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Maria is a wanted woman. She is wanted by an Aztec trafficker, a cartel boss, the people she fights for, and now the devil she can’t resist. Her journey begins as a would-be immigrant turned vampire, until the injustices of the world turn her into something else. She’s not just out for blood, she wants answers.


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Maria is a wanted woman. She is wanted by an Aztec trafficker, a cartel boss, the people she fights for, and now the devil she can’t resist. Her journey begins as a would-be immigrant turned vampire, until the injustices of the world turn her into something else. She’s not just out for blood, she wants answers.

30 review for Maria the Wanted and the Legacy of the Keepers (The Keepers #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)

    *4.5 You know what makes this novel so beautiful? You can feel the hope running throughout. You can feel the connection to Maria's culture. You can feel the loss and the pain that Maria struggles through. You get a detailed explanation of other characters also, including the Keepers, with detailed back stories enough to feel their pain, their struggles, and what they have also overcome on their journeys that led them to becoming Keepers. You embrace the journey and it's a ride you don't want to g *4.5 You know what makes this novel so beautiful? You can feel the hope running throughout. You can feel the connection to Maria's culture. You can feel the loss and the pain that Maria struggles through. You get a detailed explanation of other characters also, including the Keepers, with detailed back stories enough to feel their pain, their struggles, and what they have also overcome on their journeys that led them to becoming Keepers. You embrace the journey and it's a ride you don't want to get off. I pretty much read this in one sitting. It made a 3.25 hour long flight feel like less than 1. it's constantly moving with the action kicking in from the start. I was really hoping for a certain storyline to come about and when it did I was soo happy! This book made me: Smile Cry (in public) - I don’t actually think this was the intention, I just did. Angry Happy Excited Ughhhh to ending on a bit of a cliff-hanger! I am on tenterhooks! I am so excited to see what is going to happen next with Maria and the rest of the Keepers!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sonora Taylor

    This book was a ton of fun. I loved getting to know Maria and reading about her adventures and growth. Castro does a great job of getting into Maria’s head. I like that Maria had a conscious but also enjoyed being a vamp in every sense. I also liked her sense of justice. Give this a read — it’s perfect for a macabre summer day.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt (TeamRedmon)

    Maria the Wanted was my choice for the #ladiesfirst20 challenge by Ladies of Horror Fiction. It's not the first book that I've finished this year, but it was the first that I started. Sadly, I had to read the first 100 pages in starts and stops because of other obligations and deadlines, but when I picked it back up yesterday, I didn't put it down until I finished. It was one of those classic situations where I was telling myself just one more chapter, ok, just one more, really this time only on Maria the Wanted was my choice for the #ladiesfirst20 challenge by Ladies of Horror Fiction. It's not the first book that I've finished this year, but it was the first that I started. Sadly, I had to read the first 100 pages in starts and stops because of other obligations and deadlines, but when I picked it back up yesterday, I didn't put it down until I finished. It was one of those classic situations where I was telling myself just one more chapter, ok, just one more, really this time only one more, until I finished. Maria is not a technically perfect book; I noticed some errors, and the cover is off-centered, which will both some people. They bothered me at first. But as I got into Maria's story, I didn't care. Maria is a badass heroine in one of the most original vampire stories I've read. Based on the cover, I expected the Latina version of Blade or Buffy, but what I got was much more than that. There's plenty of action throughout the book, but the events and themes explored in this story are much grander than those movies/shows. This book is not a slash em up bite em up adventure, but a story told on a grand scale over decades. There is so much in here that I didn't expect, including some phenomenal music references (I need a link to the playlist!). The ending is quite the cliffhanger, and I legitimately want to read more in this world with these characters and will be anxiously awaiting The Keepers #2. There are some stumbles and some flaws, but based on the strength of the character and story, I just let go and rode the ride that V. Castro wrote. It's a beautiful story of revenge, justice, family and friends, good and evil, compassion, violence, sex, gore, and death, all centered around the wonderful character of Maria. This book is definitely worth your time!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** “She needed to harden to survive.” This is one of those books that I never, ever thought in a million years that I’d read and enjoy. I’ve pretty much stopped reading any vampire based books. I can’t quite place it, but sometime during that last few years, I’ve begun to avoid vampire and zombie books like they’d avoid sunlight and gunshots to the head. So why did I read it then? 100% to support the author and help a hard-working indie author get ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** “She needed to harden to survive.” This is one of those books that I never, ever thought in a million years that I’d read and enjoy. I’ve pretty much stopped reading any vampire based books. I can’t quite place it, but sometime during that last few years, I’ve begun to avoid vampire and zombie books like they’d avoid sunlight and gunshots to the head. So why did I read it then? 100% to support the author and help a hard-working indie author get another review. And guess what – I really did enjoy this book. Maria at times feels almost autobiographical. From what I’ve seen on V’s various social media pages (and through some interactions with her via DM), V’s had to work hard to get to where she is in life and still continues to struggle with things related to her heritage, being a woman and writing horror. This story blasts out of the gates with an opening that would make any action movie lover proud. It gave me shades of The Strain TV show from Guillermo del Toro and as we hear Maria’s motivation for working so hard to provide a better life for her and her family, Castro sucks you in. From there, the beauty of this book is that it is immense in scope and reimagines certain vampiric characters, before introducing some unique antagonists along the way. All the while Castro is writing her rear end off, delivering scene after scene that had me riveted. This is a book that I truly regret not getting to sooner. I snagged it some time ago and it languished in my TBR. Then I saw either a tweet or an Instagram story where V mentioned the difficulties of getting her book reviewed and I realized I was being a jerk by having it still sitting there unread. So I fixed that and I’m glad I did. If you’re looking for fun, gore, action, revenge, an amazing female lead character, look no further. This was a brutally, goreriffic time and now we wait to see when The Keepers Series #2 will arrive!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brennan LaFaro

