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on Aug. 15, 2012 :
This was a great Prequel to start the series.
We learn about the three races that will be in the story- Humans, Vampires and Vaempires. There is a King and Queen that rules over both Vampire and Vaempire races and there is a President for the Human race. However, there appears to be a conflict between two groups, the Human/Vampires and the Vaempires. The Humans and Vampires have set up a meeting and the Vaempires crash it, as they believe they have been left out on purpose.
The story is being told from Daniels POV, so he mostly observes what happens on the trip. He is second in charge to his father who controls security for the King and Queen. Daniel also has a secret crush on the Princess Cassie, who has been his best friend since childhood. We meet a lot of characters in this short story who I assume pop up again into the series. And it all takes place in a couple of days prior to Christmas.
Although there wasn't a lot of action in this story, the writer is quite detailed about the surroundings, describing things from the forest outside to rooms in the compound. I thought it was a little over the top because I don't think boys take in all those kinds of details, especially a 15 year old. However, I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, hopefully there's plenty of action!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 01, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this novella. It gives us an insight into the characters from Vaempires: Revolution and explores both the lovers and main characters of the primary book as well as the underlying tensions that fuel the primary conflict later on.
Winship has a talent for adorable or lighthearted scenes that made me chuckle. I was often laughing to myself or grinning while I read, just because it was cute or I could relate to Daniel's character.
Even though one of my favorite parts of Vaempires: Revolution was Cassie's voice, I didn't mind not looking through her eyes in this novella. Part of that comes from the fact that this is a quick read and the other part stems from the fact that White Christmas only explores Daniel's love for the princess, so her input isn't really needed. It works.
The ending was good. It had a HEA effect, one that was expected and necessary to keep the reader happy, I think, but the tensions building through this novella and the dramatic irony sprinkled throughout makes it more than just a HEA.
All in all, awesome. BUT you have to read Vaempires: Revolution first to really appreciate it. No cheating.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)