Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review: The Truth About Vampires by

The Truth About Vampires
Harlequin Nocturne - Vampire Romance
March 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 0373618549
ISBN-13: 978-0373618545

Pulling back the veil on a world shrouded in darkness, Theresa Meyers' stunning debut reveals a sinfully handsome vampire whose secret is about to exposed...
All her life Seattle reporter Kristin Reed sought her breakout story. She never thought she'd find it in the crimson lair of a real life creature of the night. Kristin never believed vampires existed—until with dark brooding eyes and a decadent chocolate scent, Dmitri Dionotte called out to her...
Dmitri and his clan's true nature was cloaked in secrecy until a warring vampire order threatened their existence. Kristin was just the woman he needed. She couldn't resist their story...or Dmitri. Her blood pulsed hot and furious when he touched her, and with his kiss, all logic fled. But each night she spent with her vampire lover brought her closer to death and destruction. A death not even an immortal could triumph over.

Review:

From the very outset of this book I felt like Theresa Meyers had worked very hard in creating a comprehensive and unique type of vampire lore, one that would grab the reader's interest and make this truth different from all the others. Having dead blood act as a poison, even when knicked with a weapon coated in it was an awesome new twist. Giving vampires the ability to alter themselves to fit an individual fantasy is also a cool ability to have and makes these vampires pretty talented. I also felt that the almost scientific presentation that Dmitri uses to explain vampires to Kristin is another way that this book distinguished and separated itself from others on the market. I'm not saying that she is the only author to use this approach, only that she does it exceptionally well. These vampires have crazy cool powers, a deep mythology and I love it all!

"Vampires have lineage like any other beings. We have makers who function like our mother and father, those who transform us into vampires. We have tutores, mentors who guide us through the process of learning to become a vampire when our maker cannot. And every lineage inherits the eye color of their line. In a nest they might all have the same eye color as they change to become more hivelike in their mentality, to the point where the strongest can control the will of them all. In a clan such as ours, though, we are accepting of others of different lines if they pledge themselves to the clan and forsake their lineage. they retain their own eye color because they retain their own will."  - pg. 116


When Kristin discovers that vampires are real she doesn't freak out and create a bunch of ridiculous drama, which would have contradicted her intellect and strong personality. As a reader I appreciated that touch of consistency as well. Kristin reminded me a lot of Beth from Moonlight. She has a keen nose for finding the truth, and trouble with it, and at the same time she isn't too feminist to look to Dmitri for help when needed. They share a pretty modern relationship when you stop to consider everything, which is another thing I liked about this book. Dmitri isn't the usual alpha beating his chest trying to get his woman to behave, nor is he closed off to his feelings and denying what is obvious to everyone with a brain. I really enjoyed this book and would like to read more from this world.

Visit Theresa at her website to learn more about her books and where to find them.

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