I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Vampires Need Not...Apply? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Accidentally Yours #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Forever on 3 September 2013
Dr Antonio Acero discovered an ancient Mayan tablet while on holiday. What he doesn’t know is that the ancient Mayan gods have been watching his attempts to decode it with interest. They vote to send in Ixtab, the Goddess of Suicide, to keep an eye on him and remove the dark energy swirling around him. They suspect unlocking the tablet will have great significance in their fight against the Maaskab but Antonio refuses to assist them.
Antonio is obsessed with the woman in his dreams. No matter how many women he beds – and he is quite successful in that arena – he can’t get her out of his mind. He might be brilliant but he comes across as fairly shallow, unable to remember the name of the woman he just slept with. Once I learned his back story (which came as a total shock btw), I was much more sympathetic towards him and the adjustments he has to make to his lifestyle.
Ixtab was far more fun than Antonio. She finds her role a bit of a drag and has been trying to offload it onto another god. It does have its perks though as she gets to force morally bankrupt people to commit suicide in bizarre fashions whenever she touches them. She has the ability to absorb dark energy from evil people but can’t process it – she needs to pass it on to others or else she overloads. She kept hijacking group therapy sessions to talk about her woes and manipulating them to empathise with her. Not exactly the point of therapy but it did lead to some amusing conversations. She has her own relationship dramas and never got over her first (and only) love which naturally turned sour. The moment when she actually takes her veil off which she has been wearing as penance and exposes her real identity was quite touching.
Cimil is as zany as ever. Over the last few books she has been acting as a puppet master trying to get her prophecies to come true. I honestly don’t know if she is genuinely crazy or if this is all part of some master plan that will be revealed in a few more books. Kinich’s dramas with Penelope carry spill over into this novel and Emma’s woes continue. I don’t know if it will make its way into the final copy of the book but the glossary and character list at the end were really handy because there are so many things, gods and not-gods to keep track of.
Pamfiloff makes it fairly clear from opening page that we are going to be in for some good, silly fun. There is a lot of humour in the book and while some of it was a little over the top even for me, I giggled my way through the story. We do go off on an awful number of tangents which although funny, don’t always contribute to the plot as a whole. It isn’t necessary to have read any of the others in the series as the first chapter basically summarised what happened in the last book. There is a cliff-hanger at the end which normally irks me but because Pamfiloff gave us a clear denouement, it acted as more of a teaser for the next novel. An awful lot of thought has gone into the role of the gods and the backgrounds of other species such as vampires. At times this gets overshadowed by the flippant nature of some of the characters but solid world-building definitely lurks beneath.
Vampires Need Not…Apply? is another solid entry in the Accidentally Yours series. I’m definitely hanging around to find out what Cimil and the other gods get up to next.