A Dunn Kelly Mystery- Book One
Author: David Wood
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 4 hours, 4 minutes
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction, Mystery, Humor
Release Date: April 17, 2013
Publisher: Gryphonwood Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Delilah Idaho has been in show business since the age of three. She is now seventeen and is a “Pop Princess”. Delilah notices a wrinkle on her forehead just before going onstage on the last night of her musical tour.
A wrinkle at age seventeen? Well, most people would just ignore it, but to Delilah Idaho it is a HUGE problem. She is terrified of aging and of losing her looks as she ages. She wants to be able to stay young and beautiful forever. However, that is not an option. Everyone ages, right?
When Delilah throws a temper tantrum backstage, her father (and Manager) Buddy J offers her a solution.
He offers Delilah the chance to never age; to never grow old; to remain eighteen forever.
How the heck is he going to be able to pull off this seemingly impossible feat?
Well, by producing a reality show of course. What better way to accomplish her goal!
Dunn Kelly’s Mom left him and his father ten months ago and his father has been dealing with it by drowning his sorrow with alcohol.
As the only Special Populations detective on the small town police force, Dunn’s dad’s responsibilities usually consist of freeing zombies tangled in turnstiles, checking rabies tags on werewolves, and sweeping up vampires who oversleep when moon bathing. But when Delilah Idaho and the cast and crew of her new reality show breeze into town to start filming “You Suck” Dunn’s life gets even more interesting.
The reality television show features vampires, from a new, sparkly kind to the old school kind of vampire.
Each vampire is competing for the privilege of biting Delilah, thus keeping her young and beautiful forever.
But a murderer is loose on the set and it’s up to Dunn to save his father’s job and solve the mystery.
To complicate his life even more, his teacher is hitting on him, the football coach hates him and he might lose his spot on the swim team. Dunn’s life, like the television show, sucks.
What does NOT suck is this audiobook. The title made me a bit skeptical as to how good (or not) this audiobook would be. A vampire book entitled “You Suck”? I thought it might be a typical young adult book where the vampires are all gorgeous and they have glamorous lives. This audiobook is not like that at all. YOU SUCK actually crosses many genres. It is Young Adult, but it also Paranormal Fiction as well as Humorous Fiction. I loved it. A few times I actually laughed out loud.
Despite the humorous twists this book actually tackles a few socially relevant issues such as the obsession of people with their appearance and the lengths to which people will go to retain or enhance their physical beauty.
Bullying and racial discrimination as well as alcoholism are also issues that appear in this audiobook.
Narrator Jeffrey Kafer has a very clear way of speaking which I appreciate. I was able to understand every spoken word which is not always the case with audiobook narrators. It is obvious that Jeffrey Kafer did his homework before recording the final narration of “You Suck”.
I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐
The book ends with a set- up for the next book in the series. I will be listening to book two.
I believe that kids from middle grades to young adults will enjoy this audiobook. It is also a fun read for adults.