#WattpadWednesday: Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs

Wattpad Wednesday is a new weekly meme, where I review books that originated on Wattpad. So it can be published now and removed from Wattpad or currently still on this site. There is some crazy talent on that website and through this I want to help spread the word :)

Dinner With A Vampire is another one of Wattpad's more successful stories. Abigail Gibbs wrote the original story when she was fifteen, when it got picked up for publishing by Harper Voyager. This version of the story was published in 2012, so the story has gone through some changes.

One moment can change your life forever...

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape...no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price...

Honestly I'm having mixed feelings with this story. One the one hand I really liked, but there were also some issues that kept me from fully enjoying it. I always find it amazing how talented some young people can be and how driven they are. Abigail Gibbs was able to turn her passion into something more and I find it incredible brave of her and all those young people to put their talent out into the world, which we all know can be a harsh place.

I don't think I've ever finished reading the entire story on Wattpad and I only remembered some parts of it, so no idea if a lot has changed between the original and the published version. The characters though remained the same. Violet and Kasper are both very different. Him being a vampire has no problem killing people and he enjoys playing with Violet. While she is a vegetarian and stumbles upon a horrifying situation at least once a day, being surrounded by vampires.

In the beginning the hate is big, but after living with the vampires for months it gets very difficult for Violet to keep on to that hatred. You could see some parts coming from miles away, but I liked how hard she kept on to her humanity. There is a lot of drama going around her and Violet is simply a piece in a much larger chess game. There never was really a choice for her.

Kasper is a jerk, that much is true. For about at least fifty percent of the novel, I wasn't not a fan and even afterwards there were some moments of doubt. Being a vampire prince has left him spoiled and conceited, though it's clear he doesn't like the way he feels when he's around Violet. I did very much like the change he went through during the story. He still wasn't the nicest guy, but I could start believing he would be good to Violet.

So the romance part between these two was okay, but the whole drama around it with the secondary characters a little less. At one point there was a love triangle thing going on and I'm just not a fan. I also found it strange, that some characters were so important in the beginning and then suddenly from one chapter to the next, those characters hardly get mentioned again.

The romance in the novel clearly overwhelmed the more intriguing parts of the plot, namely the whole dark heroine thing. I think you can guess where this was going, though I was surprised how long it took to get to that point. For the most part it was all drama this and drama that and then in the end, 'oh yeah, there is this thing too'. Considering the book is over 500 pages long, I would have liked to have seen more overall plot development.

Overall definitely not a bad book and I'm intrigued enough to want to read the second book as well. It will be about completely different characters, so we'll see how that goes. I feel this book is more aimed at mature young adults, as the overall tone of the book seems pretty young but there are some parts that are certainly adult.


The Dark Heroine - Reading order and purchase links


The Author
Abigail Gibbs was born and raised in deepest, darkest Devon. She is currently studying for a BA in English at the University of Oxford and considers herself a professional student, as the real world is yet to catch up with her. Her greatest fear is blood and she is a great advocate of vegetarianism, which logically led to the writing of her first novel, Dinner With A Vampire. At age fifteen, she began posting serially online under the pseudonym Canse12, and after three years in the internet limelight, set her sights towards total world domination. She splits her time between her studies, stories and family, and uses coffee to survive all three.

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