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Donna Burgess is an author of dark fiction and poetry who enjoys surfing, painting and has a deep affection for all things Monty Python and low-budget horror flicks. Over the past fifteen years, her fiction and poetry has appeared in genre publications such as Weird Tales, Dark Wisdom, Sybil’s Garage and others. She has been married for nineteen years and has two children.
on May 30, 2011 :
I read this book a while ago and I'm just now writing a review :( It was a very good read and a very different type of vampire read that I'm used to. I usually read paranormal romance so this was a good change for me. A more bloodier vampire image. It had an old writing style feel for me, slow paced but the characters kept me into the book. You really never could anticipate what would happen next. It ended well and leaves you wanting to read the next book. I would recommend this read to vampire fans out there.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 08, 2011 :
Categorized as a "dark urban fantasy," this book will appeal to those who love the darker vampire stories. Full of violent gore and steamy sex scenes, the story follows Susan from the loss of her innocence through some life-altering experiences. The writing is descriptive, gritty, and generally engaging, evoking a visceral response to many of the scenes. I think the author has some talent with the written word, but the storyline wasn't as strong as I might have hoped. At times, I felt like I was reading a section I'd already read in the story, and some parts dragged. The overall effect was that I found myself wondering more than once where the story was going, what the major plotline or theme actually was. I think it would have been stronger had a connection been made with Kasper at the beginning of the story. When Kasper popped up and later became such a huge part of the novel, it felt a little more disjointed than it might have been had we had a little teaser about him and his obsession with Devin from the beginning. Additionally, we're told what the "Darklands" is in a cursory manner, and I think it would have strengthened the story to bring that idea out a little more.
The characters were interesting, and the backstory given about several of the key players was really helpful. At some points, I didn't realize we were in a flashback, and that was confusing until I realized what was going on. I think the transitions between flashback and present day could have been stronger and more clear cut. Perhaps it would take putting the flashbacks in slightly different places. I think Devin's and Kasper's characters were complex and interesting, but Susan felt a little more one-note to me. I would have liked a fuller characterization for her character. It was really interesting to discover the "rules" of the world of the Deathwalkers, and the ending did nicely set the reader up for the second volume in the series.
One major detractor was the need for further editing. I found myself wondering at times if the author had rewritten passages and forgotten to include the necessary words, or take superfluous words away. The mistakes were really distracting at times. But the overall writing style was enough that it made me keep reading. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of sex or gore in a story, so the fact that I kept reading speaks highly to the overall writing style; I definitely saw potential. With editing and some refinement of the plot, I think the story could be strengthened and elevated.
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(reviewed long after purchase)