    I’ve made it no secret that the indie horror community has changed the way I read. That said, I still tend to avoid vampire books most of the time. The ones I’ve read in the past tend to go one of two ways. Vampires are either romanticized, making them feel dated even in more recently written books, or vampires are brutal, mindless killing machines, more like zombies, but usually controlled by a master who is romanticized. After reading Hairspray and Switchblades by V Castro, I didn’t know exactl I’ve made it no secret that the indie horror community has changed the way I read. That said, I still tend to avoid vampire books most of the time. The ones I’ve read in the past tend to go one of two ways. Vampires are either romanticized, making them feel dated even in more recently written books, or vampires are brutal, mindless killing machines, more like zombies, but usually controlled by a master who is romanticized. After reading Hairspray and Switchblades by V Castro, I didn’t know exactly what to expect from a vampire novel, but I knew it wouldn’t be the same. The vampire mythos here has more in common with Marvel’s Blade series than most vampire literature. We ditch some of the more well-known tropes in order to establish a unique mythos. The titular character is layered, but at heart she’s a kick-ass female heroine. While the story’s focus is on Maria, the characters that surround her are lovingly crafted to be just as deep and interesting. I would happily read more stories that centered around just Vlad and Jorge. A big part of Maria’s appeal is that despite the youth and the power bestowed on her when she became a vampire, she is a flawed character who deals with moral and ethical conundrums. It wouldn’t be a V Castro book without a healthy dose of sex, and Maria the Wanted has got it in spades. While one scene in particular made me glad I wasn’t reading the book in a public place, it doesn’t feel gratuitous. Rather it adds a strength and honesty to Maria’s character. I enjoyed Castro’s inclusion of a soundtrack. As you read the book, you gain insight into characters by what they’re listening to or even band t-shirts they choose. It ends up being a pretty sizable variety of music and if a reader were so inclined, they might find that having a playlist while reading enhances the experience.  There is a theme presented, revisited several times throughout the book, related to working for what you have and not taking handouts. It’s not hammered over the reader’s head, but it does catch your eye if you’re paying attention. It gives the story an almost autobiographical element, as the way it’s handled makes it seem as though this is a quality that the author values. As of this writing there is no release date or plan for book two in the Keepers series, but Violet Castro has set up a story, or series of stories, with globe-hopping, time-spanning potential, and I’ll eagerly pick up whatever comes next in the world of Maria.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julia DeBarrioz

