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Darkly Dreaming: Vicious and Quirky Vampire Literature for Grown-Ups (The Darkly Vampire Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
The book opens well and strongly, and the opening chapters are a fine example of down-to-earth English chicklit; pungent, gritty characters and the irreverence that we see in English fiction and sadly, too seldom in American. I was drawn in by this to the extent that when the vampires made their appearance I was completely taken by surprise.
From that point, the book races along, with real problems, real for their essential humanness and a sympathetic treatment of the problems of those who are different. Hammond's vampires are every secretive, marginalised group in society. I found it utterly captivating. With all its social reality, though, the book is never heavy. Touches of humour keep it buoyant throughout. I did find the ending a little too 'happy-ever-after', but it certainly was neat, in the way that a Gilbert and Sullivan opera is neat; every loose end tied off, the good rewarded and the wicked punished. I'd certainly look for more from this writer.
All aspects of the characters and vampire life have been thought out and I enjoyed the way the plot moved forward quickly, the pace was well-balanced, with an occasional dip into the past. Some things in the past were a little too over-analysed for me because of a character trait, and so Chapter 2 wasn't for me. Chapter 3 uses explanation through dialogue better.
I am a huge fan of vampire fiction and there was something hilarious about these modern vampires.
The idea of perfect femininity was amusing but I prefer predator females (e.g like those of Anne Rice), Rae and Layla's 'seductive' hairless, large-breasted bodies struck me as a very modern idea. This is a very female-based book and as such any female character that falls out of line of an appropriate morality gets a hard rap but the males do not get the same sort of judgement.
These are very human vampires despite the physical change. It was quite funny to read about vampires dawdling over Facebook, watching daytime tv, obsessing over men and looking at YouTube videos of cats. These are women who are in their forties and as my forties are a decade away, I guess that nothing will change then!
While Rae didn't personally grab me (too judgemental), Layla's chapters are funny and refreshing - she was my favourite character. I thought the character Suzannah was very interesting too. I liked the descriptions of the houses and everyday life. Without giving much away the Rage was just a brilliant addition in idea and description to vampire lore.
I feel like there's more stories for these characters. Chloe Hammond is a talented writer with great things to come as she gets into her writing 'stride'.
A very fun read.
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