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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs

The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire
by Abigail Gibbs
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-224873-2
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Description: 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...


The Good Stuff
  • Fabulous first chapter - it hooked me in. It was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat
  • Unique take on the vampire genre
  • Some fabulous uses of humour
  • Love the cover 
  • Interesting idea that at least kept me reading even-though I really disliked all of the characters
  • See some potential in the writer. She is only 16 and wrote a book, that is pretty impressive. However, she needs more experience, not a book deal.  Again I am not a writer, so who am I to judge

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Kaspar is a dirt bag people. He is abusive, controlling and he threatens to rape Violet - hello this is not a "bad boy" this is a creap
  • Story jumps around so much I completely lost interest quite early on.  I refuse to give a dnf when a book is sent to me for review - but honestly I almost gave up a couple of times
  • Girly - seriously - Girly as a term of endearment - ick ick ick!
  • No one but the police and government know about vampires -- yeah, cause that really makes sense
  • character development is erratic.  One moment Lyla is an instant best friend and 30 second later she is a total jealous bitch - way too stereotypical for my tastes
  • This genre is awkward. Not really YA and not mature enough for fiction. This will be really difficult to sell.
  • Way too many questions and not enough answers - and honestly I really don't care because I am not emotionally invested in anyone
  • Sex scenes are not hot. After reading middle grade and teen I was looking forward to reading something a little bit passionate - but yeah, not so much
  • Vampires are how old - yet still act juvenile (Hell I am 42 and not mature -- but even I would not act that way)
  • Repetitive - this book could have used some serious editing
  • Sorry I am a Mom - if my child acted like Violet I would lock her in her room - seriously this is not a healthy relationship -- this is not romance people - this is abusive
  • Nothing really makes any sense -- Violet is a vegetarian - but barely reacts when her love interest kills a girl with no guilt
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Twenty-four hours ago I would have laughed at that thought. Vampires were works of fiction meant to frighten children. Vampires were mythical creatures girls drooled over. They weren't made to be real."

"And if you are thinking of bumping me off, feeding me garlic bread will just make my breath smell; buying me a necklace with a cross on it will just make me look religious; and giving me a shower in holy water will make me smell very pleasant."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Um -  if you liked the Twilight series, 50 Shades of Grey or Beautiful Disaster - you probably will enjoy this one
  • Yeah -  if you like your heroines strong and your love interest not a potential rapist - I guarantee you will not enjoy this

2 Dewey's

I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review -- sorry guys I had to be honest

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