Lady Languish: An Irish Vampire Novel

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After her Uncle Malachy terrifies Evangeline Languish on her 16th birthday, she is abandoned at a boarding school by her parents.

But when Evangeline discovers a strange young man, injured and alone, she is forced to change her mind about everything she knew. Could Malachy's stories be true?

Evangeline must face her uncle once more ... can she get to him before he kills everything she loves?

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Review by: House Of Vera Publishing on April 21, 2012 : star star star star star
For those who like their bite wrapped in poetry.

Yes, it is another vampire novel, but one that is beautifully written for ages 14 all the way to centenarians.

With well-crafted, descriptive prose and an addictive plot line, it has hard to put down this book. It has romance, adventure and complicated bad guys (which happens to be a weakness of mine!) in the form of Slane and Malachy. I can't stand two dimensional bad guys, and this book takes time to explore the characters on both sides of the ensuing battle. In fact, I would go as far as to say that there seems to be more meat to Slane and Malachy than Lady Languish and her vampire beau, and I found myself wanting to know more about them, and spend more time in their world than that of the heroes - but that could just be my predilection for the dark side showing through.

If you are feeling the Twilight hole, and haven't found anything to fill it - trust me - this will will relish on the top.

This book is not a piece of vampire fluff; it is intelligent and has some lovely descriptive passages that will take you into Goff's world and hold you there.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone, and will be following this author to see what else tumbles from her intriguing mind!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Emma Daley on April 19, 2012 : star star star star star
How do I even put into words my feelings on this book? It is so lusciously written. Goff’s writing style is beautifully descriptive, and where I long to find the balance of descriptiveness and pointedness, Lady Languish has accomplished this. It is very difficult for me to find a book that I love so sincerely as to add it to my library, but Lady Languish will be set upon the shelf of honor. Okay, maybe that’s a bit much, but seriously I enjoyed this book so thoroughly, like I have not enjoyed a book in a long time. Eva is a teenage girl so innocent and unsuspecting when her parents send her away to a school for young girls on such an abrupt note after her sixteenth birthday. She has never understood why she was so sheltered her whole life, or why her uncle, estranged from her life, showed up that day on her sixteenth birthday, why she was so nauseous when he gave her that cup of red liquid, and why he had so strangely tried to strangle her. It wasn’t her fault. But as she struggles with the awkwardness of trying to fit in at her new school, and the cruelty of teenage girls, she never suspects she will hear what she does just weeks before she is supposed to return home. Her parents are dead! But that is nothing compared to what Eve will have to face when she comes home to burry them.

This book was so deliciously written and I could not put it down, except when I had to. The characters and the setting were so real I now want to buy my ticket to Dublin, which is where this timeless story takes place. The location alone gives you the best of urban and mythical fantasy, which makes it even more difficult to pull yourself out of. The ending alone is so perfectly decorated with a sadness and victory I cannot shake (and I love being tormented like that). This is the first in a series of books by Goff and I absolutely can’t wait for the next chapter! This will be the first book I give 5 stars to in a long time. Well done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Shalini Ayre on April 19, 2012 : star star star star star
Leading a happy carefree life, Lady Evangeline Languish celebrates her 16th birthday with her beloved parents. Just as the festivities are ending, she meets her never before seen Uncle Malachy. His arrival sets her parents on edge and Eva feeling sick - but when he makes her secretly drink a dark red liquid, she's rejuvenated.

The next thing she knows, she is taken to St. Rita's School for Young Ladies boarding school - a brooding and grey building filled with strict timetables and bullies.

Tragedy strikes as she leaves school for the Christmas holidays. Suddenly, Eva is faced with the truth of who she is and must now find a way to kill her uncle before he kills her.

This is Goff's first novel and it is so good. Set in a small town just outside of Dublin, it's a tale that builds up to an exciting last few chapters. Eva is a likable character; young and naive but with an inner strength that she won't let things just happen to her. Told from her point of view, you're taken along her journey of discovery of who she is, who her parents are and why she's a threat to a centuries old 'clan'.

Aimed at young adults, this novel is one I'm sure that will be enjoyed by many a teenager. I'm not a fan of this particular genre (I won't be specific as it will give the whole story line away), but I thoroughly enjoyed this and I think Goff has captured the thoughts and emotions of a young teenager very well. Her use of language in describing the Irish countryside and other characters creates a vibrant picture. Goff has mentioned that she's thinking of a sequel. I hope she does write one as I would love to know what happens next.

A recommended read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Shalini Ayre on April 19, 2012 : (no rating)
Leading a happy carefree life, Lady Evangeline Languish celebrates her 16th birthday with her beloved parents. Just as the festivities are ending, she meets her never before seen Uncle Malachy. His arrival sets her parents on edge and Eva feeling sick - but when he makes her secretly drink a dark red liquid, she's rejuvenated.

The next thing she knows, she is taken to St. Rita's School for Young Ladies boarding school - a brooding and grey building filled with strict timetables and bullies.

Tragedy strikes as she leaves school for the Christmas holidays. Suddenly, Eva is faced with the truth of who she is and must now find a way to kill her uncle before he kills her.

This is Goff's first novel and it is so good. Set in a small town just outside of Dublin, it's a tale that builds up to an exciting last few chapters. Eva is a likable character; young and naive but with an inner strength that she won't let things just happen to her. Told from her point of view, you're taken along her journey of discovery of who she is, who her parents are and why she's a threat to a centuries old 'clan'.

Aimed at young adults, this novel is one I'm sure that will be enjoyed by many a teenager. I'm not a fan of this particular genre (I won't be specific as it will give the whole story line away), but I thoroughly enjoyed this and I think Goff has captured the thoughts and emotions of a young teenager very well. Her use of language in describing the Irish countryside and other characters creates a vibrant picture. Goff has mentioned that she's thinking of a sequel. I hope she does write one as I would love to know what happens next.

A recommended read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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