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

Abigail Gibbs
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Book Description

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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‘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

About the Author

Abigail Gibbs was born and raised in deepest, darkest Devon. She is currently studying for a BA in English at the University of Oxford. At age 15, she began posting serially online under the pseudonym Canse12, and after three years in the internet limelight, set her sights towards total world domination. She splits her time between her studies, stories and family, and uses coffee to survive all three.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1177 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007503679
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à 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 (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story but needed more work. 3 Mar. 2014
By Joellie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 herself. This book reminded me a lot of L.J.Smiths 'The Night World' which was a series I was heavily obsessed with in my teenage years. I did like the main characters and the story line (although I think a good 20% of the book could have been cut as it was just a bit too this happened and then this happened without any real meaning to the end) but there were a few things I think Abigail could have improved on. Like some of the other reviewers have mentioned, spelling and grammar are not so good (I even spotted a 'too' instead of a 'to') and the author could have used a variety of vocabulary instead of sticking to similar or the same word each time it came up.

Now, I am no grammar, spelling or even book writing expert at all. I just enjoy reading. And after the first 1/3 of the book I really enjoyed the story line. I will buy the next book because I want to know what happens next. If you like vampires and want something new to read then this does the job.

I will say thought he sticker on the label is a bit false. Not a lot of sexiness going on apart from once and actually, I think it felt more like a half hearted attempt at adding a steamy scene that didn't really add to the story. It was part of the end plot but actually, just a paragraph about what happened would have been good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where do I start? 1 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I should start off by saying that I am by no means a kindle snob. The majority of my kindle reading is on deals and offers, or by self published authors. A Booker nomination is not something I look for in a book before I buy it. I only ask for an interesting story idea, some attempt at plot and a stab at being well written.

For me to post 1 star...well, it means I feel quite strongly let down.

The premise of this book was interesting when it came up on the daily deal; I do like a bit of paranormal romance. However, this is so poorly written it is totally implausible. A young woman kidnapped and held hostage, yet allowed to wander around London on her own? One minute treated as one of the family, and then suddenly not? An author who can't keep track of her own story? It reads like a jackanory, or bad bedtime story, where she's written a chapter at a time, published it online and then carried on where she left off the next week with little thought to what she's written before. Our heroine changes her mind in a split second, jumping from one idea to the next. At one point she's crying about not being over her boyfriend, and a mere couple of paragraphs later is 'so over him'. Couple this melodrama with a cast of oversexed, overhyped and generally thoroughly unlikeable characters, this book is hard going. There is a point where the 'heroine' mentions Stockholm syndrome, truly this is the only explanation for the relationship between our protagonists.

Seriously this book is dire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun vampire story but needed more editing! 28 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I discovered this book in a charity shop and bought it thinking it was a romance. Soon discovered it is probably aimed at teen girls but that didn't stop me reading since I enjoy a lot of YA fiction. However, quite a few things grated with me, including the grammar (especially in the first chapter although thankfully that seemed to improve as the story got going). I am not sure where the editor was - on several occasions I stumbled over glaring inconsistencies in the plot, and even a copy-edit should have picked up on errors such as where the heroine "stood up" in a car speeding along at 90 mph. Glossing over the rather irritating and immature way the characters act (would a powerful vampire really act like a spoilt teen brat?) the book reads like a first draft, which is a shame because in those 500 pages of beautifully-packaged prose there is a really good story trying to get out. I hope the author keeps writing and keeps honing her craft. I get the feeling she is quite young... if she is older then I might be missing the point entirely and should probably congratulate her for writing such an authentic piece of teenage angst!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A solid debut... 6 Mar. 2014
By Stella TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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 first posted on Wattpad, chapter by chapter, and had been pulled to publish before it was finished. I'm told it was inspired by Twilight but aside from the fact that there are vampires in both I can't see the connection.

Anyway, the story... I think I'm just over the whole teen-angst blood sucker thing because as much as this is well written I just couldn't get into it. It's interesting, in parts, and flows well but I just didn't see Kasper as likeable and couldn't understand Violet's attraction to him. He's just a brat. Romance for me doesn't have any room for spoilt hero's who use the threat of violence to get what they want. I just don't get that.

If you liked Twilight but would rather have your vampires with a bit more menace then this might be for you. It just isn't for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the title! 29 Jun. 2013
By Natalie
Dinner With a Vampire is a great opening to what is bound to be an exciting new series. I was truly engrossed in the story, in love with the characters, and dying to see what would happen next. I did have two (and a half) issues with this book, however.
1) The story is supposedly told in two different perspectives, which, in general, I love. It's nice to throw a bit of dramatic irony into a novel, mostly for the enjoyment of the reader, but this book failed in a major way - for me, at least. Approximately 90% of the book is written from Violet's perspective. As much as I loved her, I also loved Kaspar's chapters, which were, unfortunately, around only four pages each. It was very disappointing, in my opinion. I hope that the next book (if told in the same way) strikes more of a balance between the two main characters. Kaspar is likable, after all... I would just have liked to read a little bit more about him.
2) The second half of the book seemed to follow a completely different plot to the first half. Both halves were great, sure, but extremely different. For example, Fabian is a prominent character in the first half. I grew to like him a lot, to the point where he was basically my favourite character. But then he isn't in the second half at all; I don't think he even has one line. It was almost like the second half of the book was written as a sequel, as the plot (and Kaspar's attitude) completely changed.
.5) There were numerous typos/words-that-should-not-be-there throughout the book. It doesn't bother me TOO much, but I do feel that these should have been screened out in the editing process. Nevertheless, it was still readable, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Excluding the above, this book would definitely be on my favourites shelf. It had action, romance, mystery, suspense, and (although Violet was annoying sometimes) I will be buying the sequel. This book sort of makes vampire books seem "cool" again (shock, horror!).
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