Dinner with a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs
(The Dark Heroine #1)
Harper Voyager (Oct 2012)

Paperback, 549 pages
Paranormal YA

After a night out, Violet wanders off alone and finds herself in Trafalgar Square at 1 am, waiting for her best friend ruby, when her life takes a dramatic turn. Violet is a 17 year old, human girl and the main protagonist in Dinner with a Vampire, which is mainly written from her point of view.

At Nelson’s Column in the silence of the night, a gang of around 30 men become surrounded by 5 young men, with fear etched onto the gang’s faces, a sixth drops down and initiates a bloodbath. Violet hiding, witnesses everything, Kasper the leader of the vampire group decides to take Violet rather than killing her, keeps Violet as a prisoner.

Kasper is a prince and the heir to his father’s throne, taking what he wants with no respect for others, he doesn’t understand why he showed compassion to Violet but his actions could now have disastrous consequences as Violet’s father is the Secretary of State for Defense.

“You saw too much, and that is a problem for us. So you have a choice, Girly. You can become one of us or we can keep you here, indefinitely.”

Killing Violet now would mean a war between humans and vampires, even though the vampires are confident they will win, they do wish to maintain the peace.

Dinner with a Vampire starts quickly and instantly grabbed my attention, thrust straight into the action with fighting, car chases add that with a feisty heroine, who speaks her mind, antagonizing Kasper, which made me laugh. I did connect easily with Violet and this helped me to become immersed, keeping me hooked from the off. Diner with a vampire did fizzle out a little during the middle but the pace and action picked up again for the finale.

Twenty-four hours ago I would have laughed at that thought. Vampires were works of fiction meant to frighten children. Vampires were mythical creatures girls drooled over. They weren’t meant to be real.

The male vampires although hot and drool worthy, were aggressive and egotistical especially the young prince Kasper. Kasper was difficult to like as he was violent, rude, treating everyone with contempt, he was the reverse of Violet, it took me a while to like and understand him, yet in the end I was rooting for him.

There are many vampires in the palace where Violet is a prisoner, because they need her to choose to become one of them and due to the fact Violet hates the murderous vampires, Fabian, a cute, kind vampire befriends her, as they become closer, Fabian begins to see Violet differently but can Violet return his feelings or has someone else caught her eye?

Violet seems to have a habit of an inner voice speaking to her, it was a little frustrating at times yet once I realized the connection and that there is a purpose to it, it ceased to be an issue.

I did however, have a couple of problems, the downside with Dinner with a Vampire is the predictability of the plot, Gibbs gives some major clues to the twist, yet I was not disappointed when it played out as expected, Violet wasn’t surprised in the way things played out either.

For a minute I could only stare at her, before I closed my eyes, reeling in stupidity. It was so obvious. It had been staring us in the face the entire time.

The only other criticism I have involves the foreplay scenes, before you get a little excited I’m only talking about tickling and chasing before things went further, I felt these scenes were a little immature however, I am sure the art of seduction will improve with experience, I have to remember just because I wanted more the writing was perfect for Violet’s age and experience.

When it comes to YA vampire romances I must admit it’s my genre of choice and as long as the writing flows I’m usually pretty much guaranteed a good read. Dinner with a Vampire is a début novel from 18 year old Gibbs and I must say I’m extremely impressed with her efforts. I was in dire need of a book to enjoy and after greatly anticipating picking it up I was not disappointed.

A word of warning though, if a love triangle or vampire/human romances are not your thing, then I probably would give it a miss.


Dinner with a Vampire has its flaws but despite this I loved it and I couldn’t put it down. A rocky romance, blood sucking hot men and a good plot. The plot was predictable, but I still enjoyed following the story through to its obvious yet great conclusion. I’m greatly anticipating the sequel Autumn Rose and I’ve already pre-ordered it to download to my Kindle once it’s released. This is Abigail Gibbs’s début book, and at only 18 years old I’m expecting great things to come from her.


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Jessi February 11, 2013 at 8:13 am

Wow, I really want to read this! I hadn’t heard of it before :)


Becs February 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thank you, if you pick it up I hope you enjoy it Jessi, it’s good but I do love a vampire romance so I could be a little biased. 😉


kara-karina February 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

I am so glad, you loved it, Becs! 😉 I read Abby’s book last year and enjoyed it immensely. You are right there are lots of weak parts in dialogues and plot-wise, but Abby started writing this when she was 15, and that just blew my mind. I thought that if she is so talented now, what she will be like in 10 years when she matures and polishes her writing? I hope she will write many more books, and I pre-ordered Autumn Rose as well! 😉 Lovely review!


Becs February 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Thank you Kara-Karina, I like it when someone agrees with my review as it gives me a little bit more confidence in my opinion.
I was extremely impressed with Abigail’s writing she has an amazing talent especially to have a book published at such a young age. I can only imagine that her writing will improve and provide us with some great reads in the future.


Gemma February 11, 2013 at 10:37 am

This is the book that started off as an online serialies book, right? I remember reading how she caught the attention of a publisher, which resulted in them buying the rights to it. Of course this was before the book was finished and the ending was never published online.

I have this on my TBR and I admit I bought it due to this publicity. However, I have to ask, is Violet British or Amercian because you say that her father is the Secretary of State for Defence. I know its nit picking, but if she is British and her father is British then he would be Defence Secretary. (As I say, I nit pick)

I’ll get round to this eventually but I’m not sure if it will be for me.


Becs February 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

LOL Gemma, I’m going to have to go back to my copy and check it out. Violet is British and so is her father. I’m sorry if I have got it wrong, although I’m sure I did check it from the book at the time.

This book did start off online capturing the attention of a publicist, Gibbs does have talent and I hope she will improve and mature with time.

I’m unsure if it will be a book you will enjoy, only because it’s YA and at times a little immature.


Gemma February 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

LOL! not sure if I should take it as a complement that you think I’m too mature for this book!!


Becs February 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

You do make me laugh Gemma and I do know how to put my foot in it. 😀

I’m making an assumption based on previous comments about YA books 😉

If it’s based on age, being older than you would completely write me off from YA and I’m not ready to let go yet!


Gemma February 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Lol 😉 Its ok! I’m reading Beautiful Creatures just now and I have read YA in the past. It just has to really hook me! Just look at my reviews for the Rebel Angel series by Gillian Philip!!!


Bobby February 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I’ve seen this in shops and been a little dubious about it. I’ve been avoiding the chart books altogether recently because a lot of them seem to be about the same thing, but vampires make a bit of a change. I think you might have sold this to me :)


Becs February 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Bobby it’s not without it’s flaws but I did love it. I am a sucker for vampire novels though 😉

If you get it I hope you enjoy it too.


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