    This was so FUN! Action packed, poetic, and sexy. Cue up some Selena and get reading! This book had a little bit of everything I love and want to read in an urban fantasy romp. A kick-a$$ latina heroine with a BIG heart who takes no prisoners battling for justice and against the cartels? Check. Vampires from cultures all around the world? Check. An excellent grasp of history? Check check! Maybe also cue up some "Sympathy for the Devil" because it's not the cartels or ancient Aztec vampires who w This was so FUN! Action packed, poetic, and sexy. Cue up some Selena and get reading! This book had a little bit of everything I love and want to read in an urban fantasy romp. A kick-a$$ latina heroine with a BIG heart who takes no prisoners battling for justice and against the cartels? Check. Vampires from cultures all around the world? Check. An excellent grasp of history? Check check! Maybe also cue up some "Sympathy for the Devil" because it's not the cartels or ancient Aztec vampires who will prove Maria's greatest challenge. Everyone wants a piece of Maria, including Lucifer himself... I really loved Maria. She is tough but also loving, and very honest about life in her narration. She's a breath of fresh air and a shot of tequila all in one. I really can't recommend this indie read enough!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    I'm a sucker for a vampire story, so I was definitely interested in checking this out. Maria is a young factory worker who gets caught up in the middle of a brutal attack and is turned into a vampire. Lost and alone, she's forced to abandon her old life and focuses on searching for her maker because she wants answers. What she finds, sends her on an adventure across the world... This book starts out with a heartbreaking scene that echoes through the whole book. It's also an interesting story about I'm a sucker for a vampire story, so I was definitely interested in checking this out. Maria is a young factory worker who gets caught up in the middle of a brutal attack and is turned into a vampire. Lost and alone, she's forced to abandon her old life and focuses on searching for her maker because she wants answers. What she finds, sends her on an adventure across the world... This book starts out with a heartbreaking scene that echoes through the whole book. It's also an interesting story about a Mexican vampire trying to do the right thing, while fighting her thirst for blood. I liked that along the way, she delves into the vigilante life and helps young girls in desperate need of rescue. It's great to see real-life bad guys get what they deserve. The vampire world is intriguing and uses historical events and familiar figures/situations to enhance the narrative. The unstable political climate of today is woven very well into everything that happens. I really liked Maria's style, attitude and morals. Not to mention the cool music mentioned throughout. Although I found the many backstories a little distracting at times, it didn't get in the way of Maria's story. Reading stories featuring strong women is always fun.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniplx

    4 stars to this fantastic vampire novel by one of my new favourite horror authors. It’s a vampire novel that weaves history, religion, current events and some horror in a really fun way! What I loved most about this book were the characters-especially Maria. They were well rounded and made me root for (or against) them. There is a thread of hope that runs through it, and it really resonated with me. I loved the twist on the typical vampire tale it took and the way it wove in aspects of Mexican hi 4 stars to this fantastic vampire novel by one of my new favourite horror authors. It’s a vampire novel that weaves history, religion, current events and some horror in a really fun way! What I loved most about this book were the characters-especially Maria. They were well rounded and made me root for (or against) them. There is a thread of hope that runs through it, and it really resonated with me. I loved the twist on the typical vampire tale it took and the way it wove in aspects of Mexican history. Let’s talk steam for a minute-this book has got a couple of steamier scenes and they are great. Castro knows how to write sexier scenes and they do not disappoint. I like that she throws some sex into her horror books without making it seem out of place! I hope there are more Maria books in the works because I want to spend more time in this universe, with these characters and I have some questions I need answered :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Bow

    Quick thoughts: I love the author's ability to intertwine today's political climate with a horror twist (even though it's all horror out there anyway). The book contains a strong female Latina character bent on cleaning the necrotic streets of filth and crime, and spreading a message of hope. One that permeates the community. You can't help but to love Maria's commitment to making things right, regardless of where she was throughout the story. Another thing the author does that I love is explains Quick thoughts: I love the author's ability to intertwine today's political climate with a horror twist (even though it's all horror out there anyway). The book contains a strong female Latina character bent on cleaning the necrotic streets of filth and crime, and spreading a message of hope. One that permeates the community. You can't help but to love Maria's commitment to making things right, regardless of where she was throughout the story. Another thing the author does that I love is explains the history of evil (bad guys doing bad things) in a fictional way. If only it was that way, we'd have a hell of a lot easier time coming to terms with the travesty from times long ago. She ends with you wanting more, only knowing that more is to come (at least I'm hoping for it!).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Clarke

