Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/22/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Michael is a waif in eyeliner who’s determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill’s got the hots for Michael, and will stop at nothing to go home with him.
Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the Interstate. Ride along with Wild Bill and Michael as the twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary unfold in America’s Heartland.
Ebook box set contains the following novelettes: Payback, Vertigo, Manikin, Tainted, Rebirth.
I’ve divided the two box sets for Channeling Morpheus into two separate reviews but rated the entire two box sets as 4* with the individual ratings at the top of this review.
First of all JCP has a very addictive writing style. It is precise, fast paced and evocative. I like the lack of errors and typos etc. that can throw a reader out of a story so quickly. JCP’s style is not fluffy romance by any means. Her characters in the Channeling Morpheus series are flawed, gritty and dark. This whole series is only about two people, Michael, a twenty one year old, pretty ‘waif like’ boy with a love of eye-liner. The other character fast becoming something of a legend – Wild Bill. Wild Bill is a vampire and a pretty cynical, jaded one at that. He is tattooed, muscular and lives out of a tatty van called ‘Big Red’ – thanks to JCP’s many descriptive terms for the inside of this monstrosity – I can almost smell it from England. There are many secondary characters that pass in and out of their world but make no mistake, all of these stories are about Michael and Wild Bill and their relationship.
Michael has a mission, initially, to kill vampires after he discovers how his best friend Scary Mary, died. This leads him to hooking up with Wild Bill, a vampire who doesn’t like killing humans, a loner with a love of Jack Daniels that would out rank his love for blood, if it didn’t make him violently sick now.. This first box set has more background story than the next, this means that there is a little more to sustain a plot that eventually revolves around where, and how, Michael and Wild Bill will have sex.
JCP writes in a visceral and cynical way in this series. I found the box set difficult to read as a novel because it really is very episodic. The POV changes between novellas / episodes, sometimes between chapters, and although the narratives voices are distinct, occasionally I felt myself drifting along until I caught up with who was actually speaking. This could be called a ‘road novel’ as all their adventures, and many ill advised meetings, occur between stops at ‘roach infested’ smelly motels or days in the back of their disgusting van.
I knew there was a second box set, and so I made allowances, plot wise, thinking all will be deepened and resolved in the next set. I liked the premise for vampire contamination and the ‘safe blood’ campaign Michael starts with Wild Bill’s ‘assistance’. I liked the idea that vampire’s are shown as neither all good, or all bad just contaminated humans in all their diversity. I liked the way Wild Bill’s character is written, the best. I think I could dig out essay, in the sets, on just his biceps and tattoos. He is unique and mostly appears to be the type I hate in male characters, and yet I loved him. Michael is sweet and impassioned, but only really comes alive when seen through Wild Bill’s eyes and heart.
By the end of Box set one – we know Wild Bill’s roots and there is a poignant scene by his ‘grave’. Wild Bill doesn’t think much of himself as a human, and he’s trying in his very unique way to improve, as a vampire. We know about Scary Mary and where Michael hails from…he is a ‘Renfield’ by the end of this box set, but I don’t want to give too much away. Whether Michael’s changed physiology will continue to alter, and what this all means for him and Wild Bill is for the next box set…
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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