Darkly Dreaming: Book 1 of the Darkly Vampire Trilogy (Volume 1) Paperback – October 31, 2015
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- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Paperback : 262 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1518834388
- ISBN-13 : 978-1518834387
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.66 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (October 31, 2015)
- Language: : English
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They proceed to try to make sense of their lives as they chart their unlife. Their vampire existence brings new passion, occasional accidental lesbianism, and a desire for growth. Eat, Prey, Love, you might say.
I must say this book is not for me - I feel I'm very much not the target audience. It's mildly racy and it's deeply wish fulfillment at work, but if that's what appeals to you, you might want to dip into the first pages preview.
I'm giving it three stars - but not being the intended reader for this, I wouldn't take that as a criticism. I like my vampires darker and more dangerous, whereas with this, being undead has never been so life-affirming.
The author, Chloe Hammond, writes very well. She consistently maintained a style that seemed almost effortless on the page. Her words were easily readable and the story kept a cracking pace from start to finish with only a few lulls in between. There were a few areas that I would have liked to have been fleshed out a little more but I would happily read another work by this author.
Such a great read.
Unable to return to their prior lives in their current condition, they must live on a farm in a Pride group of vampires.
The Pride groups are a commune of vampires who work and live together in harmony. While Layla adapts quite well, Rea is left alone and feels much like an outcast. Unable to assimilate her place in her prior life, she finds her same insecurities carrying over into this new life.
In college she had a boyfriend that thought so little of her, he didn’t even mention to say goodbye, her husband was not much better calling her Rach instead of her actual name, Rae. Then on the farm, she falls for and is severely rejected by a man she thought she could give her whole self to.
Despite her vampirism, Rea’s journey on the farm is one of self-discovery. Just think of Eat, Prey Love and an American Werewolf in London all cramped together and spitting out a happily ever after.
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Darkly Dreaming is a deceptively devious debut from Chloe Hammond. The story lures in the unsuspecting reader with familiar fare - middle class, middle aged woman reinvents herself and goes on a French jolly with her mates. But then the story takes a shocking and macabre twist that takes the reader away from the tedious comfort of similar tales, as Rae and her best friend, Layla embark on a nightmare that dives them both head-first into the fantasy horror genre with relish.
It's about time vampires weren't all tormented souls and slightly annoying youths, full of their typical and over-documented teen angst (I mean, get a grip, and grow up). The vamps in Darkly Dreaming are graceful, beautifully creepy, horny, powerful, savage and at times, downright evil. But they are also startlingly human, with their own problems, pettinesses, power struggles and insecurities. While Hammond isn't afraid to explore darker aspects of this horror story, - and at times the adult themes are graphic - she balances this with a good level of humour and one liners that you just wish you'd come up with yourself.
If you read the Twilight saga and wanted to give Bella Swan a damn good slap, this book is for you. If Sookie Stackhouse was ever so slightly too in love with herself for your liking, Darkling Dreaming will not disappoint. Aimed at an older audience, the 90s nostalgia is spot on, as are Hammond's observations of a woman drowning in her own seemingly perfect life, yet relying on her day dreams to maintain her facade of sanity. To be robbed of her ability to dream following her transformation into a vampire, is a horrific realisation for Rae - almost as repugnant to her as her newly formed lust for human blood.
I'm hoping that this is not the last we'll hear from our heroine nor this novelist; but something tells me we'll be hearing the names Rae Reeves and Chloe Hammond for some time to come.
Read this book, you will love it.
I love Chloe's ideas on who turns and who they turn into after their transition.
I felt for Rae so much always picking the wrong men, her anxiety and quietness I understood completely and eagerly await the next in the trilogy for Rae and Layla two half's of a coin.