Posts Tagged ‘violence’

So many terrible things are happening in the world these days, especially recently with so much violence happening on the streets of places where the peace is rarely broken.

My heart goes out to all those people killed and their loved ones who are affected.

I can’t help but think that it is horrendous that the peace is being shattered by a few idiots (for lack of a better word), who have some twisted belief system where they think they can justify killing innocent people by saying their God told them to.

I’m a “live and let live” sort of person, who believes that everyone can (and has the right to) believe whatever they want, but as long as they don’t try to force their beliefs on others. I understand that religion is complicated and that there are many different shades of grey and things are rarely ever black and white. I, myself, was brought up in a Christian country and went to a Church of England school but my family isn’t religious. I only go to church for christenings, weddings and funerals, and also because I love their architecture and beauty. I have beliefs that are loosely tied to the church but I don’t take anything too seriously. I like to keep an open mind and find what’s best for me.

However, I see one thing in plain black and white: KILLING PEOPLE IS WRONG. Whether they are innocent or not.

So what if someone drew a cartoon to mock your religion? You don’t go and shoot them in revenge.

I can’t believe that people can get up in the morning and think “I’m going to go and shoot people today”.

Why not just read a book instead? Or watch television? Or spend time with your loved ones? Life is too short to take something things too seriously.

There are loads of amazing books out there. Ok, so maybe reading things that mock your religion isn’t going to help matters, but hey, YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO LOOKING FOR THAT SORT OF THING IN THE FIRST PLACE!

I like to escape from the world by reading a good book. Harry Potter is good: it taught me that love is the most important thing in life.

Books teach us many important life lessons, including how to respect ourselves and others around us. Don’t just read one book and see the world from one single viewpoint – read lots of different books with lots of different viewpoints. If you can’t find something good to read, then ask around! Or watch a nice film or something. Just don’t take anything too seriously and let it drive you to do terrible things.

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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!