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A is for Anne Rice – The Reason I Love Vampires

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter “A”… Wait, am I allowed to say that, or is that some sort of breach of copyright? Shhhhhh…

Anne Rice

My first post for the A to Z Challenge (For a list of all the posts and info about my theme click here!) is about one of my favourite authors, Anne Rice.

My love for Anne Rice’s wonderful novels actually started before I even had read one of them. I saw the movie “The Queen of the Damned” and fell in love with the world of Vampires that she had created. I did not know at the time, that her story differed greatly from the storyline of the movie, but that did not matter to me and it still doesn’t. Maybe if I had read the books first, I would not have been so impressed by the movie. Therefore, I’m glad I saw the movie first!

I started reading the Vampire Chronicles not long after seeing the movie for the first time. It amazed me. The Vampires had such history and the details made the world and characters come alive. I fell in love with each vampire, each for different reasons. I could never truly decide who was my favourite. Even now I will say “Armand for sure, oh but Lestat… Hmm, but I really like Marius… Oh bother…” and that continues until I have listed each and every one of them.

In high school, which is when I first read the books, I started wearing my makeup like the vampires in the Queen of the Damned movie. I would put dark and light brown all around my eyes and a bit of a silvery purple on the inside corner. Sometimes I would put a bit of red around my eyes, to really get the vampire look. I was always a vampire every Hallowe’en.

In grade twelve, I finally picked up the first of the Mayfair Witches books, The Witching Hour. I love love loved them. And then when the Vampire Chronicles tied in with the Witches, I was in heaven.

Last Hallowe’en, Anne Rice released another installment into the Vampire Chronicles, Price Lestat. I haven’t read it yet! I know, what’s wrong with me? I got it for Christmas and it is still sitting on my book shelf unopened. I think it’s for the same reason I took so long to read the final book in the Wheel of Time. I don’t want it to be over.

I know that Anne Rice might, and probably will, write another book with the Brat Prince (Lestat), but I still don’t want to read it yet, because I will never be able to read it for the first time ever again. I know, it’s silly.

I will get to it eventually, and when I do, I will love it. I know I will.

If you have not yet read an Anne Rice novel, please, ooooh please, pick up Interview with the Vampire ASAP! You will not regret it!

Review of Rosehead by Ksenia Anske

Rosehead CoverFirst of all, what a great cover. Don’t you agreed? Matches the title perfectly. It may not be accurate to the description in the book but that doesn’t matter! It catches the eye and makes you think, ‘what the hell?’. Perfect.

I have read Ksenia Anske’s tweets for quite some time now and I downloaded her book of tweets, Blue Sparrow, and enjoyed it, so I finally decided to read one of her novels. I chose Rosehead solely based off of the cover. Really, I did. I had no idea what the story was about nor what age group it was aimed at. (Turns out it is a mid-grade book, but I believe it is enjoyable for any age!)

The story is about a young girl named Lilith Bloom who has travelled from America to Germany with her family for a family reunion. Lilith sees and feels things that most other people do not and her mother forces her to take pills to stop the visions. Upon arrival at her grandfather’s home, Lilith discovers that something is very wrong about her grandfather’s rose garden. She sets off, with her talking dog, Panther, to discover what mysteries lie in the garden.

The story is reminiscent of The Little Shop of Horrors, but has it’s own twists and turns. The character’s are intriguing and sympathetic. And Panther is a convincing talking dog (He really just wants some steak, madam).

Although the premise is quite dark, the writing itself make the story feel rather whimsical and, at times, even comedic.

I recommend this novel and I surely hope that Ksenia Anske writes a sequel!

Buy it here: Rosehead on Amazon

Or download for free here: KseniaAnske.com/books/Rosehead

Ksenia’s blog: KseniaAnske.com

Review of Copyright A Novel by Lori Lesko

Copyright A NovelAnother review!

I had been looking forward to reading Copyright A Novel ever since reading an excerpt on Lori Lesko’s website (link below) months ago. The idea of someone stealing your unfinished novel and publishing it themselves makes me sick to my stomach. I needed to find out how Amber dealt with it. I saw on Twitter that it was out and had to get it right away.

The plot is great. The twists and turns were unpredictable and, for lack of better words, in your face. I read the entire novel in one day because I just had to find out what was going to happen next.

The main character seemed very real, almost too real at times. Amber changes a lot throughout the book and most of those changes are not for the better due to her struggles with addiction. There were times I hated her. Yes, hated her. I understood her hardships and why she did what she did, but that does not mean I agreed with them. At all. She manages to grow positively eventually and for that I am thankful.

I am intrigued to see how Amber’s story continues and how the family dynamics play out in her future.

My one complaint (aside from hating the main character at times :P) is that some of the other characters seemed to flat. They did not feel as real as Amber. But this could be because not much time is spent with any of the other characters, so maybe in future stories about Amber, the other characters will start to feel more real.

I recommend this book and await a follow up novel!

Lori’s blog (with links to purchase the novel): lorilesko.com

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