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Evelyn's Journal Paperback – October 16, 2014
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At first it was hard for me to relate to Evelyn or see her as sympathetic since her character is coldly analytical and emotionally detached from the world. Severe abandonment issues and lack of love have left her bitter and emotionally cut off. She’s even initially abandoned by her creator and consequently forced to survive as a new-born vampire on her own.
But as she makes her way through the world and meets various people, her emotional depth and ability for compassion widen and deepen. Ironic, considering most of her growth happens after she’s undead!
Another fascinating component includes her being mixed race and what that entails, including perceptions, biases, and rigid belief systems.
I rarely run into discussions of race in vampire fiction, except on a very shallow level, so this to me was a unique road to travel down and was integrated meaningfully into the story.
The entire tale is told in a brisk, no-nonsense voice that mirrors Evelyn’s academically trained, detached mind. The pacing is good and the end contains a satisfying resolution, although it seemed somewhat anticlimactic to me. Did I want it drawn out more? More hands-on violence from Evelyn herself? Maybe. Or possibly, I’ve seen too many movies!
It was still a good catharsis and overall a fast and addictive read. I think vampire lovers AND non-lovers will enjoy this tale of suspense, passion, violence, buckets of blood, psychological battles, and ultimate metamorphoses.
Evelyn is a resourceful young woman. A fledgling vampire with no guidance she has to learn to survive on her own. Though she is the sort of person who is a loner by nature it is obvious that she is lonely, and starved for love. These aspects of her character are what forge a connection with the reader.
I thought Gardner gave the reader a story that was unique. Vampires in her story have slight variations of what is traditional. I'm not quite sure that I would call this novel young adult because it contains sex, and drug references; I would lean more toward calling it new age. These aren't genres that I normally read, but I enjoyed Evelyn's Journal. It had certain darkness to it, and the main characters had a maturity that was beyond their years. I thought it felt more real than the bubbly love story about two beautiful young people falling in love at first site. Gardner has piqued my curiosity; I would read more of her work.
**Reviewed by Teresa D. for VampireRomanceBooks.com**
I read this book in just a few days. I'm a big fan of Vampire books and this one was worth the purchase.
There were a few things I would have liked the author to explore in more detail, like more background on the characters but nothing that takes away from the story.
The story is primarily about Evelyn's journey into her new world which she immortalizes in the journals that she'd been filling for years. Part of that journey is finding and experiencing love. She soon finds out that not all love is healthy and sometimes hurts, physically hurts.
This is the first book in a series from a new indie author. I read a lot of books and primarily indie authors. In some cases it's not difficult to tell when a book was written by a new author but in this case I was happy to find a well written book with a great story and well written characters.
Interesting story that developed and moved at a reasonable pace. There were moments of drama and danger in places which drew you to feel sorry for her however she struck me as a strange one and I could never get completely on board with her. However it was a well written story and I could understand and feel all the thoughts and emotions of the characters (when they had them).