Sunday, July 05, 2015

REVIEW: Snow White and the Vampire by Marina Myles

Book Two of the Cursed Princes series

Book Blurb: Alba Spencer thought her past in Romania and the dark magic that haunted it was behind her forever. She is one of the first female barristers now, safe in London. But London has its dark side, too. A man called the Ripper stalks the midnight streets. There are rumors that her hated stepmother has found her again, suggestions that the nightmares of her childhood are returning. And with them appears the cursed Gypsy boy she once loved, grown into a man more seductive and more terrifying than she ever could have dreamed…
    Dimitri Grigorescu has become a surgeon, a gentleman—and a vampire. The lusts that drive his body are scarcely under control, and even he does not truly know what he is capable of. To fight evil and confusion, Alba must rely only on her wits—and a desire that overwhelms her doubts…

My Review: This book is a mixture of Victorian London, Snow White and vampires. Hell let's throw in some Romanian gypsies and Jack the Ripper as well. The book starts off with Alba and Dimitri meeting again at a birthday party that her suitor is throwing for him. After that encounter which causes her to faint we get to see their past in Romania and how they met. It turns out as a sixteen year old boy he was spying on her house to get a look at her. And low and behold they end spending about a month together and they fall in love. But it's not meant to be as her family is leaving the area after five weeks. He ends up giving her a cursed necklace (the same necklace from the first book). They also have a second curse put on them when they disturb the grave of Vlad Dracul's mistress. They are cursed to become vampires sometime within their lifetime.

Dimitri had become a vampire two months before the start of the book and is still trying to get used to his new powers and his vampire nature. Oh and to top it all off Alba's step mother is a witch and is jealous of Alba's beauty so she is trying to kill her off. I want to know why in all Snow White stories the step mother is always jealous of her step daughter's beauty and then decides to kill her off. Even if she did kill her there would always be another girl more beautiful than her in the world. Does that mean she will go on a never ending killing spree so she can be the most beautiful woman in the world? The whole concept is stupid if you ask me.

The premise of this book was an interesting concept and I actually did enjoy the book. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. And I love how the next book or a book in the future was set up as a new collector has the necklace and the matching bracelet now.

Rating: ★★★★☆


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