- Series: The Vampire Games (Book 1)
- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (January 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1523221097
- ISBN-13: 978-1523221097
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,239,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vampire Games: A Dystopian Paranormal Romance (Volume 1) Paperback – January 3, 2016
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The story is told from Bianka’s perspective, a teenage girl who is taken from her home by some strange men, with her parents’ permission. She will discover an underground world of vampires, with its own set of rules and rulers, where humans are just some blood bags or an entertainment in fighting contests. Between vampire lords and princes, she will understand that her “upside” world is nothing more than a mirage. Adult humans are aware of what lies underneath, bur are helpless when harvesting season comes. Bianka decides to train and strengthen her fighting skills so she can return home to protect her friends and family.
Being the first book of the series, it focuses more on Bianka’s development as a fighter, on what determines her to become stronger and a potential threat to the vampires. As a character, she is brave even in the beginning, looking for opportunities to escape and return home. Her impulsiveness will be corrected in weeks of training, as she learns to ponder her options before launching an attack. Even if she feels a strange pull towards her owner, Prince Phillip, she still does not forget her initial decision of becoming a fighter for humanity. She doesn’t fall for him; we don’t see much of the “love at first sight” emotions from her side. Yes, she feels drawn to him and yes she can feel his presence or his deep blue gaze, but he never forgets he is still a vampire, draining people of their blood (even if not as bad as the others).
Prince Phillip is also a fascinating figure. He knows she is his destiny, but does not force his issues on her. If in the beginning his first intention is to lock her in a room as his most precious possession, he understands and accepts her free will and spirit. He respects as well Bianka’s interest in the well being of her friend Marc, even if he is jealous at times. When his single attempt to convince her to stay is denied, his reaction is one of a mature person, as he doesn’t beg her or force her to become his companion.
I would have wanted to understand more about how Lord Hector became regent and how the system in Dawn Hold came to exist, or even how the other fiefs worked. But I bet this will become clear in the next book. What were a little weird was when the men in suits first appeared at the high school and how none of the students seemed to not notice them and would have expected a little more drama when Bianka was taken from home. Other than this, I have no complains. Well, maybe the book cover – I believe not appropriate for the story and could have been better choices.
To conclude, I recommend you to read the book, especially if you are a fan of vampires. It’s a very good read, with some interesting turns and views of the vampire society. I, for one, am looking forward for the next book in the series.
MY REVIEW I downloaded a copy of this e-book free from Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I have seen two covers for this book, so I have chosen the one featured on Netgalley and it also happens to be my favourite of the two covers too. The cover features slim but muscular male, who upon reading the book I would say was definitely Prince Phillip of Dawn Hold. The only thing I'd say is the male on the covers eyes don't do their description in the book full justice. The V of flames is certainly eye catching and I think would really draw your eye to the book on a book store shelf. The only negative I can think of is the title and perhaps people being as cynical as me thinking it is going to be too similar to The Hunger Games. So would the cover make me pick this book up from a bookstore shelf? Yes! I would pick this book up to read the blurb for sure!
So the basic plot is that Vampires live below ground and the humans that live above are basically there to create humans for the vampires to harvest when they need them too. Bianka is at school and during a pretty normal school day she see's men in black schools enter the school building, she notices a young man who remains in their vehicle and he has intense blue eyes, every time Bianka looks up and in his direction he is staring at her. When she goes home from school some of these men are waiting for her. Her mother though upset just tells her she must go with these men. Bianka later learns that the men in the black suits are "the harvesters".
