Series: The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles #1
Sexual Content: None.
When I was a kid I remember reading Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe (about a vampire bunny who sucks the juice out of vegetables) and thinking it was the coolest book ever. So I got all nostalgic when I heard about The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles. I was hoping to find a snarky, fun read about vampires with a uniquely feline point of view. Well, the cat part proved true, but as for the snarky fun? Not so much.
Newly turned vampires, Patch the cat and Meg his 'associate' (cat language for owner), decide to run for city council on a platform of vampire rights, but run into opposition from, among others, the AVA (American Vampire Association) who aren't thrilled with the idea of being outed, and a cult-like 'Christian' leader who wants to destroy all vampire abominations.
I was thoroughly enjoying the beginning of the book and half wishing more books were written from a cat's perspective when the author hit one of my Pet Peeves. Hard. If you're a Christian, or you're friends with a Christian, or you just happen to know one, prepare to be aggressively and repeatedly insulted by this book. This gross vilification of Christianity was so pervasive that it destroyed any possible enjoyment that I might otherwise have derived from this book (and I’m not even going to mention the lone conservative in the book, Daddy Greenbanks and his evil toxic waste dump).
To be clear, I’m not complaining about a few digs or comments, but a complete and dominating depiction of Christians as mindless, aggressive, hatemonger's that totally derailed any story that may have taken place in the background. Heavy-handed doesn't begin to do justice to cartoonish and judgmental stereotypical Reverend Bobson, leader of The Righteous Christian Church. He and "The Christians" throw out twisted Bible verses as they relentlessly hunt down the 'abominations' with frothing gleeful delight, spewing out hatred and ignorance at every opportunity.
There is a lot of slapstick in this book, and some of it works, the rest just comes across as juvenile. And while Patch was initially a fun voice to read, and his cat perspective at times humorous, the story was overall unnecessarily convoluted and tedious. Most of the characters shifted from good to bad, and bad to good so many times it made me dizzy. But my big problem was that the religious bashing got way out of hand. By the halfway mark, I just wanted it to end. I did finish the book, but only because I won’t review a book that I haven’t read cover to cover. Next time I feel like reading about vampire animals, however, I’m sticking with bunnies.