Review: Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney

Finbar Frame has it all: looks, athletic ability, and girls crawling all over him. Yeah, life is looking pretty sweet at this point.

Except, that’s not Finbar, but rather the life of his twin brother Luke, who is everything that the shy, intellectual, snarky Finbar doesn’t. In fact, after a disaster date with a beautiful French girl, Finbar realizes that if he ever hopes to kiss a girl before he’s forty he needs to change. Big time.

That change comes in the form of “Bloodthirsty” and the thousands of other vampire-themed books, movies, and TV shows captivating the world of women. So, Finbar figures, would women suddenly be interested in him if he were to become a vampire? Figuring that it’s worth a shot, Finbar sets out to make himself as vampire-like as possible, with strange results. But did he really need that all along, especially with the cute new girl Kate around?

The greatest thing about this book was its humor, though it can definitely drift towards childish at times (or mature, if that is how you choose to view it.) Finbar is very critical of the world around it, and despite being written by a grown woman the book definitely takes on a teenage boy’s voice. Finbar holds nothing back in his criticisms and critiques of his own life, others, women, and of course, vampires.

The book also pokes fun at vampire culture as a whole, centering around the popularity of a book titled “Bloodthirsty,” involving a (rather busty) young woman who finds herself captivated by a brooding and mysterious vampire, which quickly becomes Finbar’s source of inspiration. The book also takes a look at teen relations, and just what it means to be popular.

Not to be missed by anyone looking for a great laugh, wants to reminisce about the good old days of high school (or not), or is quick to criticize vampire culture themselves, this book is quick and hilarious for more mature readers.

And you won’t even have to know what a pickle flip is to appreciate it (don’t ask.)

5/5 Stars
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  1. Great review! I loved this book, it was a fun read. Especially that scene with the Buffy and Jacob impersonators at the Fantasy Fest. I loved all the cultural references throughout it as well.

  2. @ Brett
    I totally agree! I feel kind of bad because I had brushed the book off at first, but I'm so glad that I picked it up later!


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