Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Sunday, July 23rd 2017

four-stars

I want to say many thanks to Orbit Books and Vivian Shaw for allowing me the chances to read this book. I also want to thank NetGalley for always being so awesome in giving a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  So let the book review begin!

Strange Practice by Vivian ShawStrange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing, #1) by Vivian Shaw
Published by Orbit on July 25th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 400
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four-stars

Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family's specialty for generations.
Greta Helsing inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's been groomed for since childhood.
Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.

four-stars

Before I begin my review in depth lets just say  this is really a great original concept for a book. Think about it, we get a chances to meet Dr. Greta Helsing, a descent from a long line of Van Helsing generations, during the dark hours of the night the house is visited by cue music. Don. Don. Do on. A VAMPIRE. That’s right  in the middle of the night a vampire makes a house call to treat a vampire, that’s right this book is original and nothing you ever read before. I’m a lover of all things retaining to Bam Stroker’s Dracula, this book was the most refreshing book I ever read especially when it surrounds the tales of vampires.

This vampire has a bag filled with antibiotics, I’m not going to lie but I really thought the bag was going to filled with True Blood Sorry I couldn’t resist adding a little bit of bookish humor to this review now back on focus. Speaking about bookish humors there are more bookish humors mentioned in this book such as Tolkien references, which is extremely important to the developing storyline of the book.

I just really love this book so much, it was extremely fun to read. I rather enjoyed how refreshing having an original concept of a book is entertaining and a great retelling of dark romanticism.

About Vivian Shaw

Vivian Shaw was born in Kenya and spent her early childhood in England before relocating to the US at the age of seven. She has a BA in art history and an MFA in creative writing, and has worked in academic publishing and development while researching everything from the history of spaceflight to supernatural physiology. In her spare time, she writes popular fanfiction for Star Wars, Marvel, Discworld and more under the name of Coldhope.

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