- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: DreamPunk Press (April 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938215001
- ISBN-13: 978-1938215001
- Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- Stars: 4
- Flame: 1 (stolen kisses, fondling mentioned)
It is 1909. Four years ago, Christian died. Gideon was sent to Portugal, to be safe. Now, it is time to return home, to England - to face his family, Christian's family, and the truth of Christian's death. But Christian does not just haunt Gideon's memories, he's flesh and bone - and still twelve years old - a vampyr. And then, there is Zola, with her smile and strange words, whose guardian just may be the one responsible for Christian's current existence.
When I first started to read this book, Dracula came to mind. For me it was in the same vein, only better. *confession: I've never finished Dracula* The feel of the book makes me think it- it is not step up in a series of journal/letter entries. The characters in this book are fabulous! I love the dynamics and interactions. In fact, when I went to sleep last night after finishing it around 2 am, I had a very hard time. I am super imaginative, and her vampyrs were real to me. I felt like a little kid. The story is done well as it follows Gideon- a name not easily pulled off in literature, by the way. I felt for him and all the things that are thrown at him. But I wanted more. I felt like the book needed a little more backstory- what all did his grandfather put in the book? Maybe a few more stories from the childhoods? I don't know what it was- I loved the story, please don't get me wrong- I just wanted more. Maybe that is just the problem... I didn't want it to end. There were a few spots where the transitions weren't quite smooth, but I don't know if that's because I was reading an ARC or if they just weren't smooth. I truly hope to see more from this author. I think she did a great job at making vampyrs that weren't the good guys. Her twists are fun and unexpected and the characters are very connectable. I definitely recommend this book to those that like all things vampire.
E. G. Gaddess is the pen name of a young adult author who lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband, daughter, two dogs and the cat that rules them all. She has always put pen to paper and let the story leak out; it's finally time to share them with the world. She writes for her daughter - who is currently in high school - and her first, independently published book, was done at the instigation (nagging) of said daughter; there are no regrets. The pen name is an amalgamation of the names of her deceased grandparents; she wishes they could have seen the book in print. To learn more, visit her web page, www.eggaddess.com, or her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/eggaddess.