Published by Daring Books on April 5th 2016
You think it's safe to walk alone at night. It's not.
You think the only threat is other humans. It's not.
Monsters are real. Demons are real. Vampires are real.
And I'm about to become one of them.
My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there's a way to save her. There's something the princes of hell want more than my mother.
So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir. I would become a princess of hell, and my mother would live. I expected fire and brimstone. I expected pain and misery. I didn't expect beauty. I didn't expect magic. I didn't expect love. But the princes are keeping secrets from me. Secrets that could shatter everything.
It only took me a couple hours to finish Vampire Girl because, the writing was fairly simple and myself, being a fast reader, blew right through it.
I have mixed feelings about Vampire Girl. On one hand, I loved the idea of Ari bargaining her soul for her mother’s by agreeing to marry 1 of the 7 princes of sin; lust, war, pride, etc. I was really excited in the beginning of the story because I immediately liked the two princes Ari had met already, the grizzly, and fiercely protective Fen, and the witty, handsomely-dressed Asher. Once Ari got to hell though, I became less excited.
I felt like the author’s spin on vampires, demons, and the fae was missing some finesse. So many races, their history, and their rules, came at me so quick that I had trouble keeping up. The major info dumps left me dazed. At one point I just stopped caring about the setting and races, and instead focused solely on the relationship between Fen and Ari. Fen and Ari become the dominant pairing early on, while Asher fades into the background. We never fully meet any of the other princes in this book which bummed me out. I was looking forward to a giant love circle – haha.
Also – I’m sorry, but I think Vampire Girl is a horrible title for this book. It totally gives the wrong impression for the whole series. I started the book thinking it’s all about bloodsuckers, and that Ari had a fetish for them. Nope. Not even close. The title is completely misleading, and doesn’t belong with the story. I’ve read the titles of the books to come, and they sound enticing. I’m going to read book two to see if it improves on the weaker parts of book one.
It seems like I have nothing good to say about this book, but I do. I liked Ari because she reminded me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She swapped places with her mother (father) in order to stay with the princes of hell (the beast). She’s incredibly kind, loving, and brave.
Some of the writing was corny, but overall Vampire Girl was a decent read.