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Thursday, April 28, 2011

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: V.C. Andrews' Daughter of Darkness

Author: V.C. Andrews
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Release Date: December 31, 2010
Audiobook: Unabridged, MP3 - Unabridged CD edition
List Price: $24.99
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1452650349
ISBN-13: 978-1452650340

My Ratings

Plot: 2/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Originality of Plot: 3/5
Characters Development: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Narration: 5/5
Cover Art: 4/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 3/5

Overall: 31/45 = 68%


Seventeen-year-old Lorelei Patio is the adopted daughter of two-hundred-year-old vampire Sergio Patio. She never realized why her family has had to move so often or why she is not permitted to get too friendly with other young people. In fact, except for one shocking moment that seemed more like a dream, Lorelei never fully realized who and what her father was nor what her sisters were brought up to do for him. But one day, that all changed. Sergio’s "daughters" serve a very important purpose: they are all beautiful young ladies who can easily attract---and lure---men so that Sergio can feed on their blood. And now daddy expects Lorelei to be the obedient daughter he needs and bring him new victims.

But when Lorelei meets a shy, handsome young man named Buddy in school, she quickly falls in love with him. He feels the same way but wonders why she doesn't want to take him home to meet her father. Lorelei knows what will happen if she does and tries desperately to keep her two worlds apart, but she knows she can never truly escape her fate as a daughter of darkness. How will she manage these two worlds, and what will she have to give up to do so?

My Review

I actually spent a majority of this book torn between being creeped out and not being able to put this book down! If you are into dramatic vampire tales, this might just be the book for you. Even though this book is based around on a young adult, this book defiantly isn’t your run-of-the-mill teenage vampire tale! That being said, I actually wouldn’t ever recommend this book for young adult readers WHAT SO EVER. The topics discussed in this book can be very intense, dark, and somewhat disturbing for some readers.

I felt that this story developed very slowly, and the beginning dragged on a bit. Once Lorelie started to grow into her abilities, I really enjoyed reading about her personally. She was forced to grow-up fast, but bloomed into a beautiful, strong women. I also enjoyed the interactions between the sisters, even though it wasn’t a healthy familial relationship.

The best part of this audiobook was Marguerite Gavin’s narrations. I absolutely adore her, and picked-up this audiobook almost strictly because of her. I've loved her work on Kim Harrison’s Hallows Series, but I wasn’t sure how that would translate to a young adults voice. Marguerite blew me away, again! She did such an amazing job narrating this story. Her range of voices and emotions is unbelievable!

I’m on the fence when it comes to recommending this book. It was dark, strange, and creepy, yet at the same time I just couldn’t put the book down. It was kind of like a train wreck, you couldn’t help but watch. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. While I enjoyed this audiobook, but I’m pretty sure I won’t re-listen to it. The ending of this book leads me to believe that their might be a sequel in our future, hopefully it will be better.

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Marguerite Gavin - Narrator

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