Zen and the Art of Vampires (Dark Ones Series #6)

Zen and the Art of Vampires (Dark Ones Series #6)

by Katie MacAlister

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Overview

Is it possible to love two vampires at the same time?

View our feature on Katie MacAlister’s Zen and the Art of Vampires.

Pushing forty and alone, Pia Thomason heads to Europe on a singles tour, hoping to find romance. What she finds are two very handsome, very mysterious, and very undead men. And she learns that where vampires are concerned, love isn’t the only thing at stake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451225603
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Series: Dark Ones Series , #6
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Katie MacAlister lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online game sites.

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“Wickedly hot.”—Romance Reviews Today

“Fiendishly fun.”—Booklist

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Zen and the Art of Vampires (Dark Ones Series #6) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Alice-Von-Hoobie-Doobie More than 1 year ago
I insist on reading my series' in order, and it's been at least a few months since I read a Dark Ones novel. I needed a light romance, so I went with the next in line. I immediately remembered why I love Katie MacAlister so much and regretted waiting so long between books. The romance isn't predictable, the action is intriguing, and of course, the sex is hot and plentiful. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I wasn't overly pleased with the ending - but not in a bad way. It just forced me to start the next one - literally - in the middle of the night! I'm only sorry that I'm reaching the end of the series... I hope she keeps writing these as fast as she can!
Lisa Demetrius More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The ending surprised me and its as if Katie Macalister wanted to keep you on the edge of your seat. She further compliments this book by giving you 'Crouching Vampire Hidden Fangs' the second book related to Pia Thompson the heroine the object a Dark Ones affection in both books. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm sure you will too.
bookaholicsf More than 1 year ago
I did not get this book, not at all what I thought I'd be, Have read lots of vampire books that beat this one.
Romance_Fanatic More than 1 year ago
I purchased this as an ebook because of all the high reviews. I want my money back! Pia is soooo annoying as well as all of the other characters that I just want to b*!*ch slap them. Ughh... What happened, Katie? Did the publisher push you to cut this story into two books? There is no happy ending. Just Kristoff with a hang-up for his dead girlfriend and a rejected Pia. If only I had known this is part of a two books for one couple deal, I could have saved my money and borrowed this from the library. Stupid me, I got suckered by the reviews.
BookFiend6 More than 1 year ago
I love all of Katie MacAlister's books! This one was just as funny and charming as all of her other novels. I like how she uses more realistic characters for her protagonists. Pia is a very real woman, who has all of the insecurities that most women-excluding supermodels-have in today's society. I thought that she was easy to relate to, so this book was more real to me. Of course, the Dark Ones are hot! I loved both Alec and Kristoff, and I can't help but think who wouldn't want to be in Pia shoes with two sexy vampires after her? The ghosts are funny, something extra that I am glad MacAlister added in this book to make it more comedic. Either way, I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for just a relaxing, non-thought provoking book. This is the perfect book for a rainy day or just to leave reality for a while!
wawawell More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters, including the ghosts.
Stormy_Reader More than 1 year ago
Heavy on drama, light on the kick buttness. Good book for a change of the harsh in your face from Anita Blake or Rachael Morgan
dfour More than 1 year ago
Bored and turning Forty. Who would expect a ordinary trip to Iceland with a singles tour, could turn out to be exciting, mysterious, scary and really fun trip for Pia. What better way to meet a guy. But what Pia didn't expect in her hunt for Mr. Right was to meet Ghosts, two gorgeous Vampires and to find herself married to a Vampire. I enjoyed this wicked romp into the supernatural world of the Dark Ones. I highly recommend this trip.
adamsclan More than 1 year ago
This was the first katie mcalister book i read, although I didn't know it was #6 in the series. I couldn't put it down. It had me chuckling all through out the book, had a good continuous plot, and will be one of my favorite books for a long time. Can't wait for the second book
Silverwolfruns More than 1 year ago
This author is so funny you cry! She make us "regular sized" girls feel good to be heroines in novels! Only thing I didn't like is the continuation.....poo, so now I'm stuck waiting...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost 40, Pia Thomason decides to do something drastic to live the life she wants, specifically a husband and family. So she¿s takes off on a singles¿ tour of romantic Europe. Three days into the tour and in Iceland, she¿s put up with hearing her friend Magda have enthusiastic sex every night with Raymond and the constant griping of sour, negative Denise when things get intensely interesting. After visiting a bookstore, she bumps into and helps a young lady, Anniki, pick up the books she dropped and asks for directions. Anniki is the next Zorya, or ¿reaper¿ who helps souls to Ostri. The vampire Council has sent 2 of their Dark Ones, Alec and Kristoff, to investigate the Brotherhood that is dedicated to destroying vampires. In trying to find justice for Anniki, whose murder Pia is a suspect, Pia finds in the adventure of a lifetime or end of a lifetime. This was another fun if a bit confusing read by Katie MacAlister, mistress of hilarity.
hertz03 More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Katie MacAlister's books. I've enjoyed many of them as well. This one didn't grab my attention as well as some of the others have but it was an easy read for a lazy day. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a simple mindless read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read any of Katie MacAlister's books till I got "Zen and the Art of Vampires" for Christmas. I read it in just a few days. I wish there was a happier ending though. Pia seems to be such a good yet lonely person, I really hope she gets her happy ever after. I'll just have to wait till May 5th when "Crouching Vapire, Hidden Fang" comes out to see what happens to Pia, Kristoff, and Alec... I cant wait!!!
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
Humpf! I've been a reader of Katie MacAlister's 'Dark Ones' series--a lighthearted take on vampires--since it began. These are some very sexy vamps, but they don't have most of the supernatural powers other writers have given to their vamps. They are pretty much a group of people like others, although extremely long-lived to be sure. Those without a soul are looking for their Beloved, the one woman who can return their soul to them...but most believe a Beloved is a lot like the tooth fairy or Santa Claus! MacAlister's books, of course, tell about finding Beloveds, and her latest "Zen and the Art of Vampires" was both fulfilling and frustrating in turn. The continuing story of the Dark Ones and their world is advanced, yet the main couple don't quite get their happy ever after...yet.

