Diana Gavrila


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  • Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks on Jan. 24, 2013

    When I first read the description of the book I thought of ”Hanul Ancuței” (Ancuța's Inn is my translation for those who don't understand what I'm talking about) written by Mihail Sadoveanu, because these two books have one thing in common: the action happens in the same place, but with different characters. So here we have the Blue Moon Café. Nothing bad until now. Then we have supernatural creatures and everything changes, we meet werewolves, vampires, were-eagles and some other great shifters. And my attention was captured. I don't want to start talking about the action, because there will be no fun left for you, but I will try to show that you need to give it a shot. All I can say is that I really liked it. After every story that I finished, I felt I wanted more. Every character has charm and I almost believed they were actually my friends and even real people. My favourite was Jo, the mayor's wife who was independent, a heroine and an inspiration for me. She is capable of many things to help the ones she loves and to serve the purpose she believes in. I really enjoyed being part of the town, knowing their inside problems and jokes. I also liked that Ioana left out all the drama behind the classic stories and these superhumans try to adapt, no the other way around. They really act like normal people and that makes them real. I recommend it to all of you who love fantasy and humor in the same cup.
  • The Impaler's Revenge on May 10, 2013

    After reading “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks” I knew that I won’t be disappointed by Ioana Visan’s new novella, “The Impaler’s Revenge”. The story is interesting and very different from what I was expecting when I first heard about it. The heroine, Liana Cantacuzino, is a tough, capable and intelligent woman, who can handle herself even in the presence of a powerful creature such as a vampire. She is open-minded and despite her own beliefs she can make necessary decisions so that her country can be saved from the coming danger. I would have liked to know more about her feelings and fears, but I’m sure I will find more about that in the next parts. Our dear vampire, Maximilien Hess, was charming and quite funny sometimes, so except for his craving for blood he might have been a great guest and friend. The relationship between him and Liana was exciting to follow. I knew that Liana hated vampires because of her roots, but she can compromise that in behalf of everyone’s safety. This makes her a great character and someone we can understand and be friends with. We also have Dr. Jesse Carter, who seems to be accustomed with vampires and helps Liana to find blood for Max. They share the antipathy for the bloodsuckers, so they easily connect. He is exactly what Liana needs when everything changes, someone to take care and support her. I can't wait to read more about them. I’m very proud of the author, because she wrote this story about vampires in such a personal manner. It was the time for a Romanian to tell our side of the story, because after all the myth about vampires is part of our culture and history and not many know about that. So I’m really glad she did it. What I also enjoyed were the similarities between Romania nowadays and the country I read about in “The Impaler’s Revenge”, which is awesome. The resembling is great and it gives an air of veracity, including the fantasy side. I would gladly live into a universe where we are the tough guys. Finally! :D In the end, I want to say that I can’t wait for sequel and anything written by Ioana. If you haven't read this book yet, you should. You won't be disappointed.