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

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

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by Colleen Gleason

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In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of vampire slaying, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous, moonlit streets, Victoria's heart is torn between London's most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and


In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of vampire slaying, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous, moonlit streets, Victoria's heart is torn between London's most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her enigmatic ally, Sebastian Vioget. And when she comes face to face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make the choice between duty and love.

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What if Buffy went Regency? Vampires terrorize 19th-century London society in this historical vampire slayer thriller, Gleason's first book and the first in a projected series.

Historically, a member of the Gardella family has been the one to pick up the stake. The newest slayer to follow her destiny is young, beautiful Victoria Gardella Grantworth. Master vampire executioner Maximilian Pesaro has his doubts about her -- Victoria seems far too busy thinking about gowns, dances, her debut to society, and her romance with the dashing Marquis of Rockley. But her aunt has faith in her niece, who stakes a vampire on the first try. Victoria's courage and heart are tested to the max, as Lilith brings her entire entourage to London. Victoria, who has led a double life in an effort to hide her vocation and family legacy from Rockley, will be forced to choose between her heart and her destiny. Ginger Curwen

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The Rest Falls Away (Gardella Vampire Chronicles Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
HannahRose More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Pandora422 More than 1 year ago
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...
CarolynY More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has orginality. The characters were great and not predictable. They aren't like every other vampire series, which that in itself makes it awesome. The stroy line is great and unpredictable as well. Most stories you know where the main characters will go and where they will end up, but not with this series. Definitely a series worth reading.
twilightfan201 More than 1 year ago
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.
ChristineEveryday More than 1 year ago
I was very intrigued by this book when I discovered it. From the minute I picked it up to read, I was ensnared! It has a unique, fresh storyline and characters that are realistic. Victoria was an awesome, real heroine and vampires in Regency England was great! I could not put down this book, nor could it release me until I had read the last page. There was no offensive content in this book. I am very eager to read the next in this series. I love vampire romances and can never get enough of them. I highly recommend this book and have told others about it. This is a keeper.
MandNmom More than 1 year ago
Good book, little suspenseful. I am looking forward to reading the next in line.
cindy boerner More than 1 year ago
Fast paced along with great character development. Surprisingly the author pulls off the idea of a victorian era buffy the vampire slayer. I cant wait to tead the rest of the series.
booklover1A1 More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book because the book was not a carbon copy of other vampire books. The book displayed a witty sense of humor and it had taste. I have read the rest of the series that is out and I recommend this book to those who enjoy vampires, a historical setting and romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book about Victoria - a chosen vampire slayer in 19th Century England. Victoria finds help sneaking out of the house at night when she finds her maid believes and knows all about vampires. Then there is Max, another vampire slayer, and Sebastian, owner of the bar, The Silver Chalice, is he friend or foe? Victoria falls in love with Phillip, and is engaged to marry him and of course that creates another set of problems for her. I read this book from start to finish and I started the second book in the series, Rises the Night and I am really enjoying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Very inventive and a different turn on vampire series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Rest Falls Away is a good start to what I¿m sure will be a great series. Being set in 19th-century England a lot of people will want to compare it in general terms to Jane Austen, I¿ve already seen several reviews online claiming this to be a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Pride and Prejudice. There are some comic social scenes in this book that reminded me very much of Jane Austen given a modern twist. But in the end it is completely the creation of Colleen Gleason with twists and emotional hurtles all her own. /// Victoria is the perfect heroine. Smart, sexy, and tough while remaining vulnerable, she is the reason I love this book. Secretly I¿m dying to be her, including wearing the fancy dresses and kicking undead butt. Even though Victoria is a very modern heroine for the time period, she works well with the rest of the storyline. Max is another great character, with brooding good looks and full of mystery there is a lot in his past that I will enjoy reading about in future novels. Then there is Sebastian, but trust me you will want to read about him for yourself.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This is a unique take on vampire hunting, with the central character being a young debutante in Regency England. Victoria would like to concentrate on finding a husband during her first season, but she is descended from the Gardella family, legendary vampire hunters called Venators. So she must choose to do her duty and use the gifts she was born with, plus those she gains by vowing to be a Venator, or refuse the task and have her memory wiped. Complicating matters are the three men in her life: Phillip, who takes her breath away in the ballroom; Max, her stubborn vampire-hunting partner; and Sebastian, a mystery-man who deals with both vampires and mortals. As the Venators try to stop the leader of the vampires, Lilith, from gaining more power, Victoria struggles to lead a normal life. Can she find love when she always has to be on guard with a stake at the ready? This was a great beginning to the Gardella Vampire Hunters series, and I'm looking forward to seeing Victoria's character develop in the rest of the series.
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Completely unexpected background and absolutely perfect series! Any paranormal series with a love story is absolutely perfect for me, and now apparently set it back in history and i fall in love! This series has so much depth to it! The characters are amazing and you get such a feel for the time period it's set into. Corsets, courting and balls seem dated until you read this series and fall in love with them wishing you could experience that time. The idea of mixing the modern fad of vampires with historical London is the perfect mix for romance and suspense. Highly recommended!
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