Pia is an overweight, almost forty year old who feels the need to do something drastic to find her dream of home and kids before it's too late. So she signs up for a 'romance tour' of Europe. When the tour hits Iceland, she's about fed up with the snarky, spiteful blonde who's one of her tour mates, so when the blonde dares her to approach two gorgeous hunks of Viking-sized maleness, she takes the dare...but chickens out and ducks into a book store where her life takes an unexpected, and at times unbelievable turn. Within forty-eight hours, she's slept with two men and is married to two men...and one of the men she's married to isn't one of the men she slept with! She's also found out about ghosts, vampires, and a deranged quasi-religious sect and the only ones who 'appear' to be on her side are the ghosts!

I like MacAlister's writing. I 'get' her humor and there's a lot of it in here. I also like the fact that her Dark Ones don't have miraculous powers (for the most part) and instead must rely on their extensive lives for the knowledge and wit to come out on top. (Pun fully intended there) My only beef is that now I'll have to wait to get the rest of Pia's story :(
harstan More than 1 year ago
As her fortieth birthday approaches Pia Thomason decides to celebrate with a tour of Europe hoping to find a lover¿s fling across the pond. Her first stop is Iceland, but for whatever reason people calls her Zorya. Even more mysterious Pia ends up in possession of a light-producing moonstone.

Bewildered Pia finds things turn even stranger when an enigmatic group of weirdoes the Brotherhood of the Blessed Light demand she marry their Sacristan. At the same time ghosts begin to show up claiming she the guiding reaper expected to escort them to the promised land of Ostri. Wondering what else could occur on this trip that makes no sense, the Dark One Kristoff needs Pia to help him enact vengeance on the Brotherhood at the same time he wants to insure she never obtains her full power, which means he must marry her.

The latest Dark One screwball vampire romantic suspense comedy is a jocular action-packed tale. As always in this wonderful zany series, the heroine gets trapped in an out of control frenzied frolic once Kristoff meets Pia. Readers will enjoy this latest biting romp as the escapades never slow down. Katie MacAlister provides some of the zaniest paranormal tales with her Dark Ones¿ saga (see EVEN VAMPIRES GET THE BLUES; SEX, LIES, AND VAMPIRES; SEX AND THE SINGLE VAMPIRE; and THE LAST OF THE RED HOT VAMPIRES).