Bianka and the other teens being harvested are taken deep underground to a system of caverns lived in and ruled by the vampires. It's when Bianka see's what is happening to her friends that she panics and fights even though she is clearly out numbered. A mystery male comes to her aid and secretes her in a room, bringing her food and clothes, but Bianka feels she cannot trust him so when the opportunity is in front of her she runs! or rather crawls through a venting duct. Her goal is to rescue her best friend, and secret crush Marc, but that ends up with them both caught and sent to the Grinder. The Grinder is where humans are sent if the sedatives don't work on them or if they try to escape. The Grinder is what you could call the waiting room to die, as humans are taken from the Grinder to fight in the Vampire Coliseum. There's even a screen within the Grinder holding room so those locked in their can see their former room mates fight to the death. When the vampires attempt to take the still partially sedated Marc to fight, Bianka volunteers and fights to take his place, thinking she has a better chance of fighting, and surviving than he does. When Bianka surprisingly wins her fight, though her opponent clearly wanted to die and finish her life of captivity, Bianka is separated from the others in the Grinder and made to stand on some sort of stage in another room, where she is bought for sixty crowns in a quite fierce bidding war. Bianka has been bought by Prince Phillip of Dawn Hold, and is to be trained to fight in the coliseum so she can face other humans and even some vampires. There is a points system for the fighting, but the way to score the highest is simple . . . you kill your opponent. So what do you get if you fight well and earn enough points? Well the great prize is to be "created". What is "created". . .well you are made into a vampire. . .or the other option is to request another prize but this is extremely rare. Another thing that is a rarity is for a human in the Coliseum to "surrender" to their opponent, this is not what the vampires want and the result is that the one who surrendered is killed or harvested. The Vampires want a vicious blood bath style of fight preferably with one of the fighters being killed. No weapons are allowed in the fight except for the shock gloves that Lord Hector has introduced. Each fighter is also fitted with a collar before they go into the fighting pit. This collar is used to encourage (or force) the wearer of the collar to fight. If the fighters are not aggressive enough they are violently shocked by the collar until they conform and fight.
I really enjoyed reading this book, I loved the way the author created the whole system of harvesting, vampire politics, the action in the coliseum as well as the issue of being "fated". I could rattle on forever about this book there is so much going on in it and to talk about.
The characters I really loved were main character, Bianka and Prince Philip. I also really liked Alisyn and hope to read more about her in book two, perhaps she could help Bianka in changing things. (sorry if its a little vague it will make more sense when you read the book, I promise). This may sound odd to some but I didn't like the character of Marc. He is well written and developed, but I just found myself asking, would he do the same for you Bianka?I am also enjoying "hating" Lord Hector and his vampire way of life.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, I didn't want to put it down and was left wanting the next book straight away! I needn't have worried, this is not your "usual vampire plot" as this one is set in a dystopian society too and has its own vampire hierarchy and its political problems too. Would I recommend the book? Yes, do not be put off by the title's similarity to The Hunger Games as I was initially. This book has a great plot, brilliantly developed and set up society, as well as interesting characters too. You really root for Bianka in her fights. This book has action, betrayal, and conspiracy. It has a dystopian vampire society, which really Would I want to read another book in this series? Yes please! If I'd had the next book in the series , I would have picked it up and started reading it immediately. Great cliff hanger ending and lots of potential for a fantastic series. Would I want to read another title by Stephanie Archer? I enjoyed this one so much I would checkout the blurb of any book by this author.
FINAL THOUGHTS Wow what a place to end the first book Stephanie! When can I read more?
Totally loved this book, and didn't want it to end! I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes I certainly want to read more of the potentially brilliant series. I admit being quite cynical to begin with due to the title being "The Vampire Games" being so similar to "The Hunger Games" but it is, in my opinion a totally different plot base, sure there's a form of "games" in both books but that as far as the similarities go really.
What an entertaining short read. This was actually great; short, to the point, concise. There were no unnecessary scenes and superfluous characters. Every aspect of this story had a purpose in developing either the plot or other characters.
Although the plot isn't perfect, it is still very good. There is always a new development that keeps you hooked until the end. And honestly, it left me wanting more. My favourite parts of the story are the interactions between Bianka and Phillip. (I'm sorry not sorry, but I don't like Marc; at all) Their interactions are all mysterious, short and rare, and that is what makes them so special.
I have to finish by mentioning how much I admire Bianka. She is extremely practical, resourceful, and focused. She learns, plans and executes with perfection. Although she is a teenager, she doesn't act like one. She exuberates maturity and has a dry sense of humour that I love. I can't wait to read what comes next!
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