Dark Heirloom (an Ema Marx Novel #1)

Dark Heirloom (an Ema Marx Novel #1)

by J. D. Brown

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ISBN-13: 9780615623993
Publisher: NightMare Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

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Dark Heirloom 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
hard+to+out+it+down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay. A little hard to get into but hard to put down. Easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really catches you right from the start hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it stayed interesting from the beginning to the end
RoxanaRP More than 1 year ago
We have Ema Marx, a young woman who is chased on the streets by a dangerous and mortal I might add... thief, who doesn't want her money, but she's saved in the last moments by an elderly woman.... And that's how a great journey begins... because we find out that Ema is a vampire, who has never been bitten! Interested? This is the mystery that drives much of the novel. How did she turn? Was she bitten without her knowledge, or is some other force at work? What is her background, and how might her heritage be responsible for her present predicament? Later, we find out more about her who attacked her and that's how we meet Jalmari and his brother, Jesu, after Ema is taken to a castle on an island near Helsinki. Now Ema finds herself in a very strange situation, with Jesu, a very hot guy who attracts her like the moth to a flame, but who's also her teacher. Jesu has to initiate Ema in this dark and strange world, where she has new and deadly powers, so it's necessary that she must find a way to control them, just like she has to with her bloodlust.  I must admit that I was captured in Jesu's spell, almost as much as Ema and I understood her attraction but also way that was a bad idea all around.  Even more so, Jesu has a premonition that involves Ema, and should his prediction come true, it would have grave repercussions on the vampire world. So she's pressured by time to find her way and more than that, find herself and the control on his powers, before it's too late...  Most of the narrative takes place in Finland, an original setting for a vampire story, and delves into the origins of the vampire race, as well as the different clans they are divided into. Each clan has its own history and powers. I really loved this part of the story, because it's very rare to find a story that takes place in Europe, more o in Finland, where some time long ago the vikings Gods ruled the world, or at least the myths of the people... I loved Ema and her feisty nature, she didn't back down in front of Jalmary or anyone else for that matter, but she was also scared and confused, like every other human being would be about her nature, powers and Jesu... oh, Jesu... I should say more about him, but I won't do it because I'm evil like that and I'll simply say: Go and read the book! Final Decision. If you love an original story about vampires, with a plot completely different than what you have read until know in your life, then give it a try. If you would to read a good story, then you HAVE to read it. My rating: 5/5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ema Marks is a young women in her early twenties who’s life takes a dark twist when she finds herself transformed and awakens in a different world that she never knew existed. Ema’s new life begins with being chased by a mysterious mad man who has a deadly plan for her that get abruptly cut short by Ema’s own secret that even she doesn’t know of. After loosing consciousness Ema find herself an unwilling guest in her mad mans mansion. The mansion also has other “guests” such as her captor’s brother, his female companion and the mansions staff. Ema has many surprises in store as her life begins to transform and she is exposed to the world she never knew existed. I enjoyed the books character development and a rich history as their lives and their pasts start to unroll into a memorizing story of vampires and their origins. Ema is a great female protagonist with her strength and her determination to make it though what life has dealt her making it easy to get lost in her story and what’s going to happen next. Parts of the story were predictable but keep the readers attention. From the very first line the book grabs your attention and keeps it until the end. The ending will leave you wanting more ready to dive right into the next book in the series. In, all if you are looking for a suspenseful love and hate story, this dynamic book will take you for a ride with its dynamic characters and entertaining story.by Rebecca Baker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark Heirloom is filled with rich detail. The author has created a complex fantasy world and vampire lore for her setting. Fantasy readers will love the world building in this book.  The characters and premise of the story are interesting. The author's effort in describing the main and secondary characters and giving them backstories was incredible. Unfortunately, the same effort was not spent on moving the plot along. The book starts off strong, but loses its punch to the explanation of the fantasy world. The detail really bogged down the plot progression. Too frequently for my taste, a miraculous jump in the plot occurs when  the main character, Ema, faints or passes out and awakens in another country or back in the realm of the living.  I appreciated that this was not another vampire romance novel. I enjoyed that the author toggled between the POV of Ema and Jalmari which gives the reader more insight to the characters. While not all the content is appropriate for young adults, the writing style will appeal to young-adult fantasy fans. For me, the detail was a little much, the pace a little sluggish, and the story premise not built up enough for the cliff-hanger to hook me.  ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.
