28 Oct '12

A Nix Shortie PNR Review – Night Sighs by Emma Meade (3.75 Stars)

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It’s good to be alive…when you’re dead!

Meet Alex & Tristan, modern star-crossed lovers of the supernatural variety.

Alex is running-on-empty, one year on from the death of her fiancé, and the only thing that keeps her going is her romance with the young vampire Tristan. Tristan, meanwhile has a serious obsession with Bruce Springsteen, and is battling a ‘can’t live without you’ sort of love for Alex. He’s trying to persuade her to come over to the dark side but so far she’s resisting his efforts.

So come and sing along to Tristan’s band, The Dead Beats, the hottest group in London right now, and walk with Alex as she teeters between this life and the next. Because when you’re around Tristan, you’ll see, how much fun it is to be alive when you’re dead….

Night Sighs is an adult paranormal romance, following the relationship & adventures of Tristan & Alex through five short stories: The Dead Beats, The Ancients, Until My Body Is Dust, Bourbon & Jazz and West of Forever

This short read comes in at around 19000 words and I particularly enjoyed the format. This is a collection of 5 short stories that maps quite a long period of time in our H/h life. Due to the time gap between each story, I actually felt that I knew a lot of their tale. It was a very clever way of making the character and story development high for a novella that literally took me 45 minutes to get through. At £0.77 on amazon, I felt that it is well priced and showcased the writing style of the author very well: I will be checking out more adult fiction from this author (she has a YA novella too, but I don’t read that genre too much!).

As for our H/h, I actually enjoyed reading about them. Tristan was a very Lestat type character and from the selfish way that he created Alex (because he couldn’t bear to be without her), the attention seeking behaviour and the devil-may-care attitude he was fun to read about. I did like that he cared enough about Alex to feel remorse when he got her into trouble, but kinda wish that he hadn’t put her in that position in the first place. As for Alex, I liked her character. She knew what she was getting into with Tristan so she really has no one to “blame” for her situation. I liked her kick ass attitude when it came to her man.

I did, however, have a problem with the length in regards to the side plots and characters mentioned in this tale. I say mentioned because that is what they were; the length gave little room for anything else. I do not often moan about the length of a book but, in this instance, I felt it really did impact the flow of the story. Some things needed more explanation for me to actually understand their place in the lives of our H/h and therefore enjoy their addition.

All around this was a fun read that made me want to read more from this author. If you like vampires then this should be something you check out. A bite sized chunk from characters I hope I hear more from.

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