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Sonia Hartl’s The Lost Girls is laced with dark humor and queer love; it’s John Tucker Must Die with a feminist girl gang of vampires. When Elton Irving turned Holly Liddell into a vampire in 1987, he promised her eternal love. But thirty-four years later, Elton has left her, her hair will be crimped for the rest of immortality, and the only job she can get as a forever-six Sonia Hartl’s The Lost Girls is laced with dark humor and queer love; it’s John Tucker Must Die with a feminist girl gang of vampires. When Elton Irving turned Holly Liddell into a vampire in 1987, he promised her eternal love. But thirty-four years later, Elton has left her, her hair will be crimped for the rest of immortality, and the only job she can get as a forever-sixteen-year-old is the midnight shift at Taco Bell. Holly’s afterlife takes an interesting turn when she meets Rose McKay and Ida Ripley. Having also been turned and discarded by Elton—Rose in 1954, and Ida, his ex-fiancée, in 1921—they want to help her, and ask for her help in return. Rose and Ida are going to kill Elton before he turns another girl. Though Holly is hurt and angry with Elton for tossing her aside, she’s reluctant to kill her ex, until Holly meets Parker Kerr—the new girl Elton has set his sights on—and feels a quick, and nerve-wracking attraction to her.


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Sonia Hartl’s The Lost Girls is laced with dark humor and queer love; it’s John Tucker Must Die with a feminist girl gang of vampires. When Elton Irving turned Holly Liddell into a vampire in 1987, he promised her eternal love. But thirty-four years later, Elton has left her, her hair will be crimped for the rest of immortality, and the only job she can get as a forever-six Sonia Hartl’s The Lost Girls is laced with dark humor and queer love; it’s John Tucker Must Die with a feminist girl gang of vampires. When Elton Irving turned Holly Liddell into a vampire in 1987, he promised her eternal love. But thirty-four years later, Elton has left her, her hair will be crimped for the rest of immortality, and the only job she can get as a forever-sixteen-year-old is the midnight shift at Taco Bell. Holly’s afterlife takes an interesting turn when she meets Rose McKay and Ida Ripley. Having also been turned and discarded by Elton—Rose in 1954, and Ida, his ex-fiancée, in 1921—they want to help her, and ask for her help in return. Rose and Ida are going to kill Elton before he turns another girl. Though Holly is hurt and angry with Elton for tossing her aside, she’s reluctant to kill her ex, until Holly meets Parker Kerr—the new girl Elton has set his sights on—and feels a quick, and nerve-wracking attraction to her.

30 review for The Lost Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    this sounds like john tucker must die but with VAMPIRES!!!! AND IT'S SAPPHIC!!!! this sounds like john tucker must die but with VAMPIRES!!!! AND IT'S SAPPHIC!!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    emma

    If you told me that a book about a girl who was turned into a vampire by some asshole dude and responded by teaming up with the other girls he turned to try to save his new girlfriend and then she steals the girlfriend was SOMEHOW BORING, I would say "okay, yeah, got it" and then quietly go to another room to call your emergency contact. Because I would assume you were crying for help. But unfortunately - and everyone put your phones down - that is the case with this book. This premise is everythin If you told me that a book about a girl who was turned into a vampire by some asshole dude and responded by teaming up with the other girls he turned to try to save his new girlfriend and then she steals the girlfriend was SOMEHOW BORING, I would say "okay, yeah, got it" and then quietly go to another room to call your emergency contact. Because I would assume you were crying for help. But unfortunately - and everyone put your phones down - that is the case with this book. This premise is everything to me, and yet the story itself is already actively being removed from my memory. Perhaps it is simply my comeuppance: I read another book by this author this VERY MONTH that I really enjoyed when I did not expect to. So maybe reading this one, which I expected to like but which had none of the charm/humor/fun messages/friendships/good romance of the other, is the universe righting itself. But I don't have to like it. Bottom line: I am 1-2 disappointments of this caliber away from completely falling apart. --------------- pre-review the tragic case of the Brilliant Premise, Okay Book. review to come / 2.5 stars --------------- tbr review it's the age old story: boy meets girl. boy turns girl into vampire. boy breaks up with girl. girl steals boy's new vampire girlfriend as act of revenge. and i for one cannot wait. --------------- challenging myself to read as many review copies as possible this month because i'm addicted to projects! ARC 1: spaceman of bohemia ARC 2: in search of us ARC 3: aerialists ARC 4: the sound of drowning ARC 5: unleaving ARC 6: the other side of luck ARC 7: romanov ARC 8: the storm keeper's island ARC 9: gut check ARC 10: when force meets fate ARC 11: sisters in hate ARC 12: before i disappear ARC 13: big time ARC 14: stolen science ARC 15: have a little faith in me ARC 16: invitation to a bonfire ARC 17: the splendor ARC 18: how to be luminous ARC 19: the little women cookbook ARC 20: while we were dating ARC 21: the lost girls

