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Dracula: Hearts of Stone
We start with a shiny new pot of boiling water and add too many evil vampires, and not enough of the good biters. Toss in one suicidal Dracula; add a cup of mayhem and a dash of romance. Oh yes, and a pinch of mirth. Stir lovingly and you have a novel by A. J. Gallant. If it sounds like the recipe for you then you must read Dracula: Hearts of Stone.
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Unrealistic or not my writing gives me hope. But with something like 50 000 books published a month it is a little discouraging. I can just picture my book underneath that pile being crushed. I didn’t think there were that many writers out there. Must be a factory out there producing them like peanut butter cookies.
Been trying to lol. I seem to go through sprees where I want to read and where I don't want to read. I always have a book with me incase I feel like reading though. I hate it when I go through sprees where I don't want to though. Drives me nuts.
How have you been?
I wasn't aware 'Wildwood Dancing' was part of a series. It seemed to end and begin as a stand-alone. I've read it, it was okay, as far as Marillier goes. (I did say I loved her, didn't I? Maybe I lied a little. I loved Sevenwaters [still do], many of her other novels have been unimpressive).
I remember a few elements off the top of my head:
-character dilemmas feed the plot
-supernatural beings play a part. Plenty of magic.
A little dull given that the girls are unable to do very much in the time period. It's a YA novel, but it's not very different in terms of content (Marillier has always been a little tame).
I recommend it only if you're persistant and only if you REALLY enjoy mild, fluffy and frustrating romance. The main character, Jenica, is 15 though, so you might need to take that into account.
Are vampires enough to entice? They're referred to as Night People in this novel but they're not incredibly dangerous or very prominent (I didn't think so).
Avoid it, I think, read it if you're curious but you aren't missing anything fantastic. The cover over here is really more beautiful than the story.
Do you have any recommendations?
Thanks for your thoughtful response. :) I agree too much! LOL
I really do love Marillier, but there are many many things to dislike about her novels.
Do you recommend getting into the 'Bridei Chronicles'? (I'll probably read these anyway) Have you read these?
I found you through Queen of Camelot, a book we have in common. I really enjoyed your review of it, and you seem to be a trustworthy "book-judge". I've surfed through your shelf, and I see quite a few books that I might be interested in reading at some point, so I thought having you as a "cyber-book-friend" would be rather nice :).
I'll be asking for a friend request regardless.
Hoping I won't be ignored :),