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Spotlight: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles

There's not a massive amount of historically set romantic paranormal fiction featuring shapeshifters and vampires. At least, not that I have been able to find. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with historical fiction in general because most eras and areas I find interesting simply do not get the attention my reading desires demand. But that made this month's theme a really challenging and enjoyable one to pick books for.

Unfortunately, I haven't had as much reading time as I usually do thanks to outside circumstances so the majority of it has been focused on this series alone. The Gardella Vampire Chronicles came to my attention around the release of the first book. Those who had already read it raved about the Buffy-like vampire slaying protagonist and historical fans loved the Regency setting. Since neither was really something I was interested in at that time I waited a while before picking them up. Then I found out there were only going to be five books in the series so I thought I ought to wait for the entire set to be out so I could read them close together and not be left hanging.

I've only gotten through the first two books but I'm well won over. Sure, the chosen slayer premise has been done before but not like this. These vampires are definitely the bad guys and the mythos set up to explain their existence and weaknesses really impressed me considering how many different and yet cliched takes on it there are. The idea of a young woman making her way into Society while trying to balance the role of a slayer in a time when women's lifestyles were highly restrictive is truly what makes this series worth reading.

For more info on this series and what Gleason has coming up next please visit her website at www.colleengleason.com.
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The Rest Falls Away (Gardella Vampire Chronicles #1) by Colleen Gleason
Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (SIGNET, 368 pages, $6.99)
ISBN# 0451220072
In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of vampire slaying, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous, moonlit streets, Victoria's heart is torn between London's most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her enigmatic ally, Sebastian Vioget. And when she comes face to face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make the choice between duty and love.

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Rises The Night (Gardella Vampire Chronicles #2) by Colleen Gleason
Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (SIGNET, 352 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 045122146X
In Italy, a powerful vampire is amassing the power to control the souls of the dead. Lady Victoria Gardella de Lacy-a vampire slayer for just over a year-races across Europe to stop what could be the most deadly army the Gardellas have ever faced. She is accompanied by Sebastian Vioget, a man as tempting as he is untrustworthy.
But when Victoria discovers that she has been betrayed by one of her most trusted allies, the truth will challenge all her powers as a Venator-and as a woman.

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The Bleeding Dusk (Gardella Vampire Chronicles #3) by Colleen Gleason
Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (SIGNET, 368 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0451223268
To gain access to the secrets of a legendary alchemist, Rome's vampires have allied themselves with creatures as evil and bloodthirsty as they are. The new leader of the city's vampire hunters-Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy-reluctantly turns to the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget for help, just as Maximilian Pesaro arrives to aid his fellow slayers, no matter what the sacrifice. Desire puts her at the mercy of Sebastian, while loyalty binds her to Max, but she does not know if she can trust either. Especially when a seductive vampire begins luring her into the shadows...

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When Twilight Burns (Gardella Vampire Chronicles #4) by Colleen Gleason
Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (SIGNET, 368 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0451224752
After narrowly escaping Rome with her mortality, vampire hunter Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacey returns to London—where not even sunrise can stop a vampire’s carnage. Not only is Victoria unable to detect the vampire with her heightened senses, but she’s being framed as the prime suspect behind the killings.
Meanwhile, the legacy of a vampire’s touch has left his blood boiling in her veins and forces her to fight evil on two fronts—against the new breed of undead threatening London and the darkness within herself.

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As Shadows Fade (Gardella Vampire Chronicles #5) by Colleen Gleason
Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (SIGNET, 368 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0451226321
Directly descended from the very first vampire hunter in the Gardella family, Victoria knows she must continue the lineage so humanity will have protectors against the undead.While Sebastian Vioget appears to be both the perfect warrior and lover to ensure the Gardella Legacy, Victoria cannot forget Max Pesaro - the former slayer still haunted by the vampire queen Lilith's obsession with him.But it is Lilith's obsession that may save all of humanity. Demons, enemies of both mortals and the undead, have found their way to earth. To defeat them, vampires and slayers must fight side by side. But Lilith wants Max in return for her cooperation; a small price for the world, but too high a price for Victoria.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you for showing me so many other great books to read.

And there is an award for you over on my blog.


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