Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review / Kiss of the Dhampir

"A female dhampir will come, an accomplished vampire killer, a woman of incredible beauty, power and intelligence, who will find her destined mate among the vampires. He will be a man of magnetism, of sensuality and power, enough to match the dhampir, perhaps even stronger. He will be immune to her powers and she will be immune to his. And they will love each other, beyond all doubt, beyond all reason. One will die for the other and the survivor will go on, with all the powers of both, the most powerful being ever to walk the earth."

Marissa was raised by the Daybreak Society to slay vampires, and she excelled at it. She never met a vampire that she couldn’t defeat. Not one ever laid a hand on her, not one ever got a fang into her. She was secure in the knowledge that no vampire could hurt her, and that she was doing what was right. Then, on the night that was supposed to be her happiest, a horrific betrayal shattered her world. On the run from the people who raised her, she continued her calling—hunting and slaying the undead. But when she meets the vampire Gabriel, the attraction between them is immediate and irresistible. Can she ignore a lifetime of training, and everything she believes, to love a vampire?


 
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Bio:


I’ve always been a big reader. As a matter of fact, I’m told that I was already reading before I even started kindergarten—little things, of course, not Shakespeare. Over the years, I breezed through any writing assignment given to me, and even began to write on my own some during grade school. It was in high school, though, that I really began to get serious.

From the start I gravitated toward science fiction and fantasy stories. They were pretty tame and very adolescent, but I had a lot of fun writing them. I was reading books like Dune by Frank Herbert at the time, so most of what I wrote centered around outer space. It wasn’t until I started writing about vampires that I began to realistically think that I could write for a living. I read a book called The Initiation that was about vampires. The part I remember best was at the end, when the girl, who’d been turned into a vampire, allowed herself to die in the first rays of dawn rather than feed on the boy she loved. I remember that so vividly because I thought it was the most beautiful depiction of unconditional and unrequited love that I'd ever read (hey, I was a teenager, what did I know?). I immediately looked for more books like it but the selections were limited. All I could usually find were goofy stories for little kids or sappy romances for adults. I wasn’t really interested in any of those, so I thought to myself: Why don’t I write one?

Over the years, my vampires have grown and evolved with me, and now I write those ‘sappy’ romances I used to sneer about. Oh well, I’m a sappy grown-up I guess. I’ve tried writing stories more for teens, but I’ve discovered that if I try to control my characters too much, they rebel and the story becomes stagnant and boring, so I go with the flow.

When my web designer told me I was going to have to write something for her to put on an “about me” page, I cringed, and I will admit I got a little nervous. I’m a pretty solid believer in not putting too much information about yourself online, but then I realized that with any story of mine that anyone reads, they learn a little more about me. Nearly every female character that has ever allowed me to write her story has more than a trait or two borrowed from me (and no, I won’t tell you which characters, or which traits). So, ‘about me’…. Suffice it to say that, I have been in a serious relationship with the same man for more than twenty years, and so far I haven’t found a reason to ruin that with marriage. We have a geriatric dog named Sandy who thinks she’s still a puppy. I work a full-time job because I don’t want to starve to death or live in my car. And I write every chance I get.

Author Links:

Website: http://katrinalafond.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/klafondauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869103.Katrina_LaFond

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Katrina-LaFond/e/B00ADCUZE6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1



My Review:

Kiss of the Dhampir was just utterly amazing.  As always, I loved Katrina's characters and the world she created in this novella.  This story, as you can tell by it's title, centers around vampires and dhampirs.  Though this is nothing new, Katrina has put a very fascinating and unique twist to her characters.  I recommend this to all of my paranormal romance reading friends.  Just remember that this is an 18+ book.

Marissa is a dhampir, half human and half vampire.  She was born and raised by the Daybreak Society.  No one knew whether or not she'd take on any vampire traits and require blood or if she'd survive without it.  What they did know was that being a dhampir meant that she'd have special abilities.

They trained her well from the time she was small to kill vampires.  As she grew older she became stronger, more powerful.  Now she is on the run from the very people that raised her.

One night while slaying a vampire she meets another that is far more powerful than any she's come across.  Her powers are lost on him and his on her.  There is something about this man, this pull she has toward him.  Is it love?  And if it is, could she allow herself to love him?



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