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    This was a fun read! It’s my favorite time of the year again and I could not be more excited about what that means book wise. For the next month I will only be reading a few ARC’s, and instead concentrating on paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, and magical realism books that I already own. I have purposely kept my ARC’s on the lighter side, so I could have a month filled with Halloween type reads. My goal is to read at least 15 books from different supernatural categories, with 95% of them havin This was a fun read! It’s my favorite time of the year again and I could not be more excited about what that means book wise. For the next month I will only be reading a few ARC’s, and instead concentrating on paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, and magical realism books that I already own. I have purposely kept my ARC’s on the lighter side, so I could have a month filled with Halloween type reads. My goal is to read at least 15 books from different supernatural categories, with 95% of them having sapphic characters. There are one or two books I am considering that don’t, but I’m ready for plenty of spooky sapphics. I decided what better way to start the month off than with a book I bought a couple weeks ago, featuring one of my favorite type of supernats, vampires! I heard that this book was sort of John Tucker Must Die, but with sapphic vampires and I thought, yes please! I had never read Hartl before, but I liked her style of writing that had a good amount of dialogue. I found the book to be very readable and there were some good lines that I enjoyed. This book has a bit of a dark humor undertone that I really appreciated. I did think the book slowed down a little in the middle, but it didn’t last long and mostly I enjoyed the flow and pace. There are a few things I love in books more than dragons, necromancers, vampires and witches. I see one of these advertised and I can’t stay away, so you can imagine the amount of vampire books I’ve read. From the fantastic to the sparkly, I’ve read so many that it is hard to find anything new. I’m not looking for an author to re-write the vampire trope, since it is too set in stone, but I did enjoy some of the different twists that Hartl added to the story. There were a few things that have been done before, but not often, and one thing that was new to me so I appreciated that this felt different. These are not your glamorous vampires, they are more what would probably really happen if you turned a bunch of teenagers. And while that maybe was a little more realistic, this is a book that you definitely have to suspend disbelief on. I happen to expect to do that every time I pick up a vamp book anyway, but I think it’s worth mentioning that this is not a book to look for realism in and instead it is a story that is for fun and entertainment –which it absolutely is. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the romance. Our main character is bisexual so she gets in the pickle of catching feels for the next girl her vampire ex-boyfriend wants to turn. Considering this is not a long read, and is a bit dark with lots of ripping off of body parts, Hartl still makes this little slow-burn romance work. The relationship is sweet and the characters actually have chemistry together. I would not really call it explicit, but it is more of a PG-13 relationship than most G or PG rated YA romance out there. TLDR: This was a fun vampire story that was a great way to start off my Halloween reads. I enjoyed the darker take on being a vampire, but I liked that the book was balanced with some humor and romance. The group of characters was really interesting and I got a kick out of the art projects one of them kept making. This book is not perfect, but if you go with the flow, and suspend disbelief a bit, the book is good entertainment and I’m glad I read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shawna :)