Harriet Klausner
bgale11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zen and the Art of Vampires is a well written book about a woman who everyone can relate to. From the beginning you like her and want her to succeed.There are several mini plots that combine for the large plot of the book.One plot you meet a 40 year old woman, Pia, on a tour of Iceland with her friends. You learn of how she despises a co-traveler and what she will do to avoid her.Another plot you find Pia being confronted by ghosts. Ghosts that only she can see as she has purchased an item that attracts the ghosts to her. With this item she takes the role of a woman called a Zoroya in the Brotherhood of the light. A role which she does not want at first.Then yet another plot Pia meets a tall dark stranger and takes him home with her. Later she finds that this man she has been with is a vampire and in the dark ones group the sworn enemies of the brotherhood. Here is where the main story begins. By having the item that attracts the ghosts she learns of the role she is deemed to play. One that will help those who have died crossover to Ostri but to cleanse those referred to as the Dark Ones.The story continues as Pia tries to balance her role as a Zoroya and still fall for one of the Vampires she meets along the way.The ending is an ending one may not expect, but I will leave that for you to find out.I recommend this book for anyone who likes romance and vampires.
mishmelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Katie MacAlister and I loved it! Even though it is book #6 in the series, I wasn't lost at all. Perhaps it is a new story line, I guess I'll have to read the others to find out. I like the way the heroine, Pia, isn't a "beautiful person" with a "perfect body" like the leads in many books of this genre. The humor has the right amount of snark-itude and I really liked the addition of the ghosts that follow Pia around. I think the story continues in Book #7, Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang, which I can't wait to read!
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and think I found a new series to catch up on. It's apparently a part of the Dark Ones series and the next one is due out in May. I can't wait as you are sort of left at a cliff hanger at the end of the book and I really want to know what happens. I kind of wonder if Magda is really who she says she is? Seems like she was too good to be true but you never know. Pia cracks me up and I can totally related to being the "big" girl and I am glad she actually ends up with several guys liking her. Her personality was funny and I had to laugh over the thoughts she says out loud by mistake. What can I say about Kristoff except I love the dark and kind of surly guys. Talk about sexy. If you are looking for some sexy and funny vampire romance this is a book for you.
Anniik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting, but in all honesty, a bit slow moving. I had problems following it in places, and the heroine's rather nonchalant reaction to the fact that she'd slept with a vampire kind of took the excitement away.That's not to say that it was a bad book; I enjoyed it, just that I've read better. I did like the heroine, and I liked the fact that she was chubby, and not the little waif type you always find in these books. Also liked the fact she wasn't a 20-something. I guess I identified with her better because of it.
BookLizard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fans of Katie MacAlister are likely to be disappointed by this novel. It presents itself as part of the Dark One series, but it's not a stand-alone romance. The characters are unlikable, the plot is unbelievable, and the humor falls flat. There's no closure at the end of the book and the storyline is going to be continued in [Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang]. Maybe the sequel will somehow redeem this book, but I don't see how it can.
averitasm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was very good like some of her other dark ones books but a new twist I liked the heroine and the hero or anti-hero as is were, fast read and nice start to a new series, a nice easy para-romantic read, You will want the next book in this series this one leaves you hanging. I haven't really found a bad book by her some are better than others but she keeps a pretty good level of writing, you do start to notice some sound like previous books but nothing really annoying, if you just want a light read to pass some time and a fun story I found her books are good for that.
Mumugrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maybe since I am sort of a linear kind of thinker that it's not a good plan for me to start a series not at the beginning, but I loathed this book so much that I have no plans to start at the beginning, or ever knowingly read another book by this author. The heroine was not amusing, clever, smart, witty, resourceful or in any way shape or form, engaging. Not to mention the remarkably unappealing vampires. Blechhhh. The heroine's stream of consciousness blather that ran for the 112 pages that I actually forced myself to get through gave me a headache and I can honestly say that it's been a while since I've come across a book that I can so wholeheartedly not recommend.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Humpf! I've been a reader of Katie MacAlister's 'Dark Ones' series--a lighthearted take on vampires--since it began. These are some very sexy vamps, but they don't have most of the supernatural powers other writers have given to their vamps. They are pretty much a group of people like others, although extremely long-lived to be sure. Those without a soul are looking for their Beloved, the one woman who can return their soul to them...but most believe a Beloved is a lot like the tooth fairy or Santa Claus! MacAlister's books, of course, tell about finding Beloveds, and her latest "Zen and the Art of Vampires" was both fulfilling and frustrating in turn. The continuing story of the Dark Ones and their world is advanced, yet the main couple don't quite get their happy ever after...yet.Pia is an overweight, almost forty year old who feels the need to do something drastic to find her dream of home and kids before it's too late. So she signs up for a 'romance tour' of Europe. When the tour hits Iceland, she's about fed up with the snarky, spiteful blonde who's one of her tour mates, so when the blonde dares her to approach two gorgeous hunks of Viking-sized maleness, she takes the dare...but chickens out and ducks into a book store where her life takes an unexpected, and at times unbelievable turn. Within forty-eight hours, she's slept with two men and is married to two men...and one of the men she's married to isn't one of the men she slept with! She's also found out about ghosts, vampires, and a deranged quasi-religious sect and the only ones who 'appear' to be on her side are the ghosts!I like MacAlister's writing. I 'get' her humor and there's a lot of it in here. I also like the fact that her Dark Ones don't have miraculous powers (for the most part) and instead must rely on their extensive lives for the knowledge and wit to come out on top. (Pun fully intended there) My only beef is that now I'll have to wait to get the rest of Pia's story :(
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CDZDZ More than 1 year ago
I love this author, if you are looking for a paranormal read that has more than the usual and top that off with a sense of humor then this is the aurthor for you. Start with the first book and just keep enjoying as the series just gets better and better. I am alway anxiously awaiting the next book. Sorry I didn't find this author and series sooner.