The Rest Falls Away (Victoria Gardella Series #1)

The Rest Falls Away (Victoria Gardella Series #1)

by Colleen Gleason

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The award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason's International Bestselling Gardella Vampire Hunter Series. 

"Sophisticated, sexy, surprising!" -- J.R. Ward 

"Colleen Gleason's irresistible...series is deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining." --Chicago Tribune 

"Gleason's publishing debut turns vampire stories--and romances--on their ear." --Detroit Free Press 

Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil...

Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world. 

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, 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 dark, dangerous duty. 

And when she comes face-to-face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make a choice between duty and love. 

This is a five-book series about Victoria Gardella, Vampire Hunter. The series should be read in order to avoid spoilers. The series is: 
The Rest Falls Away 
Rises the Night 
The Bleeding Dusk 
When Twilight Burns 
As Shadows Fade 

All five books are now available. 
Praise for The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series 

"The Rest Falls Away, Gleason's publishing debut...turns vampire stories--and romances--on their ear with a decidedly dark, decidedly unsentimental Regency heroine who stakes the undead with the best of them." -- Detroit Free Press 

"The undead rise to great heights through Gleason's phenomenal storytelling. She creates a chilling world with the perfect atmosphere of fear and sexual tension." -- Romantic Times 

"Gleason keeps upping the ante with each novel, weaving the characters around her readers with each engaging conversation and narrative, every stage set of all the appropriate gothic gloom and melting beauty. -- Book Fetish 

"...Above all, the writing is what recommends this book most. Gleason's writing is sharp and taut, which makes for excellent action sequences, and a plot that travels quickly from the start. The writing strength alone gives me ample reassurance that this potentially plot-heavy series is in the right hands. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment." – Smart Bitches Love Trashy Books 

"The undead rise to great heights through Gleason's phenomenal storytelling. She creates a chilling world with the perfect atmosphere of fear and sexual tension." -- Romantic Times 

"Gleason keeps upping the ante with each novel, weaving the characters around her readers with each engaging conversation and narrative, every stage set of all the appropriate gothic gloom and melting beauty. -- Book Fetish

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150139275
Publisher: Avid Press, LLC
Publication date: 12/17/2014
Series: Gardella Vampire Hunters Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 5,584
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. She's written more than two dozen books in a variety of genres. She lives in the Midwest United States and is currently working on her next book. The Gardella Vampire Hunters series is an international bestselling collection that has been translated into more than nine languages.

