Friday, June 22, 2012

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 - The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters by Sierra Dean

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. To play along, please do the following:

  • Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. 
  • Make sure to share the name of the book and the author so we know what you're reading. 
  • Feel free to share your first impressions with us based on the first line. 
  • Link your post at Rose City Reader, or if you don't have a blog, leave it in the comments below. 

My choice this week for Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters by Sierra Dean, her novella prequel to the Secret McQueen series.

As a general rule, people don’t like to date monsters.
I don’t mean in a my ex-boyfriend was such an asshole, he was a total monster to my friends or that girl was a monster bitch kind of way. What I mean is, ask your average New Yorker if they’d like to have a girlfriend whose primary source of food was human blood, and most of them will say no.

My thoughts: This is already off to a funny start. I may have thought some of my dates were montsers but I get the feeling I'm going to find out

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice. To play along:
  • Grab the book closest to you, any book will do.

  • Turn to page 56.

  • Choose the fifth (5th) sentence or a few more (just don't spoil it too much).
  • Post it on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, post it in the comments below.

My 56 is also from The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters by Sierra Dean:

I sighed, thinking of my family’s definition of togetherness—in general it involved them poring over an old, moldering text while I looked on in irritation. It was not what I wanted in a marriage, though I supposed at my age I could not afford to be particular. In December I would be twenty-seven years old, an age my sister Sarah assured me was positively ancient. “But I am spoken for.”

My Thoughts:  I'm afraid Secret's sister would think I am a walking corpse since I'm not married and I'm definitely over

About The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters by Sierra Dean:

Are blind dates supposed to be this bloody?

A Secret McQueen story

They say it's impossible to find a man in New York City. Secret McQueen needs to find two in one night. Of course, it’ll mean pulling off the impossible—find and kill a displaced rogue vampire without disrupting the first promising date she’s had in ages. As a werewolf hybrid used to walking a fine line of survival in the vampire world, though, Secret eats impossible for breakfast.

Somewhere between hello and the first round of drinks, Secret makes her move. Her target, Hollywood’s biggest star, shouldn’t be hard to spot. Just look for swarms of fans. Except every time her vampire liaison, Holden, helps keep her mission on track, her date runs further off the rails.

Either Holden has a hidden agenda, or he knows more than he’s letting on about her quarry. One way or another, Secret is determined to get her man, and meet Mr. Right. Or die trying.

Product Warnings

This book contains a sword-wielding assassin whose barbs are sharper than her blade, a vampire with serious brooding issues but a skilled tongue, and an A-lister with a bad habit of eating his fans. This novella takes place approximately one year prior to the events of Something Secret This Way Comes.

So what are you Friday Book Beginnings and Friday 56? Please play along and if you decide to follow my blog, let me know in the comments and I'll return the favor.


  1. Intriguing! And I can totally relate to someone looking at a marriage from the outside and arriving at conclusions about it.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

  2. Interesting and funny beginning! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. If the undead end up taking over the world as prophesied, this book is a must-read.

    Here's my Book Beginnings.

  4. Seems like an interesting story.

  5. Great 56. It looks like a great book. I can't imagine looking at anyone in their 20's and thinking they are ancient and too old to marry!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. haha. "...most of them will say no" Keyword: most. I hope you enjoy this one.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. 26 27 old. maybe for marriage. dag, i don't encourage marriage til 30. get to know yourself first and the rest will fall in place is what mama told her daughters.

  8. It does sound hilarious! I like that kind of sarcasm in books! And that is definitely not too old to not be married!!! ;) I'm following!
    Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  9. Love your header. Thanks for stopping by Queen of the Night! You and I are in 2 different book worlds! lol

  10. Hmmmm . . . maybe a little to cheeky for me. But I'm not all that keen on the paranormal genre in general.

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

  11. hah! that's definitely a great opening! love it!

    thanks for stopping by my blog!

  12. Not quite my type of book,but I did like the beginning and the 56 sounds intriguing. thanks for visiting