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The Blood Countess: A Pandora English Novel (Pandora English Series) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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Tara Moss is a Canadian-Australian author, television presenter, journalist, former model and UNICEF national ambassador for child survival
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This story is a delightful mix of contemporary fiction, the paranormal, romance and, surprisingly, humour!
Pandora is a sweet and likeable young adult who has amazing supernatural abilities that she can't quite acknowledge due to her parents' discouragement of anything of that nature. She is a rather naive small-town girl, but brave, as she takes on her dream of working in journalism in New York City and living with her great-aunt who is all but a stranger to her.
Pandora's life is split into two aspects: dealing with everyday issues of getting a job and finding her place in the fashion and social scene of NY versus her mysterious night-times, the mystery of her aunt and her spooky abode, and dealing with her abilities to see into another realm and her rather psychic abilities. Eventually we realise that these two worlds of hers are actually closely intertwined. Her 'two lives' collide and the reality of the heavily paranormal aspect of her life is revealed.
Pandora is something special. By the end of the novel she realises this. She defeats her new-found nemesis, but it seems clear that there are many more out there that she'll have to manage in future books.
The story ended satisfactorily, while leaving plenty of excitement and suspense to be discovered in the sequels.
I wouldn't classify it as horror because the humour of the narrative softens the 'scary factor'. It is a great paranormal romance, far superior to the likes of Twilight, for mine.
When I saw The Blood Countess on Amazon, I groaned 'Not another one'. I needn't have worried. Moss didn't cover up a blatant rip-off of Romeo and Juliet by breaking the rules and adding vampires. She pulls you through a tale original enough to hang upside-down on its own two claws. The result? Me likey.
The Blood Countess is not one of these oh-so-serious manifestos that threatens fire and brimstone if you dare crack a smile. It's fun. Fun for lots of reasons. The plot itself is just a smidge formulaic, but there are none of those over-used surprise twists or red herrings that so many authors seem to think they have to have to create a decent story. It's not particularly scary, but there are enough creepy goings on to keep even the most die-hard horror buffs interested. The romance is kooky and not too gushy. The intrigue is written well enough that you don't guess the ending halfway through and it's very nice to get to the last page looking forward to the sequel.
What's wrong with it? Not much actually. It's a bit young for an old cynic like me but that's part of the fun. It doesn't take itself so super-seriously that you're left thinking the Moss must be every bit as unhinged as some of her villains. I'd like to have seen more blood and guts action, especially at the end, but even though it wasn't particularly gory, it was still creepy. Terms like 'gothic' might have been thrown about a little too much and the protagonist's home town probably didn't need to be mentioned quite so often, but these don't spoil the read.
I cringed a bit at some of the name choices. Still, Moss gets away with it by making the story so enjoyable and by using her considerable knowledge of the fashion and publishing industries. I've been in publishing. I've seen some of the pretentious stuff that can go on like changing one's name to Morticia. It was also fun to see her tipping her hat to forerunners in the genre. The bad guy's (or bad thing's) evil plan itself is almost a homage to every comic book that ever had a super-villain who cried 'I shall take over the world! Muahahaha!' Even more entertaining was noticing Moss nicely pull off flipping the bird here and there too.
Moss writes her female protagonists well and even if she's reluctant to (publicly) slot her latest work into a pigeonhole, it's pretty obvious most of the readers who'll enjoy The Blood Countess are female and younger than me. After all, Pandora English is a 19 year-old young woman and I'm a 40 year-old bloke.
Is it 'chick-lit'? I hate that term. I refuse to apply it to anything I read or review. The Blood Countess is a paranormal tale. Booksellers may have a hard time choosing a section for it. Their problem. You'll have no trouble. Sort your books by author and put The Blood Countess in the M section and you'll do just fine. If you're not going to buy it, get to a library. Either way, it's worth it. The Blood Countess is great. Read it. I bought my copy from Amazon.
I give it 7/10. Will I read the sequel The Spider Goddess when it comes out? Yeasth, Misthtresss...
If this book were well written, like the Anne Rice vampire novels- Interview with a Vampire and Lestat, I might have kept going. But the prose is pedestrian, and the story devices are obvious- where is the thrill in that? Not a fan of vampirism or vampiremania, or whatever we are currently having to endure-nothing in this book changed my mind about the genre. And she sounded so promising on TV!