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The Rest Falls Away (Gardella Vampire Chronicles Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Victorian BTVS...literally. Decent read and good story, but frustrating that some chapters are clearly missing their opening paragraphs, as the text starts mid-story. It makes for a confusing read now and again and makes me wonder what else has been left out and what happened to it. Would be nice if this could be addressed and re-loaded, but even with the missing text, this is a fun story. Look forward to more books in the series.
KDTD More than 1 year ago
This book is essentially the foundation for the series, so there's a lot of learning and the emotional hardship that will fuel the series.  I shorted one star for lack of character development outside of the protagonist. And another star for the ending. In the last scene with Eustacia, her comment voids the purpose of the book's ending. Had she not made that comment, I'd have wanted to read the rest of the series.  
AneMailname More than 1 year ago
This book brings together my 2 favorite genres. Regency Romance and Vampires. The joining of the two is flawlessly executed by the author! Ms. Gleason can spin a tale that sucks you in and makes you put all other things aside until you know what happens. Victoria Gardella Grantworth is finally out and about in society. She has been in mourning for quite some time. A dark haired, quick witted beauty and very in demand on the dance floor. However, her world of balls, parties, and musicals comes to a screeching halt when her Aunt Eustacia reveals a family legacy. You see, the Gardellas are known in the underworld as Venators. Vampire hunters. Something Victoria does not even know exists. She should be having tea, gossiping, and looking for a husband. Instead, her Aunt wants her to take up the family legacy. I think, at first, Victoria saw this as an opportunity to break free of the restrictions of society. To be free to go about on her own. It was an adventure, but it doesn't have to curtail her life. But she soon realizes that this will change her life completely. Victoria doesnot realize the cost. She will not be able to share this part of her life with anyone. Fantastic characters, a great story line and excitement make this a book I will read again. (this is not the first time I’ve read it ;) ) A great first book in the series.
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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meet Victoria Gardella, the latest in a long line of vampire hunters. In each generation a Gardella is born with the innate gifts allowing them to hunt and kill vampires. It is up to them is they accept the call. If they do they must first pass a test and kill a vampire. If they succeed they are given a piece of blessed jewellry, a vis bulla, that gives them extra strength, power and healing.Set in Jane Austen times when girls have coming out debutant parties. Victoria has to balance her vampire staking duties with balls, picking out new gowns and falling in love. Some of the other vampire hunters (Venator's) believe that you can either be a Venator or settle down, marry and have children. Victoria particularly butts head with Max who is a Venator by choice rather than family calling. He lost family members to vampires and has devoted his life to killing them ever since. Victoria has other ideas though and her Aunt thinks the best thing is to let her take her own path.Think Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy. The setting made it stand out from the many other vampire series out there although it does take a lot of inspiration from Buffy (I love Buffy though so that's not a bad thing!). There is a twist near the end which was not unexpected, but the final ending was. It ends on a sad note and I am glad that the story is not completely romanticised. It made it seem more realistic somehow.
emcnellis16 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Victoria Gardella Grantworth is about to make her debut when destiny intervenes. Like countless Gardellas before her, she is meant to become a Venator ¿ a vampire hunter. Victoria must be on guard for the familiar `chill at the back of her neck¿ that signals a nearby vampire. And the vampires seem to be everywhere. With the help of her Great-Aunt Eustacia and her fellow Venator, Max, Victoria fights to keep London safe from Lilith ¿ a seductive and powerful vampire. But when Phillip de Lacy, Marquess of Rockely, asks for her hand in marriage, Victoria is torn between her duty and her heart. Which will win?This book combined two of my favorite genres ¿ Regency romance and vampire tales. What¿s not to like? Gleason has taken the ordinary vampire story and added new twists ¿ a vampire queen, a dynasty of vampire hunters, a love triangle, and a tragic ending. The Rest Falls Away grabbed my attention and didn't let go ¿ I read it in less than 24 hours. I found Gleason¿s characters to be interesting, the dialogue easy to read, and the plot well thought out. While I did thoroughly enjoy this novel, there was some information I missed. I wanted more background into the Gardella dynasty ¿ how did they become Venators? What about Max¿s background? And then there is Sebastian ¿ how does he fit in? Hopefully these questions will be answered in the three remaining books in The Gardella Vampire Chronicles. I can't wait to find out!
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In every generation, a slayer Venator is born... This generation happens to be in Regency England. In fact, the cover is impressively descriptive (except for that misleading "romance" on the spine). It's Regency Buffy. Or, as the book trailer says, "Buffy meets Pride and Prejudice."The vampire slayers in this universe are called "Venators," and it's a hereditary trait that can be accepted or passed on to the next generation. Most Venators are male, but Victoria Gardella Grantworth's great aunt Eustacia is one, and her mother was called, but turned it down. Now it's Victoria's turn.Unlike Eustacia, who sacrificed having a husband and children of her own for her duty, Victoria is determined to have it all, and accepts her childhood sweetheart's suit. Phillip, now a marquess, loves Victoria, but becomes increasingly concerned about her odd disappearances.And those disappearances are becoming more frequent, as the vampire Lilith moves into town with her minions, looking for a mysterious book that will give her even greater powers.In addition to Aunt Eustacia, Victoria is aided by the enigmatic Max, who's also a Venator, though not a hereditary one; and the even more mysterious Sebastian, who owns a vampire bar.I love Buffy, I enjoy Regencies--it's a fabulous combination. It was so much fun watching Victoria try to merge her two lives, and grow in confidence even as her life becomes more complicated. The action is exciting and suspenseful, and there's just enough worldbuilding to keep me grounded and make things logical, but not so much that it gets overwhelming. The three men in her life: Phillip, Max, and Sebastian, are all interesting and hero-worthy in different ways, and there's plenty of sensuality between them.But I wouldn't call it a romance, regardless of what's on the spine. The romantic scenes are not the focus of the book at all--the focus is on the paranormal action/adventure and on Victoria dealing with a dual life. Which is just fine, because otherwise, the ending would have been infuriating rather than painful and emotional. Er. Hope that wasn't too spoilery, but I think it's precisely because I wasn't expecting a romance that I enjoyed this book so much. As it turns out, the balance between the subplots worked perfectly--the lack of focus on the romance subplot kept me from expecting (and from being disappointed in the lack of) a romantic resolution, or HEA.I bought this book after reading descriptions of it on Colleen Gleason's blog, and I'm really glad I did. The second book is in my TBR pile, and the third is on my must-buy calendar for next February.
refashionista on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read overall. It's a bit of a different take on the idea of the "vampire hunter" with a touch of intrigue, a hint of romance, and some sexiness all rolled in together. I read the second book in the series first, so was a tad disoriented in the beginning of this one but will be checking out the other installments in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Victoria is a proper Victorian lady just coming out in society. She is also the next in her family line of vampire hunters. She falls in love and wants to marry, but how can she? It is fun to see how a female hunter handles the restraints of Victorian society, not to mention the clothes. The characters in the book are compelling and I found myself charmed by the men in the story. There is violence, but it is not terribly graphic. The sex is very mild. It is very much a romance but there are twists and turns that keep you guessing. I am interested to see where this series is going.
ContessaDeLuna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new vampire series, so I of COURSE had to pick it up! The writing and dialogue are a little weak and the plot seems more like an afterthought. It is interesting, however, to read a vampire slayer story set in the victorian period, as our heroine runs into all sorts of snags trying to fulfill her duty as a vampire slayer while confined to the role of demure female in Victorian England.This book is mostly concerned with introducing and developing characters rather than any real plot. Really the main conflict here is between Victoria and herself as she tries to live a "normal" life even while stalking the streets at night hunting for the baddies. Nevertheless, this series shows promise so I'll probably continue reading it. What can I say? I'm a sucker for vampire stories. :)