Publisher: 1889 Labs Ltd.
List Price: $0.99
Intern with the Vampire is a really good little book. (Little meaning it's size, not in a derogatory way). As far as the time it took to read it, this would be equivalent to a Harlequin series book. You know the ones. They're around $3 or $4 at the store. Basically, it's in between a novel and a novella.
Intern starts with Aline (she's our main gal) in a tryst, well almost, in the ER supply closet of in a hospital. (Duh, of course an ER is in a hospital. How redundant.) Why almost? They're doctors on duty, so naturally they get paged. Really, I'm not sure I can get anymore obvious. Let's move on before I irritate myself.
The pace is set from here. The entire story takes place in the course of one night and in two different ERs. You'll have to find out for yourself why it's in two ERs, because that would be a bit of a spoiler. But the fact that it's all in an ER, means it's a quick-paced story. Doing it again, aren't I? Sheesh.
So where does the vampire come in? That would be in the second ER. Yep, it's a paranormal hospital. Iwasaki (the author) doesn't just rest on the normal creatures (vampires, werewolves, etc) that you can read oh so frequently these days. Nope she adds in a whole slew more. She gives you mer-people, zombies who haven't died and risen yet, immortals in general, and a black widow. You read that right. A black widow who's a doctor. Kind of a scary idea, huh?
The story itself isn't scary though. It's medical stuff sounds the same as it does on the TV shows, but maybe a more medically inclined reader would disagree. There's plenty of humor, though it is a little more on the sarcastic, dry, and twisted side. Just the way I like it! And though it was described by the author as a paranormal romance, there really wasn't any. Oh don't get me wrong there was some lusting, but no actual romance scenes. So rest easy boys, you might just enjoy this one too! (wink, wink, nudge, nudge-picking).
So, you're cruising along and liking the story. The night shift has come to an end, and therefore so has this portion of the series. How does Iwasaki end the book? With a scream. Talk about making you want to come back for more. But wait! There's more! It's really the lack of a scream that gets you, because now everyone...ugh...another spoiler.
You just have to read the book. It's great! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I can't wait to see what's next for Aline & her days, er nights, as a paranormal doctor, er intern. Or was it resident? Sorry, you'll have to go find out for yourself.
***On a personal note, I only slept 4 1/2 hours last night, so I've been up since 3 am (it's now 5pm) and I'm feeling it. I read back through what I wrote and I tried to make it better, but I only ended up making it worse. Caffeine can only work so much of a miracle I'm afraid.***
Oooh, book 2 is listed on Goodreads. Yaaaay! It's called Slash and Burn. And don't forget to check out Kit Iwasaki's bio. It's either going to post above or below this one. Ok, I'm going to stop talking now!