    My first read of 2020 was this entertaining vampire novel from Latina author V Castro. It’s a wild ride, with a globe-trotting plot spanning multiple time periods, a kick ass heroine and a refreshing take on vampire lore. It’s great fun from first page to last, with effective scenes of horror, enough sex to raise the pulse rate a little and a great sense of melodrama. Best of all, it champions the underprivileged, with heroine Maria fighting oppression as well as demons.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Horn

    I was drawn to the book by the cover and the characters kept me locked in until the last page. Castro does a good job painting a scene for the reader but she shines when it comes to creating characters you can become invested in. She is able to accomplish this by showing what makes them who they are. An added bonus was the music she weaved through the story. If you are looking for an entertaining read by a promising author, this one is for you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Robinson

    3.5 stars. Review soon!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patty Goodwin

    The book was Fantastic. All the characters threw me in from the beginning. Most books have three different explosions by the writer to keep the reader interested. Your book seemed to have hundreds of explosions throughout. I did not want the book to finish. I hope this is only the beginning of a trilogy. This would make a fantastic series on TV. Congratulations!! Job well done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Philip Rogers

    They do say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and this is definitely the case in the vampire action-horror book Maria the Wanted. With a bright comic book style front cover and a lengthy extended Indiana Jones title, you would be forgiven for thinking that there would be a playful tone to the story. Such as a fun Buffy the Vampire Slayer style character with a unique Mexican twist. Yet once the story starts to unfold it soon becomes clear that Maria the Wanted has a lot more to offer They do say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and this is definitely the case in the vampire action-horror book Maria the Wanted. With a bright comic book style front cover and a lengthy extended Indiana Jones title, you would be forgiven for thinking that there would be a playful tone to the story. Such as a fun Buffy the Vampire Slayer style character with a unique Mexican twist. Yet once the story starts to unfold it soon becomes clear that Maria the Wanted has a lot more to offer. Following the initial events of carnage which holds a familiar a theme with the blood and violence that you would expect (this is after all a horror book about vampires), the story takes a more meaningful emotional journey. Enveloping a deeper understanding of Maria’s struggle as she continues to wrestle with her conscience regarding her loss, new abilities and needs as a vampire and a desire to find her true purpose. The more personal approach to Maria’s character works well for the book, although we soon learn this is only the part of the story overall . As pieces of Maria’s past begin to come together the book suddenly takes an unexpected turn, events begin to occur on a much larger scale intertwining various characters and stories which I wasn’t expecting. It is a huge contrast in the way the initial events unfold, but with so much going on in the later stages of the book you can understand why V. Castro has taken so much time to develop the character. Seeing the journey from the woman she was before, to the woman she becomes plays an important role in portraying her characters decisions. Despite taking a more emotional character driven story, the book is not short of action and even includes an unexpected eroticism between the characters which confirms that this book is intended for a younger audience. Maria is portrayed as strong female character and becomes the anti-hero you would expect, but despite her strengths and abilities she is also not without her weaknesses.Although it is these human attributes that make Maria so relate-able, as she remains conflicted between her conscience and desires. With the story initially based in Mexico Writer V.Castro enthuses her ethnic background, incorporating cultural references and embraces her Latinx heritage in the story. This includes a strong Latino lead with Maria which like so many elements of the story that look to adduce a wider perspective than the usual stereotypes. In addition to incorporating a very visual description, several Mexican words and phrases are used throughout the book without transaction. This may annoy some reader who like myself will have to look up some of the words to clarify what they mean, (Día de Muertos being one of the few phrases I managed to recognised). This however did not effect my personal enjoyment of the book and as they only appeared sporadically it felt as though they actually add a unique stylisation to the book. As the book goes on, we are introduced to several characters whose backstories are incorporated into historical moments in history which have shaped them into who they are today. With the men it is often the violence of war, which has left them haunted. Whilst for several of the women it is the atrocities of persecution which is one of the books most powerful underlining themes. There are scenario that stands out, such as the atrocities associated with the torturous maltreatment by a Nazi doctor on a Jewish women during world war two. Although it is the events regarding the abduction of a woman for the American slave trade which was the most effective and memorable. It is the most harrowing part of the book and a backstory which really stays with you. So many elements of the story incorporate real life events with fiction, but the line becomes ever more burred when it comes to the political figure heads. The sentiments of the story which reflect true events would seem more fictitious than reality, but as it deliberately highlights there is an unbalanced danger which in the reality of current political turmoil it seems all too real. On a more lighter note it is unusual to comment on a soundtrack for a book, but in Maria the Wanted it is definitely worth mentioning. The songs to create a track list soundtrack which works as part to capture part of the story and if brought together would make a brilliant mix tape. Author V. Castro does acknowledges some elements of the classic vampire mythology in the book, but like so many elements of the story she also looks to create her own rules which allows Maria to walk her own path with a unique and create an original take. Maria the Wanted is a surprisingly in-depth book which continues to evolve with the story. Moving between an emotional drama and full action horror, it continues to change and as the spectrum of the story continues to expand you are never sure how the story will unfold. After reading the book I was surprised at how much is incorporated into the story, especially when you consider how much time is spent developing the characters. It creates a memorable anti-hero with Maria and sets a up a backdrop for the next chapter. I am not sure what V. Castro can do to improve on the first book with the story, but I am looking forward to seeing where she decides to take eh characters next.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beverley Lee

