“Can you enter a house uninvited?”
“That would be rude.”
― Abigail Gibbs, Dinner With a Vampire
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“Can you enter a house uninvited?”
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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.
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!
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“It was my second day at the publisher Elektra and Co. I was the sole employee at a firm with management consisting of two people: Elektra and her Co. I had obtained this position by posting an advertisement as follows:
‘Recent graduate, inexperienced beginner, seeks modestly paid employment offering no challenges or responsibilities.’
I had two replies and for a short while i was gripped by decidophobia, unable to choose between translating romantic novels and correcting spelling mistakes in horoscopes.”
- The Finno-Ugrian Vampire, Noémi Szécsi
Tags: book quotes, Books, Bram Stoker, Count Dracula, diet, Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker, paranormal, undead, Vampire, Vampires, Whitby
“But he cannot flourish without this diet, he eat not as others. Even friend Jonathan, who lived with him for weeks, did never see him eat, never! He throws no shadow, he make in the mirror no reflect, as again Jonathan observe. He has the strength of many of his hand, witness again Jonathan when he shut the door against the wolves, and when he help him from the diligence too. He can transform himself to wolf, as we gather from the ship arrival in Whitby, when he tear open the dog, he can be as bat, as Madam Mina saw him on the window at Whitby, and as friend John saw him fly from this so near house, and as my friend Quincey saw him at the window of Miss Lucy.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula
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“She has man’s brain–a brain that a man should have were he much gifted–and woman’s heart. The good God fashioned her for a purpose, believe me when He made that so good combination.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula
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“Oh, the terrible struggle that I have had against sleep so often of late; the pain of the sleeplessness, or the pain of the fear of sleep, and with such unknown horror as it has for me! How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula
Tags: book quotes, Books, English, English language, language, Mark Forsyth, meanings, The Horologicon, Vampire, Words
“Now is the zwoddery time when you wish that you had invested in thicker curtains, for the sun is insistent, and you are one of those lucifugous creatures that avoids sunlight like a vampire, or a badger. Lucifugous (or light-fleeing) is a word that is usually applied to sins and demons, but it can just as well refer to somebody making a tactical retreat beneath the duvet because they cannot endure the gaze of heaven.”
- The Horologicon: A day’s jaunt through the lost words of the English Language, by Mark Forsyth
Tags: Aaron, Book, Book Reviews, Books, Control freak, Escort, Male prostitution, Michelle, New York, Nightclub, reviews, Sex, Sex industry, sexuality, The Nightlife - New York, The Nightlife Series, Travis Luedke, Vampire, Vampires
I have just finished reading “The Nightlife – New York” by Travis Luedke.
This novel is the first in The Nightlife Series about vampires. The book description reads as follows:
“Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, gangs, pimps and corrupt cops, the Nightlife of New York is never boring.
Is she a beautiful blond guardian angel as he imagined, or something else entirely? When Michelle saves Aaron’s life she shares the benefits of her blood––after getting him shot accidentally. He awakes a changed man, living in a purgatory of eternal night, never to see the sunrise again.
Michelle drags Aaron through a hardcore learning curve of vampiric slavery. Forced to adapt to servitude, he is subject to her authority of compulsion. She orders him around like a puppet on a string, a dog on a very short leash. First things first, he must learn to feed properly without creating bloodslaves (humans addicted to the powerful drug-like effect of their venomous bite).
And then she puts him to work––a male escort in the sex trade––same as Michelle. Aaron walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intensely erotic sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. It’s do or die, Michelle vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control. Amidst all these shocking and degrading adjustments, Aaron finds he’s falling in love.
Can he maintain her rules and keep a sliver of his humanity intact? Innocence is a luxury few can afford in the decadent nightlife of New York. In a world where sex, blood, and power over women is so readily accessible, Aaron struggles against the predatory instincts deeply rooted in his new psyche. He must find his way quickly, practicing rigid self-control, or risk the consequences of Michelle’s wrath.”
Aaron is a genuinely nice fellow, still hung up on his ex-girlfriend who recently left him, working in a diner and living with his typical laddish flatmate. Then his life changes rather abruptly and suddenly he finds himself living as a vampire under the control of the incredibly sexy French vampire, Michelle. Michelle has a troubled past, knowing what it is like for Aaron being new to the life of a vampire and having to succumb to her commands. She struggles to let anyone in, but in Aaron she finds a new friend who shows her that things don’t have to be the way she thinks they should be.
There is a layer of tension built up from the incident at the beginning with two cops who want to find the pair and punish them, and the cops track them down and there is a rather horrific showdown which changes everything. I really hated the cops and really hoped they would get taught a lesson!
The vampires do adhere to the stereotype with being immortal, beautiful and indestructable, and needing to sleep during the day so they don’t burn in the sunlight. However, the difference in this novel is that the vampires’ sexuality is exaggerated with the orgasm-inducing properties of their venom when they bite other vampires and humans. There is a LOT of sex in this novel, with Michelle showing Aaron all the benefits of being immortal and almost indestructable, and several scenes of sexual contact with the more breakable humans as escorts. After a while it gets a little bit boring. However, it’s interesting to see how the boundaries between lust and love are stretched through the novel.
There are a few things which i didn’t like about this novel. I really hated a scene near the end which is really shocking and kind of put me off liking vampires! Also, there are a few too many clichés in the book, they’re not really necessary to the plot!
I give this book 6/10 because, despite the original and gripping plot, the constant sex scenes started to grate on me and the scene with Aaron’s ex-girlfriend at the end was a little bit too disturbing. It is a good novel, don’t get me wrong, but i’m not sure i could read it again. If you like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, then this might be a good novel for you to read, as it’s a bit of both!
Note: I read this in ebook format. The next book is available now, “The Nightlife – Las Vegas”.