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- Print Length: 182 pages
- Publisher: 13th Sign Press; 3 edition (September 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 22, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009FLI8VI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scarlet Vamporium hits all the right buttons for a YA paranormal romance: strong, well-developed characters, a compelling plot, mouth-watering narrative descriptions, protagonists to root for, antagonists to *hate* (and I do mean hate), surprising sparks of laugh-out-loud humor, and authentic dialog and dialects.
Ellindt's been banished to Glencoe to live with Selene, in a three strikes you're out scenario that has the young woman's `tude righteously surly, resentful and bordering on outright rebellious. During a walk through the ancient ancestral forest, Ellie encounters a young man, fishing: one Douglas MacLeod, and we can smell, feel and hear the sparks fly.
Doug invites Ellie to an evening out (with Selene's cautious blessing), to meet his mates and become acquainted with a land and people he deeply loves to his very core.
It does not go well. The cult of the clique rears its ugly head, with a side order of feminine jealousy and far too much curiosity from Doug's best mate, Roddy. Everyone has questions and that's the last thing Ellie needs.
Without giving away the plot (and spoiling this delectable treat), let's just say there are revelations, angry relatives, a demon with a hard-on for punishment, and an ending that had me clutching my bosom and wailing `Noooooo!'.
This is young love: intense, flaming brilliance, all-consuming, told in a style that is at once unique and very, very real.
Douglas is perhaps Poppet's best male voice to date: authentic, definitely hunky, sensitive and oh-so-sigh-worthy. And Ellindt? I will fess up that the older character (Pravus vintage) left me with an `eh' because I never appreciated the hows and whys of her backstory. Now, after finishing Scarlet Vamporium, I am ready and willing to go out and kick some demon (and nasty uncle) butt on her behalf.
Not many authors manage a dialect consistently throughout a story, and the Scottish brogue is indeed a wee bit of a challenge for readers. The genius that is this author is how she manages to infuse Doug's speech with the rhythms, the cadence, the sheer musicality of his ancient Celtic tongue--it defines his character so well, the reader really believes s/he is living inside this young man's skin. Combine this with historical accuracy and it's a heady combination, indeed.
Scarlet Vamporium is a love story for the ages: pure and heartfelt, capturing the bloom of young love and all the angst and drama that only beginnings can truly impart to the emotional landscape. You don't need to be a teen to appreciate and fall in love with this story, and you don't necessarily have to have read Indigo Vamporium first (though why wouldn't you, after all?).
I reviewed Indigo Vamporium as a Wow! Scarlet Vamporium rises to `Yowzer' heights. And I did not even address the bonus material and some historical notes you won't want to miss. If there's more to come in this series, I can't imagine Poppet topping this; but, knowing her, I have no doubt she will.
This reader/reviewer is smitten, totally, absolutely: Five Stars.
Being sent away to Scotland to live with her aunt as punishment. She is brutally ripped from her family and her twin. Lost in sorrow and feeling isolated and alone. She roams the hills of Scotland bumping into a handsome boy in the woods.
She is thrust into love so quickly and so totally encompassing her mind, body and soul. He is her kindred spirit and her perfect match. She spends so little time with him, but it is spent in total bliss and much to everyone's disdain in perfect happiness. Ellindt reveals secrets to her true love, and he in return tells her tales of his land and his family.
Poppet allows you to not only immerse yourself in her characters, but in their surroundings. You feel the wet moss on your feet and you can smell the damp forest floor. It is a total sensory journey. That only Poppet can take you on. You will laugh, love, cry, and be angry. You will understand the heart breaking soul shattering moment that Ellindt became the woman she is today. And you will no longer blame her for her actions, you will see and understand because you will live it and feel it as deeply as she did.
Poppet takes you on a tour of a land from the eyes of not a tourist, but someone who loves the land as family and you see the beauty that if you never get to take a trip there, you still feel as though somewhere in your soul, you have been there.
I can not say enough how much this is a must read for anyone who loved The Pravus series and for the young adults this will lead them right into the series with eyes wide open and souls hungering for more of this amazing storyteller.
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