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Vaempires: White Christmas: A Prelude to The Evolutionary War Paperback – December 14, 2011
SM Boyce, author of The Grimoire: Lichgates:
The Aussie Zombie blog:
And once again Mr. Winship had me totally enthralled in the story and the world of Vaempires!
CV Hunt, author of the Endlessly series:
Thomas Winship has me hooked. With every new invention of the vampire there is a great book behind it, and I'm looking to see what Væmpire series has to bring.
About the Author
Thomas Winship resides in New York. He currently serves as MBA Director for St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he also teaches courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. He is busy working on the next installment of the "Vaempires" series, which is scheduled for an early 2013 release.
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Okay, maybe not the kind you’re thinking, but no one knows how to kick things off like Thomas Winship.
I’ve mentioned before that Winship’s writing is remarkably cinematic. Sounds, smells, and action all come together in climatic scenes that propel the story forward and keep the reader on the edge of her seat from beginning to end.
Since this is a prequel to Vaempires: Revolution, there were some bittersweet moments for me knowing what comes next, especially with the vidscreen calls to Daniel’s friends with their families in the background.
My absolute favorite scene was between Daniel and Cassie in the forest. It was sweet, romantic, and pure magic. Daniel describes the scenery and sensations so vividly I felt like I was right there with the two young lovers. And I loved how it ended.
The holiday humor was fantastic.
I actually bought this installment of The Evolutionary War earlier in the year and was waiting until closer to Christmas to read it. Still intense and riff with danger, but also magical, it made for a fun holiday read.
Whit Christmas start with Daniel in slump, its right before Christmas and he's trekking to get to the secret location of the meeting of the Vampire King and Queen, the human president and some other select representatives to discuss the diminishing relationships that are occurring between races.
Daniel is nearing the location when he sees Cassie out in the woods, not sure how to broach her he keeps a distance so she doesn't see him watching her. When she returns inside Daniel comes in. and heads to his room to try and relax, knowing full well with the tension between him and Cassie at an all time high, even talking to her is an impossibility. Daniel dozes, off only to wake hours later to Cassie knocking. When they get to talking a little things begin to fall away and they start to talk again, but just as they start to get "cozy" trouble arrives at the compound...
Vaempires have arrived demanding to be let in and that they were intentionally left out of this meeting for a reason. (Obviously!) The arrive to cause trouble and in spades! Donrel the leder and only Vaempire on the council is ready to cause major trouble among the humans and vampires. Little do the King Queen and Human president know they already have their plans laid out...
Daniel knows their up to no good, but can't quite figure out what their strategy is, not to mention how they found out where the compound was. But whats worse, they have an insider with a power none of them knew about. But I digress, with the Vaempires now in on the meeting things get heated very quickly as accusation, allegations and rumors from past come to light and make the meetings very tense. The one rumor they claim will help bring about peace is one involving Cassie. That she broke off an engagement to a vaempire because of his mutation. Cassie vehemently denies this, but the council believe she should go through with it to help ease tensions. We all know Daniel gets his two cents in at this point, but gets in trouble in attempting to follow her as she leaves.
Later he decides to leave and clear his head, but didn't expect to run into Cassie doing the same thing as well. They start to talk about what happened at the meeting and their feelings for each other become sort of revealed. As they are together in the woods Daniel finds courage to give Cassie her Christmas gift....a sweet ending to a excellent pre-quel as it were. A great mid read between stories
He jumped, startling Cassie, when a warm hand fell on his shoulder. The heat was unmistakable; the second thumb was unnerving.
He turned, coming face-to-face with the red-haired vaempire.
'Are you trying to keep the princess all for yourself?' the man asked. He smiled, but it failed to reach his green eyes. Instead, they held an accusation and a hint of something else - a threat, perhaps - that Daniel couldn't identify.
It triggered primal instincts. Daniel's gums throbbed and fingertips pulsed as fangs and claws prepared to come online. It shocked him, but he held them at bay with an effort, reminding himself that losing his temper could have implications far beyond the embarrassment it would cause everyone in the room. Hell, wars had been started over less."
The first book in this series really pulled me in from the beginning, and I couldn't wait to dive into the prequel. Don't read them out of order, though. The author made sure to let me know that A White Christmas is meant to be reader after Vaempires: Revolution. After reading it, it's perfectly clear why you have to read them in that order to appreciate the story. The book begins with a great action scene, which I've come to expect from Mr. Winship, and he doesn't disappoint. Vaempires: A White Christmas does more than set the stage for the coming devastation in the rest of the series. Winship does an amazing job of setting up the love story between Princess Cassandra and Daniel, the son of the head of the royal guard. The bond between the two vampires is explored, giving the needed strength to their tireless resolve in Vaempires: Revolution.
Winship effortlessly weaves in the backstory the reader needs without slowing down the plot. Not only is the relationship between Daniel and Cassie grown in this installment, but the reader learns just how close they are to their families, making the losses they suffer later all the more heart-wrenching.
Despite all the knowledge the reader brings to the table after having read Vaempires: Revolution, there's no lack of new information and intrigue in this installment of the series. I feel even closer to Daniel and Cassie and their cause now that I understand more about their beginnings. The author even provides a better glimpse into the way vampires view humans while showcasing his ability to weave humor into serious situations.
I especially appreciated the season of the book, having read it during the Christmas break, but I assure you that it will be enjoyed year-round.
I highly recommend that fans of Vaempires: Revolution read A White Christmas directly following it. The relationships are beautifully fleshed out, and the up-and-coming revolution is more understandable after having read this book.
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