Friday, 14 September 2012

The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs

For Review: HarperCollins
Published: 13 September 2012(ebook), 25 October 2012 (Paperback)


From Goodreads: The sexiest romance you’ll read this year…

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…


I have to admit this one grabbed me from the first chapter and didn't let me go until I'd finished it! Clocking in at over 500 pages, I'd say that is definitely a testament to how addictive the story is! I really, really enjoyed it!

I loved the setting - the opening scene in London and then Violet being held at the Varn's mansion. I also really loved the characters, especially Violet and Kasper. She got that 'sass' I just love - she really does say what she thinks and she goes through a lot in this story - I felt her reactions and emotions grounded the story. Kasper was just... I don't know how to describe him. He is exactly what he says he is - he's a predator and a killer and he doesn't apologise for that - but at the same time I couldn't help but be intrigued by him and love each scene he was in. He does have a softer side too and I think Violet helps to bring that side of him out. I also think having a few of the chapters narrated from his point of view really adds to the story and gives a much better insight into his character.

I really liked Lyla and Fabian initially but have to admit they really disappointed me. However, I did love Cain, and really enjoyed meeting Fallon and Autumn towards the end. Both were really intriguing characters. And I really liked Eaglen too!

The world building in this is really good too. Everything worked so well - some things I admit I predicted - but watching it unfold was more enjoyable than being blindsided by it. And I loved all the ideas behind it and how the author managed to create a world where vampires are dangerous and scary, but at the same time made sure I was rooting for them. Plus I loved the way she managed to make me laugh out loud one minute (honestly, some of the things Violet and Kasper say to each other!) and then I'd find myself holding my breath the next, desperate to find out what was going to happen.

I'm guessing this will have a sequel? I'm pretty sure I have read that it does (so break it to me gently if it doesn't) so I like the way this one ended. It's not a major cliffhanger (thankfully!) but I will definitely be first in the queue to read more. And I have to say I think Abigail Gibbs is going to be an author to watch - I can't believe she is just 17!

Really, really good! Romance, action and an impossibly sexy (yet possibly deadly) male character! Do I need to say more?



6 comments:

Vasanthi said...

Sammee that is by far a very excitable & honest account of the book.... So much so that, I am purchasing the book right now to satisfy my curiosity.... !!

Vasanthi said...

Oh, and if you dont mind sharing, where did you buy off the ebook?? thanks for sharing :)

Dazzling Mage said...

I'm trying not to get back to vampire stories unless it's really, REALLY good, and I have to admit, this sounds very intriguing!

Great review!

Twitch said...

Sounds like an amazing book! And of course, fresh vampire stories are always welcome!

I Want To Read That said...

Vasanthi - Mine was a review copy but you can buy it now on Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Dark-Heroine-Vampire-ebook/dp/B008ZU6B3C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347734636&sr=8-1

or the paperback will be published 25th October:)

Clover said...

I'm very curious to read this book, sounds interesting :)

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