The Darkest Vampire by Juliana Haygert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Vampire in a box!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😠🙃😍😘
Narration Type: Solo Narration
The heroine: Lavinia – she is part witch, but her magic is bound by a blood promise she made to her mother. She wants to free her magic so she can hunt down her parents killer and avenge their deaths. When she tries to have another witch break her blood promise, it doesn’t work, but later that night a demon named Tadon appears wanting something from her. He says he can break the blood promise and he said that he knows who killed her parents.
The Hero: Killian – he is a vampire from one of the most powerful vampire covens and is half mad when he is released from the prison he was held in for twenty years. He had sworn to kill all witches on sight. An evil warlock named Soren created the boxes which were to be the prisons for powerful supernaturals and allow the creator to have the power of the people who were imprisoned in the boxes. He had to fight monsters every second he was in there.
The Story: The demon wants Lavinia to steal something for him. She is a bit of a thief, working at a tea shop, she sometimes steals from the patrons, though only those who can afford it and she uses the money for good reasons. She agrees to steal the object in exchange for breaking the blood promise and for the name of her parents killer.
Lavinia uses some magic powder to commit the crime and is able to steal a stone block from a home in a gated community for Tadon. She feels magic in the stone block and white light shone from it like a box. What she finds is something she doesn’t understand and doesn’t know what to do with. So she takes it to her witch friend Delia who seems to know all about it.
When Lavinia and Killian find that the supernatural deaths that have been occurring recently match the M.O. of both Killian’s brothers death and Lavinia’s parents death, they decide to team up in order to find the killer and avenge the deaths. The story is good overall, with a bunch of magic and darkness, though Killian was obviously a good guy from the start. Lavinia and Killian had a ton of chemistry, but there were only a few steamy kisses.
I liked the fact that most of Lavinia’s magic was bound, but she was still able to use some. She was also the only one who could open the box for some reason. Though, you know what I hate about some books? When the characters don’t ask the obvious questions about certain things that are pivotal to the plot. Like when Lavinia never bothered to ask Tadon what he wanted with the object she was supposed to steal. Especially after she knew what it was.
This story was told from Lavinia’s point of view, so even though there were two narrators, I consider this solo narration. It was narrated by Candace Joice and Maxx Pinkins. Candace Joice has a good voice, which is soft and feminine, though I don’t really like her male voice so much, there just isn’t that much different. Maxx Pinkins narrated just one a few minutes at the end of the book. I kind of liked how this had an ending, but then still had a cliffhanger.
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