    Thank you so much to the publisher and Goodreads for sending me an advanced reader’s copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. The Lost Girls is the lesbian vampire version of John Tucker Must Die. That was all I knew about this book before I read it, so of course I had high hopes for this one. It was a bit of a let down though... The writing in this book made the book dull and slightly boring. It contained heavy dialogue with minimal action and minimal descriptions. It definitely made the Thank you so much to the publisher and Goodreads for sending me an advanced reader’s copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. The Lost Girls is the lesbian vampire version of John Tucker Must Die. That was all I knew about this book before I read it, so of course I had high hopes for this one. It was a bit of a let down though... The writing in this book made the book dull and slightly boring. It contained heavy dialogue with minimal action and minimal descriptions. It definitely made the book go by quickly, but it didn’t make me fall in love with this story. The take on vampires in this book also wasn't my favorite. I’m so used to the appealing versions of vampires that I’ve seen in other books, but this one made it seem depressing and miserable to be a vampire. It didn’t live up to that glamorous undead lifestyle that I was hoping to see in this book. The major things I liked about this book were the characters and the romance. All of the characters were really unique and they made an interesting bunch. Parker and Rose were my favorite characters, which is on brand for me because I’m always into the innocent and wholesome characters. The romance was surprisingly slow burn for such a short book, but it worked really well and left my heart aching to see more scenes with the lovebirds together. If you’re wanting a quick vampire romance that has a very dark take on vampires, then definitely give this one a shot. It’s not for everyone and it wasn’t my favorite book of all time, but I don’t regret reading it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laynie Rose

    Perfect for fans of Carmilla and Buffy, this campy, queer, vampire revenge story is everything I've been waiting for. I love it when girl gangs get revenge on their ex, I love it when girl gangs exist, period! An absolute wild ride that I couldn't put down. Perfect for fans of Carmilla and Buffy, this campy, queer, vampire revenge story is everything I've been waiting for. I love it when girl gangs get revenge on their ex, I love it when girl gangs exist, period! An absolute wild ride that I couldn't put down.

  6. 4 out of 5

    theresa

    we're being blessed with two (2) sapphic vampire books in 2021 i am loving this. i love that this book seems to have girls teaming up against the bastard men who hurt them that is some good shit. also is this set in the 80s/90s?? because i would fucking love that AND the crimped hair,,, yeah i have some hair crimping regrets i sympathise with you holly. also here's the tiny synopsis since it will probs be replaced at some point but i would like to memorialise it and all its greatness: 'When the va we're being blessed with two (2) sapphic vampire books in 2021 i am loving this. i love that this book seems to have girls teaming up against the bastard men who hurt them that is some good shit. also is this set in the 80s/90s?? because i would fucking love that AND the crimped hair,,, yeah i have some hair crimping regrets i sympathise with you holly. also here's the tiny synopsis since it will probs be replaced at some point but i would like to memorialise it and all its greatness: 'When the vampire who turned Holly into the undead in 1987 (leaving her as a 16-year-old with badly crimped hair for all eternity) breaks up with her, she's approached by two girls he also claimed to love, turned, then ditched. But their plan to kill him before he can strike again grows complicated when Holly starts to fall for the mortal girl they're trying to protect.' I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    April 1, 2021 brought the cover reveal and it slayed every expectation. Even more excited to get my hands on this book, which is quite a feat. April 20, 2020: I never knew that I needed a book about sapphic vampires with bad 80s hair until this moment. I'd also be remiss to not mention I always wanted a Girl Version of The Lost Boys, one of my all-time favorite movies. Not that this is at all what is being promised. But, you know. Blog | Twitter | Pinterest April 1, 2021 brought the cover reveal and it slayed every expectation. Even more excited to get my hands on this book, which is quite a feat. April 20, 2020: I never knew that I needed a book about sapphic vampires with bad 80s hair until this moment. I'd also be remiss to not mention I always wanted a Girl Version of The Lost Boys, one of my all-time favorite movies. Not that this is at all what is being promised. But, you know. Blog | Twitter | Pinterest

  8. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    the twilight AU we all deserve

