Friday, March 1, 2013

Sidekick Saturday [12]

Sidekick Saturday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted here by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this week's type
• Share a picture and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment

This week's sidekick type is - Foreign

My choice is Vayl (or Vasil Brancoveanu) from the Jaz Park series by Jennifer Rardin

Vayl is Jaz's vampire partner and they make quite a crime fighting pair. Vayl is so wonderful because its so difficult to get beneath his handsome surface. Bit by bit and lip twitch by laugh that is confused with burp or cough, I saw him shine through the pages in the series and he became one of my favorite parts to the story. He is so uptight in the beginning of the series, so proper and/or refined and it was such a joy to watch Jaz rub off on him. He is of Romanian descent.


“What happened?" asked Vayl.
"Cirilai hurt me. I think that means you're about to blow," I said.
He nodded, his eyes fading rapidly to black. "Deal with that," he said, his finger-flick indicating that if I didn't do something with Aaron, he'd have to. And it wouldn't be pretty.

As soon as Bergman left earshot Vayl said, "I am going to buy you some pom-poms and a short pleated skirt-"
Hey, if Bergman needs a cheerleader, that's what he's getting."
Vayl tipped his head to one side and smiled wickedly. "I was just thinking perhaps I need a cheerleader as well."
Cassandra got up. "If that's where this conversation is headed, I'm leaving."
She wants some pom-poms too," I told Vayl.
I do not!”

“Cole!" Cassandra smacked him on the shoulder.
"Wha-?" When he opened his mouth all you could see was half-chewed goo.
"How old are you?" I demanded. I threw shrimp at him and it got stuck in his tangle of wig hair. Bergman fished it out, wiped it off, and put it back on the serving dish.
"Now, that's disgusting," said Cassandra.
"Children!" Vayl's voice boomed in our ears, loud and sudden enough to make us all jump guiltily. "I trust you are all preforming actual work right now."
"Chill out, Vayl," I replied. "Bergman is just conducting an experiment to see how vampires respond to ingesting brown hair dye."
"That makes me curious, Vayl," said Cole in a sticky, goodie-between-the-gums voice that reminded me of Winnie the Pooh after a major honey binge. "Have you ever colored your hair? You know blonds have more fun."
"Not when they are in the hospital.”


  1. Now here's another interesting series I haven't read. Until about three months ago I only read, besides alien stories, normal books. Now, I'm liking paranormal creatures more than regular people lol

  2. I love that you read such a variety. Mine usually have to have some sort of magic or supernatural to hold my interest. I'm certainly a Jaz Parks fan! It's been completed for a while - there are 8 total I believe. I hope you get to enjoy it one day. Thank you for stopping by :D

  3. He sounds great. This is a new series for me. Love the quotes.

  4. I enjoyed another Sidekick Saturday. Great theme. I chose Asil from Patricia Briggs' Cry Wolf. Looks like the tour is a success, great job on that!

  5. Vayl is wonderful. I like the tough cookies to crack. If you are a Cat and Bones would really enjoy this series. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  6. I really like your choice! Thank you so much for participating with me in these. :D

  7. I've not read this series, but do want to get to it one day. :) sounds like a great pick!

  8. Thank you :D I hope you do get to enjoy this series some day!

  9. I've found a lot of cool stories and different genres on blogs, that's why I choose all kinds of books. If the only thing I knew about them was that they were about zombies or ghosts or witches, I wouldn't have picked them.


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