Friday, 16 June 2017

Review: Vampire Shift + GIVEAWAY

Today's post is a review post. It's for Vampire Shift by Tim O'Rourke I am happy to be reviewing this book because this is a underrated book and I am hoping to help the book get noticed. I actually read this book (and series back in 2012) when I got my first kindle. This book was free on Kindle and I decided to give the book a go. Well when I read it I was instantly hooked. I am a sucker for a good paranormal book (pun intended). I read this book back in May but I thought I had the idea to do a review. Like the title says this post is also a giveaway. I will be giving away a paperback copy of Vampire Shift. Now let us finally get into the review.

Title: Vampire Shift
Author: Tim O'Rourke
Publish date: 6th June 2011
Publisher: Ravenwoodgreys
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 256
Format: E-Book
Series: Book 1 in the Kiera Hudson Series 1
Days to read: 3 days
Rating 4 STARS

What is this book about?
This book follows 20-year-old Kiera Hudson who has just completed her police training. Her first post is at a small secluded town called The Ragged Cove. For such a small town it has a lot of horrible crimes happening. Every other police officer that has been placed there has mysteriously disappeared and hasn't been seen since. There are also loads of murders happening and graves are being robbed. When Kiera meets her fellow colleagues, the police officers that live and work there, she soon realises why the crimes aren't being solved. Murphy, Potter and Luke aren't your typical police officers, they are super unprofessional and don't seem too interested in the other police officers that go missing. She soon finds that the police don't work in the day time instead they work the vampire shift. But Kiera knows vampires are things of fiction and aren't real, are they? When Kiera starts falling for Luke her whole life changes and she begins to question if he was involved in the crimes happening.

My non-spoiler thoughts
This first book is such a good book and start for the rest of the series. I love how kick ass Kiera is; she is a good strong female protagonist. I loved reading about a female in a 'male dominant' job. I loved all the other main characters, Luke, Potter and Murphy. They were all different from each other but that worked well for the book and loved their friendship in this book. I mean there was times when I didn't like them though; I'm not going to lie. They were terrible at actually doing any police work and didn't show any sympathy for the people that had gone missing or being murdered. For example, when the previous police officers go missing they don't actually investigate why they have gone missing and don't try and look for them. They could also be quite mean or ignorant when it Kiera but I mean all the other ways have gone missing within something like 2 weeks of arriving at Ragged Cove. So I can understand that they weren't going to get too close and friendly with her. I think my favourite character has to be Potter. He's the sarcastic, moody ass character that is usually in a book and I love them characters EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

The storyline in this book is also so good and interesting. I loved the ability that Kiera has, you find out early on that Kiera has this special ability to see more than others do. This makes her an excellent police officer and a great asset in The Ragged Cove. This is because at a crime scene Kiera finds more clues and evidence that anyone else might miss. This ability makes me compare Kiera to Sherlock Holmes, due to her being able to see more details. For example, she can tell what people have had to ate, if they are married and other things like this. I really enjoyed this because apart from Sherlock Holmes I haven't seen anything like this and I love it. It does make me slightly jealous though because I would love that ability.

Even though, I had read this book already there was still plot twists in this book that shocked me. I had forgotten what had happened within the books but did remember the basics. The plot twists that happened caught me unaware, I just didn't expect what was happening and it left me wanting so much more. I also enjoyed the writing style in this book. I thought it flowed well and was quite fast paced. I think the fact that the books in this series are shorter than other books contribute to them being fast paced. If the books wasn't as fast paced as they not much would happen in the book. Another thing that I do enjoy about this series is the ways that music is entwined within the book. I don't think I have ever read anything like it. What I mean by this is, Kiera owns an IPod and loves music. So when she is relaxing she puts some music on her IPod. But the book actually tells you what song she has put on, instead of saying she is listening to music. One of the songs she listens to is On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez. I have since continued reading the series and as I write this I am reading the 3rd book in the series. I don't think this is the best thing that has ever been written but I do really enjoy reading it and they are getting better as the books go on. As you can see I did only give this book 4 STARS but the reason why does contain spoilers so I will be getting into that in the next section.

