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The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire (Dark Heroine Series) Paperback – March 5, 2013
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author never makes the main characters likable or relatable. How they react to each other is just not believable. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
I became a fan of this book when Gibbs was writing it on Wattpad and when I found out she was getting published I purchased the book to finish reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KKing
I really despise books that are based on abusive relationships. This is another example of a book in which a girl is weak and treated poorly by the male and she somehow cannot... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patti P
If you like Twilight and 50 Shades, then this book is for you. Terrible writing, weak and stupid female lead, and abuse around every corner are the ingredients to this s*** stew. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jen T.
Having started this book on Wattpad I knew that I was already going to love it!
I had followed Abigail Gibbs's writing from the start and was always waiting for the next... Read more
I absolutely loved this book! There were some grammar issues and missing pages but still an AWESOME read! Highly recommend!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer