June 22, 2013

BOOK REVIEW | Dinner With a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs

Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine, #1)
Basic information
Author: Abigail Gibbs (Twitter - Wattpad)
Series: The Dark Heroine (#1)
Published by: Harper Voyager in October 2012
Version I’ve read: Violet: Heldin van de duisternis (NL), published by Xander Uitgevers

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...

Though I admire Violet for her character (the way she is so headstrong and keeps her hopes up the entire time) she sometimes annoyed me a little bit. I thought she cried one hell of a lot and sometimes it was understandable but other times it was just like PLEASE GIRL NOT AGAIN. Kaspar is a character I don’t know how to judge. I’d say he’s good but then again he’s bad news. In the beginning he really IS a jerk and an ass-hole and a whole lot more and I don’t understand how Violet could just forget that, look past it and fall unbelievably hard for this guy. It was nice to read about their relationship evolving but after they both got what they wanted it was more like ‘okay are we done now’. I can enjoy reading about two people being in love with each other but I felt like it was the only thing that mattered for a very long time.

This book is action packed and has you in its grip from page one. There isn’t a moment that you think to yourself ‘well…this is boring’. It doesn’t feel like you’re reading a huge book because you get through it without noticing almost.
Though I found certain passages a bit weird and I didn’t quite get what was happening, I liked the story in general. There’s vampires who aren’t nice at all. They’re killers and occasionally they’re nice to you. Doesn’t take away that they also have the ability to get into your head, that they are unbelievably hot and make all the girls swoon over them even when they’re about to bite you and/or kill you. About that aspect of the book: it could have gone another way and it would have made the story more original. However this aspect is a big deal in the book so taking it away would change up the story completely.

There are two POV’s in this book, which is nice because it puts some variety in the story. To read about the same persons’ feelings for 400 pages long can be very tiring and I think in this case it was a wise choice to break it up with another POV.

Originally I didn’t plan on reading this book but because Joany over at CravingPages mentioned this book a few times, I got curious and bought it. It was good but it also disappointed me in some ways. I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel, the way the story ended it didn’t make me interested in the rest of the story.

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