Review: Adventures of a Vegan Vamp

By: Cat Lawley -check out her website here.

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

My review is also available to read on Goodreads!


Blurb: After a night out drinking with lackluster coworkers, Mallory awakens half a week later and 25 pounds lighter. A trip to the urgent care puts her in the path of the local Society for the Study of Occult and Paranormal Phenomena. Since she is violently sickened by blood, Mallory becomes a vegan vampire: living on virgin Bloody Marys and vegan nutrient shakes.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Murder, Non-Consensual Touching, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 7

The Specs:

  • Series 
    • Series Name: Vegan Vamp Mystery
    • Book Number: Book 1 of 5
  • Genre
    • Technical Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
    • Theo Genre: Fluffy Paranormal, Cozy Fluff, Urban Fantasy
  • Page count:
  • POV:
    • 1st Person, limited
  • Publication information:
    • Paperback page count: 206 pages
    • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language:  English
    • ASIN: B01HR5RFEO
    • ISBN-13: 9781979932738

Other Fun Stuff:

To Read or Not To Read (Again):

Bedside Bookshelf Donated Furniture Support

Rating out of five: 3.5 out of 5

Representation and Sexism Tests:

  • Bechdel–Wallace Test: PASS
    • Do two female characters talk about something than a male character? YES NO
  • DuVernay Test: FAIL
    • Are there fully actualized characters of color? YES NO
  • Ellen Willis Test: PASS
    • Would two related characters still work to carry the story if their genders were reversed? YES NO
  • Mako Mori Test: PASS
    • Is there a female character? YES NO
    • Does she get her own arc? YES NO
    • Does it do anything other than support a man’s story? YES NO
  • Sexy Lamp Test: PASS
    • Would the plot fall apart if the female character was replaced by a sexy looking lamp? Absolutely Maybe? No.
  • Vito Russo Test: FAIL
    • Is there a character on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? YES NO
    • Are they a character beyond their orientation? YES NO
    • Do they affect the plot? YES NO

Overall review:


I would definitely read more of this series, given the opportunity. It’s much like a 3 p.m. snack: a good pick me up on a bad day. The writing isn’t bad; the author has a marked personality that makes their books fun to read. I honestly thought that the lovely Ms. Lawley was an ex-pat at first, but then I remembered my time in Austin and how unique the local vernacular was. It’s a melting pot unto itself and Ms. Lawley makes me miss the weirdness of Austin where an entire society of magical beings could quite easily exist alongside all the other weirdos.

This is a great start to a series and I really do want to devour everything Ms. Lawley has written. It’s a fun romp through supernatural Austin, Texas. And most of her characters are highly intriguing. I want to know more about everyone!

Smutty moments/smut review: none, but it wasn’t missed!

Favorite passage:

“What would you say if I told you I’d never felt like this before? I think I’m really happy.” My stomach cramped. Starving, yes-but I’d nabbed a killer. My life was in complete chaos, sure-and yet I was happy. “I have to go, Mother. I need to grab a snack before my stomach eats itself-but I promise you, I really am okay.”

Lawley, Cate. Adventures of a Vegan Vamp: a Vegan Vamp Mystery. Catherine G. Cobb, 2016. Pg. 191

Was it engaging?

Yes No At times Room for improvement Had to fight through it.

Favorite Character:

Oh man. It’s a toss up, but I’ll go with Mallory.

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