The Rest Falls Away (Gardella Vampire Chronicles Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 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...
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Overview

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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A promising, enthusiastic beginning to a new paranormal historical series, Gleason's major label debut follows the adventures of a conflicted young vampire hunter in Regency England. Victoria Gardella is a young upper-class lady on the verge of her debut; however, just before her society introduction, she learns that she is the last in a long line of vampire hunters-Venators-and must soon choose whether to embrace her destiny. Her decision is complicated by a reunion with her preadolescent love, Phillip, now marquess of Rockley; her desire for romance doesn't mesh well with her new training schedule, much less with her moonlight patrol duties. Matters are made more difficult by the arrival of the queen of the vampires, Lilith, who seeks a mystical tome that will put a demonic army at her disposal. Though it might seem familiar to fans of Teresa Medeiros's Regency vamp series, Gleason quickly establishes an alluring world all her own. Her Buffyesque lead (Gleason has acknowledged the inspiration) is similarly afflicted, but the change of setting makes an intriguing, witty and addictive twist. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440657542
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Series: Gardella Vampire Chronicles , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 97,074
  • File size: 312 KB

Meet the Author

Colleen Gleason
Colleen Gleason
Colleen Gleason is the author of eleven books.

Her debut novel, The Rest Falls Away, the first in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, was released to acclaim in early 2007. Publishers Weekly cited Colleen in a cover story about promising new romance novelists, and joined other media in giving The Rest Falls Away glowing reviews.
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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 December 9, 2008

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    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 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

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Great Series

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Easy read.

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Very good book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 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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  • Posted October 20, 2008

    The Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Extraordinary novel

    This is one of the most intriguing, well-written, best-conceived, and at times heart-rending of the paranormal romances I've read of late. At first glance, the plot and situations might seem familiar, perhaps even a touch cliche to avid readers of the romance genre. But then, perhaps, that is the beauty of the finely-crafted book: nothing is as it seems. Victoria Gardella Grantworth is a likable, high-born debutante progressing through the expected life of a young woman of her class in 19th Century London. But amidst the formal courtships and the glamour of balls and parties, Victoria is a Venator -- a vampire hunter. Social callings are difficult enough with the constant duty of dashing off to kill vampires, but when Phillip de Lacy, marquess and the most eligible bachelor on the scene, falls in love with her, and her with him, matters are escalated. More players enter the equation, Victoria's secret grows ever more difficult to conceal, and she must learn to choose -- between the normal life she craves and the higher calling her bloodline demands. The reversal of noble hero and damsel in distress, evident throughout the book, makes it rather unique. The handsome hero, Phillip, who of course fell for Victoria's heady ways and beauty like any good hero of a Harlequin title might, is actually the one who must skulk about to undermine the protection of his love -- a calling which usually falls to the 'meek' heroine. I was slightly apprehensive when I began this book that it might have turned out a clone of famous 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. However, and it is only because I know the danger of its 'similarity' has been breached several times, I must say that they are very different in atmosphere, and in characters even moreso. The side characters are exceptional, three-dimensional. Her aunt, who serves somewhat as a device for informing both Victoria and reader on the 'universe' in which the book is set, is still likable -- a personality in her own right. The two foils for hero Philip, 'bad-boy' Sebastian and the cold, stoic Maximilian, Victoria's assistant in slaying, are likable in their own way, and I'll be curious to see more of them in the next book of the series. The one character I'd have liked to have seen fleshed out a bit more, villainness Lilith, will perhaps become more layered in future books. 'The Rest Falls Away' truly has an excellent plot -- I read the entire book in less than a day it was so compelling. Gripping is a proper word here. A warning, however, to the fans of light-hearted romance -- this is a heavy novel. Excellent, a compelling read, and touching on deep levels, but heavy and at times grim. A beautiful, well-researched and real world, this is a believable and bittersweet novel I'd recommend to any fan of the paranormal genre. 'The Rest Falls Away' is one of the best thought-out novels I've read recently.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    Unique

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    A Great Start to a New Series - Vampire Chronicles

    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.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Vampires and Corsets

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

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    Completely unexpected background and absolutely perfect series!

    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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