I'm With the Banned (Afterlife, #2)

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I'm With the Banned (Afterlife, #2)
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Age Range
14+
Release Date
October 05, 2021
ISBN
1649370091
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I never wanted to be a vampire queen. But on the bright (if not sunny) side of the debacle, I’ve got a super-hot new boyfriend. And he just might be the perfect guy. Well, if the perfect guy ghosts you for a month and then comes back to school with a new look, a pack of friends, and a secret. But we have bigger problems. The Drainers are back. They’re singing a different song, but have they really changed? Even worse, werewolves’ hearts are being ripped from their bodies―which is putting the people I love in danger. I need to figure out who is behind the murders before there’s an all-out vampire werewolf war. No one is going to mess with my friends, even the ones who like to get wild and howl at the moon. Sometimes, all a girl can do is grab her tiara and start kicking some supernatural ass... The Afterlife series is best enjoyed in order. Reading Order: Book #1 The Afterlife of the Party Book #2 I'm with the Banned

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I'm With The Banned
(Updated: October 24, 2021)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
What worked: Reluctant vamp queen meets Veronica Mars in this fast-paced, engaging new paranormal series from author Marlene Perez.

In this story, Tansy has to come to terms with being the new California vamp queen. Her boyfriend Vaughn has been ghosting her and suddenly shows up at a country-western bar with new friends and a secret. Add to all of this there is a string of werewolf killings in which their hearts are ripped out. Perez once again brings the snark and sass to life in this fun series filled with witches, vamps, werewolves, and even hellcats.

Tansy is a reluctant heroine as she didn't ask for her new calling. I liked how she balances her role as a vamp queen with school and a boyfriend. Their relationship has its own ups and downs. I also loved Granny and her book club!

There's also issues that deal with trust. Should Tansy trust her mother who just suddenly shows up in town? Then there's the issue with Vaughn not being upfront with what really happened in Texas. And of course, there's her BFF Skylar and her on-again-off-again boyfriend Conner. All of this drama mixed with Tansy trying to figure out how to deal with her new calling as vamp queen.

Totally recommend this book to paranormal fans who love protagonists with sass, a good adventure, and sprinkled with humor. A great follow-up to the first book in an engaging series.



Good Points
1. Reluctant vamp queen meets Veronica Mars
2. Fast-paced, engaging new paranormal series
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entertaining YA fantasy suspense
Overall rating
 
3.3
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
I'M WITH THE BANNED is an intriguing continuation in a fun vampire series, full of sarcasm, surprises, and plenty of unsavory undead. Tansy is now a striga vie, a vampire-witch hybrid, and queen of the vampires. She really just wants everything to get back to normal, with her newly instated rules in place for vampire-kind. However, it seems like life has other plans. Her boyfriend seems to be avoiding her, her BFF's ex is back in town, and the obnoxious vampire band has come back as a country-western group with a whole new vocabulary.

As Tansy tries to figure out what strange things are afoot, she begins to navigate paranormal being politics, solve werewolf murders, and maintain her relationship with her boyfriend. Easy-peasy, right?

I really enjoy the sarcastic voice that is used throughout the book, as well as the sweet romance. Even though it takes a backseat to all the other major events, she and Vaughn are so great together, and it was lovely to see them navigate new challenges. The mystery of the book, while parts were unpredictable, I found some of it a little too easy to predict. That being said, the journey was still pretty fun, though the sarcasm is pretty heavy at times. I did appreciate some of the unexpected twists that came later about Tansy's family.

A major theme of this book was around trust and communication, as Tansy tries to figure things out and maintain her relationships with her grandmother, boyfriend, and BFF. This added an intriguing layer to the plot, which manages to be mostly a humorous, paranormal mystery/suspense. I absolutely adored the subplots of the hellcats, complete with pies. They might be my new favorite characters.

The book does end with a bit of a cliffhanger, and while we get some answers, the big resolutions are yet to come. This is definitely a series I am curious to continue.

Overall, I'M WITH THE BANNED is an intriguing sequel to a sarcastic and entertaining YA fantasy suspense. Recommend for people who like their vampires evil (and not so handsome).
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