on March 29. 2013
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Aurora Keys has dreamed of the Vanderlind Castle ever since she was a little girl. But the fiercely private Vanderlinds keep the massive structure strictly off limits to visitors. Until one night, the wealthy family throws a party —- not just a small soiree, but a huge black-tie affair. No one from the town of Tiburon, Ohio, is invited —- not even the mayor. But Aurora’s best friend, Blossom, has a foolproof plan for the two of them to sneak in.
At first, everything goes smoothly: the girls enter the castle undetected, and there is free champagne. But then the handsome Jessie Vanderlind sweeps Aurora into his arms, crushing her to his chest and whispering, “I knew you’d come back to me.”
Aurora understands it is a case of mistaken identity, but she feels connected to him somehow. And the boy is so beautiful, she believes she would be happy if he never let her go.
Once Jessie realizes he is mistaken, his smile quickly changes to a scowl. “You must leave,” he tells her in a low, urgent voice. “Immediately. Come! I’ll find a way to get you out.”
Unbeknownst to Aurora and Blossom, they have snuck into the home of one of the most prestigious vampire families in the world, and it is doubtful the two young women will ever be allowed to leave. Aurora’s resemblance to Jessie Vanderlind’s lost love just may be the only thing keeping them alive.
When I first heard about Call of the Vampire, I wondered whether I was in the mood for yet another vampire story. Yet it’s novella length urged me to give a go, and I’m glad I did.
The story starts off with Aurora Keys a mature teenager and blonde bombshell Blossom devising a plan to sneak into Vanderlind Castle, a mysterious castle that has been shielded from the town of Tiburon. Upon entering the castle and encountering strange predatory men, they soon learn that the party goers and residents are not what they seem and are surprise surprise, vampires. Jessie, one of the boys she meets, seems to recognise Aurora and mistakes her for a long lost love. This inspires his protective instinct over the girls and Aurora feels a strange connection with the boy, as her strange, vivid dreams about running from an assailant become more powerful.
I really enjoyed Aurora as a character, as she’s smart, savvy, mature and knows how to stand on her own when there are predators about. Instead of walking into a scary situation without knowing what to do, Aurora keeps her head and follows a logical plan when she gets into trouble. She knows how to defend herself both verbally and physically and I think we can all learn from how she handles each situation.
Of course Aurora’s maturity has to be balanced by the teenager who always gets themselves into trouble, her best friend Blossom. Blossom just wants to drink, have fun, and meet boys, but when a predator comes down and swoops upon her, she doesn’t realise she’s being victimised. I think these two teens make great companions to each other, as Aurora can protect Blossom in case anything goes wrong and Blossom encourages her to let loose.
Jessie is the vampire that Aurora meets and while there were elements of insta-love, it was balanced out with their relationship developing over time. He’s preoccupied with Aurora being his long lost love Collette, and the mystery of what happened to Collette and who she is prevails in the novel.
The element of mystery, romance, and action was well done in this novel, and I really enjoyed Gayla Twist’s writing. Despite the overdone theme, she works with what we know about vampires and creates an air of mystery that keeps us reading and wondering how Jessie and Aurora’s relationship will develop. While it isn’t the most original novel, it’s a quick, addictive read. I’ve docked one star for the abrupt ending, but we’ll find out more in the sequel, Heart of the Vampire.
I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for the opportunity to review!
Rating: 4 out of 5
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