12 December 2013

Book Review: A Vampire's Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden

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Format: earc
Publishers: Indie
Published: 11th November 2013
Pages: 72
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Ben, Simone
Date Read: 8th December - 9th December 2013
Rating Given:
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The Blurb:

This holiday season has bite.
Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.
But fate has other plans for Ben.

Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.

’Tis the season…to be undead.

Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…

Another Christmas read thanks to Netgalley. This book is a bit of a retelling of A Christmas Carol and it was a good one.
 I really like the cover and was most of the reason my I wanted to read it as it just drew me in. I love the use of black and white yet you can still tell there's snow. I think it is also a little in keeping with the actual story which is always a plus for me.
When I first started to read it I wasn't too sure I was going to like it but the more things we found out about Ben the more it drew me into the world that Eden created. I loved the spin on her version of A Christmas Carol especially with all the paranormal elements it was great to see it in this way. It was a very short read which I felt made the story a bit rushed I would have loved to have had a bit more content. Although I really enjoyed it there was just something that stopped me being eager to read just one more chapter. I kind of liked the bit of romance that was in there but I would have loved a bit more. There was a few things that was too unbelievable for me to love this book.
With the characters I don't feel like we got to know them as well as we would have if it was a full length novel which was a shame as I think that they could have been great characters. I'm not going to tell you any more about the lead characters as I don't want to give anything away.
Overall it was a quick and enjoyable read with a few surprises thrown in for good measure I just wish it was a full length novel.