    Review to come!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maryjo Laupp

    I obtained an ARC of this book from Reedsy Discovery for the purpose of providing a review. When her boss flees, leaving vampires to wreak havoc at work, Maria finds herself face to face with an English vampire, named Adam, who takes extreme measures to protect her from his bloodthirsty colleagues. He has no way of knowing what it will cost her. She becomes determined to find him. Lucky for her, vampires live for years so she has plenty of time! Along the way, she provides what justice she can fo I obtained an ARC of this book from Reedsy Discovery for the purpose of providing a review. When her boss flees, leaving vampires to wreak havoc at work, Maria finds herself face to face with an English vampire, named Adam, who takes extreme measures to protect her from his bloodthirsty colleagues. He has no way of knowing what it will cost her. She becomes determined to find him. Lucky for her, vampires live for years so she has plenty of time! Along the way, she provides what justice she can for those in a small town over-run with cartel-influenced violence. The women in the community are so grateful that they provide small amounts of their own blood to Maria as thanks. But a town full of women with scarred hands and the disappearance of an influential - albeit shady - business owner begins to draw unwanted attention so Maria reluctantly moves on. Eventually, she finds the man that changed her life. But she also finds more temptations and complications than she could have imagined. And the possibility to fight for a cause much, much bigger than she had imagined possible. We're talking end of the world big! By the end of the book, two of the major players are dead and the U.S. has just elected a President that is, to put it simply, evil in human form. What happens next is anyone's guess! Over all, I really liked the book. It's always enjoyable to read a book with a strong female character who takes charge of her life. The only disappointment was the chunks of the story given over to telling the background stories of characters that were fairly minor or didn't show up until the last portion of the book. As the first book in a series, I can only assume that the author did this to prepare the reader for the rest of the story. I definitely would have preferred to get the backstories of some of the more prominent characters - Vlad and Adam for example - as opposed to some of the more minor characters. But this issue is definitely minor and I can still see myself reading the rest of the series

  17. 4 out of 5

    E. Reyes

    Maria the Wanted and the Legacy of the Keepers is a very unique, thrilling, and fresh new take on the vampire genre. V. Castro has created something very special that I want to continue to read more of. In a world where we need more Latinx voices in literature, Maria the Wanted is a perfect addition to the cause. I honestly didn't know what to really expect before I read this book. I read a tiny bit of the summary, but I wanted to go into this book fresh. I'm glad I did because there are a lot of Maria the Wanted and the Legacy of the Keepers is a very unique, thrilling, and fresh new take on the vampire genre. V. Castro has created something very special that I want to continue to read more of. In a world where we need more Latinx voices in literature, Maria the Wanted is a perfect addition to the cause. I honestly didn't know what to really expect before I read this book. I read a tiny bit of the summary, but I wanted to go into this book fresh. I'm glad I did because there are a lot of twists and turns and crazy surprises; even up to the end! The Keepers are an organization of vampires who are based in England, and care for humanity. They're not the killing-human type. We get Lucifer, a funny vampire named Vlad from Vegas, ancient vampires, a runaway-slave with a very sad story, a man who owns a boxing joint -- there's a whole lot going on and I thought that was awesome. I just hope to hear more about Vlad. Personally, I'm really happy that V. Castro wrote this vampire tale about a woman from Mexico who comes to terms with her new vampire self and becoming a new and stronger person. We need more stories with diverse voices and characters of different races who aren't stereotypical. V. Castro's writing is outstanding, pure, realistic, and even poetic at times. Each character is perfectly tailored and has their own way of talking and interacting. The book--besides the awesome Maria--is filled with strong characters we actually care about. Check out Maria the Wanted and the Legacy of the Keepers now! You won't regret it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    A.E. Santana

