Review: Better Off Dead – Danielle Blanchard Benson
Manon Damgaard never imagined how fast her life would change after agreeing to become a vampire. Nor did she take into account the consequences of allowing her husband to drink her blood. The International Vampire Council has always considered her to be an abomination, yet little do they know, that’s exactly what she is.
Manon inadvertently bestows her husband with the ability to walk in daylight, making the pair very dangerous adversaries to those who cross their path. They’re now a different breed of vampires, one who’s existence throws off the entire supernatural community. The vampires don’t trust them, the werewolves aren’t sure what to make of them, and other supernaturals aren’t that aware of them period.
Their new abilities are a mystery to the council, yet they’re intent on discovering just what it is that Daywalker’s can do. Unfortunately, Manon has no wish to become a guinea pig in order for the I.V.C to do just that. As tensions rise and repeated attempts on her life are made, she places her trust into Mikkel’s son’s hands. While her lack of judgment may cost her, she has no choice but to do what’s required of her.
The time she spends away from Mikkel allows her to come to terms with the world she now lives in. It also allows her feelings for Emmerik to grow. Secrets of her past soon come to light and Manon begins to question everything she’s been told as it becomes apparent that her existence serves a higher purpose. Self-preservation is the key in her accepting the circumstances surrounding her ebirth, but first she must come to terms with who, and what, she is.
This was another great read written by the lovely Danielle Blanchard Benson. If you haven’t read the first book in this series, I recommend you’re doing so first since this book includes an in-depth look surrounding Manon’s genealogy.
I think Danielle did a brilliant job in putting that together as well as documenting the history surrounding the vampires and the other supernaturals that are introduced within this book. Granted, such research takes a lot of time in accruing, but it was very well executed. A thrilling read that’s sure to keep the reader glued to every page – truly recommend it!
Welcome to Western Europe in 2020.
The International Vampire Council are in the middle of intense negotiations with the Global 6 when a mysterious plot is revealed to end Manon’s life and thinly veiled lies Mikkel has told his wife will be exposed once and for all.
Manon is sent into hiding with Emmerik as her protector while a deal can be negotiated to spare her life.
As the clock ticks toward a catastrophic outbreak of new virus which seeks to destroy not only the Lycan population but millions of humans along with it, two ancient vampires return prematurely from their time in the ground, and their mood is less than receptive.
What will happen? Who will live? Who will face betrayal? Who will die? Sometimes, the most devastating secrets are better off dead and buried.
This novel is not YA friendly, contains plenty of snark, supernatural creatures included, but not limited to, vampires and Lycans, not to mention a few choice scenes of sex and death. It is not for the faint of heart.
About The Author:
Danielle Blanchard Benson is a world traveler and author of several different series.
Ms. Blanchard Benson is the author of Beginnings: Book I (The Plague), Death Wish: Book I, Better off Dead: Book II and Death Lair: A Novella (all from The Vamp Saga), The Catalyst: Book One (The Pop Stars) and The Beautiful People series.
She is currently working on Love Voodoo: Book I (DeGeneration), Apocalypse 2012: Book II (The Plague), Hart Attack: Book I (The Hart Family Saga), The Making of a Star: Book Two (The Pop Stars) and Queen of the Undead: Book III (The Vamp Saga).
Ms. Blanchard Benson has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Connect With Her Online: