Monday, March 18, 2013

Blog Tour: The Dark Heroine (Dinner with a Vampire) by Abigail Gibbs

Author: Abigail Gibbs
Publisher: Harper voyager
Date of Publication: October 2012

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 matter how hard Violet tries.

The Dark Heroine is a unique take on the vampire genre.  In fact, the author has used this first book to set up several worlds filed with dark creatures.  For the most part I enjoyed the book. It was pretty well written and moved at a good pace.  I was intrigued from the start.  I loved Violet and admired her spunk   I felt badly for her situation.  I'm not sure I would have taken it all as well as she did. I liked the Prophecy of the Dark Heroines.  I am eager to learn more about them and how they will save the world.

The problem I had with the book was that Violet is only 17 when the story begins, but she just seems much older to me.  Especially for the situations that the author puts her in.  Fantasy or not, reading about the almost rape of a teenager just made me uncomfortable.  I also really had a hard time liking Kasper.  I mean days after her almost rape, he forces her to let him drink her blood using forceful seduction. That made me cringe.  He did redeem himself a bit in the end. I read somewhere that this would be the sexiest romance I would read of the year.  Honestly, I didn't see it.  Kasper and Violet have a long way to go before I would believe in their HEA.  Their attraction didn't exactly sizzle off the pages.

The book ends leaving me with some questions that I hope will be answered in the next book. I would hesitate to call this a YA book. There is a pretty brutal almost rape scene and sex in the book.  I'd keep it to over 16 for sure.  I look forward to the next book in August of this year.

About the author:

Abigail Gibbs was born and raised in deepest, darkest Devon. She is currently studying for a BA in English at the University of Oxford and considers herself a professional student, as the real world is yet to catch up with her. Her greatest fear is blood and she is a great advocate of vegetarianism, which logically led to the writing of her first novel, Dinner With A Vampire. At age fifteen, she began posting serially online under the pseudonym Canse12, and after three years in the internet limelight, set her sights towards total world domination. She splits her time between her studies, stories and family, and uses coffee to survive all three.

Wattpad page, Facebook page, Facebook group for Dinner With a Vampire.


Demitria said...

Sounds very interesting!! Will definitely check it out!

New follower.....

trish said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts as part of the tour!