    First in The Keeper series, Maria the Wanted and the Legacy of The Keepers is a horror novel by V. Castro that organically encompasses other genres, including adventure, romance, and erotica (which is quite different from romance) and incorporates diverse characters from marginalized backgrounds and communities. Castro’s use of historic events and figures build on her layered dark fantasy world where vampires and the devil are real, but humans cause as much damage to each other without the help First in The Keeper series, Maria the Wanted and the Legacy of The Keepers is a horror novel by V. Castro that organically encompasses other genres, including adventure, romance, and erotica (which is quite different from romance) and incorporates diverse characters from marginalized backgrounds and communities. Castro’s use of historic events and figures build on her layered dark fantasy world where vampires and the devil are real, but humans cause as much damage to each other without the help of otherworldly beings. This wonderfully eclectic novel showcases a variety of diverse characters, most notably, Maria. A Mexican woman turned vampire, Maria not only transforms from human to living dead but from a person trapped in society’s unrelenting views to a being free from judgments and restrictions placed on her by traditional ideas of gender and race—and this story is all about breaking tradition. For fans of vampire stories looking for a fresh and exciting twist, Maria the Wanted contains modern and original characters and an interesting addition to the vampire lore. Castro picks up the euro-centric vampire legend and spreads it around the globe, intermingling vampires into the history of pre-colonized Mexico. In this novel, vampires belong to every ethnicity and race. One part horror, one part adventure, one part romance, and one part smoking-hot erotica, Maria the Wanted is a contemporary tale of vampires, love, and the undying fight of good vs. evil.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    Maria is the vampire novel I didn't even know I was waiting for. I love horror, but I got kind of vampired out some time ago. That's because after a while, they all start to look the same. Not so with this book - it gave me chills, I connected to it so deeply. Not because I think I'd ever be as much of a badass as Maria is, although so many parts had me cheering. It was because of her humanity, her faith, her womanness. What she lost to become who she was. The limitations of her human relationsh Maria is the vampire novel I didn't even know I was waiting for. I love horror, but I got kind of vampired out some time ago. That's because after a while, they all start to look the same. Not so with this book - it gave me chills, I connected to it so deeply. Not because I think I'd ever be as much of a badass as Maria is, although so many parts had me cheering. It was because of her humanity, her faith, her womanness. What she lost to become who she was. The limitations of her human relationships before she's turned - most vividly, with her husband. The way that relationship is drawn with love, but shows so clearly the way it's limited her. I made a list of things I loved about this book while I was reading it: -Her human, deeply felt loss at the beginning -Her relationship with Diego, and the way he limited her, is beautifully drawn -Her revenge quest that follows realistic lines -Her humanity, and her culture of extended family and taking care of one another -The way she trains is real -Her conflict is REAL, but with strength -She is tough and thrilling without being a caricature - she has real relationships with both men and women. She has moments of weakness, and moments of strength, and moments of just being. -She doesn't allow herself to become a sexualized object, though she enjoys sex -An excellent cast of supporting characters, in particular Jorge and Paloma There is so much to this book, and I'm excited to see this series continue.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul Carro

