Got some diversity here, though more characters than authors.
Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library
Lucy Swift inherited her grandmother’s wool shop in Oxford and even though she can’t knit worth a damn she decides to give running it a try since it means a lot to her grandmother. Yes, I said “means” and not “meant.” You see, her grandmother is now a vampire and even though she’s still adjusting to her new way of life and can’t be seen by anyone she knew before, she still is attached to the shop and her granddaughter. Plus, she needs to teach Lucy how to be a witch. Because that’s also something Lucy didn’t know about before her grandmother died. Let’s not forget the vampire knitting circle and the fact that murders keep happening around Lucy and she feels a need to solve them.
In this installment, Lucy’s parents make an unexpected visit even though they’re right in the middle of an exciting find in their Egyptian archaeological dig. Things are weird though and Lucy is trying to figure out how an Egyptian artifact fits into her life and whether it’s tied to the murder of a graduate student.
I love this cozy mystery series. It has humor, paranormal aspects, great characters, and quirky situations for Lucy to deal with. The vampire knitting circle is just too awesome. I love them! There’s even a possibility of some romance coming up in the future. Exciting! I’m going to continue on with this series in the hopes that Lucy will get better at magic. Because heaven knows she sucks at knitting. LOL
“Just like all living things, we are rotting from the inside from the moment we’re born.”
Teeth isn’t a typical vampire book and I’m okay with that because I’ve read a LOT of vampire novels in my reading life and most of them bore me at this point. Those vampires are either sexy whiny monsters or they are ugly whiny monsters and there usually isn’t a helluva lot of room left for anything in-between.
In Teeth, vampirism is treated like a condition because it is one. People afflicted are called Lamian’s and it strikes when a person is a teen and their pointy teeth come in (of course, at the WORST possible time because being a teen isn’t bad enough!). They can still go out in the daylight, they do not need to be bloodthirsty savages and they aren’t instantly made glamorous and gorgeous by that tired old vampire “curse”. "I am immortal and forever beautiful and nobody will ever love me more than I love my loathsome self. Boo-hoo-hoo"Anyhow, those afflicted basically have to take supplements to survive but a segment of society is suspicious (at best) and prejudiced (at worse). That’s why many are terrified of coming out to the public when their Lamian genes start kicking in and who can blame them? People can be terrible creatures.
I enjoyed this story a lot because it took an old thing and made it into a new different thing. The story follows several teens as their teeth start erupting from their gums. They struggle with the alienation of people they thought were their friends and, in some cases, their parents. There’s also a deviant running about who is on a grisly murderous spree and he stars in some super gross scenes which were gloriously cringy and wonderful. If you are squeamish, read it anyway, haha.
The writer sets up an intriguing world here and if she ever chooses to revisit it, I’ll definitely be there to read more.
The fact that it's redoing the series isn't taken too seriously, but at the same time they make some serious nods to the TV show. Like I didn't see this ending to this coming, because I though all the main characters were safe (I do not consider this a spoiler since the description on Amazon says someone makes a sacrifice) but when I read it, I immediately thought of the first couple episodes and how this mirrored what happened to a character in that episode. It's clever, and better than that, it's subtle about how it's clever and that makes me very, very happy.
Loving the writing and art and the small twists on this world that add up to, well, a whole new BtVS world.