“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