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Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine, Book 1)

Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Abigail Gibbs
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‘Abigail Gibbs will make you fall in love with vampires all over again… but look out: these vampires will bite’ Meg Cabot, author of Insatiable and The Princess Diaries

‘The Dark Heroine is an epic sexy vampire story set in London with afflicting characters and non-stop action (literally). I cannot wait for this book to be published because it will be HUGE! Bigger than it already is!’ Dark Reader

‘Romance, action and an impossibly sexy (yet possibly deadly) male character! Do I need to say more?’ I Want to Read That

‘The Dark Heroine is a dark and seductive paranormal romance that had me completely intrigued. Abigail Gibbs gives us a dangerous, sexy and sometimes disturbing set of vampires and a heroine who quite frankly would wipe the floor with the likes of Bella Swan.’ One More Page

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The addictive, enthralling debut by online sensation Abigail Gibbs. 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.

As featured on BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail Online, Huffington Post and Sugarscape.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (13 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZU6B3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A promising debut but needs work 10 Dec 2012
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
I had heard nothing about The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs until it was recommended to me by a friend and fellow book blogger who thought I would enjoy it. THEN, all the hype came out through the national press. Why the hype? Because Abigail started writing this when she was fifteen (having been inspired by the likes of Twilight but felt there should be more blood and gore), and started posting snippets of it on Wattpad where she gleamed millions of followers. Unfortunately, the readers never got to find out what happened in the end but now that the book has been picked up by a major publisher, they finally can.

At 522 pages, the Advance Reader Copy (ARC) is a big book but I devoured it in a day as I could not stop reading. I really enjoyed the story, particularly when we came to learn why the book is titled as it is but unfortunately, there were a lot of negatives that I struggled with along the way.

Firstly, I did not feel the writing was tight enough or polished enough which is a shame considering but there's definitely potential there.

Secondly, I realise this is an ARC but as such, whilst it may contain some errors, it should be as ready as it can be for the reader. What I found was a manuscript that looked like it had not been edited AT ALL. Besides all the usual spelling and grammar mistakes, I was shocked to find glaringly obvious plot holes and I became very frustrated with all the inconsistencies and constantly flipping back and forth to check out facts. Don't get me wrong, I do actually ENJOY doing that when I know I'm doing it as a job but as a reader, NO. JUST NO.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair. 31 July 2013
By Thomas Elce VINE VOICE
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It's difficult to be too critical of a book like "Dinner with a Vampire" because, although this human-meets-vampire tale of interdimensional conflict, bloodshed and romance is somewhat overwritten and really quite dusty (when one considers the plethora of similar books out there, that is), it's really impressive to find that a book as dense and textured as it is was written by a 17-year-old. Abigail Gibbs juggles familiar tropes and falls into the habit of repeating herself -- especially when it comes to the romantic portions of the book -- but reveals some natural talent for enlivening a predictable story with intriguing gimmicks and a well-rounded descriptive style. Still, the problems of the book might seem endless when you begin to try and list them. First and foremost, the arc of this first entry into a prospective series is quite predictable and, since it's written in a bit of an episodic way, attempts to enrich it with extra mystery fail because, each and every time, the most likely solution to the sub-plot is revealed. When the protagonist feels attracted to both the meanest and nicest of her vampire captors, it's obvious that she will go for the mean one. When an especially sinister bloodsucker takes it upon himself to off the protagonist midway through the book, it's obvious he will die pretty quickly. When there's talk of a prophecy within the vampire world, we know very well who it will revolve around long before Gibbs gets to the point. So on and so forth. Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear. 9 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I should preface this review by stating quite clearly that I am pretty much a mass consumer of paranormal fiction, romance, chick lit and otherwise easy-to-read books and tales, so my review here is in no way based on any literary snobbery. I also appreciate that the author was apparently very young when she started writing this book (15, I think).

HOWEVER - I couldn't finish this book. I very rarely give up on a book, but in this case I just couldn't bring myself to devote any more time to it. For a start, it's littered with bad grammar, poorly constructed and convoluted sentences, incorrect words (examples being mostly where two very different meaning words sound the same but are spelt differently, and the wrong one has been used, meaning the sentence makes no sense), repeated words in sentences and just generally poor vocabulary. Frankly, if one of the characters "smirked" one more time, I was going to scream. Did the author really mean "smirk" or did she mean half-smile, smile, quirking the corner of their mouth or a host of other things? For me, "smirking" describes quite an unpleasant expression / emotion, so to have half the cast running round doing it all the time was really rather off-putting.

In all honesty, the quality of the writing, in terms of proof-reading and editing, was so poor that I actually had to look up whether this book was a vanity publication, because I couldn't see a reputable publishing house releasing it, but apparently not.

Then there were the holes in the plot, continuity errors and the confusion caused when the characters are thinking / dreaming. For me the two main characters both appear to be practically schizophrenic, with uncontrollable inner voices whispering to them ....
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4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I really enjoyed the characters, at times it was a little hard to read, but I still couldn't put the book down. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by michelle cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Started reading this novel on wattpad and loved it from the very beginning! A must read! You never know what's going to happen next. Just amazing! Cannot wait for the sequel!
Published 10 days ago by Martina Mozzone
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Good read would recommend this book. Carnt wait to read the next book sure it will be just as good !!
Published 28 days ago by karen pullen
2.0 out of 5 stars so boring
The description of the story on the back of the book promised much: "violet and kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds - but it's a passion that... Read more
Published 28 days ago by clm6
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant put it down, again!
I read this story on the internet where Abigail started off and I couldn't put my phone down! So when I realised the book would be published I knew I would buy it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fern
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Really good story, if a little confusing at times. Remarkable considering the young age of the author- looking forward to reading the next instalment!
Published 1 month ago by SallyO
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep reading
Gets better and better and the plot gets deeper and thicker the further into the book you read, so keep reading!
Published 1 month ago by Heather Edmond-Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
Not usually a fan of vampire fantasy books however this one I could not put down! Gripping and kept me wanting to rad more.
Published 1 month ago by Alison Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars A solid debut...
When you consider that this was started when the author was only 15 it's an impressive achievement. When I started reading it I didn't realise this, nor did I know that it was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Me read
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story but needed more work.
It has been a long time since I had read something vampire related that made me feel glad that the main character wasn't an awkward and weak girl who didn't think highly of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joellie
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