Saturday, January 3, 2015

Vampire Addiction by Eva Pohler

Title:  Vampire Addiction
Series:  Vampires of Athens #1
Author:  Eva Pohler
Published:  January 1/15 by Green Press
Length:  268pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  YA paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Some call them "tramps." In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or "vryks," which sometimes gets translated to "freaks." They are the vampires of Athens, created centuries ago by the Maenads. They live in caves beneath the acropolis, without economic resources and according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. They are forbidden from turning humans into vampires, which happens when all of the blood is drained; however, they are allowed to drink from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite will infect the body for six hours, and, during that time, the mortal has the powers of flight, invisibility, strength, speed, x-ray vision, and mind control. Such great power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals.

As seventeen-year-old Gertie, studying abroad from New York, uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she unwittingly becomes a catalyst in an uprising led by Dionysus, the god of wine and lord of the vampires.

My Review:

Pohler has a very approachable writing style that allows readers to focus on the story at hand. Her descriptions are vividly realistic. Pohler doesn’t just tell you that her characters are in Greece, her words and descriptions transport you there. The different cultures we encounter stand out in stark contrast to one another. 

Pohler has done a brilliant job of developing each one while building it into the storyline as a whole. She builds a fabulous and unforgettable new world for readers to get lost in. The melding of mythology, the paranormal, and a dash of mysticism is a heady mix and lends itself nicely to this story. Pohler makes Greek mythology her own here in a bit way. The pantheon is transplanted into modern day with a few very original twists along the way. I love her origins of vampires. It’s very easy to grasp for those versed in Greek mythology or simply the story of Dionysus.

The main character portrays emotions in a very realistic manner. I love the fact that her decisions betray her age at every turn. She tries to follow her heart and do what she feels is right, but it rarely goes as planned for her. She can’t seem to grasp the concept that she’s pushing away those she’s trying to help until it’s too late. This is completed with a fantastic and diverse cast of characters that you not only get to know very well, but who are outstanding individuals that I’d love to meet in person. I love how Pohler’s characters have actual conversations with one another. The dialogue is fantastic and spot on.

This is a novel that will be enjoyed by young adult & adult audiences alike.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for reviewing my book on your blog, Jonel!