Not to be confused with the Young Adult series of the same name (with an “i”), “Vampyre Kisses” attempts to pack an entire trilogy within one volume with good and bad results. Good: the plot and characters are interesting & complicated (even the animal familiars); there is no true Bella-of-Twilight-fame finicky-ness as to our heroine, Faith’s, real love interest; and it is long enough to allow you time to put the volume down and pick it back up at your leisure. This helps especially if you are an all-night reader like someone I know, never mind work in the morning. The Bad: I never seem to ‘become’ any of the characters, not even our heroine; that exact rehash-from-a-different-person’s-perspective thing starts to get a bit irrelevant as we go along (finally trickled out after the first hundred or so pages); and- the big thing- even though there was always something new going at just about each point in the story, I found myself putting it down a whole lot more than I was picking it up… until I got over the hump of the middle of the book, that is. The middle was just that… slow? Detailed? Mournful? I don’t know exactly what reason I should give for it, but there it is.
But perseverance is key! By the end of the book I was again reading along and enjoying the process, though it was still not quite an obsessive page-turner. Mrs. Kolodziej’s writing is very easy to follow however, and, though the sheer number of characters might be a bit confusing, all the cast is presented in a very three-dimensional way. The romance is tame enough for teens with an emphasis on love as something that grows, yet the action is enough for anyone that likes an epic quest in their fantasy reads… especially with vampires, witches, and weres, oh my! So if you have a bit of time in between real life, and especially if you or your young adult tends to read multiple books at a time, this is definitely worth at least a look. Give “Vampyre Kisses” a try for those holiday breaks, and enjoy.
Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who seems content with her life, but deep down craves more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her world and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more amazed to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind. Faith learns that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere -- especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty. Now surrounded by a world filled with mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems? "A welcome addition to the vampire/werewolf corpus. Building on traditional legends, Kolodziej creates a world both vast in its sweep and compelling in its details." Stephen Delaney -- Writer, Teacher & Editor Elizabeth J Kolodziej, a young fiction writer originally from Torrance California, is a smart and original thinker who has researched the origins of vampires, werewolves, and witches for many years. She writes her books from the knowledge she has gained while trying to be as original and inspiring as possible. Her books encompass both true folklore facts along with innovative ideas motivated by the great writers around her. This book is her first, but not her last, in a new series entitled Vampyre Kisses.