Author: Abigail Gibbs
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Dark Heroine (Book 1)
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Format: eBook, 561 Pages
ISBN-10: 0007503679 (Harper Voyager)
ISBN-13: 978-0007503674 (Harper Voyager)
Reviewed by: Sheila
One moment can change your life forever…
For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape… no matter how hard Violet tries.
Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.
Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price…
Quick & Dirty: A human and a vampire prince are thrown together under strenuous circumstances and passion ignites.
Opening Sentence: Trafalgar Square is probably not the best place to stand at one o’clock in the morning.
Dark Heroine is basically a story of a girl with Stockholm’s Syndrome succumbing to her desires for a sexy, dark, and dreadful vampire. Saying that, this book is so much more. While I may not believe the premise of this story is note-worthy, I must admit that the characters and their world linger in my mind long after the story ends.
Violet Lee, daughter of a prominent government official, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now she is a “guest” of a family of royalty who just happen to be vampires. Her world now turned on its head, Violet struggles to come to terms in the aftermath. She can never go back to how she was before but is balking against the future laid out in front of her. All of her fears and expectations of her “kidnappers” are challenged again and again, leaving Violet confused on what are the right choices to make. Should she give in and become a vampire by choice or fight until her dying breath to stay human? What should she do about her growing attraction to the sexy and aggravating Kaspar?
Kaspar Varn, prince and heir to the throne, has really stepped in it this time. The human he kidnapped happens to be the daughter of a very important man in the human government that is intent on his people’s demise. Now his father wants him to “persuade” her to become a vampire of her own free will in order to avoid a war between their people. That would be easier if she wasn’t such a pain in his neck. Kaspar’s character is arrogant, as befitting his station, and has little patience concerning Violet. She seems immune to his charms and thinks him a monster. But the more time they spend together, the closer they get until the attraction between them leads to its inevitable conclusion. Will Kaspar put everything he has at risk for the sake of one human girl?
While I was slightly put off by more than a little predictable plot, I was pleasantly surprised by the twists along the way. The introduction of prophesies and other mythical creatures takes what would be a simple story and adds depth. The complex world that surrounds the characters is fascinating. Not only do you have vampires living in secret among the humans, but you have the introduction of other dimensions that put your imagination in overdrive. I look forward to learning more about the Sagean people in particular in future books.
Though the love story is center stage, the political machinations take up any slack and help the story be more evenly-paced. Violet may be young, but she is oddly adept at reading and interpreting the hidden motives of the Varn family. This is most likely because is reminiscent of high school dramas.
I would have given this book a lower rating but for the fact the story lingered in my mind even after finishing it. I find that I WANT to know what happens next. I want to see where this series goes from here. I recommend this more to young adult genre lovers that are looking for more kick in their stories.
Suddenly, something cold pressed against my back. “I’m going to suck your blood,” a voice murmured against my neck, and I flinched.
“Don’t do that!” I exclaimed as plastic fangs pressed themselves into my neck, arms clad in dark material wrapping themselves around my shoulders. “Kaspar! Get off!”
“No,” he replied, pressing his chest into my back. “I quite like it here.”
I struggled for a moment, trying to shrug his arms off. “At least stop slobbering all over my neck, and take those stupid fake things out; you have real fangs, for Pete’s sake!”
“Keep it down; people will hear,” he muttered, tone alarmed. But all the same he reached up and popped them out, placing them in his palm. He examined them, poking the rounded and exaggeratedly large incisors with the other hand—the one still wrapped around my chest. “Stupid humans. We wouldn’t be able to eat with fangs that size.”
“You’re just jealous because you have puny little things.”
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FTC Advisory: Harper Voyager/William Morrow graciously provided me with a copy of The Dark Heroine. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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