Title: The Dark Heroine- Dinner With A Vampire
Author: Abigail Gibbs
Expected publication: October 25th 2012 by Harper Voyager
"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…"
First line: "Trafalgar Square is probably not the best place to stand at one o’clock in the morning."
Thoughts: Can you say addicting, much? I went into THE DARK HEROINE with an open mind, honestly thinking I probably wouldn't like it and yet, behold! I like it! I really do!
I know it's being compared to as the newest, younger "50 Shades", but I honestly don't know why. Even the first sentence in the summary screams sex, but I promise you that this isn't that kind of book at all. This book is not an erotica novel in any way, shape, or form. If anything, I would probably categorize it as older young adult, new adult, or even urban fantasy. There are a few sexy scenes, but they're done tactfully to where a teenager could read it and not think "What are they doing?". Now that I think about it, there is one scene that kind of threw me off (it involves vampires and a carnival), but it was brief and only involved a couple sentences. Still no where near the erotica genre.
What I really enjoyed about this book is how the author depicted vampires as hunters. They're at the top of the food chain, are scary, and (at times) show very little remorse for their actions. They are not gentle creatures, and I appreciated that. Thank you for reminding us that not all vampires sparkle in the sunlight!
The characters in this novel are not necessarily lovable, but interesting and creative. They can be jerks or idiots and make incredibly poor decisions, but doesn't that make them all the more real? This doesn't mean that sometimes their decisions (VIOLET! KASPER!) can't frustrate the heck out of you, but it does make them more believable.
While the story is told through Violet's point of view, the author does throw in a few Kaspar chapters for you. Personally, I'm grateful for this because it's interesting to see how such a complex character thinks. To be quite honest, I HATED him in the beginning. I don't even know if I like him now, however, it was nice knowing what he was thinking and why he acts the way he does.
The concept behind the prophecy, the war, and the dimensions was done exceptionally well. The mystery and suspense had me up reading in the wee hours of the night, trying to find out what it is and why it's so important. It gave the novel this fantasy aspect that I really enjoyed.
Overall, I would recommend THE DARK HEROINE to older teens and adults looking for a vampire-romance fix. If you're looking for a book that's kind of cheesy, a bit scary, can be funny, full of action, and extremely addicting, than this is the book for you. Not all people will love it, but if you're in a vampire reading slump, you might want to give this book a go.