Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Victoria Gardella: Vampire Slayer by Colleen Gleason


A short story introducing readers to the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. 

Join Victoria as she navigates her way through balls and Society even as she works to rid the world of dangerous, bloodthirsty vampires. 

For those who are familiar with the series, this story would have appeared halfway through The Rest Falls Away. 

My Review:

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This short story is an introduction to the Gardella Vampire Chronicles (though, from what I understand, this comes into play after the first novel of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles).   Personally, I think this introduction was a great way to want to pull in readers. 

It has several things that really drag in a read, even though it is a short story.
·         Victoria is an interesting character as she is torn between the world of the ton and the world as a Venator (aka Vampire slayer).  Like any “superhero”, which is kind of what it is like, she has to juggle her public life with her private life.  It is almost to the point that it is funny in this short story. 
·         The appearance of a love “quadrangle” between the 3 men and Victoria is kind of funny. 
·         A good introduction to what it means to be a Venator, and what vampires are like.  It actually appears that there will be no such thing as a “good” vampire in this series, but I’ll have to read the rest of the series to confirm that. 
·         Finally, you can’t beat a paranormal historical short story or novel that actually does a good job of being actually semi historically correct.  I mean it can’t be completely historically correct because of the paranormal aspects, but it was a good job on Ms. Gleason’s part.  It was a bit refreshing. 

The funniest part of the whole thing though was the embarrassment of Victoria walking in on her mother and her mother’s beau.  I can’t think of anything worse or more embarrassing. 

Overall, this was a good short story, and was very entertaining.  I recommend this short story, and look forward to reading more by Ms. Gleason.

Happy Reading!


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