Today, I’m very happy to announce that I am taking part in the Teeth blog tour! Below you’ll find all the information you need about Teeth, as well as information on Chele Cooke, the author, and there’s a giveaway too! Check it out.
Author: Chele Cooke
Published: January 8th 2015
Publisher: Chele Cooke
Genre: Paranormal, Horror
Length: 208 pages
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Medical intern Thomas awakes in a blood-drenched basement and the realisation that his life must change forever. After all, how can he practise medicine when the smell of blood turns him into a vicious killer?
Spencer thinks being a vampire is better than any teen movie made it out to be. Now he must train Thomas and make his mentor proud.
One mistake risks more than either are willing to lose, and a single broken law could turn them from predators to prey.
When I first read the blurb for Teeth, I was worried that it would be yet another vampire novel that fell flat for me. I was so glad that it wasn’t! Teeth has everything I’d want from a vampire story – violence and horrific scenes included!
We follow Thomas, a medical intern who has been turned by a vampire for apparently no reason. As he struggles to adjust, he’s thrown into Spencer’s world while the vampires deal with the politics of their race.
It was a really gritty read, very dark, but with some humourous moments thrown in too. I loved the relationships between the characters – both love and hate. It was interesting to see how they all kicked off about sire bonds and such.
It was a short read, and I managed to get through it in a couple of sittings. It kept my interest and I really enjoyed learning about the characters – their personalities and personal motivations.
Not your typical vampire story, Teeth is a refreshing, and terrifying, change of pace in the vampire world. Definitely recommend if you’re into paranormal fiction.
About the Author
Part time author and full time fantacist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living in London, UK.
While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.
With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.
On Writing About Vampires…
The first time you come up with an idea is always fun. Little sparks of plots and characters multiply before you even have the chance to write them down. Before long you have half a book’s worth of ideas and an inexplicable urge to stay up all night discovering the other half.
Truth be told, I never intended to write about vampires. Whilst I certainly hadn’t ruled it out, I was focusing more on sci-fi and fantasy stories than I was paranormal. So, when this idea popped into my head, I was amused but figured it would come to nothing, even as I jotted the idea down.
I had started using Wattpad a few months earlier and while I had my first completed novel already up there, I was finding myself enjoying the site more and more. I wanted something new, something fun, and something that I could post up in weekly instalments. While I was working on the assumption that this would be a story I wouldn’t charge for, it kept the pressure off, it allowed me to explore.
One of the aspects I don’t like about the paranormal genre, especially when it comes to vampires, is that a high percentage is romance. You have some action and mystery in there but a lot of the time this comes second to the romantic plot line, generally between a human and a vampire.
The more I thought about this and the longer I pondered ideas for what to write for Wattpad, the more clearly it came to me that this fun and silly vampire idea I’d had would be just the thing. Finally I could write vampires the way I wanted to read them. They could be gory and vicious in a way a lot of vampire stories shy away from. They would have to rely on their wit and charm to find their kills instead of being able to psychically control them. Most of all, they wouldn’t be constantly whining about their loss of souls.
I had a lot of fun writing those first few chapters. I was still exploring and discovering. For the first time in half a decade I was writing without a plan and it was incredibly freeing. There is a lot of fun to be had when you open your book with a woman dangling from the ceiling being bled to death. All options were open and I loved it.
Deciding on my lore was invigorating and I spent far too much time laughing at the scene of Spencer explaining the rules they live by to Thomas. Questions I had always had about vampires were mine to be answered. Why was it that vampires who’d been alive for a hundred years were suddenly rich enough not to work, even though when they’d been alive, a thousand pounds and owning your own cow was the height of success.
The impression given by this lack of worry about cash is that the entire vampire population came from the noble gentry, and if they don’t, they miraculously don’t have to work to keep not-living. Food, understandable, they don’t need that, but housing? Why is all housing immediately free for vampires? One or two might have had enough foresight to buy a house a hundred years ago, or to put all their money into a high return savings account, but all of them? And what about the electricity and water bills? Being an adult and actually having to pay these bills really opens your eyes to how much is missing from some of these stories.
These were all discussions I’d had with friends. I’m lucky that my friends can sit around a table for four hours theorising the best plan to survive the zombie apocalypse, so discussions of vampire tropes in books was an easy topic.
Flipping those tropes over took a little bit more thought. While it would be hilarious to have a vampire working the counter at McDonalds, the daytime was going to be a problem. It involved a lot of thought and self-doubt, but I finally had a list of jobs that would be suitable for the undead. Everything happened that way. Each time I stepped back, I found a new or underused angle. Garlic isn’t toxic, it’s just that they have really good senses and garlic is a bloody strong taste. When you look at things from another perspective, everything becomes new and fresh.
I never really intended to write about vampires, but the idea, as well as the book, had some serious teeth.
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