Book Reviews of the first two books in the Lily Drake Series by T. Michelle Nelson. The third book, and the conclusion, to this series was released on June 30, 2014.
Let me just say before I begin the reviews of these books, that while I openly volunteered to read these books, I was hesitant. I’m not a big vampire fan, I didn’t care for Twilight and generally have a very neutral attitude towards these books. BUT I am totally hooked on this series. She doesn’t push vampires on you, she just lets the story come to you. With that being said, I hope you enjoy the reviews below and go pick up the books. Good luck in the giveaway as well 🙂
The life of a single mother is never easy, but Lily Drake is about to be put to the test. PTA meetings, a full-time job and raising her young son is enough to fill her plate, but when a friend sets her up on a blind date, Lily’s life spins out of control. Mistaking a vampire for her suitor, Lily finds herself thrown into a world where her decisions not only affect her and her young son’s lives, but also could turn the tides in a battle between warring vampires.
Maintaining a balance between Lily’s role as a doting mother and the dark secret society of vampires is no easy task, but when she finds herself in love with two of the vampires, choosing between humanity and immortality seems to be the easiest decision of all. How will Lily find time to check homework, choose between two handsome vampire cousins and still have time to dispose of the bodies?
The Life and Death of Lily Drake is not your typical vampire love story. It’s a tale about the humorous mistakes a woman makes simply trying to survive not only life, but the dating scene. How will Lily manage working full-time, taking care of her young son and fighting the undead at every turn? Lily will have to figure it out, but who better to save the world than a mom?
REVIEW – 4 Stars
Lily has a friend who has a knack for setting her up on blind dates that don’t go over the greatest. This particular blind date would end up changing the course of her life. Instead of meeting her blind date, she meets a vampire (though she doesn’t know it at first). From there begins an intricately designed plot filled with animated characters and such descriptive details that you feel like you are there.
Lily has to choose between her human life and the vampire life, but she isn’t a whiny character. Instead she’s a character that is strong, never gives up, cares for her child and is always fighting. Additionally the other characters in this cast are just as enticing. Two cousins, handsome, vampire, sweet, loving and friendly, an Aunt who kicks butt, and a child who is caring and attentive. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
I have to say that I was immediately drawn into this story. There are so many different plot twists that you really don’t know what is coming next! If you like vampires, paranormal romance and books that are well-written, then this is the series for you.
With a doting husband and a new job training a vampire military, Lily Drake was living up to the prophecies of being the best. Her life was seemingly perfect, until tragedy strikes bringing her a loss she’s not sure she can endure.
The hard-working super mom/vampire slayer, Lily Drake, has just learned problems still exist even after you become immortal.
As everyone knows, even if you find the perfect guy, you don’t always get a happily ever after. Lily may have found temporary happiness being a newlywed, but the honeymoon is over. When she finds her husband going out for late night bites with another woman, Lily has to fight to try to regain what she wants most, love and a happy family.
If Lily thought being a single mom was hard, she’ll find being married can be a bloody mess.
REVIEW – 5 Stars
The second book picks up right where book one left off. You think that Lily and Val are going to get there happily ever after, but nothing can ever be that simple. Instead Lily and the crew is once again thrown into turmoil. Only this time there are more characters to love. But Lily is on her own, because her husband is gone, or is he. It’s the question posed throughout the entire book and you feel all the emotions that Lily channels.
For a moment I was torn between Lily holding out hope for Val or for her moving on, but that lasted a minute. Then I was all for Lily holding out hope, then my feelings turned again and I’m seriously hoping she can have her cake and eat it too. (For those who haven’t read the series you won’t get the reference YET, as soon as you do you’ll understand) There were plot turns after plot turns that kept me guessing and the humor that you’ve come to expect from the first book.
All I have to say is that I’m anxiously awaiting to dive into book 3!!
In the conclusion of the Lily Drake series, Lily must choose not only what is best for herself and her son, but for her people. Her sword will be stained with blood through her efforts to preserve the lives of the people she loves, but she won’t be able to save them all.
When a devastating loss crushes her will to live, can Lily go on and be the leader she has to be? What is she willing to sacrifice to save others?
Death comes to everyone…even the Queen’s house…
What doesn’t kill you will make you wish it did…
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About The Author
T. Michelle Nelson became enamored with vampires at an early age when she watched George Hamilton in “Love at First Bite.” As she got older, her tastes leaned more toward the dark and morose, but her love of all things vampire never wavered. Little has changed over the years, except now T. makes up her own macabre stories of the undead… mixed with a splash of romance, tough heroines and tons of dark humor.
T. Michelle Nelson is a native of Benton, Kentucky and a graduate of Murray State University. Currently she resides in a small town in Ohio, which is also the setting of her Lily Drake series. The first two books in the series, Life and Death of Lily Drake and ‘Til Death Do Us Part, are currently available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any of your other favorite online bookstores. A short story prequel The First Time is also available. Death Warmed Over, the third and final book of the series will release in late June.
When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her spending time with her son, singing out of key, watching B-Horror movies or discussing world problems with her little dog, Toadie.