Book Review – Bloodlust & Bonnets

Bloodlust & Bonnets
by Emily McGovern

Bloodlust & Bonnets
by Emily McGovern

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Book Description:

Set in early nineteenth-century Britain, Bloodlust & Bonnets follows Lucy, an unworldly debutante who desires a life of passion and intrigue—qualities which earn her the attention of Lady Violet Travesty, the leader of a local vampire cult. 
But before Lucy can embark on her new life of vampiric debauchery, she finds herself unexpectedly thrown together with the flamboyant poet Lord Byron (“from books!”) and a mysterious bounty-hunter named Sham. The unlikely trio lie, flirt, fight, and manipulate each other as they make their way across Britain, disrupting society balls, slaying vampires, and making every effort not to betray their feelings to each other as their personal and romantic lives become increasingly entangled.
Both witty and slapstick, elegant and gory, Emily McGovern’s debut graphic novel pays tribute to and pokes fun at beloved romance tropes, delivering a joyous, action-packed world of friendship and adventure.

My Take:

This book is so good!

I’ve mentioned before that my favorite book is Pride and Prejudice and I love the regency era in fiction, so when I learned Emily McGovern (My Life as a Background Slytherin) wrote a whole book set in regency England, I knew I needed it.

Aside from the great plot, the amazing characters, and the excellent climax and resolution of the story [yeah – aside from all of that], an additional entertaining point of the book is recognizing or identifying the tropes the author uses. Is that a line from Jane Eyre? Are we wandering though haunted moors like Wuthering Heights? Are we on an acid trip in the American 1960s?!?!?!


There is plenty of flouncing, dramatic sighing, and swooning to keep you entertained from the first page to the last.

Favorite Lines

Usually, young ladies have all sorts of qualms....
Nope, none.
Welcome to my palatial home. Just kindly refrain from touching or sitting on anything.
Bring me my bonnet.

The Final Verdict

SK Book Rating Scale

My rating: 5 stars

Would I recommend? Yes


My Life as a Background Slytherin by Emily McGovern


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