The Rest Falls Away

vamp.jpgThe Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles
By Colleen Gleason

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.

What is it with me and these vampire books?  I just can’t get enough of them!  (Still waiting with bated breath for Eclipse in August! Gah! I can’t wait!!!)

This one is the start of a romantic/horror series by Colleen Gleason who also writes at her blog For All The World To See.  I’ve seen her on many other blogs lately, promoting the new book in this series Rises the Night, now out in stores.  And I simply must get my hands on it soon because I am hooked on another vampire series. 

Regency England.  Macabre.  Vampires.  Romance.  A decent amount of sex that isn’t TOO smutty, but just right and just the way I like it.  This was a perfect read for the beach and I whipped right through it.  I loved the main character; the Venator (vampire killer) Victoria Gardella.  She begins her career as a Venator in this book, the latest in a very long and distinguished line of vampire killers.  Her characterization was excellent.  She’s young and inexperienced, but thirsting (no pun intended) to prove herself and I liked how Gleason showed that.  It’s nice to come across a strong, independant, yet still feminine heroine.  The plotting was quick and never lagged.  This is a perfect read for vacation or just a hot summers day. 

12 thoughts on “The Rest Falls Away

  1. Seems like everyone loves Colleen's books! The first one has been sitting on my TBR pile forever. I really must move it to the top. Thanks for the review.

  2. So glad you enjoyed it! I love this series…and I'm a guy! She's a great writer. Wait til you read the next one…even better than the first.

  3. You know I've had this book sitting on one of my TBR piles for ever, it seems. I've been burnt by so many other vampire romance series that have taken a nosedive…but I think that once I'm in the mood again for a fluffy reading confection I'll pick it up.

  4. I've got the paperback of this book right now. I started reading the first few chapters, but I'm not in the proper mood for it — it's just too much like Buffy (which I loved), and not original enough to impress me yet. So I thought I'd step back from it for a bit and give it another chance later. Hopefully, that will do the trick 🙂

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