Series: The Dark Heroine #1
Published by Harper Voyager on 10/11/2012
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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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 escape...no matter how hard Violet tries.
Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.
Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price...
So I partly picked up this book due to the story of the author. As a teenager she was posting bits and pieces of it online in order to get feedback and get her writing out there. It was good enough a publisher caught wind of her work and decided to pick her up for a two book deal. So at 18 she was able to put out her first work of her career. Now that I read this book I can see why she was picked up. The other reason I picked it up was that there was a blurb that said this one is going to be the new “Twilight.” Yes I’m a fan of Twilight (Team Jacob!) and no I didn’t feel like this was a copy of those books. There are vampires and yes there is a female lead that is the storyteller of the book, but that’s where the similarities end. I did feel that this book was better written and the characters were better developed than Twilight. That is not a knock against Twilight so no hate mail from you readers out there. I love that series quite a bit. (Team Jacob!!!)
Ok , so onward… I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Yes there are parts that don’t flow quite right and parts that could have been left out. However overall for a first novel I was impressed at her skills, well either that or she had a damn good editor! The story follows Violet Lee. A girl just starting out her life and happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She witnesses a group killing that is just part of the bigger picture of a fight that is going on under the noses of society. She is kidnapped by a vampire named Kaspar for this and drug into a fight that she is already part of but doesn’t know it yet. Her father is high enough up in the government to know what is going on with the vampires so they can’t kill her without starting a war with the human world. Instead the family holds her hostage until they can convince her to join them. This leads up to the rest of the book, following Violet as she learns more about the Vamps and their society. In which there are a ton of twist including the fact that “our” world is only one of many. There are multiple worlds that are all linked together and the Vampires have the ability to travel between them. Actually there are humans and Vampire like beings on each of the worlds. In some of the worlds they know about each other and other worlds, and in others humans are clueless at what is going on around them. I really liked this take on the whole supernatural world and can’t wait to see what the other worlds are like when the next books is written. On a side note, this is also one of those books that I think will appeal to a larger group of people like the Twilight books do. It has a little bit of everything in it without leaning too far in any one direction.
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