Posts Tagged ‘Vampires’

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Eight sparkly vampires!

The Cullens from “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer

Seven deadly Horcruxes,

Six Lost Boys,

Five Famous Friends,

Four Little Women,

Three Weird Sisters,

Two Lovers’ Daemons,

And Mr Darcy in a wet shirt!

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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.

“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!

I have just finished reading “No Such Thing As Immortality” by Sarah Tranter.

No Such Thing As Immortality – by Sarah Tranter (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads as follows:

“I will protect you until the day I die … forever!

A vampire does not have to feel any emotion not of his choosing. And Nathaniel Gray has spent two hundred years choosing not to feel. But when he accidentally runs Rowan Locke off the road, he is inexplicably flooded with everything she’s feeling, and that’s rage, and lots of it.

He is consumed with the need to protect Rowan at all costs, including from himself. To Nate what is happening is unthinkable, and is pretty much as unbelievable as the existence of faeries.

But you see, there is no such thing as … immortality.

This is Nate’s story …”

You may think “Oh no, not another vampire book” but it’s actually quite good. Sure, you could see similarities between this and other vampire novels, but there is enough originality to make it work as vampire novel in its own right.

Nate is just a normal vampire with a family which cares about him and a decent portfolio of property. When he accidentally causes a car crash with a human being, he suddenly finds himself unable to tear himself away from protecting the fragile human, Rowan. We so discover that her background is not as normal and human as you would think and this brings so many questions to the surface about who she is, who her family is, and whether Nate and his family are the only supernatural beings around.

There are similarities between this and other novels, such as:

1) Nate’s surname is Grey, he is very rich, and he manages to wrangle it so  Rowan is working for him. Hello, “Fifty Shades of Grey” much?

2) Nate’s vamp family are a little similar to the Cullens in “Twilight”: His sister Elizabeth is a bit like Alice Cullen but with Rosalie’s desire for children despite being a vampire. James and Frederick are like mixtures of the male vamps in “Twilight”.

3) The vampires have certain powers: they can all read each other’s minds, and they can charm humans by turning on their charming powers.

4) Nate is a bit of a control freak because he can’t bear to see Rowan hurt herself or let anyone else get too close to her.

Differences:

1) No actual sex, just references and sexual tension.

2) Weird Faerie magical people. There is no definite conclusion on what they are though.

3) Several nasty characters after Rowan: one human, one not-so-human.

4) We get the vampire’s view of the story between him and the human Rowan.

4) Rowan is a grown woman and has a very fiery temperament and stubborn independence. She’s not pathetic at all and holds her own in arguments pretty well!

5) Most importantly, the characters are all around 30 years old (or at least they were before they became vampires), and not teenagers!

What amuses me is that there’s a tiny reference to stupid sparkly vampires in the middle of the novel, as if taking the mickey out of “Twilight”!

Rowan is a great female character who won’t be pushed around, and has been through several traumatic experiences which have toughened her against the world. She is a very headstrong and independent woman with a good job and is very intelligent, which makes her a good match for Nate. The extra tension created through Nate taking over as her boss at work is interesting to read about, as we get to see the professional sides of Rowan and Nate and to see how they deal with that aspect.

The nasty characters who cause trouble for the couple include the nasty human ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer and keeps harassing Rowan, and the dangerous Faerie-type man who tries to influence Rowan at work in his position within the company they both work for and then tries to destroy her and Nate. You know these characters are horrible and you want them to be taken out!

In conclusion, i give this novel 8/10 because it is funny in places, fairly original, and is yet another take on vampires and how they fare around humans and other strange beings. The characters are likable and work well within the story. There are many questions raised in this novel, and while many are answered, there are quite a few left unresolved. I also felt compelled to read more about the characters when the book ended a little too abruptly for me! Nonetheless, it’s a good book!