5This book is a nice fun read for anyone that is new to the genre or wants a taste of the genre As an reader that has read the top 75 books in the goodreads urban fantasy paranormal romance genre, this book fell short for me In such an overpopulated market, especially in this genre, it is incredibly difficult to write a new book without inadvertently borrowing whether intentionally or not from the other great books in this genre For these reasons, I deeply respect Stevens for giving it a go.
The story follows a young ballerina that gets into a horrible accident and is turned into a vampire without consent by a handsome older vampire in the city of London The story has many of the themes present in the other books in this section and ultimately fails at bringing a fresh voice to the overcrowded market The book is predictable There is a scared little girl who gets turned into a vampire by a man that she doesn t know or love She ultimately falls in love with him and proves herself both strong and unique in her abilities.
Since this is the author s fairly recent debut novel, I felt that I had to be extra honest in my review Stevens has amazing potential to write an even better book Her character development is good and the writing kept me interested the entire time I know that new authors have it really tough so I hope that this review will serve as encouragement rather than a mean critique.
I do like a paranormal read, especially one that has a romance woven into its pages, and this is exactly what you get with Berni Stevens Dancing Till Dawn.
Will s the ultimate alpha vamp, from an era long forgotten by modern society, and Ellie s an independent, feisty young woman, living her life by the rhythms of music and dance Both are from two different worlds, until a terrible event flings Ellie into a life she neither believes nor fits in to.
From the moment Ellie opens her eyes and realises something is seriously amiss, Berni Stevens gives the story a dark gothic feel that really appealed to me Initially tension comes in the form of Will and Ellie s chemistry, before shifting to focus on some unwelcome visitors, and this moves the book on at a nice pace The narrative mainly comes from Ellie but an insight to Will s thoughts is granted through his scattered journal entries, which were an excellent touch.
It s great read with romance and action in equal measures, and puts the subject of vampires firmly back into adult fiction.
Review by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.
com Do You Believe In Love After Life At Twenty Five, West End Dancer Ellie Wakefield Should Be Having The Time Of Her Life The Only Problem Is, Ever Since Waking Up In A Leaky Cellar Belonging To Three Hundred Year Old Vampire Will Austen, She S Been Very Much Dead And To Make Matters Worse, She S Since Found That An Aversion To Blood And A Fear Of The Dark Aren T Very Helpful Especially When You Re A Fledgling VampWilliam James Austen Has Fallen Hard He S Spent The Last Year Loving Ellie From Afar, And Now He S Finally Able To Be Truthful About Who And What He Is As The Most Powerful And Revered Vampire In London, He S Used To Getting What He WantsBut This Time, Will Might Just Have Bitten Off Than He Can Chew I throughly enjoyed reading this book and the author held my attention throughout the whole book, keeping me captivated in her plot and characters In my opinion, this book is for a mature reader due to some sexual references and small trigger warnings, however, I felt that the writing style was middlegrade and thus I rated the book three stars I would pick up books from the author as the are unique, enjoyable and i can get through them relatively quickly I loved the plot and the speed at which the events unfolded with the book but the romance was not as well planned out or explained in my opinion I often the feeling that the main female character was being surpressed in certain scenes which contradicted the charcter s persoanlity I would have liked to have seen character development within the book To my delight the author s descriptions of the surroundings were amazing The author was able to lift the words off the page and create a mental image in mind of what was occuring adding value to my reading experience Also how the author entergrated new pieces of information was done smoothly and it never once felt like a piece of informative text was stuck in to clarify the movement of the plot.
Ellie wakes up in a creepy cellar and there is a creepy guy there, yes that is the beginning Sort of.
What I liked here is that Ellie had a really hard time believing she was a vampire I mean who would believe some crazy guy who locked you in the cellar So that was well done and William did seem crazy Even though I knew he really was a vampire and that he had saved her life.
But the book was a bit, I do not want to say slow going It just takes 1 3 of the book for them to move on to other things First she needs to believe, and not want to run away So it s just them in that house for the most of it But then characters shows up and it even gets a bit suspenseful assomething happens I will not say anything.
English vampires are just so civil, even when they kill someone A bit of a Gothic beginning turns romantic and suspenseful.
I really enjoyed this book I was debating giving it three stars because of a few things that I felt it didn t really address towards the end but I decided I just enjoyed it too much for that.
I have to say that this is a one of a kind vampire book Usually ya vamp books abandon traditional vampiric ideas and adopt modern views so that it seems realistic but that was not the case here, and that s a good thing We have the whole garlic, silver, wooden stake, daylight and holy items stuff that added a new spin to what I m used to The romance in this book was very cute if not a bit creepy occasionally and it got a bit sexy at times which I was really not expecting Haha It had that whole sexy and protective bad boy thing going which is always a good thing Overall read it xxx For anyone who loves a good vampire romance, this book is a must For me, it felt like a welcome return to the genuine vampire stories, like the original black and white Dracula films With its dark, brooding atmosphere, and excursions to Highgate Cemetery and the darker parts of north London, the feeling of menace is brilliantly done As the characters inhabit this shadow world, the reader expects something to jump out at them at any moment and they re not disappointed The hero was delicious no pun intended and I loved his wicked sense of humour and mischievousness, despite his darker side and controlling tendencies The heroine gives as good as she gets and the conversations between them sparkle All in all, a great read
This is the story of Elinor who was turned by William, the Elder of London, after a tragic accident that would have ended her life.
The story itself was quite interesting and I enjoyed watching the fledgling vampire settle into her new life The book tackles aspects of the turning and the weeks that follow that most others gloss over, such as the feeling that pulls a fledgling to sleep during the day While I liked the story, there was something about the book that just didn t click for me I think it may have been the writing style, as it seemed over written, like the author was trying too hard Things were over described in places, making sections of the book boring, which caused me to skim sections of the text until I felt the story picked back up again I m sorry to say that I found this book difficult to get into I didn t really settle into it until around half way through, and even then I was still skimming paragraphs here and there The story is told in the first person from both Elinor and William s perspective It also contains several of William s journal entries I actually preferred the journal entries, over the first person narrative, so it wasn t the changing perspectives that made this book difficult to get lost in.
I may not rate this book up among my favourites, but the story itself is a good one I liked the characterisation of Elinor and while I question her self preservation instincts, you had to admire the fact that she was always willing to stick up for herself I found William to be a bit of a wild card There were moments when he seriously over reacted and treated Elinor appallingly, despite the fact that he d been obsessed with her even before her turning I found William difficult to understand in these scenes as they seemed completely out of character.
I m undecided as to whether or not I ll continue with this series, but I have added book two to my wish list just in case.
Suggested Audience Adult readers of Paranormal RomanceProfanity NegligibleSexual content Infrequent but detailedViolence Sporadic, sometimes severeCautionary element s Contains scenes of physical abuse, torture and attempted rape Molestation is discussed as part of the character s background.
DNF 54% I want to read paranormal adult romance but like every single book I try just doesn t work for me One day, though, one day I will hit the jackpot with this genre this just ain t it.