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I did not expect a YA novel about vampires to still make me cry in 2021 but here we are I guess. And I really enjoyed this! I hadn't heard about this book until recently when I saw people talking about the blurb on the bird website, and I thought it sounded really fun so I jumped at it. The Lost Girls follows Holly Liddell who was changed into a vampire by her boyfriend Elton in 1987 but was later dumped and abandoned by said boyfriend. But since he was the one to change her she is still tied to I did not expect a YA novel about vampires to still make me cry in 2021 but here we are I guess. And I really enjoyed this! I hadn't heard about this book until recently when I saw people talking about the blurb on the bird website, and I thought it sounded really fun so I jumped at it. The Lost Girls follows Holly Liddell who was changed into a vampire by her boyfriend Elton in 1987 but was later dumped and abandoned by said boyfriend. But since he was the one to change her she is still tied to his presence and has to follow him from city to city. Eventually she teams up with other of Elton's exes Ida (changed in the 20s) and Rose (in the 50s) so they can rid themselves of Elton so they can finally live on their own terms. This is all sped up when they find out Elton is going after a new girl to change named Parker, and gets even more complicated when Holly starts falling for Parker too... I'm not the biggest vampire book fan and I've while read some, it's never been my favorite of genres. So some people who are bigger vampire fans might have criticisms that I don't or might be less charmed by descriptions than I was but this is my impression of the book. This book was lots of fun! It will have everything you might want out of a vampire book with lots of dark humor and some, uh, gruesome imagery. But all in an amusing way. I never really got tired of the descriptions of death that followed all the characters. The characters were really interesting. Rose and Ida were both fleshed out (heh) characters that had way more too them than just being vampires, and I really enjoyed seeing them interact and talk with Holly. I also loved Holly! She's obviously a flawed person with a skewed moral compass that comes with being a vampire, but she was really interesting and had a good heart. Seeing all three of them (and Parker) be able to bond over loneliness in life and abandonment in death was a really touching sentiment. And of course the story is fun. This book does augment some vampire tropes but that led me as a reader to enjoy it more as I didn't quite know what to expect and I enjoyed the ride. Also, I expect the ending to be a turn off for some people with the more open ended nature behind it, but honestly I really felt the emotional aspect of it was done well, and I can accept how the plot contributed to it. I do have a criticism that is spoilery though so it's behind the tag. (view spoiler)[ When Holly, Ida, and Rose find out they will lose their living memories, that is obviously a big deal- but I don't know why writing down their memories didn't seem of more importance to them. Like they eventually did it to one memory each, but they had weeks to prepare that. I just kept wondering why they spent so much time mourning their memories when it was a solvable problem even if not the same as before. (hide spoiler)] So this was fun. Riddled with dark humor, and with a fun and emotional story to boot. 4/5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    What a delicious tale this was! This was an incredibly fun midweek horror read for me that I recommend to my fellow vampire fans!! Considering this is YA, I didn't have high expectations, but decided to give it a shot nonetheless. To say I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it would actually be an understatement - I fell in love with this group of primarily female vamps! If you enjoy high-action vampire romantic (LGBTQ+) tales of revenge, then this is the perfect read to sink your teeth into. What a delicious tale this was! This was an incredibly fun midweek horror read for me that I recommend to my fellow vampire fans!! Considering this is YA, I didn't have high expectations, but decided to give it a shot nonetheless. To say I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it would actually be an understatement - I fell in love with this group of primarily female vamps! If you enjoy high-action vampire romantic (LGBTQ+) tales of revenge, then this is the perfect read to sink your teeth into. At just under 300 pages, I ate this one up in no time. The prose was increasingly impressive, and the characters were well-rounded and fleshed-out (no pun!). At the conclusion of the story, I actually felt as though these vamps were my friends and wanted this storyline to continue...perhaps it will??!! Go out and grab this if you're looking for something fast, fun and tasty!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Enjoyable, and it took some vampire tropes and twisted them in a way that was pretty fun. I enjoyed the girl gang teaming up to destroy their asshole maker, but despite the constant reiterations that Holly was stuck in a 16 year old's body with a 16 year old's mind, I couldn't get past the fact that she still had an extra 34 years of existence on top of those 16 lived years. Yes, she was stuck living as a 16 year old, but in her mind she was ancient and it still didn't quite get over the ick fac Enjoyable, and it took some vampire tropes and twisted them in a way that was pretty fun. I enjoyed the girl gang teaming up to destroy their asshole maker, but despite the constant reiterations that Holly was stuck in a 16 year old's body with a 16 year old's mind, I couldn't get past the fact that she still had an extra 34 years of existence on top of those 16 lived years. Yes, she was stuck living as a 16 year old, but in her mind she was ancient and it still didn't quite get over the ick factor as she courted an 18 year old (who yes, technically is an adult but still the kid's in high school). There were some timing inconsistencies as well, but I imagine those will be cleaned up by the time of publication. I did really enjoy Stacy and Holly's relationship, and I wanted more of their reconciliation! And I wanted more personality from Ida and Rosa, aside from one's quirky artistic inclinations and the other's cleaning tendencies. I also wanted to know how Holly kept getting library cards without a parent's signature/presence or an address. And how they could kill so many people and get away with it without really taking a lot of effort to dump the bodies (wouldn't there be a media uproar over missing people—even missing undesirables? Because that many missing teenagers...). Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Hartl

