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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Cherry Stem

Title: Cherry Stem
Author: Sotia Lazu
Series: Vampire Cherry #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Wendy Tremont King
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Length: Novel (268 pages/8.2 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Melissa's Review:

I have to admit, Cherry Stem was even better than I expected. I entered the book thinking the main character was going to be a flashy woman I wouldn't be able to connect with. She's a model turned adult movie star that was turned into a vampire. I figured the book would focus on that, but it didn't really. It opens with those details and Cherry going out and hitting the bar scene so she can get her next meal. Little did she know that her undead life would be changed that night. She meets a hunky police officer, Alex Marsden, and they wind up going back to his house. Things were going great, until the morning rolled around and all of a sudden we're getting BBQ'ed Cherry. Talk about not a pleasant way to wake up. That pretty much sealed the deal that Alex finds out about Cherry being a vampire.

This is where it gets interesting. The duo continues with their relationship and a vampire winds up threatening Alex to stop looking into a case. Forced to enlist Cherry's old flame for help, they all have to figure out who is behind girls going missing and some other nasty deeds before it's too late. The mystery element was nice, I wasn't able to figure out the whodunit before that part of the story unfolded. That's always a plus in my book, especially when it's not a person out of left field. The characters were solid, I enjoyed Cherry's character the most. She has a bit of spunk that kept me entertained. I really enjoyed Cherry Stem and can't wait to read book two. I suggest this if you're looking for an Urban Fantasy vampire book.

The Narrator:
Wendy Tremont King, the narrator, was enjoyable to listen to. I feel like I've heard her voice before, but can't place it. She brought the story to life well, and held my attention. I'm glad I was able to experience a new to me narrator, and I can't wait to get book two on audiobook.


  1. This sounds like a fun twist on the usual urban fantasy/PNR! I'll check it out. :)

  2. Oh it sounds good mainly when in the end it's different from what you expected at first

  3. I haven't heard of this one before. I've been doing more audios so I might have to check this one out.

  4. I haven't read a vampire UF in a long time. Do you think Cherry is going to morph into a badass heroine or something?

  5. Sounds interesting. I haven't read a vamp book in a while because I was kind of worn out with them but this sounds really interesting. Especially given the fact that the cop decides to have a relationship with the one-night-stand that turned out to be a vampire.

  6. I discovered that author through a freebie, "Magic at work", which really delighted me ! I'm glad this one was also good :)