    What's not to love about a Selena loving, religious, hat wearing vampire? This is a sprawling epic that I believe could be better served as a trilogy but hey, I'll take it as a stand alone. The first chapter takes off to the races. There is a much larger discussion to have about representation in horror which I will not discuss in a review other than to say as one who is "vamped out,"I found renewed enjoyment of a vampire tale because of the small details buried throughout that otherwise would o What's not to love about a Selena loving, religious, hat wearing vampire? This is a sprawling epic that I believe could be better served as a trilogy but hey, I'll take it as a stand alone. The first chapter takes off to the races. There is a much larger discussion to have about representation in horror which I will not discuss in a review other than to say as one who is "vamped out,"I found renewed enjoyment of a vampire tale because of the small details buried throughout that otherwise would only have the possibility of being more of the same. Besides the great writing and characters, little touches from a Latinx life experience raises this above others in the genre. A relative who bakes cakes in old coffee cans may seem a small detail but it is exactly things like that which tie the character to her former humanity and draws readers in to a world we likely have not experienced. There is action, there is sexy time, and there is lots of reckoning. I recommend this and urge publishers to look a little harder, as there are gem writers in underrepresented communities waiting to be discovered. Great book, check it out!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Miranda

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect, when I embarked on this book, but I hoped for something different, something that added to me as a person. Straight away, I was plunged into a world very far from my own, and experiences in life that I, priviledge white girl I was growing up, can't really claim to underdstand or even relate. Or can't I? Maria is all of us women, and she's unlike any of us. Maria speaks for that badass, take-no-shit, perseverant and stubborn lady society has taught us to drown I wasn't quite sure what to expect, when I embarked on this book, but I hoped for something different, something that added to me as a person. Straight away, I was plunged into a world very far from my own, and experiences in life that I, priviledge white girl I was growing up, can't really claim to underdstand or even relate. Or can't I? Maria is all of us women, and she's unlike any of us. Maria speaks for that badass, take-no-shit, perseverant and stubborn lady society has taught us to drown and quietly smother inside us. This book is definetley different from every other vampir book I've ever read. And that can only be a good thing. An ambiance that reminds me of Bolaño's 26666 - a book that made a huge impression on me - I found myself rooting for this woman who does not know how to give up, and wishing myself more like her. All the while singing Blondie's 'Maria'.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gemma Davies

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5**** I really enjoyed this book it was well written, Maria was a pregnant Mexican woman who cheated death when a group of vampire attacked the warehouse where she worked killing everyone but her instead Adam turned her but made her pretend to be dead until they were gone, unfortunately the changed caused her to mis carry she couldn't go back home and had to fake her own death and leave, Maria had no one to help her so had to go out into the world alone learning all about being a vampire making 4.5**** I really enjoyed this book it was well written, Maria was a pregnant Mexican woman who cheated death when a group of vampire attacked the warehouse where she worked killing everyone but her instead Adam turned her but made her pretend to be dead until they were gone, unfortunately the changed caused her to mis carry she couldn't go back home and had to fake her own death and leave, Maria had no one to help her so had to go out into the world alone learning all about being a vampire making new friends along the way & seeking revenge on the man who sold this to her, she was a take no shit kind of woman & even made Lucifer himself fall for her, This book has it all from love hate friendship & death

  23. 4 out of 5

    Li

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Maria was a normal pregnant Mexican woman, working in a small warehouse, with high hopes in leaving the place, until a group of vampires attacked the warehouse killing all but Maria and then turning her into one of them. Her adventure doesn't end there, it is but the first chapter in her new life as a vampire. Maria is a beautiful, take no shit woman who is getting used to being a vampire and making new friends on her journey. Even the devil falls for her. I really enjoyed this book and I would Maria was a normal pregnant Mexican woman, working in a small warehouse, with high hopes in leaving the place, until a group of vampires attacked the warehouse killing all but Maria and then turning her into one of them. Her adventure doesn't end there, it is but the first chapter in her new life as a vampire. Maria is a beautiful, take no shit woman who is getting used to being a vampire and making new friends on her journey. Even the devil falls for her. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes books on vampires. It's full of heart, strength and bravery, with a Mexican twist.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christina Montoya