lucy0326 More than 1 year ago
I started this book while on a break at work and I got so into the book that I had to set a timer to remind me that it was time to work. This book has great characters that you feel for at moments and hate at others. This book has everything to hook you from beginning to end. It has great action, suspense, and just enough romance to make it impossible for you to put the book down. Ema has to deal with not only being attacked but learning that she is now a vampire after the attack. Now she has to deal with new powers and the fact that she just may be the reason the people that are helping her die! Trust me when I say that this book will suck you into the pages and not let you go until you finish it! *This book was gifted to me by the author for a honest review.*
kph21 More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn't love a feisty heroine? Ema Marx is just that. She's been turned vampire without all of the 'ordinary' rigamarole. Ms. Brown created her ensemble of characters that simply mesmerize the reader into reading on and on. I think the only real problem.. the book ended too soon! There's more to come and I need to start reading Dark Liaison now so I can see what happens next. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 stars worth reading... Total Pages: 750; Story Pages: 739 Ema Marx series, book #2 Vampires/Vampyres. One is born while the other is turned. I kinda skipped through this one. It was just okay. Very long. Could have left out some of the more boring parts.
ondreea More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. Made the mistake of starting it at night and then ended up with a book hangover the next day because I stayed up way to late reading. This is the first book I've read in a long time that really grabbed my attention and held it; that's why I gave it 5 stars. Based on the cover, I might have passed this book over, but the description is what garnered my interest, but it was the writing style and story that kept my interest. All of the characters fascinated me. If you like action this book will grab you right away because that's what it starts with. I kept wondering if the characters were how and and who they appeared to be on the surface because little tidbits of information gets released throughout the story. Ema is a great female character. I love her constancy -- so tired of characters who can't make up their mind who they are and blow hot and cold. Ema is also intelligent and thoughtful. Even though I really want her to rush into a relationship in the book she doesn't and really looks at her feelings. The book left me on such a cliff hanger I can't wait for the next one of the series. I think readers will also love all of the characters, especially Jesu and Maria. Some things were hinted at about Maria towards the end of the book that I can't wait to get the answers for either. There is a pivotal part in the book between Ema and Jalmari and I was afraid for the path he was headed towards. Was happy to see the conscious decision he made, but not sure how it really worked out. I'm thinking it'll get explained more in the next book. So many characters to like and care about
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
With complicated characters, a “How did I become a Vampire” mystery, a few personality conflicts, some “budding romance” moments and a demon entity living within his vampire son’s mind, one would think that being held captive upon finding out you are now a vampire would be a little overwhelming, but Ema is no shrinking violet! So what if she gags at the thought of drinking blood, that is, until she gets a bag or two in her hands. I also wouldn’t call the main character, Ema a completely adorable person, but she has her moments as she learns to shapeshift and tries to beat the vamps at their own game! Which vampire can be trusted? Who has another agenda? Author J. D. Brown has written a fantastic guide to vampire lore, giving some pretty detailed descriptions of different clans and their abilities. Who knew vampires could be so different? Or that they could blush blue? There is some great detail in most areas, and some mystery still surrounding others. By switching POVs, the author fleshes out the tale well, making the characters more believable in their actions in this “sort of” dark story that even has a castle! If you like your paranormal reads on the slightly dark side, with a slightly slower pace, but with great twists, and a moment or two of warmth and humor, this could be the start of something great for you!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Dark Heirloom, by J.D. Brown, begins with a young woman thrust into a world of which she knows nothing and has no idea whom she can trust. Essentially whisked from a Chicago street after a violent attack by vampires, Ema wakes up in a medieval castle as an unwanted guest of the king of the area’s vampire population. After learning that she was actually born a vampire, Ema tries to come to grips with that knowledge and learns how to use the many different abilities she slowly discovers. A tense relationship with the king and friendship with his brother keep Ema guessing about her possible fate, since she cannot leave the island or go back to the life she had. Through reading old texts in the castle library, Ema discovers things she wishes she could forget but does gain some idea about what her life will now be like as she struggles to understand what she is supposed to do. J.D. Brown has created much more than the typical vampire story in Dark Heirloom. There is a tremendous depth of background that adds considerably to this tale without taking anything away from the action and forward movement of the plot. There is plenty of humor, romance, and some tense scenes all within the supernatural atmosphere of life in a vampire clan. Brown uses the characters’ past to strongly impact the present and leave a tremendous problem for the future as all the characters adjust to drastic changes and try to understand their places in the new dynamics of the clan. Well written and hard to put down, Dark Heirloom is a must-read for fans of the supernatural.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was GREAT!!! I jusg finished reading it and I can't wait to get the next book in the series to see what happens next. J.D. Brown does an amazing job with the characters and the story keeps your attention throughout the whole story. I am patiently waiting for the next one.
