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I am looking forward to reading what will happen next between Rae and Guillaume.
This is a very good start for this new writer and I highly recommend it.
It asks the reader, what happens when your desire for escapism is forced into a dark world from which there is no escape? Is eternal life worth giving up the ability to dream?
The well rounded characters pull the story quickly along, on a path that explores the intricacies and loyalties of friendships and lovers. The lead character Rea is a plausible clash of dreamy directionless and level headed action. Her best friend Layla, is a lovable mix of bubbliness and fierce loyalty. Together they embark on the adventure of several life times, in this eloquent and distinctive fantasy.
I went through a bit of a fad with Vampires in my early twenties and so a quick dip into another series of books about those on a blood based diet from new author Chloe Hammond(Who was kind enough to allow me an ARC) was a rather welcome little holiday.
When it comes to vampires it is always the mythology that keeps me coming back for more. It is the rules and parameters of their existence that always intrigues me the most and so I always pay particular attention to these elements of the stories. Where there is a firm foundation any number of twists and turns in the plot, are just seasonings to delight the palate. I approached this book with much joyous anticipation.
This is a quite an unusual book that at the start was a little bit more in the established style of Women’s fiction than paranormal , but this in of itself made the book a little different. The story settled into a style that it reads equally as well for fans of vampire fare and also as a book about the loyalty of true friends in the face of personal tragedy.
The focal point and hook here is that two best friends Layla and Rae are inflicted with the “Vampire problem” simultaneously and their reactions and adjustments to their predicament are juxtaposed with the inevitable shifting in their previous human relationship as they struggle with new abilities and needs . As they become part of a community hell bent on secrecy and the sacrosanct nature of keeping their place amongst normal humanity cloaked, their relationship must adapt and evolve.
Layla and Rae are Best friends who have dealt with and come out of, a period of self imposed estrangement after both were embroiled in unsuitable marriages.Read more ›
All aspects of the characters and vampire life have been thought out and I enjoyed the way the plot moved forward quickly, the pace was well-balanced, with an occasional dip into the past. Some things in the past were a little too over-analysed for me because of a character trait, and so Chapter 2 wasn't for me. Chapter 3 uses explanation through dialogue better.
I am a huge fan of vampire fiction and there was something hilarious about these modern vampires.
The idea of perfect femininity was amusing but I prefer predator females better (eg Anne Rice), Rae and Layla's 'seductive' hairless, large-breasted bodies struck me as a very modern idea. This is a very female-based book and as such any female character that falls out of line of an appropriate morality gets a hard rap but the males do not get the same sort of judgement.
These are very human vampires despite the physical change. It was quite funny to read about vampires dawdling over Facebook, watching daytime tv, obsessing over men and looking at YouTube videos of cats. These are women who are in their forties and as my forties are a decade away, I guess that nothing will change then!
While Rae didn't personally grab me (too judgemental), Layla's chapters are funny and refreshing - she was my favourite character. I thought the character Suzannah was very interesting too. I liked the descriptions of the houses and everyday life. Without giving much away the Rage was just a brilliant addition in idea and description to vampire lore.
I feel like there's more stories for these characters. Chloe Hammond is a writer with great things to come as she gets into her writing 'stride'.
A very fun read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Actual rating 3.5 - although I enjoyed parts of this story it was a confusing mix of contemporary fiction and fantasy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by EllenD
This story wasn't quite what I was expecting (in a good way!). I was lucky enough to receive a copy via THE Book Club on Facebook and hadn't read the book's description... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fran
Chloe Hammond’s debut is so much more than just another vampire novel. In fact, it is more a story of two friends coming to terms with their life choices, failed marriages, and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anne H
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. Brilliant debut novel by Chloe Hammond, I enjoyed it very much, the characters and storyline were very good at drawing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katie Warburton
Darkly Dreaming is an enthralling story of two best friends who seek an exciting and adventurous holiday in France to escape their woes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Della Rainey
This is well written but I couldn't really get into any of the characters other than the first part when you meet Rae. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sean Talbot
Having received a copy in exchange for a review, I can honestly say I am eagerly waiting for Book 2. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A terrific story so interesting and such a dramatic change from standard vampire fare. It's more like the journey of two long term friends who both face very big life changes as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chelle
This novel is not just another vampire novel. It is so much more and I send huge thanks to Chloe Hammond for allowing me access to this book in exchange for an honest review. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jirinka
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