Review: Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat

Queen Victoria Demon Hunter by A.E. MooratQueen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat

Publication Date: October 15th 2009
Details: Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781444700343
Source: My mom bought it for me. 🙂

A.E. Moorat:
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Summary

The novel takes you to the smoggy, cobbled streets of Victoria’s vile and villainous Britain, but not as you know them …A layer of horror will be seamlessly woven in to comedic effect. You’ll meet Queen Victoria not as the bitter old widow forever draped in black, but transformed into an ass-kicking killer of evil creatures. It will be so scarily convincing that you’ll be certain that in the dark days of Queen Victoria, it was more than just the pick-pockets you had to look out for.

Review

I don’t even know how long I’ve been wanting to read this book. All I know is that it’s been years and I can’t believe I have finally read it. After reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when it came out, and loving it. Then reading Romeo & Juliet & Vampires a couple years ago and not liking it, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one. I was hoping I would enjoy it, but I wasn’t going into with the expectations I had for it when I first found out about it and added it to my wish list.

It was so good. I didn’t want to put it down. I lost track of time while reading it and stayed up until 2 AM. I can’t even remember the last time that happened. It was so funny and had great action. There were so many times I was laughing out loud. There were times when I just had to go read bits of it to my dad. I couldn’t wait to see how it would end, but at the same time, I didn’t want it to end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more by this author. I’ve had Henry VIII, Wolfman on my wish list for years as well. I might need to pick that one up soon.

If you want a fast, funny read, with strong female characters and you enjoyed books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, you should check this one out.

Rating: 💀💀💀💀

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Book Review: Covenant With the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) by Jeanne Kalogridis

Covenant With the Vampire by Jeanne KalogridisCovenant With the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) by Jeanne Kalogridis

Publication Date: September 1st 1994
Details: Hardcover, 324 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385313131
Source: I bought it at Goodwill

Jeanne Kalogridis:
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Summary

A sensual, terrifying, incredibly accomplished first novel, this fascinating prequel to the classic and most popular horror novel of all time, Dracula, focuses on Dracula’s great-nephew, who inherits the job of managing his great-uncle’s estate…and his appetite. Written in diary form asDracula is, this compulsively readable book has revelations that will shock and delight readers of the original. More erotic than Anne Rice, Kalogridis is a major new voice in vampire fiction. The first chilling tale in an exciting new trilogy is a rich and terrifying historical novel set fifty years before the opening of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. At the castle of Prince Vlad Tsepesh, also known as Dracula, Vald’s great-nephew Arkady is honored to care for his beloved though strange great-uncle…until he beings to realize what is expected of him in his new role. It seems that either he provides his great-uncle with unsuspecting victims to satisfy his needs, or Vlad will kill those Arkady loves. He is trapped into becoming party to murder and sadistic torture. And it is in his blood. When Arkady learns that his newborn son is being groomed one day to follow in his footsteps, he knows that he must fight Dracula, even if it means death.

Review

I found out about Covenant with the Vampire years ago and knew as soon as I read the synopsis that I had to read this book. I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to get to it, and you know what the sad thing is? If I hadn’t found it at Goodwill, I still probably wouldn’t have read it. I am so happy that the whole trilogy was there and that I bought it because I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It unfortunately took me an entire week to read this book. It had nothing to do with the book or anything. I wanted to read it, I was just having trouble at that time with concentrating. I just couldn’t stay focused of anything. However, I have no doubt that if I wasn’t having that problem, I would have read it in a day. I don’t normally read a lot of books in a single day, but I’m sure this would have been one that I would have flown through. It was just so good.

I think the only problem I had with it, and the reason I had to give it four stars instead of five, was the fact that Arkady drove me insane. There were so many times that I wanted to reach into the book and shake him. I’m pretty sure that at one point I even told my dad that I wanted to smack Arkady because he was being such an idiot.

Other than that small problem, I thought it was an amazing read. It was well written, I absolutely loved the atmosphere, and even though I kept getting distracted, I didn’t want to put the book down. Whenever I wasn’t reading, I wanted to be. I wanted to know what the characters were up to and how it would all end.

Again, I am so glad that I bought the whole trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the next book, Children of the Vampire. If you are into vampires, and you haven’t already read this book, please pick it up and give it a read. I would honestly be surprised it you didn’t enjoy. It was incredible, and I will now read anything and everything from this author.

Rating: 💀💀💀💀

#FrightFall Read-a-Thon Wrap Up

FrightFall 2015

I completely failed. I knew I wouldn’t read a lot since I’m just coming out of a reading slump, but I thought I could manage at least two books. I guess I was wrong. I only read one book. Luckily it was a great book. I really enjoyed it and might even re-read it in a year or two. Everyone should check it out. It’s amazing.

Vlad: The Last ConfessionVlad The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys

Dracula. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality. Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his tale not one of a monster but of a man… and a contradiction.

