30 September 2016

Vampire Addiction - Review Tour


Vampire Addiction
by Eva Pohler

Teen Fantasy / YA Paranormal
Date Published: 12/27/2014
Publisher: Green Press / Eva Pohler





Some call them “tramps.” In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or “vryks,” which sometimes gets translated to “freaks.” They are the vampires of Athens, created centuries ago by the Maenads. They live in caves beneath the acropolis, without economic resources and according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. They are forbidden from turning humans into vampires, which happens when all of the blood is drained; however, they are allowed to drink from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite will infect the body for six hours, and, during that time, the mortal has the powers of flight, invisibility, strength, speed, x-ray vision, and mind control. Such great power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals.
As seventeen-year-old Gertie, studying abroad from New York, uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she unwittingly becomes a catalyst in an uprising led by Dionysus, the god of wine and lord of the vampires.
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What I say: I'm a big fan of anything related to ancient mythology, particularly Greek mythology so I jumped at the chance to read a YA Greek mythology meets vampire crossover.

I'm going to be completely honest and admit that I did find it difficult to warm to Gertie in the beginning. At times she came across as ungrateful, because she moans a lot! I did find myself softening towards her but she did fall into what I often see described these days as the 'Bella Swan complex'. Gertie is almost defined by how two powerful young men see her. She finds herself in a supernatural battle between the two guys who are quite controlling. I just want to point out that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this type of character and I was a big Twilight fan. However, I will always be slightly uncomfortable with a character who instantly becomes obsessed with a guy or guys, and who is at risk of loosing her identity. The good thing in Vampire Addiction is that Eva Pohler highlights these type of unhealthy romances, even going as far as discussing the humans addicted to vampire bites. It's also worth nothing that Gertie herself is aware of the potential risks and knows not to get addicted. Whether she succeeds is for you to decide.

Once Gertie comes to terms with her situation she gets more involved with the family and Greek life. She falls headfirst into the romance of the mythology and begins to find her inner strength. It's definitely worth staying with Gertie, allowing her the time to move past all the teen angst and drama of being sent away from home.

There's a lot to take in but I really enjoyed the blending of Greek mythology and various vampire lore. Pohler does a great job of twisting the rules, reworking classical studies and creating her own mythology which is a clever combination of the two.

As the first book in the series Vampire Addiction works well in terms of world building. So although I didn't always fully empathise with the characters, it'll be interesting to see what happens next. I'd really like to see more of Hector who was my favourite character by far.

3 Loved the World building Stars in my Sky!


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Author Spotlight:



Eva Pohler is the Amazon bestselling author of The Mystery Book Collection and four series for young adults: The Gatekeeper's SagaThe Gatekeeper’s Saga Spin-Off SeriesThe Purgatorium Series, and The Vampires of Athens. Her books have been described as "thrilling" and "addictive." A Kirkus reviewer said of The Gatekeeper's Sons that it was "sure to thrill Hunger Games fans."

A reader herself, Eva writes in multiple genres, but all of her stories blur the line between reality and fantasy, truth and delusion, and draw from Eva's personal philosophy that a reader must be lured and abducted into complete captivity in order to enjoy the reading experience.

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