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The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire (Dark Heroine Series) Paperback – March 5, 2013

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Book 1 of 2 in the Dark Heroine Series

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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)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Heroine Series (Book 1)
  • 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 (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paige 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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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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I could barely get through it. The writing was dry, unimaginative, and juvenile. There were grammatical errors. The characters had all the allure and dimension of a sheet of copy paper. The "love story" was supposed to come across as dark and edgy but a the threat of violence to the girl made it sound less like a gothic horror and more like a story of emotional abuse.
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I am an avid reader. I especially love the dark/alpha male genre and therefore thought this book would be right up my alley. However, Ms. Gibbs broke a very cardinal rule of all romance books. In fact she broke a couple but most I could forgive, because like I said, I like the darker books. This is a story of a girl in the wrong place at the wrong time. Violet is, I believe, 17 years old and out at the bars (I think) one night when she finds herself alone in Trafalgar Square in London. Hmm. Pretty busy place, but, okay. She witnesses a small group of vampires (although she doesn't realize they are vampires at the time) slaughter 30 grown men. She is caught by our "Hero" Kasper and taken to their incredible beautiful mansion outside of London. Our "hero" is a prince and a part of one of many vampire royal families.

So far so good. Kasper is a jerk and a man whore and

*SPOILER* Drinks violet's blood by force and attempts to rape her, although I don't think he would have raped her. He was very pissed off and there was another girl in the room. He got her shirt up before another vampire came in and threw him off of her. But again I like dark romance so this wasn't a big deal for me. *END SPOILER*

I thought Kasper was bad to the core. The author did not redeem him at all throughout the book and in fact made him look worse as it went on. Anyway, Violet is a captive and is caught in between a possible war between the hunters and the vampires. Then comes the prophesy of the Heroines. And guess what...No spoiler here you will see if you read. Violet for the most parts gets along with everyone. There is a love triangle which I thought the author handled poorly and left unresolved. I mean really really unresolved.
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