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Something that bugs me about books: Irritating protagonists.

Everyone has read a book which has an irritating protagonist, surely. It is a good mark of a well-written character who may remind you of some equally irritating person you know in real life, just put down on paper. Nothing wrong with that.

However, it ruins the experience of reading a little, especially when you want to throttle them!

I’ll give you some examples:

  1. Ana, Fifty Shades of Grey - She is rather pathetic, despite being fairly intelligent. I guess she is a little less experienced in the world, especially in relationships and sex, than her peers. Suddenly, she realises that getting beaten up is OK if it’s a hot, sexy, rich man doing it in a way which is pleasurable. Until she realises just how messed up he is and how she is never going to have a normal relationship with him. She annoyed me almost as much as…
  2. Bella, the Twilight saga – This girl whines on about having to move to Forks, even though she says it was her own idea. She says she loves her dad, but refuses to call him that, opting for “Charlie” when talking to everybody but him. She complains about getting presents for her birthday and celebrating her birthday because she is getting old. There is no denying this fact of life. She is happy that vampire Edward watches her sleep at night and never leaves her alone if he can help it. She does stupid things like almost killing herself in order to see hallucinations of Edward after he leaves her. She ignores the dangers and persuades Edward to have sex with her as a human, knowing that she could easily die. She obsesses about becoming a vampire, which seems like the only way to stay with Edward forever. She really has so many flaws. She says she’s not normal, and i guess the story would be boring if she was normal, but even so, she’s still a fairly normal to other people’s eyes.
  3. Emma, from the classic Jane Austen novel, Emma. - She annoys me because she is constantly trying to match-make other people, and interferes too much. She spends too much time meddling in other’s lives that she doesn’t realise the effect she has on them. Mr Knightley even tells her off for making fun of people. For someone supposedly caring about the less well-off people, she can be really bitchy! And she is really selfish, especially when she tells Harriet to refuse the marriage proposal from the guy she loves (and ends up marrying anyway!).
  4. Valentina, from Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. – She starts out so well, being the shy and quiet girl overshadowed by her domineering twin sister Julia, who nicknames her “Mouse”. Then she wants to escape her bossy sister and be with her lover, but instead of just running away, she hatches a plan to fake her death and then run away, just to sever the bond with her sister. The flaw? Her aunt’s ghost steals her body, so she ends up stuck dead, still with her sister.

Do you agree? Is there anyone else you would like to add to this list?

“Can you enter a house uninvited?”
“No.”
“Why?”
“That would be rude.” 
― Abigail Gibbs, Dinner With a Vampire

I have Just finished reading “Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine#1)” by Abigail Gibbs, a book i got free from the publisher through Twitter.

“Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1)” by Abigail Gibbs (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“One moment can change your life forever…

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape…no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price…”

I went into this book wondering what else can be done with vampires that hasn’t already been done. Well, this is the first vampire book which i’ve read which has some really horrible vampires in it!

Violet Lee accidentally witnesses a horrific mass-murder by a bunch of vicious vampires and is bundled off to the vampires’ lair which just happens to be a huge mansion full of blood, mystery and supernatural beings. And… a family of vampire royalty!

The heir to throne, Kaspar, is a true vampire, a wild child, and filthy rich. And he knows it. He is the most arrogant, horrible and vicious vampire i’ve ever read about. However, something about the human Violet starts to peel away the layers of the vampire and the spoilt rich kid on top to show a surprising gentle side underneath which isn’t seen very much. Violet and Kaspar indulge in a lot of banter which is sharp and witty but at the same time has sexual tension as well. They have a strange connection which ties them together in a way which neither was expecting.

Violet is no ordinary human, as it becomes clear that fate has an important role for her and it seems that she is doomed to become a vampire in the end. A mysterious prophecy hangs over her head and she fights against the inevitable, despite the fact she faces losing people she loves. She is a great character though, with a fiery temper and a sharp tongue, and watching her learn to live with vampires who are so hostile towards her is interesting. She is petrified of the vampires and what they could do to her and her family, and she gets in way over her head. She is faced with some life-changing decisions and tries to do what is right, although she soon realises her feelings are causing her even more problems.

The book takes a long time to explain what exactly is happening and unravels the mystery very slowly. I found myself very confused at several points, especially as Violet is supposed to be sacrificed at one point and it gets really tense but then suddenly everything changes. Things like that make this story a little disjointed, however it doesn’t stop it being ultimately a truly gripping story. The sheer amount of violence is refreshing, and it shows vampires in their true light: all lusting for sex, blood and revenge.

The prophecy about the Dark Heroines is fascinating, with two Heroines being unveiled in this book, and i really hope we get to see the rest of them if there are more books to come. It would also be interesting to see if Violet plays a further role and if she and Kaspar manage to be happy together.

I really enjoyed this book and give it 8/10 because it is original, full of mystery which keeps you guessing until the end and is really tense throughout! It’s a great vampire novel, although a little bloody and violent, but that adds to the fear factor of being a breakable and edible human in this strange world of rich, desire-driven vampires. Worth a read if you’re sick of poncy tame vampires and pathetic protagonists! I don’t want to spoil it so i won’t say much more here but it is a brilliant read!