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Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine Book 1) by [Gibbs, Abigail]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 261 customer reviews

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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, bestselling author of "Insatiable" and "The Princess Diaries"

"The freshest voice in this genre... a treasure..."--Romantic Times BOOKclub

The freshest voice in this genre... a treasure... --Romantic Times BOOKclub"

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One moment can change your life forever. . . .

A chance encounter on a darkened street draws Violet Lee 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 vampires lives for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape . . . no matter how hard Violet tries.

Because 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."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZU6B3C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 261 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I decided to divide my review into three areas - the good, the bad and the ugly (with apologies to the filmakers from whom I borrowed the title). My reason for this was that my first instinct was to write a purely negative review, but this seemed unfair so I chose a title that would force me to focus on the good parts as well as the bad.

And so, on to the good. The author wrote this when she was a teenager, surely a feat worthy of commendation. It is not every teenager that can demonstrate the dedication to write an entire novel nor the ability to create a plot and characters, and for this, Gibbs deserves credit. I am sure there are many who will enjoy the novel, especially in the wake of the 'Twilight' phenomenon; it has many of the elements that people enjoy - the dangerous yet handsome and alluring vampires, the innocent girl who ends up drawn into the vampires' world, love, lust, sex, the supernatural and so forth. It is also quite believable insofar as the vampires are not all 'nice guys' - the author does not shy away from the fact that they are blood-drinkers and therefore, harm and kill humans whom they view as food. This attempt at showing the bloodthirsty nature and killer instinct of vampires is refreshing in its honesty. For all these reasons, I am certain that many will find much to like about this novel, especially teenagers. However, I am not one of them, which brings me on to the bad.

This has to be the weak and unengaging plot. The book reads like a cross between 'Twilight' and '50 Shades of Grey' with a bit of Mills and Book thrown in.
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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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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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