Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs

Posted on 03/27/2013 in Book Review / 5 Comments

Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail GibbsDinner with A Vampire by Abigail Gibbs
Series: The Dark Heroine #1
Published by Harper Voyager on 10/11/2012
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 549
Format: eBook
Source: Edelweiss
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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!!!)

"Dinner with a Vampire" 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.

This book was provided to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review. If you purchase through the link provided, we do receive a small, monetary compensation that helps fund this blog.

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Amanda @ BookShelfery

Associate Reviewer/Minion
I'm a mother, a wife and a scientist. I read just about anything you put in front of me. I would say that my favourites are horror and romance. No wait, it's YA and dystopian novels. Umm, actually this week its mystery and paranormals. You know what, I really don't have a favourite genre, for me it varies by month, by week, or by day. Deep down I'm a nerdhuffer to my core. \r\n\r\nWhat? Nerdhuffer? What is that, you ask...\r\n\r\nDo you love the written word? Do you love those hard copies that sit in libraries full of the smell of glue, paper, and ink? Do you love those new copies that you stalk the book store for at midnight on its release to go home and read till 6AM even though you have to get up to go to work 7? Do you cherish an e-reader so that you can access a whole world of books whether you are at home, at the store, in the airport, or even... the bathroom? (What, you read in there too. Don't deny it, we're all friends here.) Did you just shake your head yes to any of those questions? Well then, my friends you are a nerdhuffer. Be proud, go forth in your addiction. I'll meet you at the bookstore to teach you the secret handshake. I'll be the one on the floor getting high off the pile of books at my feet.

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5 responses to “Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs

  1. Camille

    Hi hun not trying to be picky but thought I would let you know that you spelt Heroine wrong as you spelt it Herione. Just thought I would let you know that’s all. Love Camille xx

  2. Camille

    Lol no problem hun, by the way this is a brilliant book your talking about, I read it on wattpad about two years ago I think and I am so happy she has published it. Thanks hun keep up the good work xx

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