|(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)|
London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society, and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Unnerved, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a secret world at the margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of one of the country’s preeminent and mysterious institutions: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the most ambitious, and most dangerous, men in England.
Love. Love. Love. I absolutely fell in deep with Lauren Owen's novel, The Quick. A slow-paced, well written gothic story set during the Victorian era that is chock full of vampires - how could I not love this book?
The Quick is a terrific mixture of adventure, mystery, and the supernatural. Told through the perspectives of the vampire and the quick (non-vampires), we get the ins and outs of the history of the vampire (rules, experiences, powers), along with "the quick's" own mission to not only survive living amongst the undead but also fight them if necessary (which it always is). We also get to experience London in all its glory - the exciting, fast-paced big City and its dark, ominous underbelly. With such vivid details, you can almost smell the dank and grimy streets being described - which I loved (made the story feel even more authentic). Plus, Owen does such a wonderful job of creating fully developed characters, a rich plot line filled with twists and turns, and an 'edge of your seat' tone that you can't help but be mesmerized by her storytelling. Now, I realize that I'm not really giving you much in the details department, but that is because you need to read this book for yourself. All you need to know is that its not your typical vampire story and that you are in for quite a treat (family dysfunction, first love, murder, vampires, societal pressures, London, and so much more).
I would most definitely recommend The Quick to fans of Gothic fiction, and fans of vampire stories - you will love this book!
Here's the TLC Book Tour schedule for: The Quick
GIVEAWAY: Thanks to the publisher I am able to give away one copy of The Quick. Leave me a comment letting me know that you would like to be entered in the giveaway. Don't forget to include your email address, so that I can contact you in case you are the winner. Open to US residents only. Last day to enter is May 20, 2014. Good luck!!