Author: Abigail Gibbs
Publisher: Harper Collins
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.
Vampires are back. And this time they mean business. Forget other vampire books you may have read recently – Dinner With A Vampire goes right back to the original (well, almost – maybe not quite), back to the kind of vampires you may have read about if you’ve read Dracula with a certain overlap of features.
Gone are veggie vampires – these are vampires that will drink your blood if you happen upon them and they are hungry, they will kill you if you get in their way or see something you shouldn’t. But despite all this they show a tender side, a side that wants to be loved, a side that can be hurt and a side with family loyalty. Sure they drink blood to survive in much the same way that humans kill animals – you could almost say that they are a level above us in the food chain – the true top dog in the chain (hehe) but scratch the surface and you’ll find a whole lot more.
From the very beginning I was drawn into the story, (once you’ve read the beginning you’ll see exactly why), we see the most well known side of the vampires but it’s the actions that follow this that really kept me reading.
Why did Kaspar (a vampire prince) behave in such a such a way when everything about him from first impressions suggests otherwise? I loved all the sides to Kaspar and felt the frustration that Violet felt as he blew hot and cold with her, one moment he would seem like lets face it a jerk and then the next could be almost caring and trying to protect her.
I loved how the story was told from both Violet’s and Kaspar’s point of view – it meant we got the whole story and I especially loved the bits when we were inside Kaspar’s mind finding out what was driving his actions – seeing his interactions with his father (the vampire king) and allowing us to see what he really felt for Violet.
One ward of warning – Dinner With A Vampire can get a little bit, erm, steamy in places so would probably not be suitable for younger readers!
Overall, Dinner With A Vampire is an engaging and hard to put down read which grips and doesn’t let go – an epic story which puts Vampires back on top.
Thanks to Harper Collins for sending me a copy