I have over 260 books in the year of 2013! I’m extremely proud of myself considering last year I only read 86. But I digress. Today is the last day of 2013 and I wanted (like so many others) to take the time and reflect and break down my loves and love nots.
I loved the imagery, the suspense and the realistic characters of these books. Yes, there are two maybe three missing from this list but these are the ones that immediately came to mind when I sat down and began to write.
Each of these authors created stories from old stories or themes and created something new. It showed passion, fire and love. These are series are highly recommended.
I hate the fact that these series made the list because they had so much potential. But the biggest flaw to all of these books was characters. These characters were either selfish, bratty, and/or boring.
But this wasn’t the only issue with these books. The stories were undeveloped, lacked personality, and flare. They were a struggle to get through and showed no hope for the second book or third book.
Before starting let me explain this to anyone who is even slightly intrigued by the title of this book . . . . . not only is it an adult book, as in adult themes it is also long as hell. However, it was worth the time; kind of sort of.
Violet Lee is 17 years old and what was she doing outside by herself at 1 a.m. in a mini skirt. I really couldn’t tell you. I mean the book explains why but still WHY WERE YOU OUT THERE! Anyway, because she is out there she sees something she is not supposed to see, she is pushed into a world of vampires (of course) riches beyond her dreams and Kaspar, the dangerous, sexy and forbidden vampire.
I loved this book. Although it was long for what seemed like no reason, the author was able to keep me going. Yes, there was some pauses made during this reading because Violet was getting annoying and yes, there was a lot of running around. But that didn’t take away from the book. Violet does a lot of back and forth, which is fine but she literally did it through the entire book. She wasn’t a strong character either. Not once in the book did she really need to take a stand, which had me disappointed. She was feisty and liked to talk back but that doesn’t mean she was strong nor taking a stand. She lacked respect as well.
Another thing I didn’t like in this book [a bit of a spoiler] was how everyone flip flopped their opinions of her. If she did something wrong she was the most hated but when they all find out who she is and supposed to be there was no credit given to her.
On a lighter note, what I loved about this book was Kaspar was a vampire. Not like the “I’m not a monster, I hide who I am vampire” but the “I suck the blood of humans and sometimes kill them” vampire. He was accept me the way I am or don’t accept me at all. I loved that.
I also loved the fact that Violet wasn’t innocent, sexually speaking that is. The book didn’t show a monster, an evil being taking the innocence of a woman. It showed a woman, although 17, making a choice and not falling into seduction. I thought that was honest and it had more of a modern spin to it. Because like it or not there are teenagers out there having sex.
Finally, what made this book a winner for me was the honesty. If there wasn’t vampires in this book or if it wasn’t titled “Dinner with a Vampire” I can picture this being a story about powerful humans. It wasn’t completely supernatural. It made a lot of sense as odd as that sounds.
Over all I give this book 9 out of 10. I thought, although it was long, it was detailed enough for those to understand, it was honest, and it was sexy.
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