Saturday, August 31, 2013

Heart of the Vampire (The Vanderlind Castle Series #2) Review and Giveaway

Author: Gayla Twist

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance

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Book Blurb: Aurora Keys is heartbroken, struggling to forget the beautiful and enigmatic Jessie Vanderlind, who has told her it is too dangerous for them to be together. And he may be right. Jessie is, after all, a vampire. But that doesn't make forgetting him any easier.

Just as Aurora is starting to pull her shattered life back together, Jessie reappears at her window with a warning: there are many vampires who want to see her dead—and him locked in a coffin for a hundred years. Aurora and Jessie are accused of staking a vampire for the sake of a human and must fly to Budapest to plead their case in front of a vampire tribunal. Their only hope of survival is to convince the world’s oldest vampire family that they are desperately in love—and have been for nearly 80 years.

My Rant: 

Heart of the Vampire was romantically sweet. The book picks up exactly where Call of a Vampire left off. Viktor is dead and now there are vampires out to avenge his death. Jessie and Aurora now have to take a trip to Budapest for a tribunal to see if they would vote Jessie and Aurora guilty or innocent of the charges of murder. This story was amazingly written. I was engaged and emotional strapped to both Jessie and Aurora. The romance they have between each other is completely innocent but undeniable because they have that connection to each other. The love both the characters shared is heartfelt throughout the book.

These two characters just fit so when the story began with Aurora and Frank being together I just could not see the connection between them. I mean don’t get me wrong, Frank was charming and gorgeous as the author describes him. He was everything that most girls would want in a steady relationship but his relationship with Aurora was just plain. It is nothing like Jessie’s appeal. I know you all are probably thing here she goes again on and on about her vampires. All I can say is yup that is me I love my vamps they seem to be a little more romantic because they are dead, they drink blood and they are immortal. How cool would it be to have a boyfriend that a vamp. I’m just stating the obvious.

 The storyline becomes emotional because there are different elements that are also bought into the story. For one, Aurora in the previous book was more conscious about her decisions and although that made her a mature character I liked to see her act more her age and in this story you get that from her character because she is making reckless decisions to fight for the thing she wanted the most, Jessie. I really liked to see this part of Aurora I feel like it brought out more of her character. Not only does Aurora have to fight with the dreams or shall I say Collette’s dreams to figure out what happen to her great aunt but she now has to deal with her all powerful grandmother that has gained some weird powers since we last seen her in the previous books. I wonder how this is going to play out in the future.

The actions is ongoing in this story. All the vamps are out to kill Aurora and they are trying some devious things to push her out into the open to carry out the order to avenge the fellow vampire Viktor. But Jessie was not having any of it. Jessie put on his alpha male suite and stood his ground to protect Aurora. Jessie was courageous and you couldn’t help but to fall in love with him more. I mean he was fighting against some powerful vamps that had a lot of pull to the point where they hired the Mob to attempt to kill Aurora .These vamps are taking this seriously they are doing everything in their power to eliminate her which kept the action on going. You never knew what was going to happen next so your all wound up but there is a rush of excitement because you are not sure whether or not the characters are going to get through it.

 The dinner scene was quite interesting. The author shows the Vampires in different light. Although most of them have the, I am the Alpha and Omega and you’re just a puny little human attitude. They wanted so bad to re-live their lives out as a humans. Through Aurora they wanted to re-learn what food tasted like and how humans danced to the eighties music. I mean there were parts in this story where I had laughed so hard I almost cried. The scene humanized the vampires but in the end there were some that were as devious as satan himself.

 Toward the end my heart began to break because Jessie was so brave. He was fearless and it made my heart crumble, especially when he was going to sacrifice his own life for Aurora and it just didn’t stop there. When the vampires were going to take Jessie up on his offer of his own life Aurora steps in and offers hers and at this point I am all teary eyed. The sacrifices that both Jessie and Aurora were going to make were selfless. Jessie and Aurora are two hearts beating as one with an unbreakable bond toward each other, awwwhhhhh how romantic. Overall, I loved this story. There was action, good and bad vamps, humor, electrifying romance scene and an endless love story that would make you heart sputter.

My Recommendation: 

I rated this book 5 out of 5 Purple Rant Hearts and would recommend this book to YA paranormal romance readers.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author, editor, publisher, or Promo Host. This is my honest opinion about this book and I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.

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  1. The Vanderlind Castle sounds like an amazing series. Thanks for the insightful review. The series sounds like a unique addition to the genre that I would really enjoy.

  2. Kamla, I love this series. the story is so innocent and touching. Jessie and aurora are perfect together.


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