Imagine if the oh so sweet looking and decent appearances boy band One Direction was really a bunch of vicious, blood-sucking vampires? Sherry Wood has imagined something just like that. In her novel. Bad Direction is a boy band from Britian. They are living it up and living it large their last night in London before going on an American Tour which includes a Cruise Ship stop. They are on the verge however of losing control as their behavior turns more dangerous and rebellious.
On the other side of the story is Ashley, who is sixteen and has won tickets to the ‘Jammy Party’ on the cruise ship and her mother Leslie,who is crazy busy with her work, a dead person, and trying to cope with the end of her marriage. The fact that her ex-husbands got a new, pretty, younger woman in his life doesn’t seem to be helping her get over him too easily. Leslie, however reluctant to chaperoning her daughter and Ashley’s best friend, begins to see something in the band as well.
The novel opens up and definitely held my attention. The intensity of Leslie’s emotions and thoughts grabbed me into the story and held me good and strong. The opening was unique and fun. Ashley held some comic appeal and was truly what a real teenage girl over a boy band would be like. I should know…I have one! (A teenage girl…not a boy band. LOL)
I must admit I didn’t know what the book was when I opened it. I didn’t read what it was about nor did I read any other reviews. So when I reached just over a dozen pages in and realized it was a book about vampires I was impressed and shocked. Nowhere did I get the feeling that this was the direction it was going in. It suddenly got a whole lot more interesting. I really liked the idea of a mom with troubles and a bored vampire…both with intriguing sides. I was like, “whoa…wonder where this is going to go?”
Wood uses great sayings throughout the book and her candid descriptions of scenes and characters are amazing. “Their eyes had darkened so they looked like smudges of tar.” And the way she writes…there is real movement in each scene. And…there are quite a number of graphic scenes…and erotic scenes…and she doesn’t get shy with the details and descriptions there either. So this is definitely a warning: graphic and for adults only!
I would give this book a higher rating however there was one thing that didn’t gel with me….and it was all the song lyrics…like as in full song lyrics. Granted this is a book about a boy band, but I could have done without so many lyrics. Other than that, I felt the book, though graphic and erotic in parts, was an entertaining read.
My Verdict: 4 out of five