Friday, October 26, 2012
The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs
For lovers of Twilight and A Discovery of Witches comes a tale about the blurred lines between family, love, and loyalty from a 17-year old Oxford-bound debut author
Do you fear me Violet Lee?
Do you know what I could 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 there 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…
This book is presented as a piece for lovers of Twilight and A Discovery of Witches and boy, does it deliver! I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first started reading it, but I got hooked fast and just sped on through to the end, eager to discover what happened to Violet and Kaspar. This is an amazing little treat of a book!
It has everything: Engaging, complex characters, legends, prophesies, more twists than a pretzel, and at its heart, a love story. Violet and Kaspar are destined to be the next Bella and Edward but with one little exception: Violet is Kaspar's equal from the start. She is no meek miss and she matches him wit for wit, insult for insult. She is not afraid of him. She's fascinated by him, but not obsessive in her fascination, and she is loyal - to Kaspar and her family. So when she is faced with a tough decision, it is not something she takes lightly. She wants to protect everyone she cares about and do what is in the best interest of all. And Kaspar - oh, my! Devilish, desirable, incredibly hot, and torn between his heart and his duty to his family. The very definition of a romantic hero. Watch out, Edward, you may have met your match!
What I love about this book is that it is filled with characters you want to love and root for, but who can sometimes disappoint you, and the story is not predictable. Just when you think you know what's going on, something happens to make you realize you might not know as much as you thought. It keeps you guessing, it keeps you intrigued, and you might just gobble it up whole, like I did. I can't wait to read more from this author.