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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Creature of the Night by Anne Stinnett - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Every year the reality TV show Creature of the Night gives one person the privilege to become a vampire. Vampires have been living out in the open for years now. Some humans have accepted the fact that they're here and others protest against the things vampires do, like drinking blood. All the contestants have to face up to the challenges until only one remains who'll become a creature of the night. This year the challenges are even more gruesome then before and the audience is loving it. Who will come out as the winner?

All contestants signed a contract before they could participate on the show, however nobody really knows what will happen. During the show they all live together in a mansion and also the people who get eliminated stay there until the end. Everyone has their own story and in order to win they shouldn't become friends. What will happen when the challenges demand the contestants to show their dark side?

The judges and the host are all vampires. They vary in age and character and not all of them are very good in restraining their needs. Weaknesses are brutally punished and I was fascinated by the way the audience reacted to this cruelty. The contestants differed from one another and this made the outcome of some of the challenges very unexpected. I loved to get to know the contestants better and to find out who would put everything on the line to beat the others.

Creature of the Night is a terrifying story about humans who are willing to do everything to become immortal. I loved it how Anne Stinnett gives her characters plenty of depth to and that she skillfully wrote about why they chose to be on this reality TV show. Creature of the Night has a fast pace which kept me entertained throughout the whole story. I'm a big fan of creepy stories and loved this surprisingly scary book which kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.


If you like to read a thrilling story about vampires and the eagerness to become one, Creature of the Night would be a perfect choice.

About Anne Stinnett

Anne Stinnett was born in Los Angeles where she spent most of her first decade reading books and playing in traffic. Eventually, she learned the foolishness of frolicking amongst moving vehicles, but she is still a voracious reader of multiple genres. After growing up in California, she moved around a bit, eventually landing in Albuquerque. She graduated from the University of New Mexico, with a major in English and a minor in Theater Arts. She now lives in Palm Springs, California with her freeloader canine friends Sirius (yes, Black) and Midge, who occasionally allow her to get some writing done.



1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and have always been a book lover. My favorite things to do are reading and hanging out with my dogs. I’m not generally a domestic goddess, but about twice a year I do make a highly edible lasagna.

2) What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day is going to my day job, where I work as a veterinary technician. In short, I give comfort, shots, and assist the doctors while trying my best not to get peed on. The last is the biggest challenge.

3) In Creature of the Night the contestants compete to become a vampire. Which of the contestant resembles you the most?

I think Emily is the contestant who resembles me the most. We’re both avid readers and we both tend to play things close to the vest. Another similarity is that Emily isn’t chatty. She doesn’t feel the need to talk just to fill a silence.

4)When things go bump in the night, what would be your first thought and course of action?

I listen first. Usually a dog is to blame. Occasionally, I will drag myself out of bed to investigate, but a lot of bumps are nothing much. I’m still waiting for that magical dark night when Vlad finally shows up.

5) What makes your heart beat faster?

The thought that I’ve forgotten something I was supposed to do, or done something wrong.

6) Could you describe the main characters of Creature of the Night in 7 words each?

Emily: Knows her books, but what of life?

Delia: Men want her. As does everyone else.

Vlad: Like your pervy uncle, but with fangs.

Madeline: Has much to offer, but no interest.

Donovan: The guy you warn your daughter about.

Brett: Loves the world, but it doesn’t reciprocate.

Cassie: You almost want to root for her.

Lola: Great at her persona, because it’s true.

Portia: Just wants the recognition she planned on.

Chaz: Wants nothing more than to be adored.

Nodin: Eternity is hard when you’re not cool.

Edmund: Why can we not all just…Ugh.

Chaz: Predator’s heart with a boy band face.

Celeste: I want to die. Wait! Oh fuck.

Stewart: Gave them his life. For no appreciation.

Ollie: If you don’t know yourself, be whatever.

Jeff: A true believer. Until the facts hit.

Kannon: The envy of his peers. Or was.

7) Which monster do you fear the most?

I love the monsters. I guess I would have to say zombies, though. Traditionally, they’re known for their relentlessness, which is scarier because it’s so mindless. I feel like it’s harder to anticipate the actions of someone or something that’s not thinking.

8) What’s the inspiration behind Creature of the Night?

Reality tv was the inspiration. I’m fascinated with how people behave on reality television shows, and also with the fact that they’re so popular because people ostensibly want to watch real people. To me, Creature of the Night type scenario is, given, of course, the existence of vampires, inevitable.

9) How did your writing journey start?

I’ve wanted to write in some form since I was young. I dabbled a bit, but wasn’t serious enough to write my first book for quite a while. I think that journey started at the point that I realized maybe I could actually sit down and just write until I had a book. Before that, it was a lot of wanting to magically be a writer without the actual writing. So, I guess my writing journey started when I actually picked up a laptop.

10) What are your plans for the future?

I plan to continue writing. I’m working on a couple projects currently.


Two very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive digital copies of Creature of the Night by Anne Stinnett.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Thanks for a good interview Anniek. It's always interesting to read about an author, how their writing journey started, the characters they invent and other little bits of knowledge. I can't imagine ever having the patience, courage nor ability to write a book myself, despite constantly having a book in my hand and loving to read.

  2. love an interesting and gripping read just like this!

  3. Creature of the Night sounds like a dark satire of reality TV and vampires and will appeal to those who enjoy their humour with a large dose of the macabre.

  4. Sounds grotesquely interesting. Love it!

  5. Love the sound of this. Much better than some reality shows we have on the TV these days.

  6. I replied to the email that sent, but have not recieved my digital.