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Thursday, 16 January 2014

REVIEW: Autumn Rose - Abigail Gibbs

Autumn Rose - Abigail Gibbs
Autumn Rose (The Dark Heroine, #2)

The highly anticipated sequel to Dinner with a Vampire

Autumn Rose has the chance to save the world she loves. But how much will she have to sacrifice to achieve it?

In Autumn Rose, book two of her breathtaking series, Abigail Gibbs draws us even further into the dangerous and romantic world of the Dark Heroines.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Harper Collins*

I was so excited to start this book - I absolutely loved Dinner with a Vampire so was really looking forward to seeing how this story would develop. What I didn't expect was for the book to showcase the same events of book one but from Autumn Rose's point of view. I was a little hesitant at first but there is no repetition in the book; it's all new and fresh and I loved this book even more than the first one! Autumn is a much more likeable character and I truly cared about what happened to her and and the royal family. Even though this book doesn't lead to much progression with regards to the story, it is definitely a great read - truly captivating.

I loved learning about the Sagean community in this book. It was even more fascinating than the world of vampires in the last. I got so immersed in this community and was eager to learn how the events developed from Autumn's point of view. It was a very emotional read and filled with so many *feels* moments. It was difficult to see Autumn attempting to recover from her Grandmother's death and coming to terms with her role as Guardian at her school. She is responsible for ensuring that the students are safe from the Extermino. Autumn harbours a few secrets which are slowly revealed as the novel progresses. I really loved reading from her point of view; everything seemed so much fresher and made for a much nicer read compared to that of Violet's. It was definitely interesting to see the events unfolding which led to the revelation of Violet Lee in Dinner with a Vampire. I love that it has been written like this, but I hope that next bit progresses the story a little more.

Gibbs' writing has developed immensely in this book with the world building being much cleaner and the language is more mature. The world that she creates is so captivating, I really couldn't put this book down. One of my most anticipated reads of 2014 and it definitely didn't disappoint. Abigail Gibbs is definitely a very talented lady and I'm looking forward to reading more from her - bring on book three!

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