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: 💀💀💀💀

Stacking the Shelves: Catching Up

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I’m sorry I haven’t been around too much this year. I have been really sick and I’ve been getting a lot of headaches which is making it hard to read. I will do my best to pop on here every once and awhile, but I’m not sure how much I will post until I’m feeling better. I hope to start reading more soon and maybe writing some reviews. Anyways, here are a few books I’ve bought/received since my last Stacking the Shelves post.

Wishlist Wednesday: Dracula Unbound

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Dracula Unbound Brian W. AldissDracula Unbound by Brian W. Aldiss

Details: Paperback, 275 pages
Published: May 1st 1992 by HarperPrism

Synopsis: When Bram Stoker wrote one of the most famous novels in the world – Dracula – most people didn’t realise that he had a little outside ‘inspiration’. This came in the form of one Joe Bodenland from the 1990s who travelled back in time to secure Stoker’s help on a desperate mission to save humanity from the Undead…
For Dracula is no mere character conjured up by a gifted scribe – he is undead and kicking, shrouded in a wickedness bred by centuries of evolution. Stoker joins Bodenland in a crusade to exterminate all vampires once and for all. But the trail which begins in Utah in the 21st century ends far away in space and time, in aclimax of devastating destruction.
A great page-whipping adventure merging supernatural horror with breathtaking science fantasy, Dracula Unbound displays Brian Aldiss at his romantic and imaginative best.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

What I Read Last Week:

Little Girls Ronald Malfi

  • Little Girls by Ronald Malfi – 💀💀💀💀

    What I Watched Last Week: 

    carrie remakethe thingmonster house


    Currently Reading:

    Vampires: Back in Time to the First Darkness - The Original StoriesVampires: Back in Time to the First Darkness – The Original Stories

    Here come the creatures of the night, in eight timeless tales of horror that have terrified generations and inspired the recent flowering of vampire literature. Discover classics of the genre, such as John Polidori’s The Vampyre (written by Lord Byron’s physician) and Carmilla, the novella that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula and provoked a scandal with its lesbian undercurrent. This fascinating collection also features Johann Ludwig Tieck, Sheridan LeFanu, Guy de Maupssant, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (and his beloved detective, Sherlock Holmes), E.F. Benson, and Stoker himself, with “Dracula’s Guest”–believed to be the original first chapter of his novel, excised by the publisher.

Reading Bites Reading Challenge

Reading Bites Reading Challenge 2016

January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 – Sign up here.

I’m not sure how many vampire books I will be able to get to. I am going to set my goal at ten books. Though I hope to read more.

  1. Vampires: Back in Time to the First Darkness – The Original Stories
  2. Covenant With the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) by Jeanne Kalogridis
  3. Children of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #2) by Jeanne Kalogridis

Wishlist Wednesday: Let the Right One In

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Let the Right One In John Ajvide LindqvistLet the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Details: Paperback, 520 pages
Published: January 22nd 2009 by Quercus
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Oskar is an outsider; bullied at school, dreaming about his absentee father, bored with life on a dreary housing estate. One evening he meets the mysterious Eli. As a romance blossoms between them, Oskar discovers Eli’s dark secret – she is a 200-year-old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood.

Now a major feature film, Let the Right One In is a disturbing and brilliant reworking of the vampire legend, and a deeply moving fable about rejection, friendship and loyalty.