AH’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B+
I was pleasantly surprised by The Dark Heroine: Dinner With A Vampire. While this book began as a fan fiction, it bears absolutely no resemblance to the work it was based upon – it even pokes a little fun at the original work.
The book begins and ends a little abruptly but once I got into the story, the pacing improved drastically. The story is told from two points of view: Violet Lee, a 17 year old human and Kaspar Varn, a vampire prince and heir to the throne. The points of view do not alternate so it is important to keep track of whose voice is narrating.
The world building is fascinating. Set in England, most of the story takes place in Varnley, the estate of the Varn vampire royal family. The vampire lore is a little bit different than the usual – these vampires are able to go outside during the day although their skin burns easily, they are strong and fast, and they need blood but are able to eat food, These vampires are born into this world although a few are made. The vampires are part of an inter-dimensional world of other paranormal creatures.
The writer has a good sense of humor and transfers it to her characters. I was chuckling at several parts, especially the way that Violet handles her predicament. I loved the subtle pokes at the Twilight vampires spotted on a T-shirt:
“SORRY I DON’T DO SPARKLES. BUT I WOULD TAP VAN HELSING ANY DAY.”
I was especially intrigued by the Prophecy of Heroines. The prophecy stated that nine women would unite the human and vampire world. This added an interesting aspect to the book and made it stand out for me.
With regards to the main characters, I really liked Violet. Violet was feisty. She was a free spirit, much to the disdain of the royals. She understood that her situation was tenuous and that she was basically a walking dinner amongst all the vampires. I loved her inner dialogue, too.
Kaspar was a little annoying. A gorgeous and reluctant heir to the throne, Kaspar had a regal arrogance around him. I had to cringe every time he called Violet “Girly.” It just seemed out of place for his type of character. I think I would have been less offended had he just called her “Human.”
This book claims to be “..the sexiest romance you’ll read this year…” Hmm….I’m not too sure about that. I really didn’t see this book as a romance, although there are some sexy scenes. Warning for love triangle haters – there is a mild love triangle, but it seems to get resolved quickly.
It’s really hard for me to believe that this book was written when the author was only 15. The Dark Heroine: Dinner With A Vampire was a fun diversion, perfect for a stormy weekend read. I’m looking forward to reading more books by this young debut author.
Series Reading Order:
1. The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire – Release date March 5, 2013
2. The Dark Heroine: Autumn Rose – Release date August 29, 2013
Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow Books for a review copy of this book.
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