His tale is told by those who knew him best. The only woman he ever loved…and whom he had to sacrifice. His closest comrade…and traitor. And his priest, betraying the secrets of the confessional to reveal the mind of the man history would forever remember as The Impaler. This is the story of the man behind the legend…as it has never been told before.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

What I Read Last Week:

Vlad: The Last Confession

Currently Reading: 

Christopher Pike's Tales of TerrorChristopher Pike’s Tales of Terror

Death of Despair: Mike wakes up alone one night in his condo. Then his past loves begin to visit him, each, they say, in their dreams. But what Mike does not know is that he has stumbled into a very evil nightmare from which there is no waking.

Revenge: Ted’s girlfriend suddenly dumps him and he just doesn’t think that is right. So he decides to kill her, in a very strange way.

The Fan from Hell: Marvin Summers, the bestselling author of teen fiction, returns to face Lassy, his No. 1 fan. Against his better judgment, Marvin allows himself to get intimately involved with this beautiful and mysterious girl. Only too late does he realize that some of his fans have studied his horror novles a little too closely.

Plus other strange tales from the world’s darkest corners!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Accidentally Quit

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

These are all books that I accidentally quit reading. I didn’t put any of them down because I wasn’t enjoying them. I do hope to pick them all back up at some point and finish them.

The HistorianThe Vampire LestatThe Phantom of the OperaWitch Hunt: History of a PersecutionMultiple MurderersSkeleton CrewItBabyface KillersMarilyn Manson: The Unauthorized BiographyVampires: Encounters With the Undead

  1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – I was really enjoying this one but I have a hard time reading hardcovers. I recently found a used paperback of it for a couple of dollars, so I hope to get back into this one soon.
  2. The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2) by Anne Rice – I read about half of this one before getting distracted. It was during the summer so that was happening a lot. Can’t wait to get back into this one.
  3. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – I honestly have no idea why I never finished this one. I read half of it and I remember really enjoying it. I probably got distracted by another book.
  4. Witch Hunt: History of a Persecution by Nigel Cawthorne – I started reading this during the summer and got about halfway through it but put it down to read something else. I’m pretty sure I was reading two books and I just started reading the other book instead. This one was interesting. I need to get back into it.
  5. Multiple Murderers by Max Haines – I think I was reading this during class (grade 6 or 7) and the teacher took it from me and I didn’t get it back until the end of the year. Or maybe that was a different book. I can’t remember. That was a long time ago.
  6. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King – This one was a gift from an old friend. I wasn’t really in the mood for it at the time, but I felt like I had to read it. I mean he didn’t have to pick it up for me. It was a nice surprise. I still feel bad that I haven’t finished it. I think I was in a reading slump at the time because I love me some Stephen King.
  7. It by Stephen King – I started this one while I was spending the weekend with my mom and her boyfriend at their trailer. There were just too many distractions and I never picked it back up.
  8. Babyface Killers: Horrifying True Stories of America’s Youngest Murderers by Clifford L. Linedecker – This is one I started reading when I was 12 or 13 and I just never got around to finishing it. This might have been the one the teacher took.
  9. Marilyn Manson: The Unauthorized Biography by Doug Small – I started reading this one while I was in a reading slump. That might have been a mistake.
  10. Vampires: Encounters With the Undead by David J. Skal – I got this book for Christmas when I was 14. I started reading it but it was just so big and heavy. I really want to pick this one up again. Okay, maybe not pick it up, but I do want to read it. If you ever see this book in hardcover, you should pick it up to see how heavy it is.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

What I’ve Recently Read:

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Currently Reading:

4712458Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys

Dracula. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality. Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his tale not one of a monster but of a man… and a contradiction.

His tale is told by those who knew him best. The only woman he ever loved…and whom he had to sacrifice. His closest comrade…and traitor. And his priest, betraying the secrets of the confessional to reveal the mind of the man history would forever remember as The Impaler. This is the story of the man behind the legend…as it has never been told before.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

These are the top ten books on my fall TBR. I have no idea if I will read all of these. I hope I can. I am a mood reader so some of these might be switched out for something else. I would like to at least try and get these read.

1. Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys

Vlad: The Last Confession

2. The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick #1) by John Updike

The Witches of Eastwick

3. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ghost Stories and Plays by Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Ghost Stories and Plays

4. Misery by Stephen King

Misery

5. Creature by John Saul

Creature

6. Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter #1) by Thomas Harris

Red Dragon

7. 30 Days of Night: Official Novelization of The Film by Tim Lebbon, Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie

30 Days of Night: Official Novelization of The Film

8. Zomburbia (Zombie Apocalypse #1) by Adam Gallardo

Zomburbia

9. The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology

The New Dead

10. The Mammoth Book of Vampires

The Mammoth Book of Vampires