Vampires Prefer Blondes – P.N. Elrod [Short Story Review]

“Vampires Prefer Blondes” is a standalone short story in the Chicks Kick Butt anthology. This urban fantasy collection was published on June 11, 2011 by Tor Books.

Chicks Kick Butt coverBlurb for CHICKS KICK BUTT

Today’s women don’t stand around waiting for a hero. These days, women are quite capable of solving their own problems and slaying their own dragons (or demons, as the case may be).

In this all-new anthology, Kerrie L. Hughes and New York Timesbestselling author Rachel Caine have collected original stories from thirteen of today’s most exciting urban fantasy and paranormal authors. Each story features a strong heroine who kicks butt and takes names in a dangerous world and makes that world a better place for everyone in it—except the bad guys, of course. And if she finds a bit of romance along the way, well, a little heat warms the heart and sharpens the mind…just as long as the man can keep up.

Includes:

Shiny by Rachel Caine
In Venito Veras by Karen Chance
Hunt by Rachel Vincent
Monsters by Lilith Saintcrow
Vampires Prefer Blondes by P.N. Elrod
Nine-Tenths of the Law by Jenna Black
Double Dead by Cheyenne McCray
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Still be Red by Elizabeth A. Vaughn
Superman by Jeanne C. Stein
Monster Mash by Carole Nelson Douglas
Wanted: Dead or Alive by L.A. Banks
Mist by Susan Krinard
Beyond the Pale by Nancy Holden

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Jen’s Review of “Vampires Prefer Blondes”

I read “Vampires Prefer Blondes” because I own the Chicks Kick Butt anthology, and I’m trying to actually read some of these stories rather than just let them sit around and collect dust. Because my TBR is all arranged by author, not book, I don’t read all the stories in an anthology at one time, which is why I review the stories individually.

The Story

In 1937, Michigan, a singer named Bobbie is disturbed by men bursting into her dressing room. They are looking for a different girl, Katie, who escapes. Bobbie meets a man who is also looking for Katie. He claims to be her brother, but is he? This makes Bobbie want to find Katie and help her.

I was impressed by how the plot progressed to a satisfying conclusion. The story didn’t have any holes, and everything made sense. There wasn’t a cliffhanger, either, which I really appreciated.

The Characters

Bobbie is a likable character. Katie is too. They are characters I wanted to see succeed in the story. I thought P.N. Elrod did a great job with character development, more so than many authors of short stories I have read in the past. There isn’t much time to spend on backstory in a short story, so every little bit is important. Elrod made the best of every page, making every sentence count toward either progressing the plot, setting the scenes, or developing the characters.

The vampires are a little different in this story, but there are some recognizable characteristics like their ability to hypnotize people. They can mist. Wood hurts them. I had never heard of a vampire’s blood breaking a hypnotism, but I liked the addition of that detail.

The Writing

Compared to most short stories I have read, this one was really well-written. I felt like the author put a lot of thought into the plot, characters, and actual writing. I’m definitely impressed. I’ll read more stories by P.N. Elrod.

Do I Recommend?

I do recommend reading “Vampires Prefer Blondes” if you like short stories about vampires, set in different eras. It’s fast-paced and has interesting characters.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

 

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