Here’s a bite-sized review of The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs, as part of our 100 Words series of reviews. Sometimes I go over 100 words, but that’s okay, right?
I was a bit skeptical when I picked up The Dark Heroine because I was worried it was going to be just another vampire novel. It’s been compared to Twilight (a series I admit I devoured), but it’s been called a bit sexier, a bit more scandalous, and a bit darker. Those reviewers aren’t lying. It’s sexy, scandalous, dark, and it’s much more than another vampire novel.
I couldn’t put down The Dark Heroine once I picked it up. I loved the characters that Gibbs created and the relationships and tensions between them. I loved the vampire lore and the backstory and history she’s created for vampires in this story, which I think is a very hard thing to create because there are so many different origin stories, myths, and legends when it comes to vampires. Gibbs has managed to create a unique, complex backstory, and I can’t wait to see how it develops in the next novel.
The main character, Violet, can be a bit irritating at times, but it’s a very accurate depiction of a typical teenage girl. Gibbs definitely knows how to write through the eyes of a teenager (probably because she wrote this novel when she was only 17 herself!)
The majority of the novel takes place in the home of the vampire family, and Gibbs does a great job at conveying the tension within the walls, the claustrophobia, and the loneliness that Violet feels. You can’t help but feel trapped right along with Violet, but, as you’ll see being trapped doesn’t necessarily end up being a bad thing… Yup, there is certainly a steamy love story at the heart of The Dark Heroine, and the lead male character will definitely get a few hearts a-fluttering!
Overall, The Dark Heroine is a captivating story about teenage love and vampires. It’s an addictive read, and the kind of book that takes you away to another world for a few hours, but won’t tear at your heartstrings or leave you in tears. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and I can’t wait to see where Gibbs takes us next!