LadybugLinLH More than 1 year ago
J.D. Brown delivers suspense, drama, confusion and resolution in a voice so powerful you are literally out of breath by the time you reach...only it ISN'T the end! It's a brilliantly crafted teaser, or perhaps it is better to call DARK HEIRLOOM an appetiser for the suspense, drama, confusion, and hopefully, conclusion promised by the upcoming sequel to this story. Will Ema succeed, or fall prey to the two diabolically powerful enemies seeking to end her strange new life before the prophesy can be fulfilled? All I can say is...HOLY COW! My bottom is sore from shifting and squirming while this tale played out before my avaricious eyes...I mean...I should have long been asleep since I had an appointment today, but who can sleep when your body is so caught up in the drama unfolding before your eyes your mind won't shut down until you know the ending...but this is NOT ending here...so now I have to sit on the edge of my badly wrinkled bed and wait till the sequel. And so I give J.D. Brown FIVE stars and say...OKAY GIRL, WHEN IS THE SEQUEL COMING OUT?
Shirazee More than 1 year ago
Having enjoyed the taster book 'Bites' I was really looking forward to reading the full book and was not disappointed in the slightest! Just when you think the vampire story has been done to death, along comes J D Brown with some new ideas and twists. Great story, kept me gripped, really looking forward to reading more when the next chapter comes out.
CharleneAWilson More than 1 year ago
From the start, J.D. Brown's Dark Heirloom grabs you with an attack on Chicago resident, Ema Marx. Little did she know that she would be propelled into a life right beside the very demon who aimed to kill her. Prince Jalmari ta Korento was only fulfilling his duty, albeit with satisfaction, when the "little mouse" turned into one of his own. He was ready to complete his task when the very vampyre who ordered the extinction of the gypsies ordered him to take her back to his castle in Lapland, Finland, to heal. And what a mess she ended up making of things. It appeared she was the woman to fulfill an age old premonition received by his brother, Jesu. A premonition Jesu had finally deemed false. But there she was...in the castle...one of them. Ema is totally confused and, with her sassy, stubborn personality, through most of the book refuses to believe what's right before her eyes--even with her new abilities and total lack of control of the bloodlust. But Jesu takes her under his care...and his heart? But is a vampire of his talents the best teacher for a new vampyre with the variety of skills she possesses? With a much more powerful guide she would soar, transform, and learn to new heights, right? That's exactly what Jalmari's demon thinks. And he makes sure she gets the best. Jalmari. Is. Not. Happy. What happens next is not only shocking, it's heart-wrenching. And I won't spoil it for you, you can read it for yourself. This book had me reading all night and through the next day to finish it. I don't usually go for vampire stories but I fell hard for these characters and the world J.D. created alongside our own. I look forward to book two of the Ema Marx series, Dark Liaison.
AnastasiaVPergakis More than 1 year ago
I am very picky about vampire stories that I like. I often think vampires have been over done and there isn't a unique idea left. That is, until I read Dark Heirloom. Vampires who aren't undead - or dead either? Brilliant! This book has become one of my all time favorites. Ema, Jesu, and Jalmari are such great character and Ms. Brown shows their personalities and quirks extremely well throughout the story. I was able to connect with each of them and feel for them as they struggle to deal with the evil demon using them all for his own gain! Ms. Brown builds a world within a world, as the vampires live among humans in secret. I can't wait to learn more about the world as the Ema Marx series progresses. I especially can't wait to see Ema continue to grow as a new vampire. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves vampires or paranormal or reading!