    I wrote this and I love it! Writing this book was a cathartic experience for me, but it does have some content that won’t be for everyone, so I wanted to provide some CWs before ARCs come out. I won’t be checking this space or reading any reviews after posting this, so if you’d like clarification on anything I list here, please reach out to me through my website. Content Warnings: There is a lot of blood in this Body horror Coercion described through memory Gaslighting Attempted sexual assault on pa I wrote this and I love it! Writing this book was a cathartic experience for me, but it does have some content that won’t be for everyone, so I wanted to provide some CWs before ARCs come out. I won’t be checking this space or reading any reviews after posting this, so if you’d like clarification on anything I list here, please reach out to me through my website. Content Warnings: There is a lot of blood in this Body horror Coercion described through memory Gaslighting Attempted sexual assault on page Physical assault and fight scenes on page Parental neglect on page and through flashbacks There is discussion about the character’s living selves, missing their previous lives and the lives they could’ve/should’ve had, and the value they placed on their mortality which I didn’t intend to frame as suicide ideation because they are undead, but impact > intent, and since I’m unsure of how this will be read, I’m listing it here to be safe

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    UM HI THIS SOUNDS FUCKING AMAZING

  14. 4 out of 5

    MaxDisaster

    3,5 stars This was definitely interesting. Basically a John Tucker Must Die rewrite but with vampires. And queer. Not my cup of tea but well written, original (at least this iteration) and well executed. I don't regret time spent reading it. 3,5 stars This was definitely interesting. Basically a John Tucker Must Die rewrite but with vampires. And queer. Not my cup of tea but well written, original (at least this iteration) and well executed. I don't regret time spent reading it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Valkyrie ✨

    John Tucker Must Die but with vampires and sapphic YES PLEASE 🙌🏻❤️

  16. 5 out of 5

    Holly Hughes

    Thank you to the Canadian Manda Group for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. ”Wanting to love and be loved wasn’t a weakness.” 4.5 stars I was so excited for this book, and I’m so excited it (very mostly) lived up to my expectations! Full review to come. — — — I absolutely loved Sonia Hartl's debut Have A Little Faith in Me, but this. THIS!!!! This right here is almost assuredly going to be what revives vampire books for me. The John Tucker Must Die vibes? But with vampires Thank you to the Canadian Manda Group for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. ”Wanting to love and be loved wasn’t a weakness.” 4.5 stars I was so excited for this book, and I’m so excited it (very mostly) lived up to my expectations! Full review to come. — — — I absolutely loved Sonia Hartl's debut Have A Little Faith in Me, but this. THIS!!!! This right here is almost assuredly going to be what revives vampire books for me. The John Tucker Must Die vibes? But with vampires? AND MAKE IT GAY?! *chef's kiss*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rox

    Holly sets out to kill her ex AND STEAL HIS GIRL according to the author on twitter I need this

