Lost – Lori Devoti [Short Story Review]

Vampire Bites anthology cover

“Lost” is a short story that appears in the anthology, Vampire Bites. It can also be purchased separately. I read in the anthology, which I got for free a long time ago on Nook.

It is the first story in the Lost series. Although I say it’s a short story, it’s long enough that it could probably be considered a novella.

This was published in 2013.



Blurb for Lost”

After a car crash that may have taken her friends lives, Rachel Daniels finds herself lost in a cursed canyon. Her only hope to escape the place and save her friends is the man she finds wandering through the night; except Cameron Renault is no ordinary man. He’s a vampire and Rachel’s nightmare may have just begun.

Lost by Lori Devoti cover

Jen’s Review of “LOST”

I read “Lost” because Lori Devoti is an author I have wanted to read for a while now. This short story gave me a taste of her writing style. I did like the way she wrote, but the story itself wasn’t that impressive to me.

It’s long enough that it could probably be considered a novella instead of a short story, but it felt so brief and undeveloped that I hesitate to put it in that category.

“Lost” is more like the first part of a serial. If I had known that before I read it, I probably would have passed on it. It ends with some big cliffhangers. I understand the idea is to give readers a tease that will make them want to buy the next one in the series. It didn’t work that way for me. It just made me mad that one of the characters was still unaccounted for at the end of the story. Instead of giving me the urge to buy the next book, it ticked me off enough to not want to read anything else in this series. I know not everyone has that reaction to cliffhangers, so check it out for yourself if you think it won’t bother you.

Another thing that kind of bothered me was that the book had too much sexual stuff for a story about a girl who should be scared out of her mind. It was suspenseful at first, but then got kind of silly. There isn’t any actual sex, but the attraction was hard for me to believe. Also, the main character seemed kind of crazy at some points and kind of dumb at other points.

Overall, I liked Lori Devoti’s writing, but I didn’t care for the plot or characters much. If you’ve read this, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (C)

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In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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