by Colleen Gleason
I received a free, signed copy from the Colleen for hosting a drawing for her book on my blog. Needless to say, I was was thrilled. This book will keep you reading and asking questions. Kailana over at Kailana's Written World have shared comments via email about the ending and some of the questions we have about certain characters.
The main character is Victoria Gardella, who learns just prior to her coming out party that she is a venator, or vampire killer. There are three men in her life. The complexity of these relationships and the drama between Victoria's daily prim and proper life versus her nightly adventures as a vampire killer and her destined meeting with the vampire leader create a building crescendo of intrigue and tension.
I've read only 2 vampire tales: Bram Stoker's Dracula and Stephanie Meyer's YA book, Twilight, so I'm by no means an expert, but I really like Gleason's creative takes on the vampire lore. According to Gleason, there have been vampires trying to take over the earth since the time of Christ. There have been venator's since that time who have taken on the dangerous responsibility of ridding the earth of vampires and protecting the unsuspecting masses. Some become venators through bloodline. Victoria is chosen through the Gardella bloodline.
I also liked the quote at the beginning of the book by Muriel Rukeyser: "I think there is choice possible to us at any moment, as long as we live. But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away."