Title: Vampires of Portlandia
Author: Jason Tanamor
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Folklore
Publication: Parliament House Press, 29 September 2020
Read: August 2020
When Marcella Leones relocates her family of aswang vampires from the Philippines to Portland, Oregon, she raises her grandchildren under strict rules so humans will not expose them. Her only wish is to give them a peaceful life, far away from the hunters and the Filipino government that attempted to exterminate them.
Before she dies, she passes on the power to her eldest grandchild, Percival. He vows to uphold the rules set forth by Leones, allowing his family to roam freely without notice. After all, they are aswangs.
However, when the aswang covenant is broken, the murder rate in Portland rises drastically. Who is behind the murders? And who is behind the broken covenant? Along with sensie Penelope Jane, Percival must find the truth.
It’s then they discover that there are other breeds of aswangs—werebeasts, witches, ghouls, and viscera—who have been residing in Portland for years.
Based on Filipino folklore (aswang), “Vampires of Portlandia” is a fantastical tale of different monsters coexisting in the weirdest city in America.
Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of Vampires of Portlandia from the author for my participation in Caffeine Book Tour’s #AswangInPortlandTour. This did not affect my opinions in any way. Lines and excerpts in this post may differ from those in the final copy of the book.
When I heard of a book about a family of vampires living in Portland, I’m intrigued. When I discovered that the vampires were based on the Philippines’ aswangs, I’m sold. Seriously, you could give me any book with the tiniest fraction of Filipino mythology and folklore, and I will gladly throw my money at it.
That’s why I signed up for this book tour as fast as I could. What followed was a roller coaster of things involving a family of vampires, a panganay (oldest sibling) with new responsibilities, insta-loves, and a civil war. Now I present to you a couple of quotes from the book!
Jason Tanamor is the critically acclaimed author of the novels “Anonymous” and “Drama Dolls.” His new novel “Vampires of Portlandia” is a NA urban fantasy about Filipino folklore – aswang. His writings have appeared in more than 250 publications. He’s interviewed personalities such as Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Pete Rose, and Dane Cook, and has covered U.S. President Barack Obama. Tanamor currently lives and works in the Portland, Oregon area.
Have you read Vampires of Portalndia? How was it? What other books based on folklore and mythology do you like?