When Life Gives You Vampires

When Life Gives You Vampires (Slaying It)

“Because that’s what vampires are. Fiction. Like Bigfoot. Little green men. One-size-fits-all clothing.”
When Life Gives You Vampires
by Gloria Duke
Pub Date – 10/4/22
I enjoyed this book! Love the cover! And any new fun type of vampire book, I want it! It’s so cute and funny! Plus size heroine is a bonus.

Lily wakes up a vampire and has to figure out what to do with her life and how to process what happened. Also as she starts to recall the night she turned she remembers the guy from the bar.

I personally liked her pacing and word choices. The way the mc talked and went about her life is familiar. This was such a cute vampire rom com.

Lily’s negative body image you can tell comes from the way her mother talks to her. Well and how society dictates fashion and body type. As far as we’ve come in feeling good about our bodies of any size. If Megan fox thinks she’s fat there’s something going on.

So far I’m not agreeing with the lower starred reviews. Everyone is talking about the 400 year old vampire taking away her choices and being all I know more than you. Vampire! That’s what they do!

And how since her body can’t change and she will never be able to lose weight. She’s not going to just snap out it years of negative conditioning it takes a lot of time.. So what if a guy was the reason. There are all sorts of reasons people see themselves, sometimes you have to just accept yourself through someone else’s eyes. Plus I really think she came to the realization on her own the info she got at the end was just the icing on the cake.

After I had my two girls I’m like this body is fing amazing – my internal voice is like at a level I can’t hear unless I’m on my cycle. 

Also…. Vampires!!!! This is a rom com about vampires. 

✨ Note to self: stop reading others reviews.  I swear I never agree with anyone. Unless you are also an aquarius born in the 80s lol. 

Read if you like:

✨ Snarky female badasses

✨ Vampires

✨ Plus size and mental health rep

Cause being curvy is perfectly fine the problem is the mental trauma and torture thrown at you daily in every sort of media. And sorry skinny people don’t have easier perfect lives. It’s not a magic ticket. We all have our insecurities.

❓ Do you read the comments in posts? 
Sometimes the comments are better than the original post. 

Thank you sourcebookscasa and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.


A paranormal Dumplin’ for adults, When Life Gives You Vampires is part a journey of body positivity, part a story about learning how to accept love at face value, and part a hysterical romcom told through a paranormal lens.

Twenty-five year old Lily Baines is used to waking up hungover, overweight, and underemployed. Waking up with fangs? Not so much. But when it turns out a little light necking has more serious consequences than she ever imagined, Lily’s determined to get to the bottom of it.

Tristan hadn’t meant to turn Lily—it’s against vampire law—but now that she’s here, they need to team up to save their hides. They strike a truce, fending off other vampires, Lily’s work-rival-turned-slayer, and her mother’s tone-deaf romance and fitness advice—all while Lily faces down her insecurities about the fact that she lives in a diet-obsessed world with a body that will never age, never die, and never change. Can she learn to love the (plus size) woman she’ll be forever more?


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