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    This was so fun. I want more books like this! Holly Liddell has been stuck as a 16 year old girl for over thirty years. Ever since she let Elton Irving turn her in 1987, now she's stuck working the midnight shift at Taco Bell and renting out disgusting motel rooms with cash. Then she meets Rose McKay and Ida Ripley, two other girls who were turned and discarded by Elton. Rose and Ida tell Holly that Elton's planning to turn another girl unless they stop him. The girls are planning to kill Elton, This was so fun. I want more books like this! Holly Liddell has been stuck as a 16 year old girl for over thirty years. Ever since she let Elton Irving turn her in 1987, now she's stuck working the midnight shift at Taco Bell and renting out disgusting motel rooms with cash. Then she meets Rose McKay and Ida Ripley, two other girls who were turned and discarded by Elton. Rose and Ida tell Holly that Elton's planning to turn another girl unless they stop him. The girls are planning to kill Elton, but Holly is reluctant at first. She's bitter that Elton left her, but is unsure about killing him. Until she meets Elton's newest target, Parker Kerr, and develops a crush on her. This book was awesome! It's full of dark humor, girl power and queer babes everywhere. Whereas almost every other book romanticizes vampires, this one does the opposite. Holly is adamant that Parker understand the true implications about becoming a vampire. Her body and mind would freeze at her current age. For Holly, this means permanently crimped hair and always looking 16. I loved all the relationships this book explored. The romance between Holly and Parker was adorable. But seeing Holly befriend Rose and Ida was equally as heartwarming. There's also some reconciliation between Holly and her best friend, and Holly & her mother who is sick (Alzheimer's or dementia). All of the relationships felt really fleshed out and developed. I would love a spin off or sequel that was about them all after the events at the end! The Lost Girls is also definitely a darker YA book. There is a lot of gore, blood and violence. Especially since when the vampires fight they're constantly ripping off limbs, regrowing them and more. It is such a wild ride. Highly recommend. Rep: bisexual female MC, sapphic female love interest, aro-spec female side character, questioning asexual female side character. CWs: Blood, death, emotional abuse, gaslighting, gore, injury/injury detail, murder, sexual content (moderate), toxic relationship, violence.

  19. 5 out of 5

    alana ♡

    John Tucker Must Die but make it with bisexual vampires. Do I need to say more? But for real though, this was a quick, fun story about a group of vampires getting revenge on their maker who they all dated and were in love with at one point in time. It's the perfect mix of hilarious, heart warming and surprisingly bloody which made it a super fun read for this time of year. A big part of me wished that this was longer so that some of the plot points/romance could have been drawn out a little more John Tucker Must Die but make it with bisexual vampires. Do I need to say more? But for real though, this was a quick, fun story about a group of vampires getting revenge on their maker who they all dated and were in love with at one point in time. It's the perfect mix of hilarious, heart warming and surprisingly bloody which made it a super fun read for this time of year. A big part of me wished that this was longer so that some of the plot points/romance could have been drawn out a little more and not feel so rushed but other than that I really enjoyed this!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    2 stars. John Tucker Must Die but with lesbian vampires looking for revenge on their maker. How amazing does that sound? This should’ve been a riot and a good time but unfortunately it was so damn boring. It’s dialogue heavy but all of that dialogue leads nowhere. Nothing happens until the last two chapters and by then I didn’t care anymore because I was bored out of my mind. The writing was fine but this dragged a lot with how slow going it was. The plot is so cool and could’ve definitely been 2 stars. John Tucker Must Die but with lesbian vampires looking for revenge on their maker. How amazing does that sound? This should’ve been a riot and a good time but unfortunately it was so damn boring. It’s dialogue heavy but all of that dialogue leads nowhere. Nothing happens until the last two chapters and by then I didn’t care anymore because I was bored out of my mind. The writing was fine but this dragged a lot with how slow going it was. The plot is so cool and could’ve definitely been great but none of the characters are fleshed out or memorable. The romance between Holly and Parker moves way too fast. They were saying “I love you” to each other really soon and yet there was no chemistry between them nor were they interesting characters as individuals. Nothing about this book felt fully developed and it read more like a rough draft. So much wasted potential here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily (emilykatereads)

