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Darkly Dreaming (The Darkly Vampire Trilogy Book 1) by [Hammond, Chloe]
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About the Author

Chloe Hammond is an Aquarius, very Aquarius. Born in Liverpool in 1975, she grew up in West Wales, but now lives in Barry in South Wales, with her husband and rescue cats and dogs. She always wanted to write, but life got in the way. Last year she was diagnosed with extreme anxiety and depression, which caused nightmares and sleepless nights. In her typically contrary way she used this to her advantage and the nightmares became this novel, and the sleeplessness nights were when she found time to write it. She has a lovely sea view from her desk, which she gazes at to still her mind so her characters can burst forth and have their say. Chloe frequently submits poetry and short stories to Cake and Quill's charity Anthologies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017EY1OKY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #581,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have never read a vampire book before but this was recommended by a friend of mine who was adamant I would enjoy it and they were right! I enjoyed every part of the story and couldn't put it down. The characters are totally believable and I loved being part of their world for the short time I was reading the book. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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Once I started to read the book I could not find enough hours spare to continue reading. Chloe has written a damn good book with great characters which can go in many different directions. Cant wait for book 2.
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I got to the point with Vampire novels where I would groan out loud every time I saw another one being promoted. Most of them could be the same story rewritten under another title they are that predictable, so I am pleased to say Darkly Dreaming has reignited my passion for this genre. A clever and original plot carries the story with lots of romantic tension and heat to keep the pages turning. For anyone looking for something refreshingly original in this genre I would certainly recommend.
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I really enjoyed this book,I liked the main characters,and the setting.I haven't read a vampire book for quite a while,its good to get back into the genre with a great first book in a new series,can't wait to read more now.I liked the subtle differences to other vampire books, was intrigued to find out what gifts everyone had,and also thought there were some surprising insights into characters.Thanks to TBC and the author for an ARC in return for an honest review.
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Darkly Dreaming is Chloe Hammond's debut novel, however her writing didn't feel novice at all. As a fan of Vampire novels, I was pleasantly surprised to find one that dealt with the theme from a different angle. She made her characters feel very human with real problems to deal and overcome. I believe that this book is addressed to a more mature audience in the sense that the characters are older and mature themselves. The relationships formed among the characters are developed naturally and the romance is in equal proportion with the suspense needed for such a genre.
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.
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This is an exciting new twist on the usual vampire novel. The closest I can describe it to is True Blood meets Underworld, dark and seductive but still with a good dose of 'humanity'.
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.
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Darkly Dreaming by Chloe Hammond

Fantasy Fiction

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.
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This is a fun vampire story that is about finding yourself, romance and the power of female friendship.

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.
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