Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs

Published: March 5, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: Paperback, 532 pages
Series: The Dark Heroine
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 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...
I don't think I have ever been so conflicted about a book in my entire life...When I started reading Dinner With a Vampire, I was very excited and expecting to be immersed into a unique story that was unlike anything I'd ever encountered before. My expectations were met--this is a story that's very different from anything I've read--but not in a pleasant way.

Don't get me wrong, on one hand I enjoyed certain aspects of this book. I appreciate the fact that the author surprised me at times and delivered a somewhat addictive story that is so much more than your average, boring vampire tale. This book is filled with prophecies, intense fight scenes, and other supernatural species that I found interesting; there's even a giant squid! I will freely admit that I frantically tore through this book with alarming enthusiasm to get to the end, because it did have it's captivating moments and I really was very interested to see what the ending would bring.

But what ultimately doomed this book for me is the frustratingly inconsistent characters!!! Granted, there were a couple of secondary characters I really liked. However, there were MULTIPLE characters that seriously lacked consistency, and the two that ticked me off the most were the main characters: Violet and Kaspar. The POVs alternate between these two, and I just can't bring myself to get on board with these characters as two separate entities, much less get on board with them as a romantic couple. Violet is way too forgiving and naive, and Kaspar is one of the most infuriating male characters I have ever come across. There are many expletives I could use to describe him, but I will be kind and just say that he's a WALKING TURD. Yeah, I said it! He's not romantic and swoon-worthy, he's a creep.

Violet didn't annoy me the entire book; she had her moments where she stood up for herself, exuded strength, and her sassy attitude was amusing. But when certain things happen that are completely unnecessary and lack any sense--like Kaspar declaring his undying love for Violet and then LITERALLY two seconds later turning his back on her as she is about to possibly be gruesomely executed--then I can't support this stupidity! Ugh. Then for Violet to be an idiot and completely forgive Kaspar for this, as well as many other unforgivable transgressions, is just plain ridiculous and rage-inducing.

As you can see, this book has brought forth way too many conflicting emotions for me to even name. While the plot is one big unparalleled and dazzling adventure, some of the characters aren't. I feel like this story had so much potential and I truly am sad to report my disappointment.


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