    queer lady vampires is literally all I need from 2021

  22. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. "Sonia Hartl’s The Lost Girls is laced with dark humor and queer love; it’s John Tucker Must Die with a feminist girl gang of vampires." That was taken from the official summary and that's exactly it. Do you need me to review the book more than that or is that good enough for you? Cause it should be... (kidding, kidding) Ezra is your typical douchebag, ell, expect that he's a vampire. He pretends every girl he sires is the one an I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. "Sonia Hartl’s The Lost Girls is laced with dark humor and queer love; it’s John Tucker Must Die with a feminist girl gang of vampires." That was taken from the official summary and that's exactly it. Do you need me to review the book more than that or is that good enough for you? Cause it should be... (kidding, kidding) Ezra is your typical douchebag, ell, expect that he's a vampire. He pretends every girl he sires is the one and only he ever loved and that they'll be together forever. Yes. Douchebag. His latest victim is Holly, they've been together for 34 years when he dumps her and she realizes she has to follow him everywhere. She's been struggling on her own for a little while when Rose and Ida approach her. They claim that Ezra fooled them first and they were sired by him before he dumped them. And now they want to get their freedom, not have to follow everywhere. And the only way to do that is to kill him. All together. And preferably before he turns his new victim, Parker. Holly isn't sure of anything... Should she help them? He's a jerk but does he deserve to die? And why should she do about those fluttering feelings when she stands close to Parker? I legit adored this. I had such a good time. Loved my girls, ALL of them, even though some took me a little longer to fall for. I honestly just had a blast. I loved the LGBTQIAP+ representation. It actually made me weep. Really a fun, fast story that will make you feel everything. What more can one ask for?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    I hadn't heard about this book until this tweet by the author made it onto my timeline and.. HOLY CRAP! THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD! Instagram | Blog | Booktube Channel | Twitter I hadn't heard about this book until this tweet by the author made it onto my timeline and.. HOLY CRAP! THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD! Instagram | Blog | Booktube Channel | Twitter

  24. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    A huge thanks to Pagestreet for the arc. Holly works at Taco Bell. Holly lives in a dirty motel. Holly dreams of eating her manager. Holly is a vampire. When a chance encounter with her skeezy ex's past girlfriends throws Holly into a revenge plot to kill him, she doesn't expect to fall for his next victim. The plan: infiltrate a high school, befriend the human Elton deems to be his next throwaway vamp girlfriend, and ultimately kill him. Somehow. You see, it's not easy to kill your maker or a va A huge thanks to Pagestreet for the arc. Holly works at Taco Bell. Holly lives in a dirty motel. Holly dreams of eating her manager. Holly is a vampire. When a chance encounter with her skeezy ex's past girlfriends throws Holly into a revenge plot to kill him, she doesn't expect to fall for his next victim. The plan: infiltrate a high school, befriend the human Elton deems to be his next throwaway vamp girlfriend, and ultimately kill him. Somehow. You see, it's not easy to kill your maker or a vampire in general, but Holly, Rose, and Ida make it their business to save poor Parker from being discarded and left to their own devices. What I loved: the fact that Holly was turned in the '80s when she'd just crimped her hair so now she has to live for eternity with awful hair and I AM DYING. revenge plots. I love them. I don't care if you don't but I am trash for them especially when it's badass girls going after the guys who did them wrong. Girl power. the casual gore. SHE WORKS AT TACO BELL the fact that it felt very Kill Bill-ish What I didn't like: I felt like it dragged in some parts, and my attention waned. The good thing is, it came right back, so no harm done. This is my first book by this author, but from what I can tell, this is a 360 from her usual books and I don't know I I should go backward. I did love her writing and the fact that she plotted this book just from a tweet of an idea. Someday, I want my agent to be like, yeah, sure, write that queer vampire book and make sure you include a scene of intestine spillage. Bad. Ass. Also, Elton can suck it. (☞゚ヮ゚)☞ Read this if you're in the mood for a quirky vampire story full of heart, torn limbs, and crimped hair.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    4 star read, 4 star audio This book was fun! It had The Lost Boys meets John Tucker Must Die vibes and was such a binge-able YA vampire story. I found the main character snarky and funny. I enjoyed how the author played with vampire tropes, keeping some and tossing out others. Overall, it gave me that high school vampire nostalgia in a way that was more grown up- I guess that's the "feminist revenge story" bit. While I did get a little annoyed with the oversell of "what will happen if we lo 4 star read, 4 star audio This book was fun! It had The Lost Boys meets John Tucker Must Die vibes and was such a binge-able YA vampire story. I found the main character snarky and funny. I enjoyed how the author played with vampire tropes, keeping some and tossing out others. Overall, it gave me that high school vampire nostalgia in a way that was more grown up- I guess that's the "feminist revenge story" bit. While I did get a little annoyed with the oversell of "what will happen if we lose our memories?" (i.e. vampires potentially losing their humanity), I liked the ideas that got them there- that vampires had a special trinket to tie them between life & death and that making a vampire was uber painful (so it overpopulation likely wouldn't happen, the main character even says there's only about 500). I liked the narrator a lot, enough that it was easy to breeze past the above annoyances.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tib

