Book Review #23: The Dark Heroine: Dinner With A Vampire by Abigail Gibbs

One moment can change your life forever…

A chance encounter on a darkened street draws Violet Lee 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 lives for pleasure alone. A place from which there was no escape…no matter how hard Violet tries.

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

Violet and Kasper surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds–but it’s a passion that comes with a price.”

I remember Christmas of 2009 was the first time I discovered Wattpad, an online area where aspiring authors share their works for feedback from fans.  During that time, I also discovered a little story called “Dinner With A Vampire: Did I Mention I’m Vegetarian?” Immediately I was immersed in the supernatural world that Gibbs created and I was inspired to start writing myself.

After months, and soon, years of avid reading and enjoying this book, it was announced that it was going to be published! As soon as it came out in March of this year, I quickly snagged myself a copy and almost immediately dug back into the world of Violet and the Varns.

To put it simply, The Dark Heroine: Dinner With A Vampire novel was written with such grace and the writing flowed exceptionally well. Some people can be put off about the switching of perspectives between Violet and Kaspar, however, it doesn’t hinder the story in the slightest.

Violet is the main character, and she holds her own when it came to her being held hostage in a mansion full of vampires. I found no annoyances with her character that could be attributed with heroines in certain other vampire novels (*hint hint* Twilight). Like Violet, you are introduced first hand to this interesting world of vampires and their surprising human world connection.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is invested in any supernatural novels, (this could count as a late YA novel as there is some sexual content). You will not be disappointed, I assure you.

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Book Review #14: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

“Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasent, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him-despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything-and everyone-she trusts.”

Oh, boy. When I first picked up this book and read the description I felt like it was going to be long and typical, and I was partially right. Nora hits some bumps in the road with her relationship with Patch, setting the scene for a nod at ‘Twilight’ (I mean really, dark, moody stalker you fall in love with first book and second you break off because he has his own issues). Most of the beginning of this novel was her whining about how she could fix things with Patch, and hoping they were still together, and they end up meeting again and she makes it all worse and beats herself up more.

And then there’s this introduction to a new character, Scott, who is basically another copy of Patch, yet more cocky and pushy. The plot deepens throughout the novel, yet some points are easily predicted. One thing that constantly annoys me is that Nora takes in important information, or easy clues and completely forgets about it, and when she’s told about it, she acts shocked. So the deeper, Angelic/Nephilim plot under the fog of the crappy romance plot was the part of it that shined through and made me read on.

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Book Review #13: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

“For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen-and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.”

This is my second time reading this book, and I find myself still entranced by suspense and mystery when I read it. Obviously, there is now too much of the cliche supernatural romance stories now that some people can’t stand and blame it on things like Twilight.

I find the whole ‘fallen angel’ concept interesting. A good break from the bajillion and a half vampire books out there, no matter how good they are, (ironic, since I’m writing one). I’m not religious by any standpoint, I don’t go to church or anything like that. I’m agnostic, I’m open to things beyond us, even if I don’t believe in god specifically.  I find the fallen angel thing a fresh new topic that will eventually get old, but for now let’s enjoy it while we can.

For this story, you’ve got your typical good girl (possibly a Mary-Sue), who has a promiscuous friend. Eventually you have a dark, mysterious boy, that the girl has a lust for, who could be a major stalker/serial killer/pedo, (do angels have a defined age?).  You’ve got all that but, when you throw a few other characters in to mess up the clockwork. You don’t know who could be following Nora, intent on possibly killing her. It’s a mixed bag of characters who don’t show any hints on their past, which make this mostly a big guessing game, that honestly still surprised me when the shit hit the fan.

Except for the typical background love story and the boringness of the main character, I really liked this story. After reading large books with a heavy and complicated plot, this was a nice break. None too complicated and none to toned down to the non-readers. The cover is honestly beautiful, but don’t pick up this book if you are picky about the typical love plots and are looking for an complex story.

I’m not picky, to be honest. There’s just something about the rebels and the mysterious guys that attract my interest and the silly love stories.

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