    Maria The Wanted is full of twist and turns! I don’t normally read books in the vampire genre but I’m glad I read this one! It’s excellently written; the author writes that Maria is a “deadly beautiful package” and she is indeed just that. This thriller will have you viewing vampires in a totally different light then what you might expect. The family of vampires (The Keepers) you get to know in this book, are on a quest for justice! Maria the Wanted will have you on the edge of your seat with th Maria The Wanted is full of twist and turns! I don’t normally read books in the vampire genre but I’m glad I read this one! It’s excellently written; the author writes that Maria is a “deadly beautiful package” and she is indeed just that. This thriller will have you viewing vampires in a totally different light then what you might expect. The family of vampires (The Keepers) you get to know in this book, are on a quest for justice! Maria the Wanted will have you on the edge of your seat with the turn of each page. You will find yourself rooting for Maria and her entire vampire family. I can’t wait to read more books by V. Castro!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Ahhh this was so great! It's so refreshing to have a Latina protagonist who is a badass and not all stereotyped. All the cultural references are so awesome, and it made my heart happy to read a character who is relatable in so many ways. Reading this reminds me of a sexy Blade mixed with a kickass Lestat/Queen of the Damned. Toss in some Underworld and Legion vibes as well. This is not your typical vampire novel, with all the romance and fluff (though there are a few extra steamy moments), it's Ahhh this was so great! It's so refreshing to have a Latina protagonist who is a badass and not all stereotyped. All the cultural references are so awesome, and it made my heart happy to read a character who is relatable in so many ways. Reading this reminds me of a sexy Blade mixed with a kickass Lestat/Queen of the Damned. Toss in some Underworld and Legion vibes as well. This is not your typical vampire novel, with all the romance and fluff (though there are a few extra steamy moments), it's very much like watching an awesome movie. I'm so excited to see where Maria and The Keepers go from here!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Guadalupe Vieyra

    Great book!! Pick it up for Halloween!! It covers alot of themes, and as you read the story you see Maria grow into a powerful vampire! With out offering any spoilers she goes on a adventure, to find answers and finds alot more! I highly recommend this book to any one who enjoys horror, vampires, and action! Moreover if you are looking for a new twist to a classic monster!! Maria most wanted indeed!! This book will habe you, on the edge of your seat, gripping it tight! As you follow maria though Great book!! Pick it up for Halloween!! It covers alot of themes, and as you read the story you see Maria grow into a powerful vampire! With out offering any spoilers she goes on a adventure, to find answers and finds alot more! I highly recommend this book to any one who enjoys horror, vampires, and action! Moreover if you are looking for a new twist to a classic monster!! Maria most wanted indeed!! This book will habe you, on the edge of your seat, gripping it tight! As you follow maria though hard fought battles and intense sistuations!! Dont wait enjoy the books!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruben Degollado

    This book is a new twist on the urban vampire genre. Its protagonist is fully Latina and fully human. Castro manages to capture so much here, a heroine who is desperately trying to define herself while holding onto her humanity, all while being a kicka$$ avenger, righting wrongs and gaining followers who seek her out for justice. Its plot is a page turner for sure, but what drew me in were the complexities of Maria, a vamp who is unlike any we’ve seen before. I very much look forward to reading This book is a new twist on the urban vampire genre. Its protagonist is fully Latina and fully human. Castro manages to capture so much here, a heroine who is desperately trying to define herself while holding onto her humanity, all while being a kicka$$ avenger, righting wrongs and gaining followers who seek her out for justice. Its plot is a page turner for sure, but what drew me in were the complexities of Maria, a vamp who is unlike any we’ve seen before. I very much look forward to reading more from this engaging author!

  28. 5 out of 5

    D.F. Matthews

    Fantastic debut Move aside Buffy, there's a new badass in the game. Steamy, violent, and expertly crafted Maria the Wanted leaves you wanting more! Fantastic debut Move aside Buffy, there's a new badass in the game. Steamy, violent, and expertly crafted Maria the Wanted leaves you wanting more!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Koto

    This book is full of action, seduction, and darkness. The main character, Maria, is a strong Latina character that you want to root for from the very beginning. As soon as the story starts, there is action thrown your way. Maria redefines what it means to be a hero, as she deals with a conflicted conscience, setting out on a mission for truth while taking the time to help others along the way. I love Maria because she is not perfect. She gives in to her desires, but she is so believable as a cha This book is full of action, seduction, and darkness. The main character, Maria, is a strong Latina character that you want to root for from the very beginning. As soon as the story starts, there is action thrown your way. Maria redefines what it means to be a hero, as she deals with a conflicted conscience, setting out on a mission for truth while taking the time to help others along the way. I love Maria because she is not perfect. She gives in to her desires, but she is so believable as a character and I really connected with her. Really fast paced story and I loved the seamless integration of culture mixed in, which really made the story unique. I had a lot of fun reading this and look forward to a second book in the series!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mari’s Book Club

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