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The Rest Falls Away (Gardella Vampire Chronicles Series #1)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

terrific vampire slayer historical romantic fantasy

Her debut season was delayed for the last two years due to first the death of her grandfather and then the death of her father. Now Victoria Gardella Grantworth looks forward to attending the galas and balls. That is until three weeks ago when she began dreaming of ki...
Her debut season was delayed for the last two years due to first the death of her grandfather and then the death of her father. Now Victoria Gardella Grantworth looks forward to attending the galas and balls. That is until three weeks ago when she began dreaming of killing vampires. Turning to her elderly eccentric Aunt Eustace for guidance, Victoria learns about her family legacy in which she is this generation┬┐s venator, killing vampires. --- While her aunt oversees her killer training and her mother oversees her get a ducal spouse training, Victoria worries about that first kill that is the vampire not a husband. She has nowhre to place the wooden stake until Eustace explains what garters are for. At her coming out party, her two worlds blend when she meets Lord Phillip de Lacey and senses a vampire that she must kill. She excuses herself from Phillip, not easy to do since she is attracted to him and him to her. She almost stakes the chief vampire executioner Maximilan Pesaro though she makes split second mid-course correction to stake a female vampire as her first kill. Now Victoria understands the double life she must lead as Phillip courts her while she practices to become a vampire executioner extraordinaire. --- Buffy goes regency with this terrific vampire slayer historical romantic fantasy that will have readers craving more Gardella adventures. Victoria is a wonderful nineteen years old heroine, as she lacks confidence yet at the same time believes she can do anything required of her. The story line is filled with action that uses the activities of the Ton to set the time and place and the trials and tribulations of the newest venator struggling to keep her two lives apart with one being top secret (mindful of Silver Age Superman). This fun opening gamut in the Gardella saga has cross-genre appeal that fans will enjoy. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Easy read.

Good book, little suspenseful. I am looking forward to reading the next in line.

posted by MandNmom on April 28, 2012

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

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    Unexpected, unique escape!

    After two weeks of trying to find a good paranormal romance series that does NOT have a hot full-on sex scene in the first 10 pages of the book with hardly any story behind the two characters and a main character that does not annoy the crap out of me, i have found it!! One of the reasons-besides the ones i have named-i like The Gardella Vampire Chronicles is because they're very unique. The author takes us back to 19th century London where there are vampires and Venators (Vampire-hunters) where Victoria (New Venator) has the duty to kill vampires while at the same time have a romance that she must never let cross. The story is unpredictable and the romance is very sweet and realistic unlike most romance novels i have TRIED to get through and failed. If you liked the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost you will most certainly like this one as well. With two chapters left of this book, I have not even finished reading and yet here i am typing away a review!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    Love this series

    This is one of the best series I have ever read. A different take on the vampire craze. Love the play between Victoria, Max, and Sebastian. A definate must read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Great Victorian Age Paranormal Romance!

    Great story, think Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Jane Austen's world. Keeps you intrigued and guessing from the first chapter, unpredictable. A great read for vampire fans and Jane Austen lovers...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

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    Surprisingly GOOD!

    I hesitated reading this book but pick it up anyway. Though the story happen in the time when women wear pouffy dresses, with bee hive hair and men were...well, lets say that men are like that anymore! The plot, the characters, and the writing, all were excellent. I was very surprised that I liked the book. I agree with the previous review: If you love Jeaniene Frost, you will like this one too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    Great Book

    This book and the series over all is very good. Though parts of this book really makes me mad I really did like it there was a great plot and it was very differnt from what I have read lately. But it makes me so MAD it what happens. It is a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2007

    Good Book

    I really liked this book. Very inventive and a different turn on vampire series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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