My spoiler thoughts
The first spoiler thought I am going to talk about is the reason I gave this book 4 STARS. The reason I gave this book 4 STARS is something that happens between Kiera and Luke. So here's the deal, Kiera and Luke hook up and he instantly tells Kiera that he loves her (CUE THE INSTALOVE). I'm one of the few people that doesn't actually mind instalove as long as it's done right and good. In this case it's not the instalove that gets me, I can understand it. It's the fact that Kiera cannot say 'I love you' back to Luke because she believes she still has feelings or cannot get over someone called Tom. This is what happens in the book which made me rate it 4 STARS.

"Does that help?" I asked him, knowing deep in my heart that I would never be able to love another unless I forgot what I had once shared with Tom.
" I could help you to forget," Luke whispered, taking me into his arms again.
Sometime in the next chapter
"How do you feel about your friend Tom, now?" he asked
"Tom," I frowned "who's Tom?"

That's it, there is literally no explanation on why Kiera can no longer remember this guy Tom. I mean you know Luke has done something to make Kiera forget. You don't get to find out what he has actually done though. I felt like this could have been fleshed out why better so you even if Kiera doesn't know what has actually happened. I am hoping this gets mentioned later on in the series and you do find out how this happened.

I also was a little unsure on Kiera and Luke's relationship in this book, like it is literally all over the place. Kiera is literally like he's hot, he's weird and now let us sleep together. Then once they do and he leaves she starts to think that maybe he has something to do with the murders happening. Kiera goes through so many emotions for such a short book, I just wasn't convinced. However, towards the end of the book I was rooting for the two of them. Also the relationship does progress and get much better in further books.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book and series, especially if you like paranormal books. I also think this would be a great introduction into the paranormal genre. So literally I think anyone would enjoy this book unless you don't like paranormal books. The author also has loads of other books according to his Goodreads he has over 60 books and is still working on more. I own a few of his other books and I cannot wait to get started in some of his other books. I hope some of you pick up this book and give it a try.

I thought because I love this series and its not very popular I would give away a copy of Vampire Shift. That way I can give somebody the chance to read this book. Therefore this giveaway is going to pretty much international. I am going to be using Book Depository to do this giveaway and they do ship to most countries, to see the full list you can look here. The giveaway will run till the 30th June which will be for two weeks. I will announce the winner on the post that will go up on that day. I will also announce the winner on twitter as well if you want to follow me on that.
The rule of this giveaway are pretty each;
  1. Be a follower of my blog (I want this book to be given to someone that is a follower as a thank you). I will be checking.
  2. You need to be at least 16-years-old or have your parents permission. This is because I will obviously need your address to send you the book.
  3. Leave a comment on this post letting me know you want to enter and an email address or a twitter/Instagram account. This is so I can contact you if I win in order to get your details to send you the book.  
That's literally it, that's all you have to do in order to enter the giveaway. I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you in my next one.
See you next time,


  1. Hi, i'd like to enter. My twitter is

    Love vampires ^_^

    1. Good Luck! You're the only one to enter so far! So your chances are good.
      Me too, vampires will always have a special place in my heart.

  2. Hi!

    I'd love to enter as well. ^-^
    I've always loved fantasy, and the eternal weakness for vampires and werewolves is something to stay.

    On top of that I just started a blog myself, so I'd be sure to post a review of the book on there as soon as I've read it! (And I'm not saying this to get into your favor, but more like: I get that you want to spread the word about good, unknown books. :) )

    To contact me, you can find me:

    Thank you!
    And good luck to anyone joining this giveaway as well. ^-^

    1. Hello! Thank you for entering! Yeah vampires are great I don't think I have actually read a book that has a main focus on werewolves though! Again thank you for entering and good luck!

    2. Hi!
      I thought "The Wolves of Mercy Falls" by Maggie Stiefvater had their main focus on werewolves. Also Maneater by Thomas Emson. If you hadn't read those already, that is.. :)
      Thank you!

    3. Thank you! I will definitely look into these books!