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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062248732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062248732
  • ASIN: 0062248731
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Abigail Gibbs will make you fall in love with vampires all over again....but look out: these vampires will bite. (Meg Cabot, bestselling author of Insatiable and The Princess Diaries)

“The freshest voice in this genre... a treasure...” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

From the Back Cover

One moment can change your life forever. . . .

A chance encounter on a darkened street draws Violet Lee 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 vampires lives for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape . . . no matter how hard Violet tries.

Because 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.

More About the Author

Abigail Gibbs was born and raised in deepest, darkest Devon, England. She is studying for a B.A. in English at the University of Oxford and considers herself a professional student, as the real world has yet to catch up with her. Her greatest fear is blood and she is a great advocate of vegetarianism, which logically led to the writing of her first novel, The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire. She splits her time between her studies, stories, and family, and uses coffee to survive all three.

Customer Reviews

I can't wait for the next book to come out!
Denise Sanchez
I did enjoy that the author switches between different characters points of view (each chapter) and the plot seemed suprisingly satisfying at the end of the book.
The Mami
I read this book into the wee hours of the morning and could not put it down.
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh VINE VOICE on November 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
See more of my reviews sooner on The YA Kitten! I received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Any novel that makes it okay when the primary love interest threatens/attempts to rape his love interest is on my badlist. Dinner with a Vampire is the topmost name on said badlist for this and more. I slogged through 400 pages of this bloated, melodramatic mess before it became impossible.

There were dozens of dynamic opening lines I considered for this review, but that one in particular gets across exactly what someone is getting into if they decide to read this novel. Some people are only going to glance over the first lines of this lengthy review and I want to make what little they'll see have a serious impression on them. Despite receiving six figures for it, Gibbs' novel lacks any redeeming qualities and immature in its execution and characterization.

Right off the bat, we're hit with a lack of logic. Considering the police and Violet's dad already know about vampires and want an excuse to come after them, it's actually safer to let Violet go free than to keep her among vampires. She's kept more because the plot of the book demands it than because it makes sense. Even after reading the entire novel, I'm still not sure why Kaspar didn't kill her.

Violet, despite being the daughter of the Secretary of State for Defense, says "Vampires are monsters. Monsters do horrible things. Humans don't (Dinner with a Vampire, p. 39)." Has she never heard of Ed Gein? Charles Manson? Ted Bundy? Timothy McVeigh? Adolf Hitler? I could go on and on with all the humans who have done monstrous things. This is supposed to establish how in denial she is about what's happening to her and it works somewhat.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Carter on September 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

I had heard quite a lot about this book, and after several people telling me how good it was I decided to give it ago. I most certainly wasn't disappointed and I really do think that this book lives up to the hype. After all, in its original form it gained millions of readers on Wattpad who loved it and that many people aren't normally wrong.

There seems to be some confusion as to the target age of this book, even though the `voice' of this book seems quite YA there is some very dark content that is certainly not suitable for younger teenagers and does make this book more Adult. Personally I would say that this book is good for ages 16+. I found this book to be perfect and exactly the sort of thing I want to read, and I am 19 so that kind of shows the age this book is aimed at.

For any people who are unsure whether to read this book due to the author's age, Abigail's writing does not seem like that of an 18 year old but instead of someone much older. The plot is well thought out and written and I just loved the characters. Violet is the best type of female protagonist; she doesn't just mope around and swoon over boys, she has a strong personality and she is pretty damn cool. Kaspar is probably one of the best characters ever written; sexy, stuck up, kind of a jerk, and completely irresistible. He has so much depth than most characters in books, there is more to him than just being a sexy hero who has no personality what so ever and is only there to sweep the heroine of her feet.

Another part of this book I really liked is the fact that the vampires are REAL vampires rather than goody goody never hurt anything vampires. They hunt and kill and don't mind admitting it, after all, it is what they must do to survive.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By BookGeek on February 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to be completely honest. I didn't finish this book and I honestly don't believe I can. I just can't. I have finished some not so great books in my life. I finished "Fifty Shades Freed," "Beautiful Bastard" and "Eve," just to see how they would end, but I just cannot continue. More than not being my style of book, it is just horrible.

The first thing I noticed about this book is that the writing isn't very good. Ok, I will admit that most YA paranormal books are not Pulitzer winning, but this was immediately difficult for me to stomach. The dialogue is stilted, dry and just plain cheesy. The author tries to make Kasper into this dangerously powerful guy, but he just talks too much. Before I was fifty pages in, he'd alluded to his royal status, made false cliché vamp threats and used an abusive amount of force against Violet many, many times. Due to his nonstop bragging, I could not take him seriously. Powerful men don't have to yell "I AM POWERFUL." A good writer should be able to show us power without the characters telling us.

I read books like this and realize they are the reason why I am forced to abide stares and mockery when I admit to reading PNR, fantasy and YA. This book is receiving a lot of hype. The author is a teenager who was given a substantial book deal. The news will get out about this book. Just like with "Twilight," people not familiar with the genre will pick this book up and assume this is what all the books are like. And once again the genre will get a bad rap.

Violet, similar to Kasper, talks too much. She is arrogant, sarcastic and cannot shut up to save her life. The opening sequence consists of a bloody battle, a revelation of a new species and a kidnapping.
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