    Content warnings from the author here I wanted to love this so much. A sapphic vampire John Tucker Must Die? Abso-freaking-lutely! Unfortunately, it was just meh for me. First, this book really could use some slowing down and expanding upon. With very little action and description, the story went at breakneck speed and things seemed to happen and resolve way too quickly for me. There was so much I liked and would have liked more if the author took her time to expand upon them more. I liked the rom Content warnings from the author here I wanted to love this so much. A sapphic vampire John Tucker Must Die? Abso-freaking-lutely! Unfortunately, it was just meh for me. First, this book really could use some slowing down and expanding upon. With very little action and description, the story went at breakneck speed and things seemed to happen and resolve way too quickly for me. There was so much I liked and would have liked more if the author took her time to expand upon them more. I liked the romance well enough but it felt like it went full speed from the moment Parker and Holly met. I really liked Rose and Ida but I wish there was more to them than their one quirk each. I loved that the girls got together to destroy the their shitty maker, but I wish there was more tension before rushing the end. I really loved how the author portrayed vampire life. It can't possibly be as glamorous as most stories try to make it out to be. Surely the turned has regrets and it can't possibly be all that fun living as a 16 year old forever. The logistics alone on that one is a nightmare. Was this a fun campy read? Yeah, but it also felt a bit lacking for me unfortunately.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I really enjoyed this character-driven book and the themes of found family and supportive friendships between girls. I could really relate to the concept of “lonely girls,” and it brought me back to those melancholy feelings as a teen that I still feel about not belonging or moments where I feel alone. I think sometimes they are inevitable, but the idea of letting go/ accepting the feeling so you can move on was immensely powerful. I really felt for Holly and the girls. Ugh 😭 Recommend! Thanks to I really enjoyed this character-driven book and the themes of found family and supportive friendships between girls. I could really relate to the concept of “lonely girls,” and it brought me back to those melancholy feelings as a teen that I still feel about not belonging or moments where I feel alone. I think sometimes they are inevitable, but the idea of letting go/ accepting the feeling so you can move on was immensely powerful. I really felt for Holly and the girls. Ugh 😭 Recommend! Thanks to the publisher for a review copy

  28. 4 out of 5

    TL

    4 stars 🌟 🤩 Narrator: 4 stars 🌟 Story/characters: 4 stars 🌟 Couple things had me scratching my head but minor overall, really had fun with this one:). Wouldn't mind seeing more of these guys *Audible audio with my monthly credit * 4 stars 🌟 🤩 Narrator: 4 stars 🌟 Story/characters: 4 stars 🌟 Couple things had me scratching my head but minor overall, really had fun with this one:). Wouldn't mind seeing more of these guys *Audible audio with my monthly credit *

  29. 4 out of 5

    taylor

    this looks amazing I am soo here for it

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Premise for this book sounds really entertaining, so that's why I pick it up. But it was way to slow (plot) while romance was to fast. Premise for this book sounds really entertaining, so that's why I pick it up. But it was way to slow (plot) while romance was to fast.

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