Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Dark Heroine: Dinner With A Vampire by Abigail Gibbs

about book:

Do you fear me, Violet Lee?
Do you know what I can do to you?

A chance encounter on a deserted street plunges Violet into a world beyond her wildest imaginings - a world of elegance and beauty where aristocratic vampires live for decadent pleasures...a place from which their is no escape...

But beneath the splendor lies a darkness, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous heir to the throne, Kaspar Varn.

As Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds, they soon discover that it's a passion that comes at a price...

my thoughts:

Writing:  Too much of it.

Story:  Predictable and uninspired.

Overall:   Very Putdownable.

I loved the Twilight books and appreciated them for their story lines (and the movies they inspired).   So, when I saw this book offered on tour, I jumped at the chance.  After all, who doesn't love a vampire story, especially one that has been touted as "The Sexiest Romance You'll Read This Year" (yep, that statement is plastered on the front cover of the book)?  Well, let me be the one to tell you - don't hold your breath.

The Dark Heroine is definitely not the sexiest book you will read this year (or ever for that matter), and the vampire story line is not as exciting as I had hoped it would be.  I just wanted a fun read to get lost in, and instead found myself stuck in a book that seemed to never end.  Clocking in at 532 pages, this book was in dire need of a much stricter editor.  The writing was not bad, there was just too much of it.  And as for the characters, well they were not nearly as interesting as I had hoped.  Violet was the typical damsel in distress with the annoyance volume turned up way too high; and Kaspar, the vampire, was a complete and utter jerk who loved to use the threat of violence to get his point across.  I found the whole dynamic between the two to be off-putting and did not enjoy reading about them at all.  Overall, I really wish I has just DNFed this book.

Now, I hate to be so negative in my post, so I will let you know that the one positive I found with regards to the novel was the author herself.  Why?  Well, as a teen, Gibbs' wrote Dinner With A Vampire (which became The Dark Heroine) on Wattpad where it garnered so much attention that HarperCollins came a calling and offered her a book deal.  And now at eighteen, she has one published book under her belt, a sequel in the works, and is attending Oxford University - not too shabby, eh?

Here's a link to the TLC Book Tour page for The Dark Heroine - check it out (there are some glowing reviews of this book)!

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Bellezza said...

Perhaps he vampire theme has been overdone. I remember how after the success of Harry Potter every children's book seemed to be about a boy wizard. That's why it's so refreshing when an author takes up a new idea. 532 pages is too long for just about any book unless it was written in the 19th century. I felt the same way about Picoult's House Rules. Where was the editor?!

Nadia said...

Bellezza, exactly! I swear we always seem to be on the same page when it comes to books :)

The Relentless Reader said...

Too bad this one didn't work. Since the author is so young it's almost understandable. Hopefully she'll have a long career ahead of her and really find her groove! ;)

Nadia said...

Jennifer, that's what I was thinking. :)