussions of her newly ‘differently animated’ anatomy, these two set off on a fast-paced adventure to find out more about Yuri’s questions. There’s a lot of information (some will make sense, the other will give you a nice giggle) that’s found out along the way.

I can’t give away too much because the book is relatively short and is a very quick read (I read it in one sitting). Before I go, I have to tell you about Casimiro and Apolinar – these are two OLD vampire dudes are also lovers. Argh, I couldn’t stand them initially, because they were two of the most pompous and self-aggrandizing vampires EVER. But but but, they actually turned out to be a bit more than meets the eye and I found myself really starting to like them after their experiences with Keisha. Oh, and then there’s Caesar, the Latin Lover, who is such a sweet talker you couldn’t help but like him from the get go.

I really enjoyed this story and I would like to see Keisha and Yuri in a follow up, not because the story was left without satisfactory resolution, but because McGier really created a world that I would like to read more of.

“What happened with the sex?” you say – well, these two are no slouches in that department either. Yuri knows where his bread is buttered and he’s definitely taking care of business (if ya know what I mean).

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by author for review

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Prophecy of the Undead
by Fiona McGrier
Release Date: November 7, 2012
Publisher: Eternal Press

Giveaway: Prophecy of the Undead

Keisha is a neurobiology researcher determined to discover the secret to intelligence to save humanity from itself. What she learns leads her to realize a bigger threat comes from beyond the stars. Yuri is a Russian vampire whose long-dead feelings respond to the scientist whose brain he admires but whose curves he can’t resist. Will his love reach the places in her heart that she has ignored for so long? And can they defeat the prophecy of the undead to find happiness sharing eternity?

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